MLB Owners Approve Proposal
Major League Baseball owners approved a proposal that could lead to the delayed season commencing during the July 4th weekend in ballparks without fans
Spring training would start in early to mid-June,
The proposal will be forwarded to the Players Association
Teams would prefer to play at their regular-season ballparks but would switch to spring training stadiums or neutral sites if medical and government approvals can't be obtained
Toronto Mayor John Tory has had preliminary discussions pertaining to the Blue Jays but relates those talks have not progressed.
The issue that confronts the Toronto Blue Jays is the current stipulation that all visitors to Canada need to follow quarantine protocols and undergo a 2 week quarantine with each arrival in Canada.
The World Baseball Classic will be postponed to 2023 because of the new coronavirus
The decision must be approved by the WBC board of directors, which is expected.
The tournament was scheduled for next March in Taiwan, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami.
Qualifying had been scheduled for this past March but was postponed due to the pandemic.
Futa Departs LA
The Los Angeles Kings are parting ways with assistant general manager Mike Futa,
A two time Stanley Cup winner with the Kings ( 2012 & 2014 ), Futa was a significant part of the Kings operations, especially in terms of amateur scouting and drafting.
Futa has been considered for General Manager positions at Buffalo and Carolina previously
Prior to joining the Kings in 2007, Futa was the General Manager of the Owen Sound Attack for 5 seasons
For the second straight season, Andre Tourigny of the Ottawa 67’s is the recipient of the Matt Leyden Trophy which is awarded annually to the OHL’s Coach of the Year.
Tourigny, who was a member of Canada's gold medal-winning National Junior Team coaching staff, steered the 67's to first place in the OHL's overall standings with 101 points.
Tourigny becomes the first back-to-back recipient of the award since Windsor's Bob Boughner in 2008 and 2009.
The Ontario Hockey League today announced that, for the second straight season, Andre Tourigny of the Ottawa 67’s is the recipient of the Matt Leyden Trophy awarded annually to the OHL’s Coach of the Year.
Tourigny, who was a member of Canada's gold medal-winning National Junior Team coaching staff, steered the 67's to a second straight Hamilton Spectator Trophy atop the OHL regular season standings with a record of 50-11-0-1. Just as they did in 2018-19, the 67's equalled their franchise record-tying mark of 50 wins, doing so in six-fewer games as a result of the abbreviated schedule. The Barber Poles led the League in goals for (296), surrendered the fewest against (164), owned the OHL's top power play (29.8%) and third-ranked penalty kill (82.1%). They led all clubs in both home (26) and road (24) wins and strung together a franchise record 17-game winning streak that spanned from November 16 to January 10.
"It’s a tremendous honour and a great feeling to be chosen by my peers. Even though my name is on this award, it is truly a team effort," said Tourigny. "This recognition is a testimony of the quality of our program and of the quality of the people I’m working with. Our coaching staff, support staff, development staff and our strength and conditioning staff are a fantastic group and it truly is a blessing to work with them every day. Our management creates a professional and dynamic environment and is always there to support us. The commitment of our owners and OSEG management is unparalleled and is a source of energy on a daily basis in our office. They provide the ideal environment to succeed every day for all of us. Finally, I want to thank our players for their sacrifice and their relentlessness every single day."
Tourigny joined the 67's as head coach and vice president of hockey operations prior to the franchise's 50th anniversary season in 2017-18. The 45-year-old Nicolet, Quebec native became the ninth coach in 67’s history with an impressive track record behind the bench primarily in the QMJHL where his career began as an assistant coach with the Shawinigan Cataractes in 1998. He joined the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies as head coach and general manager in 2002 where he spent 11 seasons and set a QMJHL record for most games coached with one franchise at 693 and earned Coach of the Year honours in 2005-06. He moved up to the NHL ranks and spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-15, then one season with the Ottawa Senators in 2015-16. He returned to the QMJHL for one season as head coach of the Halifax Mooseheads in 2016-17 before returning to the nation’s capital. He owns an overall OHL head coaching record of 130-52-10-6 over three seasons with the 67's.
"Andre has been the driving force behind the continuous improvement of our hockey club with his nurturing style, relentless attention to detail and ability to marshal players and staff throughout the season," said 67's general manager James Boyd. "It is fitting that Andre be recognized with this prestigious award for the second consecutive season."
