Thursday, May 31, 2018

{allcanada} June 1: Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions


1992: The Pittsburgh Penguins win their second straight Stanley Cup championship and complete a sweep of the Final by holding off the Chicago Blackhawks for a 6-5 victory in Game 4 at Chicago Stadium. It's the 11th consecutive playoff win for the Penguins, tying the NHL postseason record.

Pittsburgh takes three one-goal leads in the first period, only to have the Blackhawks pull even each time on a goal by Dirk Graham. Rick Tocchet puts Pittsburgh ahead 4-3 early in the second period, but Chicago ties the game 4-4 on a goal by Jeremy Roenick.

Larry Murphy's goal early in the third period puts Pittsburgh ahead 5-4, and this time the Penguins get the next goal. Ron Francis scores what proves to be the Cup-winner at 7:59, giving Pittsburgh a 6-4 lead. Roenick makes it 6-5 when he scores again midway through the period.

Mario Lemieux, who has two assists in Game 4, wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP for the second straight year with 34 points in 15 games.



1993: The Los Angeles Kings win the first Stanley Cup Final game in their history by defeating the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at the Forum. Wayne Gretzky sets up the Kings' first three goals before hitting the empty net with 1:58 remaining. Kelly Hrudey makes 31 saves for the Kings, who are the last of the remaining 1967 expansion teams to reach the Final.


1995: The Detroit Red Wings win a playoff game in overtime at home for the first time since 1960 when defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom scores 1:01 into OT for a 2-1 victory against the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit's Keith Primeau ties the game 1-1 early in the second period after Chicago's Joe Murphy scores a power-play goal late in the first. It's Detroit's first home OT win in the playoffs since a 2-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 29, 1960, and ends a streak of 10 straight losses.


1996: The Florida Panthers reach the Final in their third season by defeating the Penguins 3-1 in Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. John Vanbiesbrouck makes 39 saves and forward Tom Fitzgerald puts Florida ahead to stay by beating Tom Barrasso 6:18 into the third period for a 2-1 lead.


2011: Roberto Luongo becomes the sixth goaltender to earn a shutout in his first appearance in the Final by making 36 saves in the Vancouver Canucks' 1-0 victory against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 at Rogers Arena. Raffi Torres beats Boston goaltender Tim Thomas with 18.5 seconds remaining in the third period. It's the first time since 1927 that Game 1 of the Final remains scoreless for this long (59:41).


2014: Defenseman Alec Martinez scores 5:47 into overtime to give the Kings a 5-4 victory against the Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final at United Center. Los Angeles trails 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 before Marian Gaborik scores with 7:17 remaining in the third period to get the Kings even at 4-4. Martinez wins the game when his shot from the left point hits Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy and knuckles its way past goaltender Corey Crawford. Kings forward Justin Williams scores the seventh Game 7 goal of his career, tying Glenn Anderson for the most in NHL history. His teams are 7-0 in Game 7.


2016: Conor Sheary's goal 2:35 into overtime gives the Penguins a 2-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center. Sidney Crosby wins an offensive-zone faceoff and gets the puck to defenseman Kris Letang. He feeds Sheary just inside the left face-off circle for a shots that beats Sharks goaltender Martin Jones. Sheary, an undrafted free agent, becomes the first rookie since Brian Skrudland of the Montreal Canadiens 30 years earlier to score an overtime goal in the Final.

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{allcanada} Harris leaves early as Redblacks beat Alouettes in preseason game


OTTAWA — Quarterback Trevor Harris was injured early in the first quarter but the Ottawa Redblacks went on to defeat the Montreal Alouettes 27-7 on Thursday in pre-season CFL action.

Harris left with what appeared to be a lower left leg injury and did not return to the game. He was spotted on the sidelines during the second half and did not have crutches or anything at his side.

In his brief appearance, Harris went 3 for 5 for 34 yards and one interception.

Dominique Davis, signed in the off-season as a free agent after spending two seasons in Winnipeg, came in to replace Harris and finished the game 8 for 13 for 80 yards and one touchdown.

Danny Collins also had an opportunity at QB, going 12 for 21 for 185 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Drew Willy and Matt Shiltz shared QB duties for Montreal. Willy went 4 for 6 for 53 yards and Shiltz was 8 for 13 for 114 yards and one interception.

Leading 20-7 off 23- and 20-yard field goals by Lewis Ward in the second half, the Redblacks extended their lead on a 54-yard touchdown Collins pass to Kieren Duncan to make it 27-7.

After a rough first half for Montreal things didn't get any easier as Zack Medeiros attempted a 37-yard field goal for the Alouettes in the first series of the third quarter, but it went wide and settled for a single point instead.

The first half belonged to the Redblacks despite Harris's absence as they jumped out to a 14-6 halftime lead.

The Alouettes opened the scoring with Boris Bede kicking 35- and 32-yard field goals, but then it was all Ottawa.

Davis opened the scoring for the Redblacks late in the first quarter with a five-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Rhymes and connected for a two-point convert to take an 8-6 lead.

Ward then went on to add 43- and 44-yard field goals for Ottawa to close the first half.

The Redblacks will wrap up pre-season play next Thursday against the Toronto Argonauts in Guelph, Ont.

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{allcanada} Argonauts to relocate football-operations staff


TORONTO — A new season under new ownership means new digs for the Toronto Argonauts.

Next month, the Argos football operations department will relocate to BMO Field, the club's home field. The team will practice at Lamport Stadium — a short walk from BMO — and players will have access to a new weight room at nearby Ricoh Coliseum, where GM Jim Popp's staff will also call home.

Head coach Marc Trestman and his staff will also have their own offices at BMO. New president Bill Manning spoke Thursday of the move at the Argos town hall meeting with roughly 1,000 fans and supporters.

"It's actually been my No. 1 priority since being named team president," said Manning. "I had dinner with Jim and Marc and said, 'If there's one thing where I can help, tell me what that is.'

"Both of them universally said, 'We need a better training situation and a better environment.' For Jim and Marc, hopefully it allows them a better situation for the guys to win football games and so I'm really happy we were able to pull this together."

Popp told the assembled fans Argos practices at Lamport will be open.

Manning said the players, coaches and football-operations staff will make the move to their new digs upon Toronto's return from a bye week following its June 23 home opener against the Calgary Stampeders. That will be a Grey Cup rematch after the Argos upset the West Division champions 27-24 in last year's CFL title game in Ottawa.

"While they're not walking out of their locker-room directly on to a field, it (Lamport) is literally five minutes away," Manning said. "That just provides so much of a better situation for us.

"That was the driving impetus, for me, to help Marc and Jim. I think it's pretty cool they're going to be downtown and fans can come watch practices and see the team."

Last year, the Argos operated their practice facility at Don Boscoe High School but had to take a 30-minute bus ride to and from Downsview Park to practise. The travel time ate into the allotted daily time Argos coaches had their players.

Until the move is made, the Argos will continue practising at York University. The club's administrative offices will remain in downtown Toronto.

The new football operations home is the latest development in what's been an eventful off-season for the Grey Cup champions.

In January, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment added the Argos to its sports portfolio from co-owners Bell Canada and the Kilmer Group, MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum's holding company. The CFL club joined the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), soccer's Toronto FC, Toronto Marlies (AHL), Raptors 905 (NBA G-League) and TFC II (USL) as MLSE properties.

It also owns the Air Canada Centre and Maple Leaf Square and operates five other local sports facilities including BMO Field. Shortly after the acquisition, Manning, who's also the president of Toronto FC, was also named to the same post with the CFL franchise.

The deal was seen as a boon for the Argos, given MLSE's financial scale and experience operating multiple sports entities. Last season, Toronto averaged under 14,000 spectators at BMO Field which has a seating capacity of about 26,000.

One move MLSE did make was to roll back the average ticket price 23 per cent. So about 2,600 tickets will be sold for as low as $15 per game for season's seat holders and $19 per game for single-seat buyers.

The Argos will sell tickets in the lower bowl first and keep the upper deck on the east side empty, that is, unless demand to fill those seats increases.

Manning joined the Argos with no previous CFL experience but has worked in pro football. He served as the vice-president of sales for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles (2004-08).

"The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the best-run franchises in the NFL," Manning said. "I didn't work on the football ops side but I was in charge of sales and services and it was a great opportunity for me to see how a football team operates and how you engage with your fanbase and how passionate the fans are.

"But I also got the chance to know our GM Tom Heckert well and this was when Andy Reid was the coach and I got to know a number of his assistants and see how they operated. I actually lean back on that and I think it's going to help me greatly."

As the hands-on president of two pro sports organizations, there are questions regarding how Manning will divide his time.

