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{{Infobox Ice Hockey Player
| team= [[Boston Bruins]]
 
| former_teams =
 
 
| league = [[National Hockey League|NHL]]
 
| league = [[National Hockey League|NHL]]
| position = [[winger (ice hockey)|Right Wing]]
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| position = [[winger (ice hockey)|Right wing]]
 
| shoots = Right
 
| shoots = Right
 
| height_ft = 6
 
| height_ft = 6
| height_in = 4
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| height_in = 5
| weight_lb = 219
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| weight_lb = 205
| nickname = "Whoops" or Wheels
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| team = [[Winnipeg Jets]]
| nationality = USA
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| former_teams = [[Boston Bruins]]<br />[[Atlanta Thrashers]]
| birth_date = {{Birth date and age|1986|8|31|mf=y}}
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| birth_date = {{birth date and age|1986|8|31|mf=y}}
| birth_place = [[Plymouth, Minnesota]]
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| birth_place = [[Plymouth, Minnesota|Plymouth]], [[Minnesota|MN]], [[United States|USA]]
 
| college = [[University of Minnesota|Minnesota]]
 
| college = [[University of Minnesota|Minnesota]]
 
| draft = 5th overall
 
| draft = 5th overall
 
| draft_year = 2004
 
| draft_year = 2004
 
| image=Blake wheeler.jpg
 
| image=Blake wheeler.jpg
| image_size = 230px
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| image_caption =
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| image_size = 225px
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| ntl_team = USA
 
| draft_team = [[Phoenix Coyotes]]
 
| draft_team = [[Phoenix Coyotes]]
 
| career_start = 2008
 
| career_start = 2008
 
}}
 
}}
'''Blake Wheeler''' (born August 31, 1986) is an [[United States|American]] professional [[ice hockey]] [[Winger|right winger]] currently playing for the [[Boston Bruins]] of the [[National Hockey League]] (NHL). He was drafted by the [[Phoenix Coyotes]] in the first round, fifth overall, in the [[2004 NHL Entry Draft]].
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'''Blake James Wheeler''' (born August 31, 1986) is an [[United States|American]] professional [[ice hockey]] [[Winger (ice hockey)|right winger]] currently playing for the [[Winnipeg Jets]] of the [[National Hockey League]] (NHL). He was drafted by the [[Phoenix Coyotes]] in the first round, fifth overall, in the [[2004 NHL Entry Draft]].
   
 
==Playing career==
 
==Playing career==
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===Early career===
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Wheeler attended [[Breck School]] his freshman year through his junior year. There, during his junior year, Wheeler had his breakout season, putting up a state-high 45 goals and 55 assists in 2003–04. He led his team to a Class A State Hockey Championship that season, and scored a [[hat-trick#Hockey|hat trick]] in the final game.
   
Wheeler attended Wayzata High School for his freshman year, transferring soon after to Breck School. There, during his junior year, Wheeler had his breakout season, putting up a state-high 45 goals and 55 assists in 2003–04. He led his team to a State Hockey Championship that season, and scored a hat trick in the final game.
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Wheeler opted to forego his senior year to play in the [[United States Hockey League]] (USHL) with the [[Green Bay Gamblers]]. After playing one season with the Gamblers, Wheeler attended the [[University of Minnesota]]. In 2005–06, his freshman year with the [[Minnesota Golden Gophers]], he recorded 23 points in 39 games, playing alongside future Boston Bruins teammate [[Phil Kessel]]. Wheeler is praised for his deceptive speed with his large body frame, and his ability to stick handle at such high speeds.
   
