NHL stars in awe of Connor McDavid’s ‘incredible’ speed

“That’s definitely an area that I have to figure out, either to get open or find different ways to come through the middle or just overall figure it out and still find a way to contribute that way. And you can’t blame him. And even more impressive how he can do it almost quicker with the puck than without. “It’s almost a compliment if you’re getting attention like that so that’s how I try and look at it as much as it sucks.”Wayne Gretzky claimed that McDavid was “chasing” down Sidney Crosby this season for best-in-the-game status during the festivities in L.A. (But) sometimes you just can’t control it. That’s what I think has separated him this year is he brings it every night and that’s why he’s at the top of the points race.”JOE PAVELSKI — San Jose Sharks captain“He has that burst that (laughs), I don’t know what I would do with it. Maybe as a rookie if he went a game without getting a point it would creep into his next game, like maybe for a period or something like that. It’s something that most guys don’t have. He’s in his own world with that … That probably would be the one thing.”TYLER SEGUIN — Dallas Stars centre“I don’t quite get how his first three steps, how he can separate from players so quickly with those first three steps. And this year it’s just he’s the same all the time and he’s really brought that consistency. When you’re 18 consistency is the toughest part to bring to your game. You just have to be aware of him. You have to defend the right way on him. It’s incredible how fast he is and how skilled he is with the puck. The fact that he can do everything at that speed as well is far as stickhandling, shooting, making plays, and reading (opponents), it’s impressive.”SETH JONES — Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman“There’s one or two plays a game that you can’t do anything about (his speed). I think that’s the one thing that sticks out for me is just how fast he can do everything and how much of a threat he can be when he has the puck in the defensive zone, going down the neutral zone and coming in on you. A few offered thoughts on what stuck out most about the emerging 20-year-old from Newmarket, Ont.ERIK KARLSSON — Ottawa Senators captain“His speed and his ability to control the puck with the speed that he has, I think, is phenomenal. The pursuit is sure to continue in the second half as the two Canadian forwards tussle for control of the Art Ross and Hart trophies.McDavid has impressed not only Gretzky, the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, but stars across the league. That’s a different fast.”TAYLOR HALL — New Jersey Devils winger (and former Oilers teammate)“If anything I’d just say (he has) more confidence. His head’s always up and his hands are always moving and his feet are always moving; it’s rare to get a player that can do all three of those things and do it at an extremely high level.” Slowing down Connor McDavid may seem like a hopeless pursuit, but foes across the NHL are certainly trying.The captain of the Edmonton Oilers has picked up on at least one tactic.“I don’t get a lot of time with the puck in the neutral zone to come through with any kind of speed,” McDavid said during all-star weekend in Los Angeles.

