New Canucks coach Travis Green to lead young, rebuilding team

Green was the only coach Vancouver interviewed following the firing of Willie Desjardins two weeks ago.Other promising new NHL coaches have failed in situation similar to Green’s.Dallas Eakins had been an AHL head coach for four seasons when he was hired by Edmonton in 2013 at 46. He has guided young players such as Jake Virtanen, who he will now be responsible for in the NHL. But he, too, lasted only 1 1/2  seasons.“There’s always going to be certain examples of coaches that have gone on to have success from the AHL and ones that haven’t,” Green said.“I’ll be prepared and I am now.”Asked if he was ready for several difficult seasons ahead, as Vancouver loads up its roster with young players, Green said: “For sure. Travis Green, the new coach of the Vancouver Canucks, reflected on how the challenges of his NHL playing career have readied him to lead a rebuilding team whose roster will be young and inexperienced.Green had been a hot-shot goal scorer as a teenager in the WHL and was drafted 23rd overall by the New York Islanders in 1989. New Vancouver Canucks coach says team needs to get ‘younger’ (The Canadian Press)

“It has helped, being drafted where I was, thinking I was going to be this high-scoring goal scorer in the NHL,” Green said during an introductory news conference Wednesday at Rogers Arena.“You were, weren’t you?” joked Trevor Linden, the Canucks president, sitting beside Green.“Sometimes,” Green said.Green, a 46-year-old from the small B.C. He grinded out a 14-season NHL career. Arniel had a few stars on his roster along with up-and-comers. The past two seasons have been the lowest scoring in Canucks history. But it took Green three years to make the Islanders and another three years before he produced a 20-plus goal season in the NHL, at the age of 25. And ownership is preaching “patience,” a first since the Aquilini family bought the club in 2004. Eakins lasted 1 1/2 seasons. Scott Arniel coached Vancouver’s AHL team for four years and in 2010, at 48, was hired by Columbus. The lottery for the draft placement is Saturday night.“I know we have to create more offence,” Green said.He said that coaching tactics could help produce more goals, even without elite scorers.“There’s a way that you can create offence nowadays, with the way that the game is played,” Green said. I’m not sitting up here saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to win the Stanley Cup next year.’”The immediate challenge is scoring goals, one Green knows personally. “Finding goal scorers is different than creating offence, for me.”After considerable tumult since the firing of coach Alain Vigneault in May, 2013 – followed by one year of John Tortorella and three years of Desjardins – the Canucks are on Green’s shoulders now. For Linden, three years on the job, patience is essential, because he needs this bet on Green to pay off.“We have a lot of faith in Travis,” Linden said. Management no longer promotes playoff contention as a short-term goal.The rebuild is officially on – and Green will be its steward.Green was coach of Vancouver’s AHL team in Utica, N.Y., for the past four seasons. city of Castlegar, was presented by Linden as the right man for the moment, a coach who understands young players and can best develop raw prospects into strong pros.Three years ago, when Linden took over the Canucks, the team’s strategy had been to vie for the playoffs while also bringing in younger players.The team made the playoffs in Linden’s first season but then twice finished at the bottom of the NHL. Vancouver has several prospects who could become goal scorers and the team has about a 1-in-3 chance in landing a top-three pick in this June’s draft.

Sharapova gets lukewarm welcome after 15-month doping ban

It’s the Russian’s first match since losing to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of last year’s Australian Open, and her first match on clay in nearly two years.Organizers handed Sharapova a much-debated wild card as the three-time winner of their event has lost her ranking due to the suspension.Several players, including Vinci, have criticized the invitation for a player who has been caught doping. 1 is playing Roberta Vinci in an opening-round match at the Porsche Grand Prix. Maria Sharapova was given a lukewarm welcome by 4,500 spectators upon her return to professional tennis on Wednesday after a 15-month doping ban.After receiving a polite applause and some whistling when she entered the sold-out arena, the five-time Grand Slam champion and former No.