Wheeler opted to forego his senior year to play in the [[United States Hockey League]] (USHL) for the [[Green Bay Gamblers]]. After playing one season with the Gamblers, Wheeler entered the [[University of Minnesota]]. In 2005–06, his freshman year with the [[Minnesota Golden Gophers]], he recorded 23 points in 39 games, playing alongside future Boston Bruins teammate [[Phil Kessel]]. Wheeler is praised for his deceptive speed with his large body frame, and his ability to stick handle at such high speeds.
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In the 2007 [[Western Collegiate Hockey Association|WCHA]] Final Five tournament, Wheeler recorded a hat trick in a 4–2 win in the semifinal game against the [[University of Wisconsin–Madison]].<ref name="wcco1">{{cite web |url=http://wcco.com/sports/local_story_075230122.html |title=WCHA Final Five: Gophers Win, Wheeler Hat Trick |publisher=[[WCCO-TV]] |accessdate=2007-07-29 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20070929090455/http://wcco.com/sports/local_story_075230122.html <!-- Bot retrieved archive --> |archivedate = 2007-09-29}}</ref> In the championship game, Wheeler scored the [[game winning goal]] in a 3–2 overtime win against the [[North Dakota Fighting Sioux]]. The play was featured on [[ESPN]]'s SportsCenter and quickly gained notoriety for its similarity to the game-winning goal in the 1979 [[NCAA]] Championship Game, scored by Minnesota's [[Neal Broten]], also against North Dakota.<ref name="gophersports1">{{cite web |url=http://www.gophersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=38855&SPID=3322&DB_OEM_ID=8400&ATCLID=829335 |title=Blake Wheeler Goal Makes ESPN's Top 10 Plays |publisher=GopherSports.com |accessdate=2007-07-29}}</ref> Wheeler was named the tournament [[MVP]].<ref name="wcco2">{{cite web |url=http://wcco.com/sports/local_story_077100640.html |title=Gophers Defeat N.D. In OT, 3-2 |publisher=WCCO-TV |accessdate=2007-07-29 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20070321015216/http://wcco.com/sports/local_story_077100640.html <!-- Bot retrieved archive --> |archivedate = 2007-03-21}}</ref>
   
In the 2007 [[Western Collegiate Hockey Association|WCHA]] Final Five tournament, Wheeler recorded a hat trick in a 4–2 win in the semifinal game against the [[University of Wisconsin-Madison]]. In the championship game, Wheeler scored the game winning goal in a 3–2 overtime win against the [[North Dakota Fighting Sioux]]. The play was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter and quickly gained notoriety for its similarity to the game-winning goal in the 1979 [[NCAA]] Championship Game, scored by Minnesota's [[Neal Broten]], also against North Dakota. Wheeler was named the tournament MVP.
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Early in the 2007–08 season, following injuries to [[Ryan Stoa]] and Mike Howe, Wheeler was named an [[Captain (ice hockey)#Alternate captains|alternate captain]] for the Golden Gophers and recorded 35 points in 44 games. At the end of the season, four years after he was drafted, Wheeler had yet to come to a contract agreement with the Coyotes. Given the option, Wheeler elected to become an unrestricted free agent despite a maximum entry-level contract offer from the club.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://coyotes.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=364733 |title=Former Coyotes draft pick Blake Wheeler elects for free agency |publisher=NHL.com |accessdate=2008-05-29}}</ref>
   
Early in the 2007–08 season, following injuries to [[Ryan Stoa]] and [[Mike Howe (ice hockey)|Mike Howe]], Wheeler was named an alternate [[captain]] for the Golden Gophers and recorded 35 points in 44 games. At the end of the season, four years after he was drafted, Wheeler had yet to come to a contract agreement with the Coyotes. Given the option, Wheeler elected to become an unrestricted free agent despite a maximum entry-level contract offer from the club.
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===Boston Bruins===
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On July 1, 2008, Wheeler signed an entry-level contract with the [[Boston Bruins]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://bruins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=367312 |title=Boston Bruins Sign Forward Blake Wheeler| publisher=NHL.com |accessdate=2008-07-01}}</ref> On October 7, the Bruins made their final cuts for the [[2008–09 NHL season|2008-09 season]] and Wheeler remained with the NHL club. Two days later, on October 9, Wheeler scored his first NHL goal, in his NHL debut, against goaltender [[Peter Budaj]] of the [[Colorado Avalanche]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2008020006 |title=Game Boxscore: Boston @ Colorado - 10/09/2008 |accessdate=2008-11-06 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date=2008-10-09 |work= |publisher=NHL.com}}</ref> Wheeler then collected his first NHL hat trick the next month on November 6, against the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]].<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2008020181 |title=Game Boxscore: Toronto @ Boston - 11/06/2008 |accessdate=2008-11-06 |date=2008-109-09 |publisher=NHL.com}}</ref> Being named to the 2009 [[NHL YoungStars Game]] to represent the rookies, he earned Game MVP honors after a four-goal effort to beat the sophomores 9–5.<ref>{{cite web|title=Bruins' Blake Wheeler MVP of YoungStars Game|url=http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/hockey/bruins/view/2009_01_25_Bruins__Blake_Wheeler_MVP_of_YoungStars_Game:_Stick-to-itiveness/|accessdate=2009-01-26|date=2009-01-25|publisher=''[[Boston Globe]]''}}</ref>
   
