Quebec Remparts top first CHL rankings

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Patrick Roy - Quebec Remparts

Photo: NHL Hall of Famer and current Quebec Remparts head coach Patrick Roy leads his charges into the 2012-13 season as the CHL's top-ranked team (courtesy of Leon T. Switzer/ Icon SMI)

 Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the first edition of the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for the 2012-13 season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

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MacKinnon, Domi help lead Canada to gold

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Max Domi - London Knights

Photo: London Knights' forward Max Domi nearly won the Memorial Cup with the Knights back in May, but has now brought home a gold medal from the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Tournament (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 The Canadians won the gold medal at this year's Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament held in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. They truly deserved it because they played with passion, pride and will. Even their team motto says "I'm willing“ so there must have been a lot of willingness to obtain that golden piece of metal. And it wouldn't happen if it wasn't for their widespread qualities; Canada just dominated the tournament – in net, in their own zone and in the offensive zone.

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NHL lockout provides opportunity for development leagues

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Mikhail Grigorenko - Quebec Remparts

Photo: Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko might be on the cusp of a NHL career, but he and other young players may find themselves back in the development leagues if the NHL lockout proceeds (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 Lockout. It's on the tip of the tongue of every person involved with hockey right now.

As the Collective Bargaining Agreement's expiration date of September 15th approaches, a work stoppage between the NHL and the NHL Player's Association (the third such interruption over the last 18 years) is seemingly inevitable at this point. Not only will a lockout affect the individual teams and their staff and personnel, as well as the players, but a work stoppage in hockey's top league will have a trickle down effect for many prospects at various levels around the world.

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Canadian players head list of top Ivan Hlinka performers

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Jordan Subban - Belleville Bulls

Photo: Belleville Bulls defenseman Jordan Subban was one of the top performers for Canada's gold medal team at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Tournament (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

The annual Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, considered by some to be the most prestigeous international hockey competition of players under eighteen years of age, was held last week in Břeclav, Czech Republic, and Piešťany, Slovakia. And as is usually the case in the world of hockey, some results and statistics were simply surprising.

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Lukas Sutter carries on the family line of work

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Lukas Sutter - Saskatoon Blades

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Lukas Sutter is currently in the hunt for a roster spot on Canada's 2013 World Junior squad (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

In sports, there is an old adage that says a competitor should always play for the logo on the front of the sweater and not for the name on the back. It is one of those bits of wisdom, like giving 110% or the fact that there is no "I" in TEAM, that is constantly repeated and now borders on being a cliché due to overuse.

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