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Round ’em up

Posted on: October 13th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

For the sake of time, I’m combining a few sports in this round up, including baseball, hockey, and basketball.

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Well, so much for the possibility of Craig Breslow being added to the roster of the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series; his team was eliminated by the visiting NY Yankees on Wednesday, 5-2.

Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros host on the Yankees in Game One of the ALCS beginning tonight. No one could blame him if he’s still kvelling from his home run in the clincher.

So far, Joc Pederson is not on the roster for the LA Dodgers, who host the Chicago Cubs beginning Saturday. The Cubs won a corker over the hiost Washington Nationals last night, 9-8, overcoming a 4-1 deficit.

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Jason Zucker scored his second goal and second assist of the year as the Minnesota Wild (1-1-1) scored four times in the third period to beat the host Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2, for their first win of the a season. Zucker was on the ice for 19:52, taking five shots on goal.

Jason Demers spent the second-most time on ice for the Arizona Coyotes (23:37) in their 4-2 loss to the visiting Detroit Red Wings. he took two SOG. The Coyotes have yet to put a win on the board with a record of 0-3-1.

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Omri Casspi and the Golden State Warriors last played on Oct. 8. Their next game is Oct. 15. I don’t know how you can get any kind of continuity playing one a week. How much of an impact will Casspi have on the team?

Maccabi lost to the Indiana Pacers, 108-89 on Tuesday. They next face the Trail Blazers in Portland tonight. At this writing there are still 500 tickets available for as low as $2!!

 

 

 

Jice Report: Jews of the NHL

Posted on: October 9th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

(“Jews” + “ice” = Jice, in case you were wondering. Game info prior to games of October 9.)

How in heck did the NHL season begin already? Always thought basketball and hockey started at the same time. The NBA season doesn’t get under way for another week. So, let’s catch up.

By my count, there are six MOTs in the NHL.

Image result for michael cammalleri kingsMichael Cammalleri returns to the Los Angeles Kings — where he made his league debut in 2002 — signing a one-year deal worth a reported $1 million. “Cams” who missed a good chunk of last season with the NJ Devils due to injury, may seem like a little guy for a pro athlete, standing 5’9″ and weighing in at 180 pounds, but the 35-year-old left-winger (not a political description) is the all-time scorer among Jewish skaters with 287 goals and 326 assists for a total of 613 points in his 16 seasons (613: the same number of commandments/mitzvot; is that a coincidence or what?). So far this year he’s appeared in both games for the Kings, who are 2-0-0 in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. He hasn’t scored or assisted yet but you know ESPN’s projections are wrong when they say he won’t have any this season based on those two games so far.

Jason Demers also traded jerseys, moving from the Florida Panthers to the Arizona Coyotes in a trade back in . Demers, 29, made his debut in 2009 with the San Jose Sharks. He’s appeared in 506 games, with 37 goals and 134 assists. This year, he’s “pointless” in two games for the Coyotes (0-1-1).

Jason Zucker, 25, begins his seventh season with the Minnesota Wild (250 games, 65 goals/45 assists). He has one goal and one assist in two games for the Wild (0-1-1).

Zach Hyman, also 25, begins season #3 with the improving Toronto Maple Leafs (again, why are they not “Leaves?”). The center already has two goals for Toronto (2-0-0) and so is projected for 82 for the season. But since he hasn’t contributed an assist yet, they have him down for zero. Of course, both scenarios are highly unlikely. Lifetime, Hyman has 16 goals and 20 assists in 100 games.

Josh Ho-Sang is a character the NHL needs, and the Islanders have him.Josh Ho-Sang, right, is the baby of the bunch at 21, having made his NHL debut with the NY Islanders last year. He has appeared in one of the team’s three games so far (1-1-1) with one point in their loss to the St. Louis Blues last night. As you can imagine, his is not your routine story.

