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Ontario Series Lacrosse Cancels Season

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

May 20/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

Senior Lacrosse Cancelled

The 2020 Ontario Series Lacrosse season has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league announced the officia; decision yesterday.

The 2020 President's Cup for the Canadian Senior Championship was scheduled for Leduc, Alberta this year.

The Canadian Lacrosse Association will meet later this month and it's expected Leduc will get the hosting duies for 2021.

The 5 team Ontario Series loop, which includes the Owen Sound Bug Juice Senior NorthStars fully intends to build for the 2021 season.

The potential of the cancellation was suggested last week and it was widely believed the Bug Juice NorthStars would not field a squad as the pandemic delay continued.


NASCAR Rained Out

The NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway was postponed

Heavy rain yesterday forced the organizers to shift the first NASCAR race since March to Thursday.

The track was dry and fast until the rains hit about 4 p.m.

The event is now set for Thursday at noon.

Varney Opens Saturday

Varney International Speedway will have racing on Saturday.

Drivers will be allowed on the track for practice and preparation as part of Stage 1 in the first step to returning to action.

There will be no prize money & no spectators.

More on the protocol for Saturday's racing at Varney is posted on the track web site at


Hanover Raceway Confirms Commencement

Harness racing at Hanover Raceway will commence as scheduled on Saturday June 6th at the new post time of 2 pm.

Social distancing measures as dictated by the provincial government will be in place for the horse people but spectators will not be allowed on the premises

Fans can follow the action at the track by using one of 4 avenues on social media.


Hanover Raceway Release

Hanover Raceway begins its 60th season of live Harness Racing on Saturday, June 6 with a new post-time of 2:00 PM. On May 14, the Ontario government announced a framework to reopen businesses following the Covid-19 shutdown. Stage One allows horse racing without spectators on the premises and with physical distancing measures in place for all participants.

"As much as we'd love to see all of our great fans at the track, current circumstances don't allow us to be together.  We encourage everyone to follow all of our harness racing action using one of the streaming options we have available," said Steve Fitzsimmons, Hanover Raceway's General Manager. 

Fans will be able to enjoy the live action by streaming it in HD at, our YouTube channel, Hanover Raceway's Facebook page or the on-line betting portal

"We will follow the Covid-19 Protocol Standards Guide designed by Ontario Racing, in concert with the Province of Ontario and other Ontario race tracks. Hanover Raceway has also been in conversation with the Town of Hanover, Grey-Bruce Public Health unit and local stakeholders to ensure the health and safety of all participants and staff," added Fitzsimmons.

Those protocols include:

- All persons accessing the backstretch/paddock area, must wear a mask at all times.  Horse people will be responsible for providing and wearing their mask when seeking entrance to the race track and while on the premises.
- Temperature checks will be done on all persons and anyone with a temperature of 100.5° F or higher will be refused entry.
- A small questionnaire will also need to be answered as part of the screening process.
- Enhanced cleaning procedures 
- Physical Distancing Guidelines as set out by the Province 
- Controlled Access to the Retention Area

Hanover Raceway's broadcasts this season will include an all new Pre-Game Show hosted by Tony Elliott and more comprehensive between races analysis than ever before, something GM Steve Fitzsimmons feels will be very popular. 

"We are very focused on providing the best customer experience possible and one of the ways we can do that is provide more information and analysis to our bettors.  With none of our fans being able to be at the track with us, this becomes even more important and I'm confident we can deliver the entertainment value that will make that a huge success."

Hanover Raceway will have 15 Saturday race dates this season, running from June 6th through to September 19th.  
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NHL Update

The NHL-NHLPA Return To Play Committee hopes to reach a resolution over the next week to 10 days.

The group reportedly made progress in talks for a 24-team playoff format should play resume this summer. 

The proposal features a 2  " Hub City " concept featuring 12 teams in each city.

Meanwhile, the National Hockey League is hopeful that the ongoing closure of the Canada-U.S. border will not impact the resumption of play the league is examining.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated yesterday that the border between the 2 countries will remain closed to non-essential travel through June 21.

It’s not clear if NHL players and staff might be granted exemptions.

Toronto Six Enters NWHL

The National Women's Hockey League's first Canadian team will be named the Toronto Six.

The name, logo and colours for Toronto's entry were unveiled yesterday

The name was inspired by a Toronto nickname popularized by Drake, 

The Six received more votes than any other name in an online poll


Daws Declared Winner

Nico Daws of the Guelph Storm is the first recipient of the newly named Jim Rutherford Trophy awarded annually to the Ontario Hockey League's Goaltender of the Year.

