John Tavares looks like he could make Team Canada and the impact of Leafs at the Olympics

It’s safe to say the amount of Olympic talk has increased. Whether it’s because of COVID concerns largely stemming from the Senators outbreak, the threat of a US boycott of the games that would likely be followed by other nations like Canada, or whether it’s the good old fashioned speculation that comes with assessing lineups based off of play this year instead of previous years, people seem to be talking about the Olympics.
Let’s start with the John Tavares story. Tavares very much seemed like a bubble player or someone who could find his way into the Team Canada fold through injuries to other Canadian forwards, but things have shifted slightly, in a couple of different ways. The first being that John Tavares was selected as the model for Team Canada’s Olympic fashion, something that is largely due to the fact that he is a former Olympian, but still there isn’t a shortage of former Olympians around, and this could speak to the Hockey Canada brass’ continued preference towards going with experience, leadership, as well as I’m sure the marketability of having the Leafs captain on their roster doesn’t hurt things like …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Jose Bautista and the Dominican Republic won Bronze at the Olympics

Jose Bautista is an Olympic medalist.

So are Blue Jays legends Melky Cabrera, Emilio Bonifacio, and Juan Francisco as the Dominican Republic beat South Korea by a score of 10-6 in the Bronze Medal baseball game on Saturday. It was the country’s first-ever medal in baseball at the Olympics.

Dominican Republic wins its first-ever Olympic medal in baseball, team sport#DOM becomes 7th nation/territory to win a medal in baseball at the Olympic Games, following #Cub #Jpn #Usa #Kor #Aus #Tpe
https://t.co/9yClTGe4Zi #Olympics #Tokyo2020 #Baseball #Bronze pic.twitter.com/G2u8MKBUFk
— WBSC #Baseball #Tokyo2020 (@WBSC) August 7, 2021

The Dominicans put up a four-run first inning with a lot of Blue Jays flavour. Bonifacio led off with a double, Francisco smashed a two-run homer, Cabrera hit a single, and Bautista drew a walk. Korea came back with a four-run fifth inning of their own, but the Dominican pulled away with a five-run rally in the top of the eighth inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Francisco.
The highlight of the tournament, for me, was Jose throwing this absolute rocket to gun down a guy from Team Mexico at home…

Dominican Republic picked up a 1 …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Yuta Watanabe and Japan face tough road in Olympics

Toronto Raptors: Yuta Watanabe and Japan face tough road in Olympics

The Toronto Raptors are sending a few players to the Olympic Games in Tokyo this year, and while Nick Nurse and Team Canada might have to watch the Olympics on TV like the rest of us, rising forward Yuta Watanabe will try to make his country proud when he suits up for host nation Japan. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The CHL is officially done for the year. It’s Draft Rankings SZN

The day after the Canadian Olympic Committee made the bold decision to avoid the Tokyo Olympics unless they were postponed, the Canadian Hockey League followed suit with a bold decision of their own, to cancel their playoffs and forego awarding the Memorial Cup for the first time in it’s 102 year history.

The #CHL and regional leagues have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Playoffs and @CHLMemorialCup.
We look forward with hope that next season will provide new opportunity to celebrate and that the #MemorialCup may be presented.
FULL : https://t.co/Jq67zZGpDv pic.twitter.com/K1VfeLdzN1
— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) March 23, 2020
Given the absolute amount of uncertainty, and that much of their leagues are uncompensated kids, this seems like a wise decision, than one that I can appreciate they probably didn’t take lightly.
There will undoubtedly be impacts that stem from this.
For a player like Nick Robertson, who was having a historic year and getting it cut short, this can’t be fun. For players looking to make their cases for NHL careers, and hoped to be seen in high profile playoff environments, they are going to be judged on their existing …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation