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Truex Triumphs & Tigers Take Torkelson

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

June 11/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

courtesy NASCAR 


Truex Triumphs

Martin Truex Jr. ended a lengthy winless streak as he won under the lights at Martinsville Speedway.

Truex failed to find victory lane over the first 10 races of this season after winning 19 times between 2017-2019.

Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski &  Joey Logano made it a 2-3-4 finish for Team Penske.

The race started shortly after NASCAR said the Confederate flag would be be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.

The next Cup Series race is Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway



PGA Charles Schwab Challenge

at Colonial Golf Course, Fort Worth, Texas

Round 1 today beginning at 7:50 am


Tigers Take Torkelson

The Major League Baseball Draft opened last night.

Spencer Torkelson of Arizona State was selected 1st overall by the Detroit Tigers, 

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Vanderbilt shortstop Austin Martin with the 5th pick overall

The Jays announced Martin as a shortstop, but he played multiple positions for the Commodores.


Manfred Mandate

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there is "100%" chance of big league ball this year.

MLB will make another proposal to start the pandemic-delayed season, but Manfred vowed to unilaterally order opening day if an agreement is not reached.

The players’ association made its second proposal Tuesday, asking for an 89-game regular season and 100% of prorated salaries. 

MLB’s plan a day earlier was for a 76-game season, would guarantee 50% of prorated salaries and hinge 25% in additional money on the post-season’s completion.

The proposed 76 game season would be the shortest season since 1879. 

The players’ association declined to comment on Manfred’s remarks.



NBA Players Balking

A faction of National Basketball Association players held conference calls to discuss uncertainty about restarting the season in the Orlando bubble.

The NBA and the Players Association are agreeing on a plan that would allow players to stay home without consequences.

Up to 50 players have aired a number of concerns, including family situations and the inability to leave the Disney World Resort campus.


Lafreniere Wins David Branch Award

Alexis Lafreniere win the Canadian Hockey League's David Branch Player of the Year Award

Lafreniere was chosen the most outstanding player in the CHL after scoring 35 goals and posting 112 points for the Rimouski Oceanic.

Lafreniere, who is expected to go 1st overall at the next NHL Entry Draft, had a number of highlights this season including winning gold with Canada’s National Junior Team at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67's was the Ontario Hockey League’s nominee


CHL Release

The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce that Alexis Lafreniere of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rimouski Oceanic is the 2019-20 recipient of the CHL’s David Branch Player of the Year Award.

Lafreniere was chosen most outstanding after scoring 112 points including 35 goals and 77 assists in 52 games for the league’s highest point-per-game rate of 2.15 which is the best since Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters scored at a 2.50 pace in 2014-15.  The top ranked North American skater for the 2020 NHL Draft becomes just the second back-to-back recipient in league history following fellow Oceanic captain Sidney Crosby in 2004 and 2005. 

“I’m really honoured to have won the David Branch trophy for the CHL MVP,” Lafreniere said. “I would like to thank my teammates, coaches, and all the organization in Rimouski for what they’ve done for me. I wouldn’t be here without them so a big thanks to everyone.”

The 18-year-old from Saint-Eustache, Quebec, produced in 43 of his 52 games this season including 30 multi-point efforts and highlighted by a seven-point performance with a goal and six assists on February 16 against the Quebec Remparts.  He carried a 14-game point-streak from November 9 to January 11 and in between won gold with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship where he was named tournament MVP.  This season he increased his point production by seven points in nine fewer games and carries career totals of 114 goals and 183 assists for 297 points in 173 games since being chosen first overall by the Oceanic in the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft.  He also holds an impressive plus-minus rating of plus-128 which ranks third in the QMJHL since 1994-95.  Lafreniere’s CHL awards resume includes 2018 Rookie of the Year and 2020 Top Draft Prospect to go along with his 2019 and 2020 Player of the Year honours.

In addition to back-to-back awards for Lafreniere and Crosby, the very first member of the Oceanic to be recognized with the league’s top individual honour was Brad Richards back in 2000 when the club captured its first and only Memorial Cup.  Since the award was first presented in 1975 there have been 15 other recipients who have won in their first year of NHL Draft eligibility.  That list includes McDavid (2015), Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads (2013), Crosby (2005), Pierre-Marc Bouchard of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (2002), Eric Lindros of the Oshawa Generals (1991), Mike Ricci of the Peterborough Petes (1990), Mario Lemieux of the Laval Voisins (1984), Pat Lafontaine of the Verdun Juniors (1983), Dale Hawerchuk of the Cornwall Royals (1981), Doug Wickenheiser of the Regina Pats (1980), Pierre Lacroix of the Trois-Rivieres Draveurs (1979), Bobby Smith of the Ottawa 67’s (1978), Dale McCourt of the St. Catharines Fincups (1977), Peter Lee of the Ottawa 67’s (1976), and Ed Staniowski of the Regina Pats (1975).  Of that list, eight became first overall NHL Draft picks including McDavid, Crosby, Lindros, Lemieux, Hawerchuk, Wickenheiser, Smith, and McCourt.  Of note, John Tavares of the Oshawa Generals was a 2007 national award recipient but would be chosen first overall in the 2009 NHL Draft.

Finalists for the award were Minnesota Wild prospect Adam Beckman of the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs and 2020 NHL Draft prospect Marco Rossi of the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s.  This season the trophy was renamed in honour of David Branch who has held his position as OHL Commissioner since 1979, and served as CHL President from 1996-2019.


Knights Sign McKenna

The Knights of Meaford of the Greater Metro Junior Hockey League announced the signing of Forward Colton McKenna from Buffalo , New York. 

McKenna played with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Amherst Ramblers of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League over the past 2 seasons.


Blues Sign MacLeod

The Collingwood Blues of the Ontario Junior Hockey League announced forward Isaac " Oak " MacLeod of Caledonia has signed with the club. 

MacLeod who is 18, played for the New Hampton Huskies in the USHS-Prep League where he scored 39 goals in 35 games.

It's expected MacLeod will play one season in Collingwood before departing for NCAA Division 1 play at Dartmouth 


Blues Release

The Collingwood Blues are pleased to announce forward Oak MacLeod of Caledonia has signed with the Collingwood Blues. Oak, 18, comes off his most recent season suiting up for the New Hampton Huskies in the USHS-Prep League.

General Manager Mike Tarantino had this to say on MacLeod at the time of the commitment “We are excited to announce the signing of Oak.  Oak has been an elite scorer his entire hockey career and has many accolades to his name.  Oak will make an immediate impact on our club and will be an exciting player to watch.  We would like to welcome Oak and his family to Collingwood".

Oak will turn 19 in April and will be expected to be a big part of the future in Collingwood. He comes to Collingwood after a successful year with New Hampton School and is a Dartmouth D1 commit for 2021-2022.

Last season he put up 39 goals and 26 assists for 65 points in 35 games. Oak is 5 foot 10 inches and weighing in at 174 pounds.

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