The Hockey News

This Week in The Hockey News magazine: October 27, 2014

In the Oct. 27 edition of The Hockey News, Roberto Luongo takes over as special guest editor. -

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Posted on 10 October 2014 | 12:12 pm

The Blair Necessities

Riders Release Three

The Riders have released the following three players

  • RB Will Ford 
  • WR Eron Riley
  • QB Denarius McGhee 

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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 2:43 pm


Gilmore Junio, Denny Morrison lead Canadian speedskating team

CALGARY – As much as Gilmore Junio relishes his part in the tale of he and teammate Denny Morrison, Junio doesn’t want it to define his speedskating career. Junio giving up his spot in the 1,000 metres for Morrison, who … Continue Reading

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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 7:00 pm

Yahoo Sports Blog

Giants rip Royals 7-1 in baseball World Series opener

Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game One of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 21, 2014Kansas City (AFP) - A pitching masterpiece by San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner sparked the Giants over the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesday's opening game of the 110th World Series.

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Posted on 22 October 2014 | 5:18 am

Bumgarner, Pence lead Giants to 7-1 rout of Royals in World Series opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect post-season roll. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off […]

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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 11:53 pm


Kershaw pitches Dodgers to second straight NL West title

Go to for details. #TSN

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Posted on 25 September 2014 | 1:23 am

The Joy of Sox

Ten Years After: The Radio Broadcasts

You can get copies of the WEEI broadcasts of most of the 2004 ALCS and World Series by clicking on this link.

The zip file includes ALCS Games 3-7 and all four World Series games. The final three ALCS games include the call-in shows either before or after the game.

Grab it now! Because the link will expire in seven days.

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Posted on 22 October 2014 | 12:57 pm

The Blair Necessities

Riders Release Three

The Riders have released the following three players

  • RB Will Ford 
  • WR Eron Riley
  • QB Denarius McGhee 

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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 2:43 pm

Roto Rob

The Wire Troll: Build a Foundation Out of Charles Clay

While you are still trying to figure out exactly how many people Percy Harvin punched in the face, we must remind you to put in your waiver claims. Also with a major bye pending in Week Nine you might want to proactively plan ahead to avoid future headaches. Once again, we sacrifice to the Fantasy gods our Wire Troll picks for Week Eight.

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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 10:22 pm

Rider Prophet

Monday Morning Sentimonies: Belated Evening Edition

Riders 19 - Eskimos 24

Only the Riders could manage to have me walk into a game I fully expected to lose and have me leave feeling disappointed. Such is life as a Rider fan.

Before I get to the game, let illustrate just how bad things had gotten in Riderville over the past month or so. On the first offensive play of the game when Joseph took a deep shot, there was damn near a standing ovation despite the fact the pass feel incomplete. On the next play Joseph hit an 8 yard pass and as he and the offense were headed to the sidelines, there was another raucous ovation despite the fact we just went 2 and out. We have been so desperate for competent play at the QB position that even failure of the less embarrassing variety was a welcome sight. Every ounce of me wanted to stand up and yell “Really?” to the fans cheering a 2 and out but I couldn’t bring myself to do it because I was also happy we didn’t suck quite as bad. For anyone who watched Mad TV, the whole scenario reminded me of a sketch they did about a really bad dating service call Lowered Expectations.

As for the game, a competent QB changes everything. Plain and simple. Was Joseph great? Lord no. Was he good? Good enough. And low and behold, given the talent we have around him, “good enough” was almost enough to beat the 2nd best team in the CFL… hell we should have beat them. I figured Joseph would do good but admittedly he looked better than I expected. He was poised, made reads, bought time, made passes, moved the ball, scored points… you know all those things that our other QBs just couldn’t do. Clearly it was advantage Joseph in the first half since the Esks would have had no film on him running our offense and they certainly made adjustments in the second half to level the playing field. Regardless, Joseph showed enough that I think we can win with him. The whole team played better around him. O-line had their best game in many weeks buying tons of time for Joseph. Heenan had a rough outing but as a unit they were improved. Receivers were a mixed bag. They made some good plays… but also dropped far too much. I like what Korey Williams brings at that wide-out spot. Our run game was clearly affected by the late scratch of Allen. His back spasms should come as no surprise given his attempt to carry the entire team on his back last week. While our run game was a disappointment, what was refreshing to see was us be able to adjust and still move the ball without it. Joseph and the O will need to be better but I have faith in their abilities overall which is something I did not have in the Sunseri/Doege offense. More importantly the coaches seem to have confidence in Joseph given that he didn’t get the training wheels playbook.

