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Curling officially introduced in Guyana

first_img-Curling Federation eyes 2022 Winter OlympicsThe Guyana Curling Federation (GCF) on Tuesday hosted its first public event, held at the Giftland Mall, in an attempt to properly introduce Guyanese to the new sport.Curling is a team sport played by two teams of four players on a rectangular sheet of ice. Its nickname, “The Roaring Game”, originates from the rumbling sound the 44-pound (19.96kg) granite stones make when they travel across the ice.One of the world’s oldest team sports, curling originated in the 16th century in Scotland, where games were played during winter on frozen ponds and lochs. The earliest-known curling stones came from the Scottish regions of Stirling and Perth and date from 1511. Rayad Husain, General Secretary of the recently launched Federation, as well as Abbie Darnley, were on hand to give a graphic demonstration and explained that they were overwhelmed by the support from the public.Darnley is an instructor from Rock Solid Productions Inc.; a Canadian company that’s partnering with the Guyana Curling Federation in helping to introduce the sport locally. The goal of the GCF is to raise awareness to the Guyanese people about the sport of curling through the use of Street Curling. Street Curling is an iceless rink produced by Rock Solid Productions Inc.Rayad Husain“I saw the need for potentially growing a sport and bring something to Guyana that’s predominantly European to South America and to my parents’ home land,” said Husain who is Canadian by birth.He explained that along with his sister Farzana (Husain), they see bringing a new sport, that’s already played at the Olympics, to Guyana as their way of giving back. Husain explained that “this is a first step, because obviously we have no ice rink in Guyana, but is to show the basics of the sport and what it’s about, using a none-ice solution, so this is a great first step in introducing Guyanese to the sport.”Founded in 2016, the GCF has been established to not only govern and promote the Winter Olympic Sport of Curling to Guyanese both within Guyana and abroad, but to also raise the profile of Winter Sport within the Caribbean region by working with other similar bodies and organizations.At the moment, there’s no home for the sport in Guyana, but Husain isn’t too bothered, telling Chronicle Sport that “building an ice rink is a huge endeavor and I’m not sure that it’s what the country needs.”He added, “Guyana needs a lot of things right now and I don’t think building an ice rink would be part of the solution. Our dream as a federation is to spread the sport and to bring, hopefully an ice rink to Guyana. But right now, the country needs other way more important things.”The Federation was established to also provide athletes both in and out of Guyana opportunities to represent the country in international competitions as governed by the World Curling Federation. Currently, the GCF boasts two competitive athletes, (Rayad and Farzana Hussain), who are both based in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, and have been participating in the sport for many years in Canada with great success.The Federation recently received Conditional Membership status from the World Curling Federation (56th Member Association) at its World Curling Congress in Stockholm, Sweden in September 2016, which will allow them to access development programmes to promote the sport to the Guyanese people.Following a one-year period, the next step will be to apply for Provisional Membership status, which would allow our athletes to compete in international events, with the first being the 2018 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, which will take place at the end of April 2018 at a site to be announced by the World Curling Federation.Through time, the goal of the Federation is to send a curling team to the Olympic Winter Games perhaps as soon as the 2022 Olympics in Beijing in Mixed Doubles, as well as to produce medals in the World Championships. Men’s curling was included in the Olympic programme in 1924 at the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix. It was then dropped, and later re-introduced as a demonstration sport in 1932 in Lake Placid. In 1998, Curling officially joined the Olympic programme, with both men’s and women’s competitions.last_img read more

