The Blair Necessities



Pats Acquire Rights To NHL First Round Pick From Everett




 
Tyson Jost picture courtesy BCHL



Regina Pats General Manager and Head Coach John Paddock announced today the team acquired over-age forward Dawson Leedahl (’96) and the WHL playing rights to forward Tyson Jost (’98) from the Everett Silvertips. The Pats traded forward Sean Richards (’98), Red Deer’s fourth round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft as well as conditional draft picks to Everett.

Dawson Leedahl (6’1”, 200 lbs) is a veteran of 226 WHL games over four seasons with the Silvertips.  In that time, Leedahl posted 101 points (37G, 64A) to go with 266 penalty minutes.  In 2015-16, the Saskatoon, SK product tallied 27 points (12G, 15A) in 48 games to go with a career high 88 penalty minutes.  In eight playoff games, Leedahl registered five points (3G, 2A) and 37 penalty minutes.  He also served as the Silvertips captain, earning the team’s ‘Unsung Hero’ award the past two seasons.  The former second round bantam pick of the Silvertips was a member of the 2012 SMAAAHL Champion Saskatoon Contacts and captured a bronze medal at the Telus Cup.

“Any time you can acquire a player that has been a captain of a team, you are eager to do it,” commented John Paddock.  “In Dawson, we are really excited about adding an experienced, big forward to our group who has been playing in a winning program.”

Tyson Jost (5’11”, 191 lbs) was selected 10th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.  The St. Albert, AB native played 94 games for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL the past two seasons while totaling 149 points (65G, 84A).  Last season, Jost posted 104 points (42G, 62A) in 48 games and was named the BCHL and CJHL Most Valuable Player.  Jost captained Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF U-18 World Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota where he led the tournament with 15 points (6G, 9A) in seven games.  Jost has committed to the University of North Dakota (NCHC) for this upcoming fall.  He was the Silvertips’ seventh overall selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

“We fully know what Tyson’s desires are and we respect that immensely,” continued Paddock.  “At some point we will have a conversation with his representatives and him about what we think of him as a player.”

Sean Richards (5’11”, 180 lbs) joined the Pats last October when he was called up from the Olds Grizzlys.  The St. Albert, AB native played in 54 games for the Blue and White, totaling 18 points (3G, 15A) and 58 penalty minutes.  In the 2016 WHL Playoffs, Richards posted three points (1G, 2A) and was a +3 plus/minus rating in twelve games. 

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Posted on 24 July 2016 | 3:24 am

The Blair Necessities



Pats Acquire Rights To NHL First Round Pick From Everett




 
Tyson Jost picture courtesy BCHL



Regina Pats General Manager and Head Coach John Paddock announced today the team acquired over-age forward Dawson Leedahl (’96) and the WHL playing rights to forward Tyson Jost (’98) from the Everett Silvertips. The Pats traded forward Sean Richards (’98), Red Deer’s fourth round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft as well as conditional draft picks to Everett.

Dawson Leedahl (6’1”, 200 lbs) is a veteran of 226 WHL games over four seasons with the Silvertips.  In that time, Leedahl posted 101 points (37G, 64A) to go with 266 penalty minutes.  In 2015-16, the Saskatoon, SK product tallied 27 points (12G, 15A) in 48 games to go with a career high 88 penalty minutes.  In eight playoff games, Leedahl registered five points (3G, 2A) and 37 penalty minutes.  He also served as the Silvertips captain, earning the team’s ‘Unsung Hero’ award the past two seasons.  The former second round bantam pick of the Silvertips was a member of the 2012 SMAAAHL Champion Saskatoon Contacts and captured a bronze medal at the Telus Cup.

“Any time you can acquire a player that has been a captain of a team, you are eager to do it,” commented John Paddock.  “In Dawson, we are really excited about adding an experienced, big forward to our group who has been playing in a winning program.”

Tyson Jost (5’11”, 191 lbs) was selected 10th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.  The St. Albert, AB native played 94 games for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL the past two seasons while totaling 149 points (65G, 84A).  Last season, Jost posted 104 points (42G, 62A) in 48 games and was named the BCHL and CJHL Most Valuable Player.  Jost captained Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF U-18 World Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota where he led the tournament with 15 points (6G, 9A) in seven games.  Jost has committed to the University of North Dakota (NCHC) for this upcoming fall.  He was the Silvertips’ seventh overall selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

“We fully know what Tyson’s desires are and we respect that immensely,” continued Paddock.  “At some point we will have a conversation with his representatives and him about what we think of him as a player.”

