Great news for Elkhorn's Travis Sanheim as he just signed a two-year contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers, worth an AAV (average annual value) of $3.25 million, keeping him in the "City of Brotherly Love" for a couple of more years. The smooth skating D-man, second among Flyer defensemen with 35 points (9G - 26A), played in all 82 games last season and will be looked upon to carry a more significant load along with ex-Wheat Kings blue liner Ivan Provorov.
Italy (Milan-Cortina) has been awarded the 2026 Winter Olympic Games by the IOC (International Olympic Committee), beating out Sweden's bid (Stockholm-Are) in a very close vote. Sweden has never hosted the Games and it was their eighth unsuccessful bid.
Which begs the question, with the crooked IOC having so much trouble getting host cities to even bid on future Olympic Games, (four other cities had pulled their bids), why would you not give it to a place that has never hosted this prestigious, but much maligned, world event before. On the other hand, if you were Sweden, why in the heck would you keep banging your head against the "Oly Wall"?
Trivia time, and it's a tough one, name the two Italian cities that have hosted previous Winter Olympic Games?
Much has been said about a) Canada's shocking elimination by Sweden from the Women's World Cup being played in Paris, France and b) why captain Christine Sinclair didn't take the penalty kick in that game?
First of all, the fifth-ranked Canucks simply didn't generate enough offence to deserve a win over the ninth ranked Swedes (they had no shots in the first half … how exciting) and secondly, the captain wanted the up and coming superstar (Janine Beckie) to take the kick, as she had failed to score in her previous attempt against this particular goal keeper. I don't agree with her decision (anybody should be able to score on a net so huge from 11 yards out), but it was none the less an admirable gesture on her part.
Trivia time #2) What are the dimensions of a soccer (football) net?
The Virden Oilers (5-6) should be able to secure a playoff berth after beating the Deloraine Royals thanks to P Jeff Peel's masterful performance on the hill. The boys will now host their last two games this Wednesday and Friday (5th) versus the resurgent Elkhorn Expos and the always tough Hamiota Red Sox, respectfully.
Trivia answer, #1) Cortina (1956) and Turin (2006). If you thought Rome, it did but it was the Summer Olympics in 1960. #2) 24 feet wide, 8 feet high. Until next time....