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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Spartans closer to not getting Duchene

Matthew Duchene is among 35 players expected to attend the Brampton Battalion’s minicamp this weekend.

The 16-year-old Duchene, the fifth overall pick in the Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection on May 5, joins returning players and prospects chosen last year for fitness testing Saturday morning. There will be four-on-four ice sessions from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Stan Butler, Battalion director of hockey operations and head coach, said Duchene, a center who has yet to commit to the Troops, will visit Humber College in west Toronto. Humber is one of two Ontario schools offering the program toward a bachelor of applied technology degree with a major in industrial design that Duchene seeks.

“I’ve talked to his parents, and they’re going to visit Humber on Friday,” Butler said Wednesday. “They’ll be here the rest of the weekend. It’s important that people make informed decisions, and how they do that is by coming here and seeing what we have.”

Duchene had verbally committed to Michigan State last summer.

More on Duchene and Brampton HERE.

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