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Today's should-read: nearly six months later, league commissioner Ron Robison is still taking heat over the handling of BennyGate in Portland. From Dwight Jaynes: "One NHL scout told me last week he'd been asking major-junior team operators all over Canada whether they pay for parents to fly in and watch their boys play. He said, 'EVERY SINGLE ONE of them told me they commonly did it. It's something all teams have done.' " (Comcast Sportsnet)

How is Edmonton going to slow down Portland's transition game in the critical Game 3 of the Ed Chynoweth Cup final? (Edmonton Journal)

Crash Cameron examines how far Portland scoring aces Brendan Leipsic and Nic Petan have come since 12 months ago, when they were complementary players during the first Winterhawks-Oil Kings championship series. (Edmonton Sun)

A mixture of former players have been serving as the practice team for the Saskatoon Blades, who open the MasterCard Memorial Cup in 10 days. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

Sam Steel, the Regina Pats' No. 2 overall pick, was apparently destined for the Queen City: the Pats once practised on the backyard rink at his home. (Sherwood Park News)

Seattle Thunderbirds left wing Mitch Elliot is spending the early part of his off-season coaching track and field in his hometown. Way to pay it forward. (Prince George Citizen)


The league's reasoning for why Barrie's Anthony Camara was not suspended for a charging major/game misconduct in Game 2: "He got there within a steamboat of Max [Domi] chipping the puck out of the zone. He didn’t skate a long distance to make the hit and what we saw was his right skate was still on the ice on contact and the impact was what caused both of his skates to leave the ice." (London Free Press)

In other words, Camara's punishment during the game fit the crime. (Knights Outright)

Second-line forward Mitchell Theoret leaving Game 3 with an injury has to be of concern for Barrie. (Barrie Examiner)

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are high on incoming defenceman Colton White's ability to carry the puck out of sticky situations. (Sault Star)

The hardy souls at Stadium Journey visited all 20 OHL arenas during the past two seasons to rate the gameday experience. The Ottawa 67's are No. 1 again. (Stadium Journey)


Halifax Mooseheads GM Cam Russell, in not so highfalutin terms, says the officiating in the first two games of the President's Cup final was a little laissez-faire: "I played the game for a living and played a very physical brand of hockey. I respect that. I just want to make sure the games are played within the rules, and if so, I’ve got no problem with it." That's the kind of messaging you expect when a Maritimes team heads to Quebec for Game 3 of the championship. (Metro Halifax)

The Baie-Comeau Drakkar's power play is in a 1-for-37 rut. They're due heading into Game 3 vs. Halifax. They might still be due heading into next season. (Le Soleil)

How will Drakkar star Raphael Bussieres respond on Tuesday after being yanked off the power play in Game 2? (Parlons Junior)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet. Please address any questions, comments or concerns to

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