2013 Rookie Tournament: New contract unlikely to go to Murray’s head

by Jason Menard
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Matt Murray - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltending prospect Matt Murray is fresh off of signing his first pro contract, but is likely to return to the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Grehounds for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins kicked off their participation in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ rookie tournament Thursday night in London, ON. And one of the club’s netminders entered the event with a little off his mind — and a whole lot more in his bank account.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Dale Hunter, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
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Dale Hunter - London Knights

Photo: London Knights head coach Dale Hunter spent most of his NHL career with the Quebec Nordiques and Washington Capitals before finishing his career with the Colorado Avalanche (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

In his NHL days, Dale Hunter made his name as an agitator who also happened to possess some talent for the game. Opposing players hated competing against Hunter, while opposing coaches had to deal with his two-pronged attack of offense and annoyance.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Sam Bennett, Canada

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Sam Bennett - Kingston Frontenacs

Photo: Kingston Frontenacs forward and 2014 propsect Sam Bennett has taken home two gold medals in the past four months for Team Canada (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

While his Kingston Frontenacs teammate, Spencer Watson, was the scoring star for Team Canada at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, Canadian forward Sam Bennett managed to chip in some points of his own, as well as some solid prognosticating skills.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Roland McKeown, Canada

by Ken McKenna
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Roland McKeown - Kingston Frontenacs

Photo: Kingston Frontenacs defenseman and 2014 prospect Roland McKeown generated 29 points in 61 games in his OHL rookie season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

The OHL's Kingston Frontenacs were well represented at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, with Canada's gold medal-winning squad featuring three players from the Frontenacs' roster.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Alex Nedeljkovic, USA

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Alex Nedeljkovic - Plymouth Whalers

Photo: Team USA goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic took control of the starting job for the Plymouth Whalers during the 2013 OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

In Team USA's Day 2 win over Russia at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, the star of the game was goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic. The Russians sent 37 shots on goal in the game, with Nedeljkovic stopping 35 of them to get the win.

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