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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Derby Done & Ward Retires

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

Apr 28/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

Derby Done Til 2021

The Sydenham Sportsmen's Association and the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular Committee announced yesterday that the 2020 Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular has been postponed until 2021.

The derby was to run August 28th to September 6th this year.

The dates for 2021 are August 27th to September 5th.

More details are posted on the news web page 


Ward Retires

Forward Joel Ward announced his retirement from professional hockey yesterday after 11 seasons in the National Hockey League. 

Ward, who is one of the few players to have played for for the Owen Sound Greys, the Owen Sound Platers and the Owen Sound Attack as a Junior was undrafted by NHL clubs and yet went on to play more than 700 games.

In his NHL career, Ward scored 133 goals.

During Stanley Cup play, Ward scored the overtime winner in Game 7 as Washington eliminated Boston in the 2012 Playoffs.

In his OHL career with Owen Sound, Ward scored 76 goals over 4 years with the Platers and the Attack.



Blackhawks Fire McDonough

The Chicago Blackhawks fired President and CEO John McDonough yesterday

McDonough who spent a quarter of a century with the Chicago Cubs in Major League Baseball before joining the Blackhawks in 2007,

Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015 with McDonough as President & CEO, plus he spearheaded the returns of Blackhawk legends Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita as team ambassadors.



AHL Season Update

A Report indicates the American Hockey League will cancel the remainder of its season.

However, the AHL responded by saying there was  " nothing imminent " pertaining to cancelling the season.

The 31-team AHL joined the NHL in suspending its season on March 12.


NBA Training facilities To Re-Open

The NBA released guidelines for the opening of team facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Facilities can open no earlier than May 8th, provided that there is no stay-at-home order in place by local government.

Among the items addressed, no more than four players can be in a facility at a time and no coaches or assistant coaches can be present. 

For teams in cities where stay-at-home orders are still in place, the league is working on "alternative arrangements."

Toronto Mayor John Tory has had preliminary discussions with Toronto Raptors officials regarding the reopening of their NBA practice facility.

Mayor Tory has been in touch with Raptors President Masai Ujiri and General Manager Bobby Webster about the status of the team’s practice facility on the Exhibition grounds but is leaving the final decision to public health officials.


Arena Lax Contingency Plans

The Arena Lacrosse League announced tentative plans to finish the 2020 season beginning in mid-September with Playoffs will follow in early October.

The 7 team Arena Lacrosse League is a partner of the National Lacrosse League & offers development opportunities for players with pro ambitions. 

Over 4 years, 75 Arena League players have seen game action in the NLL, 



A.L.L. Release

The Arena Lacrosse League announced tentative plans to finish the 2020 season beginning in mid-September with the completion of the final two weeks of the regular season. Playoffs will follow in early October.

"This pandemic has proven very challenging for everyone around the we continue to learn more each day about Covid-19 we remain hopeful that life will start to return to what will be the new normal in the next couple of months and the ALL can finish the 2020 season," stated ALL President Paul St. John.

"We have reached out to our venues and have been able to confirm dates, of course these dates are tentative, but we need to plan ahead with the anticipation that by mid-summer we will be able to resume the activities that we are accustomed to, which includes playing the game of lacrosse. If we are still under quarantine then we will continue to make to necessary adjustments to finish the 2020 season before we move forward to the 2021 campaign."

ALL VP of Media and Public Relations Lance Winn explained, "This pandemic has not only changed the global sports landscape it has impacted our daily lives. We are not sure what the new normal will look like, but the ALL is committed to assuring the health and safety of our coaches, players and fans. This is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the progress of this virus and remain vigilant about new information and protective measures that we can incorporate into our future plans."


About the Arena Lacrosse League: Proud partners of the National Lacrosse League. the 'ALL' is a 7 team league that provides development for players with pro ambitions. Currently in its fourth season the ALL has provided over 75 players to the NLL, many gaining full time pro positions.

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