Min­ers rais­ing money for trip to U.S., Capers long arm of law at Olympics

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The Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League made changes to both the di­vi­sions and the play­off for­mat for the 2010-11 sea­son. The 18 teams will be di­vided into three di­vi­sions: TELUS West, TELUS East and the Mar­itimes. TELUS West in­cludes Drum­mondville, Gatineau, Montreal, Rouyn-No­randa, Shaw­ini­gan and Val-d’Or. TELUS East in­cludes Baie-Comeau, Chicoutimi, Lewis­ton, Que­bec, Ri­mouski and Vic­to­ri­av­ille. The Mar­itimes in­cludes Acadie-Bathurst, Cape Bre­ton, Hal­i­fax, Monc­ton, P.E.I. and Saint John (no change).

As for the play­offs, the first three po­si­tions will be held by the top teams in each divi­sion in or­der of points amassed in the stand­ings dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. The two teams with the least num­ber of points dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son will be elim­i­nated from play­off con­tention. Beginning with fourth place, teams will be po­si­tioned ac­cord­ing to the num­ber of points ac­cu­mu­lated dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son.

So the top team will play against the No. 16 team, sec­ond against 15th, etc. Think of it as the NHL play­off for­mat, but with the en­tire league as op­posed to two con­fer­ences. The quar­ter-fi­nals and semi­fi­nals con­tinue in the same way, with the semifi- nal win­ners ob­vi­ously meet­ing in the fi­nal.

This is a much sim­pler for­mat than the cur­rent one, which...ac­tu­ally, it’s too long and con­fus­ing to ex­plain this week. We’ll get into that later. We ac­tu­ally have it saved here on file, ex­plained as sim­ply as pos­si­ble. Clear as mud, as they say.

• The Glace Bay Min­ers atom ‘AAA’ team has quite the jour­ney ahead of it. The team will travel to the United States to play a pair of games against the Ash­burn Xtreme of Ash­burn, Va. Their first game will be Fri­day, March 12 at the Ver­i­zon Cen­ter, the home of the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals in nearby Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Sun­day, March 14, they play the Xtreme again in Fred­er­ick, Md.

The team is hold­ing a si­lent auc­tion and dance tonight at the Bay­plex in Glace Bay to raise money for the trip. Items in­clude ev­ery­thing from lob­sters and crab to au­to­graphed jer­seys by Kevin Lowe, Martin St. Louis, Yvan Cournoyer, Cur­tis Joseph, Kirk Furey and Alexan­der Ovechkin. The auc­tion will be held from 7-9 p.m., with the dance to fol­low from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. For tick­ets, call 849-6066.

• The Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity Capers women’s bas­ket­ball team, who now sit at 19-1 on the sea­son af­ter de­feat­ing the St. Fran­cis Xavier X-Women at home Wed­nes­day, re­mained in fifth place in the Cana­dian In­teruni­ver­sity Sport rank­ings (they were 18-1 when the rank­ings were re­leased, Tues­day). Ahead of them are the Saskatchewan Huskies (14-6) at No. 3 and Regina Cougars (16-4) at No. 4. To try and ex­plain the logic of th­ese rank­ings would yet again be im­pos­si­ble and fu­tile.

The men’s rank­ings re­mained static again this week. CBU (16-1) is No. 4, while the X-Men (15-0) are at No. 2 (again, records are as of Tues­day when the rank­ings were re­leased). But with the Capers de­feat­ing the XMen at home Wed­nes­day night and hand­ing them their first loss of the sea­son, it’s a good bet that CBU should be mak­ing a climb.

But hey, the way the women’s rank­ings have been this sea­son, you never know.

• The Cape Bre­ton Road Run­ners Club posted its 2010 road race sched­ule on its web­site. Visit www.cbroad­run­ners.ca and click on “race sched­ule/re­sults 2010” on the left-hand side un­der the “web­site links” head­ing. Four­teen events are listed, with the first be­ing the an­nual five-mile Louis­bourg Slush Run, slated for Satur­day, March 6 at 10 a.m. Con­tacts for that event are Cindy Hynes at 733-2351 or chynes@cbrm.ns.ca, and Calvin Pitcher at 733-2678 or pitcherc@gdlewis.ed­net.ns.

• We are con­vinced that Cape Bre­ton­ers are def­i­nitely the long arm of the law at the Olympics. When we asked for Cape Bre­ton con­nec­tions at the Games in Van­cou­ver, a ma­jor­ity of the en­tries we’ve been get­ting were about for­mer Capers work­ing se­cu­rity at the Olympics.

Sharon Matthews of North Syd­ney emailed us to say that her son, Gor­don Matthews, is work­ing with the se­cu­rity force. The Memo­rial Com­pos­ite High School grad­u­ate has been a po­lice of­fi­cer with the Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice for the past 22 years. He is the son of Sharon and Richard Matthews of North Syd­ney.

An­other Cape Bre­ton na­tive with the Toronto po­lice, Do­min­ion na­tive Tim Da­ley, is also part of the se­cu­rity forces. He’s a mem­ber of the Toronto Emer­gency Task Force.

Linda Kings­bury also sent us a note about her sis­ter, RCMP Sgt. Marg Kings­bury. She’s a West­mount na­tive work­ing in the Van­cou­ver Area Com­mand Cen­tre at the In­te­grated Se­cu­rity Unit. Her par­ents are Bob and Lil­lian Kings­bury of West­mount. Bob was a long-time em­ployee of the

A Cox­heath woman and her son will be tak­ing in plenty of Olympic ac­tiv­i­ties af­ter winning a con­test through the Hud­son’s Bay Com­pany. Debbie McNeil and her 10-year-old son, Michael, will leave for Van­cou­ver on Fri­day.They have tick­ets to watch a men’s hockey semi­fi­nal game, snow­board­ing, the gold medal men’s curl­ing match and the clos­ing cer­e­monies. The trip is all­ex­penses paid and in­cluded Olympic cloth­ing. Talk about a sweet deal!

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