Canadian tennis prospect Shapovalov getting accustomed to pro life

But after chatting with his team, it was decided that there wasn’t any point in going back to the junior ranks.“If I commit to pros, I really got to stick to it and I think it was a good decision,” Shapovalov said in a phone interview from Ottawa, where he’s preparing for this weekend’s Davis Cup World Group tie against Britain.Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., originally decided to jump from juniors to the pros after winning the Wimbledon boys singles title last July. 234 in the world, broke into the spotlight in 2016. 76, in the round of 16 at the East Hotel Canberra Challenger in Australia.The southpaw underwent a coaching switch in the off-season, splitting with Adriano Fuorivia, who he had worked with for over four years. 20-26.While Shapovalov admits that there’s still plenty to work on, his ultimate goal for 2017 would to be ranked in the top 150.“That would be ideal but if I don’t, I won’t be too concerned,” Shapovalov said.“Right now for me it’s more important to bring my level up and make sure that I can compete against guys in the top 100 and top 50 instead of maybe being 120 or 130 and not being able to compete with those guys.” “He have a great prospect in our hands.”Although Laurendeau praises Shapovalov’s ability, he cautioned that the teenager is currently is a key transition period.“It’s where they either make it or break,” Laurendeau said. “It’s not a given that if you’re a top junior in the world that you automatically become a top player in the men’s game.“You have to be patient and disciplined and just go through the steps and just make sure we manage that career carefully with wildcards. Denis Shapovalov’s transition to professional tennis hasn’t come without its struggles.An ankle injury suffered last fall while training made the 17-year-old Canadian prospect wonder whether turning pro was the right move. Shapovalov had even entered into the junior tournament at the Australian Open in hopes of getting some more playing time. Along with the Wimbledon victory, he shocked current world No. Canadian Davis Cup captain Martin Laurendeau was hired as his replacement.Shapovalov says that he and Fuorivia are on good terms despite parting ways.“Adriano thought that someone with more experience like Marty would be a good benefit to my team,” Shapovalov said. “It was nothing that happened between us, it was just more of a decision that we made together.”Laurendeau said joining forces with the six-foot, 132-pound is a good fit, as the 52-year-old is also responsible for Tennis Canada’s transition program.“He’s the best 1999-born in the world,” Laurendeau said. 15 Nick Kyrgios in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto and earned a Davis Cup singles victory in his debut against Chile in September.Shapovalov has carried that momentum into this year and already has a victory over Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France, then ranked No. Increased travel demands, however, have resulted in Shapovalov being home for only a few days so far this year.“Obviously it’s tough, missing my parents, family in general but I’m getting used to it,” Shapovalov said.“It’s the life and hopefully I’ll get some time to go home maybe for a week or a bit to catch up on things.”Shapovalov, currently ranked No. You don’t have to speed up somebody so fast that you burn some steps, but you don’t want to hold him down either so it’s always a fine balance and that’s the challenge.”Laurendeau says that it’s tough to predict Shapovalov’s schedule this year, but it will include a Challenger tournament following the Davis Cup before playing at an ATP 250 event in Marseille, France from Feb.

TFC signs Chris Mavinga, a talented defender with a rough reputation

Chasing a high-bouncing ball down the flank, he went to kick it while Standard Liege’s Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez bent down to try to get his head to it.The result was Mavinga catching Carcela-Gonzalez flush in the face with a high, hard boot. In 2009, a highly recruited Mavinga left Paris Saint-Germain for Liverpool. His experience at the youth and senior levels will be a welcomed addition to the club.”TFC is currently training in California, with Mavinga en route Tuesday on a Paris-to-San Francisco flight according to his Twitter feed.Mavinga can play left fullback and centre back, offering head coach Greg Vanney more options in his 3-5-2 formation. The Moroccan, who was knocked out on the play, suffered facial fractures and a concussion.“Footballer suffers horror knockout,” was the English tabloid Sun headline.While acknowledging it was a mistimed challenge without any malice, Bleacher Report still ranked it No. Toronto FC has signed French-born Congolese international Chris Mavinga, a defender whose resume includes some big-name clubs but also a few missteps.Mavinga is the first major off-season signing for the MLS Cup runners-up. He was loaned to Belgium’s Genk the next year before moving to Rennes in France in 2011.The six-foot-one 172-pounder joined Russia’s Rubin Kazan in 2013 with loan spells at Reims and, most recently, Troyes in France.Mavinga made headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2011 with Genk. Despite impressing with the reserves, he never played a first-team game for the Reds.Seven years and five clubs later, Mavinga finds himself with another set of Reds in Major League Soccer.“He is a defender that played in the French national youth system which is recognized around the world as a leader in player development,” Toronto GM Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. “We are very excited to add Chris to Toronto FC. 31, 2013.Mavinga subsequently switched his international allegiance to DR Congo, earning his first senior cap in September, 2015, in an Africa Cup of Nations qualification match.The re-signing of veteran French midfielder Benoit Cheyrou is expected imminently. With Cheyrou already in camp with TFC, it is a question of when, not if.Toronto has also been hunting for an attacking midfielder. France coach Erick Mombaerts was subsequently fired.Mavinga and current Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann were among four players banned from international play until Dec. For Toronto, the signing offers some defensive insurance at the very least – with the plus-side hope the 25-year-old can live up to past billing. Toronto lost two reserve defenders in the off-season – centre back Josh Williams (Columbus) and right back Mark Bloom (Atlanta).Mavinga has signed a two-year deal with an option for a third with MLS.The left-footed defender went to England as an 18-year-old, choosing Liverpool despite reported interest from Arsenal. 42 among the 50 dirtiest tackles in world football in a 2012 list.In October, 2012, he found himself in hot water for leaving the French under-21 team’s training base in Le Havre with a group of teammates without permission to visit a Paris nightclub some 200 kilometres away in the midst of European qualifying playoff.The French team had beaten Norway 1-0 in the first game but lost the return leg 5-3 after the illicit nightclub visit.