The Matt Leyden Trophy has been awarded annually to the OHL’s Coach of the Year as selected by his peers since 1972. The award is in recognition of the contributions of Matt Leyden, past president of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1965-67, and former manager of the Oshawa Generals who spent more than 50 years with the team.
Tourigny becomes the first back-to-back recipient of the award since Windsor's Bob Boughner in 2008 and 2009. The list of back-to-back winners also includes 67's coaching legend Brian Kilrea (1981 and 1982, 1996 and 1997) who accomplished the feat twice along with Dale Hunter (London, 2004 and 2005), Peter DeBoer (Plymouth, 1999 and 2000) and George Burnett (Niagara Falls, 1991 and 1992). Kilrea holds the League record with five Coach of the Year honours while others to win the award multiple times include the aforementioned Boughner, Hunter, DeBoer and Burnett along with Bert Templeton, Terry Crisp, Craig Hartsburg, Gary Agnew and Mike Vellucci. Joining Tourigny as other recent recipients include Drew Bannister (Sault Ste. Marie, 2018), Ryan McGill (Owen Sound, 2017), Kris Knoblauch (Erie, 2016), Sheldon Keefe (Sault Ste. Marie, 2015) and D.J. Smith (Oshawa, 2014).
Tourigny will be the OHL’s nominee for Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year Award to be announced in the coming weeks.
Dan Snyder Award Today
The Ontario Hockey League Year End Awards continue today with the announcement of the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy for the League's Humanitarian of the Year.
The award is presented in memory of former Owen Sound Plater Dan Snyder who played for the club from 1995-99.
Current Attack defender Mark Woolley is a strong candidate for the 2020 Dan Snyder Award based on " Woolley's Warriors ".
" Woolley's Warriors " mission is to conquer diabetes with support and awareness for young athletes living every day with Type 1 diabetes.
Woolley and Kitchener Rangers netminder Jacob Ingham are the projected frontrunners for the Dan Snyder Award.
Ingham conducted the "Jake Saves Campaign" which generated money for the " Hockey Gives Blood " initiative.
AHL Season Cancelled
The American Hockey League cancelled the remainder of the regular season as well as the Calder Cup playoffs yesterday.
The decision was made after a vote by the AHL Board of Governors and the focus has shifted toward preparing for next season.
The AHL’s standings, based on points percentage, and statistics are considered final as of March 12th and will serve as the basis for determining league awards.
CFL Still Seeking Aid
The Canadian Football League met with David Lemetti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada yesterday as they attempt to secure financial assistance from the federal government.
Two weeks ago, commissioner Randy Ambrosie confirmed the CFL has asked Ottawa for up to $150 million in assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CFL hasn't given up on staging a 2020 season but has postponed the start of training camps
Commissioner Ambrosie has suggested if the CFL were to have a season in 2020, it likely won't begin until September, at the earliest.
Labinjo Death Investigation Upgraded
The death of former Calgary Stampeder linebacker Mike Labinjo, who was found dead inside his Calgary home two years ago, is now considered suspicious.
Calgary Police are seeking 4 people they believe stole from Labinjo.
Security camera footage shows 4 people entering Labinjo's apartment early on the morning of September 21st, 2018, just hours before he was found deceased.
National Bank Aids Canadian Tennis
Canada’s National Bank is offering cash grants to each of 23 tennis players from the country who are facing financial issues because of coronavirus.
Tennis Canada announced the grants of $10,000 to $20,000 yesterday, saying the amounts will depend on a player’s ranking.
The money will help professionals ranked from number 100 to 750 in singles along with several who compete in doubles, juniors & wheelchair competition.
Among the recipients, prominent names like Leylah Annie Fernandez, Brayden Schnur and Peter Polansky are eligible to receive assistance.
Reports indicate four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel will be departing the Ferrari at the end of this year.
Contract renewal talks between Vettel and Ferrari came to a halt without reaching a new deal, and both sides have agreed to part ways after the 2020 season.
Vettel has been with Ferrari since 2015 and has failed to win a world title with the team.
McGregor Wants Gaethje
Conor McGregor has made it apparent he would like to meet newly crowned UFC interim lightweight champion, Justin Gaethje.
McGregor (22-4) took to social media yesterday & demanded to fight Gaethje next.
Gaethje is coming off a TKO of Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on Saturday and is expected to face undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in a unification bout next.