Sean Richards (5’11”, 180 lbs) joined the Pats last October when he was called up from the Olds Grizzlys.  The St. Albert, AB native played in 54 games for the Blue and White, totaling 18 points (3G, 15A) and 58 penalty minutes.  In the 2016 WHL Playoffs, Richards posted three points (1G, 2A) and was a +3 plus/minus rating in twelve games. 

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Posted on 23 July 2016 | 6:44 am

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Posted on 20 July 2016 | 4:08 pm

Rider Prophet



Riders vs RedBlacks: Stop, Stop, He's Already Dead

I have been doing a lot of thinking about the game Friday against the RedBlacks and I have good news for you. I have come up with an extensive list of scenarios that would lead to the Riders winning.

1) RedBlacks mistakenly thinks the game was in Ottawa and don't make the flight here

2) Points scored by the Riders get multiplied 7

3) Greg Ellingson blows out his knee and Chris Williams gets ejected for bumping into Chris Jones (I would actually pay to see that because Jones would absolutely level him)

4) All 46 RedBlack players fail to get through security due to an "anonymous" tip

5) Trevor Harris plays blindfolded with one arm tied behind his back.

6) Trainers slip ruffies into the visitors' sideline Gatorade on

Short of these I see no scenario where the Riders pick up their first win of 2016. Here's all you need to know about this match-up: Undefeated team with the top offense in the league takes on winless team with a back-up QB, second string O-line and the worst defense in the league. Just because its obvious doesn't make it any less true.

But since you're here anyway, I'll make an attempt to breakdown this match-up.

The fact that Durant is practicing is promising but Friday will be the Mitchell Gale show. Too risky and too early to even think about Durant. I feel sorry for Gale because Labatte and Best will be out and at this point I haven't heard Clark is healthy so... Umm... yeah, good luck with that. We need to help out Gale and whatever line we manage to cobble together. Ottawa has the #1 run D in the CFL (allowing just 3.3yds per rush) but still we need to be more committed to running the ball. In our case "more committed" means at least considering it once in a blue moon. This would also be a good time to work in Kendial Lawrence on some short passes to get him the ball in space. Ottawa can be beaten through the air but if we just resort to letting Gale chuck it down field, Ottawa will obliterate our line and things will get ugly. Can't be afraid to take shots but can't live solely on them either.

Defensively, I can't even attempt to sound positive. Trevor Harris is playing at an unreal level. He leads an offense that is tops in points and yards and completing a ridiculous 80% of passing attempts. In order to have a chance we need a herculean effort from our front 4. They need to disrupt Harris and the robot-like efficiency is executing.  Not sure who we will assign to tall task of covering Chris Williams either way I don't like their odds. Williams is currently on pace for 2500 yards and 26 TDs!! Now there's no way he keeps up that pace.. but I don't expect we will be the team to slow him down. I honestly think our best chance of containing this offensive juggernaut is a strong pass rush and creating turnovers.

Trust me, better days are coming in Riderville but this won't be one of them. In fact this may be the worst one to date. I encourage you to take the college guy approach to this game, lower your standards, drink a lot and there's a chance you might end up enjoying your evening.

Note: I typed this up Wednesday prior to leaving on a fishing trip so this will not account for the dozen or so roster changes that have occurred since. I will be away until Tuesday so there will be no Monday Sentimonies. Though if there were I assume they would be something along the lines of "Well that was an ass kicking." and "At least there were no lines getting out of the stadium... because everyone left at halftime." 

See you next week

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Posted on 21 July 2016 | 12:00 pm

Buzzing the Net Junior Hockey



Sudbury Wolves forward David Levin gets relief from Israel military obligations

David Levin can continue to focus on hockey, for now.

Levin, a forward with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves, is in a unique situation. Due to his Israeli citizenship, he is required to serve three years in the Israeli military when he turns 18 on Sept. 16, 2017.

Yahoo Canada Sports has learned Levin has received a deferment on his military service, which can keep him focused on hockey until he is drafted by a National Hockey League club in June 2018.

“What we’re going to do is defer it until his NHL Draft, see how that goes and then make a decision from that point,” said Levin’s agent, Darren Ferris. “I don’t see any complications at all at this point.”

Levin would’ve had to enter military training prior to his 18th birthday putting his dream of playing in the NHL in jeopardy.

The 16-year-old grew up in Netanya, Israel, playing roller hockey and didn’t play organized ice hockey until he moved to Ontario to live with family at the age of 13.

