Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hicketts full of passion . . . Heat's on Groulx . . . CHL hits New York Times

Joe Hicketts has heard it for most of his life. In fact, you couldn’t blame him if he sometimes thinks his first name really is Undersized. . . . The 5-foot-8 Hicketts has a spot on Canada’s national junior team, the Victoria Royals defender and Kamloops native having been named to the team on Friday night. . . . But what it is that sets Hicketts apart. For starters, his mother, Lee-Gaye, will tell you that “he has a passion that’s hard to believe.” She also will tell you that she first noticed it when he was not yet three years of age. . . . Mark Masters of TSN has more on Hicketts right here.
For the next three weeks, Benoit Groulx has the toughest job in all of Canada. He is the head coach of the country’s national junior team, which starts play in the World Junior Championship on Friday not having won a gold medal since 2009. Roy MacGregor of The Globe and Mail has more right here.

Major junior hockey hit the pages of The New York Times on Sunday with a story by Jeff Z. Klein that chronicles the three lawsuits that have been filed against the Canadian Hockey League and the three leagues that function under its umbrella -- the OHL, QMJHL and WHL. Klein’s story is right here.

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