Been Too Long: Summer Sports Round-Up
I have not been on the blog for a loooooong time. The biggest reason is the fact that there is a new Highly Touted prospect in my farm system. We have begun his development for multiple sports already. While he has shown promising skills in most of the majors sports (hockey, baseball, soccer, etc.), he has demonstrated a prodigious aptitude toward Jai Alai. Not bad for a month old.
While I am doing more work in the areas of player development, I need to get back to the blog. So here’s some of the things going on in the local sports scene:
- The Halifax Mooseheads first round pick from the June QMJHL entry draft, Jack Eichel will not report to the Halifax Mooseheads this year. Eichel was a bit of surprise pick, as it was believed that this was a likely outcome. Eichel is committed to the Under-17 US National Team Development Program this year and also has a commitment to Boston University for the future. “Obviously, we’re disappointed that Jack won’t be with us this season”, stated Russell. “At the same time, this was not a short term selection on our part, as we knew he was committed to the US Under 17 program for this upcoming season. We’ll continue to stay in touch with the Eichel family to convince them that Halifax is the best spot for Jack’s development next year and beyond”.
- A couple of former Mooseheads have found new homes. The last two captains of the Herd have chosen to continue their hockey careers in the AUS. Cameron Critchlow has decided to head to the UNB Varsity Reds while Travis Randall is heading to the Acadia Axemen.
- The Shipbuilders are coming to Metro. Not the actual trades people that will work on government contract for Irving, but newest incarnation of the Halifax Regional Municipality’s representative in the Maritime Hockey League. The MHL officially accepted the Metro Marauders application for a name change. The new name is expected to offer the club a greater connection and identity with the community and will hopefully lead to more butts in seats. The Shipbuilders are also looking forward to making their home games easy to fit into people’s schedules. Twenty-three of their 26 home games are going to be Tuesday nights at 6:30 pm, the other three home games will be on family friendly Sunday afternoons.
- Approximately midway through the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League the Kentville Wildcats have a four game lead over the rest of the field. The Wildcats have posted a stellar 13-3 record largely on the backs of strong pitching especially from Shayne Conrad and Kevin Nichols who have won all seven games they have started.
- While the Wildcats are doing it with pitching, the Halifax Pelham Molson Canadians have had some good thump in the line-up but have only been able to post an 8-7 record. Halifax has the league batting leader in Mark Pelham (.447), RBI leader Shawn Peverill (14) and HR leader Adam Lucas (6). The Canadians are slated to participate in the National Championship later this summer in BC. A trip of this nature has significant cost and with that in mind, they are holding a fund raising auction tonight (Friday, July 13th) at Bubba Ray’s sports bar on Spring Garden Rd. These guys deserve your support.
- Some top end international golf talent will be in the province later this month for the Telus World Skins Game at Glen Arbour Golf Club. Canadian Stephen Ames will be joined by Carl Petterson (#39 World Ranking), Jhonthan Vegas (#132), Lucas Glover (#143) and Paul Casey (#72). The 20th Anniversary of the skins game will be held July 30th and 31st. In addition to the main skins game there will be a pro-am event which will feature Kevin Costner and Tom Cochrane. No other name have been released, but I’m hoping we can get Bill Murray to come. Please?
- Nova Scotia’s newest golf course opened its gates last month as well. Cabot Links, which is considered by many the only true links coursein North America, has been garnering rave reviews from the international golfing media. The course in Inverness, Cape Breton offers a great challenge along with incredible vistas. I hope to get to check it out sometime soon.
- The roster has been named for the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge which will replace the summer evaluation camp for Team Canada’s 2013 World Junior Championship. Two of the Challenge’s four games will be played in Halifax with the other two in in Russia. The notable omission is obviously the Halifax Mooseheads’ uber-prospect and potential first-overall pick Nathan MacKinnon. The Cole Harbour native will likely be attending the Ivan Hlinka under-18 tournament in the Czech Republic. While it seems odd that such a fantastic talent would not be included in the evaluation camp, it is in holding with Hockey Canada’s policy that does not invite underage players to the summer evaluation camp unless they have previously participated for the under-18. This has led to omission of other top prospects like Steven Stamkos. So while, I don’t like it, I can respect the consistency. Jonathan Drouin and Zach Fucale are two other Mooseheads that have been invited to camp to potentially join MacKinnon at the Hlinka.
- Mooseheads forward Marty Frk was selected 49th overall to the Detroit Red Wings in the 2nd round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
- The Windsor Express will be the newest members of the National Basketball League of Canada next season. Also, the Quebec Kebs are going to be moving to their new permanent home at Laval.