Brendan Leipsic, 23, is playing for the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights, who are tied for the Pacific lead with a record of 2-0-0. He made his NHL debut with the Leafs in 2015, appearing in six games with one goal and two assists. He’s been in two games for the Knights without a point.

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Catching up

Posted on: July 5th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

As you no doubt know, there has been a marked drop-off in posts here in the past few months as I looked for a job. Finally got one, which also impacted the time I have for blogging. I won’t go into details now, but suffice it to say it’s not a normal nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday schedule. I could be working 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on day and 4 to midnight the next. Basically all I have time for is the Jewish Major Leaguer updates but I hope to get a handle on all this soon.

Actually let’s start now with a bit of catching up.

Probably the biggest news of the off-seasons is that the NJ Devils parted ways with Michael Cammalleri, who holds the record among Jewish NHLers in terms of points scored. The 35-year old left-winger made his debut in 2002 with the Los Angeles Kings so it’s fitting that he has rejoined them for what might be his last hurrah, signing a one year-$1 million contract. In between, Cams has played for the Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens, Flames again, and Devils. In 890 regular season contests, he has 287 goals and 326 assists for 613 total points, so that 600 plus a bar mitzvah.

Right to PlayIn other hockey news, Zach Hyman kept himself busy with author appearances for his kids’ books, The Bambino and Me and Hockey Hero. The center is entering his third season with the Toronto Maple Leafs; perhaps, as he is a restricted free agent.

Jason Zucker, the Minnesota Wild’s star forward, co-hosted the ninth annual Champions for Children Celebrity Golf Classic with Vikings’ tight end Kyle Rudolph late last month.

Let’s just keep going, shall we?

In the NFL, Nate Ebner got this season review on the New England Patriots website. he’s still getting mileage for his rugby performance at the last Olympics. The Pats Pulpit portion of the SB Nation family deemed him the best tackle on special teams last year (although they might be a wee bit biased). A similar portion of SBN that focuses on the Arizona Sun Devils posted this article about former QB Mike Bercovici, now a member of the LA Chargers (wow, does that sound strange). The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expecting a bigger role from newly-designated center Ari Marpet, but Adam Bisnowaty isn’t getting that kind of love from the NY Giants as he prepares for his first camp.

Over on the hard court, Omri Casspi gets his big break? He signed with the world championship Golden State Warriors for what Ha’aretz, one of the leading newspapers in Israel, described as “only a modest $2.1 million.” Wish I could be so modest. Casspi split time between three teams last year, so four clubs in two seasons has to be some kind of record, at least for Jewish players.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Gal Mekel‘s “career has been on a downward spiral since he was cut by the Dallas Mavericks.” He was recently dismissed by Maccabi Tel Aviv.

I think that about gets us caught up on the recent older news. I’ll be posting about the Maccabiah Games, of course, and whatever is going on in Wimbledon in the days ahead. Stay tuned.
 

Want a little Jice in that?

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

The hockey season maybe be over for our boys, but there’s still news to be found.

Say a mishaberach for Jason Zucker. The Minnesota Wild right-winger underwent surgery for a sports hernia yesterday. The recovery time for that is two to three months, which would put him in training camp territory.

 

Jice Update, Playoff Edition

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Well, that’s all she wrote for Zach Hyman and Jason Zucker for the year. Their seasons came to an end following their team’s ousters from the playoffs over the weekend. And, sadly, both series ended in front of the players’ hometown fans.

Zach HymanHyman contributed an assist on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ only goal on Friday in a 2-1 overtime loss  to the host Washington Capitals in Game Five. He repeated the feat on Sunday in an identical outcome: a 2-1 overtime loss. Interestingly, each game between the Leafs and Caps was decided by one goal, with five of the six requiring overtime. Hyman finished with one goal and three assists.

Jason ZuckerMeanwhile, Zucker and the Minnesota Wild succumbed in five games to the St. Louis Blues. He scored the game tying-goal at 14:59 in the third period on Saturday, but the Blues won in OT, 4-3. It was his only point in the series. Two of those five games went into an extra period.