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Jaya’s golden light

first_imgNick Smiley, a senior majoring in music industry, is responsible for Logani’s visuals and her singles’ artwork. He also produced the lyric video for her latest single “Down Low,” which was released a day before Valentine’s Day. Smiley, who has known Logani for a few years, has witnessed her talent and dedication.  “I feel like when the best stuff comes, I don’t necessarily have to be overwhelmingly happy, but when I’m just open, I feel like that’s when those really special ideas come that I don’t have to work for,” Logani said. Smiley said he identifies with Logani’s music simply because of the personable way she expresses herself in her songs.  “I do pop and I tend to be more of a positive, optimistic person, so I feel like my target  [audience] is probably like young girls … and definitely trying to be more empowering,” Logani said. “I would love to reach more of the Asian community, too. Being Indian, I would love if I could reach Indian girls too and make them feel like, ‘Oh hey, I don’t only have to be a doctor with my life.’” “I think they could tell growing up because I was always singing, and I credit my mom for the whole songwriting thing because she would remember the melody to all the songs on the radio but she always forgets the words,” Logani said. “So, growing up, it would become a challenge and we would change the words of songs to be about driving to the dentist or different things in life, which is where I got my love for making up stories.” Logani’s music blends influences from both mainstream American and Bollywood music, representative of her American upbringing and Indian heritage.   The lyric video for Jaya’s upcoming single, “Down Low,” releases next week, bringing her a step closer to her big break, Sanjay said.   Despite the bursts of ecstatic energy that inspires her work, not all of her lyrical content is happy. Logani said her best ideas come from moments of uncertainty.  (Photo courtesy of Jaya Logani) Logani’s record-making process is seemingly effortless and even random. She describes the concepts she works on as “golden lights,” with all other aspects, such as song-writing and choosing a melody, geared toward an initial inspiration.  Logani’s musical confidence isn’t new — her music progressed when she began writing more seriously in high school and started working with her father-turned-manager and  also with Grammy-nominated producer Rick Jarrard, who is responsible for the famed Christmas anthem “Feliz Navidad.” “[Her music] really feels like who she is as a person,” Smiley said. “I think if you know Jaya in real life, she’s very full of life and energy and she sees the world in her own unique Jaya way. Her music definitely feels like it’s coming from her, and it has the same spunk and very creative and artistic sensitive quality to it as well.”center_img For singer-songwriter Jaya Logani, music is personal, which explains why she is heavily involved in the conception of her records. The Indian American senior, who is majoring in music industry with a minor in songwriting, crafts the melodies and lyrics of all of her music.   “You just kind of get an urge … this golden light out of nowhere or this golden cloud drops in front of your face and you don’t know what this idea is going to be, but you’re very compelled towards diving into it,” Logani said.  “I feel like if I wasn’t involved in making it, why should I be the one singing it?” Logani said.  “I would record different songs that [Jarrard] had, and then I had to start proving myself and be like, ‘Hey, I can also write songs, I’ll give you one of mine,’” Logani said. “Then that progressed and my work with him ended up getting me into college for music.” “She wrote that song, and I took a video, and I thought, ‘Oh wow, that was really impressive.She’s just writing a song on the top of her head based on her experience here and the time she’s having,’” Sanjay said.  “It’s been super cool to watch her evolve as an artist, as a songwriter, working with different producers to evolve her sound,” Smiley said. “One thing about Jaya is she really cares about her craft and she has a very good attention to detail. Whether it’s when we are shooting and going through photos or designing cover artwork, she cares a lot about the product and art she puts out.” Logani began writing songs at 10 years old and knew even then it was more than just a hobby. The artist said that since both of her parents are doctors and in some Indian American families children are encouraged to pursue medical occupations, she was anxious about communicating her love for music. Despite this fear, her parents accepted her decision to make music long -term. Sanjay said he and his wife watched her grow into her own as an artist throughout middle school and helped guide her in the right direction when she finally vocalized the desire to pursue music as a career. Jaya’s father and manager, Sanjay Logani, plays an integral role in helping her actualize her ideas. He is a witness to the progression she has made as an artist and remembers one of her early days as a songwriter when she wrote her first song “Paradise Island” on the steps of the treasury building in D.C. “Her music has come from the first song, down to the wire to her last song, and she’s come a long way,” Sanjay said. “She is very close and right on the brink of breaking as an artist.”last_img read more

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Inconsistent shooting plagues Kentucky, championship dreams destroyed in Elite Eight loss to WVU

