The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - SCOTT RADLEY sradley@thes­pec.com 905-526-2440 | @radley­atthes­pec Spec­ta­tor colum­nist Scott Radley hosts The Scott Radley Show week­nights from 7 to 9 on 900CHML.

Some thoughts fol­low­ing a long week­end cel­e­brat­ing the land of Peter Puck, Cap­tain Canuck and ketchup chips ….


The most-fa­mous ath­letes born on Canada’s birth­day? Hockey play­ers Rod Gil­bert, Jarome Iginla and Steve Shutt, soc­cer star Ruud van Nis­tel­rooy and Carl Lewis.

Yes, Carl Lewis. The sprinter ev­ery Canadian alive in the 1980s and early 1990s hated.

God truly does have a sense of hu­mour.


One-time Hamil­ton Bull­dog Jar­ret Stoll (2002-03) mar­ried side­line re­porter and “Danc­ing With The Stars” co-host Erin An­drews the other day. It im­me­di­ately be­came his sec­ond-big­gest claim to fame.

No. 1 on the list? Stoll, 35, still holds the Amer­i­can Hockey League record for fastest goal scored from the start of a pe­riod. On May 22, 2003 in a play­off game against Bing­ham­ton, the puck was dropped to start the third pe­riod and he found the net four sec­onds later.

OK, maybe his mar­riage is big­ger.


Re­ports say Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers’ star Con­nor McDavid, 20, will sign a new con­tract pay­ing him $13,250,000 a year for the next eight years. That’s $17.2 million in Canadian. In case you’re won­der­ing, that works out to $209,878 per game. Based on last year’s av­er­age ice time per night, he’ll be mak­ing roughly $8,600 each shift he takes.

Or roughly the av­er­age Canadian’s salary in one pe­riod.


The five play­ers from last week­end’s NHL draft that writers hope never score the win­ning goal on dead­line be­cause their names are guaranteed to re­quire a spell­ing cor­rec­tion the next day. 1. An­drei Al­ty­bar­makyan (Chicago) 2. Eetu Makiniemi (Carolina) 3. D’Artag­nan Joly (Cal­gary) 4. Ukko-Pekka Luukko­nen (Buf­falo) 5. Jake Lescht­shyn (Ve­gas)


The Mon­treal Cana­di­ens have an­nounced that Syl­vain Le­feb­vre will re­main coach of the farm team — formerly the Hamil­ton Bull­dogs — when it moves from St. John’s to Laval in the fall. Uh, OK. The 49-year-old hasn’t ex­actly rocked the free world be­hind the bench. In five seasons, he has a 164-168-48 record, missed the play­offs in four of those (and won a lone post-sea­son game in the other). Worse, he hasn’t flooded the big club with young play­ers de­vel­oped un­der his tute­lage. In fact, the only player on the Habs ros­ter who could rea­son­ably be linked to the Le­feb­vre era is Bren­dan Gal­lagher, and he played just 36 games in Hamil­ton sug­gest­ing he ar­rived al­most ready.

So, yeah, of course he should stay on.


At­ten­dance at the Toronto Arg­onauts opener against Hamil­ton was an ab­so­lutely bru­tal 13,583. Mean­while, the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers are mov­ing into a new sta­dium and have a wait­ing list for sea­son tick­ets. So based on the eco­nomic laws of sup­ply and de­mand, Toronto tick­ets should be vastly cheaper than Saskatchewan tick­ets, right? Not so much. A 55-yard-line seat at an Ar­gos game is $100. The same seat at new Mosaic Sta­dium is only $15 higher for a pre­mium game. Mean­while, a sea­son ticket in that same spot is $900 in Toronto and only $60 more in Regina.


Dave Se­menko passed away last week af­ter a brief bat­tle with can­cer. In ad­di­tion to be­ing Wayne Gret­zky’s long­time body­guard with the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers, he was also the last player to score a goal in the World Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion.

It was May 20, 1979. Se­menko — or Disco Dave as the an­nouncer called him — tapped in a Ron Chip­per­field pass with 12 sec­onds re­main­ing in the fi­nal game of the 1979 Avco Cup fi­nal. It cut the mar­gin to 7-3 in favour of the Win­nipeg Jets who won the game and the cham­pi­onship.


If you get a chance to see the 30-for-30 three-part doc­u­men­tary on the Bos­ton Celtics-Los An­ge­les Lak­ers ri­valry called Best of En­e­mies, do it. It’s ter­rific.

Re­duced to a sin­gle quote, the in­ten­sity of that ri­valry — and the piece it­self — is Magic John­son look­ing into the cam­era three-decades-plus later and say­ing, “If there’s one thing I hate in life, it’s the Bos­ton Celtics.”

He isn’t smil­ing.


“When the NHL draft is held next June in Chicago, the first Hamil­ton Bull­dog to hear his name called will be Macken­zie En­twistle.” — This space, Sept. 28, 2016.

The 18-year-old was the first of four Hamil­ton Bull­dogs se­lected last week­end despite be­ing be­hind team­mate Matthew Strome on al­most all the ex­perts’ mock drafts. Ge­nius is a strong word … but if you in­sist. (Wink­ing)


Amer­i­can sprinter — and birth­day boy — Carl Lewis humbly waves the Amer­i­can flag af­ter humbly win­ning an­other race.

Hamil­ton Bull­dogs’ (and Detroit Red Wings draft pick) Reilly Webb, left, and Zack Mor­ris (MarkPaul Gos­se­laar) of Saved By The Bell fame.

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