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Hockey Things: What Caught Our Eye (Aug. 15 Edition)

The World Junior Championship has left us with a few memorable moments and Mitch Marner has been busy practicing his baseball swing.
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The World Junior Championship has left us with a few memorable moments and Mitch Marner has been busy practicing his baseball swing.

Here's what caught our eye in the middle of August:

A Michigan Man Pulls Off the Michigan

Sometimes in hockey, things work out in the way you want them to. Early on at the World Junior Championship, we had a few attempts at the lacrosse-style "Michigan" goal, and Kent Johnson eventually made that happen. It was especially fitting since he played at the University of Michigan, the home of where the move first became popularized.

It's becoming second nature these days, but it's still cool to see.

How Can You Not Love the Latvians?

Every year at the WJC there's always at least one fun upset. This year, Latvia became that team, winning its first-ever preliminary round game to earn a spot in the quarterfinal.

The road to this year's tournament for Latvia didn't come under traditional means, as they were promoted to the top group after the expulsion of Russia and Belarus from the restarted event.

Their story is one that you have to read, and the post-game media scrum is easily one of the more heartwarming ones of the event.

Could you imagine if they won in the playoff round?

Could Mitch Marner be a Blue Jays Call Up?

It won't be much longer before September is upon us, and MLB rosters will be expanding for the playoff push.

So why not try to see if you can help a ball club out if you're able? This past week, Toronto Maple Leafs Mitch Marner took a few swings at Rogers Centre while Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer looked on.

The swing might not be the smoothest, but Marner made contact with every ball sent his way. Maybe before Leafs camp, he could be a bat off the bench during the American League Wild-Card series. 

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