Chris Driedger, Calgary Hitmen steal show from Oil Kings: Weekend coast-to-coast

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Justin Bieber was performing in Calgary, but the Hitmen and Edmonton Oil Kings put on a much better show on national TV. Quoth Hitmen goalie Chris Driedger, who earned a day off by nailing down a shootout win for Calgary: "There were probably a lot of people watching this game — I'd be interested to see the ratings. There's no NHL so hopefully the 'Dub will get a bit more action with games like this." (Calgary Herald, Edmonton Sun)

Kelowna Rockets GM Bruce Hamilton on where his team stands with the Nicolas Kerdiles snafu at the University of Wisconsin: "We're going to stay totally out of this thing until the appeal process has gone through. I would assume if they win the appeal, he'll be back in school where he wanted to be." (Kelowna Daily Courier)

Hard-nosed overage forward Kale Kessy, traded Friday to Vancouver, is expected to give the struggling Giants some "courage." Kessy's 12-game head-checking suspension is up on Oct. 30. (Vancouver Sun, Vancouver ProvinceMedicine Hat NewsTaking Note)

Miss Mark Stone much? The Brandon Wheat Kings' power play is in a 1-for-20 drought. (Luber's Lounge)

A stretch of road games caught up to the Victoria Royals during Friday's loss to Kelowna. (Voice of the Victoria Royals)

The Prince Albert Raiders finally lost in regulation, but how about Dakota Conroy getting his fourth goal in seven games since coming east from Victoria? (P.A. Daily Herald)

Former NHLer Jamie Heward is enjoying being a coach in Swift Current, although visits to his old stamping ground in Regina are always odd. (Regina Leader-Post)


Boston Bruins draft pick Seth Griffith is a marked man after scoring 45 goals last season. Can playmaking Max Domi help spring him for some open spots? (London Free Press)

London overage goalie Kevin Bailie is hoping to make his eighth consecutive start on Sunday when the Knights visit his old friends in Oshawa. (London Free Press,

Draft-year forward Tyler Bertuzzi had his best game so far this season in Guelph's win over Erie. Winnipeg Jets pick Scott Kosmachuk scored a pretty nice goal, too. (Saxon on the Storm)

The Niagara IceDogs sound off on the OHL's fight threshold rule. (CHCH)

The Sudbury Wolves fell into last year's pattern on Friday: lose at home after a successful road trip. (The Sudbury Star)

Barrie Colts first-rounder Brendan Perlini is still seeking his first major junior point. (Sault Star)

With a goal in every game since his trade, Dylan Smoskowitz has taken to playing for the Mississauga Steelheads like a fish to water. Thank you, try the bison burger. (Mississauga News)


Blainville-Boisbriand's Steve Lebel has return from an eight-game suspension for testing positive for a banned stimulant. How could they not use the "Lebel with a cause" headline? (La Presse)

Ottawa Senators-drafted Quebec Remparts goalie François Brassard benefited from training this summer with a group that included NHLer Derick Brassard. No, they're not related. Nor is the Remparts star related to Gatineau goalie Eric Brassard. What about Winnipeg Jets draft pick Austen Brassard? (Le Soleil, Ottawa Sun, Ottawa Citizen)

The Chicoutimi Saguenéens need some goals from veteran Sébastien Sylvestre. (Le Quotidien)

Several Shawinigan Cataractes grads got their Memorial Cup rings on Friday. They look glorious. (Le Nouvelliste)

There's still some fighting spirit left in Saint John, as evidenced by Friday's comeback win. (Station Nation)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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