Bobby Orr has endorsed Donald Trump just days ahead of Tuesday’s presidential election in the United States.
The Hockey Hall of Famer and Boston Bruins icon took out a full-page ad in Friday’s New Hampshire Union Leader, asking readers to join him and his wife, Peggy, to support Trump for re-election.
“Everyone has an opinion as our upcoming Presidential election approaches, and I am no different,” Orr wrote. “When I look art America during these turbulent times, I keep trying to separate style from substance, fact from fiction.
“This much I know. Our current president has had to operate under extremely difficult conditions over the past several years. In addition, no leader anywhere signed up with the idea that dealing with a worldwide pandemic would be part of their mandate. The attacks on our President have been unrelenting since the day he took office. Despite that, President Trump has delivered for all the American people, regardless of race, gender, or station in life.
“That’s the kind of teammate I want.
“Perhaps you do not like his tweets or how the President says things sometimes, and that is your right. But remember this is not a personality contest; it’s about policies and the people those policies assist.
“I have never done anything like this before, but I am greatly concerned for the country in which I have raised my family – a country I have grown to love deeply. I want my grandchildren to know the America I know, a place of patriotism and opportunity.
“Some of you may still be undecided at this point. Your vote for President Trump would help keep America moving forward in the years ahead.
“So please, join Peggy and me in supporting President Donald J. Trump for re-election in this important election.”
Orr’s statement in the paper includes of photo of him posing with Trump. The 72-year-old from Parry Sound, Ont., is the latest sports legend to endorse Trump this week, joining golf legend Jack Nicklaus and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre.
Orr, 72, played in 12 NHL seasons with the Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks, winning two Stanley Cups, eight Norris Trophies and three Hart Trophies. He has worked over the past three decades as a player agent, with clients that include Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid.
Canucks anthem singer to perform at anti-mask rally in Vancouver – News 1130
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A rally in Vancouver protesting COVID-19 orders will feature music by Mark Donnelly, the man who has been singing the national anthem at Canucks home games since 2001.
The BC Christmas Freedom Rally is being held in Vancouver Saturday.
“We oppose government orders and will gather for the holidays,” the poster for the event says.
Donnelly is set to perform after a musical parody act and before closing remarks by the organizers.
A previous rally drew a crowd of around 1,000 people to the Vancouver Art Gallery.
In the past, Donnelly has performed the national anthem at anti-abortion rallies.
NEWS 1130 has reached out to Mark Donnelly and the Vancouver Canucks for comment.
NBA releases first half of 2020-21 schedule; Raptors tip off vs. Pelicans – Sportsnet.ca
The NBA released the first half of its schedule for the 2020-21 season on Friday, which will be split up by an all-star break that takes place March 5-10.
The new campaign gets underway on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 4, 2020
Toronto will have four of its games nationally televised in the U.S. (Feb. 5 at Brooklyn, ESPN; Feb. 18 at Milwaukee, TNT; Feb. 24 at Miami, ESPN; March 4 at Boston, TNT) and three of them on NBA TV (Jan. 2 at New Orleans, Jan. 16 vs. Charlotte, Jan. 24 at Indiana). They will also play three back-to-backs in the crunched schedule and will have a particularly arduous three-game stretch against the Philadelphia 76ers (twice) and the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat in late February.
Below is the Raptors’ first-half schedule in its entirety:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 18), a key date on the league calendar every season, will contain a 10-game slate and feature the Phoenix Suns against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Milwaukee Bucks against the Nets and the Lakers against the Warriors.
Under this season’s 72-game format, each team will play three games against each opponent in its conference (42 total games per team), with each pairing featuring either two home games and one road game or one home game and two road games.
As for the other conference, each team will play two games against each opponent (30 total games per team), with each pairing featuring one home game and one road game.
The second-half schedule of the overall 72-game campaign will be released at a later date, and will include not only the remainder of each team’s contests, but any games that are postponed during the first half that can reasonably be added in.
Raptors Announce Coaching Staff Changes – Raptors.com
The Toronto Raptors announced Friday that Chris Finch and Jama Mahlalela (Jah-MAH MAH-la-lay-lah) have been added to Head Coach Nick Nurse’s staff as assistant coaches. In a corresponding move, Patrick Mutumbo will take over as head coach of Raptors 905, replacing Mahlalela. Joining Mutombo in Mississauga from the Raptors staff will also be Brittni Donaldson and John Bennett. Per team policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Finch spent the past three years in New Orleans (2017-20), including last season as Associate Head Coach. He has also served as an assistant coach with Denver (2016-17) and Houston (2011-16). Prior to joining the Rockets, Finch had two successful seasons (2009-11) as head coach with Houston’s G League affiliate the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He guided the team to consecutive appearances in the G League Finals and amassed a record of 67-33 (.670). The Vipers captured the 2010 G League Championship and for his efforts Finch was awarded the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year Award.
Raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, Finch played professionally overseas with the Sheffield Sharks (1993-1997) in the British Basketball League (BBL) before beginning his coaching career with the same team. Under his leadership (1997-2003), the Sharks enjoyed the franchise’s most successful run in team history and Finch was named the BBL Coach of the Year in 1998-99. He coached for 12 seasons in Europe with additional stints in Germany (2003-04) and Belgium (2004-09).
On the international stage, Finch took over a dormant Great Britain National Team in 2006 and captured FIBA’s 2007 Division B Promotional Competition. In 2009, his squad qualified for the European Championships for the first time since 1981 and qualified again in 2011. Finch also led the British National Team in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London where Nurse was one of his assistants.
Finch graduated in 1992 as a two-time All-American from Franklin & Marshall College, and was inducted into the F&M Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Mahlalela was an assistant coach with the Raptors for five seasons (2014-18) prior to becoming the head coach for Raptors 905 where he accumulated a record of 51-42 (.548) in two seasons. Mahlalela joined the Raptors front office as director of player development, where he served for two seasons before moving to the bench.
A native of Mbabane, Swaziland, Mahlalela grew up in the Greater Toronto Area. He played collegiately at the University of British Columbia and was as assistant coach at the University of Toronto for four seasons.
Mahlalela started with the Raptors organization on the community development staff in 2006, leading the Raptors Basketball Academy and various clinics throughout Canada. He was named director of basketball operations for NBA Asia in 2009 and oversaw the League’s clinics, youth programs and elite-level development from his base in Hong Kong.
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