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Four Canadians In PGA Field

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

July 2/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

PGA Rocket Mortgage Classic 

PGA Rocket Mortgage Classic 

at the Detroit Golf Club

Play begins at 6:45 am

Canadian David Hearn is among the first players to tee off.

Roger Sloan, Adam Hadwin & Michael Gligic are the other canadians in the field this week.


Toronto & Edmonton NHL Hub Cities ?

The National Hockey League has seemingly decided the hub cities for when the league returns to play will be Toronto for the Eastern Conference and Edmonton for the West.

A formal announcement has not been made, but multiple reports yesterday indicate Toronto and Edmonton will be the final choices in a search that has been whittled down from a group of 10 initial candidates.

Of note, Toronto Public Health has not been notified of any NHL decision, and Toronto Mayor John Tory only stated he's got his "fingers crossed" for the prospect of hosting NHL games.

When questioned, Alberta Health stated they were not in a position to comment on the bid

Earlier in June, the Canadian federal government agreed to the NHL's cohort quarantine proposal, which allows incoming players to the country to bypass the mandatory 14-day isolation period.

The league plans to reopen training camps July 10th




Ontario Hockey League member teams selected 23 players from across 10 different countries in the 29th annual CHL Import Draft held Tuesday online at

Seventeen OHL clubs made selections, with the Kingston Frontenacs, Soo Greyhounds and Guelph Storm each passing on both of their picks. The Erie Otters, Barrie Colts, Sudbury Wolves, Peterborough Petes, Saginaw Spirit and Ottawa 67's each made two selections.

The two-round draft took 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 from each league from the 2019-20 season.

The North Bay Battalion selected Russian-born 17-year-old winger Matvei Petrov with the first overall pick. He's added to an up-and-coming Battalion depth chart after putting up nine points (5-4--9) over 21 games with MHK Krylia Sovetov of Russia's top junior circuit. Petrov follows Andrei Svechnikov as the first Russian player to be selected first overall in the CHL Import Draft. Chosen first by the Barrie Colts in 2017, Svechnikov went on to earn OHL Rookie of the Year honours and was selected second overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2018 NHL Draft.

The Niagara IceDogs added another highly touted Russian forward with the fourth overall selection of Daniil Gushchin.

The draft eligible 18-year-old spent the 2019-20 season with the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks, recording 47 points (22-25--47) over 42 games after leading Russia to gold at last summer's Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

The Sarnia Sting rounded out the OHL's top ten selections with the addition of Slovakian centreman Alex Geci at seventh overall who split the 2019-20 season between the junior ranks in Slovakia and Finland. The 16-year-old registered 14 points (6-8--14) over 13 games with Finland's Lukko U18 program before finishing things out with 17 points (8-9--17) over 27 contests with Slovakia's HC Slovan Bratislava U20.

Other picks of intrigue include the Mississauga Steelheads' addition of 6-foot-6, 231Ib. Danish defenceman Kasper Larsen at 19th overall. The Owen Sound Attack added a defenceman with prior CHL experience in draft eligible Swiss rearguard Noah Delemont who spent 2019-20 with the QMJHL's Acadie-Bathurst Titan, registering 13 points (3-10--13) over 64 games. Chosen with the 28th pick, Delemont was the third overall pick of last summer's 2019 CHL Import Draft. The Saginaw Spirit selected the OHL's lone late 2003-born addition in 2022 NHL Draft eligible Russian defender Pavel Mintyukov at 52nd overall. The Spirit also nabbed a prospect of the nearby Detroit Red Wings in 2019 third round NHL Draft pick Albin Grewe of Sweden who they chose 112th overall. The London Knights selected a top 2020 NHL Draft prospect in German talent John Jason Peterka who they chose 55th overall. Peterka spent 2019-20 in the German Elite League and was the seventh-ranked European skater on NHL Central Scouting's Final NHL Draft Rankings.

The Erie Otters picked up the first of two goaltenders selected by OHL clubs with the addition of Belarusian netminder Alexei Kolosov at 22nd overall. The Kitchener Rangers followed suit, adding Czech talent Pavel Cajan with the 49th overall pick.

OHL member teams selected a total of six players in their first year of eligibility for the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft in addition to 13 eligible for next year's 2021 NHL Draft.

Each CHL team is permitted to dress a maximum of two import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft.


