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Softball Canada Cancels National Events

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

May 21/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

Grey Cup Shuffle

The Canadian Football League announced the 108th Grey Cup game ( if it is played ) will be staged on the home field of whichever league finalist had the better record during the regular season.

The 2020 Grey Cup WAS scheduled for Mosaic Field in Regina, and could still be IF the Saskatchewan Roughriders get to the Championship Game & have the best record in the CFL regular season.

There also exists the possibility that a " hub city " may host the Grey Cup Game this year.

Also as a result of yesterday's announcement, Grey Cup Week will not feature the traditional festival, which is largely built around concerts and other large events that attract large throngs of people

The 2021 Grey Cup Game remains scheduled for Hamilton and Regina has been awarded the 2022 Grey Cup Game.



Softball Canada Cancels

Softball Canada’s Board of Directors have cancelled all 10 of the 2020 Canadian Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch Championships due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Softball Canada President Scott Neiles relates the decision was made to protect the health and well being of athletes, coaches, umpires and volunteers.

The decision by Softball Canada impacts the Ontario Softball Association tournaments including the Under 23 event that was scheduled for Owen Sound July 10th-12th.

Owen Sound Fastpitch is hoping to host an event potentially in August but there are a lot of variables connected to that possibility


Softball Canada Release

After carefully considering all factors at play, Softball Canada’s Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all of its Canadian Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch Championships for the 2020 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of ten Canadian Championships were scheduled to be held in six different provinces between late July and early September.
“Our decision to cancel the 2020 Canadian Championships was an extremely difficult one, however we are confident it is the right call designed to protect the health and well being of our member athletes, coaches, umpires and volunteers” stated Softball Canada President Scott Neiles. “We remain extremely hopeful that the 2020 softball season will be able to be played at the local level in many areas of the country.”
Softball Canada continues to recommend the suspension of all softball activities in Canada until May 31, 2020. As of June 1, 2020, with the divergent Provincial/Territorial AND Local phases of re-opening facilities and sport, Softball Canada advises members to follow the guidelines established by their local Provincial/Territorial Softball Associations. Their decisions are informed by their respective Provincial/ Territorial Governments and Health Care authorities and recognize different regional conditions and approaches.


Hamlin Wins NASCAR

Denny Hamlin won NASCAR's first Wednesday race since 1984 when rain stopped the event with 20 laps remaining at Darlington Raceway.

Hamlin was leading but was out of fresh tires when he got help from teammate Kyle Busch who caused Chase Elliott to crash 8 laps earlier to bring out the caution.

As NASCAR cleaned the track, it started to rain and the event was declared official.

Darlington will host an Xfinity Series Race today at noon.

The race was scheduled to be staged on Tuesday but was rained out.



Hoefenmayer Honoured

Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ottawa 67’s was named as the Max Kaminsky Trophy winner

The award is presented annually to the Ontario Hockey League's Most Outstanding Defenceman

Hoefenmayer scored 26 times for Ottawa this year and had a + 52 rating

The OHL post season awards will climax today with the presentation of the Red Tilson Award.

The Tilson award is presented annually to the Ontario Hockey League's Most Outstanding Player.

Sergey Popov is the Owen Sound Attack nominee for the award.


Ontario Hockey League Release

The Ontario Hockey League today announced that overage veteran Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ottawa 67’s is the 2019-20 recipient of the Max Kaminsky Trophy awarded annually to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenceman of the Year presented by Real Canadian Superstore.

Hoefenmayer led OHL rearguards with 82 points including 26 goals and 56 assists over 82 games along with a plus-52 rating, spearheading the League’s top-ranked power play from the blue line. He became the first 67’s defender to lead his position in OHL scoring since Brian Campbell in 1998-99 while racking up the most goals by a Barber Poles blueliner since Bruce Cassidy in 1983-84. His eight game winning goals led the League’s defenders, the highest single season total at the position since London’s Danny Syvret in 2004-05. Hoefenmayer earned OHL Defenceman of the Month honours in October, December and January, rounding out his season with a total of 24 multi-point performances. He received three star of the game recognition 12 different times, including six instances where he was recognized as the game’s first star.

