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OHL Notebook: Hayton excelling with Team Canada

Barrett Hayton has earned his spot on Canada's Under-18 team, playing internationally this week
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Soo Greyhounds forward Barret Hayton is off to a solid start at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, being held this week in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia.

The Peterborough, Ont. product assisted on a pair of goals on Tuesday as Team Canada skated to a 5-1 win over Team Finland, giving the 17-year-old three points through a pair of round robin games.

Hayton scored Canada’s first goal in a 4-3 shootout loss to Russia on Monday.

The young centre is coming off a selection camp that saw him earn a spot on the Canadian team after scoring twice and assisting on two more goals in three selection camp scrimmages.

Soo Greyhounds Coach Drew Bannister is also at the event with Team Canada as an assistant coach.

Canada’s next game is Wednesday against Team Slovakia.


The Saginaw Spirit announced on Monday that Troy Smith will take over as the new head coach of the team.

Smith, who spent the last two seasons as an associate coach and assistant general manager with the Hamilton Bulldogs, takes over the position left vacant by Spencer Carbery, who left the team to take a job with the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.

Smith’s coaching experience includes nine seasons with the Kitchener Rangers where he served as an assistant coach from 2006 to 2013. He then spent two seasons as the Rangers head coach.