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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Perfetti CHL Scholastic Winner

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

June 4/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

courtesy Saginaw Spirit 

MLB Countdown

Major League Baseball rejected the players' proposal for a 114-game regular season schedule with no additional salary cuts.

The next proposal from the owners is for a shortened season of 50 games or less

Ballparks without fans appear certain due to the pandemic. 

MLB claims large losses due to the virus, which the union disputes, and teams want additional salary reductions. 

They believe 27 of the 30 teams would lose money with each additional game.

 


MLS Deal

Major League Soccer players have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement.

The MLS Players Association confirmed the vote on the CBA, which will run an additional year through the 2025 season. 

The two sides reached agreement on a previous accord in February that went through 2024 but it was never ratified.

Players from Toronto FC and other markets skipped training for 2 days as they feared they were facing a lockout situation.

 


NBA Proposal

The National Basketball  Association will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season to the league’s board of governors today.

The teams that will be going to Orlando, Florida would play 8 games to determine playoff seeding starting around July 31st followed by a playoff

The plan, if approved, would have 13 Western Conference teams and 9 Eastern Conference teams, including the Toronto Raptors, going to Disney to compete

The 22 teams that would participate in an mini 8 game sequence of matches possibly beginning July 31st.

The Playoffs would start in August, and the NBA Finals would likely stretch into October.

 


CHL Awards

Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit was named as the Canadian Hockey League Scholastic Player of the Year 

Perfetti set a Saginaw scoring record with 111 points while achieving an overall academic average of 93%.

After back-to-back seasons of 37 goals, Perfetti is expected to be a first round selection in the next National Hockey League Entry Draft.

 

Xavier Simoneau of the Drummondville Voltigeurs was named as the CHL’s Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Simoneau was involved in a number of initiatives that included an outreach program called ‘Les amis à Simy’.

Barrie native Jacob Ingham who plays goal for the Kitchener Rangers was the Ontario Hockey League nominee for the award.

 

CHL Releases

Cole Perfetti wins CHL Scholastic Player of the Year Award presented by CIBC

The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce that 2020 NHL Draft prospect Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit is the 2019-20 recipient of the CHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year Award presented by CIBC.

Perfetti combined success on the ice with success in school by setting a Spirit single season scoring record of 111 points including 37 goals and 74 assists over 61 games while achieving an overall academic average of 93%.

“CIBC proudly congratulates Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti on receiving the CIBC Scholastic Player of the Year Award. Cole’s demonstrated excellence both on the ice in hockey and off the ice in academics has set a positive example for his fellow teammates and those in the community, and we look forward to seeing him continue to flourish back on the ice in the near future.”

The 18-year-old born January 1, 2002, is the fifth ranked North American skater for the 2020 NHL Draft after finishing second in Ontario Hockey League scoring.  The sophomore forward chosen fifth overall by the Spirit in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection was highly regarded by OHL Western Conference coaches in the league’s annual poll where he received top marks in the Smartest Player, Best Playmaker, Best Stickhandler, and Best Shootout Shooter categories.  In the classroom between Heritage High School in Saginaw and All Saints Catholic Secondary School in his hometown of Whitby, Ontario, Perfetti was enrolled in an impressive seven University level courses including Algebra, Analyzing Current Economic Issues, Elite Athletics, Healthy & Active Living, Leadership, Organizational Studies in Behaviour and Human Resources, and World Religions.

“Thank you for choosing me to be the CHL Scholastic Player of the Year award winner,” Perfetti said. “It’s a big honour for me and something that I worked for all season. To be able to be a part of this trophy, and a group of all the prior recipients, it means a lot to me. There are a lot of great players to have won in the past and even better people. I want to say thank you to my family and my billets. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. They give me the support and the love that I need to excel both on and off the ice and in the classroom and without them I wouldn’t be in the spot that I am now. I also want to say thank you to the Spirit organization and to Pam Moretuzzo especially. Everyone in the organization is trying to make each player a better student, a better hockey player, but most importantly a better person. Pam is our high school advisor and day in, day out, she’s always taking care of me and making sure that each player is set up for greatness. I can’t thank her enough and I can’t thank the Spirit organization enough for providing me with all the resources and help I need to thrive both on and off the ice.”

Perfetti is the first member of the Spirit to win the award since it was introduced at the national level in 1988.  A number of top prospects have been recognized with this award ahead of their NHL Draft selection including back-to-back recipient Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters who won in 2014 and then again in 2015 before being chosen first overall by the Edmonton Oilers.  Other first round picks to win include Josh Morrissey of the Prince Albert Raiders (2013), Dougie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs (2011), Gilbert Brule of the Vancouver Giants (2005), Devan Dubnyk of the Kamloops Blazers (2004), Dustin Brown of the Guelph Storm (2003), Brad Boyes of the Otters (2000), Stefan Cherneski of the Brandon Wheat Kings (1997), Boyd Devereaux of the Kitchener Rangers (1996), Scott Niedermayer of the Blazers (1991), and Darrin Shannon of the Windsor Spitfires (1988).

Finalists for the award were fellow 2020 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Garand of the Western Hockey League’s Kamloops Blazers and Montreal Canadiens prospect Rafael Harvey-Pinard of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens.

 

Xavier Simoneau wins CHL Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by Kia
 

The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce that Drummondville Voltigeurs captain Xavier Simoneau is the 2019-20 recipient of the CHL’s Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by Kia.

Simoneau led his team on and off the ice by scoring 89 points counting 28 goals and 61 assists in 61 games while serving his community through a number of initiatives that included the development of his own outreach program called ‘Les amis à Simy’.

“The Kia Humanitarian of the Year award is a recognition to players who have devoted their time to the communities they represent,” said Michael Kopke, Director of Marketing for Kia Canada. “We would like to congratulate Xavier Simoneau for winning the CHL Kia Humanitarian of the Year award. Kia Canada is committed to Powering the Future of Hockey and is honoured to acknowledge and reward players like Xavier who display their commitment to community.”

The 19-year-old from Saint-André-Avellin, Quebec, finished fifth in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scoring which earned him a nomination for league MVP honours and puts the third year forward on the radar for 2020 NHL Draft consideration.  Launched in October, Les amis à Simy, or the Simy’s Friends project, rewards local kids who have done good deeds, highlights the efforts of those with learning disabilities, and helps kids fighting illness or going through tough times in their lives.  No matter the reason, nearly 200 deserving kids were part of the inaugural season attending Voltigeurs games free of charge with the opportunity to meet their hero.  Simoneau was also the spokesman for the Centre-du-Québec Autism organization raising funds and creating awareness for the cause, was heavily involved with Drummondville’s minor hockey association inspiring youth and attending coach clinics, took part in school visits and met patients at Sainte-Croix Hospital Pediatric Center throughout the season, and served as honorary president for the Voltigeurs blood drive.

“It’s an honour for me to win the humanitarian trophy in the CHL,” said Simoneau. “I worked hard all year with the Drummondville Voltigeurs to create Les amis à Simy. I’m very proud to give my time for the kids, and I’m very proud to win this award.”

Since the national award was first presented in 1993, Simoneau is the first member of the Voltigeurs to win following previous team nominees Charles-David Beaudoin (2014) and Daniel Briere (1996).  It also marks a second straight recognition for a QMJHL player as Charle-Edouard D’Astous of the Rimouski Oceanic was last season’s recipient.

Finalists for the award were Riley Fiddler-Schultz of the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen and Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Ingham of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers.

 


OHF Return To Hockey

The Ontario Hockey Federation is staging a " Return to Hockey " discussion for Minor Hockey Associations, Female Hockey Associations, Junior and Senior teams tonight at 6 pm

The OHF & Hockey Canada have been working with both the Provincial Government and the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries to map out the OHF’s Return to Hockey once given approval to do so in accordance with Ontario’s Emergency Order.

The discussion tonight is to provide a clear update as to where both Hockey Canada and the OHF stand with our plan for sanctioned programming. 

 

OHF Release

The Ontario Hockey Federation is inviting OHF Members, Minor Hockey Associations, Female Hockey Associations, Junior and Senior teams to join us for an OHF wide Return to Hockey discussion this Thursday, June 4th at 6:00 PM. 

Joining OHF Chair of the Board (Tony Foresi) and OHF Executive Director (Phillip McKee) are special guests from Hockey Canada: Michael Brind’amour (Chair of the Board), Tom Renney (Chief Executive Officer) and Scott Smith (President & Chief Operating Officer).

The OHF has been working tirelessly with Hockey Canada and the OHF Members since the March 12th announcement to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 hockey season. Further, the OHF remains in close contact with both the Provincial Government and the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries to map out the OHF’s Return to Hockey once given approval to do so from both Hockey Canada and the Provincial Government in accordance with Ontario’s Emergency Order. In recent weeks, the Ontario Government began the phased re-opening of the economy which has led to a number of uncertainties within the hockey community. Our goal on Thursday is to provide a clear update as to where both Hockey Canada and the OHF stand with our plan for sanctioned programming. It is encouraged that all MHA’s, FHA’s, Junior and Senior teams have at least one representative participate in the meeting to ensure consistent messaging is relayed to their Boards and Executive. Registrants are encouraged to identify a maximum of five Return to Hockey questions they would like addressed during the meeting.

Preregistration was required to participate in the meeting

The meeting link will be distributed at 2:00 PM, Thursday, June 4th to all approved registrants. The content of this meeting is meant to engage administrative stakeholders connected to the OHF Return to Hockey plan, as such the meeting link is not to be shared publicly. If more than one representative from a particular MHA, FHA, Junior or Senior team wish to participate, they must register individually.

 

 

Blues Acquire Abbott

The Collingwood Blues of the Ontario Junior Hockey League have acquired forward Nick Abbott from the Brantford 99ers in exchange for defenceman Paul O’Doherty.

Abbott who is from Newfoundland, scored 7 goals last year in a season that was split between Markham & Brantford of the OJHL. 

It's expected Abbott will play one season for the Blues as he is a Division 1 NCAA commit to Canisius

 

 

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