Scott Ostler, in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Sales are sluggish for tickets to the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February. Factors include high prices, a sagging world economy, and a reluctance to buy front-row seats for a nuclear holocaust.”
We are going to be hearing a lot over the next while about a Japanese baseball player named Shohei Otani. He is a pitcher who can hit — or a hitter who can pitch — and he’s likely headed this way. Something tells me there isn’t a team in the tradition-bound MLB that will allow him to do both.
— RJ (@rjcurrie) September 26, 2017
Thompson Rivers U in Kamloops will play host to the U Sports men’s soccer nationals, Nov. 9-12. Might TRU athletic director Ken Olynyk ride off into the sunset after the tournament?
Bob Molinaro of the Hampton Roads Virginian Pilot was watching as Maria Sharapova returned to pro tennis from a drug-related suspension: “There’s no danger of me watching Sharapova’s scream queen matches, at least not with the sound on. The Shrieking Violet is as loud as ever. It recalls something the late actor Peter Ustinov said about Monica Seles at Wimbledon in the early ’90s: ‘I’d hate to be next door to her on her wedding night.’ ”
I pay little attention to the weekly CHL rankings and here’s why: The Regina Pats were ranked No. 1 when the first rankings came out a week ago. The Pats lost 8-1 to the host Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday. The Pats are No. 1 again in this week’s rankings. . . . Last night, the Pats dropped a 5-3 decision to the visiting and unranked Swift Current Broncos.
Headlines — At TheKicker.com: Eli tries to give pep talk after game, but he can’t find his receivers. . . . At SportsPickle.com: Breaking: Andrew Luck schedules season-ending shoulder surgery so he doesn’t have to play for the Cubs.
When it was reported that the new Apple iPhone X’s ability to track such things as jogging, stair climbing and mountain biking, comedian Argus Hamilton wondered: “But will it have any features for Americans?”
Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe, pointed out the other day that “Kids today probably would have a hard time believing the movie Major League was supposed to be about the woeful Cleveland Indians.”
A note from Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express hits the nail squarely on the head: “Trust me: the Calgary Flames won’t be moving to Seattle or anywhere else. NHL teams playing this silly little stadium game have grown tiresome.”
After ESPN, in a preseason U.S. college football poll, had the Michigan Wolverines projected for 8.4 victories, New York Post reader Scott Scovin wondered: “Was that determined by the guy who has 2.3 children?”
Regina police charged someone with impaired driving on Wednesday morning. The driver blew four times the legal limit. Cst. Warner of the Regina Police Service’s traffic unit tweeted: “This driver was trying to drive their kids to school.” . . . Seriously.
Have the Pittsburgh Penguins become Trump’s Political Pawns? Keith Olbermann thinks so, and a whole lot more . . .
NEW VIDEO: What happens to hockey's Penguins as they stand next to Trump as he insults NFL, NBA players? Skip trip. pic.twitter.com/ZcEC5jCv2J
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 28, 2017
The Lethbridge Hurricanes have acquired D Tate Olson, 20, from the Prince George Cougars for a third-round selection in the WHL’s 2018 bantam drafft. . . . Olson, however, won’t be able to play for at least a month as he continues to recover from off-season shoulder surgery. . . . Olson was a second-round pick by the Cougars in the 2012 bantam draft. . . . In 252 regular-season games with the Cougars, he has 23 goals and 84 assists. Last season, he had seven goals and 19 assists in 67 games. . . . From Saskatoon, he was a seventh-round selection by the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL’s 2015 draft, but they never signed him. . . . With Olson and D Brennan Riddle, 20, on the injured list, the Hurricanes will go with F Giorgio Estephan and F Jack Flaman, who was acquired on waivers from the Vancouver Giants this week, as their only 20-year-olds. Riddle, who underwent surgery on a wrist, is back skating but has yet to be cleared to return to full-contact practice.
The Cougars, meanwhile, are down to four 20-year-olds — F Jared Bethune, F Aaron Boyd, D Shane Collins and F Brogan O’Brien.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have released F Connor Lyons, 18, who is from Lethbridge. He was pointless in one game this season. Last season, he had one assist in 10 games with the Hurricanes. His father, Corey, played two seasons (1988-90) with the Hurricanes.
The Kamloops Blazers released veteran G Kyle Dumba, 19, on Wednesday, leaving them with Dylan Ferguson and Max Palaga as their goaltenders. . . . If Dumba clears WHL waivers, he is expected to join the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders. . . . The Blazers had acquired Dumba from the Calgary Hitmen on Aug. 1 for a conditional seventh-round selection in the WHL’s 2018 bantam draft. That pick now will be returned to the Hitmen. . . . Dumba, from Calgary, was selected by the Hitmen in the fourth round of the 2013 bantam draft. Last season, in 28 games with Calgary, he was 7-9-2, 4.00, .860. . . . He got into one game with Kamloops, coming on in relief of Ferguson to stop all 10 shots he faced in a 6-2 loss to the host Kelowna Rockets on Friday. . . . Dumba was up against it in Kamloops because of his age. The starter’s job was Ferguson’s to lose after he spent the previous two seasons backing up Connor Ingram, who now is in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s organization. . . . Palaga, 17, is from Kamloops.
