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2011 NHL Entry Draft

Shugg focused on chance for history

Saturday, 05.28.2011 / 12:14 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Bill Hoppe - NHL.com Correspondent

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- From his corner seat inside a crowded Colisée de Rimouski two years ago, Justin Shugg watched the Windsor Spitfires' incredible four-goal third-period comeback in a memorable MasterCard Memorial Cup tiebreaker game.
Shugg, who had broken his collarbone four days earlier in the tournament, remembers the bittersweet feeling he felt after the Spitfires erased a two-goal deficit and beat the host Rimouski Oceanic 6-4.
"I was like, 'Shoot, I hope I can get this chance and play with these guys next year,'" Shugg, now a star with the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, recently recalled. "They battled hard and they came back and they won it."
Three days later, following the Spitfires' 4-1 defeat of the Kelowna Rockets in the championship game, Windsor general manager Warren Rychel made the rookie right wing a promise.

Couturier up for a pair of CHL awards

Friday, 05.27.2011 / 5:15 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Greg Picker - NHL.com Staff Writer

Sean Couturier has a chance to take home some serious hardware this weekend.

Couturier, NHL Central Scouting's No. 6-ranked North American skater for the 2011 Entry Draft, is up for two of the biggest honors at Saturday's Canadian Hockey League Awards Ceremony.

The Drummondville Voltigeurs center is one of three nominees for the CCM Player of the Year award. The 6-foot-4, 197-pounder had 36 goals and 60 assists in 58 games while leading Drummondville to the quarterfinals of the QMJHL playoffs. He also helped Canada win a silver medal at the 2011 World Junior Championship.
"At his size he'll be hard to pass up in the Draft," said NHL Central Scouting's Chris Bordeleau. "He possesses a very good work ethic and he's out there for every important faceoff. He's very responsible in the defensive aspect of the game -- a rare quality for such a young player in junior hockey."

Shaw learning to stay on right side of line

Friday, 05.27.2011 / 1:17 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Bill Hoppe - NHL.com Correspondent

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Andrew Shaw relishes his role as the Owen Sound Attack's chief agitator, and he's not about to let three suspensions this season, including one for the final two games of the Ontario Hockey League championship series, change his ferocious style.

"I got to stick to my game that got me here so I'll keep going with it," Shaw said Thursday, prior to the Attack's 7-3 loss to the Kootenay Ice in the tiebreaker game at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. The defeat ended Owen Sound's tournament run. Kootenay advances to Friday's semifinal against the host Mississauga St. Michael's Majors.

As his teammates celebrated their seven-game league championship triumph over the Mississauga earlier this month, Shaw was in street clothes, watching from afar, after he was suspended for punching left wing Chris DeSousa earlier in the series.

Beaulieu putting lessons learned to good use

Thursday, 05.26.2011 / 11:11 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Bill Hoppe - NHL.com Correspondent

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Nathan Beaulieu laughs at his special memories now. Growing up, he knows he annoyed many of the London Knights players he idolized. As the son of a hockey coach, the Saint John Sea Dogs star defenseman had the full run of the John Labatt Centre, the Knights' home arena.

"I give a lot of credit to the players that were there that had to put up with me sometimes," said Beaulieu, whose Sea Dogs will play in the MasterCard Memorial Cup championship game Sunday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, Sportsnet). "I'm sure I was annoying."

Beaulieu said he never missed a game, calling himself a "rink rat." As his father, Jacques Beaulieu, went about his duties as an assistant coach for the OHL powerhouse, Nathan studied the Knights' many future NHL players up close.

Spott to coach Canada at Hlinka Tournament

Thursday, 05.26.2011 / 4:55 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Kitchener Rangers coach Steve Spott has been appointed coach of Canada's summer under-18 team which will play in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

The tournament will be held Aug. 8-13 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

"It is always a tremendous privilege and honor to represent Canada on the international stage," said Spott. "Being with Team Canada in the past has always been a tremendous experience and I am anxious to get started with the coaching staff to get our plan in place."

