Bourbonnais lets his game speak for itself

by Tom Schreier
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Riley Bourbonnais - Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Photo: Cedar Rapids forward Riley Bourbonnais has been a productive player in the USHL, but he is getting down to his last chance to be drafted by an NHL team (courtesy of Amber Schmidt/Metro Studios)

Riley Bourbonnais of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and his head coach, Mark Carlson, may be the most laconic player-coach tandem in junior hockey.

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Scout’s Perch: Thompson, Santini play out a tale of two games

by Josh Deitell
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Keaton Thompson - U.S. NTDP U-18

Photo: U.S. NTDP defenseman Keaton Thompson, shown here competing at the All-American Prospects Game last month, is a potential first round pick for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

What a difference a day can make.

I had the fortune of taking in the U.S. NTDP U-18 team’s first two games against college teams for this 2012-13 season, facing off against the University of Wisconsin and the University of Notre Dame back-to-back on the nights of October 6th and 7th.

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OHL Hartman’s latest step on road to NHL

by Jason Menard
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Ryan Hartman - Plymouth Whalers

Photo: Plymouth Whalers forward Ryan Hartman has moved to the OHL from the US national program in an effort to further improve his stock for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

For many, age ain’t nothing but a number. But for Plymouth Whalers’ forward Ryan Hartman, his date of birth — which found him five days too young to be drafted last year — played a key role to plotting a stop in the OHL en route to the NHL.

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Rendino brings SoCal cool to hockey country

by Tom Schreier
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Luke Rendino - Michigan Warriors

Photo: Luke Rendino of the NAHL's Michigan Warriors is another in a growing number of hockey players emerging from Southern California (courtesy of the NAHL)

At 5’11”, 160 pounds, Luke Rendino of the Michigan Warriors is so skinny that you can see his ribs. In fact, when he was injured in a 2-1 win over the Topeka Roadrunners in this year’s NAHL Showcase tournament, you could see where he was hurting as he ran his fingers over his ribcage.

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Video: 2012 All-American Prospects Game – Ryan Fitzgerald

by Ken McKenna
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2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game - Ryan Fitzgerald

Photo: Ryan Fitzgerald, a forward for the Valley Junior Warriors of the EJHL, had a memorable CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game as he tallied three assists and copped MVP honors at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It is unlikely that a quick scan of the rosters for the 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game by the average observer would have produced much more than a shrug when coming across the name, Ryan Fitzgerald.

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