first_imgSteve Donahue could see this coming. Despite falling to what some perceived to be the best team left in the NCAA Tournament, the Cornell coach wasn’t convinced.  ‘I think there are a lot of positives about Kentucky,’ Donahue started. ‘My concern is that I don’t think for 40 minutes that they may be able to handle this against a team like us that’s a little more longer and athletic with experience. Maybe the next game. West Virginia is terrific.’ Saturday, Donahue statement proved to be prophetic. Despite holding the No. 1 seed in the East Regional and boasting a roster full of high profile NBA prospects, inconsistency and inexperience ultimately cost Kentucky a Trip to the Final Four. As Donahue had predicted, the Wildcats struggled against a long, athletic and experienced West Virginia squad, falling 73-66 at the Carrier Dome in the East Regional final. After Thursday night’s win over Cornell, star freshmen John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins openly talked about the hope of getting UK to the Final Four. For the duo that is widely expected to be among the top five selections in June’s NBA draft, that was the ultimate goal heading into this tournament.  But at this stage in the Tournament, the not playing up to their capabilities would end up prematurely ending that dream. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We have had shooting games like this,’ Calipari said. ‘One game we lost and the other we kind of hung in there and won them at the end. Against West Virginia, they’re too good. …And you are just not going to go and play the way we played and miss free throws and shots and win.’ In the early going, Kentucky appeared to be too much talent for West Virginia to handle. Despite trailing 6-2, Kentucky rattled off an impressive 11-0 run, holding the Mountaineers scoreless for more than six minutes. But when WVU made a second half run of its own, Kentucky crumbled. Despite finishing with a game-high 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Wall struggled to find his shot. Most of his points game at the rim in transition, as he finished just 7-for-18 from the field and only 4-for-8 from the charity stripe. It wasn’t just Wall, either. The trend was evident up and down the roster. ‘It was one of those days where we weren’t making shots,’ Wall said. ‘Usually we win these type of games. They are a great team. We couldn’t fight our way through it and win.’ After watching the Wildcats shoot just 2-for 16 from the field against the Big Red, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins employed a 1-3-1 defense to force Kentucky to fire away from the outside. The strategy worked. Kentucky shot just as poorly as it did against Cornell (12.5 percent) from beyond the arc, but shot it twice as many times (32).  Once again, the inconsistent shooting proved to be Kentucky’s Achilles heel. The group of talented youngsters couldn’t overcome its offensive transgressions against a more experienced, consistent West Virginia squad. In this case, their talent was simply not enough. ‘If we would have made shots, we would have spread (the defense) out and it would have been easier to find DeMarcus and Patrick in the post,’ Wall said. ‘They went 1-3-1 and we didn’t knock down the shots.’ UK didn’t drain its first 3-point attempt until the 3:28 mark in the second half. By that time, the damage had already been done. West Virginia held a nine point lead and the Wildcats were reeling. All they could do was throw up contested, desperation 3s to save their season.  Forced into a come-from-behind situation against the No.2 seed in the East Region, Kentucky’s inexperience showed. After sinking eight consecutive free throws in the clutch to seal the victory against Cornell Thursday, freshman point guard Eric Bledsoe shot just 1-for-6 from the line Saturday. The team shot just 10-of-22 (45.5 percent) from the line in the second half after sinking 6-of-7 in the first.  ‘We’ve had games where we’ve missed free throws and three pointers, but on defense we also gave up a lot of layups,’ Cousins said. ‘And they just outplayed us. Simple stuff that we know better, and we just didn’t execute.’ Not since Michigan’s Fab Five have we seen a young group this talented. And with the season now in the books, Kentucky players will have some decisions to make. Including Wall and Cousins, as many as four players are expected to be selected the NBA’s draft lottery this June. That could mean this will likely be the last time we see this talented group in a Kentucky uniform. And in the locker room after the dream of winning a national championship had come to an end, Cousins couldn’t help but sit and wonder what could have been with this talented, but young Kentucky squad. ‘I’ve never had this much fun in my life,’ Cousins said. ‘I just wish we could’ve ended on a good note.’  aljohn@syr.edu Comments Published on March 27, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Badgers come out on top in lethargic game, 3-0

first_imgIn a sport where polls and voters only get you so far, winning with style doesn’t always mean a lot – and for that the Badgers are thankful.In a lethargic game at the Kohl Center, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team beat Canisius in the teams’ first ever meeting, 3-0. The 40 shots on goal UW ripped off indicated the score should have been more lopsided than that.But Justin Schultz’s goal at 15:33 of the first period was all the scoring the Badgers would need. Mark Zengerle got the puck to Schultz near the left point and the sophomore skated into the slot and fired a wrist shot that beat Canisius goaltender Tony Capobianco glove side.It remained 1-0 until almost halfway through the third period, despite UW’s large lead in shots on goal. Despite Canisius not touching the puck in the UW zone until 1:40 into the game, the Badgers’ dominance wouldn’t last.“The first four shifts, we were down in their zone the whole time,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “The immediate success that we had in their zone, I think it lured us into not being as sharp, and doing the hard things; getting to the net and getting tips and rebounds.”But after a scoreless second period, Craig Smith would take an entry pass from Jordy Murray into the slot and do the same at 9:43 of the third period to give UW a two-goal cushion.It was the last goal that was highlight reel-worthy though, even if it meant little in the context of the game. A shot from the point bounced off the back wall and to Murray, who batted it out of the air and into the net for UW’s third score.But the almost two-to-one shots-on-goal margin Wisconsin had on Canisius only reinforces the thing the Badgers took away from the game: They should have won by more.Jake Gardiner had two shots go off the post in the same power play in the first period, which would be a sign of things to come for both teams. Aside from a couple of Schultz rushes in and one Sean Little breakaway, there wasn’t a whole lot of excitement in the game. There were shots and chances aplenty, but whether the game had ended 1-0 as it looked like it might, or 7-0 like it could have, the entertainment value was low.“Our emphasis going into the second period was to stick with our game,” Smith said. “I think we got kind of off course after a few minutes in the first there.”Canisius fell to 0-7-2 against WCHA teams and 3-15-1 against nationally-ranked squads. The Golden Griffins are 6-9-4 on the year.Wisconsin improved to 13-7-3 on the season and will finish the non-conference portion of its regular season with the series finale Saturday night.And while the win wasn’t flashy or nerve-wracking, it was a positive for Eaves.“To me, this was a test of our mental toughness, in terms of not having what I would consider our A game,” he said. “Fighting ourselves a little bit and readjusting in between the period, relax a little bit, have confidence we can play at a higher level and then executing that.”last_img read more

