en-US Miss Universe Canada Dressed Up As Legal Cannabis, Because Of Course Canada’s contestant at last weekend’s Miss Universe pageant truly lit up the stage. For the competition’s “National Costume” segment — in which contestants dress up in outfits representing their country — Alyssa Boston decided to celebrate last year’s legalization of recreational cannabis by dressing up as a weed leaf.The glittery green number by Nicaraguan designer Neftali Espinoza came complete with a matching sceptre. As Boston took the stage during the Dec. 8 broadcast, the competition’s announcer said the outfit aims to end the stigma around cannabis use. “This sparkly green costume represents the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes,” the announcer explained. “This contestant wants to end the stigma that’s been around since 1920. If you’ve got the need, you can grab legal weed with Canada.”See Boston’s entrance here at 10:30:Ahead of the competition, the 24-year-old said she wanted to help redeem marijuana’s image worldwide.“It was inspired by Canada’s recent legalization of cannabis but most importantly to end the stigma globally in hopes to spark more research for medicinal purposes,” Boston wrote on Instagram. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Alyssa Boston (@_alyssaboston) on Dec 7, 2019 at 8:44am PSTThe costume portion of the annual Miss Universe pageant is designed to highlight unique and often quirky aspects of the participating countries. Past Canadian contestants have dressed as everything from a Mountie to the Stanley Cup. Boston brushed aside concerns about highlighting cannabis during an international competition — featuring numerous countries where the drug is illegal — saying it’s important she used her platform. “It’s a little different for a beauty queen to talk about cannabis,” Boston told the Windsor Star ahead of the competition. “It’s something that we’re very proud of here in Canada. It’s a brand new industry, and there’s a lot of potential that we see in the future.”RELATED Crack Down On Black Market To Help Legal Pot Industry, Council Urges Feds Drake Is Getting Into The Weed Business Older Canadians Are Smoking More Weed Than Ever Canada is one of the first countries in the world to legalize recreational cannabis use. Well over a dozen others have legalized its medicinal use. Unfortunately, Boston’s cannabis look didn’t yield high results. Miss Philippines, Gazini Ganados, won the costume contest, and Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, was crowned the new Miss Universe. While Boston did not place in the pageant, her look certainly raises the bar for creativity. Next year’s Miss Universe Canada will have her work cut out for her. Our suggestions? Winter construction, Celine Dion’s entire discography or maybe the Toronto Raptors’ NBA championship trophy. WATCH: Steve Harvey flubs Miss Universe announcement again. Tue, 10 2019 23:27:58 GMT Contrary To Rumours, The Queen Does Not Plan To Retire At 95 It looks like Prince Charles will have to continue his wait to succeed his mother on the throne. Queen Elizabeth II, who is currently 93, will not be stepping down when she turns 95, Charles’ office confirmed to People this week, following a flurry of headlines suggesting her departure. “There are no plans for any change in arrangements at the age of 95 — or any other age,” a spokesperson said. HuffPost has reached out for additional comment. Reports suggesting that the queen would be stepping down at 95 ― which would be on April 21, 2021 ― seem to have started with the book “Charles At Seventy,” People said. The biography, written by Robert Jobson and published in 2018, claimed that the queen was considering a regency, wherein she would give Charles the “full power to reign.”  “One senior aide told me that the Queen has given the matter of her passing considerable thought and believes that, if she is still alive at ninety-five, she will consider passing the reign to Charles,” Jobson wrote, adding that “abdication, however, is not even a consideration.”While the queen isn’t passing along total control, she is passing off patronages and royal duties to her children, grandchildren and their spouses. On Wednesday, the queen made Kate Middleton patron of Family Action, which provides support and resources to families in need, after serving as its patron for 65 years.And earlier this year, the monarch passed two of her patronages along to Meghan Markle: the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which provides scholarships and “life-changing educational opportunities” for students. But the queen still has a busy schedule, and carried out 283 engagements in the United Kingdom last year, according to retired insurance broker Tim O’Donovan, who has tallied royal appearances since 1979. Prince Charles had 398 engagements in the U.K. and 109 overseas last year.And while the Prince of Wales is generally regarded as the “longest waiting heir” in history, it seems he made peace with his place in the royal family ages ago. “Charles figured out a very long time ago that he was going to be Prince of Wales for a very long time,” an unnamed source told Vanity Fair in 2018. “He planned his life accordingly, and he wouldn’t have been able to accomplish half of what he has if he had become King earlier.” Subscribe to HuffPost’s Watching the Royals newsletter for all things Windsor (and beyond).RELATED The Queen Becomes 1st Royal To Ditch Fur (But Not Her Old Ones) ▶️ Why Queen Elizabeth Shut Down Buckingham Palace#039;s Secret Bar The Royal Family Wants You To Know They Don#039;t Endorse #039;The Crown#039; Fri, 06 2019 21:35:18 GMT Kitchener Rangers extend winning streak in Windsor The Kitchener Rangers stretched their winning streak to four games with a win in Windsor over the Spitfires. Fri, 06 2019 16:39:47 GMT Santa Claus Parades Cancelled In Southern Ontario Due To Snowy Weather TORONTO — Several communities in Southern Ontario cancelled their Santa Claus parades on Sunday due to a messy mix of wintry weather.Rain, snow, freezing rain and ice pellets created dangerous conditions in the region, prompting Burlington, Mississauga and a small Hamilton community to call off the annual public events.The Waterloo community of New Hamburg has also cancelled its celebration due to the conditions.Authorities in Burlington said the parade wouldn’t be rescheduled because of the complicated logistics involved.“Unfortunately, the parade cannot be rescheduled due to the massive amount of scheduling to co-ordinate 90 floats and road closures,” city officials said on Twitter.UPDATE:The Mississauga Santa Claus Parade has been cancelled for today due to weather conditions.For further information please visit the official website:— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPolice) December 1, 2019“We encourage all residents to please avoid unnecessary travel today.”Officials in the other municipalities didn’t immediately say whether their events would be held at a later date.Environment Canada issued warnings across the region over the weekend, calling for dangerous icy conditions that could lead to power outages, and slippery driving conditions.The weather agency warned of possible ice buildup in the Niagara Region, London, Ont., and Windsor, Ont.In Toronto, the forecast called for up to 10 centimetres of snow and a mix of freezing rain and ice pellets.There could be as much as 15 centimetres of snow in Kingston, Ont., by the end of the day according to Environment Canada.RELATED Move Over, Santa: Everyone Wants A Photo With The Grinch How To Responsibly Grinch Prank Your Kids Secret Santa Gifts Under $20 For The Person You Barely Know The agency warned people to beware of branches or electrical wires that could break under the weight of ice and asked drivers to slow down and keep a safe distance from other cars.Air travellers are advised to check the status of their flights before heading to airports.It’s the second time in recent months that a sudden hit of bad weather has disrupted a holiday celebration.Multiple Quebec towns and cities, including Montreal, postponed Halloween this year after weather forecasts called for over 50 millimetres of rain and winds of up to 90 kilometres per hour.