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NHL announces Week 1 Matchups for Player Gaming Challenge

NEW YORK (April 27, 2020) – Over the course of four weeks, beginning today, the NHL will reveal matchups and quick facts for the featured games for the NHL Player Gaming Challenge™ presented by Honda. Each NHL Club is represented by one or two current players and will play in a one-time matchup against another Club in a best-of-three EA SPORTS™ NHL®20 series. Matches will be available on NHL platforms: TwitchYouTubeTwitterFacebook Premiere and NHL.com.

 

Thursday, April 30 (5 p.m. ET)

MATCH 1 – CALGARY FLAMES vs. OTTAWA SENATORS

Matthew Tkachuk (CGY) & Noah Hanifin (CGY) vs. Brady Tkachuk (OTT)

 

MATCH 2 – DALLAS STARS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Jamie OleksiakStephen Johns (DAL) vs. Bryan RustZach Aston-Reese (PIT)

 

Saturday, May 2 (3 p.m. ET)

MATCH 3 – COLORADO AVALANCHE vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS

J.T. Compher (COL) vs. Filip Forsberg (NSH)

 

The NHL Player Gaming Challenge™ presented by Honda is a #HockeyAtHome initiative that reminds fans to stay safe, stay home and play together. As the NHL community continues to practice social distancing and take all necessary precautions during this time, the League will continue to help fans stay connected to players and the game by providing access to unique content and archived games. NHL Pause Binge™ aggregates NHL video, editorial and digital content available on NHL.com, the NHL app and across the NHL’s social channels. Fans can follow along using #HockeyAtHome.

 

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CALGARY FLAMES vs. OTTAWA SENATORS

Thursday, April 30, 5 p.m. ET

Where to Watch: TwitchYouTubeTwitterFacebook PremiereNHL.com

Matthew Tkachuk & Noah Hanifin (CGY) vs. Brady Tkachuk (OTT)

* Matthew and Brady Tkachuk are one of 27 sets of brothers to play in the NHL in 2019-20. Matthew, 22, dazzled fans with between-the-legs goals earlier this season while Brady, 20, sits just shy of career highs in every stats category in his second NHL season.

 

* The Tkachuk’s junior careers followed remarkably similar paths: two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program before playing elsewhere in their NHL Draft season – Matthew won a Memorial Cup with the London Knights and Brady won the Hockey East title with Boston University.

 

* Hanifin is in his second season with Calgary after being involved in a blockbuster trade during the 2018 offseason that sent him and Elias Lindholm from the Hurricanes to the Flames in exchange for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox.

 

* Hanifin played one season in the NCAA with Boston College (5-18—23 in 37 GP), earning 2014-15 Hockey East All-Rookie Team and Second All-Star Team honors before making the leap to the NHL the following season. When he made his NCAA debut at age 17, Hanifin became the young player ever to skate for Boston College.

 

* The three players in this matchup went fourth, fifth and sixth overall in the NHL Draft (B. Tkachuk: 4th in 2018; M. Tkachuk: 6th in 2016; and Hanifin: 5th in 2015).

 

Additional facts and head-to-head stats can be found here.

 

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DALLAS STARS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Thursday, April 30, 5 p.m. ET

Where to Watch: TwitchYouTubeTwitterFacebook PremiereNHL.com

Jamie Oleksiak & Stephen Johns (DAL) vs. Bryan Rust & Zach Aston-Reese (PIT)

* Former teammates Stephen Johns and Bryan Rust captured a pair of championships together before joining the NHL, winning gold with the United States at the 2010 Under-18 World Championship and a CCHA title with the University of Notre Dame in 2012-13. Rust has since added two Stanley Cup wins to his resume (2016 & 2017).

 

* Overall, Johns and Rust have been teammates with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (2008-09–2009-10), at Notre Dame (2010-11–2013-14) and with the U.S. at both the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and 2010 World Under-18 Championship.

 

* Oleksiak and Aston-Reese both played at Northeastern University, with the former suiting up for the Howlin Huskies in 2010-11 and the latter playing four seasons from 2013-14 to 2016-17. During his final two campaigns in the NCAA, Aston-Reese stockpiled several personal accolades and also helped the program win the 2016 Hockey East title.

