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Posted On Wednesday, 10.03.2012 / 11:05 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Justin Bailey awaits 'Return to Play' protocol

While forward Justin Bailey of the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers still is experiencing concussion-like symptoms from a hit he sustained last month, the team anticipates a full recovery at some point.

"Generally, Justin is feeling better," Kitchener's head trainer, Dan LeBold, told NHL.com via email. "However, he is still experiencing some symptoms so we have not begun the 'Return to Play' protocol as of yet. We are continuing to monitor his symptoms to see when he may be ready to begin the RTP protocol."

Bailey was on the receiving end of tremendous neutral-zone hit by Calgary Flames prospect Pat Sieloff of the Windsor Spitfires on Sept. 27. Sieloff was given a charging penalty and a game misconduct on the play.

In three games this season for Kitchener, his first in the OHL, Bailey has no points and four penalty minutes. He was rated as an A skater on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list.

"The current plans for the hockey club and for Justin are to play again," LeBold said.
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Posted On Tuesday, 10.02.2012 / 12:08 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Dea, Kujawinski, Shinkaruk win player of week awards

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies center Jean-Sebastien Dea has burst to the top of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scoring race after another outstanding week.

The 6-foot, 155-pound forward had six goals and two assists in three games last week. He had his second hat trick of the season in a 9-2 win at the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Wednesday, with two of the goals coming shorthanded, and he also added an assist. He had two more goals and an assist Friday in a 4-2 win at the Drummondville Voltigeurs, and he had a goal in the Huskies' 5-4 shootout win at the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Saturday.

His effort also earned him the Telus First Star of the Week.

Dea leads the QMJHL in goals (nine), power-play goals (four), shorthanded goals (two) and points (13).

Another 2013 draft prospect, Saint John Sea Dogs goaltender Sebastian Auger, was named the Third Star of the Week, stopping 97 of 101 shots in three games. He stopped 21 shots in a 4-2 win against the Moncton Wildcats on Wednesday, made 34 saves in a 3-1 win against the Gatineau Olympiques on Friday, and stopped 42 of 43 shots in a 5-1 win at Moncton on Sunday.

On the season, Auger is 4-1 in five games, and second in the league with a .944 save percentage and fourth with a 1.78 goals-against average.

The QMJHL isn't the only place 2013 draft hopefuls have been turning heads.

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Posted On Monday, 10.01.2012 / 7:54 PM

By Ian McCoshen -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ian McCoshen Draft blog

McCoshen proud of role in inaugural Prospects game

Ian McCoshen will be entering his third season with the Waterloo Black Hawks in the United States Hockey League in 2012-13. The 6-foot-2 1/2, 207-pound defenseman, regarded as an 'A List' prospect by NHL Central Scouting entering the 2012-13 season, has produced eight goals and 26 points in 97 career games in the USHL. McCoshen, who will take part in the All American Prospects Game in Buffalo on Sept. 29, has agreed to take the time and maintain a blog for NHL.com all season long leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

Now that I'm back home in Waterloo, I've had a chance to think about the great time I had in Buffalo last weekend. It was something special being part of the first-ever All-American Prospects Game.

I left Friday night after our game in Green Bay. We took off about 11 p.m., and got into Buffalo like 1:30 in the morning, and I probably didn't get to sleep until 3. Then we started early in the morning with meetings and stuff at the rink.

It certainly wasn't the normal game day. I tried to get my pre-game nap, but I was too excited so I kept waking up every 15 minutes.

Once we got to the rink and started getting our gear on, there was no tension in the room. Guys were loose, excited. We were pretty jacked up to play.

Going out on the ice in an NHL building was pretty surreal. There was a lot of fans out there. It was pretty spectacular facility that the Buffalo Sabers have. What an honor to be in that game.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 8:27 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Kraft Hockeyville 2012 Blog

Hockeyville clinics highlight upcoming schedule

STIRLING-RAWDON, Ontario – The Kraft Hockeyville celebration was only getting warmed up Sunday.

The festivities will continue Monday and Tuesday with skating clinics that will take place from 5:00-7:45 p.m. at the Sterling & District Recreation Centre. They will consist of three, 45-minute sessions and while the participants have already been chosen, they will be open for public viewing.

The clinics will feature children from ages 4-16 whose names were selected at random.

On hand for the clinics will be former Toronto Maple Leafs Gary Leeman, Dan Dauodt and Tom Fergus.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 2:18 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Kraft Hockeyville 2012 Blog

NHL alums sign autographs at Hockeyville Fun Fair

STIRLING-RAWDON, Ontario -- Former NHL players Brad Marsh, Laurie Boschman, Mike Gaul and Jamie Allison signed autographs during the Fun Fair event in the parking lot outside the Stirling & District Recreation Centre on Sunday afternoon.

