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Bob Dandridge honored by the Wizards during Bucks game

Last Sunday, the Wizards honored the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee who was also a member of their 1978 NBA championship team. Last Sunday, the Washington Wizards defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 101-94 at home. It was also a special night for Bob Dandridge, who was a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee this year and a member of the then-Washington Bullets championship team in 1978. During halftime, Dandridge was honored with a video congratulating his induction to the Hall of Fame along with a giveaway rally towel displaying his No. 10 jersey. You can see the video the Wizards released above. The timing of Dandridge doesn t seem to be a coincidence. He was also a member of the Bucks, where he was part of their 1971 NBA championship team when they defeated the Bullets who were in Baltimore at the time. In fact, Dandridge is one of the Bucks all-time greats since he played 9 of his 13 seasons (1969-78 and 1981-82) with them. His No. 10 jersey was retired by Milwaukee back in 2015. While Dandridge is also one of the Wizards all-time greats, retiring his jersey number could be complicated. The No. 10 jersey is already retired for Earl Monroe, who played for the then-Baltimore Bullets from 1967-71. Monroe s number wasn t retired immediately after he was traded to the New York Knicks and Dandridge was one of his contemporaries. But at the same time, Dandridge was a member of the Bullets championship roster while Monroe wasn t, and he was also an All-Star in the 1978-79 season for Washington. And finally, he has served as the Executive Director of their alumni association since Monumental Sports & Entertainment took over ownership of the Wizards in 2010. So I am on board with the Wizards retiring Dandridge s No. 10 as well sometime in the near future. Do you think the Wizards should retire No. 10 a second time? Let us know in the comments below.
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Miami football legend Frank Gore will box former NBA All-Star Deron Williams

Miami football legend and Hurricanes Hall of Famer Frank Gore will fight former NBA All-Star point guard Deron Williams it was announced on Tuesday. Gore and Williams are making their pro boxing debuts on the undercard of the Jake Paul-Tommy Fury fight on December 18 in Tampa. Gore has been training to become a boxer after playing what will likely become his last NFL game with the New York Jets in 2020. NFL teams contacted Gore to play in 2021 but he declined to focus on a potential boxing career. Williams has been interested in mixed martial arts for many years and training in the discipline. Gore was the backup to Clinton Portis on the 2001 national championship Miami football team and finished his Hurricanes career with 1,975 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns and had 23 receptions for 225 yards. Gore is third all-time in NFL history in rushing yards behind Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton. Williams spent 12 years in the NBA with the Utah Jazz, the New Jersey and Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers. Gore is listed at 5 9 213 pounds on his Pro Football Reference page. Williams is 6 3, 200 pounds on his Basketball-Reference page. With a 6 9 wingspan, Williams will have a significant advantage. Gore turned 38 on May 14. Williams turned 37 on June 26. Williams last season in the NBA was 2017. According to Pro Football Talk other former professional athletes that have taken up boxing include basketball players Nate Robinson who also played football in college at Washington and former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson. Gore and Williams will enter the Amalie Arena ring on December 18 in Tampa. The bout will be televised by Showtime Pay Per View. Gore is trained by Pete Bommarito and has Javiel Centeno in his corner according to an article by WSVN last month. A potential purse for the fight has not been released.
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Grizzlies鈥?Dillon Brooks could be back in lineup 鈥檖retty soon鈥?

