Friday, October 9, 2015

Depth Charts for Tonight's Riders-Ticats Game

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This And That

It is Friday so here is the weekly set of thoughts running through my muddled mind and as always, they are in no particular order.

--I'm not going to lie to you, I have absolutely zero interest in Friday's game at Tim Hortons Field between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Oh, I will watch it, but like many others I am now just waiting for this season to end and then eagerly await what happens with the general manager and head coach positions and what changes will be made for 2016. I don't think I am the only one in this boat, and for some they came to this conclusion a long time ago and I really can't blame them. Of course, part of this may be because the Chicago Cubs are playing the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of their NLDS.

--Are people really questioning Weston Dressler and wondering if number 7 is in the twilight of his career? If they are, they are sadly mistaken.  Dressler is one of many Riders who have had a season to forget and I am expecting him to be the same Weston Dressler that has excited Rider Nation with his play in 2016. Despite his "lack of production" as some will say, he is putting up some decent numbers considering he has dealt with a number 3 quarterback for a good portion of the season. Has it come to the point that some have to diss Dressler now? You're better than that!

--I have been lobbying for the CFL to get involved with Draftkings and Fanduel as a way to increase fan interest and get more people talking on both sides of the border about the game. If the CFL is interested, they aren't saying, but it was interesting to see Major League Soccer has signed a 4 year deal with one of the two one day fantasy sports sites out there. If MLS can do it, surely the CFL can.  It is too late for this year, but games in 2016 would be relished by many I think. It is one of many things on the table for Jeffrey Orridge between the time he hands out the Grey Cup and the time training camps start in June.

--A decision this week by the Regina Public School Board to cancel graduation dinners is just stupid in my opinion. You watch your child go through the highs and lows of their education and the Grade 12 dinner and ceremony is a very special occasion for not only those who are graduating and having one last night with their friends and classmates before entering the real world, but for the parents who have tagged along for the ride and sit there with extreme pride.  I'm not buying the reasons being given. Why is it every tradition must somehow be scrutinized and then gotten rid of in one fashion or another? It is just ridiculous!

--Good on the NHL for getting rid of Raffi Torres for 41 games. His style of play is no longer welcome in the NHL, but he is just too stupid it would seem to realize that.

--Two thumbs up to former Pats defenceman Brandon Davidson for making the Oilers final roster. He could get sent down to Bakersfield at some point during the season, but to see what that kid went through to get to this point is inspiring and is a tremendous story.

--Two thumbs also are up for former Pats forward Jordan Weal for cracking the Kings lineup this year too. Like Davidson, Weal could get sent back to the American Hockey League, but I get the feeling now that he is up, he may never go down as he just keeps meeting every challenge thrown in front of him.

--Picking ties in pro-line are going to be a lot more difficult with 3 on 3 overtime and the odds show that. If you can pick a couple and they come through, you should be a happy camper at the end of the night. 

--Want a Stanley Cup prediction? How about the St. Louis Blues over the Washington Capitals.

--Week 5 NFL Lock of the Week (4-0)   Giants over Niners
   Week 5 NFL Upset of the Week (1-3)  Seahawks over Bengals

--I can't believe the Blue Jays had Cito Gaston throw out the first pitch before Game 1 of the ALDS. As Sportscage baseball insider Craig Slater texted to me "Wasn't Mitch Williams available?". There's nothing wrong with Gaston throwing it out, but I might have gone with Joe Carter. Here's hoping Roy Halladay gets a chance to throw out a first pitch before this run is over.

--Game 1 of the ALDS was a disaster, but the Blue Jays perhaps asked for that disaster to happen. The decision by John Gibbons to shut down David Price early to get him ready for the playoffs causing him to get extra rest was a move many including myself questioned when he did, and it is a move that backfired. As Gregg Zaun and others so quickly pointed out, Price was not in rhythm after having extended time off the mound. He was not as sharp and Texas capitalized. It didn't help Toronto that Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista both left to injury, but reports are both should be back for what really is a must win Game 2. The pressure is on Marcus Stroman to even this series. It will be the biggest start of his young career. 

--Back to the Cubs and I never ever imagined at the start of the year this team would be close to winning 100 games and be a playoff squad. I knew Joe Maddon would get that young team going, but I saw the progression to the playoffs start in 2016 and I never, ever thought Jake Arrieta would be the best pitcher in baseball. Since August 1, he is 12-0 with an ERA of 0.37. Some of the all-time greats have never done that! I simply can't wait to see them battle the Cardinals and then hopefully the Dodgers or Mets in the National League Championship Series.

--The Hallowe'en whopper with a black bun? Uhhhhhhhh no! 

--That's all I got. Stuff yourself on turkey and have a great Thanksgiving long weekend! Start some Christmas shopping. Yeah right!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Week 5 NFL Capsules


JJ Watt and the Houston Texans have a date against the Indianapolis Colts to start Week 5 of the NFL season. For a complete look at that game and the rest of the matchups this weekend, all you have to do is click here

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Opening Night NHL Rosters

The quest for hockey's holy grail begins tonight as the puck drops on another season of the National Hockey League. The list of opening night rosters has been released by the league, so courtesy of NHLMedia, here you go.

Following are NHL club rosters, as of 10 a.m., Eastern time today. Some players who recently have agreed to terms with their respective clubs but whose contracts had not yet been approved by the League are not included. The 2015-16 regular season begins tonight with four games.

Anaheim Ducks

Frederik Andersen, Kevin Bieksa, Andrew Cogliano, Simon Despres, Cam Fowler, Ryan Getzlaf, Carl Hagelin, Shawn Horcoff, Tim Jackman, Ryan Kesler, Anton Khudobin, Hampus Lindholm, Josh Manson, Patrick Maroon, Corey Perry, Rickard Rakell, Mike Santorelli, Jiri Sekac, Jakob Silfverberg, Chris Stewart, Clayton Stoner, Sami Vatanen, Chris Wagner.

Injured: Kenton Helgesen, Nate Thompson.

Arizona Coyotes

Mikkel Boedker, Kyle Chipchura, Klas Dahlbeck, Shane Doan, Max Domi, Steve Downie, Anthony Duclair, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Stefan Elliott, Boyd Gordon, Nicklas Grossmann, Martin Hanzal, Anders Lindback, Jordan Martinook, Zbynek Michalek, Connor Murphy, Brad Richardson, Tobias Rieder, John Scott, Mike Smith, Michael Stone, Antoine Vermette, Joe Vitale.

Injured: Tyler Gaudet, Chris Pronger, Dylan Reese.

Boston Bruins

Matt Beleskey, Patrice Bergeron, Brett Connolly, Loui Eriksson, Jonas Gustafsson, Jimmy Hayes, Matt Irwin, Chris Kelly, Joonas Kemppainen, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, David Pastrnak, Tyler Randell, Tuukka Rask, Zac Rinaldo, Ryan Spooner, Maxime Talbot, Zach Trotman.

Injured: Zdeno Chara, Seth Griffith, Dennis Seidenberg.

Buffalo Sabres

Carlo Colaiacovo, Nicolas Deslauriers, Matt Donovan, Jack Eichel, Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno, Cody Franson, Brian Gionta, Zemgus Girgensons, Chad Johnson, Evander Kane, Johan Larsson, David Legwand, Robin Lehner, Jake McCabe, Jamie McGinn, Matt Moulson, Ryan O'Reilly, Mark Pysyk, Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen, Mike Weber.

Injured: Zach Bogosian, Josh Gorges, Brendan Guhle, Cody McCormick, Bobby Sanguinetti, Linus Ullmark.

Calgary Flames

Mikael Backlund, Sam Bennett, Brandon Bollig, Lance Bouma, Deryk Engelland, Micheal Ferland, Michael Frolik, Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, Jonas Hiller, Jiri Hudler, David Jones, Josh Jooris, Brett Kulak, Sean Monahan, Joni Ortio, Karri Ramo, Mason Raymond, Kris Russell, Matt Stajan, Dennis Wideman.

