Last Week around the Leagues
by Fran Stuchbury
December 22, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
This past week Major League Lacrosse merged with the Premier Lacrosse League, Major League Soccer expansion franchise Charlotte FC named Nick Kelly its club president, and the NBA G League's Long Island Nets named Bret Brielmaier as the team's head coach. Highlights from this week are from the Premier Lacrosse League, Major League Soccer, ECHL, North American Hockey League, Western Hockey League, Indoor Football League and The Spring League.
Premier Lacrosse League
The Premier Lacrosse League ("PLL") and Major League Lacrosse ("MLL") have merged with subsequent season operations and activities to formally exist under the Premier Lacrosse League. As part of the merger, the PLL will immediately expand to include the Boston Cannons as the PLL's eighth team, under the rebranded name Cannons Lacrosse Club. The Cannons Lacrosse Club roster will be entirely selected through an Expansion Draft in 2021. Additionally, the PLL will retain the rights to all of the former MLL teams for future expansion considerations.
The Premier Lacrosse League & Major League Lacrosse are merging.
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Major League Soccer
Charlotte Football Club announced that Nick Kelly has been named club president. Kelly will be responsible for the team's day-to-day business operations. Kelly comes to Charlotte FC following six years with Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), where he most recently served as vice president of partnerships, beer culture and community. In this role, Kelly oversaw all company partnerships in the sports, music and entertainment fields across the United States.
Interview with Charlotte FC club president Nick Kelly. The big boss breaks down his goals for Charlotte FC: - New kits - Match Day traditions - Creating the best stadium experience in the MLS - Bolstering the MASSIVE soccer community in the Carolinas.
Austin FC selects five players in 2020 MLS Expansion Draft
Atlanta United announced it has agreed a two-year contract with Gabriel Heinze to become the third head coach in club history. He's quickly established himself as one of the top up-and-coming coaches in world football, highlighted by his most recent two-and-a-half-year stint at Velez Sarsfield. During the 2019-20 season, Heinze impressively led the third-youngest team in the 24-team league to a third-place finish.
President Darren Eales and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra discuss the reasons why Gabriel Heinze was at the top of their list during the hiring process and what we can expect to see from our new manager.
The Best Goal from every MLS team in 2020.
ECHL Plays of the Week
North American Hockey League
NAHL Plays of the Week
Western Hockey League
The Western Hockey League announced it will delay the start of the 2020-21 WHL Regular Season, and following further consultation with regional health authorities, the Board of Governors will meet in January to consider potential start dates. With public health restrictions in place across Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest U.S., the WHL is not in a position to start its Regular Season as planned on January 8.
WHL, Tri-City Americans season to be delayed
NBA G League
The Long Island Nets, the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, have named Bret Brielmaier as the team's head coach. Brielmaier becomes the fourth head coach in Long Island history after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets. Prior to joining the Nets organization in 2016, Brielmaier spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers and was a member of the coaching staff when Cleveland won its 2016 NBA championship.
The Cleburne Railroaders announced the hiring of Mike Jeffcoat as field manager. Jeffcoat served as the Railroaders pitching coach during the 2019 season, his first with the club. Under his direction, Cleburne's pitching staff ranked among the league-leaders in several major categories, including a 3.90 team ERA that finished second on the circuit.
The Green Bay Booyah are pleased to announce the hiring of Tristan Toorie as the team's field manager as it enters the third season at Capital Credit Union Park in 2021. Toorie is currently the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Anderson University, which competes in NCAA Division II as a member of the South Atlantic Conference. Before joining the Anderson University coaching staff, Toorie spent numerous seasons working at Division I programs throughout the country, building connections that will serve him well when recruiting the Booyah roster.
Canadian Football League
The BC Lions Football Club and Quarterback Mike Reilly have reached a contract settlement that has resulted in Reilly signing a new two-year deal that keeps number 13 in orange and black through the 2022 season. Reilly, 35, will enter his 11th CFL season in 2021 and second back in BC after re-joining the squad as a free agent in February 2019. Reilly's 3,897 passing yards last season moved him into 15th on the CFL all-time list with 31,522 total passing yards. It was also the fifth time in his career he threw for at least 20 touchdowns.
Indoor Football League
Interview with Spokane Shock head coach Billy Back. Coach Back shared with the IFL's Fred Shaffer about the their opening game against the Frisco Fighters and the level of competition coming in 2021. He comments on the Shock's roster including returning indoor football veterans, new players of the indoor game making their debut, and the recently released schedule.
The Spring League
The Generals dominated from start to finish to capture the The Spring League Championship in a 37-14 win over the Aviators. QB Bryan Scott took home MVP honors.
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Western Hockey League Stories from December 22, 2020
- Broncos Make Donation to Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre Following T's for Toys Initiative - Swift Current Broncos
- T's for Toys Campaign Raises $1000 for EGADZ Youth Centre - Saskatoon Blades
- WHL T's for Toys Campaign Supports over 800 Children Across WHL Territory - WHL
- Hockey Harvest Lottery Winner Declared - Saskatoon Blades
- Last Week around the Leagues - OSC Original by Fran Stuchbury
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