Hockey Canada has temporarily shutdown national junior team selection camp following the confirmation of two positive COVID-19 tests among players.
Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday that players, coaches and staff at the camp have entered a 14-day quarantine retroactive to Monday. All camp activities will be paused until Dec. 6.
The original announcement of the positive player tests came on Tuesday – three days after Hockey Canada said a “non-core member” of the team’s staff also tested positive. Hockey Canada said it was suspending all camp activities for the day, including a scheduled intrasquad game, at the time.
Both players and the staff have been in quarantine at the team’s hotel in Red Deer, Alta.
Players, coaches and staff all took mandatory COVID-19 tests upon arrival at the camp and have been tested regularly while there.
Hockey Canada is in the midst of their selection camp ahead of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton that opens on Christmas Day.
“Hockey Canada has confirmed that all players, coaches and staff are considered close contacts and are therefore subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period under Alberta Health Services,” said senior vice-president of national teams, Scott Salmond.
“Upon learning of the positive tests on Monday, the decision was made to suspend all camp activities and quarantine players and staff immediately. As per Hockey Canada’s safety protocols, all players, coaches and staff members will go through additional testing before resuming any camp activities.”
Canada seeks its second consecutive gold medal at the tournament, which would be its 19th title all-time.
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HAMILTON — There was never a doubt in Jeremiah Masoli’s mind whether he’d be returning to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this season.The veteran quarterback was slated to become a free agent next month but re-signed with Hamilton on Tuesday.”No doubt about it, that (return to Hamilton) was always how I felt,” Masoli said during a telephone interview. “I never felt like there was any pressure or a rush on anything.”Masoli, 32, started Hamilton’s first six games in 2019 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Backup Dane Evans then guided the Ticats to the Grey Cup game, which the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won 33-12.The CFL didn’t play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league is eyeing a return this year with the ’21 Grey Cup slated to be held in Hamilton.”I know myself and my colleagues are definitely feeling that itch to get going and the pain of not being able to be together in the locker room and all the things that go with it,” Masoli said. “Our fans have stuck with us this whole time . . . and to host (Grey Cup) is obviously something special.”Masoli will return for his eighth season in Hamilton. The San Francisco native was the East Division’s outstanding player in 2018 when he threw for 5,209 yards, 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions but will report to camp eager for the chance to battle for the No. 1 job.”I think I can speak for most of us. we just want to play,” he said. “I just want to get on the field and have an opportunity to play, an opportunity to compete.”The University of Mississippi product has suited up in 102 career CFL games with 42 starts over seven seasons, all with the Tiger-Cats (2013-19), and sits fourth in franchise history in career completions (1,015), fifth in passing yards (13,110), sixth in pass attempts (1,538), and is tied for sixth in passing touchdowns (70).“It’s exciting to have Jeremiah back for the 2021 season. He is an established natural leader that has a strong work ethic, as demonstrated by the recovery from his knee injury,” Ticats head coach Orlondo Steinauer said in a statement.STAMPS OL BERGMAN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENTCALGARY — Offensive lineman Shane Bergman announced his retirement Wednesday after a seven-season CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders.Bergman appeared in 93 career regular-season games and 10 playoff games and helped the Stampeders win two Grey Cups.Calgary selected the six-foot-seven native of Teeterville, Ont., in the sixth round of the 2013 CFL draft.After appearing in a single game during his rookie season in 2013, he made 102 starts at left guard over the final six seasons of his career.Bergman earned West Division and CFL all-star honours in 2019, his final season.”The time has come to close this exciting chapter of my life,” Bergman said in a release. “I have been lucky enough make a career playing a sport I love for the last seven years, but all good things must come to an end.”While I did plan to return for the 2020 season, COVID had other plans. However, I have been able to spend the last year at home with my family, watch my son take his first steps, say his first words and so many other milestones.”The Stampeders also announced the signing of defensive lineman Tavaris Barnes.Barnes has 12 games of NFL experience with the New Orleans Saints, and in 2020 he was a teammate of Stampeders linebacker Jameer Thurman with the XFL’s D.C. Defenders.ARGOS, BOMBERS SWING DEALThe Toronto Argonauts have acquired Canadian offensive lineman Cody Speller in a trade with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.The McMaster University product, who can become a free agent next month, and the Bombers’ sixth-round pick (52nd) overall in 2021 go to Toronto for the Argos’ sixth-round pick (48th overall) this year.Speller, 26, played 13 regular-season games for the Bombers in 2019, starting eight at left guard and all three playoff games at centre. LIONS SIGN THREEThe B.C. Lions have re-signed international receiver Benjamin Plu and added Canadian receivers Jacob Scarfone and Cordell Hastings.Plu, a native of France, played four games for B.C. in 2019 after being selected seventh overall in the inaugural European draft.Scarfone, a University of Guelph product, joins the Lions after playing in 11 games over the past two seasons with Ottawa.Hastings was selected in the fourth round (43rd overall) of last year’s CFL draft out of Acadia University. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 27, 2021. The Canadian Press
Rutherford resigns as Penguins general manager – TSN
Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, a Hockey Hall of Famer who helped lead the team to a pair of Stanley Cup titles, resigned abruptly on Wednesday.
