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The Quebec Major Junior League won’t play another game until Jan. 3 due to COVID-19 related issues, it announced on Monday. The QMJHL was the only one of the three major junior leagues in Canada that began somewhat on time this year.

The QMJHL has had recent COVID-19 outbreaks, but had managed to avoid any major issues since the season started. (CBC)

The pause in the QMJHL season will halt the recent hot streak of New York Islanders prospect William Dufour, who is playing for the Drummondville Voltigeurs. In his last five games, Dufour had six goals and seven points in that stretch. (Islanders)

There is a growing number of players who would want interest back on any deferral the owners are asking for in order to get the 2020-21 season going. “They need to give back, though, and interest in the deferrals is a way to do that,” one player told Jimmy Murphy in this week’s Off The Record column. (NYI Hockey Now

A look at the 20 best trades in New York Islanders history. (The Athletic)

It’s been nearly a week since Johnny Boychuk announced the end of his NHL career. A look back at what made Boychuk a hockey player’s hockey player. (Forbes

Looking for your fix of Boston Bruins tidbits? Joe Haggerty opens up his mailbag to answer all the burning questions surrounding the Bruins. (Boston Hockey Now

Erik Johnson has spent a decade with the Colorado Avalanche. But is the writing on the wall that his time in the Mile High City could be coming to an end? (Colorado Hockey Now

A look at the best players from different countries for the 31 teams in the NHL. (ESPN+)

Playing pond hockey is a right of passage for anyone who has grown up north of the border. A group of NHLers took that to a new level when they played a pick-up game in the mountains of British Columbia. (New York Times)

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