Maple Leafs’ Andersen out vs. Flames due to injury; Hutchinson to start – Sportsnet.ca
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will not dress for Monday’s game against the Calgary Flames due to a lower-body injury, the team announced.
With Andersen sidelined, Michael Hutchinson will serve as Toronto’s starting goaltender.
In addition to the goaltending change, the Maple Leafs are adjusting their forward lines. John Tavares will be slotting in on the top line alongside Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner.
It was not immediately clear when Andersen, who has won his last two starts including a 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, sustained the injury.
The 31-year-old has an 11-3-2 record this season with a 2.69 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.
Hutchinson won his first appearance of the season on Feb. 18 against the Ottawa Senators, stopping 34 of 37 shots he faced in a 7-3 win.
The Flames will be without their starting goaltender tonight as well, with Jacob Markstrom sidelined due to an upper-body injury. Backup goaltender David Rittich will be in net instead for the Flames.
Andersen’s injury is the latest in a string of Maple Leafs ailments.
Defenceman Jake Muzzin has a broken bone in his face and will miss Monday’s game, while forwards Zach Hyman and Joe Thornton will also be sidelined and are considered day-to-day.
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Canada’s 2018 world junior players ineligible for 2023 world championship amid investigation, Hockey Canada says
No players from Canada’s 2018 world junior team will participate for Team Canada at the 2023 IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship, Hockey Canada confirmed in a statement to The Athletic.
“Earlier this year, Hockey Canada made a decision that until the investigation and adjudicative process of the alleged incident in 2018 are complete, no players from the 2018 National Junior Team will be considered for participation for Team Canada,” Hockey Canada said in the statement. “This has been communicated to the management group for Team Canada at the 2023 IIHF Men’s World Championship.”
TSN first reported the news. The 2023 world championship will take place May 12-28 and be co-hosted by Tampere, Finland, and Riga, Latvia.
Hockey Canada’s statement comes after the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage passed a motion Monday directing Hockey Canada to hand over the final report the governing body received from law firm Henein Hutchison Robitaille’s investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a woman in a hotel room by members of the 2018 world junior team.
The allegations of sexual assault were made public in a 2022 lawsuit that Hockey Canada settled. In the complaint, filed last April in Ontario Superior Court, the woman alleged that she was assaulted by eight players in a London, Ont., hotel room on June 19, 2018, following a Hockey Canada Foundation event. Members of Canada’s 2018 world junior team were among those accused of assault in the lawsuit.
London police investigators said in a filing to the Ontario Court of Justice last October that they have reasonable grounds to believe that five members of Canada’s 2018 world junior hockey team sexually assaulted a woman in a hotel room, The Athletic reported in December. The evidence has not been tested in court and no charges have been laid.
Hockey Canada has been under intense scrutiny since May 2022 when the allegations of sexual assault were made public in the lawsuit. Police in London, Ont., and Hockey Canada have since reopened their investigations into the incident. The NHL is conducting an investigation as well.
In the wake of Hockey Canada’s scrutiny, CEO Scott Smith left the governing body and the entire board of directors stepped down in October. The federation elected a new board of directors in December. The board will serve a special one-year term focused on “making the changes necessary to improve the governance at Hockey Canada,” the federation said at the time of the board’s election.
Bianca Andreescu says she’s waiting on test results after injuring leg during Miami Open
Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu provided an injury update of sorts on Tuesday, saying she’s still waiting on official test results after injuring her lower left leg at the Miami Open.
Andreescu, from Mississauga, Ont., was hurt Monday night in the second set of her fourth-round match against Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova.
The 22-year-old was moving across the baseline when she fell to the hardcourt and clutched her lower leg in pain. She was wheeled off the court a short time later.
Andreescu provided an update on Tuesday via social media.
“Woke up with a brace on my foot anyone know what happened? On a serious note tho that was the worst pain I’ve ever felt praying for nothing serious. Still waiting on official results. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and kind words, doesn’t go unnoticed,” she said in a Twitter post, complete with a pray emoji.
Andreescu, who won the U.S. Open in 2019, holds the No. 31 position in the world rankings.
Her agent, Charlotte Lawler, said via e-mail that Andreescu met with her doctor Tuesday afternoon. Lawler said a statement would be released once injury specifics were available.
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