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Jice update, January 16, 2019

Posted on: January 16th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals (27-14-5, T-1st Metropolitan Division, 3rd Eastern Conference): No points or goals in two games — a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on 1/14 (10:46 time on ice) and a 7-2 loss to the host Nashville Predators yesterday (10:49 TOI) He was a healthy scratch — the fourth straight game with such status — against the Boston Bruins on 1/10.

Jakob Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes (20-22-3, 7th in Pacific Division, 13th Western Conference) Had an assist on the game-winning overtime goal against the host Vancouver Canucks on 1/10, one of two assists he had in the 4-3 victory (19:32 TOI). No goals or assists in his other two games — a 3-2 win over the host Edmonton Oilers (17:19 TOI) on 1/12 and a a 7-1 loss to the host Calgary Flames on 1/14 (19:45 TOI).

Jason Demers, Coyotes: Has not played since sustaining what has turned out to be a season-ending “lower body” injury on Nov. 15. Not to make light of the situation, but I always found it funny how non-specific the NHL is when discussing injuries, as if teams would deliberately target a player’s weak spot.

Josh Ho-Sang, New York Islanders (26-15-4, 3rd Metropolitan Division, 7th Eastern Conference): The Islanders sent Ho-Sang back to their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, on Jan. 8.

Zach Hyman, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs (28-15-2, 2nd Atlantic Division, 4th Eastern Conference): Had an assist in a 4-2 win over the host NJ Devils on 1/10, (16:44 TOI), his first game back after missing eight games with an injury (his last game before that was also against the Devils back on 12/18). Hyman also played 17:58 on 1/12 in a 3-2 loss to the Bruins and 16:08 in a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on 1/14

Brendan Leipsic, LA Kings (18-25-4, 8th in Pacific Division, 15th (last) Western Conference): Scored a goal in a 5-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on 1/12 (10:39 TOI). That was sandwiched between two other games — both of them losses — without a point: 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators on 1/10 and a 3-2 shootout to the host Minnesota Wild on 1/15.

Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild (23-20-3, 5th Central Division, 8th Western Division): Scored the game-winner in yesterday’s shootout over Leipsic’s Kings. It’s been a good stretch for Zucker, who has 13 goals and 11 assists to lead the Jice men.:

  • 1/10: Two goals in a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets
  • 1/12: An assist in a 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings
  • 1/14: Another goal in a 7-4 loss to the host Philadelphia Flyers

Oops: In the previous update, I omitted Zucker’s teammate, Luke Kunin. Apologies. The 21-year-old center also contributed a goal in that loss to Detroit. Kunin, now in his second NHL season, has one goal and four assists in 17 games. He was promoted from the team’s AHL affiliate in Iowa on 12/9.

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Finally, we have a new addition to the fold in 34-year-old Nate Thompson, a 34-year-old center now in his 12th NHL season. According to the latest issue of the Jewish Sports Review, Thompson — currently with the Kings — is a convert. Shalom, landsman. He has also played for the Bruins (for whom he made his NHL debut in the 2006-07 season), Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, NY Islanders, and Ottawa Senators for a total, as of right now, of 666 games.

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Jice update, January 10, 2019

Posted on: January 10th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

As I mentioned yesterday, this is about the halfway point for both the NHL and NBA, so without further adieu…

In alphabetical order:

Photo of Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals: There’s been some controversy over whether the 23-year-old left-winger from Klagenfurt, Austria is MOT or not, but since the Jewish Sports Review continues to include him, so do I. Burakovsky has had some trouble staying on the ice this season, his fifth with the Caps (26-12-4, first in the Metropolitan Division and tied for second in the Eastern Conference). There’s also some question as to what’s with him this season? He’s been a “healthy scratch” for more more games than you might expect, with just five goals and four assists in 38 games.

NHL Standard career statistics
Scor Scor Scor Goal Goal Goal Goal Assi Assi Assi Shot Shot Shot Ice Ice
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 38 5 4 9 -4 10 4 1 0 2 4 0 0 48 10.4 94 442 11:38 4 10 28.6 16 13 13 14

 

Photo of Jakob Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes. The 20-year-old defenseman has appeared in 24 games due to a variety of injuries. He has three goals and five assists.