Overall a very good effort by our defense. They really manned up and contained the run, both of White (68 yards) and Reilly (11 yards). Foley was a monster out there. That D-line looks a whole lot better with Derrick Walker in the line-up. He is very underrated in my opinion. The injury to Maze was devastating. While he was in, we really contained Bowman and the rest of the passing game. When Green was forced into action, it all went to hell. Hopefully Maze will be back soon because he is a key piece of that secondary.

That kick return TD was a killer. We had all the momentum going into half after an outstanding 30 mins of football and lost it all right then and there and let Edmonton back into the game after having them on the ropes. Simply put we are currently not a good enough team to overcome major mistakes like that. We need to play our best football in all three phases in order to compete with top teams like Edmonton and Calgary. The second half displayed less than our best in all 3 phases and we weren’t able to overcome it.

We had an opportunity to win that game and let it slip away. I think the confidence level across the province increase by monumental proportions but a loss is a loss and I won’t be happy until I see that increased confidence translate into wins. We have 2 games remaining and in both cases our opponent will not care about the outcome so we need to keep improving and be ready to play our best football come playoffs.

Other random thoughts:

- Greatest kiss cam ever! Also likely the last kiss cam ever. For those of you who weren’t at the game you really missed out. It was all going along like normal until the camera showed a young couple. The guy told his lady friend to stand up. She seemed a bit confused but obliged. He then shocked everyone by turning her around and giving her a her very enthusiastic dry humping.

Somewhere someone had to be yelling “Won’t someone think of the children!”

- By now if you are not convinced that Dressler had paid off the refs with paninis and blizzards you are obviously in on the conspiracy.  They just seem to look away when he is returning punts. I’m not complaining mind you… in fact I think he should expand his bribing ways to offensive plays as well.

- I am certainly not on the “Fire Cortez” train. I have longed for an OC this good for years and hope he sticks around long-term. That said, I have to question some pretty basic stuff that I’ve seem him call. One example: Short yardage play we run Ford up the middle. Next play we run Messam off-tackle. I’m no offensive genius but that seems really backwards to me.

- Bartel is every bit as inconsistent a punter as Milo. He really needs to get better if we are to continue justifying using a roster spot on him.

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Posted on 21 October 2014 | 7:38 pm

Buzzing the Net Junior Hockey

NHL draft finally here: the coast-to-coast


Leon Draisaitl to the Edmonton Oilers at No. 3 overall seems a lock, eh? (Edmonton Journal)

You wanted a comprehensive draft preview that would help kill two hours at work today? You got one! Thank you. (The Pipeline Show)

Guy Flaming has a mock draft that will knock your socks off. (Coming Down The Pipe!)

Philadelphia Flyers beat writer Frank Seravilli also has an extremely cromulent mock that projects Sam Reinhart to join the Calgary Flames. (

Ken Warren has a rundown on the top 10 available prospects. (Postmedia)

Moose Jaw Warriors beat reporter Katie Brickman explains why teams will look past centre Brayden Point's lack of size. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)

Edmonton Oil Kings defender Dysin Mayo figures the long playoff run goosed his draft stock. Did it do the same for his teammate, left wing Brett Pollock? (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Tim Hunter is interviewing again about the Vancouver Giants coaching job, writes Steve Ewen. (Vancouver Province)

Comeback story for this season ahead: Kootenay's Tanner Faith coming back from shoulder surgery. (Cranbrook Daily Townsman)


The Florida Panthers still have the No. 1 pick on the table, apparently. (USA Today)

Today's should-read: how Michael Dal Colle has come out stronger due to his family's challenges. (CBC Sports)

Josh Ho-Sang to the Habs? Why not? (A Winning Habit)

Bob Duff takes the long view, comparing Aaron Ekblad to another Windsor-area defenceman who went No. 1 overall 20 years ago, Ed Jovanoski. (Windsor Star)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a checkered draft history? That explains so, so much. (National Post)

Sam Bennett says people "don't know why" the draft class lacks a potential superstar. Far be it to suggest it has to do with who does the analysis. (Columbus Dispatch)

This is more like it: a mock draft with Peterborough's Nick Ritchie in the top five. (SBN College Hockey)

Sault Ste. Marie's intuitive defender, Kyle Jenkins, is an intriguing possibility as a Day 2 pick. (Sault Star)


