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Andrew DiRienzo

Andrew is a die hard sports fan who follows any and all sports. When he realized a career as an athlete wasn't in the cards he decided to venture into the world of sports writing. Born and raised in Canada's capital, Ottawa, Andrew has a journalism diploma from Algonquin College and an Honours Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Ottawa. In addition to covering college athletics while at Algonquin, he has also covered the Women's World Hockey Championships (2013) and junior hockey.

Canada survives scare against Czech Republic, Advances to Semis at the 2017 World Junior Championships

Losing in the quarters one year at the World Juniors? Embarrassing. Losing in the quarters two years in a row? Inquests have been called for less in Canada. Fortunately for the Canadians the road to the semis looked fairly painless, with an easy matchup against the Czech Republic their only obstacle en route to a shot at a medal – …

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Canada dominates in win over Slovakia at 2017 World Junior Championships

Some nights Canada’s juniors almost look human. Tuesday night was not one of those moments and served as a poignant reminder of just how far some nations have to come to reach the level of the Canadians. The Slovaks gave Canada a good run early – they held the powerful Canadians scoreless in the first period – but could hold …

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Canada downs Russia in 2017 World Junior Championships opener

As far as tournament openers go, things couldn’t have gone much better for team Canada in its Boxing Day date with Russia. The offence was there, their team defence was impeccable and the goaltending, while shaky at times, was solid when needed. Leading the way offensively was Mathew Barzal who had three points – two of those coming at crucial …

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Erik Karlsson doing it all for the Ottawa Senators in 2016-17

Amidst Shea Weber’s blistering start in his new home, Brent Burns’s insane shot totals and Drew Doughty’s consistently solid style of play, Erik Karlsson was – for maybe the first time in his NHL career – lost in the crowd. It’s funny, really, given that Karlsson is doing now what he has been doing since game one of 2016-17 season, yet …

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Projecting the Ottawa Senators’ expansion draft strategy

Decision Day has come and gone with the “Las Vegas expansion franchise” officially becoming the Vegas Golden Knights. With the identity of the league’s 31st franchise chosen, attention can now turn to the main event: The June expansion draft. The Ottawa Senators are one of a handful of franchises that, depending on your outlook, is fortunate enough to have only …

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Daniel Alfredsson to have number retired by Ottawa Senators

Praise Alfie, Ottawa. At a press conference fans had long expected, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk announced on Monday that Daniel Alfredsson will have his iconic jersey number 11 retired in a ceremony prior to Ottawa’s game against the Detroit Red Wings Dec. 29 – a game that features the only two teams Alfredsson ever played for in his 18-year career. …

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Ottawa Senators trade Mika Zibanejad to New York Rangers for Derick Brassard

Just as he seemed to be gaining confidence and developing into the Ottawa Senators’ number two centre, Mika Zibanejad is on his way out of town. The Sens made a surprising move Monday, trading the former sixth overall pick in the 2011 draft to the New York Rangers for the more experienced Derrick Brassard. The 28-year-old, a native of nearby …

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