NHL Standard career statistics
Scor Scor Scor Goal Goal Goal Goal Assi Assi Assi Shot Shot Shot Ice Ice
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 24 3 5 8 -7 18 1 2 0 0 4 1 0 55 5.5 116 494 20:34 0 0 39 35 8 18

 

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Jason Demers, Arizona Coyotes: Demers, now in his 10th season, is the senior Jice-man. He has appeared in only 18 games for the Coyotes, (18-21-3,  seventh in the Pacific Division and 13th in the Western Conference) with two assists and a single goal. Demers been out of action with a knee injury since Nov. 15.

NHL Standard career statistics
Scor Scor Scor Goal Goal Goal Goal Assi Assi Assi Shot Shot Shot Ice Ice
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 18 1 2 3 -1 6 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 23 4.3 44 357 19:50 0 0 14 19 4 11

 

Photo of Josh Ho-Sang, New York Islanders: The contentious center/right-winger was recalled on Dec. 15 and has appeared in 10 games with one goal and one assist. The Islanders as 23-14-4, fourth in the Metropolitan Division and ninth in the Eastern Conference.

NHL Standard career statistics
Scor Scor Scor Goal Goal Goal Goal Assi Assi Assi Shot Shot Shot Ice Ice
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 10 1 1 2 2 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 10 10.0 15 145 14:31 0 1 0.0 3 0 3 6

 

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Zach Hyman, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs: Hyman, 24, is literally a home-town hero, having been born and raised in Toronto, where he has played his entire NHL career. he had his string of consecutive games broken this year, missing eight contests because of an ankle injury. He was also suspended by the league for two games due to this late hit against against Boston Bruins‘ defenseman Charlie McAvoy in early December, an incident that coast Leipsic more than $24,000. Maybe he can make uo for that s an author of children’s books. Leipsic has seven goals and eight assists in 32 games. The Leafs (27-13-2) are second in the Atlantic Division and tied for that spot in the Eastern Conference.

NHL Standard career statistics
Scor Scor Scor Goal Goal Goal Goal Assi Assi Assi Shot Shot Shot Ice Ice
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 32 7 8 15 10 42 6 0 1 1 8 0 0 64 10.9 99 553 17:17 40 52 43.5 21 57 10 13

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Brendan Leipsic, Left Wing, LA Kings: Leipsic, 24, began the season with the Vancouver Canucks — for whom he played 17 games — before being claimed by the Kings off waivers on Dec. 3. He has also appeared in 17 contests for his new team. It was kind of a backward move for Leipsic: the Canucks are currently 20-21-4, fifth in the Pacific Division and 10th in the Western Conference, while the Kings are in last place in both division and conference with a 17-24-3 mark.

NHL Standard career statistics
Scor Scor Scor Goal Goal Goal Goal Assi Assi Assi Shot Shot Shot Ice Ice
Season Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 VAN 17 2 3 5 -10 2 2 0 0 1 1 2 0 36 5.6 56 218 12:50 3 2 60.0 3 11 10 6
2018-19 LAK 17 1 4 5 -4 12 1 0 0 0 3 1 0 27 3.7 51 245 14:24 2 3 40.0 13 16 3 7

Photo of Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild: Perhaps the best Jewish player now that Michael Cammalleri is inactive, Zucker is also having some problems, scoring just 10 goals with 10 assists in 41 games. The team is fifth in the Central Division at 21-18-3, ninth in the Pacific Conference. At 25, Zucker is already in his eighth season with the Wild.

NHL Standard career statistics
Scor Scor Scor Goal Goal Goal Goal Assi Assi Assi Shot Shot Shot Ice Ice
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 27 MIN NHL 41 10 10 20 -1 16 8 2 0 3 7 3 0 118 8.5 209 700 17:04 0 2 0.0 18 42 24 15

All stats provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table, generated 1/10/2019.

Key:
EV -Even-handed
PP – Power-play
SH – Short-handed
GW – Game-winning
S – Shots on goal
S% – Shooting percentage
TSA – Total shots attempted
TOI – Time of ice (in minutes)
ATOI – Average time on ice
FOW – Faceoff wins
FOL – Faceoff loses
FO% – Faceoff win percentage at even strength
BLK – Blocks at even strength
HIT – Hits at even strength
TK – Takeaways
GV – Giveaways

Anybody I missed?

