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Welcome to Toronto, Mike — Now What?

By Roger Currie

Toronto is the centre of the financial and media universe in this country, but professional sports has been a different story for a very long time. This past Wednesday saw two announcements that may alter the future, but please don’t hold your breath.

The once mighty Maple Leafs, who have now disappointed more than two generations of hockey fans, backed up the money truck and anointed a guy from Saskatoon to guide them to the promised land. Coach Mike Babcock has an eight-year deal worth $50 million. No one has ever been paid that much to direct a quest for the Stanley Cup.

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Maple Leafs Introduce Big-Money Head Coach as Babcock-Mania Sweeps Toronto

By The Canadian Press

Mike Babcock
Toronto Maple Leafs’ new head coach Mike Babcock laughs during a press conference in Toronto on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)

TORONTO – Mike Babcock took over as Toronto head coach Thursday, saying the Maple Leafs are Canada’s team and they need to be put back on the map.

The 52-year-old Babcock, no stranger to coaching Team Canada, becomes the 30th head coach in Leafs’ history.

Babcock said he was thrilled and excited to take the Toronto job. He cautioned the journey will be a long one, but promised it will be a lot of fun.

The former Detroit Red Wings coach takes over a 30-44-8 Leafs team that finished 27th in the league this season.

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Portage Terriers Topple Carleton Place Canadians 5-2 to Capture RBC Cup

By The Canadian Press

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The Portage Terriers won the RBC Cup after a 5-2 victory Sunday night against the Carleton Place Canadians. (TWITTER)

Portage TerriersPORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – Shawn Bowles scored once and set up two more as the Portage Terriers downed the Carleton Place Canadians 5-2 on Sunday to claim the RBC Cup.

Davis Ross, Brad Bowles, Grant Valiquette and Jordyn Boyd also scored for the Terriers, whose only loss at Canada’s men’s junior A hockey championship came against Carleton Place in round-robin action.

Alex Robinson and Maxime St. Pierre supplied the scoring for the Canadians, who lost in the finals for the second year in a row.

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Terriers, Canadians Win in Semis to Advance to Championship Game at RBC Cup

By The Canadian Press

Portage TerriersPORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – Jordan Boyd had a pair of goals and Zac Robidoux only had to make 12 saves as the Portage Terriers toppled the Melfort Mustangs 6-1 on Saturday to advance to the RBC Cup final.

Zack Waldvogel had a goal and an assist for the Terriers, who finished round-robin action as the top seed, while Brett Orr, Garick Gray and Taylor Friesen added a goal apiece.

David Heath found the back of the net for the No. 4 ranked Mustangs, who mustered up only six shots on net through the first two periods of play.

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New Canada-U.S. Bridge to Be Named After ‘Mr. Hockey’ Gordie Howe

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

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Detroit Red Wings’ forward Gordie Howe is seen in a Nov. 1967 file photo. A new bridge between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit will be named after hockey legend Gordie Howe. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP)

WINDSOR, Ont. – The new bridge between Canada and the United States will be named after hockey legend Gordie Howe, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Thursday.

Howe, 87, who is recovering from a stroke, was unable to attend a riverfront event overlooking Detroit to announce the name, but his son called it a “truly incredible” honour.

“That sounds pretty good to me,” Murray Howe quoted his father as saying when told of the tribute.

“He is deeply moved by this gracious gesture.”

The sport hero known as “Mr. Hockey” was born in Floral, Sask., but made his name playing for the Detroit Red Wings, the squad he helped propel to four Stanley Cup wins.

As another of Howe’s sons, Marty, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder looked on, Harper praised the former NHLer as a proud Canadian who is not only a national hero in Canada but also an idol in Detroit.

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Montreal Canadiens Fans Disappointed After Playoff Exit

By The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens fans streamed out of the Bell Centre on Tuesday night, disappointed at their team’s exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs but satisfied at their performance over the season.

The Habs were eliminated in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 4-1 loss.

While the game was played in Florida, it was broadcast on giant screens at the Bell Centre, where fans were hoping they would be able to see their heroes in person on Thursday in a winner-take-all Game 7.

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Guillaume Therien Makes 13 Saves as Canadians Shutout Terriers at RBC Cup

By The Canadian Press

Portage TerriersPORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – Guillaume Therien kicked out 13 shots as the Carleton Place Canadians remained undefeated with a 3-0 win over the Portage Terriers on Sunday at the RBC Cup.

Bryce Van Horn, Owen Stewart and Stephen Baylis scored for the Canadians (2-0-0).

Justin Laforest made 15 saves for Portage (1-1-0).

Matt Alexander of the Terriers was ejected at 13:13 of the third period after receiving three stick infractions.

Carleton Place was scoreless on 10 power-play opportunities while Portage went 0 for 3.

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Manitoba Moose Returning to Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Moose are back!

True North Sports and Entertainment unveiled the familiar team name and logo Monday for its new AHL affiliate team, formerly called the St. John’s IceCaps.

The hockey team was announced in March and will relocate from Newfoundland after spending four years in the Maritimes.

To fill the gap left by the IceCaps, the Montreal Canadiens will move their affiliate team — the Hamilton Bulldogs — to St. John’s.

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Wheat Kings Rout Hitmen 8-2 to Win Game 5 and Advance to WHL Final

By The Canadian Press

Brandon Wheat KingsBRANDON, Man. — The Brandon Wheat Kings are off to the Western Hockey League final.

Jayce Hawryluk had two goals and two assists as the Wheat Kings routed the Calgary Hitmen 8-2 on Friday in Game 5 to win their Eastern Conference final series 4-1.

John Quenneville also had a pair of goals for Brandon, while Ryan Pilon, Eric Roy, Nolan Patrick and Tim McGauley rounded out the attack.

Pavel Karnaukhov and Adam Tambellini scored for the Hitmen.

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Jets Making Playoffs This Early a Surprise to Many: Currie

By Roger Currie

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Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice following the team’s elimination from the NHL playoffs on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA)

The Stanley Cup playoffs, which had not involved Winnipeg since 1996, have now come and gone from River City. The Jets lost four in a row to the Anaheim Ducks. It was a disappointment for sure, but not entirely surprising.

It reminded me a little of the 1980 playoffs when a young Oilers team battled hard but couldn’t get by the powerful Philadelphia Flyers in the first round. It was the first playoff action for 19-year-old Wayne Gretzky, who is now a 54-year-old grandfather — is that possible?

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