Miners raising money for trip to U.S., Capers long arm of law at Olympics
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 email@example.com, and Calvin Pitcher at 733-2678 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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!