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Senior Lacrosse ( Unofficially ) Scrubbed

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

May 15/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

Senior Lacrosse To Cancel Season ? 

The Ontario Senior Lacrosse season will not be staged this year according to numerous sources and reports.

However, none of those sources are official.

When contacted yesterday, the Owen Sound Bug Juice NorthStars would not comment on the 2020 season saying only an official announcement pertaining to this year would have to come from the Ontario Lacrosse Association.

OLA Senior Commissioner Joe Hiltz of Peterborough also declined to comment. 

Commissioner Hiltz did elaborate that both OLA and Canadian Lacrosse Association meetings are forthcoming.

He also related that a " drop dead " date is in place but contingency plans for a full season, a half season and possibly a Presidents Cup are still on the table.



Jr NorthStars Update

The Owen Sound Junior NorthStars Lacrosse club also remains in limbo

President Mark Rouse stated yesterday a ZOOM Conference is scheduled for May 27th, but otherwise nothing new had transpired pertaining to the club and the 2020 season over the past 3 weeks.


Ontario Golf Clubs To Open Tomorrow

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced yesterday that golf courses in the province could open

For golfers in our broadcast area, it's advisable to call your local course to be informed of the procedures and protocols in place for everything from booking a tee time to progression of play.

There are 31 courses in Grey & Bruce Counties.


No Provincial Financial Aid For CFL 

The Canadian Football League will not receive financial assistance from the Ontario government

Lisa MacLeod, Ontario's Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture, said the provincial government is not focused on contributing financially to the CFL outside of the 2021 Grey Cup scheduled for Hamilton.

Three of the CFL's 9 franchises: the Toronto Argonauts; Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Redblacks are located in Ontario.

The CFL has asked the federal government for up to $150 million in financial assistance due to the COVID-19 



MLB Testing

Major League Baseball will test players for COVID-19 multiple times per week should the league resume operation

Commissioner Rob Manfred outlined the plan during an appearance on CNN yesterday.

In addition to the multiple tests per week, instant testing would be provided for anyone showing symptoms of the coronavirus. Players who test positive would be quarantined until testing negative twice.


Watson Passes 

Bob Watson, a two-time All-Star as a player who later became the first black general manager to win a World Series with the New York Yankees in 1996, has died. 

During his 14 years at Houston, Watson hit over .300 four times and was twice named to the National League All Star team

Bob Watson died from kidney disease, according to family members. He was 74



Howe In Intensive Care

Art Howe, a former Major League Baseball infielder and Manager is in Houston hospital.

Howe is in intensive care dealing with the coronavirus.

As a player, Howe played 12 seasons with National League teams before going on to become a Manager beginning in 1989.

He's best known from the movies, portrayed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman in " Moneyball "



Guindon Signs

The Owen Sound Attack signed Cedrick Guindon yesterday.

Guindon was selected 10th overall by the Attack in the 1st round of the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

Last season, Guindon scored 24 times in 41 games with the Rockland Nationals program & was the HEO Player of the Year in the Eastern Ontario circuit.



OHL Awards

The Ontario Hockey League announced two awards yesterday.

Forward Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs was named as the Emms Family Award as the the OHL's Rookie of the Year and Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes won the William Hanley Award for Sportsmanlike play.

Wright who was granted exceptional status by Hockey Canada set a Frontenacs franchise rookie record with 39 goals

Robertson, a Toronto Maple Leafs Draft pick, scored 55 times for Peterborough.


OHL Release- Shane Wright

The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs is the 2019-20 recipient of the Emms Family Award handed out annually to the OHL's Rookie of the Year presented by Wawanesa Insurance.

WATCH: Shane Wright Rookie of the Year Video
“Wawanesa Insurance is proud to present the OHL Rookie of the Year award to Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs,” said Selena Hinds, Vice President of Brand, Community and Communications for Wawanesa Insurance. “Although the season was abbreviated, fans still had the opportunity to see some terrific hockey, with Shane Wright’s skill really standing out. We are excited to see what the future holds for you, Shane – way to go!”

Wright joined the League as the first overall pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection after he was granted exceptional status by Hockey Canada as a 2004-born player. Wright had a remarkable first season, setting a new Frontenacs franchise rookie record with 39 goals while leading all OHL newcomers with 66 points (39-27--66) over 58 games. His rate of 1.14 points-per-game is the second-highest by an exceptional status rookie trailing John Tavares (1.18) in 2005-06.

"It's a huge honour to win the Emms Family Award as the Rookie of the Year," said Wright. "This was one of my goals coming into the season and I'm very honoured.

"My family has sacrificed so much for me to be where I am today and I'm so thankful for that," he continued. "My coaches this year were amazing and I learned so much from them. My billets, Andrea Cartile and Nelson Martins were amazing and made my transition to Kingston smooth and easy. Finally, I'd like to thank my teammates for always having my back and pushing me to be the best player I can be."

The Burlington, Ont. native and graduate of the OHL Cup champion Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget program scored his first OHL goal on September 29 in Oshawa, the first of what would become 39 markers to eventually break Bernie Nicholls' franchise rookie mark of 36 that dated back to 1979-80. Wright would put together 17 multi-point games and receive three star recognition 15 different times, being recognized as first star of the game on six occasions. Notable moments included his league-leading three overtime game winners scored on October 11 against Niagara, January 20 against Hamilton and February 21 against Oshawa. He scored his first OHL hat-trick as part of a season-high four-point performance on February 29 in Flint. Despite his underage status, Wright was recognized in the 2019-20 OHL Coaches Poll as the second-smartest player in the Eastern Conference trailing Ottawa's Marco Rossi. He became the youngest assistant captain in CHL history when the Frontenacs assigned him an ‘A’ in December.