“It’s truly an honour to be able to represent the Ottawa 67’s and win such a prestigious award like the Max Kamisnky Trophy,” said Hoefenmayer. “I would like to thank the entire 67’s organization as well as the city of Ottawa for the tremendous support that myself and my teammates have gotten over my five year tenure with the team.  This award represents a lot of people that have helped me to get to where I am today, including the coaching staff, the training staff, Sean Young of Canadian Strength, Derek Miller of Next Gen Hockey, my billet families as well as my immediate family. Thank you!”

A 21-year-old native of North York, Ont., Hoefenmayer wraps up his accomplished five-year 67’s career sixth in all-time points by an Ottawa defenceman with 222 (65-157–222) accumulated over 298 regular season contests, the highest figure by a blueliner in club history. His 65 career goals are tied for third among franchise blueliners, trailing greats Denis Potvin and Doug Wilson. A former fourth round pick of the Arizona Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft, Hoefenmayer signed a two-year AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies last month. He was originally Ottawa’s second round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection from the Don Mills Flyers minor midgets.

“Through hard work and perseverance Noel has showed continuous improvement throughout his junior career,” commented 67’s general manager James Boyd. “In addition to this season’s league leading offensive production, Noel has been a steady defensive presence on our blue line and is a key part of our team’s leadership group. Noel is a deserving recipient of this season’s Max Kaminsky Trophy.”

The Max Kaminsky Trophy is awarded each year to the Most Outstanding Defenceman as selected by OHL General Managers.  All 20 clubs submitted a nominee but were not permitted to vote for their own player.

The award is named in recognition of Max Kaminsky, who enjoyed a 10-year professional playing career that included four years in the NHL with Ottawa, Boston, and Montreal.  After he retired from playing, Kaminsky enjoyed a 15-year coaching career that was capped by winning the Memorial Cup with the St. Catharines Teepees in 1960.

Hoefenmayer becomes the eighth different 67’s defenceman to earn the distinction and first since Brendan Bell in 2002-03. Other franchise names engraved on the Max Kaminsky Trophy include Brian Campbell (1998-99), Sean Blanchard (1996-97), Chris Snell (1990-91), Brad Shaw (1983-84), Randy Boyd (1980-81) and two-time recipient Denis Potvin (1972-73, 1971-72). Past winners of the award also include current NHL talents in Andrej Sekera (Owen Sound 2006), Marc Staal (Sudbury 2007), Drew Doughty (Guelph 2008), Ryan Ellis (Windsor 2009 and 2011), Jacob Muzzin (Sault Ste. Marie 2010), Dougie Hamilton (Niagara 2012), Aaron Ekblad (Barrie 2014), Anthony DeAngelo (Sault Ste. Marie 2015), and Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor 2016).

Hoefenmayer will be the OHL’s nominee for CHL Defenceman of the Year to be announced in the coming weeks.



NBA Notes

The National Basketball Association is expected to take a large step toward a resumption of play by June 1st.

NBA teams are anticipating guidelines from the league office that would allow franchises to start recalling players who have left their markets, as well as expand workouts that are already underway with in-market athletes.

The belief is NBA commissioner Adam Silver will give the green light on a return to play in June, with games resuming before the end of July. 


The Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is the frontrunner for a return-to-play site if the current NBA season resumes.

The state of Florida was one of the first places in North America to reopen after putting in place government-imposed stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reports indicate the NBA is also giving Las Vegas serious consideration as well.



UFC in Vegas

The UFC’s May 30 event will take place at the company’s Apex Facility in Las Vegas, 

The event will be headlined by former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley facing Gilbert Burns.

This will be the UFC’s fourth event since returning from a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Nevada Athletic Commission suspended combat sports on March 14th and according to reports there has been no official announced change to that status.

The UFC conducted 3 fight cards last week in Jacksonville, Florida


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