Injured: TJ Brodie, Joe Colborne, Ryan Culkin, Ladislav Smid.

Carolina Hurricanes

Justin Faulk, Nathan Gerbe, Ron Hainsey, Noah Hanifin, Michal Jordan, Eddie Lack, John-Michael Liles, Elias Lindholm, Brad Malone, Jay McClement, Ryan Murphy, Riley Nash, Andrej Nestrasil, Joakim Nordstrom, Victor Rask, Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Chris Terry, Kris Versteeg, Cam Ward, James Wisniewski.

Injured: None.

Chicago Blackhawks

Artem Anisimov, Kyle Baun, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Trevor Daley, Scott Darling, Andrew Desjardins, Ryan Garbutt, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Marcus Kruger, Artemi Panarin, Ville Pokka, David Rundblad, Brent Seabrook, Andrew Shaw, Teuvo Teravainen, Viktor Tikhonov, Jonathan Toews, Trevor Van Riemsdyk.

Injured: Phillip Danault, Michal Rozsival.

Colorado Avalanche

Tyson Barrie, Francois Beauchemin, Reto Berra, Blake Comeau, Matt Duchene, Brandon Gormley, Mikhail Grigorenko, Nate Guenin, Nick Holden, Jarome Iginla, Erik Johnson, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, Cody McLeod, John Mitchell, Mikko Rantanen, Borna Rendulic, Carl Soderberg, Brad Stuart, Alex Tanguay, Semyon Varlamov, Nikita Zadorov.

Injured: Gabriel Beaupre, Jesse Winchester.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Cam Atkinson, Sergei Bobrovsky, Jared Boll, Rene Bourque, Matt Calvert, Gregory Campbell, David Clarkson, Kevin Connauton, Brandon Dubinsky, Nick Foligno, Cody Goloubef, Scott Hartnell, Boone Jenner, Ryan Johansen, Jack Johnson, William Karlsson, Curtis McElhinney, Ryan Murray, Dalton Prout, Brandon Saad, David Savard, Fedor Tyutin, Alexander Wennberg.

Injured: Josh Anderson, Daniel Zaar.

Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn, Jordie Benn, Jason Demers, Cody Eakin, Patrick Eaves, Vernon Fiddler, Alex Goligoski, Ales Hemsky, Mattias Janmark, Jyrki Jokipakka, John Klingberg, Kari Lehtonen, Travis Moen, Patrik Nemeth, Valeri Nichushkin, Antti Niemi, Johnny Oduya, Jamie Oleksiak, Antoine Roussel, Colton Sceviour, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Sharp, Jason Spezza.

Injured: Jack Campbell, Brett Ritchie.

Detroit Red Wings

Justin Abdelkader, Joakim Andersson, Daniel Cleary, Jonathan Eriksson, Landon Ferraro, Johan Franzen, Lucas Glendening, Mike Green, Jimmy Howard, Tomas Jurco, Niklas Kronwall, Dylan Larkin, Drew Miller, Petr Mrazek, Gustav Nyquist, Xavier Ouellet, Teemu Pulkkinen, Kyle Quincey, Brad Richards, Riley Sheahan, Brendan Smith, Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg.

Injured: Pavel Datsyuk, Danny DeKeyser, Darren Helm, Jakub Kindl, Alexei Marchenko.

Edmonton Oilers

Brandon Davidson, Mark Fayne, Andrew Ference, Luke Gazdic, Eric Gryba, Taylor Hall, Matt Hendricks, Oscar Klefbom, Rob Klinkhammer, Lauri Korpikoski, Anton Lander, Mark Letestu, Connor McDavid, Anders Nilsson, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Benoit Pouliot, Teddy Purcell, Griffin Reinhart, Justin Schultz, Andrej Sekera, Anton Slepyshev, Cam Talbot, Nail Yakupov.

Injured: Jordan Eberle, Martin Gernat, Dillon Simpson.

