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Maple Leafs rookies Auston Matthews (left) and Connor Brown wheel around at practice in preparation for another Battle of Ontario at the Air Canada Centre tonight. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun)

Brown will slide into Marner's spot

From a low priority pre-season sidebar of “will he make the team?” to a mid-season media maelstrom of “will he miss any games?”, it’s easy to see how vital Mitch Marner has become to the Maple Leafs’ hope to play beyond mid-April.

Gustav Nyquist #14 of the Detroit Red Wings tries to get around the stick of Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers during the second period at Joe Louis Arena on January 22, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Nyquist gets six games for spearing

Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has been suspended for six games for high-sticking Minnesota Wild defenceman Jared Spurgeon during a game last weekend.

Flames fall in shutout

The Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School Flames did not feel a lot of love from their rivals from St. Theresa's on Valentine's Day as the Thunder rolled to a dominant 4-0 win at Rotary Place. The visitors jumped out to a fast start with a pair of quick first-period goals, and then tallied a single goal in each of the final two periods to earn

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Veteran Orillia defenceman Konnor Blimke has been a tower of strength on the blueline for Orillia. Above, he’s shown thwarting a Kings forward from getting the puck into the Terriers’ end. Orillia rallied to beat Penetang 4-3 in overtime to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.

Terriers take 3-1 series lead

Backed by spectacular goaltending, improved team defence and a more balanced scoring attack, the Davenport Subaru Orillia Terriers are in the driver's seat in their Provincial Junior Hockey League first-round series against Penetang.

Hockey Canada head Tom Renney has several plans in place -- with or without NHL players -- for Canada's coaches and roster at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea next February. (David Bloom/Postmedia Network)

Uneasy wait for Olympics decision

Tom Renney has Plan A and Plan B and maybe even a Plan C in his Hockey Canada office and admits he has no clue whether NHL players will be participating in the Olympic Games next year in Korea.

Brandon Wheat Kings player Meyer Nell (middle) tries to score on Calgary Hitmen goalie Kyle Dumba during WHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Jan. 29, 2017. (Leah Hennel/Postmedia Network)

Judge orders CHL to open books

Canadian Hockey League teams are offside in withholding detailed financial records that are being sought be players seeking a minimum wage from them, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Orillia Terriers netminder Andrew North keeps his eyes on the play while defenceman Konnor Blimke makes sure Penetang forward Owen King is kept away from the crease during heated action Saturday night at Rotary Place. The Terriers won 4-1 to even the first-round playoff series 1-1.

Terriers 'turning heads'

After a heart-breaking series-opening overtime defeat 24 hours earlier, the Davenport Subaru Orillia Terriers bounced back with a solid 4-1 win over Penetang Saturday night at Rotary Place to knot their best-of-seven Provincial Junior Hockey League series 1-1.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Orillia native Andrew North is shown above making a save while a member of the Penetang Kings. North and Andrew Couling were traded for one another recently and will now face each other in the first round of the playoffs. Game 1 goes Friday night in Penetang with the second game slated for Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Rotary Place.

Terriers set for clash with Kings

After missing the post-season last year, the Davenport Subaru Orillia Terriers are ready to unleash their pent-up playoff prowess against the Penetang Kings when the Provincial Junior Hockey League playoffs begin Friday.

Dave Dawson/ The Packet & Times The Start Talking Cup began three years ago to help hockey players start talking about mental health issues. It’s expanded to include off-ice workshops for both players and parents. On Tuesday night, members of the North Central Predators minor midget team met at the Rama MASK and received tips and coping strategies from Canadian Mental Health Association youth workers and former AAA players drafted by the Barrie Colts: Kyle Heitzner, right, and Christian Taylor, left.

Start Talking Cup shines a light on mental health

Hockey players, from an early age, are taught the nuances of skating, how to shoot hard and accurately, how to dish out a body check and how to take a hit. They are schooled about the value of hard work, the importance of obeying their coaches and the merit of proper nutrition and exercise.

Stars centre Devin Shore (17) scores a goal against Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen while Leafs defencemen Connor Carrick (8) and Jake Gardiner (51) defend during first period NHL action in Dallas on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (LM Otero/AP Photo)

Leafs defence plays soft in loss

Soft D in the Big D. That’s all that was required for the Maple Leafs to go down hard in their first game following the National Hockey League all-star break.

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