"It's something for me that's really come fluid," he said. "The one thing I think I've done a very good job of in my career . . . is compartmentalize and I've been good at prioritizing.

"Whatever are the most important things at the moment I'll make sure get done . . . and a number of my staff will work with both teams. My time is, I joke, 24-7, but it's something I'm really excited about."

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{allcanada} CTV Kicks Off LA Screenings’ Shopping Spree With ‘The Rookie’ & ‘Magnum, P.I.’


Canadian broadcaster CTV has become the first international network to open the contents of its LA Screenings' shopping spree, picking up U.S. series including The Rookie, Magnum P.I., and Grand Hotel.

The broadcaster has picked seven new dramas, two dramedies, one comedy and a talk show from the Hollywood studios ahead of its own Upfronts event on June 7 in Toronto.

It bought Nathan Fillion cop drama The Rookie from Entertainment One, Jay Hernandez's reboot of private eye thriller Magnum P.I. from NBC Universal International Distribution and Eva Longoria's Miami-set remake of Spanish soap Grand Hotel from Disney Media Distribution.

Elsewhere, it has acquired Brandon Michael Hall's God Friended Me from Warner Bros International Television Distribution, where it also scored Scott Foley and Lauren Cohen's buddy cop drama Whiskey Cavalier and Noah Wyle-fronted race drama The Red Line from Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti.

Also over at NBCU, it secured Jennifer Carpenter's spy thriller The Enemy Within and heart-warming drama The Village. At Disney, it bagged, Marcia Clark-produced legal drama The Fix and Tim Doyle's Irish Catholic comedy The Kids Are Alright. On the non-scripted side, it has picked up talkshow The Alec Baldwin Show.

"Mission accomplished," said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. "CTV has secured the most coveted series from Hollywood, including two of the year's biggest drama gets, The Rookie and Magnum P.I. Big stars, great stories and best-in-class drama, comedy and reality; we look forward to introducing Canadians to another winning lineup this fall."

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{allcanada} Trestman has anthem protocol for Argos


TORONTO — There's no detail too small for Marc Trestman.

The Toronto Argonauts' head coach concluded Thursday's walkthrough by showing his players how he wanted them to line up for O Canada prior to Friday night's exhibition game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It's something Trestman also did last year, his first with Toronto. But with a majority of veterans not dressing for Friday night's contest, Trestman showed his young players exactly how he wanted them to hold their helmets and stand on the sideline during O Canada.

"It is about detail but it's more about respect," Trestman said. "For an American player who's allowed to come in here and make a living, that alone should be enough."

Trestman said there's also showing respect for those who've died defending Canada as well as what the national anthem stands for.

"Our players have family, our fans have family who pay the ultimate price," Trestman said. "Every one of our U.S. players understands that and understands what an opportunity they have to work and play here and the way they're treated while they're here.

"This is something our team took a lot of pride in last year. They got it immediately and got better as we went along. A lot of guys out here are trying to learn how to do it and if you could see their faces, they were not only compliant but were interested in doing it the right way."

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{allcanada} Flames add to Peters’ coaching staff with assistants Huska, Ward


The Calgary Flames rounded out the club's coaching staff on Thursday, bringing in Geoff Ward and Ryan Huska to work alongside head coach Bill Peters as assistant coaches.

Huska is a very familiar name for most Flames fans, as he served as head coach of the team's AHL affiliate for four years — three in Stockton and one in Adirondack. He has been coaching since 2002, starting with the WHL's Kelowna Rockets, and has also spent time behind the bench as an assistant with Team Canada during the world juniors. This will be his first time coaching at the NHL level.

Ward has been around the NHL for 10 years, most recently with the New Jersey Devils. He began his NHL coaching career with the Boston Bruins, serving as an assistant for seven years and winning the Cup there in 2011. He has also had three separate head coaching stints in Germany, being named coach of the year there in 2014-15.

Huska and Ward join Peters' existing coaching crew consisting of Martin Gelinas, Jamie Pringle and Jordan Sigalet.

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{allcanada} Shapovalov keeps it in perspective as Paris run cut short


PARIS (Reuters) - Considering the spotlight now beamed on teenager Denis Shapovalov he could be excused the occasional post-loss sulk, but his mature reaction to defeat at the French Open on Thursday augurs well for his future.

