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Friday, May 29, 2020

Elliott (Finally) Wins

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

May 29/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

courtesy NASCAR 

NASCAR Alsco Uniforms 500

at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Chase Elliott scored his first win of the season 

After some tough losses since NASCAR returned to action 12 days ago, Elliott scored the win last night as he reeled in Kevin Harvick with 27 laps remaining and closed out the victory.

The event, which was postponed Wednesday night, was the 4th Cup race since the series resumed racing May 17th.


Boston Marathon Cancelled

Organizers cancelled the Boston Marathon for the first time in its history.

The move ends a 124-year run that had persisted through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and other world events.

The race already had been postponed from April 20th to September 14th, will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles (42.2 km) on their own will receive their finisher's medal.



National Lacrosse Championships Cancelled

The Canadian Lacrosse Association cancelled all 2020 National Championships including the Presidents Cup and the Founders Cup.

The Owen Sound Bug Juice NorthStars had already had their season cancelled

The Owen Sound Junior B NorthStars are expecting the Omtario Lacrosse Association to make a formal decision in the short term.

Previously, Zone 8 Minor Lacrosse and the Owen Sound Minor Lacrosse Classic Tournament were cancelled for 2020.

The CLA relates the 2020 National Championship host committees and sites will have the opportunity to host again in 2021.

The CLA also stated their decision is not a cancellation of the lacrosse season in Canada. Individual member associations will decide the course of 2020 lacrosse opportunities on their own timelines under provincial and health authority guidance.



NHL Awards

The National Hockey League informed players that Phase 3 of the league’s return-to-play plan, which includes training camps, will not start before July 10th, 

With the NHL planning on heading straight to the playoffs, a number of year end awards have been confirmed

Edmonton forward Leon Draisaitl wins the Art Ross Trophy while Washington's Alex Ovechkin  and Boston's David Pastrnak will share the Maurice " Rocket " Richard Trophy as the top-goal scorers with 48 on the season.

Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins combination of Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak won the William Jennings Trophy for lowest goals against average



Canadian Hockey League Awards

Top Scorer of the Year Award.

Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67's put up 120 points in the OHL for the Ottawa 67's and took the CHL crown.

Alexis Lafreniere from Rimouski had 112 points in the Quebec league while Adam Beckman of the Spokane Chiefs put up 107 points in the Western League

The Canadian Hockey League Top Prospect of the Year Award will be announced today

The OHL candidate is Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves


CHL Release

Marco Rossi wins CHL Top Scorer of the Year Award presented by Purolator

The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce that 2020 NHL Draft prospect Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s is the 2019-20 recipient of the CHL Top Scorer of the Year Award presented by Purolator.

Rossi led all players with 120 points including 39 goals and 81 assists in 56 games helping the 67’s finish first in the Ontario Hockey League’s regular season standings for the second straight season.

“Purolator is delighted to partner with another iconic Canadian brand, the CHL, to recognize the young athletes who inspire others and deliver the entertainment of sport for Canadians across the country,” said Purolator Marketing Director, Melanie Cheng-Kai-On. “Congratulations, Marco Rossi on being named the 2019-20 CHL Top Scorer of the Year. With so many talented young players, winning the CHL scoring title is an incredible achievement. We look forward to watching Marco’s career continue – knowing he’ll deliver many more highlights in the future!”

The 18-year-old from Feldkirch, Austria, has now played two seasons for the 67’s after being chosen with the 18th pick in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.  This season he nearly doubled his point total following a rookie campaign in which he registered 65 points in 53 games.  He led the entire CHL with a plus-69 rating and was held off the scoresheet just four times producing an impressive 34 multi-point performances highlighted by a six-point output on November 27 scoring his first career hat-trick plus three assists against the Kingston Frontenacs.  The sixth ranked North American skater on NHL Central Scouting’s final list also finished the schedule with success in the faceoff circle winning 58.5% of his draws and is a finalist for CHL Player of the Year.

“I want to say thanks to the CHL for giving me the CHL Top Scorer Award and I want to say thanks to the Ottawa 67’s for those amazing two years,” said Rossi. “Thank you very much, stay safe, and stay healthy.”

Since the award was first presented in 1994, Rossi is just the third top scorer to have joined the league through the Import Draft process following Czech Republic born Pavel Rosa for the 1996-97 Hull Olympiques, and Russian Alexander Radulov for the 2005-06 Quebec Remparts.  He’s also the first player to win the award in his first season of NHL Draft eligibility since Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters shared the honour in 2014-15.  That list also includes Nic Petan who shared the award in 2012-13 with the Portland Winterhawks, Patrick Kane of the 2006-07 London Knights, Sidney Crosby of the 2004-05 Rimouski Oceanic, Pierre-Marc Bouchard of the 2001-02 Chicoutimi Sagueneens, Ramzi Abid of the 1997-98 Sagueneens, Daniel Briere of the 1995-96 Drummondville Voltigeurs, and Marc Savard of the 1994-95 Oshawa Generals.  Rossi is now the second member of the 67’s to win the award joining Corey Locke during the 2002-03 season.

Finalists for the award were fellow 2020 NHL Draft prospect Alexis Lafreniere of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rimouski Oceanic and Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Beckman of the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs.



NBA Meeting

The National Basketball Association board of governors is scheduled to meet via conference call today.

It's anticipated a vote on how best to proceed with the current season could be conducted

There are a variety of possible scenarios for the NBA's Return To Play, but it appears none of the concepts and proposals are going to be universally accepted.


CFL Uncertainty

Some Canadian Football League franchises reportedly are unsure whether or not to proceed with playing this year.

Two privately-run teams have expressed reservations about going forward with a reduced schedule this fall

The belief is the CFL’s community-run franchises in Saskatchewan, Edmonton and Winnipeg are on-board with getting some kind of football in to help with their bottom line. 

The other 6 CFL clubs are privately owned and operated.


NFL Notes 

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed the virtual off-season is being extended for an additional 2 weeks. 

In a memo sent to the 32 teams, Goodell related he expects that clubs will be permitted to include members of their coaching staffs among the employees permitted to resume work in the club facility

Ticket offices, retail shops and other “customer-facing facilities” that comply with state and local regulation can open, with employees counting in the current maximum number of employees (no more than 50 per cent of staff not to exceed 75 persons) allowed.

Also of note, NFL owners tabled a proposal that would have offered a 4th-and-15 play as an alternative to the onside kick. 

They approved testing expanded use of video replay in the preseason to aid in officiating.


Major Cuts In Minor League Baseball

Hundreds of minor league baseball players were cut yesterday.

Many more are expected to be cut today in light of the near certainty that the minor league baseball season will be cancelled.

The minor league season has not officially been cancelled.

However, the suspension of the Professional Baseball Agreement that governs the minor leagues' relationship with Major League Baseball precludes big league organizations from providing players to their minor league affiliates.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said he would inform Minor League Baseball if and when players would be allowed to join affiliated teams


Qualifiers Tomorrow at Hanover Raceway

The qualifiers at Hanover Raceway tomorrow 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



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