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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Canadian Sports Broadcaster Basks in American Success

ESPN’s award winning broadcaster, Dan Shulman, represents the epitome of Canadian talent, quietly climbing the ranks behind the microphone over the last two decades.

Shulman’s special talent for play-by-play announcing is much more recognized south of the 49, however, due to his knack for calling baseball and basketball games. In fact his efforts were enough for Sports Illustrated to grant him the award for announcer of the decade.

Shulman remains modest in his success, considering himself a hard worker who doesn’t get caught up in his achievements.

“I say this to a lot of people, ‘this is not who I am, it’s what I do for a living,’” Shulman said in front of a class full of students last Wednesday at Scarborough’s Centennial College.

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How the League Would Look if Shutouts Never Occurred

Good news: James Reimer gave another solid performance on Saturday night, posting his second shutout in just his fourteenth NHL game.

Bad news: The Leafs were also shut out, losing to newly acquired Craig Anderson in the shoot-out after failing to score on 47 attempts.

In just their 59th game, Toronto managed to be shut out for a league high tenth time, six higher than the league average. What is the cause for this confounding level of inconsistency? Well, there are dozens of reasons, most of which could be found in a blog almost daily or in comments in Leaf threads. The Leafs lack of consistent scoring is arguably the biggest reason why Toronto is on the outside of a playoff spot looking in. If Toronto had even taken just one point in five of those contests, they would only be two points out of a playoff spot and ninth in the Eastern Conference.

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How to Look Smarter on Facebook and Twitter: Part Two

You may recall the first instalment of “How to Look Smarter” in which a few common spelling and/or grammatical mistakes were outlined. Well, you didn’t think I’d stop there did you? There’s no shortage of stupidity on the internet, and while that may be attributed to a lack of proper education as previously discussed, it just can’t always be the case. With all the hustle and bustle of today’s demanding, multifaceted life, learning proper English sometimes takes a back seat. While some users have a natural linguistic ability, it’s blatantly obvious that others are either unaware, or just don’t care. It’s not uncommon to stumble upon a person with 1000 friends or 10 000 followers who is still incapable of distinguishing some of the more common homonyms. Continue reading

How to Look Smarter on Facebook and Twitter

(So I’ve taken my Decent Spelling land Article and I made it more journalistic for my Magazine class, with sources and all that jazz)

Today’s educated world demands a more arduous tenure through school than yestercentury. Because of this, students are forced to embark on a difficult journey towards that highly glorified piece of paper… otherwise known as a degree. However, even with all this higher learning and appropriated teaching, social networks and chat rooms are riddled with atrocious spelling and grammar. While people may just not care how they spell online, the problem may be more accurately attributed to the fact that many school curriculums in Canada do not account for spelling and grammar in their course expectations. Continue reading