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From the Branches: The pre-seasons begin

The QMJHL kicked off hockey's pre-season in North America, as the KHL preps to start their season in 10 days

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It's that time of year, Hallowe'en decorations are hitting store shelves, back to school ads are everywhere, and players are lacing up the skates for their own workouts, pre-season games, and getting themselves into game shape.

On August 24th SKA with visit CSKA to kick off the KHL's 8th season. Last night the Saint John Sea Dogs blanked the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5-0 and the Victoriaville Cougars beat the Shawinigan Cataracts 5-4 in OT.

The smell of wet gear is in the air. the O and the W kick off pre-season action in a couple weeks, the NHL is far off, rookie tournaments are still about a month away, but if you're chomping for game action then your local Jr A/B leagues should be kicking off their seasons around that time.

One month people.

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