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante implored residents to celebrate the holiday the following day.This report by The Canadian Press was originally published on Dec. 1, 2019. Sun, 01 2019 23:47:35 GMT Chatham OPP investigating fatal Highway 401 crash A 37-year old Windsor woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-vehicle collision that closed the westbound 401 for several hours. Sun, 01 2019 15:31:58 GMT London Knights return home to beat the Windsor Spitfires The London Knights began three games in three days in three different cities on Friday at home to Windsor. Sat, 30 2019 04:21:15 GMT Bill Peters Resigns As Flames Coach After Alleged Racist Remark Surfaces Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has resigned, the team announced at a news conference Friday in Calgary.The Flames announced assistant coach Geoff Ward will be the interim head coach.The resignation comes after former NHL player Akim Aliu tweeted Monday night that he had a racial slur directed his way by a former coach in 2009-10 while a member of the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.The 30-year-old, who is Black, never referred to Peters by name, but did reference Calgary’s airport code “YYC” when writing about the alleged coach involved in the matter.  Born in Nigeria and raised in Ukraine and Canada, Aliu tweeted Monday: “Not very surprising the things we’re hearing about Babcock. Apple doesn’t fall far from the Tree, same sort of deal with his protege in YYC. Dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music.”Not very surprising the things we’re hearing about Babcock. Apple doesn’t fall far from the Tree, same sort of deal with his protege in YYC. Dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music. First one to— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 26, 2019admit I rebelled against him. Wouldn’t you? And instead of remedying the situation, he wrote a letter to John McDonough and Stan Bowman to have me sent down to the ECHL. 20 year old on pace for 20 goals in his first pro year with zero PP/PK time was off to a great start in his— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 26, 2019On Friday, the NHL released a statement regarding Peters’ resignation days after saying it would join the Flames in looking at the allegations made by Aliu. “The League has been in regular communication with the Calgary Flames management and our review of this serious matter is ongoing,” the NHL said, adding it has scheduled interviews with “relevant individuals,” including Aliu.Statement from the @NHL on today’s resignation by @NHLFlames head coach Bill Peters.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 29, 2019On Tuesday, former NHL defenceman Michal Jordan alleged Peters kicked him while the two were with the Carolina Hurricanes. Jordan detailed two accounts of physical abuse by Peters during their time in Carolina.“Never wish anything bad to the person but you get what you deserve Bill,” Jordan said on Twitter. “After years making it to the NHL had experience with the worst coach ever by far. Kicking me and punching other player to the head during the game then pretending like nothing happened...couldn’t believe my eyes what can happen in the best league.“Happy that I don’t have to go through that stuff on daily basis anymore.”Former Hurricanes assistant and current Carolina head coach Rod Brind’Amour confirmed Wednesday that Jordan’s story was accurate, but added: “It was definitely dealt with, in my opinion, correctly.”Former #Canes player Michal Jordan confirms to #TSN that there were "multiple" physical altercations between coach Bill Peters and players in Carolina."He kicked me pretty hard in the back during a game," Jordan said. "Even the trainers and the other guys saw it."— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) November 26, 2019“It for sure happened, the two issues that are in question.”Full statement from @Canes head coach Rod Brind#39;Amour on Michal Jordan’s allegations against Bill Peters:— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 27, 2019The initial accusation from Aliu came while Calgary was on the ice in Pittsburgh facing the Penguins. Peters wasn’t made available to reporters after the game.Aliu told TSN on Tuesday that Peters used a racial slur repeatedly to complain about his choice of pre-game music. Two Rockford players confirmed Aliu’s account to TSN.Peters did not lead Tuesday’s practice and wasn’t behind the bench for the Flames on Wednesday night against the Buffalo Sabres.Peters issued an apology in a letter addressed to Flames general manager Brad Treliving on Wednesday night.The apology did not mention Aliu, who released his own statement on Twitter on Thursday calling Peters’ letter “misleading, insincere and concerning.”Statement from Bill Peters he just sent me:— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) November 28,— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 28, 2019A native of Three Hills, Alta., Peters is 198-175-64 in five-plus seasons as an NHL head coach with Calgary and the Carolina Hurricanes. The 53-year-old’s only trip to the playoffs was during last spring’s five-game upset at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche after the Flames finished second in the NHL’s overall standings with 107 points.Calgary currently sits 12-12-4, tied with Vegas for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.Aliu’s allegation comes on the heels of reported controversial tactics used on rookies by Mike Babcock, who was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 20. The Toronto Sun and Postmedia reported Babcock asked a rookie to draw up a list during the 2016-17 season that ranked his teammates from hardest- to least-hardest working. Babcock then shared that list with some of the veterans at the bottom of the ledger.It was later revealed the rookie in question was star winger Mitch Marner, who struggled at times under Babcock during his first season, but put up a career-high 94 points in 2018-19.READ MORE Injured Humboldt Bronco Stuns Parents With Progress After Surgery Ron MacLean Talks Don Cherry In 1st #039;HNIC#039; Intermission Post-Firing Hayley Wickenheiser’s Hall Of Fame Induction Will Be One For The Books CTV#039;s Jess Allen #039;Regrets#039; Wording Of Comments After Don Cherry#039;s Firing Peters served as Babcock’s assistant with the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs in the late 1990s. He was Spokane’s head coach for three seasons beginning in 2005-06 and was Rockford’s bench boss from 2008-09 to 2010-11.He rejoined Babcock as an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings from 2011-12 to 2013-14 before getting the top job in Carolina. Internationally, Peters led Canada’s gold-medal winning teams at the 2008 under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the 2016 world championships. He was an assistant at the 2015 world and on Babcock’s staff at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Peters was also bench boss of the Canadian squad at the 2018 worlds.Aliu, who played 14 games for the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears in 2018-19, suited up for 48 games under Peters with the IceHogs in 2009-10, and 13 more with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.The IceHogs are the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, who selected Aliu with the 56th pick in the 2007 NHL draft out of the Ontario Hockey League.At the time of the alleged incident, John McDonough was president of the Blackhawks, while Stan Bowman was general manager. Both men are still in their posts with the team.The Blackhawks issued a statement saying nothing had previously been brought to their attention regarding Peters and Aliu before Monday. The team added it did not affect any player personnel decisions involving Aliu.The six-foot-four, 225-pound Aliu played seven career games in the NHL, all with the Flames, between 2011 and 2013. He was involved in an on-ice altercation with then-teammate Steve Downie in September 2005 when both were members of the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires following a hazing incident Aliu refused to take part in on the team bus.The fallout resulted in a 40-game suspension for Windsor head coach and general manager Moe Mantha, who was subsequently fired.