Leipsic & Rodewal Face Reprimands
Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic has apologized for vulgar comments he made in an Instagram group chat that have become public.
Screenshots involving Leipsic surfaced yesterday on Twitter.
Those images displayed conversations involving vulgar comments about different women and players in the NHL, with Leipsic participating.
The Capitals released a statement that indicated the club will handle the matter internally.
Jack Rodewald who is in the Florida Panthers organization was also involved in the session.
The National Hockey League released a statement that stressed is no place for such statements, attitudes and behaviour.
The NHL will address the inexcusable conduct with the clubs and players involved.
BC Welcomes NHL
British Columbia Premier John Horgan says he has offered the National Hockey League a place to play games if the league can find a way to resume the suspended season.
Horgan said yesterday that he has written a letter to both NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the head of the NHL Players’ Association, Donald Fehr, to let them know that Vancouver is a place to potentially restart the NHL, assuming the games would be played without live audiences.
Keating Wins Lalonde Trophy
The Ontario Hockey League winner of the Leo Lalonde Trophy as the league's top overage this year is Austen Keating of the Ottawa 67's.
Keating, a former 1st round selection by the 67's had 89 points this year.
Today, the OHL will formally present Ottawa forward Marco Rossi with the Eddie Powers Trophy for being the leading scorer in the league this year.
The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Austen Keating of the Ottawa 67’s is the 2019-20 recipient of the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy awarded annually to the OHL’s Overage Player of the Year.
Keating recorded 89 points including 32 goals and 57 assists over 58 games to go with a plus/minus rating of plus-58. He finished tied for third in 67’s team scoring and second among OHL overage skaters, one point back of teammate Joseph Garreffa. His season included 28 different multi-point performances headlined by a career-high seven point effort that yielded three goals and four assists on Nov. 27 at Kingston.
“It’s a great honour to be named the OHL’s Overage Player of the Year, but I never would've been able to do it without the great help of many people,” stated Keating. “First off, I’d like to thank all of the Ottawa 67’s coaching staff, as well as my teammates and the Ottawa 67’s fans, who were amazing to me from my very first day with the organization until my last. I’d also like to thank my family, who have always been by my side through the good and the bad times and who were a huge reason why I was able to succeed this year.”
A 21-year-old native of Guelph, Ont., Keating was originally a first round (16th overall) pick by Ottawa in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. He wraps up his OHL career as the only player in 67’s franchise history to play in over 300 career regular season games while racking up over 300 points in the process. His 309 career games rank third in franchise history while his 325 points (113-212–325) place him 12th, a figure that marks the highest career total of any active OHL player. Keating finished tied for third as the most underrated player in the Eastern Conference in the 2019-20 OHL Coaches Poll. Upon season’s end, he made a commitment to attend the University of New Brunswick for the 2020-21 season, preparing to suit up for the defending AUS champion Reds men’s hockey program.
“During his time with the 67’s, Austen has been the consummate team player and his effort and dedication to improve on a day-to-day basis embodies all of the core values of our organization,” said 67’s general manager James Boyd. “Austen developed into a true leader and driving force within our group with his play this season and is most deserving of this prestigious award.”
The Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the Top Overage Player of the Year as selected by OHL General Managers. Teams were asked to submit a nominee for the award and were not permitted to vote for players from their own hockey club.
First presented in 1984, the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy was donated by the trainers of the Ontario Hockey League, in memory of the late Leo Lalonde, former Chief Scout of OHL Central Scouting. Leo Lalonde was also formerly the Chief Scout for the Belleville Bulls as well as a scout for the Peterborough Petes.
Keating becomes the third player in 67’s franchise history to win the award, following Dan Tessier in 1999-2000 and Don McLaren, who was the inaugural recipient back in 1983-84.
2020 OHL Awards announcements continue on Thursday when the OHL recognizes its Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy recipient as the League’s leading scorer.
MLS Training Facilities Open
Four Major League Soccer teams allowed players to use team training fields for individual workouts yesterday.
Sporting Kansas City, Atlanta United, Orlando City and Inter Miami let players in for controlled voluntary workouts
In Orlando, the entire roster showed up.
Teams in Nashville, Salt Lake, LA, Houston and Portland are expected to do likewise today.
However, some teams can't open up for workouts. In Seattle, which was hit hard by the coronavirus, stay-at-home orders are in place until May 31st.
Other North American sports are poised to follow MLS.
The NBA is opening facilities for small groups Friday in places where local restrictions are eased.
NASCAR is bringing back live racing at Darlington Raceway on May 17 without fan
& the UFC will host the first of three shows without fans in Jacksonville, Florida, starting Saturday.
Vancouver Whitecaps forward Yordy Reyna will undertake a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period after breaking physical distancing rules set by the province of British Columbia..
The Whitecaps made the decision to punish Reyna, but said the MLS is aware of the incident and they will remain in contact with the league as it reviews the situation.
There were no details released about what Reyna did to warrant his mandated quarantine period.
CFL To Testify
Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie will testify at a House of Commons standing committee on finance today.
The appearance via videoconference comes 9 days after the CFL asked the federal government for up to $150 million in financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CFL's proposal to the federal government involves $30 million now to manage the current impact on their business operations plus up to another $120 million if the 2020 season is cancelled.
Hubbard Wins Cornish Trophy
Chuba Hubbard, a star running back for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, captured the Jon Cornish Trophy as the top Canadian in NCAA Football
Hubbard who is from Sherwood Park, Alberta, received 19-of-20 available votes for the award, which is named after former University of Kansas and Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish of New Westminster, B.C.
NFL Protocols In Place
The National Football League has set protocols for reopening team facilities.
The NFL has informed teams to have those protocols in place by May 15th.
In a memo sent by Commissioner Roger Goodell, the first phase would involve a limited number of non-player personnel, initially 50 per cent of the non-player employees (up to a total of 75) on any single day, being approved to be at the facility.
However, state or local regulations could require a lower number.
Among the other items in the memo, no players would be permitted in the facility except to continue therapy and rehabilitation for injuries that was underway when facilities were closed in late March
Goodell notes the league is actively working on the next phase of reopening, which will involve both more staffers, and players.