#Canada; #helicopterCrash; DeathofKobeBryant; 18TimeNBAStar; #KobeBryant; #Basketball
Toronto, Jan 26 (Canadian-Media): The death of Kobe Bryant, an 18-time NBA all-star in a helicopter crash is being mourned by Canada's basketball players, media reports said.
An 18-time NBA all-star, Bryant had was the proud winner of five championships during a 20-year career with the Lakers and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation.
Bryant's death on Sunday was mourned by the worlds of sports and entertainment with observation of a moment of silence at a pre-broadcast portion of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
A photo of a custom-made leather jacket Bryant had worn to the 2016 NBA all-star game in Toronto was posted by Canadian rapper Drake to honour Bryant. with the caption on Drake's Instagram post reading “It can't be.”
“You can tell there's an emptiness now here in this building, it's surreal,” Raptors broadcaster Matt Devlin said on the pre-game broadcast.
“It's obviously very difficult (to play),” said Canadian TV commentator Leo Rautins. “If anything you embody yourself in a Kobe Bryant spirit...A lot of players are devastated, he's had a tremendous impact on a lot of the young generation of the NBA, you talk about his peers, he's got so much respect from everybody.”
#IRCC; #OathOfCitizenship; #OttawaSenatorsHockeyClub; #Hockey; #CalgaryFlames, #CitizenshipCeremony;
Ottawa, Jan 19 (Canadian-Media): Oath of citizenship was taken by 20 families from 20 countries Saturday Jan 18 in a special citizenship ceremony -- an important step in the immigration and settlement process for newcomers to Canada -- organized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in partnership with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, ahead of the hockey game between the Senators and the visiting Calgary Flames, media reports said.
Ottawa Senators Citizenship Ceremony/Facebook
Being delighted to once again partner with the Ottawa Senators for this special citizenship ceremony, Marco E.L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said Hockey is an integral part of Canadian culture, in bringing people together and creating a sense of community and added,
"I encourage all Canadians to demonstrate active citizenship by seeking out opportunities to support and enrich their community.”
Following this special ceremony, the game was opened by the new citizens with the singing of the national anthem, accompanied by the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Ismail Ayyoub, who became a Canadian citizen a year ago at a similar special ceremony with the Ottawa Senators attended the ceremony as a special guest.
In the past year, Ismail has excelled in the sport of wrestling, and had brought home the gold medal for Canada at the Pan American Games in Mexico.
As a true personification of an active citizen of Canada, Ismail mentors younger wrestlers and encourages others to get involved in their communities.
“I really enjoy coaching and mentoring younger wrestlers...I’m fortunate to be able to travel around the world and be exposed to new styles of wrestling...to bring back to my fellow teammates, so we can grow together. To know that I’m helping others the way people have helped me is an amazing feeling,” said Ismail Ayyoub, new Canadian and Pan American Games champion.
#2020WorldJuniorHockeyChampionships; #CanadaWinsGold; #CanadaDefeatsRussia
Czech Republic (Russia), Jan 5 (Canadian-Media): In one of the tightest gold medal games in recent history, Canada captured the gold medal in the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championships on Sunday with a 4-3 comeback victory over Russia at Ostravar Arena in the Czech Republic, media reports said.
Canada beats Russia in world juniors hockey tournament
Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas scored the game-winning goal and it's the country's record 18th title overall.
Sweden's Samuel Fagemo (Kings) finished with the event's leading score with 13 points (eight goals and five assists).
The 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships is scheduled to take place in Alberta, Canada, with the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer serving as the host locations. Play begins Dec. 26, 2020.
#TorontoRaptors; #KyleLowry; #EasternConferencePlayerOfTheWeek;
Toronto, Dec 23 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, the five-time NBA all-star, has been named the NBA's Eastern Conference player of the week, for the sixth time, after scoring 20 in the 4th quarter and a game-high 32 to lead Toronto all the way back after being down to Dallas by as many as 30 points, media reports said.
Last Wednesday in Detroit Lowry was able to get his franchise-best 13th career triple-double win.
Lowry is the second Raptor this year to be named an East player of the week. Pascal Siakam was second Raptors who won the title of East player of the week in the second week of November.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder was named West player of the week.
Toronto, Dec 12 (Canadian-Media): Kawhi Leonard was given a standing ovation from the Toronto crowd when he received a championship ring, largest-ever NBA championship ring, with more than 640 diamonds from the raptors in a pre-game ceremony on Wednesday in Toronto, as being the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the 2019 NBA Finals, media reports said.
MVP is an annual honour which a given to a single player in a sports league at the end of a season, as voted by other players, sports writers, and fans.
Leonard, the first Finals MVP to play with another team the following year, had earlier signed with his hometown Clippers in the off-season.
"I'm going to be connected with Kawhi for life because of what we achieved last year," Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said prior to the game.
