Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy
The Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy is a Canadian Hockey League trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the annual Memorial Cup Tournament. The trophy was first won by Richard Brodeur of the QMJHL's Cornwall Royals. Taylor Hall won the award in 2009 and 2010 with the Windsor Spitfires making him the first repeat winner in the trophy's history. Through the 2011 season, it has been won 17 times by players on a team representing the Western Hockey League, 13 by those from the OHL and 9 by players from the QMJHL; the Kamloops Blazers franchise has had the most MVPs at six: three as members of the Blazers, three when the franchise was known as the New Westminster Bruins. The Cornwall Royals had three MVPs. Eight players have won the Smythe Trophy despite their team failing to win the Memorial Cup: Sam Steel, Leon Draisaitl, Danny Groulx, Chris Madden, Cameron Mann, Sean McKenna, Bart Hunter and Barry Smith; the trophy is named in honour of the son of Conn Smythe. Stafford was part of a group that purchased controlling interest in the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs in 1961, served as the president of the Toronto franchise and Maple Leaf Gardens for many years.
The Smythe family donated the trophy to the CHL in 1972, shortly after his death. List of Canadian Hockey League awards History – Awards – Mastercard Memorial Cup
Sportsnet is a Canadian English-language sports specialty service. It was established in 1998 as CTV Sportsnet, a joint venture between CTV, Liberty Media, Rogers Media. CTV parent Bell Globemedia was required to divest its stake in the network following its 2001 acquisition of competing network TSN. Rogers became the sole owner of Sportsnet in 2004 after it bought the remaining minority stake, held by Fox; the Sportsnet license comprises four 24-hour programming services. Since 2011, the service has operated under deregulated category C licensing, which allows Sportsnet to operate multiple feeds with no restrictions on alternate programming. In each region, only the local Sportsnet channel is available on analogue cable, but all four channels are available nationally via digital cable; the four Sportsnet feeds air some common programming and simulcast major, national events, but are capable of airing programming autonomously—most prominently regional programming. Sportsnet is the national cable rightsholder of the National Hockey League, holds regional rights to five of the league's Canadian franchises.
It is the national rightsholder of Major League Baseball in Canada, the exclusive broadcaster of the co-owned Toronto Blue Jays. It splits regional coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors with TSN; the Sportsnet brand has since been extended beyond the original regional channels, now encompassing the national channels Sportsnet 360, Sportsnet One, Sportsnet World. With these brand extensions, Rogers now uses "Sportsnet" to denote its sports media properties as a whole, on-air promotions for programs being carried nationally by these four regional feeds list all four channels separately, or refer to the Sportsnet "regional" channels, to avoid any ambiguity. However, standalone mentions of "Sportsnet" in reference to a specific channel can still be assumed to be referring to the four regional channels. According to Rogers, Sportsnet is available in 8.2 million Canadian homes. Sportsnet was approved by the CRTC in September 1996 under the tentative name S3, with Baton Broadcasting Inc. holding a 40% controlling interest in the network, 20% minority stakes held by Rogers Media and Liberty Media.
The network proposed a structure with an emphasis on regional programming, operating four feeds to serve different areas of the country. The network launched on October 9, 1998 as CTV Sportsnet, under the ownership of CTV, Liberty; the new network gained credibility before it went on the air, having acquired national cable rights to the National Hockey League from long-time holder TSN. From 1998–99 until 2001–02, Sportsnet aired NHL games to a national audience throughout the regular season, covered first-round playoff series not involving Canadian teams, its first live sports event was an NHL opening night telecast between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers. The national cable rights to the NHL returned to TSN in 2002, though Sportsnet retained regional broadcast rights for most Canadian NHL teams; when CTV purchased NetStar, the former parent company of TSN, in 2000, the CRTC ordered CTV to sell either TSN or its stake in Sportsnet. CTV chose to retain TSN, sell its stake in Sportsnet.
The other shareholders had first right of refusal. During part of the transition period, during which time the channel was known as "Sportsnet", CTV was allowed to control programming on both networks, some cross-affiliation and programs that were going to be tape-delayed on TSN, most notably figure skating, were given to Sportsnet. In 2004, Rogers bought the remaining 20 percent stake from Fox. While Sportsnet had been based there from the beginning, TSN's operations would move to CTV's suburban Toronto complex, 9 Channel Nine Court, following the acquisition; this led to some peculiarities related to the fact that the two rival sports channels were only separated by a "parking lot", leading to jokes and references from both networks. On April 30, 2008, Rogers Sportsnet moved its broadcast operations from 9 Channel Nine Court to the Rogers Building, a cluster of buildings in the Mount Pleasant-Jarvis Street area of Downtown Toronto. In 2010, Rogers began to extend the Sportsnet brand beyond the original regional networks with the August 14 launch of Rogers Sportsnet One – a national companion channel promising 800 hours of live events per year.