 

* Oleksiak and Aston-Reese were also teammates with Pittsburgh for parts of two seasons from 2017-18 to 2018-19, before Oleksiak was traded back to Dallas on Jan. 28, 2019. Both players also played in the USHL, with Oleksiak spending two seasons in the league (2008-09–2009-10) and Aston-Reese three (2010-11–2012-13).

 

Additional facts and head-to-head stats can be found here.

 

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COLORADO AVALANCHE vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Saturday, May 2, 3 p.m. ET

Where to Watch: TwitchYouTubeTwitterFacebook PremiereNHL.com

J.T. Compher (COL) vs. Filip Forsberg (NSH)

* Central Division rivals J.T. Compher and Filip Forsberg have played in the NHL for only the Avalanche and Predators, respectively, though both were drafted by different teams and traded before their League debuts. Since then, their clubs have had strong track records of reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

* Compher helped the Avalanche reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2018 after his first full season in the NHL – the club’s first postseason appearance since 2014. A year later, he had 2-1—3 in the 2019 First Round to help Colorado upset Calgary in five games and earn its first series win since 2008.

 

* Forsberg played his first full NHL season in 2014-15 and the Predators have reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs every year since then, which included the franchise’s first Final appearance in 2017 and first Presidents’ Trophy win during the following campaign.

 

* Forsberg is tied with Shea Weber for second place in Predators history with 166 career regular-season goals after surpassing Erat one week before the pause in play. He now trails only David Legwand (210).

 

Additional facts and head-to-head stats can be found here.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Julie Young | NHL Public Relations; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

 

 


OHSAA announces Fortress Obetz to host Cross Country Championships

 

Fortress Obetz (courtesy Obetz.oh.us)

News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association

Jerry Snodgrass, Executive Director

 

www.OHSAA.org |  twitter.com/OHSAASports |  facebook.com/OHSAASports

 

For Immediate Release – April 29, 2020

50-acre multi-purpose complex in Obetz on southeast side of Columbus signs five-year agreement with OHSAA

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association cross country state championships are moving to Fortress Obetz, a 50-acre multi-purpose sports complex with a 6,500-seat grandstand located in Obetz on the southeast side of Columbus, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass announced Wednesday.

 

Fortress Obetz opened in 2017 on the former site of the Columbus Motor Speedway. The racing that will now take place there in early November represents one of the largest high school cross country events in the country, with more than 11,000 fans.

 

Of significance, much of the course will be visible from the 6,500-seat grandstands, which will lead to a greater experience for fans and participants.

 

“We can’t wait for our student-athletes and Ohio’s entire cross country community to experience the state championships at Fortress Obetz,” said Snodgrass. “This facility is so impressive, from the course layout for the competitors to being more spectator friendly for the fans and we are thrilled to sign a five-year agreement. We would like to thank National Trail Raceway for hosting the state championships for the last nine years and doing an outstanding job as our host.”

 

Fortress Obetz was built to host sporting events, concerts, festivals and more. It was the home of the Ohio Machine professional lacrosse team from 2017-19. The facility has five video boards, concessions, restrooms and a huge parking lot.

 

“The Village of Obetz is extremely proud and excited to partner with the OHSAA,” said Steve Adams, National Director of Athletic Operations and Facilities Promotion. “We feel our Memorial Park and the Fortress is perfectly suited for the OHSAA Cross Country State Tournament. We have created a safe and challenging course for the runners and kept the spectator experience in mind as well.”

 

The grandstand includes 1,100 flip-down seats, 2,000 bench-back seats and 3,400 bleacher seats.

 

Scioto Downs, located just south of Columbus, hosted the OHSAA cross country state championships from 1985 through 2010 before the facility added a casino. National Trail Raceway in Hebron, 20 miles east of Columbus, hosted the state championships from 2011 through 2019.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tim Stried; COURTESY OHSAA INFORMATION SERVICES


 

Week 1 of NHL Player Gaming Challenge Matchups: #NHLStats Pack

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MATCH 1 – CALGARY FLAMES vs. OTTAWA SENATORS
Matthew Tkachuk & Noah Hanifin (CGY) vs. Brady Tkachuk (OTT)

* Matthew and Brady are one of 27 sets of brothers to play in the NHL in 2019-20. Matthew, 22, dazzled fans with between-the-legs goals earlier this season while Brady, 20, sits just shy of career highs in every stats category in his second NHL season.

