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CJHL returning to its championship roots


The Canadian Junior Hockey League is going back to its roots when it comes to the National Junior A Championship.
The national title was originally called the Centennial Cup, with the Red Deer Rustlers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League capturing the inaugural championship and the Manitoba Centennial Trophy.
The tournament to crown a national champion became known as the RBC Cup in 1996 and it stayed that way until 2018, when it became known simply as the National Junior A Championship.
Now, Hockey Canada, in conjunction with the CJHL, announced last week the tournament is returning to its roots and changing the name to the Centennial Cup, starting in 2020 when the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Portage Terriers play host to the 50th edition of the event.
It is nice to see Hockey Canada and the CJHL recognize the history of the trophy and tournament. Hopefully, there will be no more name changes so when people hear about the Centennial Cup, they will know exactly what it is.
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After watching the highlights of the Jays-Yankees game from Sunday, I can’t help but wonder what is the purpose of having video review?
There was a play in the bottom of the fifth inning where Aaron Judge hit a ball to the right of Toronto shortstop Richard Urena, who threw the ball to second for a force out.
Umpire Joe West called the runner safe even though he was at least a foot, if not more from the bag when Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio caught the ball.
West apparently felt Biggio was pulled off the bag, but the replay showed his foot was still touching the base when the ball entered his glove.
The Jays challenged the call, but the powers that be agreed with West and the call stood.
The purpose of video review is to get the call on the field right. That didn’t happen in this case. If you can’t get the call right on replay, why bother having it in the first place?
Thankfully, it did not have any bearing on the outcome or have any impact on any playoff race.
There was some good news for the Jays on Sunday.
Billy McKinney hit two home runs, Sunday, giving him 11 on the season. With that, he became the sixth Toronto rookie to hit double-digits in home runs, a new Major League record.
McKinney joins Rowdy Telez (19), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (15), Biggio (15), Danny Jansen (13) and Bo Bichette (11) on the Jays’ list of rookies with 10 or more dingers.
In fact, the Jays have 13 players with 10 homers or more, two of whom are no longer with the team.
Too bad the Jays can’t hit for average. Hopefully that will come as the young players get more experience. Perhaps a new hitting coach would help.
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Here’s a little tidbit on the Dauphin Kings.
The team’s next win will give head coach Doug Hedley 248 for his career as the Kings bench boss. That will put him exactly 100 behind Marlin Murray, who ended his 10-year tenure in 2015 with 348 victories.
Just a little fun fact for you.

Doug Zywina