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins says there is no timetable for the swingman's return to the lineup. Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks continues to work his way back from a broken left hand, and coach Taylor Jenkins expects him back on the floor \u201cpretty soon,\u201d adding Monday night that \u201ceverything s trending the right direction.\u201d Brooks hasn t yet made his 2021-22 season debut and disclosed in September at Memphis media day that he broke his hand during an offseason workout. Jenkins provided an update on Brooks recovery ahead of the team s 125-118 overtime win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. \u201cHe had a great check-in with the doctors,\u201d Jenkins said. \u201c[The] doctor is really proud with his progress, thinks he s in a great place. Obviously, you know he was assigned and had a simulated game today. [He] looked great in that. He s checking all the boxes that we have. It s just a matter of just us and the performance team continuing to figure out when s the best time for him to come back. Everything s good; just making sure we re doing everything. Medically, getting clearance there. Basketball-wise, making sure he s getting his conditioning right.\u201d The team announced on Monday that it assigned Brooks, Sam Merrill and Santi Aldama while transferring Yves Pons to the Memphis Hustle to participate in a simulated game with the team, and all of them returned to the Grizzlies ahead of Monday s matchup against Minnesota. Asked whether Brooks would be cleared to play this week, Jenkins said, \u201cI can t put a timeline on it. Obviously, we have hopes of when it could be, but we re just kind of managing day-to-day. [I] hope he responds well [Tuesday], and that will give us more indication on when we could potentially see him back on the floor.\u201d The team s longest-tenured player, Brooks enters his fifth season after averaging 17.2 points last season to go with 1.2 steals over the course of 67 games. Missing arguably its most tenacious defender in Brooks, Memphis (6-4) currently ranks 28th in the NBA in defensive rating (112.7), 27th in opponent points off the break (15.4) and 25th in opponent points in the paint (49.0). Jenkins anticipates \u201ca huge boost\u201d defensively from Brooks return to the court, but he stressed the Grizzlies can t rely on just one player to reverse their fortunes on that end of the floor. \u201cWe re all capable of improving our one-on-one defense, our help defense, our coverage execution,\u201d Jenkins said. \u201cOur paint rim defense is struggling. It s a lot of different areas. It s not just one reason. So, obviously, he s a huge boost. I mean, he s big time. I always say, [he s our] tone-setter, spirit leader for us in general, but especially defensively. When he gets out there, his physicality, instincts, intelligence [are] really going to help us a lot. But we all know that everyone s got to improve.\u201d
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England Rugby arrive in Jersey for pre-autumn internationals training camp

England Rugby will arrive in Jersey later today (25 October) ahead of a week long training camp before their autumn international matches. The 34 man squad will be based at Jersey Reds ground and will also use the Strive high performance facility for their training. Eddie Jones' men will play against Tonga, Australia and South Africa at Twickenham throughout November. The coaching staff visited Jersey earlier this year and it was said that they were "impressed" with the facilities. It follows a successful summer when Jersey was used as a training base for the British and Irish Lions before their tour to South Africa. Premiership rugby sides Leicester Tigers and Sale Sharks also visited Jersey this season to play pre-season friendlies against the Reds.
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Visiting rugby stars head for the beach

The England side are in the Island for a training camp before next month s autumn internationals against Tonga, Australia and South Africa at Twickenham. The beach at Le Braye was turned into a makeshift pitch, complete with posts, as coach Eddie Jones prepares his side for the upcoming test matches. For some members of the squad it is their second Jersey training camp this year after the British and Irish Lions also chose the Island as its base ahead of their tour of South Africa. The national side will be using the Strive high-performance centre in St Peter. An open training session, which has already sold out, is due to be held on Friday morning at Jersey Rugby Club s Stade Santander ground, giving around 1,500 Islanders the chance to watch the side in action.
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A rugby player survived a mid-game heart attack with quick thinking from bystanders

A rugby game in New Jersey last weekend went from friendly competition to a near-death medical emergency in minutes. Montclair Rugby Football Club player Tevita Bryce was setting up a play when he collapsed to his knees and had a heart attack on the field. The opposing team, Morris Men's Rugby, had a medical trainer who was able to start chest compressions. Soon after, players and spectators jumped in to help, while waiting for first responders to arrive. There were two trauma nurses in the crowd and a player from the Morris team is a police officer. "They immediately coordinated what they were doing," Jake Feury, a player on the Morris club, told Goff Rugby Report. "Some were doing chest compressions, others doing airway breaths, or checking his pulse, and they rotated in this systematic way." Fortunately for Bryce, there was also an automated external defibrillator, or AED, at the field. An AED can check the heart's rhythm. It can also send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm, when someone is going through cardiac arrest. Without the help from those on the field and the use of an AED, Bryce's chances of survival may have been slim. According to the American Heart Association, 90% of people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital die.
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Oklahoma City Thunder City Edition Jerseys Revealed

The new Thunder City Edition jerseys were revealed on Monday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder s new 2021 22 City Editions uniforms were revealed on Monday.


The jerseys were released in the Thunder s 2021 22 media guide.


The jerseys have repeatedly been deemed the  Mixtape  jersey s for the upcoming 75th anniversary of the NBA. Oklahoma City s feature a primarily white design with some grey incorporated throughout.
The new Mixtape jerseys are said to be a mashup of previous designs from the club. The vertical stripe is similar to OKC s Adidas navy jerseys worn by Kevin Durant and co. from 2012 16.


The horizontal stripes are similar to the former City Edition jerseys worn when MVP candidate Paul George was with the team.


