Busch Wins In OT
Kyle Busch passed Austin Cindric on the final lap in overtime to win his 97th career Xfinity Series race last night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
After a crash involving several cars sent the race into overtime, Cindric passed Busch on a restart
However, Busch battled back, passing Cindric on the last lap to earn his 18th overall win at Charlotte
Busch has now won 210 career races across NASCAR’s top three series.
NHL Phase 2
The National Hockey League released a document yesterday detailing Phase 2 of its return-to-play plan.
Phase 2 includes a variety of protocols for travel to club, testing, practice and personal protective equipment.
The NHL is targeting early June for the introduction of this second phase.
Boyd Wins Gregory Award
The Ontario Hockey League announce that James Boyd of the Ottawa 67’s is the first ever recipient of the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award.
Boyd and the 67's have won back-to-back Hamilton Spectator Trophies for leading the OHL's Overall standings & this season they equalled the Ottawa franchise record of 50 wins, doing so in a season that was shortened by 6 games due to COVID-19.
Today, the OHL's Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy will be announced
The Ontario Hockey League announced today that James Boyd of the Ottawa 67’s is the inaugural recipient of the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award selected by a combination of the League’s General Managers as well as a five-member panel consisting of OHL writers and broadcasters along with a representative from NHL Central Scouting.
First announced last August, the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award is presented annually to the General Manager who best excelled in his role during the regular season. The award honours the memory of one of the game’s great builders in former long-time NHL executive Jim Gregory who passed away this past October at the age of 83.
“My dad would be so proud to have James as the first winner,” said David Gregory, the son of the late Jim Gregory who currently works with NHL Central Scouting. “A couple seasons back, at one of the last games my dad and I scouted together, James was there. We sat together, watched the game and talked hockey, which my dad loved. When we were leaving my dad said to me, ‘that James, he’s a real hockey man.’
“My dad got his start in junior hockey and always loved his continued association with the OHL,” Gregory added. “My family is eternally grateful to David Branch and the Ontario Hockey League for honouring him with the namesake of this award. We’re also so thankful for all those associated with picking such a worthy winner as James Boyd.”
Working alongside back-to-back OHL Coach of the Year Andre Tourigny, Boyd’s 67’s skated to a second straight Hamilton Spectator Trophy atop the OHL regular season standings with a record of 50-11-0-1. Just as they did in 2018-19, the 67’s equalled their franchise record-tying mark of 50 wins, doing so in six-fewer games as a result of the abbreviated schedule. The Barber Poles led the League in goals for (296), surrendered the fewest against (164), owned the OHL’s top power play (29.8%) and third-ranked penalty kill (82.1%). They led all clubs in both home (26) and road (24) wins and strung together a franchise record 17-game winning streak that spanned from November 16 to January 10.
“This is a tremendous honour for our organization to receive this inaugural award in memory of the late, great Jim Gregory, whose exemplary dedication and class touched so many people in our game,” said Boyd. “The shared success of our 67’s team would not be possible without the tireless work of Assistant General Manager and Director of Scouting, Jan Egert, and our team of dedicated scouts. Also, Coach of the Year, Andre Tourigny, our coaching staff and development team with their keen interest in team building and player improvement. Most importantly, our ownership group at OSEG, who provide the resources and support for each of our players to pursue their dreams.”
The 67’s featured several core returning members of their 2019 Eastern Conference championship roster including the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player Marco Rossi, Defenceman of the Year Noel Hoefenmayer, Overage Player of the Year Austen Keating, World Junior gold medalist Kevin Bahl, starting netminder Cedrick Andree and draft eligible 52-goal scorer Jack Quinn leading the way. Boyd’s biggest addition to the talented group this past season was October pickup Joseph Garreffa who went on to record 90 points (36-54–90) over 52 games in his overage season.
An OHL graduate and native of Mississauga, Ont. who played for the 67’s, Kitchener Rangers and Belleville Bulls from 1993-97, Boyd has been working in a hockey operations capacity in the League since 1999 when he broke in as an Assistant Coach in Belleville. Following 12 seasons spent largely as an Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager, Boyd took the reins as head coach and GM of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in 2011-12. Following five seasons in that capacity with the Majors/Steelheads, Boyd signed on as General Manager of the Ottawa 67’s to begin the 2017-18 season. Since then, the club has played to an overall regular season record of 130-52-10-6.
Each of the OHL’s 20 member team General Managers cast their vote to establish a pool of finalists before further deliberations were carried out and an award winner identified by a five-man panel consisting of OHL print and broadcast media in addition to a representative from NHL Central Scouting.
