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U-17 Tournament Top Players

Do you want a head start on the NHL Draft in 2013? Well, with myself and Brian Raiger taking in 15 games in eight days at the World Under-17 Championship in Windsor, Ontario, we have a good picture of who was a standout player. Here are some of the top guys we saw at the tournament. I'm putting on my scouting glasses and have my clipboard ready. Keep in mind these are guys that stood out to me. I also took into account what the scouts said. I didn't really look at size as a disadvantage.

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1. Nathan MacKinnon (Atlantic - Halifax, QMJHL)

MacKinnon is an average sized scorer and has tremendous hands. While he only had a goal and three assists during the tour...

One-on-One With Darren Dutchyshen


During Thursday’s late game at Tecumseh Arena between Team Pacific and Team West for the World U-17, TSN hockey analyst Darren Dutchyshen was spotted behind the glass talking with scouts, all while watching his nephew play for Team West. “Dutchy,” as he is known on TSN, took time during intermissions and post-game for pictures and autographs with fans. Darren was kind enough to allow me to sit down with him for an interview, with his thoughts on the U-17 tournament.

Kyle Busch: Tecumseh is a small town, around 24,000 people live here. What do think of the show that the city is putting on here at Tecumseh Arena?

Darren Dutchyshen: It’s really good,...

U-17 Championships Day 1 Recap

Spencer Martin made 19 saves for the shutout as Ontario opened defense of its World Under-17 Hockey Challenge gold medal with a 5-0 victory over Germany in front of more than 3,000 fans at the WFCU Centre on Thursday afternoon.

The result was a reversal of fortune from the last time Ontario defended a gold medal on home ice – in 2010, it suffered a shocking 5-3 loss to Finland in its opening game in Timmins, Ont., although it rebounded to reach the gold medal game.

Hometow...