Daws won 23 games for Guelph this season including 2 shutout victories over the Owen Sound Attack.

The Ontario Hockey League will announce the Max Kaminsky award winner today, which is presented annually to the top defenceman in the league.

Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ottawa 67's is the frontrunner after the overage defender put up 82 points and was + 52 this season.

OHL Release

The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Nico Daws of the Guelph Storm is the inaugural recipient of the Jim Rutherford Trophy awarded annually to the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year.
The top-ranked North American goaltender on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings, Daws led the League with a .924 save percentage and five shutouts, posting a 2.48 goals-against average and 23-8-3-3 record over 38 games for the defending OHL champions. He was named the OHL’s Goaltender of the Month for November as part of a span that included nine consecutive wins. The third-year netminder was recognized with three star of the game honours on 15 different occasions, including a total of eight first star distinctions. His impressive numbers as a 19-year-old came as he stepped into the Storm’s starting role after getting into just 20 games during the 2018-19 season.

Daws was a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning National Junior Team that claimed world supremacy at the 2020 IIHF World Juniors in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.

Announced last August, the Jim Rutherford Trophy is presented by the League in honour of former OHL goaltender, General Manager, Chairman of the Board and two-time Executive of the Year Jim Rutherford. The current General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Rutherford played 13 seasons as an NHL netminder and was the architect behind Stanley Cup championships for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2019.

“I’m honoured to be the first recipient of the Jim Rutherford Trophy and am truly humbled to have my name associated with not only a world class goaltender, but an influential builder of the game,” said Daws. “I’d like to thank my family for always supporting me and also my billet family for giving me a home away from home. Lastly, thank you to my coaches and teammates. I wouldn’t be able to achieve this without their help.”

A 19-year-old product of Burlington, Ont., Daws’ .924 save percentage is the highest in Storm history by goaltenders having spent a full season with the club. His 2.48 goals-against average is the lowest by a qualified goaltender since Tom McCollum’s 2.39 mark in 2006-07. The 6-foot-4, 202Ib. Daws rounded out his third OHL season with a record of 34-20-5-6, a 2.94 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and six shutouts over 72 career regular season games. He was recognized in the 2019-20 OHL Coaches Poll as the Western Conference’s Most Improved Player, Best Puckhandling Goaltender and second-best Shootout Goaltender. Daws was Guelph’s seventh round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection from the Burlington Eagles minor midgets.

“Following our playoff run last spring Nico recognized the potential for opportunity and went to work,” said Storm head coach and general manager George Burnett. “His decision to make substantial adjustments with his nutrition, overall fitness and daily routine both on and off the ice was life changing. His total recommitment and outstanding work in all areas has led to this very special story he is currently writing and the opportunities which will result. Nico deserves all of the credit and we could not be more proud of him.”

The Jim Rutherford Trophy is awarded to the league’s most outstanding goaltender as selected by OHL General Managers.  Teams were not permitted to vote for a goaltender from their own hockey club.

While becoming the first to formally receive the Jim Rutherford Trophy, Daws follows Craig Anderson (2001) as the second goaltender in Storm history to win OHL Goaltender of the Year honours. The award was first presented in 1987-88 to Rick Tabaracci (Cornwall) with other notable winners including Manny Legace (Niagara Falls 1993), Steve Mason (London 2007), the league’s only back-to-back winner Mike Murphy (Belleville 2008 and 2009), Jordan Binnington (Owen Sound 2013), Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth 2014), Lucas Peressini (Kingston 2015), Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie 2016), Michael McNiven (Owen Sound 2017), Michael DiPietro (Windsor 2018) and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury 2019).

Daws is also the OHL’s nominee for CHL Goaltender of the Year to be announced in the coming weeks.


Rooney Rule Amended

National Football League owners passed alterations designed to enhance opportunities for minorities to get executive, head coaching and co-ordinator positions.

The measures are addendums to the Rooney Rule, which has fallen short in its goal of increasing diversity in the NFL.

The Rooney Rule was established in 2003 but has fallen far short of it's intended purpose.

For example, in the last 2 seasons 13 head coaches lost their jobs and only 2 of those vacancies were filled by a minority candidate, 

MLS Cancels Season

Three Major League Soccer events have been cancelled including the 2020 ALL Star game at Los Angeles.

The second edition of the Leagues Cup tournament & the 3rd edition of the Campeones Cup in Seattle were also wiped out

MLS intends to hold all of these events in 2021

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