Liverpool saves late penalty, holds Chelsea to 1-1 draw

And taking a point from Anfield is never a bad thing, especially considering Chelsea’s dominant position in the title race and manager Antonio Conte was punching the air with joy at the final whistle.This was more like the dynamic Liverpool of the first half of the season, not the team that had won just one of its last eight games in a season-damaging start to 2017. Yet the home team’s electric start was brought to a shuddering halt by Luiz’s piece of ingenuity and another moment to forget from Mignolet.The error-prone goalkeeper had just lined up a four-man wall and walked from the post to the middle of the goal when he took his eye off the ball. Roberto Firmino wasted one great chance when he skied his shot from 10 metres with only goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to beat, but Wijnaldum made no mistake nine minutes later.Jordan Henderson’s cross to the back post found James Milner, whose header across goal deflected off Victor Moses and into the path of Wijnaldum. Mignolet came to Liverpool’s rescue, though. The Dutchman’s downward header from just outside the six-yard box beat Courtois.The best chance in a tight final 30 minutes fell to Costa from the spot, after he was tripped by Joel Matip. Willian looked the most likely free-kick taker but Luiz, perhaps spotting Mignolet was off guard, quickly stepped up and punted a swerving shot from 25 metres in off the same post that Mignolet had been standing beside.It was Luiz’s first goal since returning to Chelsea in August and he celebrated in front of the visiting fans while Klopp raged from his technical area.The Liverpool manager started the season with Mignolet, switched to Loris Karius at the end of September, before restoring Mignolet in mid-December. Simon Mignolet saved a late penalty after being at fault for an early goal Tuesday, earning Liverpool a 1-1 draw against Chelsea that slowed the leaders’ charge to the English Premier League title.The Belgium goalkeeper was caught unawares by an opportunistic free kick from David Luiz in the 24th minute as Chelsea took the lead against the run of play at Anfield on Tuesday. Georginio Wijnaldum equalized for Liverpool in the 57th before Mignolet made amends for his first-half mistake, guessing the right way to turn Diego Costa’s penalty around the post in the 76th.That save meant Liverpool avoided a fourth-straight home loss in all competitions for the first time since 1923 and stayed 10 points behind Chelsea with 15 games left.On a night when second-place Arsenal lost at home to Watford and another title rival in Tottenham drew at Sunderland, Chelsea still managed to extend its lead by a point. With both goalkeepers continuing to make errors, it might be a position Klopp looks to strengthen in the summer.That was virtually Chelsea’s first sight on goal, with the visitors having been penned back in their own half for the first quarter by a Liverpool side desperate to finish a dreadful January on a high.Liverpool now had to break down a defence that had kept 12 clean sheets in its previous 16 outings.

