Archive for March, 2011

Relocation, Monopolies, and Headshots: the NHL According to Dave Naylor

With the NHL coming close to its final stretch in the regular season, you’d think the fans and the media would be anticipating the playoffs. But that’s not entirely the case this year it seems, for the drama in Glendale, Arizona is ever-present.

Hockey fans keep one eye on the playoff chase, while the other is fixated on Gary Bettman and what his army of suits plan to do with the failing Phoenix Coyote franchise.

“The league owns the team. They don’t want to own it anymore because they’re losing $40M a year,” said TSN reporter Dave Naylor in front of a class of journalism students at Centennial College Wednesday. Naylor spent several weeks in Phoenix covering the debacle.

“[The league has] a deal on the table that is threatened by a lawsuit, (…) time is becoming an issue for next year, I believe if that deal crumbles that they will be in Winnipeg very, very soon.” Continue reading


Octogenarians Rule This House


Team Scarboro poses after closing out the season with a 10-2 victory and finishing fourth in the Octogenarian Curling League on March 4. From left: Harold Jamieson, 85, Roy Johnson, 82, Ken Smith, 82, and Bill Greer, 81.

Roy Johnson straps on his helmet, slips on a knee brace, grabs his broom and heads out onto the sheet.At 82, he doesn’t plan on quitting curling any time soon, thanks, he says, to a key invention.

“The reason that I can curl now is the development of the stick,” said Johnson, a member of the Scarboro Golf and Country Club.

“Rather than having to come out of the hack on my knee, I can now just walk out and use the stick without bending over,” he said.

As decades pass, bones start to ache, balance isn’t what it used to be and the likelihood of needing surgery increases. Obstacles like these make crouching into the hack and balancing on one leg tougher.

This is exactly what Eric Downer, an over-80 curler, had in mind when he helped invent what is now dubbed “the stick.” Also known as a “cue,” the five-foot long shaft has a bendable plastic tube at the bottom that slips over the handle of a rock.

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Birchmount Panthers claw their way towards finals

(This is my first re-cap of a hockey game. Hopefully it’s the first of many to come!!)

Justin Karavonopolous of the York Mills Titans hauls down a Birchmount Panther late in the game Wednesday. The Panthers' 3-1 win ensured their berth in the North/East Region Tier 1 finals.

Patrick Jackson scored a thrilling game-winning goal on a solo rush to help theBirchmount Park Panthers defeat the York Mills Titans 3-1 on Wednesday.

Just 54 seconds into the final period, Jackson rushed the puck up centre ice, squeaked past a defender at the blue line and sniped the puck into the far side of the net.

The goal sealed a berth for the Panthers in the North/East Region Tier 1 final against first-place Sir Oliver Mowat.

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