Halifax Mooseheads GM Cam Russell predicts speedy striker Nikolaj Ehlers will go "very high" on Friday. Like No. 6 overall to Vancouver high? Who knows? How about No. 7 overall to Carolina? (Metro Halifax)

Damn right Charlottetown goalie Mason McDonald is stoked for the draft. (Charlottetown Guardian)

Cape Breton's Julien Pelletier should become the first player from Thurso, Que., to be drafted in 21 years. (Le Droit)

Quebec Remparts overage goalie François Brassard is working toward getting a free-agent shot after being put back in the draft pool by his hometown Ottawa Senators. (Le Soleil)

Feel-good story: Rimouski grad Jimmy Oligny, a rugged rearguard, has signed an AHL deal with the Milwaukee Admirals. (

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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Posted on 27 June 2014 | 11:06 am

Sports on the Web

Two Wild Card teams refuse to lose and meet in the World Series

The World Series is now front and center in the sports news and sports on the web. It will be the second time in MLB Playoffs history that the teams battling in the World Series are both wild card teams. The first was the Angels beating the Giants in the 2002 World Series. Taking the […]

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Posted on 19 October 2014 | 3:55 pm

Vancouver Sun

Bumgarner, Pence lead Giants to 7-1 rout of Royals in World Series opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect post-season roll.

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Posted on 22 October 2014 | 8:31 am

Rod Pederson


The Roughriders held Day 1 of their practice week with a closed workout at Mosaic Stadium on Wednesday.

Afterwards head coach Corey Chamblin revealed they'll leave a handful of starters at home for Friday's game at Calgary.

The list includes SB/PR Weston Dressler, OG Chris Best, RB Anthony Allen and QB Darian Durant.

In the case of Durant, Chamblin said his top pivot practiced lightly on Wednesday and threw some short passes however the injury right elbow he suffered on September 7 hasn't come around to the point that he can be activated for Friday's game.

Chamblin also announced rookie RB Keith Toston will make his pro debut Friday night against the Stampeders.

Kickoff on Friday is 7:30 pm on TSN and the 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network.


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Posted on 22 October 2014 | 5:04 pm

Yahoo Sports

Olympic gold medalist Jeneba Tarmoh speaks out against 'ignorance' over Ebola (Yahoo Sports)

Aug 18, 2013; Moscow, RUSSIA; Jeneba Tarmoh runs the first leg on the United States womens 4 x 100m relay that placed second in 42.75 in the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at Luzhniki Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Meme jokes about Ebola prompted the U.S. sprinter to take to social media to call for more understanding and less ridicule about the disease.

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Posted on 22 October 2014 | 5:09 am

Toronto Sports Media

An Interview With Howard Berger

  by mike in boston / @mikeinboston / hatemailaccount at gmail   With the start of the hockey season upon us I reached out to long time FAN590 Leafs beat reporter Howard Berger for some comments on life on the road and the state of […]

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Posted on 18 October 2014 | 5:15 pm

Star Sports

Ontario ombudsman to release report on unlicensed daycares

Ontario’s ombudsman will release a report today on his investigation into unlicensed daycares that was launched following the death of a toddler.

Andre Marin says the report will contain findings and recommendations relating to how the Ministry of Education responds to complaints and concerns about unlicensed daycare providers.

Marin launched the probe in July 2013 following the death of a two-year-old girl at a home daycare in Vaughan, north of Toronto.

The New Democrats had called on Marin to launch the investigation, saying other children had died in unlicensed daycares, including a toddler found at the bottom of a pool in 2010.

Education officials admitted that they failed to follow up on two of three complaints lodged against the Vaughan daycare.

Two Education Ministry employees were suspended after it was discovered that a number of complaints about unlicensed daycares went unanswered in 2012.

Marin has said that when Eva Ravikovich died in the Vaughan daycare on July 8, 2013, police found there were 27 children in the provider’s care — far more than the allowed number of five.

“In Ontario, about 78 per cent of children are cared for in unlicensed child care arrangements,” Marin said earlier this year in his annual report.

“The ombudsman’s assessment of what happened in Eva’s case determined that the ministry had received complaints about the daycare, but it did not follow up on them,” he said.

Daycare crisis: Ontario inspections reveal numerous violations

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Posted on 22 October 2014 | 7:55 am

Ottawa Citizen Sports

Fury FC scores four in first away win in its history

Ottawa Fury FC collected the first away win in its history Saturday night

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Posted on 20 May 2014 | 2:10 am