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Saints final cuts include defensive linemen Edwards, Hunt

first_imgLast Updated: 6th September, 2020 06:47 IST Saints Final Cuts Include Defensive Linemen Edwards, Hunt The New Orleans Saints have waived veteran defensive linemen Mario Edwards Jr. and Margus Hunt while keeping veteran linebacker Kiko Alonso on the physically unable to perform list FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News COMMENT LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img First Published: 6th September, 2020 06:47 IST WATCH US LIVE Written By The New Orleans Saints have waived veteran defensive linemen Mario Edwards Jr. and Margus Hunt while keeping veteran linebacker Kiko Alonso on the physically unable to perform list.New Orleans trimmed 25 players at the deadline to reduce active rosters to 53 players for the regular season, which begins next week.For now, several undrafted rookies — receiver Marquez Calloway, defensive tackle Malcolm Roach and punter Blake Gillikin — are on the roster as Week 1 approaches. The Saints kept Gillikin as a second punter in addition to veteran Thomas Morstead.Also still on the roster are linebacker Chase Hansen and offensive lineman Derrick Kelly II, both second-year pros who did not play last season. Kelly was on the Saints’ 2019 practice squad while Hansen missed his rookie season with a back injury that was classified as not football related.Meanwhile, safety Sequan Hampton, a Saints sixth-round draft choice in 2019, was waived with an injury designation, meaning he could wind up on the club’s injured reserve list if he is not claimed off waivers. Tommy Stevens, a seventh-round draft choice this year, also was waived after being converted from college quarterback to tight end during his first NFL camp.Among the veterans the Saints cut were linebacker Anthony Chickillo, receivers Austin Carr and Bennie Fowler, offensive lineman Cameron Tom and tight end Ethan Wolf.Defensive end Anthony Lanier II was placed on injured reserve, while offensive lineman James Hurts was designated as suspended by the commissioner.Rounding out the cuts were: receivers Emmanuel Butler, Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Juwan Johnson; linebackers Joe Bachie, Andrew Dowell and Wynton McManus; defensive backs Kemon Hall and Keith Washington II; offensive linemen Jordan Steckler and Calvin Throckmorton Jr.; defensive end T.J. Carter; tight end Garrett Griffin; and running back Tony Jones Jr.Because the coronavirus pandemic could potentially cause roster upheaval during the season, practice squads have been expanded from 10 to 16 players. Many players trimmed from rosters this weekend could wind up on practice squads.Image credits: AP last_img read more

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SNAITECH and Vermantia unite with forward-facing retail solution

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Share George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: Decoding the customer engagement enigma June 30, 2020 George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: The future for retail betting April 30, 2020 SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience  April 27, 2020 Italian gaming industry leader SNAITECH has partnered with Vermantia, the global omni-channel solutions provider, to bring an advanced, end-to-end betting solution to the market that the firms hope will elevate the retail betting experience.Vermantia’s international retail technologies and distribution capabilities meet SNAITECH’s much-lauded services for bookmaking, trading and risk management, providing retail betting operators with a complete shop-in-shop solution. The smart solution by SNAITECH, which also powers a range of self-service solutions powered by its betting systems and management, offers a true plug-and-play betting solution across live sports, live racing, virtual sports, and other number games.The unique product offering will be available in a wide range of international markets, including Spain, Italy, East Europe, Africa, and Latin America.SNAITECH CEO Fabio Schiavolin said: “Our partnership with Vermantia meets both our goal to reach wider markets and our quest for a trusted partner with an international retail content distribution experience, so as to further implement our own offering to retail betting operators. Utilizing smart technology and retail experience, omni-channel oriented, we believe that our joint innovative product offering will soon spawn new projects for both our companies.”Filippos Antonopoulos, Vermantia’s CEO, added: “Following years of collaborating with SNAITECH in Italy, we know them to be a partner who maintains the player experience and retail journey at its core product focus. We are excited to further extend our partnership with SNAITECH, bringing to players a groundbreaking end-to-end service, forged in Europe’s most competitive sports betting market. It is our common belief that diverse content, aggregated by an enabling platform, delivered seamlessly to the shops and consumed through powerful self-service betting terminals, is the way forward for operators to stay ahead competition.”ICE attendees will have the opportunity to experience the product first-hand at Vermantia’s stand, S4-120.last_img read more