Florida Panthers

Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Dave Bolland, Connor Brickley, Brian Campbell, Aaron Ekblad, Erik Gudbranson, Quinton Howden, Jonathan Huberdeau, Jaromir Jagr, Jussi Jokinen, Steven Kampfer, Dmitry Kulikov, Roberto Luongo, Derek MacKenzie, Willie Mitchell, Al Montoya, Dylan Olsen, Alex Petrovic, Brandon Pirri, Reilly Smith, Shawn Thornton, Vincent Trocheck.

Injured: Rocco Grimaldi, Steven Hodges, Marc Savard.

Los Angeles Kings

Andy Andreoff, Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Drew Doughty, Christian Ehrhoff, Jhonas Enroth, Derek Forbort, Marian Gaborik, Matt Greene, Anze Kopitar, Trevor Lewis, Milan Lucic, Alec Martinez, Brayden McNabb, Jake Muzzin, Jordan Nolan, Tanner Pearson, Jonathan Quick, Jeff Schultz, Nick Shore, Tyler Toffoli, Jordan Weal.

Injured: Dwight King, Joel Lowry.

Minnesota Wild

Niklas Backstrom, Jonas Brodin, Ryan Carter, Charlie Coyle, Devan Dubnyk, Matt Dumba, Christian Folin, Mikael Granlund, Tyler Graovac, Erik Haula, Mikko Koivu, Darcy Kuemper, Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Jason Pominville, Chris Porter, Nate Prosser, Marco Scandella, Jordan Schroeder, Jared Spurgeon, Ryan Suter, Thomas Vanek, Jason Zucker.

Injured: Grayson Downing, Justin Fontaine.

Montreal Canadiens

Nathan Beaulieu, Paul Byron, Mike Condon, David Desharnais, Lars Eller, Alexei Emelin, Tomas Fleischmann, Brian Flynn, Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Tom Gilbert, Andrei Markov, Torrey Mitchell, Max Pacioretty, Greg Pateryn, Jeff Petry, Tomas Plekanec, Carey Price, Alexander Semin, Devante Smith-Pelly, P.K. Subban, Jarred Tinordi, Dale Weise.

Injured: Michael Bournival.

Nashville Predators

Viktor Arvidsson, Victor Bartley, Anthony Bitetto, Gabriel Bourque, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Mike Fisher, Filip Forsberg, Paul Gaustad, Cody Hodgson, Carter Hutton, Barret Jackman, Calle Jarnkrok, Seth Jones, Roman Josi, James Neal, Eric Nystrom, Mike Ribeiro, Pekka Rinne, Craig Smith, Austin Watson, Shea Weber, Colin Wilson.

Injured: None.

New Jersey Devils

Reid Boucher, Mike Cammalleri, Eric Gelinas, Stephen Gionta, Andy Greene, Adam Henrique, Jacob Josefson, Sergey Kalinin, Keith Kinkaid, Adam Larsson, Stefan Matteau, Jon Merrill, John Moore, Brian O'Neill, Kyle Palmieri, Tuomo Ruutu, David Schlemko, Cory Schneider, Damon Severson, Lee Stempniak, Jiri Tlusty, Jordin Tootoo, Travis Zajac.

Injured: Ryane Clowe, Patrik Elias.

New York Islanders

Josh Bailey, Steve Bernier, Jean-Francois Berube, Johnny Boychuk, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Mikhail Grabovski, Thomas Greiss, Jaroslav Halak, Travis Hamonic, Nikolay Kulemin, Nick Leddy, Anders Lee, Matt Martin, Brock Nelson, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Ryan Pulock, Brian Strait, Ryan Strome, John Tavares, Marek Zidlicky.

Injured: Thomas Hickey.

New York Rangers

Dan Boyle, Derick Brassard, Emerson Etem, Jesper Fast, Dan Girardi, Tanner Glass, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Klein, Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Rick Nash, Antti Raanta, Marc Staal, Viktor Stalberg, Derek Stepan, Jarret Stoll, Keith Yandle, Mats Zuccarello.

Injured: Cedrick Desjardins, Matt Lindblad, Mackenzie Skapski, Nick Tarnasky.

