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2013 Draft Eligibles: Owen Sound’s Three-man Attack

Two years ago the Owen Sound Attack were the class of the Ontario Hockey League. It was the first time in franchise history that Owen Sound represented the OHL at the Memorial Cup. The Attack took down the two-time defending league champion Windsor Spitfires in the Western Conference Final, then defeated the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in the OHL Final. Mississauga would eventually outlast Owen Sound, making it to the Memorial Cup Final, but that doesn’t diminish the season culminated by the Attack. Cameron Brace remembers that season. The 2010-11 campaign was Brace’s draft-eligible year and his first full one …

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Edmonton Oil Kings Curtis Lazar’s strong second half improved draft status

This time one year ago Curtis Lazar was a surefire top-10 draft pick according to many scouts and draft pundits. This high praise was largely because of Lazar’s breakthrough playoff performance where he registered eight goals and 11 assists in 20 Western Hockey League playoff games. Lazar was a key reason why the Oil Kings won the WHL Championship last season and reached the Memorial Cup in Shawinigan. The Vernon, BC native’s first real impression on scouts came back at the 2011 Canada Winter Games where Lazar was a member of Team British Columbia U16. For those of you who …

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Hockey Hilarity: Erik Karlsson’s TUI

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! This week we’re showing you a picture that was tweeted out by last year’s Norris Trophy winner and potential cyborg, Erik Karlsson. After the Ottawa Senators were eliminated from the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Senators, Karlsson, as I’m sure many others did, went out to blow off some steam at what I can only guess is some kind of bar, and let us all know that “hey, just because I’m …

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Kerby Rychel is yet another NHL prospect with great athletic bloodlines

  For many reading this article the last name Rychel may sound familiar. For some they may have no may have no idea. To clear up any confusion Windsor Spitfires left winger Kerby Rychel is the son of former NHL player Warren Rychel. The elder Rychel played nine seasons overall in the NHL with the Kings, Maple Leafs, Avalanche and Ducks respectively. While Warren was known throughout his NHL career as a grinder and a pest, Kerby has developed into a premier power forward prospect who registered back-to-back 40 goal seasons with the Spitfires. Kerby was originally drafted by the Barrie …

Brennan (second from left) with his teammates, winners of the second-annual Flyers Faithful Roller Hockey Tournament

Local Boy and NHLer TJ Brennan Goes Back to His Roots For a Good Cause

On Saturday, June 1, Flyers Faithful hosted its second-annual Roller Hockey Tournament at the rinks at Wesley Bishop Park in Moorestown, NJ. Local product TJ Brennan, currently playing in the NHL for the Florida Panthers, participated for the second straight year, and was kind enough to speak with Flyers Faithful during the tournament about growing up in the area, his team’s chances, and some of his experiences from during his professional career. Can you tell me what it was like growing up in the area and now representing South Jersey in the NHL? It’s been great. New Jersey, especially South …