Hay appointed Canada coach for 2012 World Juniors

Thursday, 05.26.2011 / 4:00 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The last time Don Hay coached the Canadian National Junior Team, he rolled a perfect seven.

That was 1995, when Hay guided a team that included Bryan McCabe, Ed Jovanovski and Wade Redden on defense and Jason Allison, Jeff Friesen, Ryan Smyth and Alexandre Daigle at forward to a perfect 7-0-0 mark while outscoring the opposition 49-22 en route to the country's third of five straight gold medals.

Hay had access to that level of player due to an NHL work stoppage, but there's no reason to believe the 57-year-old coach can't have a similar result even with the NHL playing.

Owen Sound down key players for tiebreaker

Thursday, 05.26.2011 / 12:42 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft


The Owen Sound Attack, already missing top scorer Joey Hishon, also will be without team captain Garrett Wilson for Thursday's tiebreaker game against the Kootenay Ice at the MasterCard Memorial Cup (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, Sportsnet, RDS).

Wilson, a 2009 fourth-round pick of the Florida Panthers, is suffering from concussion-like symptoms following a hard hit into the boards by Mississauga's Chris DeSousa during the first period of Wednesday's game. Attack GM Dale DeGray said Wilson will miss the remainder of the tournament.

"The Attack will once again exercise on the side of caution as it relates to the health of our players," DeGray said.  "We will continue to monitor the status of both Garrett and Joey Hishon as we look to move forward in this tournament."

NHL contract helped Anderson get past draft snub

Thursday, 05.26.2011 / 12:13 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Bill Hoppe - NHL.com Correspondent

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Not even a phone call from the San Jose Sharks and an invitation to their training camp completely could sooth J.P. Anderson's pain.
Twenty-one goalies were selected 21 goalies in the 2010 Entry Draft, but all 30 clubs passed on Anderson. The rejection stung him.
"It took me just a little while to get over (the Draft)," Anderson said prior to his 21-save performance Wednesday in the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors' 3-1 win against the Owen Sound Attack in the MasterCard Memorial Cup.
The victory clinched the Majors' spot in Friday's semifinal, where they'll play the winner of Thursday's tiebreaker game between the Kootenay Ice and Owen Sound.

Hishon to miss next Memorial Cup game

Wednesday, 05.25.2011 / 1:11 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Bill Hoppe - NHL.com Correspondent

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Owen Sound Attack center Joey Hishon will miss Wednesday's MasterCard Memorial Cup game against the Mississauga St. Majors with an undisclosed injury after he was elbowed in the face late in the team's tournament opener Saturday against the Kootenay Ice.

Attack general manager Dale DeGray said he expects Hishon, whose 24 playoff points (5 goals, 19 assists) tied for the OHL playoff scoring lead, to return later in the tournament. He's missed two games.

While Hishon passed a baseline test earlier this week, DeGray said the 19-year-old did not suffer a concussion.

DeSerres' resilience rewarded

Wednesday, 05.25.2011 / 12:25 AM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Bill Hoppe - NHL.com Correspondent

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Never mind the risk. Jacob DeSerres wanted to play again. The goalie understood his junior hockey career possibly was over, but so what? He was going to move more than 600 miles away and prepare vigorously for a final season that might never materialize.
Shortly after DeSerres allowed every goal in the Brandon Wheat Kings' stunning 9-1 loss to the Windsor Spitfires in last year's MasterCard Memorial Cup final, he went home to Calgary and planned his future.
With 17-year-old goalies Corbin Boes and Liam Liston ready to take over for the Wheat Kings, DeSerres' time in Brandon likely was over. As an overage goaltender, he would have limited appeal all over the Canadian Hockey League because teams only can carry three players with 1990 birth years this season.
The 21-year-old DeSerres and his family decided he should spend the offseason training with Paul Fricker, his goalie coach, in Vancouver.
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