* Brady holds the family honor of “fewest games to score his first NHL goal” at two, besting Matthew (4 GP) and their father, Keith Tkachuk (5 GP).

* Brady (4th in 2018) was the highest draft pick of the bunch (Matthew: 6th in 2016; Keith: 19th in 1990).

* Matthew and Brady are alumni of the St. Louis Blues AAA minor hockey program.

* Their junior careers followed remarkably similar paths: two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program before playing elsewhere in their NHL Draft season – Matthew won a Memorial Cup with the London Knights and Brady won the Hockey East title with Boston University.

* The Tkachuk trio was part of the Shooting Stars event at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis. Their sister, Taryn, is a field hockey star.

* Hanifin is in his second season with Calgary after being involved in a blockbuster trade during the 2018 offseason that sent him and Elias Lindholm from the Hurricanes to the Flames in exchange for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox.

* Hanifin played one season in the NCAA with Boston College (5-18—23 in 37 GP), earning 2014-15 Hockey East All-Rookie Team and Second All-Star Team honors before making the leap to the NHL the following season. When he made his NCAA debut at age 17, Hanifin became the young player ever to skate for Boston College.

* The three players in this matchup went fourth, fifth and sixth overall in the NHL Draft (B. Tkachuk: 4th in 2018; M. Tkachuk: 6th in 2016; and Hanifin: 5th in 2015).

 

MATCH 2 – DALLAS STARS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Jamie Oleksiak & Stephen Johns (DAL) vs. Bryan Rust & Zach Aston-Reese (PIT)

* Johns and Rust captured a pair of championships together before joining the NHL, winning gold with the United States at the 2010 Under-18 World Championship and a CCHA title with the University of Notre Dame in 2012-13. Rust has since added two Stanley Cup wins to his resume (2016 & 2017).

* Overall, Johns and Rust have been teammates with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (2008-09–2009-10), at Notre Dame (2010-11–2013-14) and with the U.S. at both the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and 2010 World Under-18 Championship.

* Johns and Rust were selected in the 2010 NHL Draft, just before their four-season tenures with the Fighting Irish. Johns was chosen by Chicago in the second round (60th overall), while Rust was picked by Pittsburgh in the third round (80th overall).

* In their penultimate season at Notre Dame, Johns and Rust helped the program win the 2013 CCHA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – which was the final edition of the event. During the following campaign, they were both alternate captains with the Fighting Irish.

* Johns was born in Ellwood City, Pa., which is about 40 miles from Pittsburgh – where Rust has spent his entire six-season NHL career. Johns played minor hockey with the Pittsburgh Hornets.

* Oleksiak and Aston-Reese were teammates with Pittsburgh for parts of two seasons from 2017-18 to 2018-19, before Oleksiak was traded back to Dallas on Jan. 28, 2019.

* Oleksiak and Aston-Reese both played at Northeastern University, with the former suiting up for the Howlin Huskies in 2010-11 and the latter playing four seasons from 2013-14 to 2016-17. During his final two campaigns in the NCAA, Aston-Reese stockpiled several personal accolades and also helped the program win the 2016 Hockey East title.

* After his season with the Howlin Huskies, Oleksiak was selected by Dallas with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft – the highest-drafted hockey player in school history at the time. Aston-Reese, meanwhile, went undrafted but signed with Pittsburgh on March 14, 2017 and made his NHL debut less than a year later.

* Oleksiak’s sister, Penny, won four Olympic swimming medals as a 16-year-old at the Rio Games in 2016. Penny became Canada’s youngest-ever Olympic gold medalist and the first Canada athlete to win four medals at a single Summer Olympics. Meanwhile, another sister, Hayley was a member of the rowing team at Northeastern University.

