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The Americans and Vancouver Giants were each hit with fines over the weekend for their part in a fight-filled game Friday — a 9-1 Tri-City victory — at Toyota Center.

The Americans were fined $350 for actions of players. The Giants were given two fines — $250 for multiple fights vs. Tri-City and $500 for actions of players. The coaches, who were both tossed, were not suspended. The fines were justified.

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Jonathan Parker of the Prince Albert Raiders is the WHL and CHL Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 19. Parker scored four goals and had five assists for nine points in three games with a plus-5 rating, helping the Raiders to a 2-1-0-0 record in that span.

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Team Canada named defenseman Ryan Ellis (Windsor, OHL) captain for the World Junior Championship. Spokane Chiefs D-man Jared Cowen, Oshawa Generals (OHL) D-man Calvin de Haan and Saskatoon Blades forward Brayden Schenn were named alternate captains.

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The Calgary Hitmen collected 23,000 stuffed animals during their Teddy Bear Toss night Dec. 12 in a 2-0 win over Red Deer. Cody Sylvester scored 3:49 into the first period to bring down the rain of animals. A few nights later, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams did a little piece on the event. Good things come to those who do good deeds.

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The Portland Winterhawks collected more than 12,000 teddy bears during their Dec. 11 Teddy Bear Toss. The players made deliveries to Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children and the VA Medical Center.

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The Prince Albert Raiders have a poll on their website asking fans what the Raiders should ask for Christmas — 1. More goals, 2. Better Consistency, 3. Less injuries, 4. Improved special teams. So far, the winner in the poll is for better consistency (54 percent) by a wide margin. At 14-19-2-2, I think whatever Santa brings would be helpful.

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The Prince George Cougars (18-14-2-1) head into the Christmas break with a three game winning streak and first place in the BC Division. This, from a team that won 12 games all of last year. Yes, PG, there is a Santa Claus and his name is Brett Connolly (22 goals, 14 assists).

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A banner bearing Mike Sillinger's name and No. 16 will be raised to the rafters Jan. 14 when the Regina Pats play host to the Edmonton Oil Kings. Sillinger will become the eighth player to have his jersey retired by the Pats, who've also honoured Ed Staniowski, Brad Hornung, Clark Gillies, Doug Wickenheiser, Dennis Sobchuk, Dale Derkatch and Bill Hicke.

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