Playing catch-up

Posted on: October 5th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Had a great time in London, but the timing meant that I missed quite a bit in the world of sports. So very quickly…

I’ll be doing a full JML season recap in the days to come. For now, know that of the eight teams in the Division Series, five have Jews on their roster including:

  • Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Ian Kinsler, Boston Red Sox
  • Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
  • Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Max Fried, Atlanta Braves

Pederson —  who set a franchise record for most lead-off home runs in the regular season — gave the Dodgers the only run they would need in a 6-0 whitewash over the visiting Atlanta Braves with a two-strike, lead-off home run.

Fried walked one and struck out one in 1.1 innings of relief.

Braun was 2-for-5 as the Brewers took Game One in their NLDS match-up with the visiting Colorado Rockies, 3-2 in 10 innings.

Kinsler and the Sox host the Yankees in Game One tonight. As I post this, Bregman and the Astros are hosting the Cleveland Indians.

Onward…

Hard to believe, but the NHL Season began this week. Here are the Jice-men:

Brandon Leipsic scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Vancouver Canucks (1-0-0) in Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the visiting Atlanta Flames on Wednesday. The decider can 2:20 into the third period. Leipsic played just 8:27.

Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (1-0-0), played 14:55 in a 3-2 overtime win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

Jason Demers, Arizona Coyotes (0-1-0), played 23:39 in a 3-0 loss to the Dallas Stars last night.

Jakob Chychrun, also on the Coyotes, has a bad knee and has not been cleared for contact.

Jason Zucker played 19:38 for the Minnesota Wild (0-1-0) in their 4-1 loss to the host Colorado Avalanche last night.

Andre Burakovsky played 14:04 in the Washington Capital’s opener, a 7-0 win over the visiting Boston Bruins, on Wednesday. The next day, the Caps (1-0-1) lost a wild one to the host Pittsburgh Penguins, 7-6, in overtime. He played 10:16 in that one.

Veteran Michael Cammalleri — the leader in goals scored among Jewish NHLers — is currently inactive.

Onward…

Over in the NBA, Omri Casspi has found a home: he is a member, once again, of the Memphis Grizzlies. Their season begins October 17 against the host Indiana Pacers. Unfortunately, the fragile Israeli is hurt again, although it doesn’t look too serious.

Finally…

Over in the NFL…

Week Five began last night as the New England Patriots (3-2, second in the AFC East) beat the Indianapolis Colts, 38-24.  Free safety Nate Ebner appeared on 24 special teams plays (77 percent).

Tackle Mitchell Schwartz appeared on all 78 offensive plays a plus another five (18 percent) for the Kansas City Chiefs (4-0, first in AFC West) in their 27-23 win over the host Denver Broncos.

Tackle Ali Marpet appeared on all 63 offensive plays plus two more (7 percent) on special teams as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2, third in the NFC South) in their 48-10 loss to the host Chicago Bears.

Strong safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on 21 special teams plays (72 percent) for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1, T-3 AFC North) in their 26-14 loss to the visiting Baltimore Ravens.

Kicker Greg Joseph was 2-for-2 in field goal attempts (25 and 28 yards) for the Cleveland Browns (1-2-1, T-3, AFC North) in their 45-42 overtime loss to the host Oakland Raiders. He also made two PATs.

Rookie QB Josh Rosen made his first NFL start as the Arizona Cardinals dropped to 0-4 (fourth in NFC West) with their 20-17 loss to the visiting Seattle Seahawks. Rosen completed 15 of 27 pass attempts for 180 yards and a touchdown (no interceptions). He also rushed for five yards on one rush.

 

Cleaning out my inbox

Posted on: June 12th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

So I have a bunch of Google alerts set up to bring me the latest news on what the MOTs are up to in various sports. Unfortunately, I’ve been letting time slip away and it’s been building up. So in an effort to get clean again, here goes…

NFL

Hard to believe training camps are close to opening again. Should be an interesting season, if for no other reason than to see what the players and teams will do about the whole National Anthem business. It’s not within the purview of this blog to get deep into politics; if you want to know my feelings you can find them on Facebook, where I probably spend too much time.

