When is the last time, if ever, that the death of a Canadian was greeted with the outpouring of affection and emotion that arrived after Gord Downie left us on Wednesday? It was amazing and oh, so necessary.

Were you to pass Justin Turner on the street, what might you think his profession might be . . . before you arrived at all-star third baseman with the Los Angeles Dodgers, that is?

Here’s Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “Odds-on favorite to win this year’s ‘Pot, Meet Kettle’ Award: Kentucky’s John Calipari — the only coach to lead multiple schools to vacated Final Four appearances — saying the FBI’s probe of college basketball is giving his sport a ‘black eye.’ ”

Comedian Argus Hamilton was in the gym the other day when he noticed a horrendous breach of etiquette. As he wrote: “Yesterday I saw some idiot put a water bottle where the Pringles can goes on the treadmill.”

Shaun Clouston, the general manager and head coach of the Medicine Hat Tigers, turned a player on his suspended list into a regular forward, a prospect and a second-round bantam draft pick on Thursday. We can only assume that Clouston slept well last night.

It’s always worth a chuckle when an American team — in this case, the Portland Winterhawks — is on top of the Canadian Hockey League’s weekly rankings.

If you were watching Thursday night’s NFL game wind down, you just knew that Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs were going to blow it, didn’t you?

The Vancouver Giants are 2-1-1 with two games left on an East Division swing. It would be nice to see them continue to be competitive, if for no other reason than to see if they could attract more fans to the Langley Events Centre.

The Massey Twins, aka Bob and Tom, have their own YouTube channel, and their own show. They open their second season there by interviewing Les Lazaruk, the veteran radio voice of the Saskatoon Blades. It’s all right here, and kudos to Lazaruk for taking the time to help out a couple of budding sportscasters, or 60 Minute-type reporters.

F Zach Fischer, who walked away from the Medicine Hat Tigers on Oct. 8, was traded to the Spokane Chiefs on Thursday afternoon.

In exchange for the 20-year-old Fischer, who had been on the Tigers’ suspended list since leaving town, the Tigers received F Hayden Ostir, 18, D Eric Van Impe, who will turn 16 on Saturday, and a second-round selection in the WHL’s 2019 bantam draft.

Fischer, who has yet to explain publicly why he left the Tigers, is from Lloydminster, Alta. He was a fifth-round selection by the Calgary Flames in the NHL’s 2017 draft.

This season, his fourth in the WHL, he had one goal in three games with the Tigers. Last season, he put up 34 goals and 29 assists in 63 games. In the previous two seasons, he totalled 12 goals and 11 assists in 89 games. In 154 regular-season games, all with the Tigers, he was 47 goals and 40 assists.

Ostir, from Winnipeg, has three goals and four assists in 10 games this season, his third in the WHL. Last season, he had eight goals and 11 assists in 52 games. In 115 regular-season games, all with the Chiefs, he has 12 goals and 17 assists. Ostir was a second-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft. He is expected to make his debut with the Tigers on Sunday against the host Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Van Impe, from Calgary, was a second-round selection by the Chiefs in the 2016 bantam draft. He is playing with the midget AAA Calgary Northstars and has three goals and five assists in six games. Last season, he had five goals and 10 assists in 34 games with the Northstars.

The acquisition of Fischer left the Chiefs with four 20-year-olds, one over the maximum, so they placed F Rykr Cole on waivers. Cole, from Moosomin, Sask., was acquired last season from the Regina Pats. In 37 games with the Chiefs, he had two goals and seven assists. In 203 career games, he scored 29 goals and added 37 assists.

Cole sat out his last three games with the Chiefs as he served a three-game suspension.

The Chiefs’ other 20s are F Hudson Elynuik and D Tyson Helgesen.

Spokane F Kailer Yamamoto, 19, remains with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. He played in his fifth NHL game on Thursday night. Once he plays in his 10th game, the first year of his three-year contract kicks in, which is important in terms of free agency down the road. Because he is 19 and was drafted from a major junior team, Yamamoto must play in the NHL or be returned to the junior club.

Last night, Yamamoto, playing alongside Connor McDavid and Patrick Maroon, had one assist and eight shots on goal as the Oilers scored a 2-1 OT victory over the host Chicago Blackhawks.

The Saskatoon Blades have signed D Randen Schmidt, 17, to a WHL contract. Schmidt, who is from Regina, is in his third season with the midget AAA Regina Pats Canadians. He has five assists in seven games. . . . Last season, he had six goals and 16 assists in 41 games. . . . Schmidt was in the Blades’ training camp last month as a free-agent invitee.

The Edmonton Oil Kings got down to two goaltenders on Thursday as they dropped Josh Dechaine from their roster. Dechaine, 19, is from St. Alberta, Alta., and is expected to join the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders, who acquired his junior A rights from the SJHL’s La Ronge Ice Wolves. . . . Dechaine got into two games (3,00, .895) with the Oil Kings this season. Last season, he played in 17 games (4.41, .876). . . . His departure leaves the Oil Kings with two goaltenders — Travis Child, 20, and Boston Bilous, 16.

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The debate over hits to the head “is fast becoming the game’s No. 1 issue,” writes Roy MacGregor of The Globe and Mail. However, owners of the NHL’s Canadian teams won’t talk about it, perhaps because Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, has instituted a gag order. . . . MacGregor has more, a whole lot more, on the NHL and concussions right here.


No Games Scheduled.

FRIDAY (all times local):

Vancouver at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Prince George at Edmonton, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Regina, 7 p.m.

Swift Current at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.

Calgary at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.

Portland at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.

Kamloops at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Everett, 7:35 p.m.

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— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 20, 2017

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