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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: 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 …

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Flyers should consider Troy Rutkowski: A Poor Man’s Justin Schultz

It is hard to go unnoticed when you stand 6-foot-1 and weigh 207 pounds. It is even harder when your team is largely considered the most potent threat in all of Canadian juniors. However, that’s exactly been the case for Portland Winterhawks defenseman Troy Rutkowski. Last night in Vancouver the Winterhawks’ captain played in his 225th consecutive game, extending his franchise record Iron Man streak. The victory over the Giants added one more to Rutkowski’s franchise record 336 career games. Rutkowski passed current Boston Bruin defenseman, Andrew Ference, on February 6 on home ice at the Rose Garden. The Garden …