 

Jice update, Playoff edition: Games of April 19, 2017

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Zach Hyman scored his first playoff goal, one of three attempts in 17:11 of play, but the Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the visiting Washington Capitals, 5-4, to even their Eastern Conference series at 2 and 2. Hyman’s goal, coming at 5:16 in the first period put the Leafs on the board after the Caps had already put two between the pipes. The two teams meet again on Friday.

Zach Hyman (11) celebrates his goal with teammates William Nylander (29) and Auston Matthews (34). (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

 

Over in the West, Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild get to play another game. They shut out the host St. Louis Blues, 2-0. Zucker took a team-high six shots on goal in 18:21 but didn’t connect on any of them. The Wild will try to keep their mojo going on Saturday, trailing three games to one.

Jice playoff update, April 17, 2017

Posted on: April 17th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

The Minnesota Wild find themselves in an oh-and-three hole in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs following two more losses to the St. Louis Blues over the weekend. The first came before the Minnesota fans on Friday with a 2-1 loss. Jason Zucker took a team-high four shots on goal in 16:45 of ice time. The scene changed to St. Louis yesterday but the result was the same, this time by a score of 3-1. Zucker took two SOG in 13:15. The Wild try to avoid the sweep on Wednesday, again in St. Louis.

Over in the Eastern Conference, Zach Hyman took four shots in 25:52 for the Toronto Maple Leafs in Saturday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals in Washington to tie that series at 1-1. The Ontario team gets to play host, beginning tonight.

Jice update, Playoff Edition, April 14, 2017

Posted on: April 14th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Zach Hyman took one shot on goal in 17:06 as the Toronto Maple Leafs dropped the first game of their Eastern Conference opening round to the host Washington Capitals, 3-2 in overtime. Game two takes place tomorrow in our nation’s capital.

Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild play their second game against the visiting St. Louis Blues tonight. They fell in their Western Conference opener, 2-1, also in overtime.

Jewps/Jice update, Games of April 12, 2017

Posted on: April 13th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild find themselves down a game in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs following their 2-1 overtime loss to the visiting St. Louis Blues. Zucker took six shots on goal in 19:47. Game two is scheduled for tomorrow night.

Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs play their Eastern Conference opener against the host Washington Capitals tonight.

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Omri CasspiIt ended not with a bang but with a whimper for Omri Casspi and the Minnesota Timberwolves, who finish their season with a 31-51 record following their 123-118 loss to the host Houston Rockets. Casspi played 19 minutes off the bench, scoring seven points with three rebounds and two assists; he was the only sub for the Wolves to finish with a minus-rating (-7).

Between injuries and coaches’ decisions, Casspi appeared in just 36 games: 22 for the Sacramento Kings, one for the New Orleans Pelicans, and 14 for the Timberwolves. His per game averages: 17.1 minutes, 3.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and one assist. Here’s wishing him better luck next year.

Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban thought it would be a sweet idea to sign recently-retired Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback and uber hoops fan Tony Romo to a one-day contract but NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said no. As it was Romo participated in the Mav’s shoot-around before their final game and “suited up” for a pregame practice. The team finished the year at 33-49, so it’s not like anything was really on the line.

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Jewps/Jice update, April 12, 2017

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

NHL

The playoffs get underway tonight. Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild host the St. Louis Blues. Tomorrow, Zach Hyman and the Toronto Blue visit the Washington Capitals.

NBA

Omri Casspi scored seven points in 17 minutes off the bench for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost their penultimate game, 100-98, to the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder. Casspi also had three rebounds, an assist, and three steals. The season mercifully comes to a close tonight as the Wolves visit the Houston Rockets.

The Miami Herald added a fifth question to the Seder ritual: “Why is this night different for Jewish Heat season-ticket holders?

Heat fans attempt to distract Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James as the Miami Heat host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Decemeber 2014.

   
 

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