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--Pats head coach John Paddock made it official Thursday afternoon. Max Paddock (pictured) will guard the goal when the host team meets the Hamilton Bulldogs in Game 1 of the Mastercard Memorial Cup. Hear it all with Phil Andrews starting with a special one-hour pre-game show starting at 7 with the puck drop at 8. It's finally here!
--Alex Killorn's 3rd period goal was the winner as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 to even the NHL East Final at two. The visiting team has won all four games.
--The Riders are heading to Humboldt. The team announced they would conduct a walk-through practice there on June 3. The team also announced they are dedicating their June 30th game at home against Montreal to the families and victims of the tragedy in what will be a HumboldtStrong game. Rider president and CEO Craig Reynolds says it will be a game for Rider Nation to wrap its arms around the people of Humboldt and others affected as the healing process continues.
--Nik Lewis, the Canadian Football League’s all-time leading receiver, hung up his cleats Thursday after 14 seasons in the CFL, including 11 with the Stampeders. Lewis holds the Red & White record with 165 consecutive games played with at least one catch and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in receiving in each of his first nine seasons. He was a CFL all-star three times as a member of the Stampeders and a West Division all-star on five occasions. He will be a member of the 620 CKRM game-day team as he will appear on pre-game shows with Michael Ball as tweeted by Ballsy on Thursday.
--The University of Saskatchewan has fired men's volleyball coach Brian Gavlas following reports he was aware of a sexual assault charge faced by a player when the team recruited the student athlete.
The university announced its decision on Thursday _ three days after player Matthew Meyer pleaded guilty to the charge in a Medicine Hat court. Meyer, who is from Prince Albert, also admitted to photographing the victim during the 2016 assault when he played with the Medicine Hat College Rattlers.
The university says Meyer was removed from the roster as soon as the conviction was brought to the attention of Huskie Athletics. He joined the University of Saskatchewan Huskies this season, playing in 14 games.
The university says the situation raised significant concerns as to how the player was allowed to become a Huskie athlete.