Rugby league player charged with racially abusing member of Toronto Wolfpack

The fully professional Toronto team is bidding to eventually win promotion to the elite Super League, where Salford currently stands fifth.In other disciplinary news, Toronto loose forward Jack Bussey was suspended for one match and fined 75 pounds ($130) for an illegal elbow/forearm strike in the 31st minute of the Salford match.Rowley said he was disappointed at the ban. We have to be squeaky clean all the time,” he said. “I don’t think for one minute that Justin Carney is a racist. The Wolfpack have played their first eight competitive games in England with Rowley suggesting opposition fans can sway decisions.“It can quite often influence a referee … The alleged abuse was against veteran prop Ryan Bailey. We’d rather support (him) and find out if there’s a deep-rooted problem that made him react in that manner.“But nevertheless you can’t do it in this day and age — or any day and age. “I’ll never defend that sort of behaviour but … “So Jack plays close to the line, he’s aggressive in his style and unfortunately they’ve picked up on a little bit of niggle.”“I think, to be honest, they really tried hard to find something because there’s been a bit of noise about how aggressive we are and on the back of that noise, I think, they’ve almost had to look for something to prove that we crossed the line,” he added.Toronto hooker Bob Beswick, meanwhile, received a caution for strikes with the knee.On the injury front, Wolfpack second-rower James Laithwaite, who suffered a neck fracture in Sunday’s game, underwent more tests in hospital Wednesday.Rowley said the best-case scenario for his forward in terms of a return to action was two months out.Toronto’s next outing is its home opener May 6 against Oxford RLFC. But they never know what’s gone on in that person’s life in the buildup to a game.”“It’s a reactive thing,” he added. Ryan Bailey knows him. it’s really easy watching a game of rugby to just see 13 players against 13. Justin’s a grown man and he’ll deal with the consequences, I’m sure.”A hearing was put over to next week at the request of Salford, with Carney ineligible to play in the meantime.Carney faces a Grade F charge for verbal abuse based on race/colour — the most severe category of offence carrying a penalty of at least eight games or a fixed time period if found guilty.The 28-year-old Australian back played for the Canberra Raiders and Sydney Roosters in the NRL before coming to England to play for Castleford and Salford.The Wolfpack, rugby league’s first transatlantic team, are in their first season in the third tier of English rugby league where they are unbeaten in five games against semi-pro opposition. There’s no drama there. A Salford player has been charged with making a racial slur during the Red Devils’ win over the Toronto Wolfpack in Sunday’s fifth-round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup match.Salford’s Justin Carney was sent off in the 26th minute of Salford’s 29-22 rugby league win over Toronto. So whilst we won’t defend him, we certainly won’t condemn him either. He’s got a black father so he’s not racist. “Justin Carney is a really good player,” said Toronto coach Paul Rowley.

Raptors’ Norman Powell finds his place in the playoffs

“I’m a big fan of the type of players that stick through it, push, put in the work every single time, and it shows every time your name is called. Let’s not take that lightly.”A small smile broke across Powell’s face when he was told what the all-star point guard had said about him.“When your veteran leader sees the work you put in, how hard you’re playing, how much you’re trying to affect the series – that really means a lot to me,” said Powell, sitting in a corner of the Raptors practice gym as his teammates packed for Milwaukee. But he’s doing it defensively also. I think he fits in well with what me and DeMar do and what they have done to us, trying to double-team us, put more arms on us. Game 6 is on Thursday night in Milwaukee.Powell had started 18 regular-season games for the Raptors, averaging 15.6 points, yet the second-year guard played fewer than six minutes off the bench in Toronto’s Game 1 loss, then not at all in Game 2. It’s pretty fun to watch,” Lowry said. “Kyle talks to me a lot during the season, keeping me motivated and keeping me going. He’s been a good energy guy. The 6-foot-4, 23-year-old USC product also blocked a shot in Toronto’s 118-93 win.“He’s been coming in and getting his looks, with the attention that me and DeMar [DeRozan] were getting is giving him an opportunity to show what he can do. The playoff series between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks changed dramatically after the Raps’ humiliating Game 3 loss, and Kyle Lowry gives much of the credit to Norman Powell.“He changed the series, honestly, he’s changed the series so far,” Lowry said after Wednesday’s practice. I was starting games when DeMar was out, and then not playing, then playing for [DeMarre Carroll] earlier in the season, then sitting again. “He’s been unbelievable. Any guy who can go second round, all the odds he had to face coming out of college – couldn’t shoot, undersized – anything you could put against Norm, he’s fighting against all odds,” DeRozan said. Toronto won 87-76.Powell’s monster performance came in Game 5. DeMar and Kyle have really helped me find my way in the league.”Powell was the Milwaukee Bucks’ second-round draft pick in 2015 – 46th overall – but they traded his rights to Toronto, along with a future first-round draft pick, in exchange for Greivis Vasquez.“It’s inspirational. “It’s kinda hard for [the Bucks] – you can’t put your attention on three guys, so someone’s gonna get a chance to be free and roam a little bit. I have to trust the team, trust the process, trust that my work is gonna show,” said the quiet and even-tempered Powell. He’s pretty much everything for us right now.”

