North American Juniors

CHL Game Night: 1-6-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-1-2, +3, 5 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 36 GP, 26-9-35, +9, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 28 GP, 25-20-45, +23, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Boko Imama took over the team goal-scoring lead with his 26th marker of the season, and also added an assist and fight vs Jeffrey Truchon-Viel to give him the Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Mathieu Joseph, coming off his goal in the WJC Gold Medal Game vs USA, did not play for Saint John.

Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/16 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 32 GP, 8-15-23, -10, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Swiss WJC stud Nico Hischier (2017) had two goals and two assists to lead the Mooseheads to a 6-2 win over visiting Moncton. Somppi is scoreless in his last three contests.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 4

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 27-19-46, +19, 40 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan has scored in eight of his last nine games, giving him 27 goals for the season – good enough for third in the league. He is plus-18 in his last eight games.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Kitchener Rangers 5 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season: 37 GP, 19-14-33, +6, 24 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk scored in overtime at the Aud to propel the Greyhounds to a 6-5 win over the Rangers. Bruins first rounder Zach Senyshyn had a hat trick for the Soo, his fourth of the season. Katchouk has three overtime goals this year, which leads the OHL. (Highlights) He also had five shorthanded goals, which leads the OHL. Lightning prospect Mathieu Joseph leads the QMJHL in shorties, as well.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 4

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 5-15-20, +6, 33 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Paquette was scoreless for the fourth game in a row, but the IceDogs picked up a home win over visiting Peterborough, 4-3. The Petes are expected to be active leading up to Tuesday’s trade deadline. Peterborough native Mitchell Stephens would look good in his hometown colors, but the rumors seem to indicate Windsor may be his destination.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP: 3-15-18, -9, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 19-23-42, +5, 27 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Backup goalie Brody Willms stopped 23 shots to give the Warriors a win over the visiting Blades. Moose Jaw made a major trade this week, acquiring 17-year-old forward Justin Almeida, 18-year-old forward Yan Khomenko, a 5th round pick in 2017, and a 2nd round pick in 2018 from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for 18-year-old forward Nikita Popugaev, who is expected to go in the first round of the 2017 draft. Both Almeida and Khomenko were scoreless Friday for the Warriors.

CHL Game Night: 1-4-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 5 SOG, 4 Hits
Season Totals: 35 GP, 25-8-33, +6, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

Saint John got down 3-1 and 5-2 before ultimately losing, 6-3. Imama fought Yannik Bertrand.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 6

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season: 36 GP, 17-14-31, +4, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk broke Michael McNiven’s shutout attempt with a shorthanded goal with 32 seconds remaining. The Montreal prospect goaltender was cut from Team Canada’s WJC team in favor of Lightning prospect Connor Ingram.

Niagara IceDogs 2 @ Erie Otters 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

No Taylor Raddysh, no problem for Erie, who beat visiting Niagara, 7-2, Wednesday. Alex DeBrincat only had one goal for the Otters. Paquette has just two goals in his last 20 games and is scoreless in his last three.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 18-22-40, +4, 27 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden had two assists to give him five points in his last two games. Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) had a hat trick for the Warriors to give him 34 goals on the season.

NOTE: The following players are with Team Canada in preparation for the World Junior Championships: Anthony Cirelli, Taylor Raddysh, Mitchell Stephens, Connor Ingram, Mathieu Joseph.

CHL Game Night: 1-3-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 2 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 15/23 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 31 GP, 8-15-23, -9, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi has gone scoreless in 11 of his last 17 games.

Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, +4, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 33 GP, 25-19-44, +18, 38 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan was first star Tuesday as the Cataractes defeated the Drakkar, 4-2. Yan scored his goal 40 seconds into the game.

NOTE: The QMJHL is on break until December 28.

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 5-14-19, +8, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Newly acquired Nikita Koroselstev (Leafs) had a goal and an assist to lead the Petes to a home win over the Fronts. The Petes are 9-1 in their last 10 games and are a point behind Oshawa for the East Division lead.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 2-0-2, +3, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP: 3-12-15, -7, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek had his first 2-goal game as a CHLer, leading the Blades to a win in Manitoba. Hajek was the last player cut from Team Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships. He has responded nicely since that time, posting three points in three games.