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Kumasi to host Ghana v Zambia qualifier

first_imgThe Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi will host Ghana’s last Group D match in the qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Zambia.Both sides will go head to head in the second round fixture for a place in the third round of the African qualifiers.According to the Ghana Football Association, the match will be played on Friday, 6th September, 2013. Kick off will be at 1600GMT.The Black Stars lead the Group D standing on 12 points, thus one point ahead of Zambia ahead of the final fixture.last_img

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Tyler Ybarra now plays for K.C. T-Bones; battles Wichita Wingnuts at Lawrence-Dumont for 4-game series

first_imgTyler Ybarraby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington native Tyler Ybarra is now playing for the Kansas City T-Bones baseball team. He is in a reliever role, and Sunday night he retired the side in the 10th inning and the Kansas City team pulled out its seventh straight win.The T-Bones will be playing a four-game series in Wichita against the Wingnuts starting Tuesday. Tuesday will be a double header that starts at 5 p.m., with games the following two nights starting at 7 p.m. Ybarra may be called on to do some relief pitching, but it is not clear which game that might be.Ybarra got his first win Sunday night after entering the game in the 10th inning with the score tied.  He faced four batters and walked one.He has pitched a total of 9.2 innings in eight games. He has 12 strikeouts, eight walks and has given up seven hits.The Wingnuts play at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita. Here is how to get tickets.    Call the Select-a-Seat Office at 855-755-SEAT (7328)    Visit selectaseat.com    Visit the Wingnuts Box Office on the West Side of Lawrence-Dumont StadiumTickets are also available at the gate.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Urban Chickens Fight Back Against Neighborhood Raccoons

first_imgThe Chicken and the Dog team is also currently raising funds via Kickstarter.com, a platform for creative projects. Their goal is to raise enough funds to print more books, market and distribute it regionally, make books available in multiple languages and create electronic versions with games and activities for kids. For more information on the book release, Kickstarter project and the creative team behind it all, visit www.chickenandthedog.com. OLYMPIA, Wash. – A new book by two northwest authors is hitting the shelves early this spring, and shining a light on the joys, and trials, of raising backyard chickens. The books are available for pre-order, and will be available in a number of retail stores across the northwest. To order a book, visit www.chickenandthedog.com. Beautifully illustrated by Portland-grown artist, Jill Carter, the book offers amusing details that follow the adventures of the chicken and the dog as they stand up to a gang of wily neighborhood raccoons.center_img Facebook0Tweet0Pin0New children’s book brings the fun to urban farming “The Chicken and the Dog” is based on the true story of two urban chickens, who share their backyard with a black Labrador retriever in Olympia. The authors, Andre and Amanda Maxwell, wrote the story after raccoons broke into their coop one night and stole away with their beloved Rhode Island Red chicken. Donors will receive special rewards for their pledge, including first-edition autographed copies of the book and invitations to the book release party, to be held in Olympia.last_img read more

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Leafs secure Sean Dooley as assistant coach for upcoming KIJHL season

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs reached back into its roots to find an assistant coach for the upcoming season, naming Sean Dooley assistant for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.Dooley, no stranger to the Leafs having served in the same capacity in 2010-11 with head coach Chris Shaw, joins returning head coach Frank Maida behind the bench as Nelson plays host to the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup. Dooley is a Nelson Minor Hockey grad who was drafted by the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. He served as an assistant coach to skipper Mario DiBella last season with the Kootenay Ice Major Midget club.He played for the Leafs as a 15-year-old rookie before graduating to three seasons of European Professional Hockey with Dundalk Bulls, winning two league titles.The Leafs gain an automatic bye into the Cyclone Taylor Cup set for April 2014.The four team tournament has representation from the three Junior B Leagues in B.C.  KIJHL, Pacific Coast and Vancouver Island Junior Leagues.last_img read more