Hey, we noticed you're in Canada but are currently viewing our US site. Would you like us to take you to the Canadian site, or do you want to stay on the US site?
Picking up what we're putting down? We thought you might be. Sign up for our free 4x-weekly newsletter to get "the gist" of what's going on in the sports world in less than 5 minutes.
Skip to Content

Hockey

🏀🏒

Sports Quick Hits: November 5th, 2021

November 05, 2021
SOURCE: MITCHELL LAYTON/GETTY IMAGES
SOURCE: MITCHELL LAYTON/GETTY IMAGES

🏀Raptors: While we wait for Drake to put his money where his mouth is, we’re still cheering on his hometown NBA team. The Raptors have won five straight, a streak they’ll look to maintain when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. Let’s make it six for the 6ix, eh?

🏒NHL: At long last, the Jack Eichel saga has finally come to an end. Eichel was traded from the Buffalo Sabres (who were preventing him from having a surgery he wanted) to the Vegas Golden Knights, and he’s set to have surgery as soon as this week.

  • In on-ice news, the Edmonton Oilers are so hot right now. They’ve lost just one game this season, and Connor McDavid was named one of the NHL’s “Three Stars” of October. His November campaign continues tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET vs. the NY Rangers.

⚽️MLS: With the final weekend of the regular season on deck, two Canadian clubs could punch their tickets to the MLS playoffs on Sunday. CF Montreal needs a win over Orlando City SC, while the Vancouver Whitecaps will clinch their spot with a win or draw against the Seattle Sounders. Cross those fingers.

🎾🏈🏒

Sports Quick Hits: November 3, 2021

November 03, 2021
SOURCE: LAURENT DUVERNAY-TARDIF/TWITTER
SOURCE: LAURENT DUVERNAY-TARDIF/TWITTER

🏈NFL: Canadian star guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif selflessly sacrificed a season and a Super Bowl appearance to work on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, and he was rewarded with...a trade from the contending Kansas City Chiefs to the not so good 2-5 NY Jets. Damn.

🎾Tennis: And just like that, Canada has been eliminated from the Billie Jean King Cup. Playing without stars Bianca Andreescu and Leylah Fernandez, Team Canada upset France on Monday, but were ousted after being swept by the Russian Tennis Federation yesterday.

⚽️NWSL: What’s better than having women in leadership? Having Canadian women in leadership. On Monday, former CanWNT goalie Karina LeBlanc was announced as the new general manager (GM) of the Portland Thorns.

  • Even better? She’ll lead a team captained by CanWNT legend Christine Sinclair. You know we love it.

⌛Rapid recaps: Don’t look now but, after losing four straight, the Toronto Maple Leafs have won three in a row thanks to yesterday’s 4–0 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. No question about it, we are ready to get hurt again.

  • Conversely, the Calgary Flames’ six-game win streak ended last night when they lost 3–2 to the Nashville Predators. As Nelly Furtado would say, all good things come to an end.

🏒NHL: The fallout continues

November 03, 2021
SOURCE: DAVE SANDFORD/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES
SOURCE: DAVE SANDFORD/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

Player response: After declining to be interviewed during this summer’s investigation into Beach’s allegations, former Chicago and current Edmonton Oilers defenseman Duncan Keith expressed his regret to the media on Monday.

  • Meanwhile, Chicago right winger Patrick Kane (who was on the team in 2010 and has faced sexual assault allegations himself) walked back his comments after initially supporting Chicago’s management. *eye roll*
  • Elsewhere, in a showing of true leadership, the Boston Bruins watched Beach’s full interview as a team. Here for this.

Media: While the Bruins are having an open dialogue, the NHL seems to want to shut it down. During the league’s press conference with Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday, TSN journalist Rick Westhead (who conducted the interview with Beach) was not called upon until other journalists pointed it out. Shameful.

What’s new: In other “the NHL is a sh!tshow” news, the former head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL affiliate team is facing sexual assault allegations from the wife of a former assistant coach. Needless to say, hockey culture needs to change.

🏒NHL: Standing with survivors

October 29, 2021
Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Content warning: The following contains discussion of sexual violence. As always, support survivors and take care.

The latest: In an emotional interview with TSN on Wednesday, Beach (a 2008 first-round draft pick) courageously came forward as the John Doe who filed a lawsuit after being sexually assaulted by former Chicago video coach Brad Aldrich.

  • During the interview, Beach said, “I want everybody to know, in the sports world and the world, that you’re not alone.” So powerful.

The response: In the wake of Wednesday’s interview, Chicago released a statement apologizing to Beach, the NHL Players’ Association (PA) did the same and the NHL sent a memo to all 32 clubs about “fostering a safe and inclusive culture.”

  • This is all coming a little (read: 11 years) too late...and Chicago’s response, in particular, feels disingenuous. In his first statement since the interview, Beach said, “my battle is really just beginning as the Blackhawks continue to attempt to destroy my case in court.”
  • Elsewhere, Florida Panthers and former Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville (who failed to act on the 2010 allegations) resigned last night, a day after coaching his team despite outrage from fans.

What’s next: As many journalists have pointed out, Chicago chose (and is still choosing) to protect a video coach instead of their own player, a survivor. Those in power continually protect their own and perpetuate this broken system. It’s way past time for accountability.

🏒NHL: Standing with survivors

October 29, 2021
Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Source: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Content warning: The following contains discussion of sexual violence. As always, support survivors and take care.

The latest: In an emotional interview with TSN on Wednesday, Beach (a 2008 first-round draft pick) courageously came forward as the John Doe who filed a lawsuit after being sexually assaulted by former Chicago video coach Brad Aldrich.

  • During the interview, Beach said, “I want everybody to know, in the sports world and the world, that you’re not alone.” So powerful.

The response: In the wake of Wednesday’s interview, Chicago released a statement apologizing to Beach, the NHL Players’ Association (PA) did the same and the NHL sent a memo to all 32 clubs about “fostering a safe and inclusive culture.”

  • This is all coming a little (read: 11 years) too late...and Chicago’s response, in particular, feels disingenuous. In his first statement since the interview, Beach said, “my battle is really just beginning as the Blackhawks continue to attempt to destroy my case in court.”
  • Elsewhere, Florida Panthers and former Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville (who failed to act on the 2010 allegations) resigned last night, a day after coaching his team despite outrage from fans.

What’s next: As many journalists have pointed out, Chicago chose (and is still choosing) to protect a video coach instead of their own player, a survivor. Those in power continually protect their own and perpetuate this broken system. It’s way past time for accountability.