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Nov. 29, 2019.With files from HuffPost Canada Fri, 29 2019 19:10:56 GMT Gerald Regan, Former Nova Scotia Premier, Dead At 91 Former Nova Scotia premier Gerald Regan, whose political accomplishments were later overshadowed by a sexual assault trial that resulted in an acquittal, has died at the age of 91.Regan, a lawyer and one-time sportscaster, served eight years as the province’s 19th premier, with his Liberals winning a minority government in 1970 and a majority in 1974.Regarded as a dynamic, fresh face when elected premier in 1970, Regan began reorganizing government and promised an end to patronage.He also pushed an agenda of economic development and championed the development of offshore oil and gas resources and the harnessing of the Bay of Fundy tides for energy.“Gerald Regan believed in the potential of Nova Scotia, with a vision for our future prosperity,” current Premier Stephen McNeil said in a statement Wednesday morning. “He governed with a true sense of liberal values — investing in people, creating economic development and ensuring fiscal responsibility.”Watch: The lobster season began in Nova Scotia this week. Story continues below. Regan oversaw a province he believed was at the crossroads of international trade and felt it had the opportunity to become a prime trading area within a decade, talking of a “new Phoenicia” to be built on steel, petroleum and electrical energy.However, it was discontent over Nova Scotians’ rising energy costs, due largely to a spike in foreign oil prices, that eventually led to his provincial downfall in 1978, when the Liberals were swept from power by John Buchanan’s Progressive Conservatives.Regan moved back into the federal arena, where he had previously served in the early 1960s, winning election to the House of Commons in 1980. He served in the cabinets of former prime ministers Pierre Trudeau and John Turner, holding the labour, international trade and sports portfolios before leaving to pursue business opportunities after he and the Liberal government were defeated in 1984.He was working as a lobbyist and sitting on several corporate boards when the RCMP confirmed in October 1993 that he was being investigated for allegations of sexual misconduct dating back decades.The resulting trial captivated the province and the nation, and at the conclusion of a five-year legal battle, Regan and his family wept as he was declared not guilty on eight sex-related charges on Dec. 18, 1998. It took the jury only eight hours to deliver its verdicts.  Faced multiple chargesAt age of 70, he was acquitted of one count of rape, two of attempted rape, three of indecent assault and two of unlawful confinement. There were three accusers and some of their allegations dated back more than 40 years when they were between 14 and 24 years old.After the verdicts were read into the court record, Regan said: “We’re tremendously relieved. It’s been a long, long ordeal.”The charges had been reduced from 18 after Justice Michael MacDonald stayed nine charges judged to be less serious, ruling the Crown tainted the investigation by interviewing Regan’s accusers before charges were laid.After the trial, Regan’s lawyer, Edward Greenspan, said the charges would never have been laid against anyone but a man of Regan’s prominence. “If he had not been the former premier of this province, they would never have spent millions of dollars pursuing him,” Greenspan said.A cloud continued to hang over Regan as the Crown sought to reinstate the stayed charges in a case that went to the Supreme Court of Canada. The high court ruled in a 5-4 decision in 2002 that MacDonald had made “palpable and overriding factual errors” and reversed the stay of proceedings.But in the end, Nova Scotia’s prosecution service concluded it was not in the public interest to proceed on the indecent