"It's always great to see guys get a ring, especially when they're on your team now," said Clippers coach Doc Rivers.
#MapleLeaf; #NazemKadri; #Toronto; #Colorado
Toronto, Dec 5 (Canadian-Media): Former Maple Leaf Nazem Kadri, who played 10 years in Toronto with the Maple Leafs before being traded to Colorado (United States) during this summer, received a standing ovation Wednesday on his return to Toronto, media reports said.
"I came close to shedding a tear," Kadri said. "I’m forever thankful for the fans embracing me and treating me so well."
Frederik Andersen, a Danish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League, now alone in fourth in NHL scoring with 44 points while the Colorado centre has goals in five straight games, and 12 points over that span.
Toronto responded just 1:50 later.
Overall, it’s hard to say which team was the winner. Both the teams got players that significantly helped their teams out.
Usually, the winner of the trade is the team that got the best player, so in this case, that means we should acknowledge Avalanche in this deal for bringing in Kadri.
#Winnipeg; #Manitoba; WinnipegBlueBombers; $GreyCup; #Hamilton's Ticats;
Winnipeg (MB), Nov 25 (Canadian-Media): Andrew Harris, 32, of Winnipeg Bombers, is the first Canadian to win Sunday night, some long-awaited Grey Cup by Winnipeg ending its 29-year championship drought, media reports said.
Harris earned his first Grey Cup in 2011 with B.C.
"That sounds good but the only trophy I want is the big silver one," said Harris, who upon signing with Winnipeg in 2016 made ending the city's Grey Cup drought his top priority. "It's surreal, it's amazing, it's a dream come true.
Winnipeg's Bombers, in blue uniforms, earned $16,000 apiece for the victory while Hamilton's Ticats players in black uniforms received $8,000 each.
Ticats suffered its 16th straight loss at McMahon Stadium, the previous 15 coming against the hometown Calgary Stampeders.
“Hats off to Winnipeg,” said linebacker Simoni Lawrence. “Winnipeg deserves the credit. They deserve to be champions right now. They played great football. Andrew Harris did a great job. Their O-line did a great job. They owned all three phases. That’s how you win the Grey Cup.”
“We just didn’t play like ourselves,” he continued. “They came out here and they executed better than us. And they played harder. That’s what happens.”
#Tennis; #DavisCupFinals; #CanadaHopesToReachQuqrterFinals; #UnitedStates, #Italy
Madrid, Nov 19 (Canadian-Media): Vasek Pospisil, late replacement for Felix Auger-Aliassime (ankle injury) against Italy, has given Canada a 1-0 lead in its best-of-three tie against the United States at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals, media reports said.
With 150th in the world rankings, Pospisil. beat world No. 36 Reilly Opelka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7) on Tuesday.
On Monday the 29-year-old Pospisil, from Vancouver, beat world No. 12 Fabio Fognini en route to Canada's 2-1 win over Italy.
Winning the tie over the Americans would guarantee Canada a spot in the quarterfinals.
Pospisil had reached a career-high No. 25 in the rankings in 2014 but following back surgery, he had to miss the first half of 2019 and his ranking dropped.
Pospisil is now 19-18 in Davis Cup play.
Canada's Denis Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., and Pospisil are scheduled to face Sam Querrey and Jack Sock in doubles.
Yesterday Shapovalov and Pospisil lost a three-set doubles match to Italy.
The winners of each of the six groups and the next two best teams are expected to advance to the quarterfinals
#CalgaryFlames; #CollapseOnIce; #MedicalEvaluation; #NationalHockeyLeague
Calgary (Alberta), Nov 14 (Canadian-Media): The Calgary Flames' TJ Brodie the defenceman had been taken to hospital for evaluation after collapsing on the ice during a practice at the Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, media reports said.
T J Brodie/Facebook
The Calgary Flames, a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.
Brodie unexpectedly fell on the ice and began convulsing and was stabilized by the athletic therapists who immediately came to check on him and transported him to a local hospital for evaluation.
Brodie, 29, who hails from Chatham, Ontario is in his ninth season with the Flames and has eight assists in 21 games this season.
#NHL; #DonCherry; #ImmigrantsNotWearingPoppies
Ottawa, Nov 13 (Canadian-Media): Don Cherry, the veteran sportscaster, regretted Tuesday his remarks on Monday about immigrants not wearing poppies that cost him his job, media reports said.
"You people ... you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that.
"These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price," Cherry was reported to say of immigrants during the Coach's Corner segment on Saturday.
Players across the National Hockey League (NHL) reacted to Cherry's remarks on Tuesday.
Cherry added that his many good deeds of the past have been overshadowed by his word choice.
Former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion in defence of Don Cherry, said, he’s not a racist” and that he “could have used some better words...He should have said all Canadians are not paying attention to Armistice Day or wearing the poppy. That’s what he should have said,” McCallion told Global News Radio AM640.