Oklahoma City will debut their new jerseys on Nov. 12 against the Sacramento Kings.
The Mixtape jerseys will be the fourth jersey to enter the rotation for Oklahoma City, along with the Association, Icon and Statement jerseys.


The white association jerseys will be worn in a high of 24 games, followed by the blue Icon jerseys in 23. The bright orange Statement jerseys will be worn 21 times, and the City Edition will be donned in 14 contests.
The Thunder kick off their regular season with a matchup against the Utah Jazz on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. in Salt Lake City.


Oklahoma City breaks in their newly renamed Paycom Center on Oct. 24 with a home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers.


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Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young dons Pacers jersey for NBAs 75th anniversary

Atlanta Hawks superstar point guard Trae Young has already made quite a name for himself in the NBA in just three short years. He was the only player to average at least 25 points and nine assists last season and then went on to average 28.8 points and 9.5 assists as he led the Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals.


Whats more, the Hawks were just two games from reaching their first NBA Finals since the team moved to Atlanta.
Now, a few months after signing an extension worth up to $207 million over the next five years, Young has embraced his villain  persona to pay homage (and throw some shade) once again, this time for the NBA.


Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young pays homage to Pacers legend and HoFer Reggie Miller
The NBA is celebrating its 75th anniversary this season and the promo for it has been deliciously over the top. It all began with a commercial in which actor Michael B. Jordan drove a bus around NBA Lane , a make believe neighborhood inhabited by NBA stars of past and present including Young dumping out, you guessed it, a bag of ice.


In this latest promotional video, numerous stars take turns re creating iconic scenes of yesteryear, often in ways that crossed over with their own signature moments.


Kevin Durant as George Gervin, Rudy Gobert as Bill Russell, LaMelo Ball as Magic Johnson, and many more.


Young, who is the first player seen in the video, recreated his bow at Madison Square Garden from this past postseason when the Hawks eliminated the New York Knicks in five games. The video shows Young speaking of Miller being a killer  on the court and includes the Hall of Famers famous tit for tats with Knicks superfan Spike Lee.
At one point during Youngs scene (which begins at the 2:31 mark) there is a cut of Miller taking a bow in 1994 against the Chicago Bulls into Youngs on the floor of MSG after the grueling series.


The difference, of course, is Millers gamesmanship was a bit premature as the Bulls came back to win that game on a Toni Kukoc three pointer. Young, who had already told the crowd how quiet they were as his Hawks were winning, stood center court after averaging 29.2 points and 9.8 assists while, most importantly, taking the series.
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Senorise Perry Jersey Retirement/Senior Night

On Friday, October 29th, a ceremony will be held before the Chattooga Football game (beginning at approximately 6:45 pm) to retire Senorise Perrys football jersey (#32).  Senior Night will also be held before the game on this night.
Perrys Biography
PRO: The Titans signed Senorise Perry during the 2020 offseason to add depth and special teams experience to the running back rotation. The former University of Louisville product has made his mark in the NFL on special teams coverage units and as a kickoff returner. The 6 foot, 210 pounder entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Chicago Bears in 2014. Perry has also spent time with the Miami Dolphins (2016 18) and the Buffalo Bills (2019).


Perry wasnt among the rookie free agents signed in the days following the 2014 NFL Draft. He hit the tryout circuit and hoped to make an impression. Perry was one of two players signed by the Chicago Bears after a May tryout. He excelled on special teams in the preseason games and sealed his 53 man roster spot as an undrafted free agent.
Perry excelled in track and field as a high school senior, winning the Georgia state titles in the 100 meters and long jump.
Perrys hobbies include photography and he has a desire to learn how to deep sea fish.
The best advice Perry has received came from his mother. She said, always believe in yourself and trust in the man above.


CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
The Summerville, Ga., native was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as a rookie free agent on May 19, 2014.
Waived by the Bears on Aug. 28, 2016 and signed to the teams practice squad on Sept. 4, 2016.
Released from the Bears practice squad on Sept. 13, 2016.
Signed by the Miami Dolphins to their practice squad on Oct. 12, 2016.
Signed by the Dolphins to a futures contract on Jan. 10, 2017.
Signed by the Buffalo Bills as an unrestricted free agent on March 28, 2019.
Waived by the Bills with an injury settlement on Sept. 4, 2019.
Signed by the Bills as a free agent on Oct. 8, 2019.
Signed by the Titans as a free agent on April 30, 2020.
COLLEGE:
Was a four year letterman (2010 13) at Louisville. Played in 46 games with six starts and posted 289 carries for 1,409 yards and 18 touchdowns to go along with 36 receptions for 359 yards and a score. Tallied 22 kickoff returns for 513 yards. Collected 30 tackles and a forced fumble on special teams.
As a senior (2013), played in all 13 games with six starts and posted 141 carries for 677 yards and six touchdowns. Hauled in 18 receptions for 178 yards and a score. Registered seven kickoff returns for 166 yards. Notched seven tackles and a forced fumble on special teams.
As a junior (2012), played in 11 games and notched 136 carries for 705 yards and a team best 11 touchdowns. Added 18 receptions for 181 yards and seven kickoff returns for 137 yards. Recorded five special teams tackles.
As a sophomore (2011), played in all 13 games and recorded 12 carries for 27 yards and a touchdown. Posted eight kickoff returns for 210 yards. Notched 11 special teams tackles and a blocked punt on special teams.
As a true freshman (2010), saw action in nine games and collected seven tackles on special teams.
Graduated with a degree in communications from Louisville.
PERSONAL:
Attended Chattooga (Summerville, Ga.) High School where he played running back and linebacker.
As a senior (2009), posted 918 rushing yards and 216 receiving yards with 12 offensive touchdowns and six return scores. Named All state as a return specialist and All area on defense.
Also participated in track and field, winning state titles in the 100 meters and long jump.
Has a son and a daughter.
First name is pronounced suh nah riss.
Follow Perry on Twitter @SenoriseP.
Born Senorise Perry on Sept. 19, 1991 in Summerville, Ga.
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Louisville Cardinals to retire No. 8 jersey of former football player Lamar Jackson

Louisville will retire Lamar Jackson's No. 8 jersey in a ceremony during the Cardinals' Nov. 13 game against Syracuse, the school announced Saturday.
Jackson will join Johnny Unitas as the only players in school history to have their numbers retired. Louisville retired Unitas' No. 16 in 2003.
The school surprised the Ravens quarterback with a video announcement as he prepared to do media interviews in Baltimore.
"I feel like I won a Heisman again," Jackson said in the video.
Jackson became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy in 2016 at 19 years, 337 days after a remarkable season in which he had 4,928 yards of offense. That ranks second in Heisman history behind BYU's Ty Detmer (5,022 in 1990).
He also is the first player to win the Heisman with at least 30 touchdown passes and at least 21 rushing touchdowns, and his 1,538 rushing yards are the most by a Heisman-winning quarterback.
Jackson made his most iconic play that season with the "Lamar Leap," when he hurdled a Syracuse defender in a 62-28 victory -- a move that firmly planted him in the mind of Heisman voters.
"Lamar earned the Heisman and then the NFL MVP, and he's not even 25 years old. Even more remarkable, he's only getting better," Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said in a statement. "His humble heart and grounded approach endears him to his teammates, his coaches and any staff he's ever been around. He knows it takes eleven to be successful on offense, not one. We're so proud to retire his number 8 for what he has accomplished so far but are equally excited about what's to come."
In addition to winning the Heisman, Jackson set or tied 42 school single-game, season and career records during his three years in Louisville and holds seven ACC records. He remains the only player in FBS history to rush for at least 1,500 yards and pass for at least 3,500 yards in a season -- and he did it in both 2016 and 2017. He finished third in the Heisman voting in 2017.
Jackson is expected to attend the ceremony in Louisville, as the Ravens have a Thursday night game against the Miami Dolphins that week. The Ravens drafted Jackson No. 32 overall in 2018, and he won NFL MVP honors in 2019.
"We couldn't ask for a better representative of our football program," Louisville coach Scott Satterfield said in a statement. "Lamar's influence goes far beyond our campus -- he's got this entire city behind him every day and we can't wait to welcome him home."
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Washington announces Taylor jersey retirement amid scandals

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Football Team announced Thursday it is retiring late safety Sean Taylor's number this weekend, last-minute timing that sparked criticism while the organization is dealing with multiple off-field scandals.


Washington has previously promoted jersey retirement ceremonies months in advance, most recently in June for Bobby Mitchell's night in September. The announcement of Taylor's No. 21 being retired came three days before Washington hosted Kansas City on what the team calls homecoming weekend.


The team said in a statement this has been in the works since before the season and apologized to fans for the lack of notice. President Jason Wright also took to Twitter to apologize.


We wanted to do something long overdue by retiring players numbers, Wright tweeted. Months ago we planned for Bobby Mitchell and Sean Taylor to be the first two. Seeing the reaction, Im very sorry that the short notice does not properly reflect the impact Sean had.
Washingtons head athletic trainer is on administrative leave for what a team spokesman called an ongoing criminal investigation unrelated to the club after federal authorities, including agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, searched the practice facility Oct. 1.


