- 6-foot-9 centre Chris McLaughlin, who has a single-game high of 41 points this season at Oakville (Ont.) Abbey Park, has committed to the Victoria Vikes (here's his highlight reel).
- A recruiting coup on the women's side: 6-foot guard Claire Colborne, of Calgary, has selected UNB after having interest from about 40 NCAA and CIS schools. She's already getting 'next Kelsey Hodgson' comparisons.
Colborne, the younger sister of Boston Bruins first-round draft choice Joe Colborne, led Alberta to the gold medal at the 2009 Canada Summer Games. She was the leading scorer in the semifinal and final.
Talk about an athletic and presumably bright family: Another sister, Melissa Colborne, was all-Ivy League in hoops at Yale. (Fredericton Daily Gleaner)
- McMaster's master switch that helped snap their four-game losing streak on Wedneday night? Putting sophomore combo forward Cam Michaud (26 points) in 4-spot with Keenan Jeppesen at the 5. (Hamilton Spectator)
- Simon Fraser coach Bruce Langford has not guided his Clan to a 48-game win streak by getting caught up in it: ""I don't live in the American sports culture and I don't think most of my university even knows about our win streak or really values it in any way. But I hardly worry what people think."
Perhaps that is not the greatest sound byte for some people, but it's honest. I'll that that every day. (Little Man on Campus)
- Wish him well: McMaster left tackle Mike Sewell is set to play for Team World vs. Team USA in a 19-and-under all-star game on Jan. 30 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Sewell is doing so while mourning his father's death four days after Christmas. (Hamilton Spectator)
- Factoid:One of the World squad's quarterbacks, Jeremi Doyon-Roch, and the kicker, Tyler Crapigna of Ottawa, were born on the same day (Aug. 4, 1992) so they're tied for being the youngest Canadian on the team. The Ottawa Sun profiled Crapigna earlier this week.
- Reeling Lakehead won't have scoring leader Brock McPherson (injury)or defender Ryan Maunu (suspension)for this weekend's series vs. Windsor; d-man Kalvin Sagert (suspension) is also a no-go for the first game. (Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal)
- Manitoba is well-aware that its lead over Calgary for second place in Canada West is down to one point. It bears asking how well a team with 10 newcomers will hold it together dwon the stretch, although the Dinos are in their first season under a new coaching staff. (Winnipeg Sun)
- Nipissing forward Marcus Pryde, who has given the Lakers an injection of secondary scoring, is also an accomplished rolley hockey player. Nice Q&A. (North Bay Nugget)
- Think you're busy? Western rookie forward Chris Corbeil has been going back-and-forth between the No. 3 Mustangs and his weekend gig as a defender with the National Lacrosse League's Buffalo Bandits. (London Free Press)