Hockey season is officially over. The last pending event – the Great Lakes Hockey League Tournament – was canceled yesterday because of restrictions established to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus. The Portage Lake Pioneers and the Calumet Wolverines would have competed in the tourney March 27th through 29th in Appleton. The subsequent Gibson Cup tournament between the two teams had already been canceled, as COVID-19 restrictions closed Dee Stadium and the Calumet Colosseum for the season. The Houghton County Arena has also shut down for the season.
Minnesota State’s Marc Michaelis has been named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Year. Michaelis led the WCHA in overall scoring with 44 points, despite missing seven games because of injury. Bowling Green’s Alec Rauhauser was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second time. Minnesota State’s Dryden McKay was honored as Goaltender of the Year, after allowing a WCHA-record 1.17 goals-against average in league play.
The Detroit Tigers have assigned catcher Jake Rogers to the Toledo Mud Hens. Rogers is Detroit’s top catching prospect, but it was widely expected that he would start the year in Triple-A.
Each major league team has now pledged to provide a million dollars to pay stadium employees for games that won’t be played. The Tigers were the first to take that step late last week. Major League Baseball has delayed its season opening until at least mid-May because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Detroit Lions have found their back-up quarterback. Former Chicago Bears signal caller Chase Daniel has reportedly agreed to a three-year, 13-million dollar deal. Jeff Driskoll, who was one of several Lions back-ups last season, has signed with the Denver Broncos.
After reaching signing linebacker Jamie Collins to a three-year deal, the Detroit Lions have cut former team captain Devon Kennard.
Former Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga has signed a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers.
And, the latest speculation is that longtime New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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