The 19-year-old Canadian's meteoric rise meant he arrived for his Roland Garros debut seeded 24 and with a potential fourth-round clash with 10-times champion Rafael Nadal already being earmarked for prime time viewing.

But Germany's 22-year-old Maximillian Marterer put paid to that with a well-earned 5-7 7-6(4) 7-5 6-4 second round victory on the Court 1 bullring - the world number 70 displaying a more clinical edge when his chances came along.

The 82 unforced errors Shapovalov made during the contest did not help his cause.

On this occasion the flashing winners, 52 of them in total, could not quite tip the balance his way.

Some of the most respected voices in tennis predict Grand Slam titles ahead for the straggly-haired, Israel-born Canadian but patience and a sense of perspective will be required.

Shapovalov clearly has both.

"I'm disappointed with the loss, but like I said, I'm only 19, so not every week is going to be a semi-finals," Shapovalov, who is coached by his mother Tessa and Canada Davis Cup captain Martin Laurendeau, told reporters.

"It's going to be ups and downs. I just have to keep enjoying it, keep enjoying the journey."

Last year Shapovalov cracked the top 200, top 100 and became the youngest player to rise into the top 50 since Nadal in 2004.

He reached the Montreal Masters semi-final in 2017 and while his game is best-suited to hardcourts, he made the Madrid semi-finals this month, raising his hopes for Roland Garros.

His inexperience on the clay surface showed against Marterer, occasionally trying to pull the pin too early in rallies.

But he is determined to master the dirt surface.

"You run into guys that are playing well, playing hot. In Madrid it was me, today it was Max," he said.

"I feel like my game does suit this court. And I feel like in the future I could get really good on it.

"I'm pretty excited about that. I'm pretty excited to come back next year and play all these clay tournaments again."

The good news for those who drool over his lavish groundstrokes is that he will not look to tame his style.

"I think I have to keep my character on the court, keep my game style, you know, which is being aggressive, dictating, coming to the net a lot," he said.

"Definitely a bit more patience is going to be better for me, just staying with these guys, opening up the court more, stuff like this. But at the end of the day I still have to keep my identity, keep my game style."

Shapovalov's game began to fray in the middle of the second set when a double-fault at 3-3 gave Marterer the break.

The German, also playing in the main draw for the first time, faltered when serving for the second set at 5-4 but he made no mistake in the tiebreak.

Another double-fault gave Marterer a set point at 5-6 in the third and while Shapovalov found the line with a forehand to stave it off Marterer converted a second with a superb backhand.

Marterer saved break points at 2-2 and 4-4 in the fourth set and broke to love to claim victory.

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Re: [SurroundSound] New QS encode album and hardware decoder available

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{allcanada} NHL knocks out hard-hitting concussion comments



When the National Hockey League announced in late 2011 that Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine would star in a weekly documentary called Making of a Royal about his coaching of a Midget rep hockey team, the league promised an "unprecedented" series with behind-the-scenes footage.

The 24-part series about the Long Island, N.Y., Royals was shown on the NHL Network,, and the NHL's YouTube channel.

Episode nine covered the issue of brain injuries in hockey, a particularly noteworthy subject because LaFontaine's 15-year NHL career ended due to post-concussion symptoms.

Six days before that five-minute Making of a Royal episode was posted on YouTube on Dec. 16, 2011, NHL vice-president of media relations Frank Brown ordered NHL video producer Ryan Bader to remove a section of LaFontaine's comments about concussions.

"Once you get a concussion you are four to six times more likely to get another one – and it's probably exponential from there," LaFontaine said in a clip that was dropped from the show.

It wasn't the only clip Brown asked to have removed.

"The closing quote from Pat LaFontaine about 'A lot less mothers and fathers cringing, wondering when's the next ambulance going out…' MUST go," Brown wrote in a Dec. 10, 2011, email to Bader.

Copies of Brown's emails were included in a 256-page transcript of NHL public relations executive Gary Meagher's Oct. 7, 2015, deposition in Toronto.

Meagher's deposition was among more than 30 held in connection with the NHL concussion lawsuit, filed in a U.S. federal court in Minnesota in 2013.

Brown wasn't deposed in connection with the NHL concussion lawsuit and Meagher said he didn't know why his colleague demanded changes to the video.

"Why would Frank Brown from your communications group want that to be deleted from a video that was being produced by the NHL?" plaintiffs' lawyer Mark Dearman asked.

