Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hockey & Baseball Power VOICE

In the sports world, Canadian power is more prevalent in the hockey realm than on the baseball diamond or soccer pitch. We didn't even qualify for the World Cup going on right now in South Africa but Toronto-born Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds hit his 16th home run today! The Toronto Blue Jays have actually hit more home runs than any other baseball team this season though: 115 compared to Boston's 103.

The Buffalo Sabres went crazy for Canada at this weekend's NHL Draft! Three of the team's top four picks were from the Western Hockey League while eight of their nine overall draft picks were from north of the border. Congratulations also to the NHL Rookie of the Year from Buffalo: Tyler Myers!

If you were wondering who the next Rookie of the Year could be, have a look at this list:
The first three names (Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and Eric Gudbranson) all played in the Ontario Hockey League while the next three players (Ryan Johansen, Nino Niederreiter and Brett Connolly) all played in the Western Hockey League. Here is A look at the Entry Draft by the numbers.

Talk about another catch-22 situation (like I did last week): 22 Americans (including Canadian-born dual citizen Cam Fowler, who plays for Team USA) were selected in the first two rounds of the draft. They were born in 11 states, and 11 Americans were taken in each of the first two rounds.

Calling out their names at the draft in Los Angeles was the gentleman above: David Courtney. David and I are Facebook friends and he certainly found his niche announcing for sports teams and events. He is up to 21 years for the NHL's LA Kings, 16 with baseball's Los Angeles Angels and two for the LA Clippers. But David has something much more important coming up in his future - marrying his fiancee, Janet. ALL the best David and Janet! I'll leave you with a couple of David Courtney's favorite quotes. These are originals:
"Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening and welcome to Staples Center/Angel Stadium..." 
"Nothing is impossible... until you try it yourself. Then, have Google handy."