The festivities included the presentation of a $100,000 check for upgrades and renovations to the Stirling & District Recreation Centre and a $10,000 food bank donation. The Stanley Cup was on display for photographs, while fun for the kids included two bouncy castles, an accuracy game for shooting hockey balls, a slide and free Kraft products for everyone.

The musical stylings of Brian Cosbey and Friends filled the air on an afternoon in which potential rain stayed away.

"It's been a good experience for us," said Cindy Brandy, the chairperson who made the push to bring Hockeyville to the town. "I think this past week, with all the advertisement on the radio and the television stations, things improved dramatically. Hence, the crowd today."

A few thousand people are here today with the alumni game set for 7 p.m. at the recreation centre.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 12:52 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Kraft Hockeyville 2012 Blog

Stanley Cup parades through Stirling-Rawdon

STIRLING-RAWDON, Ontario -- Hockey's most famous celebrity was on display during a parade through the center of town Sunday morning -- the Stanley Cup.

Fans of all ages lined Front Street for the 30-minute precession that was part of the town's celebration for winning the Kraft Hockeyville competition. It's tough to explain exactly what took place during the parade, so here's a rundown of some its participants.

-- A marching band

-- A fire truck

-- About 100 kids from the town's minor hockey program

-- Five John Deere tractors

-- A blues band, since the town's hockey team's nickname is the Blues

-- "The Stirling Blues Brothers," two gentlemen dressed as Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's "Blues Brothers" characters

-- A teenage boy wearing a clown wig and Alexander Mogilny Maple Leafs jersey who was pulled along by a pony

-- A man who goes by the name "Canadian Bob," who was dressed in red on a motorcycle decorated with Canadian flags and had a black Labrador in a basket resting above the back wheel

And of course, the Stanley Cup, which was the big draw for people gathered to watch the parade.

"It's pretty cool," said Todd Binnie, who was resting comfortable in a chair in his front lawn while wearing a Philadelphia Flyers jersey. "It's a small town so we don't get to see that type of stuff too often."

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Posted On Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 12:31 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Kraft Hockeyville 2012 Blog

Hockeyville kicks off with figure-skating clinic

STIRLING-RAWDON, Ontario -- A group of about 30 girls took the ice for a figure-skating clinic at the Stirling & District Recreation Centre on Sunday morning to kick off the town's Kraft Hockeyville celebration.

Canadian Olympic silver medalist Elizabeth Manley served as the instructor for the pair of 45-minute sessions. Nine-year-old Madison Myers took part as a student while her older sister Lindsay Newbury-Myers assisted Manley.

"Liz is just great to have out hear teaching these kids because she works so well with them," said Nick Myers, the proud father who was looking on with his wife, Laurie. The duo will serve as linesmen for tonight's alumni game that will feature Stirling native Rob Ray, Brad Marsh, Laurie Boschman and other former NHL players.

Nick credited the sister of Ray, Cindy Brand, the chairperson for the town's campaign, for making figure skating part of the festivities.

"I'm very grateful to her for getting the ball rolling on getting figure skaters involved," Nick said. "The support from everyone has been amazing."

There will be more clinics Monday and Tuesday with some of the NHL alumni taking part as instructors.

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Posted On Saturday, 09.29.2012 / 11:50 PM

By Seth Jones -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Seth Jones Draft blog

Jones: Long trip to Prospects Game was worth it

We just finished a very long day here in Buffalo with a great win.

I got in around 10:15 this morning, came to the rink here, dropped off my gear and settled in. I got to see some of the guys I played with and against, and some of the younger guys I know. I did a little media work, nothing big, about 20 minutes. Then I went back to the hotel, had a pregame meal. I tried to sleep as much as I could, but about an hour is all I did, which isn't much. Then it was back to the rink to get ready for the game.

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Posted On Saturday, 09.29.2012 / 8:39 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game Blog

Second period: Jones helps McLanahan to 4-0 lead

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Team McClanahan turned the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game into a bit of a rout with three second-period goals to take a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes here at First Niagara Center.

Seth Jones and Jacob Montgomery scored 2:11 apart early in the second, and Quentin Shore later scored off his own rebound to break the game open.

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Posted On Saturday, 09.29.2012 / 7:51 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game Blog

First period: Fasching goal gives McClanahan lead

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Hudson Fasching scored the only goal of the first period, giving Team McClanahan a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes at the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.

Ryan Fitzgerald carried the puck down the left side into the Team Housley zone and showed great patience waiting for Fasching to find space at the far post, where he tapped the puck past Team Housley goalie Eamon McAdam at 15:54.

Team Housley outshot Team McClanahan 6-4 in the period, and play was fairly even and high-paced.

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