"I don't know the answer to that," Meagher said.

Former NHLer Brendan Shanahan, then director of player safety for the league, also appeared in episode nine of Making of a Royal.

Brown also asked for an edit of Shanahan's interview clips.

At one point, Shanahan said, "There's a tremendous amount of peer pressure if you've got a banged up shoulder or a banged up knee, it's sort of like, 'Look, your ankle will heal over the summer, get through this, for us.' But I think when there's a head injury, the brotherhood wants to come together and protect the guy with that head injury."

Brown ordered Bader to cut the rest of Shanahan's quote where he said, "This might not end over the summer … it might affect him for the rest of his life … might end his career."

Brown wrote, "THE FOLLOWING MUST BE DELETED" about another clip of the video that showed Shanahan on the ice in an NHL game "looking up/dazed."

All professional sports leagues and companies, of course, are in the business of trying to shape a favourable opinion in the public eye. And yet with a high-profile concussion lawsuit being argued in a U.S. federal court, that is especially so for the NHL, whose executives paid close attention to the LaFontaine series to remove any commentary that might be considered negative or controversial.

"It's our job as communications people to promote our league, to promote our game," Meagher testified during his deposition in Toronto.

The depositions show that the league's efforts to gauge and help shape public and media opinion about issues such as fighting, head hits and violence in hockey were ongoing long before the concussion lawsuit was filed.

Meagher testified that monitoring of the media's coverage of the NHL is handled by a 15-person communications staff working in offices in Toronto and in New York.

During meetings with NHL team owners and general managers, the NHL's public relations department has made presentations about public attitudes regarding violence in the sport.

During one such meeting in March 2010 with NHL general managers, public relations staffers shared that an independent poll found 80 per cent of Canadian fans believe hits to the head in pro hockey were "getting out of hand."

League executives have similarly been tuned in to how teams promote and market fighting in games and how fans have responded to violence in hockey.

According to a PowerPoint presentation made Meagher during a March 9, 2009, general managers' meeting, "There is apparent marketing and or additional multimedia in more than 5 per cent of the fights in our [NHL] game. Examples In-Arena: Boxing bells are rung before the first punch is thrown. Drum/cymbals sound every time the home player lands a punch. Typical songs – Bloody Sunday (U2), We Salute You (AC/DC), Raise a Little Hell (Trooper), Eye of the Tiger (Survivor), Fight for Your Right (Beastie Boys)."

"Fights generate crowd noise and enthusiasm – additional multimedia in arena including replay prolongs that spike."

According to NHL statistics, there were 734 fights during the 2008-09 NHL season. Five per cent of those would represent about 36 fights.

On Oct. 29, 2011, about two months after Wade Belak died, making him the third NHL player in three months to have died prematurely, Bernadette Mansur, then an executive in the NHL's PR department, sent an email to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Meagher and Brown. The email was titled "NHL Community Charitable Associations and messaging."

"Because of the recent player suicides and deaths we are now considered the poster child for mental illness," Mansur wrote.

Mansur's complete email remains sealed by a court order.

Meagher's deposition also highlighted the NHL's decisions about what information to disclose to the media and public and what the league tries to avoid sharing publicly.

In February 2011, Willem Meeuwisse, an NHL medical consultant, reviewed an internal NHL spreadsheet that showed a number of NHL players had returned to the same games in which they had suffered concussions.

"WOW," Meeuwisse wrote in a Feb. 18 email to Meagher, NHL senior vice-president of hockey operations Kris King, and NHL lawyer Julie Grand. "That is a completely different picture than we get from the injury data."

Four days later, King responded.

"I think we should keep this new spread sheet very tight to this group going forward," King wrote in his Feb. 22, 2011, email. "Does anyone disagree? This information in the wrong hands would not be a good thing in my opinion. Looking for comments or advice."

"Totally agree re your point below," Grand responded.

"Yes, makes sense," Meeuwisse added.

In another email about the issue, Meeuwisse wrote Meagher, "This is a pretty big deal from a clinical perspective. We think players who continue to play after the hit get a worse injury …"

Meagher was asked about that exchange during his deposition.

"Do you know why Kris is telling you we should keep this spreadsheet very tight?" plaintiff lawyer Mark Dearman asked.

"I do not," Meagher answered.

"… Do you get a lot of emails where somebody like Kris King or somebody else at the NHL is saying, if this gets into the wrong hands it wouldn't be a good thing. Do you agree or disagree?" Dearman asked.