assault charges, determining it was unlikely Regan would receive a jail sentence if found guilty.READ MORE Provinces Should Quit Picking Fights With PM, Each Other: N.L. Premier Alberta’s Getting Opt-Out Organ Donation. What About Your Province? Bundle Up For A Long, Snowy Winter Across Canada: The Weather Network Regan was born on Feb. 13, 1928 in Windsor, N.S., and raised in a political family of Irish Catholics.His Newfoundland-born mother, Rose, sometimes attended Liberal rallies the same night his father Walter attended Tory events. Walter Regan, who served two decades as a Windsor town councillor, eventually converted to the Liberals.Regan’s teen years saw him become the popular editor of his high school newspaper and class president. He went on to attend St. Mary’s University in Halifax, and later worked himself through Dalhousie Law School by broadcasting radio sports.He handled a nightly radio sports program from 1954 to 1956 and also covered the legislature for a network of Nova Scotia radio stations in 1957.After being admitted to the bar in 1953, he gained prominence as a top labour lawyer in 1957-58 when he defended workers in a bitter 14-month dispute with Canada Gypsum Co. in Windsor.Became party leader at 37Regan’s career in politics began haltingly with a trio of electoral losses in bids for a provincial seat in 1956, 1960 and 1962. He lost federally in 1962 before finally making it to Parliament in 1963.He returned to Nova Scotia politics in 1965, winning the Liberal Party leadership at the age of 37 and promising to reinvigorate the party with youth.He gained a reputation as a flamboyant leader in opposition, and his previous radio chops proved advantageous in 1969 when he famously mounted a 15-hour filibuster against a tax measure. The Liberals claimed at the time that he saved taxpayers $116,000 by delaying the legislation.He married Carole Harrison, the daughter of Saskatchewan MP John Harrison, in 1956. They raised six children including son Geoff, who became a Liberal MP and Speaker of the House of Commons. Wed, 27 2019 13:06:15 GMT Lafrenière ou Byfield? Telle est la question Bien qu'Alexis Lafrenière demeure le meilleur espoir aux yeux du directeur du recrutement de TSN Craig Button, il demeure très plausible à ce ce point-ci de la saison que Quinton Byfield voit son nom sortir en premier lors du prochain repêchage de la LNH, en juin 2020. « Je ne peux m'imaginer un scénario dans lequel une équipe sélectionnant au premier rang et ayant besoin d'un joueur de centre ne se tourne pas vers Byfield », a-t-il expliqué, en marge de la parution de son plus récent classement. Le joueur d'avant de 17 ans des Wolves de Sudbury, dans la Ligue de l'Ontario, vient au quatrième rang des pointeurs du circuit avec une récolte de 46 points, dont 17 buts, en 26 matchs. « Les centres de 6 pieds 4 pouces sont des joueurs qui convoitent les clubs de la LNH. Mais en même temps, on ne peut sous-estimer le talent et les habiletés de Lafrenière. » Les deux attaquants occupent les deux premières places d'une forte cuvée de patineurs canadiens. Parmi les 20 meilleurs espoirs répertoriés par Button, 12 sont Canadiens, dont cinq sont des produits de la LHJMQ. « En termes de positions convoitées, les joueurs qui se démarquent à l'intérieur du top-10 sont Byfield, Jamie Drysdale (défenseur droitier des Otters d'Erie) et Connor Zary (centre des Blazers de Kamloops). » Askarov : le meilleur depuis Price? Zary est d'ailleurs l'auteur du bond le plus significatif du top-20 par rapport au dernier classement de Button. Il vient de grimper de huit positions, jusqu'au 10e rang. « Zary peut jouer à peu près n'importe quel style de jeu. Il est un centre complet. » Par ailleurs, est-ce qu'un gardien pourrait, pour la première fois depuis Marc-André Fleury en 2003, se hisser dans la conversation pour être réclamé au tout premier rang? Selon Button, le Russe Yaroslav Askarov doit être considéré. « Il mérité considération au premier rang, analyse-t-il. Il est le meilleur gardien admissible au repêchage que j'aie vu depuis Carey Price. » À moins d'un moins du coup