Faceoff sage Manny Malhotra returns to Canucks, sparks major turnaround

Since stats were first tallied, only 12 centres who took at least 600 draws in a season have cracked 60 per cent.Malhotra twice reached 60 per cent, and his 56.4 career percentage ranks him ninth among centres with at least 10,000 draws.While Vancouver’s position in the playoff hunt can’t be attributed solely to its faceoff proficiency, research suggests that enough faceoff wins can give a team a minor bump. His previous full-season best was 50.6.Bo Horvat, in his third season, has improved his mark to 52.6, while Sedin, who was hurting last year, has rebounded to 49.4, above his 48.9 career average. Occasionally he’ll drop by the locker room between periods and offer a specific adjustment.“He knows right away if you’re doing something that’s not working,” said Brandon Sutter, who in his ninth season is now among the best faceoff men in the league, with a 55.2 percentage. Stung by injuries and inexperience, the Canucks’ 45.4 faceoff percentage in 2015-16 was dead last in the league and among the worst since faceoff stats were first kept in 1997-98.This season the team is healthier, with more experienced centres, and boasts a faceoff percentage of 51.9 – fifth in the NHL and the biggest season-to-season gain ever, according to research by The Globe and Mail and Elias Sports Bureau.In part, it has helped propel the Canucks out of the league basement. Every play starts with one. After finishing 13th in the Western Conference last season, the team is currently in the playoff hunt, one of six teams vying for the two wild-card spots.A veteran of 16 NHL seasons and 11,988 faceoffs, Malhotra’s expert counsel begins at practice and continues before games.He delivers a detailed scouting report on opponents. Michael Chaput, a fourth liner in his fourth season, has taken more draws than he ever had before and is winning more than he loses for the first time with his 51.3 percentage.But Malhotra, who played for Vancouver for three seasons late in his career, wasn’t always a master in the circle. Columbus picked him up in 2003, and it was with the Blue Jackets in the 2005-06 season that he established himself as an elite faceoff force.He flourished as he refined his technique and forged his distinctive ultra-low, wide-legged stance. 1 centre. Elite status starts at 55 per cent, and superelite is reserved for 60-plus. Faceoffs in hockey happen so often that their importance begins to blur. That’s [Malhotra’s] main message.”While his title suggests a broader role, Malhotra’s top job has been as a faceoff sage. With hockey’s growing focus on puck possession, faceoffs are viewed as increasingly important. For that, Malhotra can take credit. This season, more than 45,000 pucks have been dropped.The battle for the puck is likened to an art or a chess match by its best practitioners but, from the outside, it often looks like a rugby scrum. One retired linesman said it’s like throwing raw meat to wolves. “You want to be the guy.”Success in the faceoff circle is hard to achieve. There is a draw, on average, once every minute in an NHL game. He was eventually traded to Dallas and then waived. Winning 52 or 53 per cent is considered good. He was taken in the first round – seventh overall – in the 1998 draft by the New York Rangers, who expected they were landing a scoring centre. It’s the reason the Vancouver Canucks brought Manny Malhotra back to the organization; Malhotra, a recently retired journeyman centre who sustained a lengthy NHL career with his ability to win draws and play strong defence, joined the Canucks as a development coach in September.“It’s a big one – every faceoff,” said Henrik Sedin, the team’s long-time No. “You want to gain puck possession. Winning faceoffs put him on the ice in key situations – on the penalty kill and late in periods.“It was about how I could be on the ice more,” Malhotra said.