Despite his inexperience, the 5-foot-10, 167-pound forward was the first overall selection at the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, joining the likes of John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Aaron Ekblad and Connor McDavid – previous first-round selections at the OHL draft.

In his first season with the Wolves, Levin scored nine goals and 21 assists in 47 games. He missed time due to a broken hand. He also participated at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge, registering an assist in five games with Team Canada.

 


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Posted on 5 July 2016 | 8:04 pm

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TIGER-CATS 37 ESKIMOS 31

EDMONTON - Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Kent Austin was at a loss for words after his club's second-half performance Saturday night in Edmonton.

Andy Fantuz reeled in a pair of touchdown passes from Jeremiah Masoli as Hamilton came from behind to defeat the Edmonton Eskimos 37-31.

Edmonton looked to be in full control of the game with a 31-6 lead early in the third, before the visiting Tiger-Cats found their offence.

"I don't think I have ever been a part of anything like that,'' said Austin.

"That is a really good football team we were playing, it just ending up going our way in the second half. There really isn't a great explanation for it. I'm just proud of the guys for battling and not giving up. It just shows that in this league that you are never out of it.''

It was the second win in a row for the Ticats, who improved to 3-2. Hamilton's 25-point comeback ranks as the sixth biggest in league history.

Masoli went 31-of-38 passing for 391 yards and three touchdowns, but the really remarkable stat was completing 23 consecutive passes in the second half to eclipse the CFL record of 22 straight previously held by current Eskimos head coach Jason Maas.

"I don't think it has really set in. I'm not really focused on records or things like that. I just want to win and get back to the championship,'' Masoli said.

"I don't think I have ever seen anything like what happened tonight. It just feels awesome to come from behind the way that we did. I'm just so proud of this group of guys.''

Edmonton (2-2), which suffered its worst collapse in team history, had a two-game winning streak snapped.

"They started getting some pressure on us, but we just didn't play football,'' said Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly. "We played football for about 35 minutes today and that was it, and they played for 60. They deserved that win, they played the whole game and they straight up whooped us in the second half.''

The Eskimos are back in action on Thursday, when they host Winnipeg. The Tiger-Cats will also face the Blue Bombers, visiting Winnipeg on Aug. 3 after a bye week.

Notes: The last time the Ticats visited Edmonton, they came away with a 49-20 victory on Aug. 21, 2015. That was also the last time the Eskimos lost in regulation time at Commonwealth Stadium.

(Canadian Press)

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Posted on 24 July 2016 | 4:30 am

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Gold medal trampolinist Rosie MacLennan to carry Canadian flag in Rio (Yahoo Sports)

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Posted on 21 July 2016 | 9:08 pm

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Posted on 23 July 2016 | 2:31 pm

Star Sports



Renowned University of Toronto scientist Ursula Franklin dead at 94


Ursula Franklin, the prominent University of Toronto professor, feminist, peace activist, and Holocaust survivor, died Friday afternoon.

She was 94.

Her eldest son, Martin Franklin, told the Star on Saturday she had been living in a Toronto nursing home for several years along with her husband, Fred Franklin. She died at the nursing home surrounded by her family, he said.

Franklin was the first woman to join what is now the University of Toronto’s department of metallurgy and material sciences in 1967. While she retired in 1989, Franklin is still listed as a professor emerita.

Along with her prominence as a material sciences and metallurgy researcher, Franklin studied the social impact of technology and pioneered the field of archaeometry. She was also named as an officer of the Order of Canada, and served on the Science Council and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, as well as many other scientific organizations.

“She was very much in the public,” her son said.

Franklin was also a devoted pacifist, feminist, and Quaker, who co-founded the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.

Her scientific research sometimes overlapped with her pursuit of social justice — such as her studies into the levels of radioactive isotopes in children’s teeth. Her findings were used to justify the ban on atmospheric nuclear weapons testing in the 1960s.

“Peace is not the absence of war but the absence of fear,” is one of Franklin’s more famous quotes.

She was born in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 16, 1921, to an art historian and ethnographer. In 1940, she attended university in Berlin and became fascinated by the properties of material structures. Her studies were cut short by the Nazi regime (Franklin’s mother was Jewish), and she spent 18 months imprisoned in a work camp.

After her liberation, Franklin returned to university. She graduated in 1948 with a doctorate degree in experimental physics, and first arrived at the University of Toronto a year later as a post-doctoral student.

After graduating, she worked at the Ontario Research Foundation for 15 years, and returned to the U of T to serve as a professor. She later delivered the 1989 Massey Lecture, which was later published as The Real World of Technology.

Franklin is survived by her husband, two children and several grandchildren.


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