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Matt Mahalak visits with kids in the community. via Flickr

Matt Mahalak has officially played his last game for the Whalers as he was traded to the Kingston Frontenacs for Windsor’s 2014 third round pick and  Kingston’s 2015 third round pick earlier today. Mahalak who is enetering his OA year in the OHL leaves Plymouth with a  49-27-5-6 record, including seven shutouts in 97 games.

Mahalak was also in the news as the Hurricanes did not offer the 20-year-old goaltender a contract before a deadline last Friday, meaning that he could end up being a free agent pick up or enter the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

The trade is the first of a couple moves expected this off season. Before the trade today the Whalers had up to ten 1993 birthdays on their roster. With Mahalak traded and the Whalers organization predicting a number of players starting their pro career (Stefan Noesen, Rickard Rakell, Garrett Meurs and Vince Trocheck) it does help cut the list of OA’s that the Whalers will have to start the season down to Nick Malysa, Curtis Crombeen, Zach Lorentz, Michael Whaley and Sebastian Uvira.

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The top two teams of last season faced off in the newly dubbed Budweiser Gardens this past Friday night as the Whalers are still looking for their first win on the road this season. This is also the first game we got to see Simon Karlsson play for the Whalers.

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It’s time.

Training camp is here and after the fitness testing earlier this week, the boys are ready to get out on the ice. The Plymouth Whalers are holding two scrimmages today and another two tomorrow.

Here are the match ups for today:

Team White Team Blue
Offense Offense
Hartman Rakell Meurs JT Miller Noesen Wilson
Mistele Vanderwiel Aleardi Bratina Heard Payne
Kudla Whaley Albertini Lee Smith Sills
Defense Defense
Curcurto Duda MacDonald Carrick
Crombeen Peters Jones Henderson
Malysa Christmas Lindner Miller
Goalie Goalie
Corbin Nedeljkovic Mahalak Nedeljkovic

Henderson scores with a slapshot after receiving a pass from Corbin in the first half, and Cody Payne scores on an empty-netter to give Team Blue a 2-0 win.

Miller and Noesen pop the puck in the net during the shootout for Team Blue during the first shootout. In the second shootout, Vanderwiel scores for Team White, Henderson for Team Blue. Mahalak stopped 9/10 shots in both shootouts.

More Training Camp coverage to come this afternoon.

Russia Beats Canada 6-5; Takes 2-1 Lead In The Canada – Russia Challenge (Hockey Canada)

2012 U.S. WJC Camp Final Wrap Up (United States of Hockey)

Stefan Noesen — After missing the cut last season, Noesen had a pretty impactful camp in Lake Placid. With five points, he showed his ability to produce and may have found a terrific match in Sean Kuraly as a linemate. Those two both used speed and power effectively and Noesen had a knack for finding Kuraly in space. I wonder if the camp would have been different for Noesen had he not gotten hooked up with Kuraly and Mario Lucia. For whatever reason that line worked. Noesen certainly has that style of game that you need to be successful at the WJC. Last year’s squad lacked the combination of grit and skill, but Noesen has both. The U.S. has an immensely challenging pool in Ufa with Canada and Russia. They need a guy like Noesen, who doesn’t get pushed around and produces.

J.T. Miller – The lone forward in camp with World Junior experience looked every bit the veteran in camp. Miller showed flashes of his play-making ability that helped make him the 15th overall selection by the Rangers in 2011. He has terrific speed, immense physical strength and displayed a maturity in his game that I had not seen in the past. Miller can score, but he showed terrific vision and patience. One thing I really like about Miller is that he can play at a high level at varying paces, but seemed to excel in slowing things down in the offensive zone in order to make the right play and allow things to set up a bit. As long as he’s healthy, he’s top-six on this club.