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08-13-2011, 04:38 PM
Aaron Vickers
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He can push to be the top defenseman in the draft class.

And he's benefited greatly by having Nugent-Hopkins on his club.

“It’s pretty cool to see how Hoppy handled himself throughout the year,” Dumba said. “He’s so humble. There’s not much he does wrong. He handles the media with so much humility. He’s a great person all around.”

That’s not the only place Dumba got to observe Nugent-Hopkins.

Dumba, set to represent Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Slovakia next week, also got a first class lesson on the ice from the Burnaby, BC. native as well. Dumba, a defenseman, had to line up against Nugent-Hopkins, a centre, often in practice.

It’s made Dumba a better defenseman, he admitted.

“Being in practice with him every day, you sure get a workout,” said Dumba, a Calgary, AB. native. “He’ll have you chasing the puck. You got to try to read him as much as you can. It’s pretty hard.”

Right now, I think you can talk about Dumba being with Murray and Ebert.

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