Powell’s role has changed dramatically over the five games of this series, which Toronto leads 3-2. It just shows the professionalism, the maturity, the maturity that he has. It’s only his second year. Starting again, he led the Raps with 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting, went 4-from-4 from three-point range and nabbed four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Norm has an ability to get to the basket, finish, get out in transition. For him to be up and down, not knowing if he’s going to play in a game, start a game, to step up in big moments like that is just a credit to the type of player he is.”Powell said DeRozan was the one who told him ahead of Game 4 that he would be starting.“My main focus was playing defence. Still he’d played a big role – in last year’s playoffs, so his time was coming.The 23-year-old played just under 15 minutes in Game 3, which the Bucks won 104-77, then was moved to the starting lineup for Game 4 and played 34 minutes and contributed 12 points while sticking to troublesome Bucks shooting guard Khris Middleton. It’s been great, man. “The guys were joking with me after Game 5, ‘oh you’re big time, I see you shining, you gonna come to the podium with us?’ I just trust that the time and dedication I put into basketball every day is gonna show up.” That’s a true professional.

Tortorella, Babcock, McLellan, voted Jack Adams Award finalists

McLellan guided Edmonton to its first playoff berth since 2005-06.The award honours the late Jack Adams, the longtime coach and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. Babcock led Toronto to a fourth-place finish in the Atlantic Division and the second wild-card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs were 30th in the NHL the previous season.Tortorella’s Blue Jackets set franchise records for wins, points, home wins and road points. Toronto’s Mike Babcock, Edmonton’s Todd McLellan and Columbus’ John Tortorella are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL coach of the year.Members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association voted at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated finalists Wednesday. Tortorella won the award with Tampa Bay in 2003-04. The winner will be announced June 21 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Prolonged rest actually harmful for those recovering from head injuries: report

