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Sam Bennett is a 17-year-old center who plays for the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and is the top-ranked North American player in the upcoming NHL Draft on June 27. He scored 36 goals and added 55 assists this season for 91 points in 57 league games. However, he may now become famous for the number one. This is because the hockey player couldn’t manage even one single pull-up at the NHL’s recent Combine training facility.
This is a bit hard to believe considering that 99 per cent of kids can get through at least one pull-up while fooling around on the Monkey Bars at the local playground. The Combine is an annual event where most of the players ranked by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau are invited to a mini training camp. This allows the 30 NHL clubs to watch them workout physically and then test them out mentally with one-on-one interviews.
The Stanley Cup Final showdown is all set to go when the puck drops on June 4 for game one of the best-of-seven series at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. This season’s battle features the east coast vs the west as it’s the New York Rangers up against the Los Angeles Kings. However, in a bit of a cruel twist of fate, it’ll be cheaper for Rangers fans to fly all the way across America to watch their team play out in LA.
The reason for this is basically because all seats at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden are sold out and the only way to land a single or pair is to visit one of the notorious re-selling sites on the internet. Of course, these businesses often make loan-sharking look legitimate since they jack up the prices by as much as 10 times a ticket’s face value.
Le Bron James of the Miami Heat may still arguably be the best basketball player on the planet, but his massive ego took a bit of a knock on June 2 when the All-Defensive Team was announced by the NBA and his name wasn’t on it. James was named to the first team every year between 2009 and 2013, but his streak has now been snapped at five consecutive seasons.
The top-10 defensive players in the league were voted on by 123 media members with each player earning two points for being named to the first team. Those named to the second squad received one point. When the voting was all said and done James had been named to the first team by 57 journalists. This was actually three first-team votes more than Serge Ibaka received and the same number that Andre Iguodala racked up, but while those two players made the team James didn’t since his overall point total was 134.
A lot of people believe that age is just a number or a state of mind, and 91-year-old Harriette Thompson is definitely one of them. The old-age pensioner recently set a record at the Rock n Roll Marathon in San Diego, California on June 1 for women aged 90 years and older. It’s even hard to believe that such a category even exists, but it does and Thompson is the new Queen of it. The two-time survivor of cancer finished the event, which was her 15th marathon, in seven hours and seven minutes.
She told the press the next day that she feels great, but doesn’t really understand what all the fuss is about. She stated, “I can’t believe this is happening. I just ran another marathon and I can’t believe it got all this attention.” Thompson didn’t run her first marathon until the age of 76, which was a quarter of a century ago. She ran it to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and hasn’t looked back since. She’s now raised more than $90,000 for the charity over the years.
The Guelph Storm breezed through the Memorial Cup schedule by winning every game in the group stage, but their hot streak came to a crushing halt on May 25 when they were beaten 6-3 by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the tournament final. The Memorial Cup is the annual North American ice hockey tournament to crown the continent’s junior champions and was held in London, Ontario from May 16 to 25.
The Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League were led by the line of Henrik Samuelsson, Edgars Kulda, and Mitch Moroz and went into the game against the Ontario Hockey League champions from Guelph after having to play a triple-overtime semifinal game against Val-d’Or of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League less than 48 hours earlier. Edmonton managed to win that marathon 4-3.
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