"I don't know how many of those emails I might have received," Meagher said.

The NHL's public relations and marketing departments have a mandate to monitor and shape the public image of the league, and there is evidence that the league may, in some instances, bow to that public opinion.

In 2005 the NHL introduced new instigator rules for players who fight and who are repeat aggressors. For instance, a player who receives his third instigator penalty in one season is automatically suspended for two games.

Two years later, Burke, then the general manager of the Anaheim Ducks, wanted to increase the number of instigator penalties a player could receive before being suspended.

His suggestion was refused and he blamed that failure on the media, according to emails discussed with Burke during his Aug. 19, 2015, deposition in New York.

"The media have goaded the NHL into this," Burke wrote in an Oct. 24, 2007, email to Colin Campbell. "They will continue to goad you to raise the bar again. Then they will [expletive] kill us when we have totally removed hitting from the game and our buildings are half full and our ratings are even worse than they are now, if that's even possible."

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{allcanada} Canadiens agree to deal with defenceman Rinat Valiev


The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms with defenceman Rinat Valiev on a one-year, two-way contract for the 2018-19 season, the team announced Thursday.

The 22-year-old blue-liner's deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level, and $80,000 in AHL salary, with an additional $105,000 guaranteed.

Valiev was acquired in the deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs that sent Tomas Plekanec to the Leafs on Feb. 25.

A native of Nizhnekamsk, Russia, Valiev had only appeared in two games with the Canadiens before suffering a leg injury. Prior to that, Valiev had played 45 games with the Toronto Marlies and the Laval Rocket in the AHL, netting six goals and 18 points during that time.

Valiev has 54 points (13G, 41A) in 154 career AHL games. He was the Maple Leafs' third-round pick (68th overall) at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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{allcanada} Canucks sign goaltender Michael DiPietro to entry-level deal


The Vancouver Canucks have signed goaltender Michael DiPietro to a three-year entry-level deal, the team announced Thursday.

The 18-year-old netminder is coming off his third season with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires, earning Goaltender of the Year honours thanks to his .910 save percentage, 2.79 GAA and a 29-21-3-1 record. His seven shutouts on the season not only led the league, but set a new franchise record.

He also backstopped the Spitfires to a Memorial Cup title in 2017 winning the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the top goalie going 4-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .932 save percentage during the tournament.

Most recently, DiPietro was a surprise addition to Team Canada's World Championship roster this spring, though he did not see any playing time behind Curtis McElhinney and Darcy Kuemper.

DiPietro was a third-round selection by the Canucks 64th overall, in the 2017 draft.

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{allcanada} Be A Player: Rewind | Stanley Cup Edition - - - Wal-Mart - GameStop - Work From Home



In honour of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, this week's Be A Player: Rewind features a special Stanley Cup edition.

Take a trip down memory lane with Stanley Cup champion and host, Craig Simpson, circa 2001 as he interviews some of the game's greatest on hoisting hockey's most coveted prize.

Hear from the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, and Joe Sakic – just to name a few. Defencemen Brian Leetch, Ray Bourque, and Brian Rafalski also weigh in, as Bourque's words as a two-time finalist aren't reflective of the Stanley Cup he would famously go on to win later that season after the episode was filmed.

Then and now

Not much has changed in terms of what it takes to hoist Lord Stanley. The grit, guts, and grind are on full display in an exciting Stanley Cup Final currently being played out by the Washington Capitals in their first appearance since 1998 against the fairy tale Vegas Golden Knights.

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{allcanada} Masoli the starter, Manziel No. 2 on Ticats' depth chart for pre-season game


Jeremiah Masoli has been listed as the starter and Johnny Manziel No. 2 at quarterback on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' depth chart for their pre-season opener against the Toronto Argonauts Friday.

The move comes as no surprise after Ticats head coach June Jones said earlier in the week that Manziel would see action in the game.

Manziel has impressed in Ticats training camp, with TSN Football Insider Dave Naylor noting the former Heisman Trophy winner was starting to find his footing in practice last week.

Prior to signing with the Hamilton, Manziel played in two games last month in the recently started up Spring League in Texas.

Masoli appears locked in as the Ticats' starter with Manziel competing with Vernon Adams, Dane Evans, and Bryant Moniz for the backup positions. Evans and Moniz are listed behind Manziel on the depth chart. Adams, who tweaked his back in the weight room ealirer this week according to a report from the Toronto Sun, doesn't appear set to play.