Suffice it to say the biggest news on the field as far as we’re concerned will center around new Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen. Maybe we’re just being overly sensitive, but there already seems to be a lot of attention — relatively speaking, of course — paid to his religion, in a way that other players do not have to face, even the Jewish ones who are already in the league. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, here are a few items on Rosen to chew on:

Of course, Rosen is not the only MOT in the NFL. There’s Nate Ebner, a special teams specialist for the New England Patriots who’s coming off a season-ending injury sustained in the ninth game last season. There’s Ali Marpet, an offensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, now entering his fourth season (“Bucs union rep Ali Marpet questions legality of the NFL’s new anthem policy“). There Adam Bisnowaty, who signed with but never played for the NY Giants last season. They placed him on waivers and the Detroit Lions picked him up last month. And, arguably the best of the bunch, Mitchell Schwartz, another O-Man for the Kansas City Chiefs.

David Tepper became the ninth current Jewish NFL owner when he bought the Carolina Panthers in May, joining Arthur Blank (Atlanta Falcons), Malcolm Glazer (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Robert Kraft (New England Patriots), Jeffrey Laurie (Philadelphia Eagles), Stephen Ross (Miami Dolphins), Daniel Snyder ( Washington Redskins), Steven Tisch (NY Giants), and Zygi Wilf (Minnesota Vikings). Last month, Blank was named Sports Executive of the Year by The Sports Business Journal.

By the way, in case you were wondering, former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman returned to the Canadian Football League where he led the Toronto Argonauts to the Grey Cup, Canada’s equivalent to the Super Bowl.

NHL

If you consider Andre Burakovsky to be Jewish, then fine, there was a Jew on the Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitols.

Other Jews in the League during the 2017-18 season included

  • Jason Zucker (Minnesota Wild) who enjoyed career highs in goals (33) and points (64)
  • Josh Ho-Sang (NY Islanders) who had more than his share of issues with his team
  • Brendan Leipsic, (Vancouver Canucks), who missed his chance to appear in the Cup finals when the Vegas Golden Knights traded him away
  • Jacob Chychrun (Arizona Coyotes), who missed time due to injuries.
  • Jason Demers (Arizona Coyotes)
  • Michael Cammalleri (Edmonton Oilers, the dean of Jewish hockey players with more than 900 games in the NHL
  • Zach Hyman (Toronto Maple Leafs), who may have a career in children’s literature waiting for him when he retires

And mazel tov to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who celebrated his 25th anniversary in that office.

NBA

I think we can all agree that the Golden State Warriors really screwed Omri Casspi when they released him with just two games remaining in the regular season. Yeah, yeah, I know: it’s a business. Here’s hoping the first Israeli to play in the NBA will find a new home. For awhile it looked as though that would be in Portland with the Trailblazers, but now I’m not so sure.

The other football

Sigh. Soccer.

In the MSL, we have

  • Steve Birnbaum, Defender, DC United (2-6-3, 11th — last — in Eastern Conference)
  • Benny Feilhaber, Midfielder, Los Angeles Football Club (7-4-3, third in Western Conference)
  • Zac McMath, Goalkeeper, Colorado Rapids (2-9-2, 12th — last — in West)
  • Daniel Steres, Defender, LA Galaxy (6-7-2, eighth in West)

Sadly, most of the international soccer news seems to be anti-Semitic and/or anti-Zionist in nature.

Miscellaneous

Finally, here are a few items that fall under the general heading of “Jewish sports”:

There, all caught up. Now that there’s only baseball to worry about, things should be a little easier.

Jice-men finale: Caps win Stanley Cup

Posted on: June 8th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

For the first time in their 43-year history, the Washington Capitols have won the NHL Championship, beating the upstart expansion Vegas Golden Knights last night, 4-3.

Andre Burakovsky — who had 9:38 of ice time — assisted on the game-winner by Lars Eller at 12:53 in the third period. It was his fourth assist in the championship round, whiuch Washington won, four games to one.

There’s still a question as to his Jewish identity. He has said he was not, but the Jewish Sports Review maintains he is. Robert Wechsler sent me this email regarding Jews on Stanley Cup-winning teams:

If we’re accepting Burakovsky as Jewish …

PLAYERS

Sam Rothschild — 1926 Montreal Maroons

Alex Levinsky — 1932 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1938 Chicago Black Hawks
Larry Zeidel — 1952 Detroit Red Wings
Mathieu Schneider — 1993 Montreal Canadiens
Mike Hartman — 1994 New York Rangers
Andre Burakovsky — 2018 Washington Capitals
COACH
Cecil Hart — 1930 and 1931 Montreal Canadiens

Jice update: Stanley Cup, Game 3

Posted on: June 4th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Andre Burakovsky had 11:57 of ice time as the Washington Capitols beat the visiting Vegas Golden Knights, 3-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup. Game Four takes place tonight in DC. As of this posting there are still 119 tickets left, starting at $987. Have fun.

