Thompson Sports News Archives for 2022-02

Manitoba junior hockey player suspended for alleged racist gesture

 

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has suspended Dauphin Kings defenceman Klim Georgiev a minimum of 18 games for making what appeared to be a racist gesture during a game.

 

The MJHL said the gesture was directed at an Indigenous player following a game between Dauphin and the Waywayseecappo Wolverines last Saturday.

 

Georgiev made raised his stick and made what appeared to be a bow-and-arrow gesture after the final buzzer.

 

The league said Georgiev will sit out a minimum of 11 regular-season games and seven playoff games, subject to the completion of a reconciliation process, the league said.

 

Georgiev has since apologized to the player and the Wolverines organization.

 

The MJHL said that apology has been accepted, and that Georgiev is undergoing anti-racism and cultural sensitivity training.

 

Russia to no longer host Champions League final

 

The Associated Press has learned that UEFA will no longer stage the Champions League final in St. Petersburg after Russia attacked Ukraine.

 

An extraordinary meeting of the UEFA executive committee will be held on Friday to discuss the geopolitical crisis and a person with knowledge of the process says officials are set to confirm taking the May 28 showpiece game out of Russia.

 

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private talks.

Leafs prospect Amirov undergoing treatment in Germany for brain tumour

 

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Rodion Amirov has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

 

Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said in a statement Wednesday that Amirov is undergoing treatment in Germany and will not return for the remainder of the season.

 

Amirov started the season with Salavat Ufa of the Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League, but suffered an injury to open the season.

 

Dubas said Amrirov developed unrelated symptoms over the course of his recovery that required “ongoing extensive investigations.”

 

The Maple Leafs selected Amirov with the 15th pick of the 2020 NHL draft.

 

“Our medical staff has been involved throughout the process alongside Ufa's and we are in direct contact with the facility on an ongoing basis to monitor his treatment and care,” Dubas said.

 

MB AAA U18 All Star Teams

THE MANITOBA TRIPLE A U-18 HOCKEY LEAGUE NAMED THEIR ALL STAR TEAMS.  TWO NORMAN NORTHSTARS WERE HONOURED WITH SELECTIONS. DEFENCEMAN CHEECHOO LATHLIN WAS NAMED TO THE FIRST ALL STAR TEAM.  LATHLIN WAS THIRD IN LEAGUE SCORING FOR DEFENCEMAN WITH 45 POINTS IN 34 GAMES.

 

BRADY KRENTZ EARNED A SPOT ON THE SECOND ALL STAR TEAM WITH A TEAM LEADING 64 POINTS INCLUDING 5 GAME WINNING GOALS.

 

THE REGULAR SEASON WRAPS UP TONIGHT IN BRANDON WHEN THE WHEAT KINGS HOST THE WINNIPEG WILD.

Vancouver Whitecaps extend starting goalkeeper Thomas Hasal through 2023

 

The Vancouver Whitecaps have locked up their No. 1 goalkeeper, signing Thomas Hasal to an extension through 2023.

 

The deal, announced Tuesday, also includes club options for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.

 

Hasal, 22, was elevated to the starting 'keeper position in January when the 'Caps dealt star netminder Maxime Crepeau to Los Angeles FC for general allocation money and draft picks.

 

Sporting director Axel Schuster said Crepeau requested a trade, citing a “very special personal situation.”

 

Schuster said in a statement Tuesday that Hasal has shown he has the ability to “become one of Canada's best goalkeepers” and the club looks forward to him making the most of his new opportunity.

 

The homegrown talent has logged 17 appearances for the 'Caps across all competitions last season, posting a 2-2-3 record over seven MLS starts.

The 52nd Annual Munn Cup Wraps Up

Another Munn Cup tournament is in the books.

Seven teams took part in the 52nd annual event that started Friday.   

This year’s winners of the Munn Cup are the Thompson King Miners who shut out The Pas Huskies 4-0 in Sunday’s final.

And the second Thompson King Miners team took on Teulon for the Crockett Cup in a close game that saw the King Miners take the win with a score of 4-3.

Congratulations to the players, coaches and organizers on another successful Munn Cup.

Canadian speedskater Laurent Dubreuil wins silver in men's 1,000 metres in Beijing

 

After just missing the Olympic podium in his signature event, Canadian speedskater Laurent Dubreuil earned a silver medal in a race that wasn't his specialty.

 

An elated Dubreuil shook his head at finishing second in the 1,000 metres Friday at Beijing's Ice Ribbon oval.

 

Six days earlier, he'd fallen short of a medal by three hundredths of a second in the 500 and finished fourth. Dubreuil is the reigning world champion in that race.

 

“It's crazy to win a medal in the 1,000 and not in the 500. That's not what I would have bet on,” he said. “As much as it was disappointing and a letdown six days ago, this is incredible and a huge surprise for me,

 

“I knew I could do it. My mindset was just go out there skate light, free and create a surprise. I didn't quite win, but it feels like a win for me.”

 

The 29-year-old from Levis, Que posted a time of one minute 8.32 seconds.

 

 

Canada calls up Zachary Brault-Guillard for World Cup qualifier in El Salvador

Canada has called up defender Zachary Brault-Guillard ahead of its World Cup qualifier in El Salvador.

The Canadian men will be without centre back Steven Vitoria, who picked up a second yellow card in Sunday's 2-0 win over the U.S., for the last of three games in the FIFA international window.

Samuel Piette limped out of last week's victory in Honduras and fellow midfielder Stephen Eustaquio missed both the Honduras and U.S. games in the international window after Portuguese reports he had tested positive for COVID.

Brault-Guillard left CF Montreal's pre-season camp in Florida to join the Canadian men in San Salvador.

The 23-year-old from Montreal has won five caps for Canada, making his debut in October 2018, against Dominica in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying match.

The Canadian team was scheduled to fly to El Salvador on Tuesday.

Indigenous-led bid to bring 2030 Games to Vancouver and Whistler takes next step

VANCOUVER - An Indigenous-led partnership has taken the next step in exploring a potential bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

The agreement announced Tuesday between four First Nations, the City of Vancouver, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, The Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee will include a feasibility assessment and initial concept development to bring the Games back to the Vancouver area.

Vancouver and Whistler hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010.

The COC said in a release that it is fully funding the key technical work and local engagement required to complete the feasibility assessment.

Officials from the Lilwat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, along with the mayors of Vancouver and Whistler, started the process on Dec. 10 when they announced their partnership to explore a 2030 bid.

A full assessment will follow the feasibility and initial assessment stage. A decision on whether to submit a formal bid to the International Olympic Committee is expected in the fall.

Three members of Canadian team in Beijing in COVID-19 protocol

BEIJING - The Canadian Olympic Committee says three members of the Canadian team in Beijing are in COVID-19 protocols.

The 414-member Canadian delegation includes athletes, coaches and team staff.

In a statement, the C-O-C says the trio of Canadians are impeded in  “their ability to fulfil their role at Games.”

The C-O-C says it is managing each one on a case-by-case basis, adding part of their strategy was to arrive early to allow time for confirmation testing and, if necessary, for the medical expert panel process to unfold.

Last Friday the C-O-C announced that five members of the delegation were in protocol.

The organization won't name Canadians in protocol unless an athlete who is unable to compete because of a positive test wants that information public.

Athletes who tests positive in China must produce two negative tests 24 hours apart to be released from isolation.

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