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Prince Albert Raiders 5 (SO)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 25 GP, 18-20-38, +1, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden had a goal and two assists Tuesday to give him three goals and three assists in the five games since being cut from Team Canada.

NOTE: The following players are with Team Canada in preparation for the World Junior Championships: Anthony Cirelli, Taylor Raddysh, Mitchell Stephens, Connor Ingram, Mathieu Joseph.

Editor's Note: Apologies for the delay in daily updates during the holidays. Travel and computer issues contributed to the unintentional break.

Bolts Ink Brett Howden to Entry-Level Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Brett Howden to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Howden, 6-foot-3, 191 pounds, has played in 21 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League this season, recording 16 goals and 32 points along with four power-play goals. He ranks fourth on the Warriors for goals and fifth for points despite missing time due to injury. Howden’s current 1.52 points per game average would be a career high.

A native of Oakbank, Manitoba, Howden has skated in 162 career WHL games, all with Moose Jaw, with 63 goals and 143 points. He has also amassed 104 penalty minutes and 20 power-play goals. Howden played in 10 WHL playoff games last season and notched four goals and 15 points. He was named the Warriors’ Rookie of the Year for the 2014-15 season.

Howden was selected by Tampa Bay in the first round, 27th overall, of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

CHL Game Night: 12-17-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 8

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-2-3, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 31 GP, 20-8-28, +5, 40 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

One day after a snowstorm forced the postponement of a Halifax-Saint John matchup the Dogs put a snowman on the board against the Islanders. Imama now has 20 goals in 31 games. He had 30 in his entire QMJHL career coming into this season (210 games). Let that sink in.

Moncton Wildcats 6 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 16/26 FO, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 28 GP, 8-14-22, -3, 18 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi scored twice and added an assist, but it wasn’t enough for Halifax, who lost to Moncton, 6-4. Somppi’s second of the game cut the Wildcats’ lead to 5-4 at 7:58 of the third period. That was the closest they’d come. This was Somppi’s first multi-goal game since February 4 of last year. He has three 2-goal games in his brief QMJHL career.

Shawinigan Cataractes 6 @ Quebec Remparts 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 4 Hits
Season Totals: 28 GP, 22-17-39, +9, 32 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

One game after putting five points on the board vs. the Sags, Yan scored once in Shawinigan’s 6-1 win in Quebec City. Yan has six goals and seven assists in six December games.

NOTE: The QMJHL is on break until December 28.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 4 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 31 GP, 12-15-27, -5, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Niagara was down 2-0, then up 3-2 late before Windsor forced overtime. The IceDogs won in a shootout. Paquette had two points in regulation, but was not one of the five shooters for Niagara in the circus. Former Bolt prospect Cristiano DiGiacinto had a goal and two assists for the Spits. The former sixth rounder has eight goals and 11 helpers in 21 games this year.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Regina Pats 7

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 20 GP, 15-16-31, +3, 15 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Moose Jaw heads into the break with a 7-3 loss at the hands of the Pats, whom the Warriors upset on Friday night. Howden’s goal put Moose Jaw up 3-2 entering the third period Saturday before Regina scored five times in the final frame – none into an empty net. The Warriors gave the Pats just their third loss of the season on Friday.

NOTE: The following players are with Team Canada in preparation for the World Junior Championships: Anthony Cirelli, Taylor Raddysh, Mitchell Stephens, Connor Ingram, Mathieu Joseph. Libor Hajek is with Team Czech Republic.

CHL Game Night: 12-16-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 1 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-4-5, +5, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 27 GP, 21-17-38, +8, 32 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan was first star Friday as the Cataractes beat up on the Sags, 6-1. He has five goals and six assists in his last three games.

NOTE: The Halifax-Saint John game (Somppi vs Imama) was postponed due to weather.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season: 31 GP, 14-12-26, +4, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk scored shorthanded as the Soo built a 4-0 lead and subsequently allowed three third period goals. A late empty-netter sealed the deal.

Niagara IceDogs 2 @ Oshawa Generals 5

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 11-14-25, -6, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

The Gens completed a season sweep of Niagara with a 5-2 win Friday.

