The title of this post is a little misleading because she's not actually a Panda just yet, but she is a recruit of the University of Alberta and she will be going to Mexico after making the cut at Baseball Canada's selection camp over the last few days! Madison Willan, who was the captain of the St. Albert Slash this past season, will be part of Team Canada at the COPABE Women's Baseball World Cup Qualifier in Aguascalientes, Mexico from August 18-25! It's a huge honour for Willan who was part of the Team Canada squad at the 2018 Women’s Baseball World Cup in Viera, Florida where the team won a bronze medal, and Madison will get a chance to add more hardware to her mantle with this new opportunity!
As stated above, Willan was the captain of the St. Albert Slash this past season where she scored 24 goals and added 27 assists in 30 games. She led her team to a three-peat of the Esso Cup this season, and scored the Cup-clinching goal at 2:46 of overtime to down the Saskatoon Stars for the championship. She's a force to be reckoned with on the ice, and clearly she's got all the tools on the diamond as well!
She's not only making history on the ice, but she actually made a little Baseball Canada history in 2017 as well! Willan became the first player in Women's National Team program history to hit a home run out of the park when she crushed a 3-run shot at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy! Her home run put the "Canada Leaf" team ahead of the "US Stripes" team by a 5-2 score after she was called upon to pinch hit! Canada would hold on for the victory by a 5-4 score in that game as her history-making bomb came in a victory! I'm not sure about those of you reading this, but she sounds like she'd be a shoo-in for any future Baseball Canada teams with that kind of resumé!
If you know anything about me, I usually try to avoid giving kudos to anything related to the Pandas because they are they arch-rivals of the Manitoba Bisons. It's not that I don't like them; in fact, it's quite the opposite. You have to respect how good they are because all they do is win. And win. And win some more. And to see them get a player like Madison Willan next season only means that winning tradition will likely continue for the foreseeable future. Credit to Howie Draper and his staff for getting Madison to commit to their incredible program.
Because it isn't hockey season just yet, you can be sure I'll be cheering for Madison Willan and her teammates as they suit up for Canada at the COPABE Women's Baseball World Cup Qualifier in Aguascalientes, Mexico from August 18-25. Canada comes in as the second-ranked team according to the most recent WBSC Women's Baseball world rankings, and there's hope they can capture another medal at this tournament.
Go Canada Go, and congratulations to Madison Willan on being named to Team Canada! Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!
We're breaking out of the hockey chatter today because I had a problem on my kitchen counter this week that I needed to solve. I like a good sandwich as much as the next person, but I find that bread seems to go stale - or worse - on my counter because . I just can't eat a loaf fast enough. Yes, I'm going to start breaking loaves of bread bought from the grocery store into smaller amounts so I don't have to worry about this, but I still had a half of a loaf to deal with tonight. What can one do with this semi-stale, starting-to-harden load of rye bread besides feed it to the birds? Well, if you're like me, you enjoy a few croutons on your salad, and that's the future for this bread!
Honestly, these croutons are amazingly light and tasty, and they aren't like the store-bought croutons that are hard and crunchy. These still have a nice crunch to them, but they melt as you bite into them. The soft crunch turns into rich flavour rather than just a dry bite similar to melba toast. And that's why aging bread on my counter ends up in the oven as croutons - they're better than anything one can buy! Ingredients
Stale or day-old bread Olive oil* Freshly-ground pepper Salt Herbs of your choice
DirectionsAs stated above, this one is easy. Preheat your oven to 400F. Cut the bread into cubes. Place bread cubes in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, and add pepper and salt to taste. Mix the cubes so that the oil, salt, and pepper coat the cubes. Add your herbs if desired for taste. Mix well, and spread onto a lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and store in an airtight container for up to a couple of weeks.
If you note the asterisk on the olive oil, I use chili oil (red pepper flakes + whole jalapenos in a bottle of olive oil) on my croutons to add a little spice whereby I no longer have to add the herbs or red pepper flakes for flavouring. Yes, it's divine! I've also used rosemary and herb submarine sandwich bread as well, and that saves on the herb usage in that crouton creation as the olive oil really highlights those herbs!
