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McKegg, Knights Into Semi-Finals At Memorial Cup

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The London Knights have guaranteed themselves at least a berth in the Memorial Cup semi-finals on Friday following a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings. Check out the highlights

Leafs prospect Greg McKegg finally scored his first goal in the win since April 11th against Saginaw. McKegg had been dealing with a shoulder injury that cost him the conference final against Kitchener.

“It’s been a long time, but I never got down,” McKegg told the Toronto Sun. “Sure, there were some missed chances and rehab on the shoulder was tough, but […]

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Kuli Wins Gold, Memorial Cup In Full Swing

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The 2012 World Hockey Championships came to a close over the weekend with Russia winning the Gold medal over Slovakia 6-2. In the Bronze medal game, the Czech Republic defeated 3-2.

Nikolai Kulemin had one shot on net in the Gold Medal victory playing just over 12 minutes. He finished the tournament with four points in 10 games with a +4 rating while averaging 14:21 per game.

Prospect Leo Komarov had one goal in the tournament with a minus 1 rating as he saw over 13 minutes a game. Komarov earlier in […]

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Canada Bounced From Worlds

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The quarter-finals at the 2012 World Hockey Championships began Thursday with Canada being eliminated after suffering a 4-3 loss to Slovakia. It was the third straight season that Canada has been bounced during the quarter-final.

Canada led 3-2 with just over seven minutes to play when Milan Bartovic tied the game at 13:25. As Canada was killing off a penalty to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan Getzlaf was given a kneeing major with 17:28 gone in the period. It took Slovakia four seconds to score the winning goal.

Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf ended the tournament with a […]

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All things being equal: can the Barons stop Kadri, Frattin and D’Amigo?

If the OKC Barons can keep Nazem Kadri (shown here during a stint with the Leafs) under control they will enjoy a huge advantage in their third-round series with the Marlies.

So uncannily alike, the Toronto Marlies and Oklahoma City Barons must feel they are playing themselves as much as each other.

The Barons earned 99 points this season. The Marlies struck for 96.

The Marlies outscored the Bs by four goals, 217-214.

Toronto finished with 175 goals against, one piddly goal fewer than the Barons.

The Barons have won seven of nine playoff […]

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Quarter-Finals All Set

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The 2012 World Hockey Championships are starting to wind down with the quarter-final games all set. Team Canada finished first in the Helsinki group and they will now face Slovakia Thursday.  With Canada finishing first in the group, they can’t face the powerful Russians until the final which is Sunday May 20. The other match ups include: Finland vs. USA, Russia vs. Norway and Sweden vs. Czech Republic.

Four of the five Maple Leafs playing in the tournament have advanced with Mikhail Grabovski and Belarus being the only one to see their […]

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McKegg & The Knights Memorial Cup Bound

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There will be one Leafs prospect taking part in the 2012 Memorial Cup as Greg McKegg and the London Knights are OHL Champions. The Knights defeated the Niagara Ice Dogs in five games including winning the final four games of the series. Check out the highlights of the clinching win.

London will now join the Saint John Sea Dogs, Edmonton Oil Kings and the host Shawinigan Cataractes in the tournament which begins May 18. You can watch the entire tournament on Sportsnet. London plays their two round robin games on May […]

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Latest News & Notes

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This is a big weekend for the CHL playoffs as the final two spots for the Memorial Cup could be determined. Tonight, Leafs prospect Greg McKegg and the London Knights could eliminate the Niagara Ice Dogs in the OHL final. You can watch the game on Sportsnet beginning at 7pm.

In the WHL, the Edmonton Oil Kings defeated Brad Ross and the Portland Winterhawks in Game 5 4-3 Thursday to take a 3-2 series lead. The last three games in the series have all been determined by 4-3 scores. The series […]

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You’ve got to know when to hold them.

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Suppose, just suppose, the Leafs had a line on a goalie.

Not a kid, this guy is 25-years-old. He won 40 of 73 games at a big-time US college. Goalie X succeeded everywhere he played. He would test through the ceiling in emotional intelligence.

Your candidate was a Hobey Baker finalist and played a dozen NHL games without incident. Size isn’t a problem; he is six-foot-two. Did I mention he was the best goalie in the American League this season?

Oh, yes. He’s 7-1 in the post-season with a .944 save percentage.

Ladies and […]

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McKegg, Knights A Win Away From Memorial Cup Berth

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The CHL playoffs are nearing a close in all three leagues with Leafs prospect Greg McKegg and the London Knights in the OHL a win away from a berth in the 2012 Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, Quebec.

The Knights defeated Niagara 4-1 Wednesday despite being outshot 37-21. Check out the highlights.

McKegg was held off the scoresheet for the second consecutive game. He has just two points in the series so far and 11 total in 14 playoff games. The Knights can wrap up the series at home Friday (7:00 pm Sportsnet).

In the WHL, […]

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Here’s to the good ones and the good ones to come.

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There’s a saying in journalism: you don’t pull for the team, you pull for the story.

Sometimes, more often than you think, you pull for the guy.

So it is with former Leaf John Mitchell, whose faceoff win  led to the Rangers game-winning goal in Game 5 of their playoff with Washington.

You’d have to go a long way to find a kinder guy than John Mitchell, a kid from Oakville so universally liked that anyone who so much as walked by him would wish him well.

You might however find one in the […]

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