"The Kingston Frontenacs organization would like to congratulate Shane on winning the Ontario Hockey League's Emms Family Award," said Frontenacs general manager Darren Keily. "It is an incredible honour for any player, but to claim the award as an exceptional status player makes it that much more special for Shane, his family, friends, billets, and teammates.

"Shane has just basically scratched the surface of what his potential is," Keily added. "That's what makes his and our future so exciting. We are blessed to have the opportunity to watch him grow as a player."

Wright follows Chris Gratton (1991-92) as just the second player in Frontenacs all-time franchise history to win Rookie of the Year honours. He is also the tenth player to win after also earning the Jack Ferguson Award as the League's first overall pick following Jeff O'Neill (Guelph 1992-93), Patrick O'Sullivan (Mississauga 2001-02), Rob Schremp (Mississauga 2002-03), John Tavares (Oshawa 2005-06), Aaron Ekblad (Barrie 2011-12), Connor McDavid (Erie 2012-13), Travis Konecny (Ottawa 2013-14), Ryan Merkley (Guelph 2016-17) and Quinton Byfield (Sudbury 2018-19).

The Emms Family Award was donated by Leighton “Hap” Emms, former owner of the Barrie, Niagara Falls, and St. Catharines OHL franchises.  The award is selected by all 20 member club General Managers.  Teams were asked to submit only one nominee from their own club for consideration on the ballot and were not permitted to vote for the player from their own hockey club.

Wright will be the OHL’s nominee for CHL Rookie of the Year Award to be announced in the coming weeks.

2020 OHL Awards announcements continue on Tuesday when the OHL recognizes its Jim Rutherford Goaltender of the Year Award recipient.

For full coverage of the 2020 OHL Awards, be sure to visit or follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


OHL Release- Nick Robertson

The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes is the 2019-20 recipient of the William Hanley Trophy awarded to the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player presented by Ashley HomeStore.

Three-time winner Nick Suzuki passes the torch to Robertson, who led the OHL with 55 goals in just 46 games while adding 31 assists for a total of 86 points. The 5-foot-9, 164Ib. left winger registered a plus-29 rating along with 40 penalty minutes in his third OHL season and went on a 14-game goal-scoring streak from January 9 to February 8. Robertson was held without a goal just nine times over the course of the season, scoring a pair of hat-tricks while recording two different five-point performances along the way. His 1.20 goals-per-game pace is the seventh-highest single season figure since 1980-81, third among players under the age of 19 trailing Oshawa’s Eric Lindros (1.25, 1990-91) and Tony Tanti (1.21, 1980-81). Nick follows in the footsteps of older brother Jason, who led the Canadian Hockey League in scoring with 117 points as a member of the Niagara IceDogs during the 2018-19 season.

“I really appreciate being recognized as the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year,” says Robertson. “I’d like to thank my general manager Mike Oke, head coach Rob Wilson, the Petes staff, and my teammates.

“I’d also like to thank Petes fans – you all made the PMC an electrifying building, got us excited and motivated to win and, win or loss, you were always there to support us.”

An 18-year-old product of Northville, Mich., Robertson was within striking distance of a Petes franchise single season goal-scoring record of 63 held by Scott Tottle (1983-84) when the season came to a premature end. He ended the year three goals shy of 100 on his OHL career, owning 174 points (97-77–174) over 162 career regular season games in a Petes uniform after being the club’s first round (16th overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. Robertson was widely recognized in the 2019-20 OHL Coaches Poll, finishing in six different categories including the Eastern Conference’s Most Dangerous in the Goal Area along with Best Shot. He represented the United States in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship and was a second round (53rd overall) pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2019.

“This is a proud moment for Nick and the Peterborough Petes,” said general manager Mike Oke. “He is one of the top players in the OHL and plays within the rules. Leading not only the OHL, but the CHL in goals is a special accomplishment.  From the moment he joined the Petes, Nick has approached and played the game the right way and is more than deserving of this award.”

The William Hanley Trophy is awarded each year based on a selection by the 20 General Managers of the Ontario Hockey League.  All 20 teams submit a nominee but are not permitted to vote for their own candidate. The trophy is presented by the OHL to commemorate William Hanley, former Secretary-Manager of the Ontario Hockey Association for over 25 years.

Robertson joins a host of former Petes to have won the award including Ryan Spooner (2009-10), Mike Ricci (1989-90), Scott Tottle (1984-85), Doug Jarvis (1974-75), Mickey Redmond (1966-67) and Andre Lacroix (1965-66). Joining Suzuki as current NHL players to have been awarded the William Hanley Trophy include Mike Amadio (North Bay 2016), Dylan Strome (Erie 2015), Connor McDavid (Erie 2014), Brandon Saad (Saginaw 2012) and Jeff Carter (Sault Ste. Marie 2005).

Robertson will be the OHL’s nominee for CHL Sportsman of the Year, an award that will be announced in the coming weeks.



MLS Extends Restrictions

Major League Soccer has extended the small group and team training moratorium through  June 1st.  

Players and coaches will not have access to team training facilities until June 1st, unless they require medical treatment or rehabilitation.

MLS players can continue to use outdoor team training fields for voluntary individual workouts, in compliance with local health authorities and government orders, 


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