My advice is find the bread you like for croutons, and then work on the flavouring. Lighter breads - french breads, for example - give more light and airy croutons where heavier breads, such as the sub sandwich breads, give a heavier crouton that really absorbs the oils and flavours. If you like your croutons to deliver that punch of flavour, use a heavier bread.
Don't pay for croutons that are hard and extremely stale at the grocery store. Invest that money in some decent bread and make your own. I guarantee you'll like them entirely more than the store-bought variety. You can flavour them as you like, you can make more than just a handful of croutons so the return on investment is high, and they just taste so much better.
Do yourself a favour - make croutons. Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!
If there's one thing that NHL general managers love, it's a big middle-six winger who can score and bring a little grit to the roster. We've seen teams overpay for these types of players in the past, and we'll likely see teams overpay for these players in the future. With that being said, the Vancouver Canucks added another player of this type today after adding the likes of JT Miller in a trade earlier this off-season when they signed Micheal Ferland to a four-year deal worth $3.5 million per year. With Antoine Roussel on the roster, the Vancouver Canucks have invested a lot of money in "sandpaper"-type guys.
The 27 year-old Ferland recorded 17 goals and 40 points in 71 games for the Carolina Hurricanes this past season, and it was expected that he would move on from the Hurricanes once free agency started. A number of teams were reported to be interested in Ferland's services this summer after a pile of teams reportedly asked about him at the trade deadline as a rental, but the Vancouver Canucks came out on top with the four-year deal. GM Jim Benning still has some important pieces to sign, but Ferland makes the Canucks a little harder to play against for the foreseeable future.
Since 2015, Ferland has played in 71 or more games in each season. His durability isn't going to be questioned, so he'll be a valuable piece for the Canucks if his body can continue to withstand the physicality. His breakout season was in 2017-18 when he scored 21 goals and 20 assists with the Calgary Flames. His production saw the Carolina Hurricanes ask for him to be included in the Noah Hanifin deal that sent Ferland, Dougie Hamilton, and the rights to Adam Fox to Carolina in exchange for Hanifin and Elias Lindholm. While the Hurricanes opted to keep him for their playoff run, there was a very good chance he'd leave at the end of the season.
That's where the Canucks benefitted by having cap space to sign the power forward.
With Vancouver, there's a good chance Ferland plays on the second line alongside Bo Horvat. Playing on that second line and in a more offensive role, that career-high of 21 goals and 41 points are certainly within range for Ferland to pass if he concentrates on using his size and skill to go to the net for deflections and chip-ins. While his production fell off in the playoffs, he'll need to find some consistency if the Canucks are to return to the playoffs.
Sometimes, there are contracts signed in the off-season that makes one shake one's head with regard to length or annual value. Ferland's $3.5 million seems like a little much for a guy who has broken 20 goals only once, but the Flyers gave $7 million for seven seasons to a guy who has also only scored more than 20 goals once. It makes you scratch your head and wonder who got better value for their 20-goal man.
Micheal Ferland's contract may not be the biggest or richest, but he'll provide good production per dollar paid, and that's precisely the kinds of contracts that should be handed out in the salary cap age. GM Jim Benning did well on this one. Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!
It's another Thursday which means The Hockey Show is back on the airwaves of UMFM tonight! We rarely are able to feature gold medallists on our show simply due to the fact that they usually live elsewhere than our humble community. Tonight, though, Beans and I are lucky to welcome a recent gold medallist who has been breaking barriers and making waves both on and off the ice in the hockey world with her outstanding play at the prep ice hockey level, the national ball hockey level, and the international ball hockey level! Her ice hockey exploits won't go unmentioned tonight, though, as she's been pretty stellar on the ice and will continue to excel next year at a post-secondary institution! We're excited to welcome this guest to the show, so let's get to it!
Tonight, Beans and I welcome the woman seen in the photo standing on the right holding the ISBHF World Championship Trophy! We are humbled, privileged, honoured, and proud to welcome this proud Manitoban goaltender who backstopped Team Canada to the gold medal in Julianna Thomson! Julianna is an outstanding ice hockey goaltender who has played for the St. Mary's Academy prep team and Team Manitoba over the last few years, earning her a scholarship to the OUA's York University Lions next season and beyond! Off the ice, she's starred for Team Manitoba ball hockey for a number of years, and she was recruited to play with Team Canada as one of their two goalies this year at the ISBHF World Championship in Slovakia where she and her teammates won the gold medal! We'll talk to Julianna about her career, playing on ice versus playing on the floor, her trip to Slovakia, her participation in the Female World Sports School Challenge, and much more tonight on The Hockey Show! Join us at 5:30pm CT on 101.5 UMFM!
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Tonight, Teebz and Beans dive into Julianna Thomson's career through minor hockey, prep hockey, ball hockey, OUA hockey, international hockey, and much more only on The Hockey Show found exclusively on 101.5 UMFM, on the UMFM app, on the UMFM.com web stream! Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!
I understand that the Blackhawks are in a bit of a rebuild phase. Apparently, GM Stan Bowman feels differently as he continues to add players with rather questionable contracts based on their point production while trading away players who were seemingly trending upwards. I'm not here to criticize Stan Bowman entirely because it's still July, but I do wonder how the trade today, sending blossoming Finnish defenceman Henri Jokiharju to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for winger Alex Nylander, makes the Blackhawks better. Bowman has never been afraid of taking on a player as a project, and Nylander comes to Chicago as a guy who never could find his scoring touch in Buffalo and Rochester. That would qualify as a project by most definitions, but one has to wonder why he'd trade a good, young defenceman who showed flashes of brilliance last season for a project.
There's some debate on whether Jokiharju would have been an everyday defender this season after Bowman went out and acquired Calvin de Haan from Carolina and Olli Maatta from Pittsburgh to bolster his defence behind Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith. Connor Murphy, Erik Gustafsson, Slater Koekkoek, Carl Dahlstrom, and Jokiharju would have likely battled it out for the two spots on the final pairing, but I truly believe that Jokiharju was good enough to win one of those two spots.
Where Bowman may have been forced to make a move is that the Blackhawks currently have just ten forwards under NHL contracts along with Brendan Perlini as an unsigned restricted free agent. Clearly, they need a few forwards to fill out their roster, so there will be competition from players in camp to make the team this year. Alexandre Fortin seems the most likely to make it from their players in Rockford if we look solely at last season's performances, so Bowman went out and made a swap to bring in a guy who could get a big taste of NHL action this season and won't put the Blackhawks in salary cap hell.
As it stands, the Blackhawks have just north of $2 million to spend to round out their roster. With none of the eight defencemen listed on their roster as waiver-exempt, my guess would be that the Blackhawks wouldn't want to expose any of those players, making the push for a couple of Rockford IceHogs to make the team all that more important. Fortin, signed for $706,666, and Nylander, signed for $863,333, would total $1.57 million in salary added to the Blackhawks, keeping them from going over the cap's upper limit. It should also be noted that Fortin has no bonuses attached to his contract, so he won't cost the Blackhawks more based on performance while Nylander is potentially owed an additional $850,000 in bonus money if he reaches all his bonus goals. The Blackhawks will need to be aware of these performance bonuses as they'll only have $466,000 in wiggle room.
While the team isn't out of the woods yet, the $925,000 salary that Jokiharju was making on defence wasn't helping the cause. Yes, he had been shuffled down to the AHL last season after a few poor outings, but his work at the IIHF World Championships was stellar and really should have had the Blackhawks excited for his future with the club. However, after tying up $11 million in Corey Crawford and Robin Lehner in the crease, after tying up $20 million in Keith, Seabrook, de Haan, and Maatta, and after tying up $35.45 million in Toews, Kane, Brandon Saad, Artem Anisimov, and Andrew Shaw, there isn't a lot of money to spend elsewhere. Like third-line scoring. Or a fourth line entirely.
Jokiharju was deemed expendable despite his excellent play thanks to the Blackhawks needing forwards with potential NHL talent. That's the reality of today's NHL - manage and stay on top of the cap, or pieces seen as vital may have to be moved for lesser pieces. Jokiharju could have been a good addition to the Blackhawks this season... if he only played forward. Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!
She was a standout on the international stage with Team Russia before jumping across to North America where she tore up the Canada West Conference in U SPORTS. She found her way into pro hockey with Calgary Inferno of the CWHL, and she's been an outstanding citizen for the city of Calgary since settling there. Iya Gavrilova has been a fixture in the women's hockey community in and around Calgary for a long time, and she certainly has a wealth of knowledge about the game both on and off the ice from which any player can learn.
It's one thing for Gavrilova to be a hockey resource, but we may take for granted that she's been in the game at a high level for a long time AND can speak Russian. Those traits can be vitally important, and the Calgary Flames brought her aboard during their development camp to help their Russian rookies get acclimatised and assist in making those players feel a little more comfortable with their new team. She told George Johnson of CalgaryFlames.com,
"Not speaking the language, they could've maybe come here and gotten around, made do, but it wouldn't have been as enriching an experience. What if communication broke down and they couldn't get the sticks they wanted or didn't understand what was being asked of them? Just little things. And little things, when you're confused, can seem like big things. Measuring gear, for example. It took them five minutes instead of, say, 20. Or longer. My coming from Russia, it helps that I can explain why things work the way they do. I know both sides. Where they're coming from, and this side, too.
Social media was active once the CWHL folded about the NHL teams hiring the women who played in the CWHL as coaches, but that limited view on the positions that these women can hold does an injustice to them. Perhaps Miss Gavrilova doesn't want to coach with the Flames. That's clearly ok as she's found another way to join the franchise and put her skills to good use. She doesn't have to be a coach if she's happy being a translator and mentor for the Russian players in camp.
The two players who Gavrilova has been helping most are 23-year-old goaltender Artyom Zagidulin of Magnitogorsk and 23-year-old Alexander Yelesin of Yaroslavl. Neither have a solid grasp on the English language having grown up in Russia, so Gavrilova is helping them navigate the waters in their first trip to North America. As she stated before, though, it's the little things that she had trouble with when she arrived as a 19 year-old in Duluth, Minnesota where she earned an accounting degree.
Just little things like 'What's up?' You don't understand the context and it blows your mind. You're wondering: 'Why are people asking me how my day is going?' I remember walking through the university hoping I wouldn't bump into anyone on my team because I was worried they'd ask me: 'What's up?' It took me six months to pick it up a little better; before I began to feel comfortable."
It's those little colloquialisms and catchphrases that we often take for granted here with which foreigners often struggle. Some of the things we ask for - where the washroom is, how far away am I, can I get fries with that - are also difficult if one doesn't know the language. It's these little things where Gavrilova will help these young men immensely in feeling more at home which is something the Calgary Flames identified as part of their development camp. Ray Edwards, the Flames' director of player development and, in a fashion, camp counsellor, explained to Johnson,
"We discussed this option two months ago. If we're going to have these players - who are under contract - come over, if we're going to invest him in them, we need to help them. We can't throw them into the fire, just say: 'Hey, you're here now. Succeed.' Obviously, there's a connection; with Alexander and Zag, right away. They speak the speak. Iya knows what's going on here in Calgary so she's been able to help them in terms of the lay of the land. We had her on the bench the other day and at one point I wanted to explain something to Alex. If I don't have her there... well, it's going to take awhile.
For those that don't know, Gavrilova missed all of last season while recovering from ACL surgery. With the CWHL folding, her options for playing professional became limited, and she's moved into the private sector as an analyst with an energy company, settling permanently in Calgary as her new home. Getting a chance for her to work with the Flames has re-ignited the flame - no pun intended - in her for the game, and she's looking forward to getting back on the ice. She told Johnson, "This year, we're going to get a group of girls together and go around Canada, showcasing our game. So I'm hoping to be back on the ice in September."
It will be great to see that #8 flying around on the ice like she did for so many years in Canada West where she was a dominant force. She was one of my favorite players to watch during her time with the Calgary Dinos, and her creativity and offensive awareness dazzled crowds throughout western Canada as she piled up the points. Having her back in the game is good for hockey as a whole, but it seems to be paying off for the Flames in big ways.
And as for Artyom and Alexander, how did their week in Calgary go? According to Gavrilova,
"They've really enjoyed themselves. The first thing they noticed, they talked about, is how much everyone has taken care of them. They weren't expecting this. One of them said the first day: 'People have done so much for us, it's crazy.' Just the kindness of Canadians and the organization. I think they've possibly been shocked by that, in a good way.
You're a big part of that too, Iya. Well done on this job, and kudos to the Flames for bringing Iya Gavrilova into the fold. Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!
I was channel-surfing tonight after getting home from my weekly sporting endeavour. There's rarely anything entertaining on television these days, and it seems to be even worse on a Sunday night. As I was perusing the multiple channels with nothing on, I came across a roller hockey game! The only catch? This wasn't your average roller hockey game as the crowd featured Tiffany Amber Thiessen and Alexandra Paul sitting side-by-side in the front row cheering on someone named Cody. Slightly confused and wondering why I'm watching a standard-definition television program, it soon became clear that I had been sucked into the Baywatch world.
It took some digging, but Episode 4 of Season 7 of Baywatch is entitled "Windswept", and it features an NHL-branded roller hockey game where Cody and his roller hockey team play for some fictional trophy. The episode was written by David Braff and it aired sometime in 1996. According to the IMDB page, the synopsis of the episode is as follows:
Mitch is the main attraction at the Baywatch Lifeguard Bachelor Auction and is "bought" for $5,000 by a wealthy socialite, named Alicia Hancock, who's eager to put him to her very satisfaction. But Mitch ends up stranded on a desert island with the snobbish Alicia in which both of them get on each others nerves fast. Meanwhile, Cody joins a roller-blade hockey team to satisfy his yen for power while Caroline and Stephanie enjoy watching his performance on the court.
I have to admit that I missed out on the Baywatch Lifeguard Bachelor Auction at the beginning of the episode, but I did get to see Cody play a little hockey. The weird part is that I can't find David Chokachi, the actor who portrays Cody on the series, playing hockey anywhere else. He may know how to rollerblade thanks to his time in California, but hockey as certainly not something he did regularly. Or ever, it seems.
If you've made it this far, you might be wondering why I'm writing about this episode from 23 years ago. The reason for this is that Baywatch didn't exactly hide the NHL logo or its teams' logos when playing. In fact, the "NHL Breakout" logo is visible throughout the roller hockey portions, and the two teams show the "Mighty Ducks" name on the goalie's helmet and the Blackhawks logos on the opposition's shirts. Fans in the crowd also show some rather unique support for NHL teams as the New Jersey Devils - the 1995 Stanley Cup Champions - are shown on a fan's shirt just three seats to the right of Thiessen and Paul in the crowd.
Among the guest stars in the show are agent and co-head of the Hockey Division of Creative Artists Agency Pat Brisson as "The Operator" and retired hockey star Brian Mullen as per the credits, but there's zero reference or thanks given to the NHL, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, nor the Chicago Blackhawks for any usage of their logos or trademarks. Normally, if a television show has paid for or obtained the rights to use said trademarks, there's some thanks given to the those who own the trademarks, but apparently that's not the case in Baywatch's world.
Anyway, if you have 45 minutes to kill, here's the episode. The hockey action isn't all that great and there's a fairly predictable outcome of the game, but that's how most Hollywood TV series end their shows, right? Here's "Windswept", aka S7E4, of Baywatch. Enjoy!
I went to look up some information today on the Canada West website, and the image to the left is what greeted me. It seems as though Canada West has decided to upgrade their website, and this should be seen as a good thing after struggling for years with a website whose functionality was best suited for a Geocities website in 1995. It got the job done and all the information was there, but it was multiple clicks and menus to find the information one needed. When Canada West began using the hashtag "#TheNewWest" after redesigning their logo, there was hope the website would get a refresh. Well, better late than never, right?
I haven't seen any literature regarding what will change, will be added or removed, or any other details, but I assume there will be greater emphasis placed on Canada West TV where there have been some solid advances made in both quality of broadcast and production value. Canada West had all teams add high-definition cameras to their equipment two seasons ago, and the picture quality alone has improved immensely with this decision. Being that Canada West TV is a good revenue stream for the organization, I assume we'll see the TV options pushed heavily.
I had a love-hate relationship with the statistics portion of the site where by I hated that I had to dig through 30 links to find the one piece of info I needed, but loved that it had archives and historical information built into the site. I want to see more advanced stats, and that's something that Canada West and its member schools need to embrace before anything can be added to the site. Here's hoping we can find a few math majors around the University of Manitoba who want to get in on the advanced stats club. Either way, the stats side needs to keep the archived information because it's good for seeing trends and predicting future events.
I rarely went to the other sports' webpages on the Canada West site, but I assume all the Canada West sports have complaints about certain things found or not found on the website. Regardless of what I want, it seems there will be a new Canada West website unveiled on Monday as Canada West embraces "#TheNewWest" with their updated logo and, now, website.
Make sure you visit the new site on Monday, and leave a comment here one what you like, don't like, hate, love, want to see changed, and anything else the website makes you feel. Sometimes, new doesn't come with improved, but I'm hopeful Canada West will lean heavily towards the improved side of the equation as opposed to the new side. Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!
The Calgary Dinos women's hockey team haven't made a lot of news in the last few years as they've finished near the bottom of the standings and missed the playoffs. They're still a competitive team and have an outstanding netminder in Kelsey Roberts, but the Dinos absolutely deserve some kudos for today's news. The Dinos women's hockey team was the first of Dinos Athletics to participate in a formal training program addressing sexual violence in sport that covers complex topics that discuss hazing, sexual violence, gender socialization, and consent.
After everything that happened at the University of Lethbridge and at other Canadian institutions, this is awesome to read and I, despite never going to the University of Calgary, am proud of the athletes for participating in this month-long training program. Hazing and sexual violence is one of those things that still happens behind closed doors in this country, and this kind of program needs to be implemented everywhere across Canada.
Carla Bertsch, the university’s sexual violence support advocate, facilitated the clinic for the women, and she feels this will benefit the players as leaders in the community, at the school, and in their chosen athletic endeavours.to
"As an athlete myself, I know sports culture can be problematic at times. Athletes have social capital and are often expected to fulfill leadership roles whether they have proper training and support or not,” says Bertsch. "I'm excited to work with the athletics department and support our young leaders — they have a lot of potential to be part of the change that will help create a safer and more inclusive campus."
While the topics presented by Bertsch are generally not the easiest things to talk about, the players struggled with the statistics of sexual violence that Bertsch presented to them.
"Talking about consent and statistics probably hit the hardest with our team," Paige Michalenko, fifth-year sociology student and captain of the Dinos women's hockey team, stated. "Hearing that one in three women experience sexual violence was shocking — it's hard to wrap your head around and as a team of women, it really opened up our eyes to the seriousness of the issue and the importance of having open conversations about consent and sexuality. Knowing we have done this work together gives us the confidence to be able to support one another."
While Canada is a pretty tolerant country, issues such as homophobia, racism, sexism, and hazing are still present in today's culture. We've seen some of these topics show their ugly faces when it comes to women's professional hockey, the ongoing Women's World Cup, and in other corners of today's society when it was thought we were far more advanced than societies of yesteryear. in discussing these issues and bringing them out into the open, Dinos women's hockey head coach, former Canadian national team member, and Hockey Hall of Famer Danielle Goyette believes the program run by Bertsch was a valuable investment that will set her team up for success both on and off the ice.
"It can be hard for players to open up with coaches — they don’t want their personal lives to affect their ice time," Goyette said. "Racism, homophobia, gender and sexual violence are sensitive topics that have received a lot of attention in the media lately. Society often looks to sport for leadership and by bringing an expert like Carla in to educate our players, we're giving them the tools they need to be leaders among university athletes and peer groups."
It's the first part of Goyette's statement that hits closest to home after hearing what happened in Lethbridge with the Pronghorns women's hockey team and their former head coach Michelle Janus. Players stated that they placed their trust in the coach when disclosing personal matters to Miss Janus, and she used those disclosures to bully players into less ice time, not playing at all, or forcing them to play when they needed time away from the game. Some may call this bullying a form of hazing, but it's wrong no matter what it's categorized as and Miss Bertsch is making it clear with her efforts in this program that it has no place in sports, in life, and at the University of Calgary.
If post-secondary education institutions are deemed "higher learning," this should include the teachings and understanding of being better people within society. Carla Bertsch's program should be rolled out across Canada into all universities and colleges. We, as a society, condemn the acts that Miss Bertsch is talking about - hazing, sexual violence, gender socialization, and non-consent in sex - but we leave it up to others to really talk about, teach, and enforce these important human traits. Carla Bertsch deserves a ton of credit for getting Dinos Athletics onboard with this, and I hope her teachings spread like wildfire throughout Canadian university sports and beyond.
Kudos to the Calgary Dinos women's hockey team for stepping up and getting this information. University just isn't about sports - it's about becoming better, smarter, and more worldly people. The members of the Dinos women's hockey team can claim those traits today. Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!
Rasmus Ristolainen is a good, young defenceman who plays for the Buffalo Sabres. The 24 year-old Finn isn't the most polished defender in the league by any stretch, but he's getting better each season and has earned a roster spot based on his play. He's signed through 2022 with the Sabres and will likely command a decent salary when his contract expires if Buffalo doesn't extend prior to that, but it might be a good thing that he's not a free agent at this point because his wallet took a serious hit in May when he was home in Finland after Buffalo's season had ended.
On May 3, Ristolainen, 24, drove 81 kilometers per hour in the center of Turku on Linnankatu, where the speed limit is 40 km / h. The act happened on Friday afternoon, when there was a lot of vehicle and light traffic in the area. Speeding Ristolainen drove a Mercedes-Benz G 500 off-road vehicle.
It was a bypass that happened on a two-lane straight road. According to Ristolainen, the issue was short-term speeding, and the counter-display was not presented in the reading.
Ristolainen acknowledged that he had acted according to the description of the act. He admitted that he had committed the act of negligence but denied intent and gross negligence.
That's a pretty cut-and-dry recount of what happened, so you're likely shrugging your shoulders and expecting him to pay a fine. He will pay a fine, but here's where the giant asterisk stands out.
For those that aren't aware, Finland's ticket fine system isn't some sort of tiered system where you pay more if hit a certain speed threshold above the posted speed limit. Instead, driving offences are based on your annual income, and you are fined based on that total annual income. As the New York Times reported in 2015,
The fines are calculated based on half an offender's daily net income, with some consideration for the number of children under his or her roof and a deduction deemed to be enough to cover basic living expenses, currently 255 euros per month.
Then, that figure is multiplied by the number of days of income the offender should lose, according to the severity of the offense.
You can see where this is going, right? According to CapFriendly, Ristolainen made $5,400,000 in 2018-19, and his fine was based on that income. Because he has no dependants living under his roof that have been disclosed, the fine would likely be on the higher side of the ledger multiplied by the number of days of income he should lose.
The final total? 120,000 Euros or $134,595 USD. OUCH.
While it's a small percentage of his annual salary - 2.5%, in fact - it represents a large amount of money for the government. In contrast, according to the NYT article, someone earning "$54,000, none of it capital gains, and with no young children, would get a fine of about 345 euros, or about $370". And for the most part, these sorts of fines are rare, according to Finnish police in the article, and most Finns believe that it is one's choice in speeding as opposed to some unavoidable occurrence.
Personally, I have no issue with this type of fine based on income. If you're able to buy the flashy sports car, you should be forced to accept the consequences when you break the law in said sports car. I'm sure that will outrage some people, but this is a speeding ticket, not murder or assault. We all like to complain about speeding tickets if we receive one, but the fact is that the driver who does receive one almost always consciously breaks the speed limit. If one breaks the speed limit as egregiously as Rasmus Ristolainen did, one should pay excessively more.
Lesson learned, Rasmus. It might be time to see the Sabres' medical team about that lead foot. Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!