The star attraction at the Canadian Track and Field Championships 2023 failed to progress from the semi-finals in the men’s 100m at Langley’s McLeod Athletic Park in British Colombia. He was ninth fastest overall with a time of 10.21 seconds.
Aaron Brown won the final, claiming his fifth-straight national title, in a time of 10.08 seconds. Brendon Rodney was second in 10.12, with Bismark Boateng third in 10.17.
The event doubled as trials for the 2023 World Athletics Championships.
De Grasse, who medalled in each of his three sprint races at the Tokyo Olympics, is one of several big-name Canadians trying to secure their spots for August’s World Championships at the event. He missed last year’s Trials due to Covid.
The three-time world medallist has just recovered from a groin tightness that forced him to skip the Bauhaus-Galan in Stockholm.
De Grasse’s time in the 100m wasn’t enough to book his spot on the plane to Budapest in August. He is due to compete in the men’s 200m at the Canadian championships on Saturday, which will be his last chance to record a qualifying standard time for the worlds.
But it will not just be the races on the 28-year-old’s mind. The McLeod Athletic Park will mark another momentous occasion for the sprint star and his 4x100m teammates from Tokyo.
De Grasse, Aaron Brown, Jerome Blake and Brendon Rodney will be awarded their Olympic silver medals on Saturday (29 July) following the disqualification of Team Great Britain from the men’s 4x100m relay, for a positive doping test.
Another reigning Olympic champion, Damian Warner, missed the cut in the preliminary round of the men’s 400m. He’ll compete in the hurdles on Saturday.
How to watch the 2023 Canadian Track & Field Championships
The Canadian Track & Field Championships will be streamed live on AthleticsCanada.TV.
Schedule for the 2023 Canadian Track & Field Championships
27-30 July 2023 – selected track events schedule (All timings in Pacific standard time, UTC/GMT -7)
Track day 1- Thursday 27 July
- 09:55 – 400m men qualifying
- 10:55 -100m men qualifying
- 11:35 -100m women qualifying
- 16:35 – 800m men qualifying
- 17:05 – 800m women qualifying
- 20:50 – 5000m men final
- 21:10 – 5000m women final
Track day 2 – Friday 28 July
- 16:00 – 400m men semi-final
- 16:15 – 400m women semi-final
- 16:50 – 100m men semi-final
- 17:03 – 100m women semi-final
- 18:15 – 800m men semi-final
- 18:30 – women semi-final
- 19:45 – 100m men final
- 19:50 – 100m women final
Track day 3 – Saturday 29 July
- 16:05 200m men qualifying
- 16:50 200m women qualifying
- 4x100m men’s relay Olympic medal recognition ceremony
- 20:16 400m men final
- 20:21 400m women final
- 20:26 800m men final
- 20:34 800m women final
Track day 4 – Sunday 30 July
- 10:38 200m men semi-final
- 10:53 200m women semi-final
- 12:41 200m men final
- 12:48 200m women final
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Canadiens acquire Tanner Pearson, trade Casey DeSmith to Canucks
A third-round pick in 2025 also goes to Montreal in the deal completed Tuesday.
Pearson hasn’t played since suffering a broken hand last November during a game in Montreal.
Pearson, 31, had one goal and four assists in 14 games last season.
In 590 career games with the Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings, Pearson has 133 goals and 139 assists for 272 points.
The Kings picked the Barrie Colts product in the first round (30th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
Pearson is in the final year of a three-year contract with a cap hit of $3.25 million.
DeSmith, 32, has been with the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2017-18. He was acquired by the Canadians in a three-team deal also involving the San Jose Sharks last month.
DeSmith was 15-16-4 with a 3.17 goals-against average and .905 save percentage last season.
In 134 career games, the undrafted DeSmith is 58-44-15 with a 2.81 GAA and .912 save percentage.
DeSmith is on the final year of a two-year deal with a cap hit of $1.8 million.
Blue Jackets GM, president admit fault in Babcock debacle, reveal more red flags
Days after Mike Babcock was accused of inappropriate workplace conduct by podcast host Paul Bissonette — with the retired NHL player claiming Babcock was forcing players to airplay personal photos on television in his office — Columbus Blue Jackets management addressed the debacle in a tense press conference at Nationwide Arena.
“It’s on us. It’s on me…. Sometimes you flat-out make a mistake. We made a mistake,” said Blue Jackets president of hockey ops John Davidson, per Associated Press reporter Stephen Whyno.
“Maybe they were right,” Davidson said of people who were critical of Mike Babcock’s hiring in the first place.
Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen, meanwhile. said he apologized to Blue Jackets players this morning for hiring the embattled head coach.
“I believe that Mike Babcock deserved another opportunity to coach,” Kekalainen said. “Obviously that was a mistake and that responsibility’s mine.”
Still, even with the talk of accountability, Kekalainen detailed what should’ve been a red flag: Babcock apparently pulled the same phone stunt he was accused of pulling with his players on the 57-year-old executive.
GM Jarmo Kekalainen said Mike Babcock did the phone thing with him as well. “Personally I had no problem with it but I can see how it might put someone in an uncomfortable situation.”
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) September 18, 2023
But while Kekalainen stated he doesn’t believe there was any ill intent behind Babcock’s actions, he admitted that some of his players were not comfortable with his methods and that was concerning.
Blue Jackets majority owner John H. McConnell announced in a team-issued statement Monday morning that he does not anticipate further changes to the team’s leadership, erasing speculation that one or both of Kekalainen and Davidson would end up on the chopping block alongside Babcock.
“Additional disruptions would be detrimental to our players and coaches as they prepare for the opening of training camp in two days,” McConnell’s statement read.
To say this story escalated rapidly would be the understatement of the century. Initially, it seemed like it would die quickly after both Babcock and captain Boone Jenner released statements through the team on Wednesday morning refuting the Spittin’ Chiclets host’s version of events.
Both Columbus’ captain and the now-former coach described their encounter as nothing more than a way of sharing snippets of one another’s life in an effort to build a working relationship. During an appearance on the 32 Thoughts Podcast on the same day as Jenner and Babcock condemned Bissonette’s comments, Blue Jackets star winger Johnny Gaudreau gave a similar account to Jenner when asked about his photo-exchange meet-and-greet with Babcock.
But the story didn’t end there, obviously, with Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reporting things changed on Wednesday night when the NHLPA received information that some of the younger Blue Jackets players were uncomfortable with their interactions with Babcock.
Friedman later reported that the information gathered on Wednesday night prompted NHLPA executive director Marty Walsh and assistant executive director Ron Hainsey to begin an investigation before flying out to Columbus and leading what was described as an “intense” meeting.
On Friday, Walsh and Hainsey relayed their findings during a joint meeting with the NHL and NHLPA. Saturday was arguably the quietest day of the scandal in the public eye, according to ESPN’s Greg Wyshinski, because that’s the day Columbus and Babcock started plotting his exit.
By Sunday, the Blue Jackets announced that Babcock had resigned and Pascal Vincent would be taking over as the team’s head coach.
Vincent, 51, had served as the Blue Jackets’ associate coach since the 2021-22 season. Before joining Columbus, Vincent spent 10 seasons with the Winnipeg Jets organization, serving as an NHL assistant for the first half of his tenure before pivoting to head coach of the organization’s AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose. Vincent was named AHL Coach Of The Year for the 2017-18 season.
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