Former employees are also calling for the NFL to release the findings of an investigation into Washington workplace misconduct after emails from Jon Gruden led to the Raiders coachs resignation.


If the NFL felt it appropriate to release these offensive emails from Jon Gruden, which it obtained during its investigation into the Washington Football Team, it must also release the findings related to the actual target of that investigation, said lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent 40 former Washington employees.
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Washington to retire Sean Taylor's No. 21 jersey, rename road to FedExField in honor of late Pro Bowl safety

Nearly 14 years after he was shot and killed at just 24, former Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor will be recognized in a historic ceremony ahead of Washington Football Team's Week 6 game against the Chiefs on Sunday. Since its inception in 1932, the franchise has retired just two jersey numbers -- that of Hall of Famers Sammy Baugh and Bobby Mitchell. This weekend, Taylor's famous No. 21 jersey will officially become the third to hang from the rafters, with the late defensive back's family on hand for the tribute.


Nearly 100 team alumni will be honored at FedExField on Sunday, as Washington announced, with Taylor's tribute headlining the day of reflection. Taylor's family will be on the field for a pregame ceremony celebrating the former first-round pick's career, as well as the retirement of his No. 21, which hasn't been issued since his death in 2007.


The team will also commemorate the renaming of the road leading to FedExField as Sean Taylor Road, with both family and friends of Taylor onsite before the game. The first 10,000 fans to enter the stadium Sunday will get commemorative Sean Taylor rally towels, while players and staff will be wearing No. 21 stickers or pins that pay homage to the safety.
"I came into the NFL the same year as Sean Taylor and immediately his athletic ability, resilience, grit, and relentless work ethic set him apart. I and many others looked to him as a role model," Washington team president Jason Wright said in a statement. "The fact that he was tragically taken so early hurt our player community, but also our fans, coaches, and staff. We will continue to remember him and hold him up as an example of professionalism and excellence, and we will all strive to mirror his excellence in our own ways."


Taylor, who was shot and killed during a burglary of his home on Nov. 27, 2007, during his fourth season in the NFL, was posthumously voted a Pro Bowler and All-Pro, as well as inducted into Washington's Ring of Fame, in 2008.


Before his untimely death, the Miami product had established himself as one of the game's top up-and-coming players at his position, as well as one of the NFL's hardest hitters. He missed just two games during his first three seasons, logging a career-high 111 tackles in 2006, and then recorded a career-high five interceptions during his abbreviated nine-game 2007 campaign.
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Former Sixer Tony Wroten among NBA vets arrested, indicted in fraud scheme

BA Vets Indicted in Alleged Multi-Million-Dollar Health Insurance Fraud Scheme originally appeared on NBC New York. By Jonathan Dienst, Tom Winter, Courtney Copenhagen and John Chandler.N


More than a dozen former NBA players, including Process-era Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten, have been charged in New York federal court in an alleged multi-million-dollar health insurance fraud scheme to rip off the league's benefit plan, according to an indictment unsealed in the Southern District on Thursday.


The 18 former players named in the indictment include alleged scheme ringleader Terrence Williams, selected 11th overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the then-New Jersey Nets, six-time NBA All-Defensive Team member Tony Allen, former Lakers Guard Shannon Brown and Ronald Glen Davis, who played for the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers over the course of his career.
Allen's wife, Desiree Allen, is the only woman charged in the indictment.


Those indicted face charges of conspiracy to commit health care and wire fraud as well as aggravated identity theft. By late morning, 16 of them were in custody after arrests in a dozen locations nationwide. The FBI said "this remains an ongoing investigation," though it was not clear if more arrests were expected.


According to the grand jury indictment, the defendants allegedly engaged in a widespread scheme from at least 2017 up to around 2020 to defraud the NBA Players' Health and Welfare Benefit Plan by submitting fake reimbursement claims for medical and dental services that were never actually rendered.
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New Jersey Devils Final Preseason Game Cancelled due to Partial Power Outage at Prudential Center

I had the fortune of going to tonight s preseason game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders. I did not know what to expect, but I was hoping for a good performance and no injuries. What I got was darkness. Partially, at least.


