2013 U18 WJC Preview: Canada hopes to improve on last year’s bronze finish

by Chapin Landvogt
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Connor McDavid - Erie Otters

Photo: Team Canada’s U18 squad will feature the usual complement of offensive talent, perhaps none more talented than OHL Rookie of the Year Connor McDavid (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Canadian national team coach Don Hay is heading to Sochi as a man with a great deal of experience ranging from the NHL (Calgary and Phoenix) right on down to over 20 years of experience in Canadian juniors, having won the Memorial Cup on three separate occasions. Now it’ll be his duty to quickly turn an extremely talented group of young men into a championship caliber team.

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Zadorov hitting his stride with the Knights

by Jason Menard
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Nikita Zadorov - London Knights

Photo: London Knights defenseman and 2013 draft prospect Nikita Zadorov is preparing for his team's OHL Conference Championship series with Plymouth (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

“La Femme Nikita” is the story of a secret assassin who works in the shadows. Le “blueliner” Nikita, London Knights' Nikita Zadorov, has no such anonymity. After all, at 6’7” with a propensity for big hits and a big shot, it’s hard to miss the Russian defenseman.

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Murphy’s OHL career winds down with Carolina on the horizon

by Jason Menard
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Ryan Murphy - Carolina Hurricanes

Photo: Kitchener Rangers defenseman and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Ryan Murphy saw his first NHL action during a brief call-up in February (courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

Looking for a way to rebound after falling behind 3-1 early in the second round of the OHL playoffs, you could forgive Kitchener Rangers’ captain Ryan Murphy for channeling his inner James Taylor. After all, in trying to lead by example he’s got Carolina on his mind.

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Day tops ISS OHL draft rankings but Konecny the top pick

by Ken McKenna
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Travis Konecny - Ottawa 67's

Photo: Although defenseman Sean Day has received much of the attention the past couple of weeks, the Ottawa 67's have elected to choose forward Travis Konecny (above) first overall at the 2013 OHL Priority Selection (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

While the NHL Draft is still a couple of months away, the advent of April means that it is drafting season in the Canadian Hockey Leagues. The OHL, WHL, and QMJHL will hold their respective entry drafts over the course of the next two months, with the first of those drafts taking place this Saturday, April 6th.

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Podcast: OHL announces exceptional player status for Sean Day

by Ken McKenna
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Sean Day - Detroit Compuware

Photo: Detroit Compuware defenseman Sean Day is the third consecutive player to receive exceptional player status from the OHF (courtesy of footiepaul)

For the third consecutive year and the fourth time since the designation was instituted, the Ontario Hockey Federation has granted exceptional player status to a 15-year-old player. This time, that player is Sean Day of the Detroit Compuware organization.

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