OHL at the 2020 CHL Import Draft Summary:

1 North Bay Petrov, Matvei 2003 RW MHK Krylia Sovetov Moscow
4 Niagara Gushchin, Danil 2002 LW Muskegon 
7 Sarnia Geci, Alex              2003 C Slovan Bratislava Jr. Slovakian
16 Hamilton Grushnikov, Artyom 2003 LD Moscow CSKA Krasnaya
19 Miss Larsen, Kasper 2002 LD Rodovre Mighty Bulls
22 Erie          Kolosov, Alexei 2002 G Team Belarus U20 Belarusian
25 Barrie  Vrhel, Stanislav 2002 C Peliitat Czech
28 OSound Delemont, Noah 2002 LD Acadie-Bathurst Titan Swiss
31 Sudbury Tuomaala, Samu 2003 RW Karpat Oulu Jr.
37 Oshawa Mudrak, David 2001 RD TPS Turku Jr Slovakian
40 Windsor Sobolev, Daniil 2003 RD Moscow Spartak Jr.
43 Peter Zanetti, Brian 6.02 2003 LD Lugano HC Jr. Swiss
46 Flint        Kuzmin, Dmitry 2003 LD Team Belarus U18 Belarusian
49 Kitchener Cajan, Pavel              2002 G Liberec Bili Tygri Jr. Czech
52 Saginaw Mintyukov, Pavel 2003 LD MHC Dynamo Moscow Jr.
55 London Peterka, John Jason 2002 LW Munchen Red Bull EHC
57 Ottawa Gaidamak, Vsevolod 2003 C Moscow Spartak U17
82 Erie      Kulakov, Artyom 2003 LD Moscow Spartak U17
85 Barrie    Palchik, Alexander 2002 RW Team Belarus U20 Belarusian
91 Sudbury Jendek, Dominik 2001 LW Slovan Bratislava
103 Peter Ziemins, Kaspars 2002 F HS Riga Latvian
112 Saginaw Grewe, Albin             20012 LW Djurgardens IF Jr. Swedish
117 Ottawa Simontaival, Kasper 2002 RW Tappara Tampere


Draft Picks by Position:
Forwards - 12
Defencemen - 9
Goaltenders - 2


Draft Picks by Country:
Russia - 7 (ER, HAM, NIAG, NB, OTT, SAG, WSR)
Belarus - 3 (BAR, ER, FLNT)
Slovakia - 3 (OSH, SAR, SBY)
Czech Republic - 2 (BAR, KIT)
Finland - 2 (OTT, SBY)
Switzerland - 2 (PBO, OS)
Denmark - 1 (MISS)
Germany - 1 (LDN)
Latvia - 1 (PBO)
Sweden - 1 (SAG)


Draft picks by Birthdate and NHL Status:
2003-born late and 2022 NHL Draft eligible - 1
2003-born early and 2021 NHL Draft eligible - 9
2002-born late and 2021 NHL Draft eligible - 4
2002-born early and 2020 NHL Draft eligible - 6
2001-born late and 2020 NHL Draft eligible - 0
2001-born early and 2019 NHL Drafted - 1
2001-born early and NHL Undrafted - 2


NHL Draft picks by OHL teams in the CHL Import Draft:
112. Albin Grewe (LW) (Saginaw - 3rd round to Detroit in 2019)

Last summer OHL teams selected a total of 28 players from 12 different countries led by five players from both the Czech Republic and Finland consisting of 13 forwards, 12 defencemen and three goaltenders.

For full coverage of the 2020 CHL Import Draft, visit


FC Dallas Stuck By Coronavirus

Major League Soccer states 6 FC Dallas players have tested positive for COVID-19.

Two of the players tested positive upon arrival Saturday at the league's host hotel in Florida

The other 4 tested positive within the last two days.

All six have been moved to the isolation area of the host hotel where they continue to receive remote care from a health-care provider.

The rest of the FC Dallas delegation are quarantining in their hotel rooms pending results of additional COVID-19 testing.

Dallas is scheduled to open the " MLS is Back " Tournament against the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 9th at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando 



NFL Shortens Preseason

The National Football League will shorten the preseason and push back the start of exhibition play in order to allow NFL teams more time to train

It's expected the preseason will be cut from 4 games down to 2.

With significant alterations to the regular training routine from April through June, the conditioning of the players won't be at the normal level

NFL teams will now play exhibition games beginning August 20th with each club having a home game and road game.

Training Camps in the NFL are scheduled to open July 28th.

The regular season is scheduled to commence on September 10th


CFL Negotiations

The Canadian Football League has sent a statement of guiding principals to the Players Association.

Reports indicate the league is looking to amend the final year of the CBA & negotiate a new longer-term deal for the future.

Commissioner Randy Ambrosie has said the earliest the 2020 campaign would begin is September, but has also alluded to the potential of a cancelled season


Lakers Sign Smith

J.R. Smith has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

The Lakers announced the signing of Smith as a substitute player yesterday; the first day allowed under the rules of the NBA's summer restart.

Smith is the Lakers' roster replacement for Avery Bradley, who cited family reasons last week for his decision not to finish the season with his team in Orlando.


Costly Bubble

The completion of the National Basketball Association season in Orlando will cost the NBA more than $150 million.

The NBA and Walt Disney World Resort will host 22 teams at 3 resorts, with 7 practice courts and will play games at 3 arenas

Meals, daily coronavirus testing, security, transportation and entertainment for more than 1,500 people during the  event are also part of the expense.

The NBA is projecting to lose more than $1 billion in revenue because of the coronavirus.

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