The 71-year-old Rutherford cited “personal reasons” in making the decision. He was under contract through the 2021-22 season.
The club promoted assistant general manager Patrick Allvin to serve as general manager on an interim basis while the club searches for a permanent replacement.
Rutherford arrived in Pittsburgh in the summer of 2014 following the team’s second-round flameout against the New York Rangers.
Following an uneven first season in which the Penguins made little headway under head coach Mike Johnston, Rutherford’s rebuild picked up steam in December 2015 when he replaced Johnston with Mike Sullivan and created a roster around stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin built on speed.
The Penguins won consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, the first team in a generation to successfully defend its championship. Rutherford’s resignation comes with Pittsburgh off to a solid 4-2-1 start.
“It has been a great honour to serve as general manager of the Penguins, and to hang two more Stanley Cup banners at PPG Paints Arena,” Rutherford said in a statement.
“I have so many people to thank, beginning with the owners, Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux, and team president David Morehouse. There always has been so much support from everyone involved with the Penguins, both on the hockey and business staffs, and, of course, from a special group of players led by Sidney Crosby.”
Morehouse, the Penguins president and CEO, called Rutherford, a journeyman goaltender during his 13-year NHL career before becoming one of the most successful executives of the 21st century “an amazing representative of the Pittsburgh Penguins and he’ll always have a special place in our team’s history, his own legacy.”
The ebullient and relentlessly upbeat Rutherford joined the Hartford Whalers in 1994 and was general manager in 2006 when the franchise — which relocated from Hartford to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1997 and became the Carolina Hurricanes — won its only Stanley Cup in 2006.
Rutherford moved to Pittsburgh in June 2014, tasked with trying to reverse the Penguins’ fortunes. Crosby and Malkin guided the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final in 2008 and 2009, losing to Detroit in ’08 before edging the Red Wings in a rematch the following year. The success, however, faded and the team parted ways with general manager Ray Shero and replaced him with Rutherford.
Early in his tenure Rutherford raised eyebrows by putting a timetable on his involvement. He quickly walked it back, however, and Pittsburgh sprinted to a pair of championships with a group built on speed and grit, much of it developed in the farm system or via trade under Rutherford’s watch. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.
Allvin has been a fixture in the Penguins organization since 2006, beginning as a scout before eventually serving as the director of scouting from 2017-20 before being promoted to assistant general manager last November.
Watch Live: Blue Jays introduce newly signed star George Springer – Sportsnet.ca
The Toronto Blue Jays‘ big free-agent catch, George Springer, along with president and CEO Mark Shapiro, general manager Ross Atkins and manager Charlie Montoyo, will address the media Wednesday as the star outfielder is introduced after signing a six-year, $150-million contract with the club.
You can watch the press conference live here on Sportsnet.ca at 11 a.m. ET/ 8 a.m. PT.
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