On July 1, 2008, Wheeler signed an entry-level contract with the [[Boston Bruins]]. On October 7, the Bruins made their final cuts for the [[2008–09 NHL season|2008-09 season]] and Wheeler remained with the NHL club. Two days later, on October 9, Wheeler scored his first NHL goal, in his NHL debut, against goaltender [[Peter Budaj]] of the [[Colorado Avalanche]]. Wheeler then collected his first NHL hat trick the next month on November 6, against the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]]. Being named to the 2009 [[NHL YoungStars Game]] to represent the rookies, he earned Game MVP honors after a four-goal effort to beat the sophomores 9–5.
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After being hit by a puck in practice in the 2009 preseason Blake put a visor <ref>{{cite news| url=http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/articles/2009/09/29/roster_moves_mean_bruins_may_be_fully_loaded_for_opener/?page=2 | work=The Boston Globe | title=They could be fully loaded | first=Fluto | last=Shinzawa | date=2009-09-29}}</ref> on to his helmet as he wore in junior.
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===Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets===
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On February 18, 2011, Wheeler was traded by Boston to the [[Atlanta Thrashers]] along with [[Mark Stuart (ice hockey)|Mark Stuart]] for [[Boris Valabik]] and [[Rich Peverley]]. On July 18, 2011, Wheeler signed a 2 year, $5.1 million dollar deal with the Jets.
   
 
==Awards==
 
==Awards==
 
*Played in the [[NHL YoungStars Game]] in 2009.
 
*Played in the [[NHL YoungStars Game]] in 2009.
 
*Named NHL YoungStars MVP in 2009.
 
*Named NHL YoungStars MVP in 2009.
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*Named Tournament M.V.P of WCHA Final Five in 2007.
   
 
== Career statistics ==
 
== Career statistics ==
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! colspan="5" | [[Playoffs]]
 
! colspan="5" | [[Playoffs]]
 
|- style="background:#e0e0e0;"
 
|- style="background:#e0e0e0;"
! Season
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! [[Season (sports)|Season]]
 
! Team
 
! Team
 
! League
 
! League
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| 2004–05||[[Green Bay Gamblers]]||[[USHL]]||58||19||28||47||43||—||—||—||—||—
 
| 2004–05||[[Green Bay Gamblers]]||[[USHL]]||58||19||28||47||43||—||—||—||—||—
 
|- style="background:#f0f0f0;"
 
|- style="background:#f0f0f0;"
| 2005–06||[[University of Minnesota]]||[[NCAA]]||39||9||14||23||41||—||—||—||—||—
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| 2005–06||[[Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey|University of Minnesota]]||[[NCAA]]||39||9||14||23||41||—||—||—||—||—
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 2006–07||University of Minnesota||NCAA||44||18||20||38||42||—||—||—||—||—
 
| 2006–07||University of Minnesota||NCAA||44||18||20||38||42||—||—||—||—||—
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| 2007–08||University of Minnesota||NCAA||44||15||20||35||72||—||—||—||—||—
 
| 2007–08||University of Minnesota||NCAA||44||15||20||35||72||—||—||—||—||—
 
|-
 
|-
| [[2008–09 NHL season|2008–09]]||[[Boston Bruins]]||[[NHL]]||81||21||24||45||46||8||0||0||0||0
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| [[2008–09 NHL season|2008–09]]||[[Boston Bruins]]||[[National Hockey League|NHL]]||81||21||24||45||46||8||0||0||0||0
|- style="background:#e0e0e0;"
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|- style="background:#f0f0f0;"
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| [[2009–10 NHL season|2009–10]]||Boston Bruins||NHL||82||18||20||38||53||13||1||5||6||6
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|-
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| [[2010–11 NHL season|2010–11]]||Boston Bruins||NHL||58||11||16||27||32||—||—||—||—||—
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|- style="background:#f0f0f0;"
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| 2010–11||[[Atlanta Thrashers]]||NHL||23||7||10||17||14||—||—||—||—||—
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|- bgcolor="#e0e0e0"
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! colspan="3" | NHL totals
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! 244
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! 57
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! 70
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! 127
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! 145
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! 21
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! 1
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! 5
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! 6
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! 6
 
|}
 
|}
   
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK8Q2BJ_CPQ&mode=related&search= Wheeler's 2007 Final Five game winning goal] at [[YouTube]]
 
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK8Q2BJ_CPQ&mode=related&search= Wheeler's 2007 Final Five game winning goal] at [[YouTube]]
   
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[[Category:Atlanta Thrashers players]]
 
[[Category:Boston Bruins players]]
 
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[[Category:Green Bay Gamblers alumni]]
 
[[Category:Minnesota Golden Gophers players]]
 
[[Category:Minnesota Golden Gophers players]]
 
[[Category:National Hockey League first round draft picks]]
 
[[Category:National Hockey League first round draft picks]]
 
[[Category:Phoenix Coyotes draft picks]]
 
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[[Category:Winnipeg Jets players]]

Latest revision as of 11:13, December 9, 2011

Blake Wheeler
Blake wheeler
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Winnipeg Jets
Boston Bruins
Atlanta Thrashers
Born August 31 1986 (1986-08-31) (age 33),
Plymouth, MN, USA
NHL Draft 5th overall, 2004
Phoenix Coyotes
Pro Career 2008 – present

Blake James Wheeler (born August 31, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round, fifth overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Wheeler attended Breck School his freshman year through his junior year. There, during his junior year, Wheeler had his breakout season, putting up a state-high 45 goals and 55 assists in 2003–04. He led his team to a Class A State Hockey Championship that season, and scored a hat trick in the final game.

