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Several major midget Leafs attending Fog Devils camp

It will be very much a reunion of the St. Johns Maple Leafs major midget hockey team when the St. John's Fog Devils hold their 2007 training camp beginning next month in Summerside, P.E.I.

There are seven players who suited up with the midget Leafs this past season who are also Fog Devils' draft choices. Add in three more 2006-07 Leafs who have been invited to the Fog Devils camp, and it means about half the major midget teams players from last year are set try out for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League club.

The three invitees from the 2007 Atlantic major midget champion Leafs are centres Jonathan Caul (20 goal, 11 assists, 31 points, 26 PIMs) and Jeremy Barron (12-10-22, 58 PIMs), as well as right-winger Michael King (13-18-31, 92 PIMs).

Fog Devils' draft choices who played on Rick Babstock's Leafs last season include defencemen Mitch Flynn, Alex Wall, Pat Parfrey and Jeff MacRoberts and forwards Chris Thorne, Kyle Hynes and Vincent Paiement.

Former Leafs, current Devils

In addition, the Fog Devils' 2006-07 roster featured a half-dozen regulars who are alumni of the midget Maple Leafs and who are all eligible to return to the Devils this season. Those six are forwards Ryan Graham, Wes Welcher, Kenny Pennell and Luke Adam and defencemen Pat O'Keefe and Matt Boland, although plans are to switch Boland to forward this season.

And if that's not enough of a Leafs' connection, the Fog Devils' protected list includes two other former members of the midget team, forwards Jon Reid and Matthew Squires.

In all, that makes 18 current or ex-Leafs, representing a full one-third of the Fog Devils' protected list.


Barron, Caul and King are among 11 players who have invitations to the Fog Devils' training camp.

There are five others from this province, three of them from major midget teams: defenceman Tyler Gale of the Tri-Pen Frost (18 points last season, second on the team), six-foot-three, 205-pound defenceman Bobby Burden of the Central Ice Pak and forward Scott Hancock (5-12-17), who led the provincial major midget league with 209 penalty minutes last season.

The other two Newfoundlanders both played with the Gonzaga high school Vikings last winter: winger Justin Fitzgerald and defenceman Daniel Cadigan, who also saw time with Celtics of the St. John's junior league.

The other three invitees are all forwards: Miramichi, N.B., native Matthew Milson, who played with the Woodstock Slammers of the Maritime junior A league in 2006-07 and was also a member of New Brunswick's Canada Winter Games team; Rejean Deveau of the South Shore Mustangs, a 2007 second-team all-star in the Nova Scotia major midget league; and Luc Cormier, who played with the Moncton Flyers of the N.B.-P.E.I. major midget league.

Organizations: Maple Leafs, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: St. John's, Summerside, Miramichi New Brunswick Canada Nova Scotia

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