 

 

MATCH 3 – COLORADO AVALANCHE vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Filip Forsberg (NSH) vs. J.T. Compher (COL)

* Central Division rivals Compher and Forsberg have played in the NHL for only the Avalanche and Predators, respectively, though both were drafted by different teams and traded before their League debuts. Since then, their clubs have had strong track records of reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* Compher was selected by the Sabres in the second round (35th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft and, two years later, was traded alongside Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko and a pick to the Avalanche for Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn. Compher made his League debut with Colorado on March 2, 2017.

* Compher helped the Avalanche reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2018 after his first full season in the NHL – the club’s first postseason appearance since 2014. A year later, he had 2-1—3 in the 2019 First Round to help Colorado upset Calgary in five games and earn its first series win since 2008.

* Forsberg was chosen by Washington with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. On April 3, 2013, he was traded by the Capitals to the Predators in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta; Forsberg made his NHL debut with Nashville less than two weeks later.

* Forsberg played his first full NHL season in 2014-15 and the Predators have reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs every year since then, which included the franchise’s first Final appearance in 2017 and first Presidents’ Trophy win during the following campaign.

* Forsberg is tied with Shea Weber for second place in Predators history with 166 career regular-season goals after surpassing Erat one week before the pause in play. He now trails only David Legwand (210).

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

Cleveland Indians announce credit & ticket refund options for games postponed in March and April; Special Revisions for Opening Day

Tribe fans will be able to take advantage of a flexible bonus credit featuring an added 10% in value to utilize in 2020 or 2021

3:45 PM EDT

Cleveland, OH — The Cleveland Indians today announced fan-friendly options for fans to either receive a Flexible Bonus Credit or Refund for March/April home games that have not yet been played due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to this unprecedented situation, Tribe fans impacted by this announcement will receive the following two options via email today.

Option 1: Receive a Flexible Bonus Credit for the value of tickets to be applied towards 2020 or 2021 games

• ADDED VALUE/FLEXIBILITY: Fans may receive a credit for the value of their March/April home game tickets together with a 10% bonus credit to utilize towards 2020 or 2021 games
• Season Ticket Holders will have an option to use their full credit towards 2021 renewal along with additional exclusive STH renewal incentives
• CONVENIENCE: For those fans choosing this option, no further action is required to receive the credit_. It will be automatically applied to their My Indians Tickets account by May 15

Option 2: Request a Refund

• Fans can request a Refund at any time by calling 216-420-HITS
• Any Refunds will be processed within two (2) weeks of the Refund request
• Bonus Credits will not be included in any Refund

Special Provisions for Opening Day

Tribe Fans with tickets to the original 2020 Opening Day may take advantage of either the Flexible Bonus Credit or Refund options described above but must call 216-420-HITS in order to do so.

Alternatively, should a fan holding original 2020 Opening Day tickets wish to attend the 2020 Opening Day as rescheduled, the fan may take no action with respect to those tickets at this time. Upon the rescheduling of 2020 Opening Day, we will be back in touch. *Because we do not yet know what limitations may exist with respect to fan attendance at any rescheduled Opening Day, we cannot guarantee that fans who hold tickets to the original 2020 Opening Day will be able to attend a 2020 Opening Day as rescheduled. *

Tribe Fans who purchased directly from Indians.com can call 216-420-HITS at any time if they have any additional questions. Those holding tickets from secondary marketplaces, including StubHub, need to contact the respective secondary tickets company.

Read more: Cleveland Indians
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY INDIANS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

NHL Player Gaming Challenge puts Players’ virtual hockey skills to the test: Starts April 30

Nearly 50 NHL Players to Represent All Teams in Head-to-Head Series of EA SPORTS™ NHL®20 Game Play; National Hockey League Foundation and Electronic Arts to Donate $100,000 Toward CDC Foundation’s COVID-19 Global Relief Efforts

NBCSN to Broadcast Opening Night Matches as Tkachuk Brothers Face Off on Thursday, April 30; Content Also Available on Sportsnet’s Digital and Social Platforms, NHL Network and Streamed on NHL Platforms TwitchYouTubeTwitterFacebook Premiere and NHL.com