A builder and good friend of the Ontario Hockey League along with countless people across the hockey world, Jim Gregory was a Hockey Hall of Fame inductee in 2007 who made significant contributions to the game throughout his lengthy career. Gregory got his managerial start by guiding St. Michael’s College School and the Toronto Marlboros to great success, winning a total of three Memorial Cup titles before becoming General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1969-79. He then transitioned into an executive role with the National Hockey League, one that spanned the course of four decades as he most recently served as the NHL’s Sr. Vice President of Hockey Operations.
Bearadio Showdown Opens
The Best of Bearadio Showdown started yesterday on the Owen Sound Attack's Twitter account.
Overtime goals by Petrus Palmu, Mike Angelidis, Sean Durzi and Matt Petgrave all advanced to the 2nd round in the showdown of clips from Bearadio on 560 CFOS.
There will be 8 more clips featured today with the 4 winners advancing to Round 2.
The concept is to identify the " 2nd best Bearadio clip " of all time
Blues Add Gratton
The Mike Jackson GM Collingwood Blues Jr A Hockey Club announced the addition of Josh Gratton as an Assistant Coach yesterday.
Gratton spent 14 years playing pro hockey including 86 games in the NHL where he scored 3 times.
In the NHL Gratton played for the Philadelphia Flyers and Phoenix Coyotes
In 2004-05, Gratton was on the Calder Cup Champion Philadelphia Phantoms in the American Hockey League.
The Mike Jackson GM Collingwood Blues Jr A Hockey Club is excited to announce the addition of Josh Gratton as an Assistant Coach. We are thrilled to welcome Josh and his Family To the town of Collingwood and the Blues organization.
Josh joins us and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Blues organization. As a Player, he spent 14 years playing pro hockey around the world, winning two Calder Cup Championships in the AHL. His final season was split between the Glasgow Clan in the EIHL and the South Carolina Stingrays in the ECHL.
We are extremely excited to welcome Josh to the coaching staff. Welcome To The Mike Jackson GM Collingwood Blues Jr A Hockey Club.
NBA Playoff Concept
If the National Basketball Association season resumes, the league will likely conduct a 16-team playoff.
The matchups could be based on the overall standings when play was halted, although acceptance of such a proposal isn't expected to be universal.
Under that hypothetical format, the Toronto Raptors would open their title defence with a series against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Ontario Amateur Softball Association will be staging a series of meetings over the next 2 weeks with various stakeholders in the game to develop an initial version of a Return To Play policy.
The OASA will speak with players, coaches, game officials and tournament hosts to gather a full picture of the impact coronavirus is having on the sports.
The OASA Under 23 Tournament scheduled for Duncan McLellan Park in Owen Sound in mid July was officially cancelled last week.
NFL Reviews & Replays
National Football League executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent states the league "failed miserably" in its implementation of pass interference replay reviews last season.
Speaking to NBC Sports, Vincent says that failure is a cautionary tale for the NFL to not rush rule changes in the future.
Vincent's comments came in advance of the "sky judge" proposal & the addition of a booth umpire to each officiating crew which will be voted on during Thursday's NFL owners meeting.
Holyfield vs Tyson ?
57-year-old Evander Holyfield says he's open to another fight against 53-year-old Mike Tyson.
The two met twice in 1996 and 1997.
Holyfield won the WBA Heavyweight Title in an 11th-round TKO in their first encounter.
Tyson was disqualified in the rematch for biting Holyfield's ear.
Holyfield says he would take on Tyson in a 3-round bout for charity, but only if Tyson asks for it.
The UFC confirms that Henry Cejudo is considered to be retired and the bantamweight title is now vacant..
Cejudo defended the bantamweight belt against Dominik Cruz at UFC 249 earlier this month and announced after the bout he was retiring.
With a 16-2 record, Cejudo had not lost in 4 years and was the 4th fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two different weight classes at the same time
Hanover Raceway Notes
The qualifiers at Hanover Raceway this Saturday will be broadcast live in their various social media platforms beginning at 11:45 am,
Tony Elliott will have a pre-race show followed by the qualifiers with Track Announcer Rick Rier,
The races will be available on Hanover Raceway's Facebook live, their YouTube Channel and at www.hanoverraceway.com.
The Ontario Sire Stakes announced a revised scheduled for the 2020 season.
Hanover Raceway will host 2 Sire Stakes events.
The Grassroots 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters will compete on Saturday, August 29th
Then, one week later on Saturday September 5th, the Grassroots 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers will highlight the card at Hanover
Opening Day for Hanover Raceway is Saturday June 6th