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3 (OT)

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 3-12-15, +9, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Peterborough lost a 3-0 third period lead, but prevailed in overtime. Spencer had two assists in the Petes’ impressive 3-1 win over second-ranked (CHL) London.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 19 GP, 14-15-29, +6, 15 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Moose Jaw played a strong defensive third period, propelling them to a 5-4 win over the high-powered Pats. They lost a 2-0 lead early, falling behind 4-2 late in the first period, then scored the game's final three goals in the second period to steal the win. Regina is the top-ranked team in the CHL, coming into Friday at 21-2-6-0.

NOTE: The following players are with Team Canada in preparation for the World Junior Championships: Anthony Cirelli, Taylor Raddysh, Mitchell Stephens, Connor Ingram, Mathieu Joseph. Libor Hajek is with Team Czech Republic.

CHL Game Night: 12-14-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 21/34 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 27 GP, 6-13-19, -4, 18 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi took nearly three times the amount of faceoffs as anyone else on the team, but despite the ice time went scoreless in a loss to the Titan. He has failed to register a point in six of his last eight games. Somppi was passed over for Finland’s selection camp in preparation for the World Junior Championships despite his U17 and U18 international experience.

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season: 30 GP, 13-12-25, +5, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk broke a four-game scoreless streak with an assist in the Soo’s overtime loss to Sudbury.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 18 GP, 14-13-27, +6, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden was back in the Warriors’ lineup quickly after being released from Team Canada earlier in the week. He had an assist in Moose Jaw’s 4-1 win over Prince Albert Wednesday. Howden is a very strong candidate to be on Canada’s WJC entry next Christmas.

NOTE: The following players are with Team Canada in preparation for the World Junior Championships: Anthony Cirelli, Taylor Raddysh, Mitchell Stephens, Connor Ingram, Mathieu Joseph. Libor Hajek is with Team Czech Republic.

CHL Game Night: 12-11-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 3-0-3, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season Totals: 30 GP, 19-6-25, +4, 36 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

Saint John was playing without stars Mathieu Joseph and Thomas Chabot, but Boko Imama was still in the lineup, and that’s all the Dogs needed Sunday. Boko had his second hat trick of the season, leading Saint John to a 4-1 win over the Armada. Boko’s 19 goals are six more than his previous career high, in about 30 fewer games.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 29 GP, 13-11-24, +5, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk is scoreless in his last four games.

Peterborough Petes 6 @ Ottawa 67’s 2

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 3-9-12, +6, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Peterborough had a 4-0 lead by the early second period and coasted to a 6-2 win.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP: 1-11-12, -7, 43 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Saskatoon has won two in a row and is 4-5-1 in its last 10 games to pull within two points of a wild card spot in the East.

NOTE: The following players have left their junior teams to join Team Canada in preparation for the World Junior Championships: Anthony Cirelli, Taylor Raddysh, Mitchell Stephens, Brett Howden, Connor Ingram, Mathieu Joseph.

CHL Game Night: 12-10-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5 (OT)

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 18/25 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 26 GP, 6-13-19, -4, 18 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Halifax scored twice late in the third period, but fell in overtime to the Eagles.

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 26 GP, 18-10-28, +1, 30 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan scored twice Friday and added two more to go with two assists Saturday.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Erie Otters 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season: 28 GP, 13-11-24, +5, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk created multiple chances, but didn't find the scoresheet.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Regina Pats 1 (OT)

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP: 1-11-12, -6, 43 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek had the primary assist on the overtime winner as Saskatoon upset the CHL’s top-ranked team, 2-1, in Regina. Hajek was named to Team Czech Republic’s WJC selection camp roster earlier this week.

NOTE: The following players have left their junior teams to join Team Canada in preparation for the World Junior Championships: Anthony Cirelli, Taylor Raddysh, Mitchell Stephens, Brett Howden, Connor Ingram, Mathieu Joseph.

CHL Game Night: 12-9-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 26 GP, 18-10-28, +1, 30 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan scored twice to break a five-game goalless streak.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 2 @ Oshawa Generals 5

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/22 FO
Season Totals: 25 GP, 13-20-33, +17, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli had just his third minus game of the season (25 games).

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 7 @ Prince Albert Raiders 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, +2, 5 PIM
Season Totals: 17 GP, 14-12-26, +4, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden had a Gordie How hat trick, scoring, notching an assist, and fighting Carson Miller in Moose Jaw’s 7-3 win over the Raiders Friday.

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