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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Gragson Grinds Out Victory

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

June 2/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

courtesy NASCAR 

NASCAR Xfinity Cheddar's 300

at Bristol Motor Speedway

Noah Gragson won the race.

Gragson bypassed teammate Justin Allgaier with 4 laps remaining, a move that caused Allgaier to crash

Gragson also won the season-opening race at Daytona to begin his second year with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s race team. 

The next Xfinity Series race will be in Atlanta on Saturday.

 


MLB Suggests 50-60 Game Season

Major League Baseball will propose a shorter season to the Players' Association in which the owners would pay the players their full prorated salaries 

The suggested length for the season would be 50 to 60 games.

The owners believe an agreement they reached with the players in March allows them to mandate a shorter season and they're prepared to use that option in the absence of a deal between the two sides.

The Players Association proposed a 114-game season to the league Sunday night that involved owners paying players their full prorated salaries.

Multiple reports indicate Major League Baseball would like to begin the 2020 season in early July. 

 


Mayweather To Pay Funeral Expense

Boxer Floyd Mayweather will pay for the funeral services for George Floyd.

Representatives for Mayweather confirm that the 5 division former champion has been in touch with the family of Floyd, and the family has accepted the offer.

Floyd, who was black, died last week in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on Floyd's neck for more than 8 minutes. 

Chauvin was fired last Tuesday & was charged Friday with 3rd-degree murder and 2nd-degree manslaughter.

Floyd's death sparked massive and often violent protests across the United States over the weekend.

 

 

Tourigny Wins Kilrea Award

The Canadian Hockey League announced Andre Tourigny of the Ottawa 67's is the Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award winner

Tourigny guided the 67’s to a second straight Ontario Hockey League regular season title with 50 wins and 101 points.

The 50 wins tied an Ottawa franchise record and was accomplished in a season that was cut 6 games short by the coronavirus pandemic.

The CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award will be presented today.

Goaltender Jacob Ingham of the Kitchener Rangers is the Ontario Hockey League nominee.

Ingham, a Barrie native, conducted the " Jacob Saves " campaign which generated in excess of $ 26,000 for Canadian Blood Services.

 

CHL Release

Andre Tourigny wins CHL Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award presented by Janes

The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce that Ottawa 67’s head coach Andre Tourigny is the 2019-20 recipient of the CHL’s Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award presented by Janes.

Tourigny guided the 67’s to a second straight Ontario Hockey League regular season title with a of 50-11-0-1 record, a CHL leading 296 goals scored, and just 164 goals against which was fewest in the OHL. 

“I’d like to congratulate Andre Tourigny for being named the 2019-20 Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year,” said Paul Craft, Vice President of Marketing, Sofina Foods. “The Janes brand is proud and honoured to be a partner with the CHL and is committed to supporting communities across the country. Our production facilities are also in many of these great communities where you all play. Supporting hockey, the development of players, as well as recognizing the billet families is very important to the Janes brand.”

The 46-year-old from Nicolet, Quebec, helped this year’s 67’s equal the franchise’s all-time best mark of 50 wins set one year ago despite playing in six fewer games as a result of the abbreviated schedule.  The team also set a franchise record with a 17-game winning-streak that spanned from November 16 to January 10.  Another highlight of Tourigny’s season was winning gold as an assistant coach for Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.  He will return as the program’s head coach in 2020-21.

“It’s a tremendous honour for me and my staff to get coach of the year in the CHL,” said Tourigny. “In the CHL you have 60 head coaches and staff who work really hard during the season so to be recognized by the CHL with coach of the year, me and my coaching staff are really blessed and honoured. Our ownership and our management give us all of the tools to make that happen, and I want to also thank our players for all of their support and hard work during the season to make it happen. I want to thank the Commissioners and Dan (MacKenzie) for the tremendous honour.”

Awarded annually to the coach of the year in the CHL since 1988, the trophy was renamed in 2003 to honour Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Brian Kilrea when he won his 1000th game as coach of the 67’s.  Kilrea’s name is also inscribed on the award as a recipient in 1997.  Tourigny’s recognition comes after two previous nominations including last season as well as in 2006 as a member of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.  He spent a decade behind-the-bench with the Huskies from 2003-13, then moved on to the NHL for three seasons as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-15 and the Ottawa Senators for 2015-16, returned for one year with the Halifax Mooseheads in 2016-17, and has now been with the 67’s for the past three seasons.  Tourigny has established himself as one of the league’s all-time greatest coaches with career figures that equal 496 wins in 961 games.  As it stands, only 21 CHL coaches have ever reached 500 wins and only 19 have surpassed the 1,000 game milestone.

Finalists for the award were Brad Lauer of the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings and Stephane Julien of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Sherbrooke Phoenix.

 

 

Chisholm Signs

The Winnipeg Jets have signed Peterborough Petes defenceman Declan Chisholm to a 3-year, entry-level contract 

Chisholm was drafted by the Jets in the 5th round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft 

A native of Bowmanville, Chisholm led the Petes defencemen with 13 goals and 69 points last season.

 

 


Blues Add Center

The Collingwood Blues of the Ontario Junior Hockey League announced center Adam O’Marra has signed his Letter of Intent to report to Collingwood. 

O’Marra, a 17 year old, played for the Brampton Bombers of the Greater Ontario Junior B League last season & scored 9 times and had 22 points in 50 games.

At the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, O'Marra was selected in the 6th round by the Mississauga Steelheads

 


Keeping Up With The UFC Jones'

UFC president Dana White says it's up to light-heavyweight champion Jon (Bones) Jones whether he wants to walk away from the company and the sport.

Jones told his Twitter followers Sunday that he is giving up his title over a financial dispute with the UFC.

Jones who is 26 & 1 in the UFC had been eyeing a super-fight with heavyweight Francis Ngannou,

White stated Jones wanted "crazy" money, citing demands of up to $30 million.

Jones has denied those figures.

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