Ottawa Senators

Craig Anderson, Mark Borowiecki, Cody Ceci, Alex Chiasson, Jared Cowen, Mike Hoffman, Erik Karlsson, Curtis Lazar, Clarke MacArthur, Marc Methot, Milan Michalek, Chris Neil, Matt O'Connor, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Shane Prince, Matt Puempel, Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith, Mark Stone, Kyle Turris, Chris Wideman, Patrick Wiercioch, Mika Zibanejad.

Injured: Andrew Hammond, Chris Phillips, Buddy Robinson, Michael Sdao.

Philadelphia Flyers

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Sean Couturier, Michael Del Zotto, Sam Gagner, Claude Giroux, Radko Gudas, Scott Laughton, Vincent Lecavalier, Brandon Manning, Steve Mason, Evgeny Medvedev, Michal Neuvirth, Michael Raffl, Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, Luke Schenn, Nick Schultz, Wayne Simmonds, Mark Streit, R.J. Umberger, Chris Vande Velde, Jakub Voracek, Ryan White.

Injured: Christian Marti.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Beau Bennett, Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening, Ian Cole, Sidney Crosby, Matt Cullen, Brian Dumoulin, Tim Erixon, Bobby Farnham, Marc-Andre Fleury, Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, Ben Lovejoy, Evgeni Malkin, David Perron, Sergei Plotnikov, Rob Scuderi, Daniel Sprong, Oskar Sundqvist, Jeff Zatkoff.

Injured: Pascal Dupuis, Eric Fehr, Tom Kuhnhackl.

St. Louis Blues

Jake Allen, David Backes, Robert Bortuzzo, Jay Bouwmeester, Kyle Brodziak, Troy Brouwer, Joel Edmundson, Brian Elliott, Robby Fabbri, Carl Gunnarsson, Dmitrij Jaskin, Jori Lehtera, Steve Ott, Colton Parayko, Alex Pietrangelo, Ryan Reaves, Jaden Schwartz, Kevin Shattenkirk, Paul Stastny, Alex Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Scottie Upshall.

Injured: Patrik Berglund.

San Jose Sharks

Justin Braun, Mike Brown, Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Dylan DeMelo, Brenden Dillon, Joonas Donskoi, Barclay Goodrow, Tomas Hertl, Martin Jones, Patrick Marleau, Paul Martin, Matt Nieto, Joe Pavelski, Ben Smith, Alex Stalock, Matt Tennyson, Joe Thornton, Chris Tierney, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Joel Ward, Tommy Wingels.

Injured: None.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Ben Bishop, Brian Boyle, J.T. Brown, Ryan Callahan, Matt Carle, Braydon Coburn, Erik Condra, Jonathan Drouin, Adam Erne, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Garrison, Victor Hedman, Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, Slater Koekkoek, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Nikita Nesterov, Ondrej Palat, Kevin Poulin, Steven Stamkos, Anton Stralman, Andrej Sustr.

Injured: Mattias Ohlund, Cedric Paquette, Andrey Vasilevskiy.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Mark Arcobello, Jonathan Bernier, Brad Boyes, Tyler Bozak, Frank Corrado, Jake Gardiner, Michael Grabner, Peter Holland, Matt Hunwick, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov, Joffrey Lupul, Martin Marincin, Shawn Matthias, Richard Panik, PA Parenteau, Dion Phaneuf, Roman Polak, James Reimer, Morgan Rielly, Nick Spaling, James Van Riemsdyk, Daniel Winnik.

Injured: Petter Granberg, Nathan Horton, Stephane Robidas.

Vancouver Canucks

Sven Baertschi, Matt Bartkowski, Alex Burrows, Adam Cracknell, Derek Dorsett, Alexander Edler, Dan Hamhuis, Jannik Hansen, Bo Horvat, Ben Hutton, Jacob Markstrom, Jared McCann, Ryan Miller, Brandon Prust, Luca Sbisa, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Brandon Sutter, Chris Tanev, Jake Virtanen, Radim Vrbata, Yannick Weber.

Injured: Chris Higgins.

Washington Capitals

Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Jason Chimera, Taylor Chorney, Sean Collins, Stanislav Galiev, Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brooks Laich, Michael Latta, Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov, T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Nate Schmidt, Justin Williams, Tom Wilson.