Raptors top Pelicans in overtime despite lacklustre first half

The Toronto Raptors, desperate to find a soft landing spot from the January freefall that has zapped their confidence, were hoping it might come in the form of the New Orleans Pelicans.While the Raptors are reeling, having dropped six of their past seven heading into Tuesday night’s NBA contest at Air Canada Centre, their overall record still remains a sight better than the losing mark being hauled around by the Pelicans. “He’s a Philly kid, he’s going to bounce up. He had only played one game in his return – Sunday against the Orlando Magic – but is still not right, which has to be concerning to the Raptors.“DeMar DeRozan’s not going to go [Tuesday night],” Casey informed reporters shortly before the opening tip. The Celtics also moved into second spot over all behind the Cleveland Cavaliers.It did not help that DeRozan had to sit for three games after spraining his right ankle during the Jan. 22 contest against the Phoenix Suns. 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers.In the first half, the Pelicans shot well and took advantage of a suspect Raptors interior defence and headed into the break with a 60-46 lead.Holiday, who had 19 of his points in the opening half for New Orleans, threaded his way past several stationary Raptor defenders for an easy layup late in the second quarter.Hill would then hit an open three with about 26 seconds left, and the Pelicans, who knocked down almost 60 per cent (13 of 22) of their shots in the second quarter, outscoring Toronto 35-23, appeared in full control.The momentum shifted abruptly at the start of the third where the Raptors started with a vengeance, erupting on a 14-3 run that quickly cut the New Orleans lead to 63-60.A Lowry three followed up by a DeMarre Carroll 19-foot jump shot the Raptors in front 69-67 with five minutes left, and the Pelicans were close to being grounded.Toronto managed to carve out a 77-75 lead heading into the fourth. But the Raptors don’t do anything easy of late, and the final day of a long month would not start out any different.About 90 minutes before the opening tip, Toronto coach Dwane Casey delivered the bad news that DeMar DeRozan, their leading scorer and all-star, hobbled of late with a sore right ankle, would not be playing.Even worse, the team announced that the free-wheeling guard would also not be playing in Wednesday’s key encounter in Boston against the Celtics.Looking lost early in the game without their linchpin, the Raptors (30-19) snapped out of their lethargic ways in the second half to pull out a hair-raising 108-106 overtime win over the Pelicans (19-30).The Raptors would seize a 106-102 lead after a Kyle Lowry three with just less thantwo minutes left to play in the five-minute frame. And he will also not play Wednesday in Boston.“The medical team’s going to hold him out,” Casey said. But it was all tied up at 106-106 after Anthony Davis made a floater in the paint for New Orleans with about 30 seconds left.Then, with 4.3 seconds left, Lowry went to his left and, over the long reach of 6-foot-7 Solomon Hill, found nothing but net from 21 feet to win it for the Raptors while the din within the ACC became earsplitting.Lowry, who was banged around over the course of a rugged first half to the point you had to wonder if he would be able to continue to play, would finish the night with 33 points and 10 assists.“He gets hit more than any all star that I’ve been around,” Casey said afterward. He should have probably been a running back for the Eagles.”The Raptors clawed their way back from a 14-point disadvantage at the half to take a 77-75 lead into the fourth, where the score remained tight.With the score deadlocked at 96-96, Jrue Holiday’s driving floater for the Pelicans bounced off the rim to keep the game tied and send it into overtime.Holiday would lead the Pelicans with 30 points, while Davis finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds.During their January nosedive, the Raptors have been overtaken by the Celtics in the Eastern Conference. “He had a little swelling after the game on Sunday night so they pulled the plug and just told him to just rehab and get it worked on these next couple of days.”DeRozan’s place in the starting lineup was filled by Norman Powell.The game in Boston marks the first of a three-game road trip for Toronto that will also see the Raptors play the Orlando Magic on Friday before moving into New York on Sunday for a tilt against the Brooklyn Nets.Toronto’s next home game will be Feb.

Stars score five goals in first period en route to win over Leafs

Tyler Bozak scored on a power play at 13:50 of the first for Toronto, but Brett Ritchie and Jamie Benn answered to give the Stars a 5-1 lead after one.Dallas was up 6-3 after the second. After Korpikoski’s goal at 11:18, Curtis McElhinney replaced Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen. Just 1:44 later, Faksa scored with a wrist shot on the rebound of Shore’s shot.Korpikoski took a pass from Ritchie from the left corner and sent a backhand from the edge of the left circle to chase Andersen from the game.Bozak tipped in a shot by James van Riemsdyk at 13:50, but just 14 seconds later, the Stars’ Julius Honka passed from behind the net into the paint, and Ritchie chopped the puck in over McElhinney’s right shoulder. Lehtonen stopped all 14 shots in the third period, when the Stars had only one shot on goal.Andersen made five saves, and McElhinney stopped nine of 12 shots.Shore and Ritchie each had a goal and an assist, while Dan Hamhuis and Tyler Seguin each had two assists.For the Maple Leafs, Marner had a goal and an assist.On the first goal, Shore skated from the Stars blue line through the right faceoff circle and in front of Andersen before putting the puck on his forehand for a wrist shot at 2:53. The Maple Leafs outshot the Stars 15-7 in the period. Nikita Soshnikov and Mitchell Marner scored for the Maple Leafs in the period, and Jason Spezza for Dallas.Toronto outshot Dallas 43-20 overall. Benn took a pass from John Klingberg to score on a wrist shot from the left circle at 18:22.Despite trailing by four goals, the Maple Leafs outshot Dallas 14-12 in the first period.Soshnikov brought them to 5-2 at 4:19 of the second, taking a pass in front from Matt Martin and sending a wrist shot over a diving Lehtonen.Seguin attempted a wraparound but the puck went in front of the net and then in off Spezza at 7:49.Marner drove a wrist shot from the right circle past Lehtonen to pull Toronto within three at 10:25. Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves and five Dallas players scored in the first period to send the Stars past the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 on Tuesday night.Dallas took a 3-0 lead on goals by Devin Shore, Radek Faksa and Lauri Korpikoski.