And if you’re not better in a relatively short period of time then to seek treatment because there are aspects of this injury that are quite treatable.“One that relates to that is we’ve defined what a concussion is and we’ve partly defined what it’s not,” Meeuwisse added. Now there’s pretty good evidence that prolonged rest is actually harmful,” Meeuwisse said.“You do need to rest but only for a couple of days, then start to work your way back to normal life. Kathryn Schneider, an assistant professor, contributed to the document, which was designed to help health-care providers dealing with concussed adults and children. To help with the recognition process, adults are being asked to carry a pocket card called a Concussion Recognition Tool, which outlines what to look for and do.“The new tools created from this consensus are designed to assist parents, coaches, officials and players to identify athletes with a potential concussion and remove the athlete from further risk of injury,” Emery said in a news release.While there was consensus movement in the area of treatment, there was none when it came to linking concussions to degenerative brain diseases.As Meeuwisse acknowledged, “There’s still no scientific evidence of a cause-and-effect relationship between concussions and degenerative problems. “There may be a neck injury, a whiplash injury, a balance injury, an injury with the eye-movement patterns that are quite [agreeable] to rehab and there are good signs there that show early rehab is really effective. The jury is still out on that one. Carolyn Emery, a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, and Dr. More than 400 academics from 24 countries attended the Berlin meeting. Dr. Prolonged rest is no longer the best recommendation for people who have suffered concussions, says a document published Wednesday in the British Journal of Sport Medicine, which calls for concussion sufferers to rest only a day or two then get back on their feet.The International Consensus Statement on Concussions in Sport is an updated document on how best to deal with concussions and is expected to “have a profound impact diagnosing and treating [them],” according to one of three University of Calgary researchers who helped revise the guidelines. So it’s a more treatable injury than we might have thought in the past.”While concussion sufferers are being told to be cautiously active, it is now advised that kids may take four weeks to fully recover.Dr. Willem Meeuwisse, a sport-medicine physician at the U of C’s Faculty of Kinesiology, co-chaired last October’s fifth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport. There’s lots of good research going on but nothing conclusive.”The consensus document is being supported by the International Olympic Committee, the International Ice Hockey Federation, the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, World Rugby and FIFA. The primary message is Recognize and Remove. What they concluded after much research and debate marked a change in concussion treatment.“We used to manage this injury with rest and, if they didn’t get better, more rest.

Predators win 4-3 to take Game 1 against Blues

Wilson has 11 goals and 19 points in his last 21 playoff games, dating to the start of the 2014-15 playoffs. Schwartz scored his third of the playoffs, off a pass from Paul Stastny, at 6:48, and Sobotka tied it with a wrist shot from the right circle with 10:38 remaining.NOTES: Cody McLeod also played for Nashville after not appearing in the first-round series against Chicago. He left the ice on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.After the delay for Fiala’s injury and the arrival of a second ambulance at the arena, Subban drove a shot by Allen from the right circle for his first of the playoffs at 2:22. … Louis pulled within one when Parayko slipped a shot through Rinne’s legs with 11:56 remaining in the second.Subban then set up another power-play goal for the Predators. Colin Wilson and Filip Forsberg also scored for Nashville, and Pekka Rinne made 27 saves.Colton Parayko, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka scored for St. It was Wilson’s first playoff game this year after he missed the first round because of a lower-body injury.It was still 1-0 when Fiala was hit by Blues defenceman Robert Bortuzzo and went hard into the boards behind the St. Allen finished with 28 stops.Game 2 is Friday night.The Predators jumped in front when Wilson redirected a slap shot from Subban past Allen for a power-play goal at 11:24 of the first. Louis. It was the fifth career playoff goal for the 36-year-old Fiddler, who did not play in Nashville’s first-round sweep of Chicago. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Wednesday night.The Predators lost Kevin Fiala to an ugly leg injury in the second period and blew a 3-1 lead before Fiddler poked a loose puck by Jake Allen in the third. Louis net at 1:46 of the second. Ryan Johansen picked up the assist after the Blues were unable to clear the puck from the defensive zone.St. The defenceman’s shot from the left circle bounced away from Allen, and then ricocheted off Forsberg’s skate and into the net for a 3-1 lead at 12:11.The Blues rallied in the third. Subban had a goal and two assists and Vernon Fiddler scored with 5:05 left, sending the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 victory over the St. P.K.