As I headed into the arena, all was fine until I got closer to Section 1. It was dark. The ambient lighting was enough to get around, but the normal lighting was off. It was off over those sections and pretty much the entire lower bowl in that end of the arena. The humongous scoreboard was off. Most importantly, about half of the rink lights were off. While one could see the rink, it could cause issues for those playing the game. That was enough to delay the game in the hopes of repairing it.


As such, the game that was scheduled for 7 PM and normally would start at 7:08 PM did not happen at that time. Around 7:15 PM, the Public Address announcer stated that the game would be delayed due to an outage and staff were working on the issue. Music continued to play in the arena. Fans milled about. At one point, a number turned on the flashlights on their smartphones and waved them about. At another point, a wave started. The delay continued until about 7:50 PM. Then, the announcement came: the game would be cancelled and would not be re scheduled.
This was received negatively by those in attendance and understandably so. It may have been an exhibition game, but it was a game nonetheless. A time out to see Our Favorite Team play the Isles (except for the Isles fans who were to support the visitors). The announcement and subsequent statement sent out by the team (the e mail matched the wording on the site) stated that those in attendance would be eligible for a 2021 22 regular season game for the same number of tickets they had tonight. Details would come out on how that will be done later. That is a fair level of compensation. With no game played tonight, you get tickets to another game that will be played. A game with some value, too. Hopefully all who get this option will be able to pick a game they can attend instead of being forced to pick between some non ideal match ups they may not be able to attend.


The odd thing about it was that this was really a partial power outage. The lounge sections had power. The upper bowl had power throughout. The other half of the rink had full power. The sound system was clearly working. This was not a situation like what happened on January 9, 2010 when the power in the whole arena went out during a game between the New Jersey Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning. ( Fun  fact: I attended that game too.) Still, the main issue is safety. Even having half of the rink lights out could lead to issues for the players on the ice. We would not want to see injuries normally, especially in preseason games. We especially would not like a Devil getting hurt because they did not see something as clearly as they would have under normal lighting conditions. Between that, it being a preseason game, and the seemingly unknown lead time to fix the issue (no progress was seemingly made from what I saw), I can understand the decision to cancel the game. I am a little disappointed by it, but it is what it is.
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Training Camp Buzz: Gourde skates with Kraken wearing regular jersey

Smith may not be ready for Devils opener; Caufield returns to Canadiens
Welcome to the 2021-22 NHL training camp buzz. With training camps open for all 32 teams, NHL.com has you covered with all the latest news.


Seattle Kraken
Yanni Gourde skated with the Kraken on Monday wearing a regular jersey.


The forward had been participating in a red non-contact jersey. He was expected to be out two months after having shoulder surgery in July.


"I just need to just to get some more reps and I think when I wear red (jersey), guys are super careful out there and you don't do much so I need to get a little bit more bumps in," Gourde said. "It just doesn't mean much. I mean it's just a different color. We're still working. It's a work in process to get back in shape and get back, ready to play, but we're not there yet."


The Kraken begin their inaugural season at the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 12.


Coach Dave Hakstol said Gourde will not be rushed into the lineup before he's ready.


"Our medical group has a real specific plan for him," Hakstol said. "He's still on limited contact and he's working real hard at everything that he can do to be ready, but there's a plan in place for him and he's still on limited contact."
Gourde was selected from the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. He last played July 7 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Montreal Canadiens, when he helped the Lightning repeat as Stanley Cup champions.


 


New Jersey Devils
Ty Smith may not play for the Devils in their season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks at home Oct. 15. 


"I think we'll have to evaluate but that's a possibility, yes," coach Lindy Ruff said Monday.


The defenseman has yet to play a preseason game because of an undisclosed injury.


"He's going to be out for a little bit," Ruff said. "I don't have the exact amount of time, but I don't anticipate him practicing for the next little while."


Jack Hughes did not play in a 4-1 preseason win against the Washington Capitals at home Monday. The center was not on the ice for the morning skate and had some tests. Ruff said he hopes Hughes can practice Tuesday.


Hughes was injured in the second period of a 2-1 overtime win against the New York Islanders in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Oct. 2 when he was cross-checked by New York forward Ross Johnston. He played one more shift before going to the locker room and not returning.
The Devils also were without Damon Severson against the Capitals. The defenseman has a muscle strain sustained when he slipped on a puck and went into the boards during the morning skate. 


Jesper Bratt had an assist in 17:41 against Washington in his preseason debut after the forward recovered from an illness unrelated to COVID-19.


"He'll be excited to get in," Ruff said. "He was going to play the other night but didn't feel well, so we took him out. But his practices have been good, scrimmages." -- Mike G. Morreale

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