Injured: Nicklas Backstrom, Chris Brown, Brooks Orpik.

Winnipeg Jets

Alexander Burmistrov, Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Chiarot, Andrew Copp, Nikolaj Ehlers, Toby Enstrom, Michael Hutchinson, Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Adam Lowry, Tyler Myers, Adam Pardy, Ondrej Pavelec, Anthony Peluso, Mathieu Perreault, Nicolas Petan, Paul Postma, Mark Scheifele, Drew Stafford, Mark Stuart, Chris Thorburn, Jacob Trouba, Blake Wheeler.

Injured: Grant Clitsome.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Devils to Retire Brodeur's 30 in February

The New Jersey Devils announced today that the team will retire goaltending legend Martin Brodeur’s No. 30 jersey with a special pre-game ceremony, presented by Prudential, on Tuesday, February 9 at Prudential Center when the Devils host the Edmonton Oilers. The ceremony will be the highlight of an ongoing tribute to the Devils great and the culmination of a four-day celebration with Brodeur, starting February 6.

“I am humbled and honored to have this opportunity with the organization that drafted me over 20 years ago, and thrilled to share this moment with fans who have become like family,” said Brodeur, who was in Newark for the announcement.

Brodeur will be the fourth player in Devils franchise history to have his number retired, joining No. 4 Scott Stevens (2006), No. 3 Ken Daneyko (2006) and No. 27 Scott Niedermayer (2011).

“Marty is one of the greatest players in the history of the game and it will be a proud moment for the franchise when his No. 30 jersey takes its rightful place in Prudential Center’s rafters,” said Josh Harris, co-owner of Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils. “His championship character, legendary work ethic and pride for New Jersey embodied the team for 20 season and we look forward to honoring his incredible career in February with our fans.”

Devils Season Ticket Members and Flex Members will have the opportunity to purchase up to four additional tickets to the February 9 game starting today, and a limited number of single-game tickets will go on sale to the public at a later date.

Presenting partner Prudential will honor Brodeur with a feature from its popular “Chapter 2” campaign and collaborate with the Devils to provide replica retirement banners at the February 9 game for all fans in attendance.

“We are delighted to join in paying tribute to Marty, a leader both on and off the ice,” said Mark Grier, Vice Chairman at Prudential. “This recognition of his outstanding performance and commitment to excellence is another proud moment in our ongoing partnership with Prudential Center and with the Devils.”

At today’s press conference, the Devils unveiled the official “Martin Brodeur Jersey Retirement” logo that will be used in conjunction with the celebration, including for special merchandise, which will be available at the Devils Den Team Store and later this season.

The team also announced plans to commission a statue in Brodeur’s honor that will be dedicated during the celebration weekend. The Devils are working with renowned sculptor Jon Krawczyk, who designed the hockey figure that currently sits on Championship Plaza outside of Prudential Center, on the design of the Brodeur sculpture. The Devils will hold a contest later in the season to give five fans the opportunity to use the statue as a time capsule by submitting a personal memento that will be enclosed in the sculpture.

The celebration weekend before the retirement ceremony will take place Saturday, February 6 through Tuesday, February 9 and feature special events each day with Brodeur. Additional details about each event will be announced at a later date at and on Twitter @NHLDevils using #MB30.

Arguably the greatest goaltender to ever play in the NHL, Brodeur’s legendary career began at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft when the Devils selected him with the 20th overall pick. Over 20 seasons in New Jersey, Brodeur helped lead the Devils to three Stanley Cup championships, in 1995, 2000 and 2003, five Eastern Conference titles, and a total of 17 playoff appearances. Brodeur was one of five players to be part of all three Devils championships, along with Daneyko, Stevens, Niedermayer and Sergei Brylin.

During his Devils career, Brodeur was named to the 1994 All-Rookie Team and won the Calder Memorial Trophy for the league’s top first year player; he won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender four times; he was awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy for fewest team goals against five times; and was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team twice and Second All-Star Team four times, appearing in a total of 10 NHL All-Star Games.

