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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Jays Training Concept (Kind Of ) Approved

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

June 30/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

Premier Doug Ford courtesy Government of Ontario 

J's Plan ( Kind Of ) Approved

The Toronto Blue Jays have ( sort of ) received municipal, provincial and federal health approval to conduct their training camp for the upcoming Major League Baseball season at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

However, the Jays are still awaiting a letter of support from the federal government.

The Canada-US border remains closed to non-essential travel until at least July 21st, and anyone entering Canada for non-essential reasons currently must self-isolate for 14 days.

Taking A Pass

The defending World Series Champion Washington Nationals will try to defend their title without star infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross.

Zimmerman & Ross have elected not to play this season.

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said Zimmerman and Ross are opting out for the safety of themselves and their families.

Meanwhile, Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond plans to sit out the Major League Baseball season

Desmond states he's not comfortable with the risk the COVID-19 pandemic has created, plus added he has multiple concerns within baseball, including racism, sexism, homophobia and socioeconomic concerns.

Desmond, hit 20 homers in 140 games last season for Colorado

NHL Testing Results 

There have been 15 positive cases of COVID-19 out of more than 250 players tested in the National Hockey League's Phase 2 return-to-play protocol.

An additional 11 players also have tested positive outside of the Phase 2 protocol.

The NHL says the 250 players tested at team training facilities since Phase 2 opened June 8th, have been tested more than 1,450 times combined.

Phase 3, which includes training camps, is scheduled to begin July 10th

CHL Import Draft Today

The annual Canadian Hockey League Import Draft is today.

The North Bay Battalion have the first pick overall at 11 am.

The Barrie Colts will pick 25th overall while the Owen Sound Attack will make the 28th pick.

With numerous teams already have a full quota of 2 import players and thus taking a pass on the draft, Owen Sound is expected to pick higher than 28th.

It's expected Owen Sound will choose a defenceman.


CHL Release

The CHL Import Draft will be conducted today beginning at 11 am Eastern.

The two-round draft will take place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL’s three leagues using an inverse order of final regular season standings within each league from the 2019-20 season.  

The Ontario Hockey League’s North Bay Battalion hold the number one pick, followed by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan at number two, and the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos who will select third overall.

Each team in the CHL is permitted to dress and play a maximum of two import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft process.  The deadline for teams to submit their Import player protected list for the 2020-21 season is Thursday June 25 at 1:00 pm ET which will then determine how many of the maximum 120 selections will be made in the 2020 CHL Import Draft.
This past season Marco Rossi, an 18-year-old from Feldkirch, Austria, led the entire CHL in scoring with 120 points including 39 goals and 81 assists in 56 games during his second OHL season as a member of the Ottawa 67’s.  The 18th overall pick in the 2018 CHL Import Draft is now a top ranked prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft listed sixth among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.  Other past Import Draft picks that were among CHL league leaders in 2019-20 include Minnesota Wild prospect Alexander Khovanov, a 20-year-old from Kazan, Russia, who finished second in QMJHL scoring with 99 points in 51 games during his third season since being chosen second overall by the Moncton Wildcats in 2017, and Egor Sokolov, a 20-year-old from Yekatarinburg, Russia, who was third in QMJHL scoring with 92 points in 52 games, also in his third season, after being taken 35th by the Cape Breton Eagles in 2017.  In the WHL, Washington Capitals prospect Aliaksei Protas, a 19-year-old from Vitebsk, Belarus, chosen 26th by the Prince Albert Raiders in 2018 finished ninth in league scoring during his second season with 80 points in 58 games.

Last season a total of 81 players were selected from 14 different countries led by 17 players from the Czech Republic and consisting of 48 forwards, 27 defencemen, and six goaltenders.  The Broncos used the first overall pick to select Finnish defenceman Kasper Puutio who now competes for the Everett Silvertips and is a prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft.  Rounding out the top three picks were Slovakian forward Martin Chromiak chosen by the Kingston Frontenacs followed by Swiss defenceman Noah Delemont of the Titan.

