T’s still need to be crossed and I’s dotted, as the league and players look to finalize their tentative 10-year collective bargaining agreement. In a memo sent out Sunday night, the league suggested that camps open as early as Saturday, leading up to a 48-game schedule starting seven days later on Jan. 19th. The league’s board of governors are voting on the new CBA on Wednesday.
In more NHL news:
Chatham native and Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Jones will miss the start of the season due to an eye injury. Jones took a puck in the eye at a conditioning camp and is likely to be out until at least the beginning of February.
Wheatley is on quite the roll. The Sharks upset the top ranked Essex 73s last night 7-5, for their 8th win in a row. The Sharks are only two points out of second place in the league, behind the Belle River Canadiens.
No local action last night, but tonight the Sarnia Legionaires host the Leamington Flyers. Puck drops at 7:10 p.m.
In other JRB news:
Chatham Maroons all-star Jake Flegel has been suspended for 13 games for his latest scrap. Flegel was named the instigator and aggressor in a fight Jan. 3, that was the fourth and fifth penalties like that this season.
American College Football
Alabama won its second consecutive BCS championship, and third in four years, as they topped No. 1 ranked Notre Dame 42-14 in last night’s championship.
The Pistons and Raptors were off last night.