Jice update: Stanley Cup, Game 2

Posted on: May 31st, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Andre Burakovsky had two more assists to help the Washington Capitols beat the host Vegas Golden Knights, 3-2. Pretty economical in that he only had 10:54 of ice time. That ties the series at a game apiece.

The first assist came at 17:27 in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. The second turned out to be the game-winner, giving the Caps a 3-1 lead at 9:41 in the second period.

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Jice update: Stanley Cup, Game 1

Posted on: May 29th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Image result for andre burakovskyAndre Burakovsky had an assist for the Washington Capitols, who lost Game One of the Stanley Cup finals to the host Vegas Golden Knights, 6-4. The contribution came at 14:41 in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. He had 13:53 of ice time and served a two-minute penalty for board, also achieved in the first period.

Game Two is scheduled for tomorrow in Las Vegas.

It’s go time: One Jew in the Stanley Cup

Posted on: May 24th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Washington Capitals left wing Andre Burakovsky (65) and defenseman John Carlson celebrate after the Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 during Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)It’s Andre Burakovsky (#65 in photo on right) of the Washington Capitols versus the Vegas Golden Knights (what happened to the “Las?”), an expansion team that defied all expectations to make it to the finals in their first season of existence.

Burakovsky — who has been plagued by injury in the post-season — scored two goals last night to help the Caps beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in the seventh game, 4-0. They were his only points in the eight games in which he appeared.

Brendan Liepsic started the season with the Knights but was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in February. Oh, well.

Burakovsky was the subject of some controversy over his Jewish identity but the Jewish Sports Review maintains that’s he’s MOT.

 

And now, the rest of the story (UPDATE)

Posted on: May 16th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

To take a page from Paul Harvey (no relation to major Mets disappointment Matt)…

I have been majorly remiss in not reporting on anything but baseball. So let’s address that now.

NBA

Omri Casspi has laid up his final shot for the Warriors. (Photo: Facebook)Omri Casspi was waived by the Golden State Warriors just before the end of the regular season, thereby terminating his chance to make it into the playoffs. It’s not a stretch to say that the timing sucked. Casspi — the first Israeli to make it to the NBA — was a pretty good guy to have coming off your bench, regardless for whom he played. Obviously it was too late in the season for another team to pick him up, but here’s hoping we’ll see hime again next season. By the way, T.J. Leaf may be the first Israeli to make it to the post-season, but he’s not a MOT.

NHL

At this point, Andre Burakovsky (Washington Capitols) and Brendon Leipsic (Las Vegas Knights) are the only two Jice-men still active.

Burakovsky — whose connection with Judaism has been an issue over the last couple of years (he claims he’s not Jewish but the Jewish Sports Review stands by their “ruling” that he is based on their qualifications) —  appeared in 56 games for the Caps (49-26-7, third in the Eastern Conference), putting 12 pucks in the net and assisting on a baker’s dozen. Washington leads the Tampa Bay Lightning two games to one in their conference matchup. They beat the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round, four games to two. In the next round, they put away the Pittsburgh Penguins, also 4-2.

Leipsic, a 23-year-old rookie, had five goals and 17 assists in 58 games for the amazingly successful expansion Knights, who ended their inaugural season with a mark of 51-24-7, good for third place in the West. They are tied with the Winnipeg Jets in the Conference Finals at 1-1, having knocked out Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild in the first round. The Knights then ousted the San Jose Sharks, 4-2, in round two to move to the next-to-last step.

Zucker had an outstanding season for the Wild (45-26-11, fourth in the Western Conference). He appeared in all 82 games and led all Jewish players in goals (33) and assists (31). Zucker did not put up a point in the series with the Jets. He is also a finalist in the running for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, given to “the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune,

Zucker and his wife, Carly, raised funds for the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, a space that allows children and their families to watch Wild games in a game-like setting. They donated $160,000 to start the project, and also contributed $1,600 for each goal Zucker, who wears No. 16, scored (33) this season. In seven months, the project has raised more than $900,000.

Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs made great leaps over the last two seasons. They came in at 49-26-11, fourth in the East. Compare that with 29-42-11 in 2015-16 and 40-27-15 last year. They were eliminated in the first round of this year’s playoffs by the Boston Bruins.

Michael Cammalleri — at 35 the senior statesman among Jewish NHLers — appeared in a total of 66 games, split between the LA Kings (15 games, three goals, four assists) and Edmonton Oilers (51 games, 4/18), to whom he was traded in mid-November. The Kings finished in the seventh spot in the West with a record of 45-29-8. They were swept by the Knights in the first round. The Oilers were pretty awful, however, 36-40-6, eighth in the West.

Jason Demers appeared in 69 games for the Arizona Coyotes  (29-41-12, last in the West), contributing six goals and 14 assists.

Jakob Chychrun, also a member of the Coyotes, had his share of injuries, appearing in just 50 games with four goals and ten assists.

Josh Ho-Sang was a lightning rod for the NY Islanders this year. For some reason, he was constantly in the news, an indicator of why the team was doing poorly, even though he scored twice and assisted on 12 in just 22 games. He spent most of the year with the AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Some said he had a bad work ethic, a bad attitude, etc. Others say he was injured and didn’t want to let on. Let’s just hope for better times ahead. The Isles finished 11th in the East at 35-37-10.

NFL

Not much to report since the Arizona Cardinals selected Josh Rosen as their No. 1 pick (10th overall) in the NFL draft, much to the former UCLA QB’s annoyance. And that annoyance has stirred up something that may or may not be there, as far as anti-Semitic sentiments go. Tablet Magazine took a tongue-in-cheek approach in this piece.

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Despite the JSR’s declaration that Rosen meets their requirements, this piece from The New Yorker would seem to go against the one about not identifying with another religion. According to the article by Zach Helfand, “Rosen is the son of a Jewish father and a Quaker mother. He had a bar mitzvah but attended a Catholic high school, where he went to weekly mass and gave confession twice a semester.” So unless that confession thing was just going through the motions…

BTW, the question of religious identity is always tricky. A Jewish lad might have a bar mitzvah (although I guess “having” one is a moot point since it’s automatic) but later decide to convert. A Nazi might say, once a Jew, always a Jew. I leave this issue to more enlightened and educated minds.

As for the handful of other JFLers:

  • Ali Marpet preparing for a new position on the O-Line?
  • The NY Giants waived Adam Bisnowaty, who never made it to the official roster. UPDATE: Since posting this earlier today, news came down that he was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions.
  • Also around: Mitchell Schwartz, KC Chiefs, of whom great things are expected next season; and Nate Ebner (New England Patriots), who will be coming back from a season-sending injury.

MSL

Soccer. Ugh.

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know my antipathy for the sport. Too much running around with nothing to show for it. Too much moving back and forth of players between teams and leagues. Too much time between games. Zzzzzz. But in the interest of fair play, I should mention the few Jews in the Major Soccer League. Thanks to the folks at JSR and Bob Wechsler for doing the leg work on this.

According to their calculating, these are the Jews of the MSL (standings as of this writing):

  • Steve Birnbaum, Defender, DC United (1-5-2, 11th — last — in Eastern Conference)
  • Benny Feilhaber, Midfielder, Los Angeles Football Club (6-2-2, second in Western Conference)
  • Zac McMath, Goalkeeper, Colorado Rapids (3-6-1, ninth in West)
  • Daniel Steres, Defender, LA Galaxy (2-5-2, 11th — but not last — in West. That’s another thing: 23 teams in the league? They couldn’t have found one more to make things easy?)

Wechsler added in his email on the topic:

  • Andrew Jacobson of Vancouver and Zach Pfeffer of Colorado have retired.
  • Jonathan Spector of Orlando does not identify as Jewish. His Jewish grandfather was Art “Speed” Spector, was the first player ever signed by the Boston Celtics.
  • Kyle Beckman of Real Salt Lake is listed as Jewish in many sources. He recently married a woman in a Greek Orthodox ceremony. From what I hear, you must be willing to be ID’d as Greek Orthodox in order to participate in its wedding ceremony.

So there you have it, folks. I know there are several items I’ve neglected, such as Soren Thompson‘s upcoming induction into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame, and for that my apologies. I hope to do better in the future.

In the meantime, don’t forget about my most recent book, Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War, in this, the 80th anniversary of that special season.

   
 

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