Pacioretty’s hat trick lifts Canadiens over Sabres

Despite scoring three times, Pacioretty attributed all his success to linemates Phillip Danault and Alexander Radulov. I’m just very fortunate to be playing with players like that.”Pacioretty finished with three goals while Radulov and Danault each had two assists.The captain’s first of the night made it 1-0 at 17:27 of the first period. “They made it really easy for me,” said Pacioretty, who now leads the Canadiens with 24 goals this season. Nesterov, who skated with Markov on the third defensive pairing, finished plus-2 in 14:21 of ice time.Carey Price was perfect through two periods but Dmitry Kulikov broke his shutout bid with a shot from the point with 3:28 remaining in the game. “To get them back gave us a boost and it was nice to see them contribute and get on the score sheet.”Defenceman Nikita Nesterov made his Canadiens debut after being traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning last week. Markov had the primary assist on Paul Byron’s tic-tac-toe goal that made it 4-0 for Montreal at the end of the second period.“We were missing core guys who had fought with us in the last couple of years,” said Pacioretty of Markov and Desharnais. “They had numerous chances in the first period and they just took over in the second period. “One has a special kind of skill, and the other scores like there’s no tomorrow. Max Pacioretty led his team to victory with his second hat trick of the season but the Montreal Canadiens’ captain gave all the credit to his two linemates.Pacioretty scored once per period as Montreal beat the visiting Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Tuesday night in the first game back for both teams since the NHL all-star break. I have a lot of respect for them.”With Montreal already leading 4-0 in the third period, Pacioretty got his stick on a loose puck in a frantic goal-mouth scramble to complete the hat trick.Montreal is now 11-4-2 in its last 17 games versus Buffalo (20-20-9).The Canadiens (30-14-7) also benefited from the return of two veteran players on Tuesday and they both got on the score sheet.David Desharnais was back in the lineup after missing 24 games with a knee injury. Pacioretty took a nifty backhand saucer pass from Radulov and roofed the puck on Robin Lehner, who tried a traditional stack-the-pads save but got nowhere near the shot.“It’s nice to get our line going,” said Radulov. The centreman made it 3-0 for the home side in the second period after a bad giveaway by Cody Franson deep in his own zone.Andrei Markov (lower-body injury) also played his first game in six weeks. They hemmed us in the offensive zone.“We handed them the puck and they capitalized on their chances.” His counterpart Lehner stopped 30-of-35 shots.The Sabres and Canadiens met less than two weeks ago, with Buffalo leaving the Bell Centre with a 3-2 come-from-behind overtime victory.But in Tuesday’s contest the Canadiens secured the lead in the first period and never gave it up.“We gave them opportunities, we mismanaged the puck, turned the puck over,” said Sabres coach Dan Bylsma. Brian Gionta added another for Buffalo less than two minutes later.Price finished with 37 saves for his 23rd win of the season. Danault got the play started by poking the puck away from Buffalo’s Marcus Foligno.“It’s an honour for me to play with Pacioretty and Radulov,” said Danault. “We were dangerous pretty much every shift. “We got some momentum in the first period”Pacioretty added his second at 7:48 of the second period, again cashing in a pass from Radulov from behind Lehner’s net.