Beyond trophies, Brodeur’s name is etched throughout the NHL’s record book and currently sits atop numerous categories, including: regular season wins (691), single season wins (48, ’06-‘07), overtime wins (69), games played (1,266), games played with a single team (1,260), regular season shutouts (125), playoff shutouts (24), minutes played (74,083), 40-win seasons (8), 30-win seasons (13), shutouts in a playoff campaign (7, ‘03), shutouts in a Stanley Cup final (tie: 3, ‘03), points and assists in a playoff campaign (4, ’12), youngest goalie to reach 300, 400 and 500 career wins, and only goalie to reach 600 career wins. He is also the only NHL goalie to score a game-winning goal and holds the record for most career goals by a goaltender with three.

Internationally, Brodeur has competed for Team Canada in three Olympic Games, winning Gold in 2002 and 2010. In 2002, Brodeur went undefeated after relieving Curtis Joseph, including blocking 31 of 33 shots by Team USA in the Gold Medal game to win 5-2. In IIHF World Championships, Brodeur led Team Canada to Silver in 1996 and 2005, while leading his countrymen to the championship title in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Brodeur retired from professional hockey on January 29, 2015 after a six-game tenure with the St. Louis Blues. Following his retirement, Brodeur joined the Blues’ front office and currently serves as Assistant General Manager.

(NJ Devils)

Week 15 CFL Stars of the Week


With the CFL abandoning its "stars of the week" this year, I present to you as I have all year, the Week 15 CFL stars of the week. 


The rookie quarterback made quite the impression in his 2nd career start as he threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns while catching another in the Lions rout over the Riders 


The BC defensive lineman was in the Riders backfield all night making life miserable for Kevin Glenn and Brett Smith. He had two quarterback sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble in the victory over Saskatchewan. 


On a record setting night for Henry Burris, Sinopoli had a huge night in the win over Montreal as he caught 7 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. 


Whyte's 3rd and last FG of the game was a 51 yarder to sink the Bombers. He also had 9 punts for a 41 yard average while converting the Eskimos lone touchdown,

Monday, October 5, 2015

MLB First Round Playoff Schedule Released

Major League Baseball on Monday announced the start times for Division Series games through Sunday. FS1 and MLB Network will exclusively televise all American League Division Series games, while TBS will exclusively telecast all National League Division Series games. All postseason games will be telecast in Canada by Sportsnet.

The AL East-champion Toronto Blue Jays will host the AL West-champion Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the AL Division Series at Rogers Centre on Thursday at either 3:37 p.m. ET or 4:07 p.m. ET, depending on the winner of the AL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser. Later that evening, at either 7:37 p.m. ET/6:37 p.m. CT or 8:07 p.m. ET/7:07 p.m. CT, the AL Central-champion Kansas City Royals will host the winner of the AL Wild Card Game (either the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees) in Game 1 of the ALDS at Kauffman Stadium. Both of Thursday's games will be exclusively televised by FS1.

On Friday, the Eastern start times of the full slate of four Division Series games will be 12:45 p.m. (TEX @ TOR, Game 2 on MLB Network); 3:45 p.m. (AL Wild Card Game winner @ KC on FS1); 6:45 p.m. (NL Wild Card Game winner @ STL on TBS); and 9:45 p.m. (NYM @ LAD on TBS). The first of Saturday's pair of contests -- each an NLDS Game 2 -- will get underway at 5:37 p.m. (ET)/4:37 p.m. (CT) in St. Louis, where the Cardinals will host the NL Wild Card Game winner, on TBS. The Dodgers will then host the Mets with a 9:07 p.m. ET/6:07 p.m. PT start on TBS. The first of Sunday's pair of contests -- each an ALDS Game 3 -- will begin at 4:10 p.m. ET, featuring the Royals at either Houston or New York and shown on MLB Network. The Rangers will then host the Blue Jays at 8:10 p.m. ET/7:10 p.m. CT on FS1.

ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2015 MLB Postseason games, including the Wild Card Games presented by Budweiser.