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 - The Jets hire Adam Gase, Kyler Murray enters NFL draft
Right after I wrote about the NFL coaching hires yesterday, two more positions were filled — Freddy Kitchens to Cleveland, and Vic Fangio to Chicago. Both moves seem smart for their respective teams. But then, the lowly New York Jets went and hired Adam Gase, the former Denver OC who was just fired by the Miami Dolphins after going 23-26. Gase is not a good head coach, and although the Jets hired him to work with prized quarterback Sam Darnold, this decision makes no sense to me. Meanwhile, Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, who was thought to be choosing the MLB over the NFL, is now entering the NFL draft, and sources say he may actually pick the NFL over baseball. Although I think picking football is smart, I am hoping he sticks with baseball. As well, entering the draft does not mean he will report or sign with the team who takes him, which makes this storyline leading up to the draft very intriguing, and could result in Murray falling in the draft due to teams wary of using a high pick on him.
Second Base - NEBC Midget Trackers have strong start to 2019
The Trackers continued their amazing season with a 2-0-1 Edmonton road trip, beating another first-place team, Don Wheaton, in the process. The Trackers have a huge lead in the Bouchier Division, and are one of the most balanced teams in the league. Their two goalies, Landon Hatton and Tyler McArthur, are 9-1 and 8-1-2, respectively. Meanwhile, the team has depth on offense, with seven players within seven points of each other for the team lead. The Trackers host the Lloydminster Blazers on Jan. 11 and the Grande Prairie Storm on Jan. 13.
Third Base - The Calgary Flames keep rolling
The Calgary Flames continue to roll, with a big 5-3 win over Colorado last night. The win gives the Flames their third straight victory, and with 60 points, gives them the second best point total in the league behind Tampa Bay. They are led by their offence — their 162 goals for are the second most in the league, behind Tampa Bay's 180. I still don't really understand or believe the Flames have what it takes to get to the Stanley Cup Final, but they might do it anyway. However, it won't be so easy. The team with the third most points in the league are the Vegas Golden Knights, who have won seven in a row and are just two points behind Calgary. Calgary and Vegas is a rivalry I didn't know was possible at the beginning of the season, but a second-round matchup between these two exciting teams would be unreal.
Home Base - Rylan Davis receives Adam Herold Award
Jan. 5 was a day Rylan Davis won't soon forget. The Fort St. John player was in Kamloops for the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament last weekend, and received the Adam Herold award in honour of the forward who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash last year. The award is given to players who display great courage and perseverance. Davis' dad, Sid Davis, a popular and beloved hockey coach in Fort St. John, died last year, and the award recognizes the strength and perseverance Rylan has continued to show.
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