Canadian wingsuit flyer eulogized after dying on mountain in China

One of those rare, genuine, shiny souls that makes you want to be, no, forces you to be a better person.” “The mythology of many cultures abounds with gods and kings borne through the air; the power of flight was often attributed to gods. I try to do it every single day.”According to his bio with the World Wingsuit League, Dickinson started out parachuting but quickly took up wingsuiting.“Human beings have been obsessed by the idea of flight, and imagined themselves flying among the clouds, and soaring like birds,” he explained. In this day and age we have the tools and technology to be able to fly and some people have no desire — I personally cannot fathom this concept.“I live to fly and to explore the heavens every possible day I can.”According to the WWL, Dickinson was travelling in China alone with a mission to scout and open new jumping exit points. “It’s my passion, my hobby, my love. He was reported missing by friends on Wednesday and local search and rescue personnel found his body the next morning.The sport is without a doubt a dangerous one and some of its top practitioners have met the same fate, including Dickinson’s friend, Italian Dario Zanon, who died last summer, and Hungarian Victor Kovats, who died in the same area as Dickinson back in 2013.One of the most famous fatalities was Mark Sutton, who gained international fame at the 2012 London Olympics for parachuting into the stadium dressed as James Bond. “It was a matter of time.”Despite his celebrity inside his sport, Dickinson was hardly a household name. Friends and colleagues of a Canadian adventurer who died in China are flooding social media with glowing tributes, loving remembrances and some small measure of resignation at the inevitability of his demise.The body of 28-year-old Graham Dickinson was found last Thursday on a cliff in the Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park in the central province of Hunan. The day before, he posted a picture of the mountain on his Facebook page, accompanied by a smiling emoji and the description “feeling like he is dreaming.”

Dickinson was regarded as one of the best in the world at a sport called wingsuiting, in which athletes jump from high places and glide to the ground with the aid of aerodynamic body suits that make their wearers look a little like flying squirrels.Dickinson’s specialty was terrain flying, in which he swooped frighteningly close to mountain cliffs, buildings, trees and the ground — many of his flights are documented on video and easily found on the Internet.“Certainly knew this day would come but no less gutted that it’s here,” Glen J. Kilpatrick wrote on the World Wingsuit League’s Facebook page.“I think many of us already knew in a way that he was going to die soon, since his flights were closer and crazy day by day,” wrote Jose Montero. I do it as much as I can,” he said in a recent video posted to YouTube. His biggest brush with fame back home may have been when he got in trouble for allegedly jumping from a gondola at Whistler, B.C.“I’ve been travelling all around the world wingsuiting — everywhere in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia. He was killed the following summer during a TV-sponsored event in Switzerland.“Graham represented the most cutting edge in proximity wingsuit flying and his name became synonymous for dangerous and challenging wingsuit lines,” said the WWL.“Graham was well known, not only as one of the world’s most popular, talented and active BASE-jumpers, but also, as a serious risk taker who was willing to put everything in the line to pursuit his dreams.”His girlfriend, Kristen Johnson, paid tribute to their exciting lifestyle on her Facebook memorial to Dickinson, recalling the first time he took her to jump off a building, the first time he helped her jump off cliffs in the United Arab Emirates, and “my first encounters with security on an illegal jump.”She also recalled jumping off 3,000-foot fjords in unicorn onesies and being pulled over in rural Germany for six hours by the local police.“I’ve picked him up from jail twice, helped him get emergency dental done in a foreign country as he swore at me the entire time, and literally lived in a Fiat 500 with him as we toured Europe together,” she wrote.“The experiences and stories I have from the short time I shared with him are the stuff of legend and are what I will be forever grateful for.“He was certainly no saint and definitely drove me to tears on more than one occasion, but he had a heart of gold.