d'envoi du Mondial Junior en République tchèque, on retrouve parmi les autres joueurs à surveiller les ailiers suédois Lucas Raymond (no 6) et Alexander Holtz (no 9), ainsi qu'un duo d'attaquants allemands en Tim Stutzle (no 7) et Lukas Reichel (no 27). Classement de Craig Button pour le mois de novembre : No Joueur Équipe Pos. Taille Poids MJ Buts Pts 1 Alexis Lafrenière Rimouski (LHJMQ) AG 6'1 192 25 15 54 2 Quinton Byfield Sudbury (OHL) C 6'4 ¼ 215 26 17 46 3 Cole Perfetti Saginaw (OHL) C/AG 5'10 ¼ 177 23 10 37 4 Yaroslav Askarov St. Petersburg (MHL) G 6'3 176 13 2.17 .928 5 Hendrix Lapierre Chicoutimi (LHJMQ) C 5'11 ½ 179 19 2 17 6 Lucas Raymond Frölunda (SHL) AD 5'11 170 15 3 5 7 Tim Stutzle Mannheim (DEL) AG 5'10 ½ 170 21 4 19 8 Jamie Drysdale Erie (OHL) D 5'11 172 25 5 27 9 Alexander Holtz Djurgårdens (SHL) AG 5'11 ½ 192 19 5 7 10 Connor Zary Kamloops (WHL) C 5'11 ¾ 173 23 17 36 11 Marco Rossi Ottawa (OHL) C 5'8 ¼ 170 18 10 38 12 Dylan Holloway Wisconsin (NCAA) C/AG 6'0 ½ 192 13 2 6 13 Anton Lundell HIFK (SM Liiga) C 6'1 185 20 6 12 14 William Wallinder  MoDo (SuèdeJ20) D 6'4 191 21 3 14 15 Justin Barron Halifax (LHJMQ) D 6'1 ½ 195 25 4 17 16 Jérémie Poirier Saint John (LHJMQ) D 6'0 ¼ 199 26 9 25 17 Braden Schneider Brandon (WHL) D 6'2 208 25 3 16 18 Justin Sourdif Vancouver (WHL) AD 5'10 ¾ 173 22 10 21 19 Mavrik Bourque Shawinigan (LHJMQ) C 5'10 165 24 17 37 20 Rodion Amirov Ufa (MHL) AG 6'0 167 14 0 1 21 Kaiden Guhle Prince Albert (WHL) D 6'2 ½ 186 25 6 18 22 Jake Sanderson USA NTDP (USHL) D 6'0 ¾ 170 21 2 7 23 Shakir Mukhamadullin Ufa (MHL) D 6'3 ½ 178 14 0 1 24 Eemil Viro TPS Turku (SM Liiga Jr.) D 5'11 ½ 165 14 1 6 25 Thomas Bordeleau USA NTDP (USHL) C 5'9 ¼ 179 21 10 22 26 Dawson Mercer Drummondville (LHJMQ) C/AG 6'0 181 21 17 34 27 Lukas Reichel Munich (DEL) AG 6'0 170 20 8 14 28 Noel Gunler Lulea (SHL) AD 6'0 ½ 170 20 1 5 29 Jack Quinn Ottawa (OHL) AD 6'0 179 23 13 27 30 Yan Kuznetsov Connecticut (NCAA) D 6'3 ¾ 207 12 1 7 31 Ryan O'Rourke Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) D 6'0 173 17 5 13 32 Jake Neighbours Edmonton (WHL) AG 5'11 ½ 197 25 5 28 33 Brandon Brisson Chicago (USHL) C 5'11 ¼ 177 18 9 21 34 Roni Hirvonen Assat (SM Liiga) C 5'9 164 23 2 6 35 Ozzy Wiesblatt Prince Albert (WHL) AD 5'9 ¾ 183 25 10 28 36 Sam Colangelo Chicago (USHL) AD 6'2 205 18 11 22 37 Carter Savoie Sherwood Park (AJHL) AG 5'9 192 26 29 48 38 Vasili Ponomaryov Shawinigan (LHJMQ) C 6'0 180 24 10 24 39 Marat Khusnutdinov St. Petersburg (MHL) C/AG 5'11 176 23 8 13 40 Tyson Foerster Barrie (OHL) AD 6'1 ¼ 194 21 14 31 41 Ridly Greig Brandon (WHL) C 5'11 160 22 5 18 42 Daniil Gushchin Muskegon (USHL) AG/AD 5'9 167 15 9 16 43 Alexander Pashin Ufa (MHL) AD 5'8 154 21 10 21 44 Lukas Cormier Charlottetown (LHJMQ) D 5'9 ¼ 167 13 4 15 45 Topi Niemela Karpat (SM Liiga) D 5'10 ½ 156 20 1 3 46 Ty Smilanic USA NTDP (USHL) C/AG 6'0 ¾ 167 13 3 10 47 Oliver Suni Oshawa (OHL) AD 6'1 188 23 7 21 48 Luke Tuch USA NTDP (USHL) AG 6'1 197 21 6 12 49 Jack Thompson Sudbury (OHL) D 6'0 180 26 9 20 50 Tyler Tullio Oshawa (OHL) AD 5'10 165 23 10 22 51 Seth Jarvis Portland (WHL) C 5'9 ½ 174 20 10 23 52 Helge Grans Malmo (SuèdeJ20) D 6'2 ½ 206 21 3 21 53 Emil Andrae HV71 (SuèdeJ20) D 5'8 ½ 181 22 7 20 54 Tyler Kleven USA NTDP (USHL) D 6'3 ½ 190 20 1 6 55 Jean-Luc Foudy Windsor (OHL) AD 5'11 ½ 172 21 9 20 56 Zion Nybeck HV71 (SuèdeJ20) AG/AD 5'6 ½ 182 23 11 30 57 Jacob Perreault Sarnia (OHL) AD 5'11 200 20 10 24 58 Jaromir Pytlik S.S. Marie (OHL) C 6'2¼ 201 25 10 26 59 Sean Farrell Chicago (USHL) AG 5'8 ¼ 175 18 8 28 60 Christoffer Sedoff Red Deer (WHL) D 6'1 ½ 193 23 1 9 61 Will Cuyle Windsor (OHL) AG 6'2 ½ 204 21 7 16 62 Daemon Hunt Moose Jaw (WHL) D 6'0 198 21 0 11 Mon, 25 2019 20:27:00 GMT Les athlètes contre les comportements abusifs VANCOUVER - Des voix s'élèvent partout à travers le Canada pour dénoncer les comportements abusifs d'entraîneurs sportifs en milieu universitaire. Des athlètes de l'Ontario, de l'Alberta et de la Colombie-Britannique dénoncent des techniques d'entraînement associées à la soi-disant "la vieille école" qui, selon les experts, sont