Oilers win Game 1 against Ducks 5-3 to take early series lead

Edmonton’s No. They roared when a camera found Teemu Selanne, the future Hall of Famer who played much of his career in Anaheim.The Oilers fell behind 1-0, didn’t fold, and then came back and won after blowing a two-goal lead. The Oilers have beaten the Ducks four times in six meetings this season heading into Friday night’s second game, which is also at the Honda Center.“They’re not going away,” Larsson said. “They are going to want to engage us physically.”Edmonton has an agitator or two in Zack Kassian and Maroon, but nobody that can match Kesler for pestiness. The loss was the first in regulation time for Anaheim since March 10 at St. At various points in the game, Ryan Kesler was called for tripping against Edmonton star Connor McDavid, Hampus Lindholm punched the 20-year-old captain in the back as they skated up the ice, the Oilers’ Patrick Maroon rode Josh Manson like a bucking bronco and Gibson punched Anton Slepyshev as they were sprawled in Gibson’s crease after the Russian forward plowed into him on a rush.The game entered the third period tied at 1, but then Edmonton went ahead on Letestu’s second power-play goal and Larsson’s first of the game. “They’re a veteran team. Within a minute and a half, however, the Ducks had tied it on goals by Getzlaf and Patrick Eaves and their home arena was rocking.The Oilers won despite being outshot, outhit and having a massive disadvantage in faceoffs. “I don’t think that’s a brilliant comment [by him] by any means.”The Oilers now have the upper hand, but it is likely to be a long, drawn-out series.It is the fifth consecutive season Anaheim has won the Pacific Division, and it marks the third time in four years that the Ducks advanced past the first round. Fans gave a warm applause to Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first African-American player, when he was shown in the stands. It was also the Ducks’ first loss in nine home games.The victory by Edmonton also at least temporarily takes the home-ice advantage away from Anaheim, which finished two points ahead in the Pacific Division. They entered the night 15-0-3 over their last 18 games, including a sweep of Calgary in the opening round of the Stanley Cup. Draisaitl had three assists for the Oilers, Larsson had one and so did Lucic and McDavid, who was tightly marked by Kesler. It is all pretty heady stuff for a team that finished 29th among 30 teams last year.“We are a youthful team that hasn’t been to this dance, but our group is evolving and growing,” McLellan said. “They have some very good young players, but they’ve got a veteran lineup and a lot of talent and high draft choices that have been moved to different spots, and it has solidified them as a group.”On Wednesday morning, Carlyle said he expected “a lot of whining” about Edmonton’s inability to win faceoffs out of Oilers’ coach Todd McLellan. The Anaheim centre, who will line up against McDavid throughout the series, prides himself on being the biggest irritant in the game.Kesler, nominated for the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward, yaps and chops and whacks and slashes. It ended with three players from each team in the penalty box, all for roughing, with all infractions occurring with 3.7 seconds left.Earlier in the third period, Milan Lucic decked an Anaheim player behind the Oilers’ net. They’re dominant and they’re going to keep keep coming.”The series then returns to Rogers Place in Edmonton for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Wednesday.The game was a slug fest between two hard-hitting teams. He plays angry all the time, like a hornet that has just been chased out of its nest.“I am his friend, and sometimes I even want to kill him,” his teammate Kevin Bieksa said this week.The gamesmanship entering the second round was not left to only the players.On Tuesday, Anaheim’s Randy Carlyle labelled the proposition that the Oilers are a young team “a pile of crap.”“They portray that, but I don’t look at them as young,” Carlyle said. The Oilers’ postseason joyride continued on Wednesday night a couple of kilometres from the main gate at Disneyland.Adam Larsson and Mark Letestu each scored two goals and Leon Draisaitl added an empty netter as Edmonton defeated Anaheim 5-3 at the Honda Center.Larsson, who scored only four times all season, tucked the winner around Ducks goalie John Gibson with 4:40 remaining as the Oilers won the first game of the second-round Western Conference playoff series. Louis, where they lost on a goal in the last 20 seconds. It is the first since 2006 for the Oilers, when they beat Anaheim in the Western Conference finals.The sellout crowd at Honda Center was loud throughout the night. 1 line – McDavid, Draisaitl and Maroon – failed to generate a shot in the first two periods.“They play with a chip on their shoulder,” McDavid said after the Oilers’ pregame skate. The Ducks finished first in the league in faceoffs in the regular season, while the Oilers were last.McLellan, nominated later in the day for the Jack Adams Award for top coach, along with Toronto’s Mike Babcock and John Tortorella of Columbus, chuckled when Carlyle’s quote was relayed to him.“I’ve been whining about our faceoffs all year because we are in thirtieth place,” McLellan said.