Blues fire coach Ken Hitchcock, promote Mike Yeo

But St. He and Gallant immediately become candidates for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who begin play next season but could hire a coach at any time.Yeo, a North Bay, Ont., product, led the Houston Aeros to the Calder Cup final in his one American Hockey League season. Louis, is now in Boston. Steve Ott, after two-plus seasons with the Blues, went to Detroit.But the Blues still have plenty of talent, including All-Star winger Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen, Paul Stastny, Kevin Shattenkirk and captain Alex Pietrangelo.Hitchcock is the third coach to be fired this season following Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers in November and Jack Capuano of the New York Islanders in January. Hitchcock has said he’s interested in continuing to coach elsewhere after this season.Hitchcock has coached 20 NHL seasons with the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Blues. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins coaching staff for four seasons prior to that. Goalies Jake Allen, Carter Hutton and Pheonix Copley have combined for an .887 save percentage, which is the worst team mark in the NHL.Fired by the Minnesota Wild last February, Yeo was added to Hitchcock’s staff in the off-season to be his successor beginning in 2017-18. Louis went just 5-8 in January and at 24-21-5 was mired in eighth place in the Western Conference entering the day.Hitchcock took the fall for the Blues’ underachieving season, which had a lot to do with goaltending struggles. Troy Brouwer, the Blues’ second-leading goal scorer in the playoffs last spring, signed with Calgary. He won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999, and his 781 career regular-season victories are fourth all-time, one shy of Hockey Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour for third.Yeo’s team has a new look after last season.David Backes, who spent 10 years in St. The 65-year-old Hitchcock was in his sixth season as Blues coach. Goalie Brian Elliott was traded to Calgary. The Blues abruptly fired coach Ken Hitchcock on Wednesday, cutting short the veteran’s final season in St. They went 248-124-41 and made the playoffs in each of his five seasons, reaching the Western Conference final last spring. Louis and putting coach-in-waiting Mike Yeo in charge of the underperforming team months earlier than planned.General manager Doug Armstrong announced the change one day after the Blues’ fifth loss in six games.

Ontario hockey exec suspended after posting slur against women on Facebook

But the cornerstone of discipline is rehabilitation and that’s what we’re going to do. “We realized that we have to institute changes to the way we do business. Worry about your own Country CANADA. An election for the position is set for April 18 but Pickford didn’t know if Lapierre would run for re-election.While some have questioned if Lapierre’s penalty was severe enough, Pickford noted his colleague had been an essential part of the association for decades, starting safety programs for players and shaping minor hockey in the city.“He’s made a bad mistake, he’s made an error. Its board of directors also plans to participate in the workshop offered by the sexual assault crisis centre.While the controversial Facebook post was on Lapierre’s own account, and not on the association’s social media feeds, it emphasized the impact such comments can have when made by someone in a public role, Pickford said.“There has to be an understanding that there’s no really separating a private individual from the public persona on social media,” he said.Lapierre, who has been the hockey association president for 18 years, will be reinstated in his position after the season ends and his training is complete, Pickford said. And I think everyone deserves a second chance.”The executive director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Centre for Windsor and Essex County said Lapierre reached out seeking guidance.“Many times males, especially in hockey culture, mimic language that is offensive to women and their intent isn’t to offend them but the impact is greater in that it is offensive and it actually promotes this view that women are lesser than men,” said Lydia Fiorini.Lapierre’s case can serve as a learning moment, she said.“At the end of the day we can definitely say his behaviour was inappropriate but what’s even more important is that he said ‘look, I get it now, and I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to make sure this mistake doesn’t happen again,“’ she said.Fiorini’s centre now plans to work with the hockey association to develop a program to promote respectful behaviour towards females. Good u dumb bitches. And your protesting what?”The Windsor Minor Hockey Association said that after an internal investigation carried out in consultation with the Ontario Minor Hockey Association, it passed a motion suspending Lapierre for the rest of the 2016-17 season, which ends April 9.The motion further orders the 48-year-old Lapierre to take a workshop by the Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Windsor and other training programs on respect and ethics when dealing with social media.The hockey association has also demanded a written apology from Lapierre.“It was taken very seriously,” Dave Pickford, the association’s vice-president of travel said in an interview. An Ontario minor hockey executive has been suspended and ordered to take ethics training after posting a slur online about Canadian women who joined a massive march in Washington, D.C., last month.Windsor Minor Hockey Association president Dean Lapierre apologized last week and said he “screwed up” when he made the comment on his personal Facebook page about the protest in support of women’s rights. Lapierre — described by the association as a tireless 30-year volunteer — wrote on Facebook: “Any of those CANADIAN women who wanted to protest the President of the USA and got turned around. Dean’s actions reflected negatively on Windsor Minor Hockey Association and we’re taking steps to deal with that.”The association will update its Code of Conduct to reflect behaviour expected of all its volunteers, particularly when using social media.