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Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

Mar 18/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

Ontario Hockey League

The Ontario Hockey League has a Governors’ Conference Call today.

The call is scheduled for 8 am this morning

Peter MacDermid, the Owen Sound Attack Governor will participate in the call.

It's expected the OHL will cancel the regular season, following the direction of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, which is another branch of the Canadian Hockey League.


A few hours after the Ontario Hockey League Governor's Conference Call, the OHL will conduct another Conference Call with the 20 League General Managers including Attack GM Dale DeGray

The agenda for the meeting isn't known.

The conference call could be quick........or it could include up to a dozen topics including the OHL Playoffs, the Priority Selection drafting order for Saturday April 4th, plus Memorial Cup scenarios among other items.


The two Canadian Hockey Import Draft picks of the Owen Sound Attack have departed the country.

Both Stepan Machacek and Joshua Samanski left Canada for their homes in the Czech Republic and Germany respectively.

With the border now closed to foreign nationals from all countries except the United States, Machacek & Samanski would not be able to re-enter Canada for the immediate time being should the Ontario Hockey League resume in some shape or form.


City Conference Call

There will another Conference Call later in the day, based in the city of Owen Sound.

While this Conference Call does include the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League, the Attack are one of many organizations and aspects of city life connected to the meeting, which is scheduled for early afternoon



An Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19,

The Senators did not name the player when releasing the news last night but it is the first NHLer to be diagnosed with the coronavirus.

According to the team, the player has had mild symptoms and is in isolation.

The Senators are in the process of notifying anyone who has had known close contact with the player and is working with team doctors and public health officials.

Ottawa played at San Jose against the Sharks on March 7th despite the county where the arena is located recommending no large public gatherings days earlier. 

It was one of three NHL games played in San Jose after the recommendation.

The NHL suspended its season last Thursday because of the COVID-19 outbreak.



Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz was the first NBA player to be diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Since then, 6 other NBA players have tested positive. 

The latest positive tests came last night when the Brooklyn Nets announced 4 of their players had COVID-19.

The Nets did not name the 4 players, but Brooklyn star Kevin Durant relates he was among those who tested positive



Two of the 4 majors in golf have been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

First the Masters at Augusta, Georgia was postponed, followed by the PGA Championship which was set for May 14th-17th at Harding Park in San Francisco.

The PGA hopes to runs both majors at later dates

Pro golf has been cancelled for the next 2 months because of fears over the new coronavirus.



The French Open tennis tournament was postponed for about 4 months because of the coronavirus pandemic, 

The event which is one of 4 majors on the tennis tour, will shift from their traditional date in May to September 

The new dates for the French Open are September 20th to October 4th

The original date for the 2020 French Open was May 24th to June 7th



UEFA has postponed Euro 2020 until the summer of 2021.

The postponement will allow European leagues more time to complete their seasons this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.



Phillip Rivers will be the new quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts 

Rivers, the longtime Chargers star agreed to a one-year contract with the Colts

The 38-year-old Rivers is the 3rd major quarterback in 2 days to make news.

Tom Brady is leaving New England for Tampa Bay

And Drew Brees re-signed with the New Orleans Saints


Morris Moving

Curler John Morris, a two-time Olympic gold medallist, will play second for Kevin Koe next season.

Morris has either skipped or played vice throughout his career which began with 3 straight Ontario junior men's titles from 1997 to 1999.

After the 2017 Olympic curling trials, Morris took a break from team curling, but continued to play mixed doubles.

Koe has skipped teams with at least one new player in the lineup to 4 Canadian championships. 


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