Last Week around the Leagues
by Fran Stuchbury
May 26, 2020 - BIG3 (BIG3)
This past week Major League Soccer's FC Cincinnati named Jaap Stam their new head coach, the National Women's Hockey League's newest team in Toronto announced it will be known as the Toronto Six and the Big3 canceled its season due to COVID-19, planning to return in 2021. Highlights from this week are from Major League Soccer, the National Women's Hockey League, American Hockey League, NBA G League, NBL Canada, Canadian Football League, National Lacrosse League, Premier Lacrosse League, Carolina League and Major League Rugby.
Major League Soccer
FC Cincinnati General Manager Gerard Nijkamp has announced the official hiring of Jaap Stam (pronounced YAHPP STAHM) as the club's new head coach. Stam, 47, joins FC Cincinnati following managerial stints in England at Reading (2016-18), as well as in his native Holland at PEC Zwolle (2018-19) and Feyenoord (2019). Stam had a prolific 15-year playing career which saw him star at some of the highest-profile clubs in the world in the Netherlands, England and Italy - including PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Lazio, A.C. Milan and Ajax.
Welcome Jaap Stam
Major Arena Soccer League
The Major Arena Soccer League, through its league office and teams, have been working for roughly the last two months on preparing plans for safely completing the 2019-2020 MASL playoffs. The safety and health of all involved has been paramount in this process. Through much research and due diligence, the league feels we are close to finding a resolution on conducting the playoffs. The belief exists that if we can safely conduct an event, that the world's attention to professional indoor soccer and the MASL will be at a level never previously achieved. As plans are finalized, we ask that you remain patient as we plan to have an announcement in the next 7 days.
National Women's Hockey League
For the NWHL's sixth team that begins play in the league's sixth season, we introduce you to...the Toronto Six. The Toronto Six today unveiled its name, colors and logo prior to the club's inaugural 2020-21 season. The team name, of course, draws its inspiration from one of Toronto's nicknames. The name also works perfectly for hockey since a full complement of players on the ice at one time for a team is six. The team's uniforms will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
The time has come. The Toronto Six
American Hockey League
The American Hockey League announced today that Karl Taylor of the Milwaukee Admirals is the winner of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL's outstanding coach for the 2019-20 season. Under Taylor's guidance, the Admirals finished with their best record in 19 seasons of play in the AHL, going 41-14-5-3 (90 points, .714%) and capturing the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as regular-season champions.
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Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League officially announced the winner of the 2019-2020 season's Red Tilson Trophy, given to the OHL's Most Outstanding Player. Earning the award is 67's centre and also Eddie Powers Trophy winner, Marco Rossi.
In the midst of the COVID-19 world pandemic and its uncontrollable nature, the BIG3 announced today season four will return in Summer 2021. The BIG3 always wants to deliver the best for our fans under safe conditions. Due to a confluence of issues including safety, uncertainty of testing, changing government regulations, insurance and liability issues, sponsor and advertiser challenges of their own, and the changing nature of the virus itself, the decision was made to focus on a great return in 2021.
NBA G League
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National Basketball League of Canada
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Jeremiah Mordi of the Moncton Magic has been named the NBL Canada Most Improved Player for the 2019-20 season. Mordi began the season coming off the bench for the Magic but was eventually moved to the starting point guard spot where he averaged 16 points per game, 5.9 assists and 7.1 rebounds per contest. In addition, Mordi led the league in 3pt field goal percentage at an astounding 60.3% which is the highest of any player to conclude a season.
NBLC Cuts: 2020 NBLC Most Improved Player of the Year, Jeremiah Mordi
Canadian Football League
The Saskatchewan Roughriders, along with the CFL announce that the Saskatchewan Grey Cup and Grey Cup Festival, initially set for November 22, 2020, will take place in 2022. Now, if the 108th Grey Cup is played, the host will be determined by a "win and host' model. The team that qualifies for the Grey Cup and has a superior regular season record to its opponent will host the Grey Cup Game. This gives all nine CFL teams a shot at hosting the Grey Cup Game in this unprecedented year.
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National Arena League
The National Arena League has been working very hard behind the scenes to get the 2020 season ready for kickoff. The league is considering a shortened regular season along with one or two rounds for playoffs. The NAL owners are committed to playing the 2020 season while following all the necessary safety guidelines with training camp starting as early as June 14th.
Indoor Football League
The Duke City Gladiators fired head coach Cornelius "Pig" Brown. With the IFL cancelling its seasons due to COVID-19, Brown never got the chance to coach a game.
National Lacrosse League
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Premier Lacrosse League
Best of Whipsnakes midfielder Mike Chanenchuk - 2019 Season
Former Lynchburg Hillcats General Manager Ronnie Roberts passed away. Ronnie was seventy-years-old and remains a legend at the ballpark. He always had a positive attitude that left a lasting impression with fans, players, and staff members.
Former Lynchburg Hillcats General manager Ronnie Roberts passed away in North Carolina.
The Stockton Ports, in conjunction with the California League, announce today that California League All-Star Game, and all surrounding events, have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled in 2020. The scheduled events included numerous outings within Stockton and the surrounding area, a Fan Fest, Home Run Derby, concluding with the All-Star Game, and Fireworks Extravaganza at Banner Island Ballpark on June 23, 2020.
Major League Rugby
Top Five tries from the Seattle Seawolves
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