McKee leaves tough guy persona on the ice

by Tom Schreier
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Mike McKee - Lincoln Stars

Photo: Lincoln Stars defenseman and Detroit Red Wings prospect Mike McKee plays a hard-nosed brand of hockey, and is considered to be the toughest player in the USHL (courtesy of Kim Fogle)

Mike McKee is the USHL’s gentle giant.

On the ice he is an animal; he finishes his checks, clears players away from the net and gets into fights.

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Benning, Quenneville take AJHL experience to USHL

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Matt Benning - Dubuque Fighting Saints

Photo: Boston Bruins prospect Matt Benning plied his trade in the AJHL last season and has now moved over to the USHL (courtesy of Dubuque Fighting Saints)

Matt Benning and Peter Quenneville have three things in common:
They are both from Alberta.
They both played in the AJHL for two years.
And they are teammates on the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

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Billings develops skills with Janesville before move to USHL

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Jack Billings - Janesville Jets

Photo: Janesville Jets forward Jack Billings is developing his game in the NAHL before setting off on a course for NCAA hockey (courtesy of the NAHL)

After being selected by the Windsor Spitfires in the sixth round of the annual OHL Priority Selection, 17-year-old Jack Billings is now property of three teams.  He plays for the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League.  The Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League drafted him.  And now he’s also property of the Spitfires organization.

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Gaudreau hopes to add gold medal after winning national championship

by Richard Murray
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John Gaudreau - Boston College

Photo: Boston College forward and Calgary Flames prospect John Gaudreau hopes to be a part of the United States squad for the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

After being cut from the United States World Junior team last winter, John Gaudreau had doubts about his hockey career.  But in fact, being cut has helped Gaudreau take his game to the next level for Boston College.

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Bourbonnais lets his game speak for itself

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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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