MLB Players Dig In
Major League Baseball players confirmed their stance for full prorated pay, leaving a massive gap in the negotiations that could further delay plans to start the season.
MLB hoped to commence a coronavirus-shortened season around July 4th but the divide has altered the owners outlook and has them examining a 50 game season.
The players held a 2-hour digital meeting with officials of the Major League Baseball Players Association yesterday, a day after the union's offer was rejected by Major League Baseball.
NBA Governors Approve Format
The National Basketball Association Board of Governors approved a 22-team format for restarting the league season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida.
The format calls for each team playing 8 games to determine playoff seeding plus the possible utilization of a play-in tournament for the final spot in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference post-season fields.
The plan is expected to be approved today.
OLA Junior B Season Cancelled
The Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League will not stage a season in 2020.
The league members had a Zoom Conference yesterday where the formal decision was confirmed.
There was a league-wide agreement to cancel the season with many factors facing the operation of Junior B Lacrosse at this time; most of which were connected to player safety
The extended state-of-emergency in Ontario, time constraints, lack of arena floor time for some teams,and a lack of funds to operate for other teams were also obstacles that could not be avoided.
OLA Junior B League Release
It is with much regret that the Ontario Jr. B Lacrosse League announces their decision to officially cancel the 2020 season.
The health and safety of our members and their families are paramount and we appreciate that our members have been doing their personal best to help prevent this virus from spreading, Thank you for self-isolating,
practicing social distancing and working to keep vulnerable people safe.
We had prepared schedules for various start dates, up to July 1st, but with the Government and Ministries of Health extending start-up dates further into the summer this decision was inevitable.
Many players and teams were hopeful of a different outcome with players working to keep their stick skills up and trying to be prepared for any type of season to appear. Unfortunately this unavoidable conclusion was apparent
to the entire League.
At this time it is still important to maintain a positive and healthy outlook, we cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together. We will look forward to returning to play this amazing game in 2021, remembering that Lacrosse symbolizes a spiritual ritual to honour, heal, and celebrate individuals and communities, which is
why it is referred to as the “Medicine game”.
We now have time to ensure that the next season is the best that we can make it and look toward the Founders Tournament being hosted in mid-August by the Brampton Excelsiors, in honour of the 150th anniversary of Lacrosse in Brampton.
This was a very sad day, but tomorrow is a new beginning.
NHL Moves To Phase 2
The National Hockey League will allow teams to reopen their training facilities on Monday as it transitions to Phase 2 of its return-to-play plan,
When facilities are reopened, players will be allowed to participate in individualized training activities, both on and off the ice, with no more than 6 players taking part at at any given time.
The return-to-play plan consists of four phases, the next being the opening of training camps.
Robertson Wins Sportsmanlike Award
Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes was named as the Canadian Hockey League Sportsman of the Year
Robertson led the entire Ontario Hockey League & the CHL with 55 goals and had just 40 penalty minutes.
A Michigan native, Robertson was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2nd round of the 2019 NHL Draft .
Among his on ice highlight, Robertson put together a 14-game goal-scoring streak from January 9 to February 8 upon his return from the 2020 World Junior Championship where he played for the United States.
The CHL Rookie of the Year Award will be presented today
Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs is the Ontario Hockey League nominee.
Canadian Hockey League Release
The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce that Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes is the 2019-20 recipient of the CHL Sportsman of the Year Award presented by Cavendish Farms.
Robertson led the entire CHL with 55 goals in just 46 games played while adding 31 assists for a total of 86 points along with 40 penalty minutes.
“Cavendish Farms proudly congratulates Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes on receiving the CHL Sportsman of the Year Award presented by Cavendish Farms. Nick set a positive example for his fellow teammates, opponents, fans and the Peterborough community, both on and off the ice. We look forward to watching Nick continue his hockey career in the near future.”
The 18-year-old from Northville, Michigan, finished tenth in Ontario Hockey League scoring during his third career season after being chosen by the Leafs in the second round of the 2019 NHL Draft and signing his entry-level contract in September. He was held without a goal just nine times over the course of the season and went on a 14-game goal-scoring streak from January 9 to February 8 upon his return from the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship where he played for Team USA. His impressive 1.20 goals-per-game pace is the highest the CHL has seen since Rene Corbet of the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Pat Peake of the Detroit Junior Red Wings back in 1992-93 when considering players with more than 20 goals scored and over 30 games to their credit in a single season. The 1992-93 campaign is also the last time a Petes player has reached the 50-goal milestone.
“I want to thank the CHL for awarding me the most sportsmanlike player of the year,” Robertson said. “I just want to thank my organization the Peterborough Petes as well as the GM Mike Oke, head coach Rob Wilson, and my teammates. And finally I’d like to thank the fans in Peterborough for all of their support and making it an electrifying building every night. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy.”
Robertson is the first member of the Petes to win the national award since presentation began in 1990 following previous team nominees Ryan Spooner (2010) and Mike Ricci (1990). The OHL’s most recent recipient is Nick Suzuki, now a member of the Montreal Canadiens, who was recognized in 2017 while starring for the Owen Sound Attack. This is the second straight season a Robertson has been recognized on the national stage with Nick following in the footsteps of older brother Jason who led the CHL in scoring with 117 points as a member of the Niagara IceDogs one year ago.
Finalists for the award were 2020 NHL Draft prospect Seth Jarvis of the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks and Calgary Flames prospect Jakob Pelletier of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Moncton Wildcats.
The Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League are expected to make an announcement today.
Sources connected to the Attack relate the announcement should be forthcoming mid morning
The Best of Bearadio Showdown Semifinals on the Owen Sound Attack Twitter account were staged yesterday.
Two overtime goals have advanced to today's final; Petrus Palmu's overtime goal in Game 5 of the 2016 playoffs and Kaleb Pearson's last second overtie goal at Windsor
The voting today will determine the 2nd greatest Bearadio on CFOS clip of all time.
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Hockey Canada Update
Hockey Canada has lifted its ban on sanctioned activities and is allowing the country's 13 member organizations to individually determine when it's safe to return to action.
The move is the first step toward resuming play after Hockey Canada cancelled all activities under its banner March 12th because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hockey Canada states the best approach for a resumption plan was for each member to work with regional public health authorities to determine the appropriate steps to return in areas that fall under their jurisdiction.
Hockey Canada's 13 members include 3 bodies in Ontario, among them the Ontario Hockey Federation.
The Organizing Committee for the Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce Golf Tournament is pleased to announce a donation of $13,000 to Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce
The tournament, scheduled for June 5th at Saugeen Golf Club, was cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
The Committee would like to thank all participants and sponsors who were able to contribute in support of this very important community service.
We would also like to thank the participants and sponsors who were planning on attending and supporting the event but were unable to contribute during these difficult times.
We trust that everyone gets through this Pandemic in good spirits and in good health!
The Tournament Committee looks forward to hosting the 28th Annual on Friday, June 4, 2021 when we all gather once again in support of Crime Stoppers of Grey Bruce.
Until then, please stay safe!
CSGB Golf Committee
Hanover Raceway Opener
Hanover Raceway begins its 60th season of live Harness Racing tomorrow with a new post-time of 2 pm
Legislation from the Ontario government allows horse racing without spectators on the premises and with physical distancing measures in place for all participants to take place in Phase 1.
Fans can access the races in a number of ways including the track web site located at hanoverraceway.com.