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  • Auston Matthews, Mike Bossy and the joy of flex

    December 29, 2018 12:50 AM 194

    The day Matthews began getting free sticks as a top prospect “was a big sigh of relief for them, for sure.” Matthews now uses a Bauer model that’s far lighter and whippier than anything available in Bossy’s era. “My go-to shot back then was the snap shot,” Bossy said. “Whereas today it looks like they’re using a hybrid of what I’d call an old-time wrister

  • With Fry still on leave, Team Jacobs to solidify lineup plans in coming days

    December 28, 2018 11:18 PM 128

    With the Canadian Open just over a week away, Team Brad Jacobs is planning to discuss lineup plans over the weekend before unveiling its foursome for the next stop on the Grand Slam of Curling circuit. Jacobs used substitute players for third Ryan Fry at two events earlier this month. Fry is on leave from the team and his return date is uncertain

  • De Grasse has swapped coaches, training bases in hopes of turning around career

    December 28, 2018 5:22 PM 117

    De Grasse was forced to withdraw just days before the 2017 world track and field championships in London with a hamstring injury, and then shut down last season early when he suffered another hamstring strain to the same leg at the Canadian championships in Ottawa. The 24-year-old from Markham, Ont., burst onto the international scene when he won double

  • Gaudreau notches hat trick as Flames snap three-game skid with victory over Jets

    December 28, 2018 4:11 AM 120

    A few minutes later, Jets fans had a bit of a scare when Hellebuyck bent over to smother a puck with his glove at the side of the crease. The knee of Flames defenceman Noah Hanifin caught the goalie in the head, knocking off his mask. Hellebuyck appeared shaken, but after a trainer came out to look at him, he remained in the game. Lowry tied it 1-1 with 2:07 left in the period

  • Game Centre: Canada hangs on for slim victory over determined Swiss side

    December 28, 2018 3:41 AM 117

    Switzerland put up a better fight than Denmark – much better — but the result was the same: A Canadian victory, this one by the razor-thin margin of 3-2. Canada got second-period goals from MacKenzie Entwistle and Noah Dobson and then held on while Switzerland rallied, aided by penalties and the extra attacker, late in the third. But knee-knocking aside

  • Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews voted as Atlantic Division all-star captain

    December 27, 2018 11:05 PM 130

    Auston Matthews’ selection as one of four captains for the NHL’s all-star game reflects the impact he’s had on the league in just his third season with the Maple Leafs. Fans voted the star centre as captain of the Atlantic Division all-stars for the annual event, being held Jan. 25-26 in San Jose. Nathan MacKinnon (Central), Connor McDavid (Pacific)

  • What a difference a year made for Tiger Woods

    December 27, 2018 10:16 PM 126

    So far only one Canadian has qualified to be in the Masters field. That’d be Mike Weir, the 2003 winner of the green jacket. But that’s hardly a bellwether for the health of Canadian golf. At October’s Safeway Open, the first tournament of what’s essentially the PGA Tour season that will conclude in 2019, there were eight Canadians in the field — a record

  • WOLRD JRS: Yes, Denmark belongs in the top group

    December 27, 2018 3:37 PM 121

    As Morgan Frost and Maxime Comtois quickly became household names, it didn’t take long for the sentiment to grow that Denmark doesn’t belong in the same conversation as hockey’s other powers in international hockey tournaments like the World Juniors. But it’s the wrong view, or at least, not one I share. It’s a bit short-sighted. One that doesn’t have the growth

  • Game Centre: Team Canada sends early message in rout of Denmark at world juniors

    December 27, 2018 3:42 AM 110

    Well, the final was 14-0 for Canada and Morgan Frost, whose dad was kind of famous around Toronto, became the first on this team to become a household name, or at least to trend on Twitter. Frost got a hat trick — something he hasn’t done in his four years with the Soo Greyhounds — and had five points. Frost had four points in the first 22 minutes of the game. Frost

  • U.S. rallies to edge Slovakia at world juniors

    December 27, 2018 2:46 AM 110

    Slovakia’s Samuel Hlavaj also stopped a penalty shot, thwarting Jason Robertson in the second period, and finished with 32 saves. The Americans will face Kazakhstan on Friday night, play Sweden on Saturday night and complete round-robin play against Finland on Monday night. Sweden faced Finland later Wednesday in the other Group B opener in Victoria