The channel was accompanied by additional part-time feeds to serve as overflow channels for its regional NHL coverage. In January 2011, Rogers' sports radio stations, CJCL Toronto and CFAC Calgary, were rebranded as "Sportsnet Radio Fan 590" and "Sportsnet Radio Fan 960" respecti
The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are a junior ice hockey team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League based in Rouyn-Noranda, Canada. The team plays its home games at the Iamgold Arena; the Huskies finished first overall in the QMJHL, during the 2007–08, 2015–16 and 2018–19 seasons, winning the Jean Rougeau Trophy. The team won its first President's Cup in the 2015–16 season and represented the QMJHL at the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament in May 2016; the Rouyn-Noranda franchise started out as the Montreal Junior Canadiens. While in Montreal, the team won three Memorial Cups in 1950, 1969 and 1970; the team has since played in Saint-Hyacinthe. On April 25, 1996, Sylvain Danis and Dave Morin owners of the Saint-Hyacinthe Laser, decided to transfer the team to Rouyn-Noranda. Aware that the "National Capital of Copper" is a city which breathes hockey, they were confident that it was the best decision for the franchise. Former NHL Hall of Famers from the area include Jacques Laperrière; the Huskies name was chosen to represent the tough and determined nature of the local citizens and mining community.
The team is owned by local interests and all the decisions of the sixteen shareholders are made in the interest of the team and the city which it represents. Since 1996, the Huskies have won five regular season division titles, in 1998, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2016. Rouyn-Noranda finished first overall in the QMJHL in 2007–08 winning its first Jean Rougeau Trophy, posting 97 points in the regular season; the 2015-16 season marked the team's 20th anniversary and they posted their best record in franchise history finishing first in the QMJHL with a franchise record 113 points. The team won its first President's Cup since relocating to Rouyn-Noranda in 2016. Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss 2015-16 Finished round-robin portion of Memorial Cup in 3rd place. Defeated Red Deer Rebels 3-1 in semi-finals. Lost to London Knights 3-2 in finals. Finished 2nd place in Memorial Cup. Huskies official website
Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams consisting of six players each: one goaltender, five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team. Ice hockey is most popular in Canada and eastern Europe, the Nordic countries and the United States. Ice hockey is the official national winter sport of Canada. In addition, ice hockey is the most popular winter sport in Belarus, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia and Switzerland. North America's National Hockey League is the highest level for men's ice hockey and the strongest professional ice hockey league in the world; the Kontinental Hockey League is much of Eastern Europe. The International Ice Hockey Federation is the formal governing body for international ice hockey, with the IIHF managing international tournaments and maintaining the IIHF World Ranking.
Worldwide, there are ice hockey federations in 76 countries. In Canada, the United States, Nordic countries, some other European countries the sport is known as hockey. Ice hockey is believed to have evolved from simple stick and ball games played in the 18th and 19th century United Kingdom and elsewhere; these games were brought to North America and several similar winter games using informal rules as they were developed, such as "shinny" and "ice polo". The contemporary sport of ice hockey was developed in Canada, most notably in Montreal, where the first indoor hockey game was played on March 3, 1875; some characteristics of that game, such as the length of the ice rink and the use of a puck, have been retained to this day. Amateur ice hockey leagues began in the 1880s, professional ice hockey originated around 1900; the Stanley Cup, emblematic of ice hockey club supremacy, was first awarded in 1893 to recognize the Canadian amateur champion and became the championship trophy of the NHL. In the early 1900s, the Canadian rules were adopted by the Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace, the precursor of the IIHF and the sport was played for the first time at the Olympics during the 1920 Summer Olympics.
In international competitions, the national teams of six countries predominate: Canada, Czech Republic, Russia and the United States. Of the 69 medals awarded all-time in men's competition at the Olympics, only seven medals were not awarded to one of those countries. In the annual Ice Hockey World Championships, 177 of 201 medals have been awarded to the six nations. Teams outside the "Big Six" have won only five medals in either competition since 1953; the World Cup of Hockey is organized by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association, unlike the annual World Championships and quadrennial Olympic tournament, both run by the International Ice Hockey Federation. World Cup games are played under NHL rules and not those of the IIHF, the tournament occurs prior to the NHL pre-season, allowing for all NHL players to be available, unlike the World Championships, which overlaps with the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs. Furthermore, all 12 Women's Olympic and 36 IIHF World Women's Championships medals were awarded to one of these six countries.