The NHL’s Los Angeles Kings returned two players to WHL teams on Wednesday, with F Jaret Anderson-Dolan sent back to the Spokane Chiefs and D Kale Clague to the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . Anderson-Dolan, 18, was a second-round pick by Los Angeles in the NHL’s 2017 draft. He had 39 goals and 37 assists in 72 games with the Chiefs last season. . . . Clague, 19, was a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL draft. He had five goals and 35 assists in 48 games with Brandon last season. . . . The Chiefs are in Cranbrook, B.C., to meet the Kootenay Ice on Friday, while the Wheat Kings entertain the Red Deer Rebels. . . .
With Anderson-Dolan and Clague back, there now are seven WHLers left in the WHL, not counting 20-year-olds: F Nolan Patrick, 18, of the Wheat Kings (Philadelphia Flyers); D Jake Bean, 19, of the Calgary Hitmen (Carolina Hurricanes); F Sam Steel, 18, of the Regina Pats (Anaheim Ducks); D Josh Mahura, 19, of the Pats (Anaheim); F Kailer Yamamoto of Spokane (Edmonton Oilers); F Michael Rasmussen of the Tri-City Americans (Detroit Red Wings); and F Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants (Edmonton).
Benson is recovering from off-season sports hernia surgery and hasn’t been involved in a contact practice yet with the Oilers. He is expected to rejoin the Giants in mid-October.
Yamamoto, who turns 19 on Saturday, was in the Oilers’ lineup as they beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-0, last night in Saskatoon. In fact, he was in Edmonton’s starting lineup, on a line with Connor McDavid.
I have to be honest here . . . although I don’t get to see him too often, Todd McLellan is one of my favourite hockey people. I remember bumping into him a few years ago during a Kamloops Blazers training camp. His son, Tyson, was skating with the Blazers and Todd was there as a parent. We had a genuine conversation just like two old friends who hadn’t seen each other in a while. . . . These days, of course, he’s with the Edmonton Oilers and it’s safe to say he is recognized as one of the NHL’s best head coaches. . . . The Oilers played in Saskatoon last night and Darren Zary of The StarPhoenix caught up with McLellan to talk about the coaching road he has followed. That story is right here.
The Victoria Royals remain hopeful that they will get back D Chaz Reddekopp, 20, at some point. On Wednesday, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound native of West Kelowna, B.C., was a seventh-round pick by the Kings in the NHL’s 2015 draft and has signed with them.
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet filed his latest 31 Thoughts and, as usual, it’s a must-read for any hockey fan. Yes, he offers up his thoughts on the Pittsburgh Penguins and the mess they found themselves in on Sunday. It’s all right here.
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At Regina, F Glenn Gawdin figured in Swift Current’s first three goals — all via the PP — and the Broncos went on to a 5-3 victory over the Pats. . . . Gawdin gave the Broncos a 2-0 lead with PP goals at 8:00 of the first period and 3:41 of the second. He’s got four goals in two games. . . . Gawdin then drew the primary assist on F Tyler Steenbergen’s first goal of the season at 4:21. . . . F Matt Bradley got the Pats on the scoreboard, on a PP, at 6:49, but Swift Current F Colby Sissons (1) got that one back at 11:21. . . . The Pats got to within one goal on scores from Bradley (5), at 17:09 of the second, and F Bryce Platt (1), at 12:25 of the third period. . . . Steenbergen, who also had two assists, iced it with an empty-netter at 19:02. . . . The Broncos got four assists from sophomore F Aleksi Heponiemi. . . . Bradley added an assist to his two goals. . . . Swift Current (2-0-0) was 3-5 on the PP; Regina (1-2-0) was 1-5. . . . The Broncos got 34 saves from G Logan Flodell, who is from Regina. He was making his first start since being acquired last week from the Saskatoon Blades. . . . G Tyler Brown was scheduled to start for Regina; in fact, he was in the lineup posted by the Pats on Twitter. However, he was a late scratch with an undisclosed injury, with Max Paddock getting the start and Jacob Wassermann of the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos on the bench in support. Paddock stopped 29 shots. . . . Regina was without Finnish freshman F Emil Oksanen because of what GM/head coach John Paddock said was a “personal” issue. . . . The Pats remain without F Jake Leschyshyn, 18, who is recovering from knee surgery that brought his 2016-17 season to a premature end. He spent more than two weeks in camp with the Vegas Golden Knights — they selected him in the second round of the NHL’s 2017 draft — but wasn’t cleared for contact. . . . Announced attendance: 5,467. . . . Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post has a game story right here.
No Games Scheduled.
Friday (all times local):
Red Deer at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Lethbridge at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Regina at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Spokane at Kootenay, 7 p.m.
Medicine Hat at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.
Everett at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
Kamloops vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7:30 p.m.
Prince George vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:35 p.m.
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