1 North Bay
2 Acadie-Bathurst
3 Swift Current
4 Niagara
5 Halifax
6 Moose Jaw
7 Sarnia
8 Gatineau
9 Tri-City
10 S.S. Marie
11 Baie-Comeau
12 Prince George
13 Kingston
14 Québec
15 Regina
16 Hamilton
17 Val-d'Or
18 Red Deer
19 Mississauga
20 Shawinigan
21 Seattle
22 Erie
23 Saint John
24 Kelowna
25 Barrie
26 Victoriaville
27 Victoria
28 Owen Sound
29 Rouyn-Noranda
30 Vancouver
31 Sudbury
32 Blainville-Boisbriand
33 Saskatoon
34 Guelph
35 Charlottetown
36 Calgary
37 Oshawa
38 Drummondville
39 Brandon
40 Windsor
41 Rimouski
42 Winnipeg
43 Peterborough
44 Cape Breton
45 Prince Albert
46 Flint
47 Chicoutimi
48 Lethbridge
49 Kitchener
50 Moncton
51 Medicine Hat
52 Saginaw
53 Sherbrooke
54 Spokane
55 London
56 Kamloops
57 Ottawa
58 Edmonton
59 Everett
60 Portland
61 North Bay
62 Acadie-Bathurst
63 Swift Current
64 Niagara
65 Halifax
66 Moose Jaw
67 Sarnia
68 Gatineau
69 Tri-City
70 S.S. Marie
71 Baie-Comeau
72 Prince George
73 Kingston
74 Québec
75 Regina
76 Hamilton
77 Val-d'Or
78 Red Deer
79 Mississauga
80 Shawinigan
81 Seattle
82 Erie
83 Saint John
84 Kelowna
85 Barrie
86 Victoriaville
87 Victoria
88 Owen Sound
89 Rouyn-Noranda
90 Vancouver
91 Sudbury
92 Blainville-Boisbriand
93 Saskatoon
94 Guelph
95 Charlottetown
96 Calgary
97 Oshawa
98 Drummondville
99 Brandon
100 Windsor
101 Rimouski
102 Winnipeg
103 Peterborough
104 Cape Breton
105 Prince Albert
106 Flint
107 Chicoutimi
108 Lethbridge
109 Kitchener
110 Moncton
111 Medicine Hat
112 Saginaw
113 Sherbrooke
114 Spokane
115 London
116 Kamloops
117 Ottawa
118 Edmonton
119 Everett
120 Portland

OSMHG Registration Halted

Owen Sound Minor Hockey Group has put registration on hold.

Until there is more direction & information from the Ontario Hockey Federation and the Ontario Minor Hockey Association pertaining to when and how to proceed, registration has been halted.

Owen Sound Minor Hockey is allowed to accept registrations, but not payment. Therefore, in order to simplify the process as much as possible, registration will not continue until there is more clarity for all involved.

NBA Courts 

The National Basketball Association is planning to paint "Black Lives Matter" inside both sidelines on courts that will be used for the league's season resumption next month in Orlando,

Some NBA players have been reluctant on returning to play amid a fight against racial injustice across the United States and around the world following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis in late May.

The WNBA might also paint "Black Lives Matter" on their courts when they return next month 

Dream of Glory Post Time Shuffled

Hanover Raceway has been granted a post time change by the AGCO for Saturday, August 1st, moving the post time for the " Dream of Glory " Day from the originally scheduled 6:15 pm to the regular post-time this season of 2 pm.

Historically, the Dream of Glory card has been followed by a huge fireworks display, but the fireworks have been cancelled for this year.

Covid-19 restrictions will not allow a large congregation of spectators and previously, the fireworks have drawn upwards of 5,000 people to the track.

from Standardbred Canada

Hanover Raceway has been granted a post time change by the AGCO for Saturday, August 1st, moving the post time from the originally scheduled 6:15 pm to their regular post-time this season of 2:00 pm.

This race date features the Dream of Glory final, the Raceway's signature race. 

Hanover Raceway General Manager Steve Fitzsimmons said the board felt given the situation with Covid-19, that this was the most sensible course of action. 

"Our board waited as long as we could to try and have the traditional fireworks display following our Dream of Glory card, but Covid-19 restrictions will not allow for us to congregate at the present time for such an event. It traditionally draws 5,000 people. They therefore cancelled the fireworks for this season. With our success to date in the 2:00 pm post time slot, we felt that without the fireworks, we would shift our post time back to our regular time this season."


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