The Canadian national team or the United States national team have between them won every gold medal of either series. In England, field hockey has been called "hockey" and what was referenced by first appearances in print; the first known mention spelled as "hockey" occurred in the 1773 book Juvenile Sports and Pastimes, to Which Are Prefixed, Memoirs of the Author: Including a New Mode of Infant Education, by Richard Johnson, whose chapter XI was titled "New Improvements on the Game of Hockey". The 1573 Statute of Galway banned a sport called "'hokie'—the hurling of a little ball with sticks or staves". A form of this word was thus being used in the 16th century, though much removed from its current usage; the belief that hockey was mentioned in a 1363 proclamation by King Edward III of England is based on modern translations of the proclamation, in Latin and explicitly forbade the games "Pilam Manualem, Pedivam, & Bacularem: & ad Canibucam & Gallorum Pugnam". The English historian and biographer John Strype did not use the word "hockey" when he translated the proclamation in 1720, instead translating "Canibucam" as "Cambuck".
According to the Austin Hockey Association, the word "puck" derives from the Scottish Gaelic puc or the Irish poc. "... The blow given by a hurler to the ball with his camán or hurley is always called a puck." Stick-and-ball games date back to pre-Christian times. In Europe, these games included the Irish game of hurling, the related Scottish game of shinty and versions of field hockey. IJscolf, a game resembling colf on an ice-covered surface, was popular in the Low Countries between the Middle Ages and the Dutch Golden Age, it was played with a wooden curved bat, a wooden or leather ball and two poles, with t
Shaw TV is the name of locally based community channel services operated by cable TV provider Shaw Communications. The channels are available only to Shaw Cable subscribers and are produced in communities throughout western Canada; each station runs programming produced by staff and/or volunteers. Most stations broadcast a variety of programming, including community interest segments, studio shows, city council meetings, community bulletin board messages, public service announcements; some programs are aired only locally, while others are aired throughout a region. Shaw Direct airs many of the features and shows from "Shaw TV" on channel 299; this channel is not branded as "Shaw TV" but as "Shaw Direct TV". It airs selected other features relating to Shaw Direct programming such as a PPV movie preview show called "Movie Loft" and regional news for areas where a local station is not carried. In April 2017, Shaw announced that it would shut down its Shaw TV community channels in Calgary and Vancouver on August 15, 2017, under new policies allowing television providers that own terrestrial stations in "metropolitan" markets to redirect funding from their community channels to support the news operations of the terrestrial station.
In late 2018, Shaw TV channels began rebranding as "Shaw Spotlight", as reflected by new on-air graphics and social media accounts. Campbell River, British Columbia Castlegar, British Columbia Courtenay-Comox-Powell River, British Columbia Cranbrook, British Columbia Dryden, Ontario Fort McMurray, Alberta Fort St. John, British Columbia Kamloops, British Columbia Kelowna, British Columbia Kenora, Ontario Lethbridge, Alberta Medicine Hat, Alberta Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Nanaimo, British Columbia Port Alberni, British Columbia Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Prince George, British Columbia Red Deer, Alberta Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Squamish/Whistler, British Columbia Thompson, Manitoba Thunder Bay, Ontario Victoria, British Columbia Winnipeg, Manitoba go! Southern Alberta - News and information about events and activities in Southern Alberta. Live sports including WHL Hockey and Canada West University Football until 2016-17. Farm.tv - agricultural events in Southern Alberta.
SACPA - Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs. A Public Education - stories from the Public Education Board and Schools in South Western Alberta. Shaw TV – Daily programming rotation that focuses on local community events and issues. Go! Kootenays - News and information about events and activities in the West and East Kootenays. Ice Chips - informnation about Kooteany Ice Russian programming Live sports including WHL Hockey and Canada West University Football until 2016-17. Cranbrook City Council - Tape coverage of local City Council meetings. Sparwood City Council - - Tape coverage of local City Council meetings. Castlegar City Council - Tape coverage of local City Council meetings. Nelson City Council - Tape coverage of local City Council meetings. Trail City Council - Tape coverage of local City Council meetings. Grand Forks City Council - Tape coverage of local City Council meetings. Go! Kamloops - News and information about events and activities in Kamloops. Live sports including WHL Hockey and Canada West University Football until 2016-17.