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[SurroundSound] New QS encode album and hardware decoder available

Looks like it's a QS encoded album that comes with a hardware decoder for $277 if anyone is interested.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

{allcanada} May 31: Bourque becomes oldest player to score goal in Final


2001: Ray Bourque's last Stanley Cup Playoff goal is one for the record books.

The 40-year-old defenseman becomes the oldest player in NHL history to score a goal in the Cup Final when he scores 31 seconds into the third period of the Colorado Avalanche's 3-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 at Continental Airlines Arena. Bourque's 41st and final Stanley Cup Playoff goal, a shot past goaltender Martin Brodeur after a faceoff win by Joe Sakic, breaks a 1-1 tie.

"For me, I can probably say it's my biggest goal," said Bourque, who's in his second season with Colorado after more than 20 years with the Boston Bruins.



1961: Defenseman Doug Harvey, a six-time Norris Trophy winner with the Montreal Canadiens, signs a contract with the New York Rangers to serve as player-coach, replacing Alf Pike. The Canadiens receive forward Lou Fontinato from the Rangers as compensation. Harvey goes on to win the Norris Trophy for the seventh time in 1961-62 and help the Rangers qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 1958.


1987: The Edmonton Oilers win the Stanley Cup for the third time in four seasons by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 in Game 7 of the Final at Northlands Coliseum. Jari Kurri scores at 14:59 of the second period to put the Oilers ahead 2-1, and Glenn Anderson makes it 3-1 with 2:24 remaining in the third. Edmonton outshoots Philadelphia 43-20, but rookie goaltender Ron Hextall makes 40 saves to keep the Flyers in the game. Hextall also becomes the fourth player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. "I'm proud of winning the [Conn] Smythe," he says years later, "but I'd take the other Cup ahead of that one."


1994: The Vancouver Canucks win a Cup Final game for the first time in their history when Greg Adams scores at 19:26 of overtime for a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers in Game 1 at Madison Square Garden. Martin Gelinas ties the game 2-2 with 60 seconds remaining in the third period, and the Canucks survive a 17-shot barrage in overtime before Adams beats Rangers goalie Mike Richter. The other hero is Vancouver goaltender Kirk McLean, who finishes with 52 saves. The Canucks are in the Final for the second time in their history, having been swept by the New York Islanders in 1982.


2002: Dominik Hasek sets a single-year playoff record with his fifth shutout, and the Detroit Red Wings advance to the Cup Final with a 7-0 victory against the Avalanche in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit scores four times in less than 11 minutes of the first period against Patrick Roy and the Avalanche muster all of 19 shots against Hasek.

DETROIT, MI - MAY 27: Dominik Hasek #31 of the Detroit Red Wings stops Joe Sakic #19 of the Colorado Avalanche as Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Red Wings clears the crease during game five of the Western Conference finals in the Stanley Cup playoffs at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan on May 27, 2002. The Avalanche won 2-1. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI)


2003: Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere extends his overtime shutout streak to 167:48, surpassing Roy's record of 162:56, before defenseman Ruslan Salei scores at 6:59 of OT to give the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim a 3-2 victory against the visiting Devils in Game 3 of the Cup Final.


2004: Center Brad Richards sets a Stanley Cup Playoff single-season record with his seventh game-winning goal when he scores the only goal in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 1-0 victory against the Calgary Flames in Game 4 of the Final at Pengrowth Saddledome. Richards' power-play goal 2:48 into the game holds up as the winner because Nikolai Khabibulin makes 29 saves for the sixth playoff shutout of his career.


2011: The NHL returns to Winnipeg when the Atlanta Thrashers are sold to True North Sports & Entertainment. The franchise, renamed the Winnipeg Jets, will begin play in Manitoba's capital for the 2011-12 season. The original Jets move to Phoenix and are renamed the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996.


2017: Jake Guentzel scores two goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Nashville Predators 4-1 at PPG Paints Arena in Game 2 of the Cup Final. After Pontus Aberg gives the Predators the lead by scoring at 12:57 of the first period, Guentzel ties the game at 16:36 and put Pittsburgh ahead to stay when he beats Pekka Rinne 10 seconds into the third period. Penguins goaltender Matt Murray makes 37 saves.

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