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Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

Apr 3/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

OHL Priority Selection

The annual Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection will commence at 9 am tomorrow morning.

The first choice in the online draft belongs to the North Bay Battalion.

Speculation is the Battalion will pass on highly rated Adam Fantilli and select defenceman Ty Nelson of the Toronto Junior Canadiens

The Owen Sound have the # 10 pick overall, the first of 18 picks the Attack hold at the moment

Attack General Manager Dale DeGray states he'll see who's still available at # 10, even though a number of reports indicate Owen Sound is aligned with ( " locked in " according to one source ) London Jr Knights forward Bryce McConnell-Barker.



The 2020 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore takes place on Saturday, April 4th commencing at 9:00am and will include 300 picks across 15 rounds. Watch the first three rounds live on the OHL’s YouTube channel.

Given the cancellation of the 2019-20 OHL regular season, the order of Selection for the 2020 OHL Priority Selection is determined by inverse order of the standings at the 61-game mark of the 2019-20 OHL regular season schedule of games with those teams who would not have qualified for the playoffs at that time selecting ahead of teams in playoff positions.


Bayshore Broadcasting Projected Top 10

1. North Bay Battalion-Ty Nelson - D - Toronto Jr. Canadiens 
2. Niagara IceDogs- Pano Fimis, RC, Toronto Jr. Canadiens
3. Sarnia Sting- Max Namestnikov Honeybaked U15   ( Windsor ?/London ? )
4. Soo Greyhounds- David Goyette, LC, South Kent Selects Academy

5. Kingston Frontenacs- Paul Ludwinski, LC, Toronto Marlboros
6. Hamilton Bulldogs-Jorian Donovan, D, Kanata Lasers
7. Mississauga Steelheads- Adam Fantilli C Kimball Union Academy
8. Erie Otters- Spencer Sova, LD, Honeybaked 
9. Barrie Colts- Hunter Haight C Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
10. Owen Sound Attack- Max Namestnikov Honeybaked U15/Bryce McConnell-Barker  C - London Jr. Knights 



Senators Payroll

The Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League is implementing temporary layoffs and salary reductions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Capital Sports & Entertainment stated the Senators full-time workforce will be reduced effective Sunday, when the Senators' season was originally scheduled to end. 

Those not laid off could be placed on furlough while others could have their salaries reduced.

Owner Eugene Melnyk had pledged to pay the income for part-time and hourly arena staff of the Ottawa Senators and the AHL Belleville Senators through to the end of their respective seasons. 

The NHL season was suspended indefinitely on March 12 in response to the spread of the coronavirus.


Islanders Donation

The New York Islanders of the National Hockey League have donated over 3,000 N95 masks to New York-area medical facilities.

The Islanders’ donation was made to Northwell Health, a healthcare network of 23 hospitals and nearly 800 outpatient facilities in New York state.

In March, hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer began making protective visors for healthcare workers. 


NBA Contingency Plans

The National Basketball Association is considering the feasibility of holding their playoffs solely in Las Vegas

The possibility hasn't formally been presented but a number of contingency formats are being designed 

The speculated view has the NBA with condensed tournament with both 5-game rounds and one-and-done scenarios 

Holding all games in a single city allows the NBA to play within the confines of a quarantine and eliminates the need for travel 

Las Vegas hosts any number of major events in a regular year including the NBA’s summer league.


Patriots Plane

A private plane belonging to the New England Patriots of the National Football League landed in Boston yesterday carrying more than a million masks critical to health care providers fighting to control the spread of the virus.

The masks were flown in from China.

Members of the Massachusetts National Guard met the plane and offloaded the containers of masks onto waiting trucks for transport to warehouses for distribution.

The N95 masks are from Chinese manufacturers.

To get them from China to Massachusetts, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, loaned the team's private Boeing 767 


UFC 249

UFC fighter Tony Ferguson thinks Khabib Nurmagomedov should be stripped of his lightweight championship after Nurmagomedov announced this week that he would be staying in quarantine in Russia and not competing at UFC 249, which is scheduled for April 18th.

UFC president Dana White has insisted in recent weeks that UFC 249 will go on as planned on April 18 despite COVID-19 concerns.

The original location for UFC 249 was Brooklyn, New York, but that site was scrapped in the face of COVID-19


British Open

The Royal & Ancient said yesterday no decision has been made about the status of the 2020 British Open Golf Championship

The announcement comes after reports indicated the major was expected to be cancelled

The British Open is currently scheduled to begin on July 16th at Royal St. George's Golf Club in England

The last time the Open Championship was not contested was in 1945 due to the Second World War. 

The 2020 Wimbledon tennis event was cancelled on Wednesday, also for the first time since 1945.



Crimestoppers Cancelled

The organizing committee for the Crimestoppers of Grey-Bruce Annual Golf Tournament has made the decision to cancel the tournament for this year.

The 28th annual tournament was to be staged June 5th at Saugeen Golf Club.

The organizers have established a new date, June 4, 2021 for the next Crimestoppers of Grey-Bruce tournament at Saugeen


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the organizing committee for the Crime Stoppers of Grey-Bruce Annual Golf Tournament has made the decision to cancel the tournament for this year.

This decision was not made lightly. " We have been engaging with key stakeholders for the past few weeks,
since this has become a global pandemic. Our priority has always been to provide a high-quality fundraising
experience for you and Crime Stoppers of Grey-Bruce. Crime Stoppers relies heavily on the funds that you help
us raise each year. An important aspect of the high-quality experience is that you ( our golfers ) enjoy a day of
fellowship and golf while raising significant funds.

On that note, we are asking that you consider supporting Crime Stoppers by donating your golf registration
fee. In return you will receive a tax receipt for the full $175.00. If you choose not to donate your registration fee,
we will provide a refund on a timely basis. Please advise Paula Culbert of your
decision prior to April 30, 2020.

The committee is investigating the merits of an on-line auction to give you access to items that will also
contribute to the events success. More details will follow by the end of April.

We have already begun planning for the 28th Annual Tournament to be held on June 4, 2021 at Saugeen
Golf Club. Please plan on helping us perpetuate the great work that Crime Stoppers does for our community,
during this year of interruption and beyond.

We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your ongoing support.

Our hope is that you and your family stay safe and your business returns to prosperity quickly in the wake
of this overwhelming challenge that we are all dealing with.

Please share this important update and our request for your financial support, to the other members of your group.

Thank you,


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