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Posts Tagged ‘Toronto.’

New England Revolution home attendance is among the MLS’ pacesetters

Gillette Stadium Home of NE Revolution (2008 photo by J. Poreda via wikipedia commons)

Over the years, the New England Revolution have been one of Major League Soccer’s top drawing teams at home.

With only two home games left in the 2014 season, the Revs attendance is far ahead of 2013′s attendance figures.

Through 15 home games, the club has increased its attendance by 11.3 percent. The Revolution is averaging 15,178 fans at Gillette Stadium this season; that’s almost 2,000 fans per game ahead of the team’s average of 13,237 through 14 games last season.

During the 2014 season, New England claims the MLS’ fourth-highest attendance growth rate behind D.C. United (19.4%), San Jose (19.0%, which also includes a match at the 49ers’ Levi Stadium) and Toronto (16.9%) through the same amount of games a year ago.

On the season, the MLS is averaging a 1.8 percent growth in attendance through the same number of games.

Pittsburgh Penguins stay busy, naming Jim Rutherford as new GM

Jim Rutherford as a player (photo by Detroit Red Wings via wikipedia commons)

The Pittsburgh Penguins fired head coach Dan Bylsma and hired a new GM, Jim Rutherford all in the same day.

The 65-year-old Rutherford resigned the same position back in April with the Carolina Hurricanes. He replaces Ray Shero, who was fired three weeks ago.

Rutherford is a former 5’8, 160-pound goalie in the NHL from 1969-1983 with Detroit, Toronto and the LA Kings.

This is a homecoming for him with Pittsburgh, as he played goaltender for the team in the 1970′s.

After his playing career, he spent 20 years with the Hartford Whalers franchise, who moved to North Carolina in 1997 and became the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina won the Stanley Cup in 2006.

New Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis wasting no time in cleaning house for a “fresh start”

Ron Francis (2006 photo by akulawolf via wikipedia commons)

Ron Francis was one of the NHL’s best centers during his career which lasted form 1981-2004. He was used to winning and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 after playing for the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Toronto.

It has come to no one’s surprise to Carolina Hurricanes fans and media in North Carolina that he has started cleaning house after taking over as the general manager last week from Jim Rutherford who resigned after two decades.

The Hurricanes former captain and assistant coach fired head coach Kirk Muller and most of his staff. Muller was 80-80-27 with the Hurricanes. Also shown the door were assistant coaches Dave Lewis and John MacLean. Goaltending coach Greg Stefan has been reassigned to the team’s pro scouting department.

Francis, who was an imposing center during his playing days at 6’3, 200 pounds, said that no one’s job is safe on the team not even the most-popular stars. He also stated that a fresh start is needed for a franchise who has made the Stanley Cup playoffs only once in the past eight years.

The Hurricanes have won a Stanley Cup, in 2005-2006. They’ve won two Eastern Conference championships in 2001-02 and 2005-06.

Blue Jackets beat Toronto, 2-1 as Bobrovsky stars in goal

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots vs. Toronto (file photo courtesy ColumbusWired.net)

Everybody said that it would be better if the Columbus Blue Jackets played in the Eastern Conference.

The CBJ seems to matchup better with those teams and usually had good overall records against most of the teams.

Well, the Jackets have proven everybody right.

After beating Toronto last night, 2-1 the Blue Jackets have an overall record of 31-25-5 with 67 points. They sit 5th in the tough Metropolitan Conference and 10th in the Eastern Conference. They are just 1 point behind the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings for the 8th and final playoff spot.

Columbus, who won the season’s series against Toronto, dominated the final two periods Monday night to win the game before a disappointed crowd of 19,577 at the Air Canada Centre.

The goal scorers were Artem Anisimov and Dalton Prout. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky almost captured his seventh career shutout but did stop 28 shots.

The Maple Leafs scored at the 15:45 mark of the 3rd period on Mason Raymond’s 17th goal of the season.

The CBJ return home tonight to play the Dallas Stars of the Western Conference at 7 pm.

 

Rogers Cup winners are Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams

(courtesy Free-Extras.com)

Serena Williams won her third Rogers Cup women’s championship by dominating unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-0 in Toronto.

Williams, who currently is ranked #1 in the world, has 54 WTA titles and a singles record of 610-111, good for 84.6%.

On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2 in the Rogers Cup final in Montreal.

The loss spoiled Raonic’s bid to become the first Canadian winner in the 55 years of the prestigious tournament.

Nadal beat Novak Djokovic in Saturday’s semifinal match.

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