excessives et déplacées. Mais les mentalités tardent à évoluer, tandis que les entraîneurs exercent une grande influence sur les sportifs et que certains persistent à croire qu'une approche quasi-militaire est la clé de la victoire. Meredith Goldhawk a eu la piqûre du hockey dès l'âge de six ans. Mais la jeune femme dans la vingtaine se dit incapable d'enfiler à nouveau ses patins depuis le harcèlement et l'intimidation qu'elle a subis d'une entraîneuse de l'Université de Windsor, en Ontario. Six joueuses de hockey, dont Mededith Goldhawk, ont déposé une plainte en février dernier contre l'entraîneuse Deanna Iwanicka. Elles allèguent que Mme Iwanicka les a humiliées publiquement, leur a lancé des injures et a expulsé certaines athlètes sans raison valable. L'université a fait faire une enquête, dont elle a refusé de dévoiler les conclusions complètes. Les plaignantes disent n'avoir reçu qu'un résumé de quatre pages, qui ne tient pas compte de toutes leurs allégations et qui affirme que leurs démarches n'étaient pas fondées. Mme Iwanicka dirige toujours l'équipe de hockey féminine de l'université, qui a refusé de commenter. Aux yeux de Margery Holman, une professeure à la retraite ayant aidé les joueuses à porter plainte, les établissements d'enseignement postsecondaire manquent de courage. Elle souligne que les entraîneurs tiennent parfois l'avenir des athlètes entre leurs mains, car ils déterminent notamment qui joue et qui réchauffe le banc, ce qui influe sur l'obtention de bourses et d'autres opportunités. Du côté de l'Université de Lethbridge, en Alberta, une enquête a conclu en juillet 2018 que l'entraîneuse de hockey féminin Michelle Janus avait enfreint la politique de l'établissement en matière de harcèlement. L'université lui a demandé de se soumettre à un suivi psychologique et à une formation. L'élaboration d'un code de conduite pour entraîneurs a également été mise en branle. Quatre des plaignantes ont tout de même intenté une poursuite contre Michelle Janus, contre l'université et contre son responsable des activités sportives, Ken McInnes, réclamant plus d'un million de dollars en dommages et intérêts. Elles allèguent que l'entraîneuse a intimidé des joueuses, les a traitées de "pathétiques" et "inutiles" en proférant des jurons, a lancé des bouteilles d'eau, cassé du matériel et enfoncé son poing dans des portes, entre autres. Les joueuses racontent également qu'après la tentative de suicide d'une de leurs coéquipières, Mme Janus et M. McInnes leur ont demandé de voter pour déterminer si elle pourrait réintégrer l'équipe. Aucune de ces allégations n'a subi l'épreuve des tribunaux et Michelle Janus a quitté son poste en janvier dernier. Dans une autre affaire du genre, l'Université de Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique, a conclu pas plus tard que la semaine dernière une procédure d'appel après que trois athlètes et un entraîneur adjoint eurent porté plainte contre le responsable de l'équipe d'aviron féminine Barney Williams pour violences verbales et harcèlement. La médaillée d'or en aviron aux Jeux du Commonwealth et professeure à l'Université Royal Roads, Jennifer Walinga, s'est intéressée à la question de ces entraîneurs qui privilégient une approche pour le moins musclée. Ses recherches ont démontré que le fait d'humilier ou de négliger les athlètes conduit généralement à de moins bonnes performances sportives. Elle estime que cette approche qui consiste à injurier les athlètes continue d'être adoptée parce que notre société a tendance à glorifier les personnes capables d'endurer la souffrance. Cette conception du sport comme un combat est pourtant enracinée dans "la naïveté ou l'ignorance", opine-t-elle. Face au mouvement pour en finir avec ce style d'entraînement, le gouvernement fédéral a lancé une série d'initiatives, dont la mise en place d'une nouvelle politique pour les organisations sportives nationales ainsi que le financement du Centre de règlement des différends sportifs du Canada pour la création d'une unité d'enquête et d'une ligne téléphonique confidentielle sans frais. Sun, 24 2019 21:36:00 GMT