Go! Okanagan - News and information about events and activities in Kelowna. Live sports including WHL Hockey and Canada West University Football until 2016-17. Kelowna City Council - Taped coverage of local City Council meetings. Lake Country City Council - Taped coverage of local City Council meetings. Peachland City Council - Taped coverage of local City Council meetings. Penticton City Council - Taped coverage of local City Council meetings. Vernon City Council - Taped coverage of local City Council meetings. Shaw Cable operates a separate channel for the residents in Nanaimo, British Columbia on channel 4. Nanaimo's Shaw TV content contains programming from Port Alberni, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley, Campbell River, Powell River and Victoria who all produce their own programming. Shaw TV South Vancouver Island can be found on channel 4 for Shaw Cable subscribers, it is available from Saltair on some of the Southern Gulf Islands. Shaw's program go! Island was a long-running news magazine in Victoria.
The show aired everyday on Channel 4 at 6pm. The show ended in early October, 2016. Voice of BC with Vaughn Palmer; the show airs every Thursdays at 7 PM go! Thompson - Daily programming rotation that focuses on local community events and issues City Council, Norman Northstars Games, City Beat, Northstars Show, Rec 411, School Board, High School Sports Although Shaw provides cable service in parts of the Hamilton market, regional monopolies in the region are held by Cogeco and Source Cable; the three companies jointly operate a single community channel for Hamilton known as Cable 14, so there is no Shaw TV channel proper in the region. In addition to Shaw TV Kenora, Shaw Cablesystems owns and operates CJBN-TV, a Global station in Kenora. Sault Ste. Marie City Council – Live or taped coverage of local City Council meetings every 2nd Monday. OHL Hockey – Live coverage of Soo Greyhounds hockey. Both home and away games; the Northview – Wilderness scenes and sounds from throughout the Northern Ontario/Lake Superior region.
Go! Sault Ste. Marie – News and information about events and activities in Sault Ste. Marie. Shaw TV Messages – Message rotation that focuses on local community
David Branch is a Canadian hockey administrator and builder, with a long involvement in junior ice hockey. He has served as commissioner of the Ontario Hockey League since September 15, 1979, as president of the Canadian Hockey League since 1996. Branch played NCAA hockey while attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst on a scholarship. After graduating, he moved to Whitby and became involved in coaching minor hockey with the Whitby Wildcats organization, hockey camps run by Wren Blair and Jim Gregory. Branch served as secretary-manager of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1974 to 1977, he was hired by Gord Renwick in 1978 to become the new executive director of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association for the retiring Gordon Juckes. He served in that role until 1979. Branch played a role in the founding of the Ontario Hockey League, by negotiating the split of its predecessor, the OMJHL from the OHA, he became commissioner of the OMJHL in 1979, the independent OHL in 1980. Under his management, the OHL has grown from 12 teams to 20, has become a marketable television commodity.
Branch became president of the CHL in 1996. During his tenure, the CHL All-Star Challenge evolved into the annual CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, the CHL Canada/Russia Series was created. Branch helped develop a scholarship program that affords all players one year of post-secondary education per season played in the league. Branch has advocated for player safety, anti-violence, mental health, he was instrumental in adopting rules to reduce the number of fights in the OHL. Branch was part of introducing a blindside hit rule in the OHL, aims to have all members of the CHL introduce similar rules. Branch is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, he was honoured with the Order of Hockey in Canada in 2016, he was inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame as a builder in 2017. He is the father of Barclay Branch, the general manager of the Flint Firebirds
George Parsons Trophy
The George Parsons Trophy is awarded annually to the player judged to be the most sportsmanlike at the Memorial Cup tournament. It was first awarded in 1974; the trophy is named for George Parsons, a former Ontario Hockey Association player whose career was ended prematurely in 1939, due to an eye injury in a National Hockey League game. Parsons appeared in the 1933 Memorial Cup as a member of the West Toronto Nationals, the 1934 Memorial Cup as a member of the Toronto Young Rangers. Parsons became involved with CCM hockey, helping to develop hockey helmets and facial protection for player safety, that were approved by the Canadian Standards Association and endorsed by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association in 1976. List of winners of the George Parsons Trophy. List of Canadian Hockey League awards History – Awards – Mastercard Memorial Cup