Tuesday: coast-to-coast rush

Neate Sager, Buzzing the Net
Yahoo! SportsApril 27, 2010

WHL

The Calgary Hitmen are still holding on to that championship-series loss to Kelowna last season, as Brandon Kozun noted: "I’m sick of coming so close. I want to win that championship." (Calgary Herald)

Expect the references to Calgary's size and Tri-City's relative lack thereof to be run into the ground long before the WHL final starts on Friday. (Calgary Herald)

Calgary's trade-deadline deal for Jimmy Bubnick, Tyler Shattock and puck-moving defenceman Giffen Nyren was a catalytic event in the Hitmen's season. ( Kamloops Daily News)

Much of Vancouver's plans for next season will hinge on whether offensive defenceman Kevin Connauton turns pro. ( Vancouver Sun)

No need for a WHL team in Winnipeg, since Tri-City has nine players from the 'Peg. What else would you expect for a team whose co-owner is a former Jet, Stu Barnes? ( Calgary Herald)

OHL

Windsor defenceman Ryan Ellis notes, "It's defence that wins" in the OHL final. The Spitfires allowed just 14 more goals than the Barrie Colts (not counting the shootout winners) in a tougher conference. (Windsor Star)

Dave Feschuk notes comebacks such as Windsor's "aren't quite as improbable in junior hockey" as they are in the NHL. See, I am not crazy. (Toronto Star)

Has Barrie come down with Colts fever? (Barrie Examiner)

QMJHL

Saint John Sea Dogs coach Gerard Gallant knew his team had a deep playoff run in it "after five or six games." No word if "five or six games" is also a prediction for the league final against the Moncton Wildcats. (New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal)

Hot dog, we have a wiener in the best lede contest: "It's about a reign between 'Cats and Dogs." (New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal)