Q&A: Cassie Campbell-Pascall on the next step for women’s hockey

Among the varied activities fans young and old will be able to participate in during this weekend’s Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, an event that stands out is the Scotiabank Girls HockeyFest.

It’s a series of events where “girls 7-14 can participate in a combination of skills, training and motivation from local female hockey veterans and CWHL stars.”

And who knows? One of them just may end up becoming the next Cassie Campbell-Pascall.

An icon of the women’s game, Campbell-Pascall is a two-time Olympic gold medallist, current Sportsnet hockey analyst, and a Hockey Day ambassador who will be on the ground in Swift Current.

Sportsnet recently caught up with Campbell-Pascall to discuss the growth of the sport and why she thinks it will only get stronger as time passes.

Note: This interview has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

How much has the game changed from your playing days?

I think the girls have just started training at a younger age and they’re stronger, faster, they’ve had better coaching growing up, and now with the under-18 program and the under-22 program they’re learning at such a young age what it means to be an elite-level hockey player.

And having college scholarships and all those types of things to look forward to, whether it’s U Sport or the NCAA, there’s just so many more opportunities for young girls than when I was growing up, and they’re just more competitive at a young age.

They’ve got to become more of an elite hockey player at a young age, and there’s so much depth now and so many people pushing them behind the scenes that you probably won’t see so many girls on the national team having such long careers like my generation did because the depth is so much bigger and better, and that’s where …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

Why Kypreos believes Maple Leafs will sign Matthews very soon

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

Letter: The 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium gets $36 million back on property taxes?

Letter: It’s a shock that 49ers Levi’s Stadium
gets $36 million back on property taxes

Re: “Who is on the board behind the huge Levi’s Stadium tax cut?” (Mercurynews.com, Jan. 26):

It’s a shock learning the 49ers Levi’s Stadium gets $36 million back on property taxes.

County Assessor Larry Stone has been in office for a long time. How could he make such a mistake? Of the three three-member panels who hear property tax appeals, one made this decision. Stone said it’s complicated. The county would do well to gather expensive, proven and capable appraisers to counter the Big Boys’ legions of experts.

Without throwing stones, I offer suggestions:

1. Each panel has an appraiser experienced in large, complicated structures to interact with and educate the two non-appraisers.
2. A supervisor makes nominations but appointments are made by a select group of appraisers and those with similar-position backgrounds.
3. Appellate hearings are assigned at random.
4. No member may work for those appealing or serve on two panels.
5. Three-year terms, six years total.
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David Eisbach
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

Blue Jays FAQ: When will Vlad Jr. make his major-league debut?

The unofficial countdown has begun. With each day that passes, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s a little closer to making his big-league debut.

After reaching triple-A last year, the best prospect in baseball is on the cusp of the majors and Blue Jays fans are understandably excited. While the Blue Jays can’t acknowledge as much without further agitating the MLBPA, they’ll likely delay Guerrero Jr.’s debut until a few weeks into the season. Doing so will assure the club of seven years of control rather than six–an easy call ahead of a season in which the Blue Jays aren’t expected to contend.

So when exactly will Guerrero Jr. debut? It’s among the questions I hear most often and it’s not going away any time soon. Here’s a closer look at the mechanics behind this decision…

Why are the Blue Jays likely to start Guerrero Jr. in the minors if he’s ready now?
Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement incentivizes teams to manipulate the service time of top prospects like Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant and Ronald Acuna Jr.

Because these players are so talented, teams want to be sure to get as much production as possible out of them before they hit free agency. In many cases teams make a trade of sorts, sacrificing a few weeks of a player’s rookie season because it’ll assure them of a full season when the player’s in his prime.

Here’s how the accounting works. Players need six full years of service time to hit free agency, and in baseball service time’s counted in days. A season lasts anywhere from 182-187 days, but any player who collects 172 days or more gets credit for a full year.

Or, as teams have figured out, any player who collects 171 days or fewer doesn’t get credit for a full year. Think it’s a …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

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