The daily sports news cycle is crazier than ever. Don't have the stamina to keep up to speed? Around The Bases is your daily morning destination to stay in the know on the biggest stories in both local and professional sports. We’ll start at first base with an intriguing story or event, and bring you home with a must-read story in the North Peace sports scene.
First Base - NHL grab-bag
There's a lot of interesting, if not strange, storylines coming from the NHL today. The Washington Capitals blew a 2-0 lead to the Pittsburgh Penguins, which isn't helping my statement that this is the Caps' year. The Vegas Golden Knights destroyed the San Jose Sharks, winning 7-0. The hotly-anticipated second round series between the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators begins tonight. Beyond game action, Brian Burke steps down from his role as Calgary Flames President of Operations, Auston Matthews said he didn't fight with his coach, and Brad Marchand is adamant that the NHL didn't tell him to stop licking players. You can't make this stuff up.
Second Base - NFL Entry Draft first round
The first round of the NFL Entry Draft has come and gone, and it was everything I wanted it to be. The Cleveland Brown's shocked the footbal world by taking Baker Mayfield. For a team that needs a sure-fire quarterback, they sure took a gigantic risk, even if Mayfield is a bit shorter than your average quarterback. The New York Giants chose not to take Eli Manning's replacement, and New England passed up a quarterback as well. The Baltimore Ravens made a splash with the last pick of the round when they took polarizing quarterback Lamar Jackson. See how your favourite team did here.
Third Base - Roller derby begins this weekend
Roller derby is awesome to watch. I first realized that last May, and am excited to watch some bouts again this year. The Kilbillies start their season this Saturday at the North Peace Arena at 7 p.m. If you haven't been to a bout before, come out for a unique experience, and thank me after.
Home Base - Olympic bobsled pilot Alysia Rissling visits students
Canadian Olympic bobsled pilot Alysia Rissling is in Fort St. John to meet with the students and classes she mentored this year through Classroom Champions.
"It's very exciting to meet them and it looks like they're equally excited to meet me," Rissling said at the Classroom Champion community celebration event Thursday night.
The gym at Bert Ambrose Elementary School was packed full of excited students and their families, with everyone lining up to get their picture taken with their favourite bobsledder. Rissling will be going around to schools today visiting classrooms, the first time she has met with them in person.
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