It's been four years since the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash. In 2018, the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus and a semi collided at a rural intersection near Tisdale, Sask, resulting in the deaths of 16 people on the bus - 10 players, the head coach and assistant coach, radio announcer, statistician, trainer and bus driver; 13 others were injured. In July, the truck driver was formally charged. A GoFundMe page for the victims and their families raised over $15 million, the largest ever in Canada, and was transferred to the new Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund.
The Dryden GM Ice Dogs released a statement yesterday regarding allegations of racism brought forward following a social media post last week after a playoff game between Dryden and the Fort Frances Lakers. The allegation, levied by a billet family in Fort Frances, accuses players from the Ice Dogs of using offensive racial slurs on the ice during games. The post also alleges that Ice Dogs players "like to purposely hurt other players on the ice" .As of yesterday the SIJHL has yet to comment on the allegations and it is unclear whether there will be further investigation.
The Ice Dogs are gearing up for the SIJHL semi-finals.They'll take on the Red Lake Miners on the road for the first two games of the best-of-five series starting tomorrow night.
A busy day for NorWOSSA playoffs yesterday. The Saint Thomas Aquinas Saints dominated in all court sports earning gold in Senior, and Junior Girls Volleyball, Senior Boys Basketball, and silver in Junior Boys Basketball. The girls took on the Rainy River Owls beating them in straight sets. The Junior Boys came up just short to the Atikokan Voyageurs by a score of 62-56. The Senior Boys outscored the Ignace Falcons 53-50.
The Beaver Brae Broncos junior boys basketball team traveled to Dryden to take part in the NorWOSSA AA Championships.
The Broncos entered the semifinal as the favourite over Sioux Lookout and did not disappoint with a 59-55 victory moving them into the Championship game.
In the final versus the Fort Frances Muskies, the Bronco boys struggled at times and came up short losing 39-29.
The Bronco Senior Boys also earned NorWOSSA silver after a tough game against the Dryden Eagles. Dryden took an early lead and prevailed 71-51 in the end to win gold.
The Toronto Maple Leafs blew a 5-1 lead in a 7-6 overtime loss to the Eastern Conference-leading Florida Panthers. Meanwhile, the Ottawa Senators struck three times in the third period in a 6-3 win over Montreal. Connor McDavid scored 31 seconds into overtime to extend his points streak to 14 games and the Edmonton Oilers rallied to beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 for their fifth straight win. Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals and the Colorado Avalanche clinched a playoff spot with a 6-4 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In the NHL tonight the Pacific Division-leading Calgary Flames are in Anaheim to take on the Ducks in N-H-L action tonight. Calgary enters the contest four points up on second-place Edmonton and five ahead of Los Angeles. Also tonight, the Winnipeg Jets will try to breathe some life into their fading playoff hopes when they host the Detroit Red Wings. The equally-desperate Vancouver Canucks, who are two points behind the Jets, visit the Vegas Golden Knights.
Brad Gushue continues to be Mr. Perfect at the world men's curling championship. Gushue's Canadian rink enters today's action in Las Vegas atop the standings with an unblemished 6-0 record. Canada meets Sweden this morning and Finland in the late draw.
Former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Doug Sutherland, a member of the Purple People Eaters, has died. He was 73.