 

NEW YORK – In coordination with ESL Gaming, the National Hockey League (NHL) have announced the first-ever NHL Player Gaming Challenge™ presented by Honda – the NHL’s Official Automotive Partner – featuring NHL players representing all 31 Clubs. In addition, the NHL’s newest franchise, NHL Seattle, will take part in the League’s latest #HockeyAtHome initiative. Over the course of four weeks, beginning April 30, each Club will be represented by one or two current players and featured in a one-time matchup against another Club. Weekly matchups, storylines and broadcast details will be revealed at the beginning of each week. This League esports activation in EA SPORTS™ NHL®20 is a fun and unique way to engage hockey and gaming fans and is supported by the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

 

The National Hockey League Foundation and Electronic Arts will donate a combined $100,000 in support of the CDC Foundation’s COVID-19 relief efforts. The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit that helps the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives, including during the COVID-19 response. Click here to join the cause.

 

The impressive lineup of confirmed player talent for the NHL Player Gaming Challenge™ presented by Honda includes Brady Tkachuk of the Ottawa Senators taking on his brother Matthew, who plays for the Calgary Flames. The All-Star brothers will be joined by teammates Jake DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy of the Boston Bruins, Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks, Evgeny Kuznetsov of the Washington Capitals, Alex DeBrincat of the Chicago Blackhawks, Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Darnell Nurse of the Edmonton Oilers as well as avid gamers Zach Hyman of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators. NHL Seattle, which begins play in 2021-22, will be represented by Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson, who played hockey while growing up in LaSalle, Ont.

Beginning Thursday, April 30, Los Angeles Kings TV play-by-play announcer Alex Faust will host the series of weekly matchups, which will be released on Thursdays and Saturdays. NBC Sports will air the first series of games, including Calgary vs. Ottawa and Columbus vs. Winnipeg, beginning at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN as part of its Hockey Happy Hour programming. Sportsnet will air select episodes on Sportsnet ONE over four consecutive weeks, starting Friday, May 1 at 4 p.m. ET with all matches made available on Sportsnet.ca and Sportsnet NOW. All matches will also air within NHL Network’s on-air programming or its Twitch channel.

 

All featured matches also will be streamed on the NHL’s social platforms: TwitchYouTubeTwitterFacebook Premiere and NHL.com. Hockey and gaming fans can follow along using the hashtag #HockeyAtHome.

 

“Over the past several weeks, the NHL, its Clubs and player community have been very active with gaming initiatives in an effort to connect with fans while social distancing – such as charity tournaments, simulated games and nightly streams,” said Chris Golier, NHL Vice President of Business Development and Innovation. “The NHL Player Gaming Challenge presented by Honda will take gaming to another level. We know how competitive our players are, and coupled with the interaction between players, these series of competitions will be extremely fun to watch.”

 

The NHL Player Gaming Challenge™ presented by Honda reminds fans to stay safe, stay home and play together. With NHL Players streaming from the comfort of their homes, fans will get a taste of how some of their favorite players are keeping their hockey skills sharp and handling the pause of the 2019-20 NHL® season. ESL Gaming, a leader in esports, is providing the production, creative direction, and logistical guidance for the event. All matches will be played using Sony PS4 gaming consoles.

 

Honda, the NHL’s Official Automotive Partner in the United States and Canada, has supported the League’s esports initiatives since the inception of the NHL Gaming World Championship™ in 2018.

 

“Even without live hockey competition, Honda is committed to keeping fans engaged by supporting NHL programming during the 2019-20 season pause,” said Meliza Humphrey, Manager of Honda Automobile Advertising at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We know this is a difficult time for many people including our dedicated NHL hockey fans and we are pleased to help provide access to NHL players and matchups in this virtual environment while supporting COVID-19 relief efforts.”

 

As the NHL community continues to practice social distancing and take all necessary precautions during this time, the League will continue to help fans stay connected to players and the game by providing access to unique content and archived games. NHL Pause Binge™ aggregates NHL video, editorial and digital content available on NHL.com, the NHL app and across the NHL’s social channels.

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Julie Young, NHL; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

 

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