Wheeler opted to forego his senior year to play in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Green Bay Gamblers. After playing one season with the Gamblers, Wheeler attended the University of Minnesota. In 2005–06, his freshman year with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, he recorded 23 points in 39 games, playing alongside future Boston Bruins teammate Phil Kessel. Wheeler is praised for his deceptive speed with his large body frame, and his ability to stick handle at such high speeds.

In the 2007 WCHA Final Five tournament, Wheeler recorded a hat trick in a 4–2 win in the semifinal game against the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1] In the championship game, Wheeler scored the game winning goal in a 3–2 overtime win against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. The play was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter and quickly gained notoriety for its similarity to the game-winning goal in the 1979 NCAA Championship Game, scored by Minnesota's Neal Broten, also against North Dakota.[2] Wheeler was named the tournament MVP.[3]

Early in the 2007–08 season, following injuries to Ryan Stoa and Mike Howe, Wheeler was named an alternate captain for the Golden Gophers and recorded 35 points in 44 games. At the end of the season, four years after he was drafted, Wheeler had yet to come to a contract agreement with the Coyotes. Given the option, Wheeler elected to become an unrestricted free agent despite a maximum entry-level contract offer from the club.[4]

Boston BruinsEdit

On July 1, 2008, Wheeler signed an entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins.[5] On October 7, the Bruins made their final cuts for the 2008-09 season and Wheeler remained with the NHL club. Two days later, on October 9, Wheeler scored his first NHL goal, in his NHL debut, against goaltender Peter Budaj of the Colorado Avalanche.[6] Wheeler then collected his first NHL hat trick the next month on November 6, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.[7] Being named to the 2009 NHL YoungStars Game to represent the rookies, he earned Game MVP honors after a four-goal effort to beat the sophomores 9–5.[8]

After being hit by a puck in practice in the 2009 preseason Blake put a visor [9] on to his helmet as he wore in junior.

Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg JetsEdit

On February 18, 2011, Wheeler was traded by Boston to the Atlanta Thrashers along with Mark Stuart for Boris Valabik and Rich Peverley. On July 18, 2011, Wheeler signed a 2 year, $5.1 million dollar deal with the Jets.

AwardsEdit

  • Played in the NHL YoungStars Game in 2009.
  • Named NHL YoungStars MVP in 2009.
  • Named Tournament M.V.P of WCHA Final Five in 2007.

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05Green Bay GamblersUSHL5819284743
2005–06University of MinnesotaNCAA399142341
2006–07University of MinnesotaNCAA4418203842
2007–08University of MinnesotaNCAA4415203572
2008–09Boston BruinsNHL812124454680000
2009–10Boston BruinsNHL8218203853131566
2010–11Boston BruinsNHL5811162732
2010–11Atlanta ThrashersNHL237101714
NHL totals 244 57 70 127 145 21 1 5 6 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. WCHA Final Five: Gophers Win, Wheeler Hat Trick. WCCO-TV. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  2. Blake Wheeler Goal Makes ESPN's Top 10 Plays. GopherSports.com. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  3. Gophers Defeat N.D. In OT, 3-2. WCCO-TV. Archived from the original on 2007-03-21. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  4. Former Coyotes draft pick Blake Wheeler elects for free agency. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2008-05-29.
  5. Boston Bruins Sign Forward Blake Wheeler. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2008-07-01.
  6. Game Boxscore: Boston @ Colorado - 10/09/2008. NHL.com (2008-10-09). Retrieved on 2008-11-06.
  7. Game Boxscore: Toronto @ Boston - 11/06/2008. NHL.com (2008-109-09). Retrieved on 2008-11-06.
  8. Bruins' Blake Wheeler MVP of YoungStars Game. Boston Globe (2009-01-25). Retrieved on 2009-01-26.
  9. Shinzawa, Fluto. "They could be fully loaded", The Boston Globe, 2009-09-29. 

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Ben Eager
Phoenix Coyotes first round draft pick
2004
Succeeded by
Martin Hanzal


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