Verona goalkeeper welcomes Everton, Southampton interest

first_img Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Most Interesting Sylvester Stallone Movies Hellas Verona goalkeeper, Marco Silvestri has welcomed interest from the Premier League. Loading… Silvestri said, “We players, even if we don’t give ourselves so much thought, we read and watch everything, it’s useless to deny it. It’s very nice to be approached by a great club. read also:Marco Silva set to take Everton training despite sack rumours “Now it’s too early to talk about it. Now there’s Verona and that’s all I think about.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 29-year-old, whose impressive displays have helped his newly-promoted side push for a top-half finish in Serie A, previously played in England for Leeds United. He admits that he is flattered to be linked with moves to Everton, Southampton and Norwich City.Advertisementlast_img read more

Moving of barangay, SK polls nears approval

first_img Senator Ralph Recto, however, expressed concern, saying the next round of barangay and SK poll still faces possibility of getting postponed again when the new President is elected by May 2022. “Six and half months or so is a short period and we’ll be pressed for time but they claimed they can do it without undue problems,” she added. The consensus at the House aligns with the Senate, which has approved at the committee level, Senate Bill No. 1043 seeking to postpone the 2020 BSKE to May 2023 instead./PN If ever the measure gets approved by the Congress and signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte, the winning candidates will be proclaimed on Jan. 1, 2023 at 12 noon. Subsequent elections will happen every three years. “Upon prodding during the Comelec budget, as well as the consideration of the extension that is extensive, we have come up with a work program working backwards and it brought us to December 2022,” Marcos said. Senators approved on second reading Senate Bill No. 1043 seeking to postpone the barangay and SK elections from May 2020 to Dec. 5, 2022. The Senate approves on second reading the bill that would move the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections from May 2020 to Dec. 2022. ABS-CBN News Senator Imee Marcos, the sponsor of the measure, has assured Recto that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) had already said that it wouldn’t be a problem for them. MANILA – The proposed postponement of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections is one step closer from being approved at the Senate. The same measure, meanwhile, has been approved by the House of Representatives’ committee on suffrage and electoral reforms on Tuesday, committee chairperson Juliet Ferrer said. “The future president will come at Congress and ask again for the postponement of elections. Our initial fear will probably be even worse,” Recto said.last_img read more

Meijer recalls ground beef due to contamination

first_imgGrand Rapids, Mi. — Meijer is recalling prepackaged ground beef because it may be contaminated with hard pieces of plastic.The grocery chain and JBS Plainwell announced the recall on Tuesday, saying the affected 1 lb. ground beef was sold between March 22, 2019 and April 9, 2019 in all Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.This recall affects products produced and pre-packaged by JBS Plainwell under the Meijer brand label with a “sell by” date of April 10, 2019:UPC: 201258, 85% lean/15% fat, Meijer Ground Beef, net weight: 1 lb.UPC: 202106, 90% lean/10% fat, Meijer Ground Beef, net weight: 1 lb.UPC: 201155, 80% lean/20% fat, Meijer Ground Beef, net weight: 1 lb.The companies say there have been no injuries reported to date and this recall is a precautionary measure.Consumers who have purchased these products should throw them away or return them to the nearest Meijer store for a full refund. Consumers with questions regarding this recall should contact Meijer at 800-543-3704, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Consumers with questions or concerns about their health should contact their physician.last_img read more

Mullins guarded on Sceaux

Press Association The unbeaten six-year-old has won his five Irish starts by an aggregate of 117 lengths, and made all in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park on Saturday. Speaking at Navan on Sunday, Mullins said: “He’s good, he came out of the race fine. It took a fair bit out of him, people think it is easy but galloping two miles in that soft ground still takes a fair bit out of them.” Asked about Cheltenham, for which Un De Sceaux is as short as 8-1 with bet365 and Ladbrokes, Mullins said: “I just wonder if he needs that at this time in his career, taking on those fantastic horses. “Obviously he is hugely talented for the future, we were happy to keep him under the radar and that’s where I’d like to keep him.” center_img Willie Mullins has sounded a cautious note about a potential Stan James Champion Hurdle bid for the exciting Un De Sceaux. read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— James Harden’s 37 points, nine assists and six rebounds carried the Rockets to a 123-112 decision over the Knicks. Harden got to the arena just over an hour before the game after attending the memorial service for Kobe and Gianna Bryant in Los Angeles hours earlier. Ben McLemore finished with 17 points and Eric Gordon had 16 in Houston’s fourth straight win, which keeps them a game behind the third-place Clippers in the West.— Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) poured in a career-high 49 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the 76ers dumped the Hawks, 129-112. Furkan Kormaz (FUR’-kahn KOHRK’-mahs) chipped in 15 points for Philadelphia, which wasted a 21-point lead before improving to a league-best 27-2 at home. Trae Young led Atlanta with 28 points despite missing nine of 11 from 3-point range.— The Clippers had dropped three straight before outscoring the Grizzlies, 40-14 in the first quarter of a 124-97 dismantling of Memphis. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard was high man for Los Angeles with 25 points and Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell added 22 off the bench. Ja (jah) Morant had a team-high 16 points for the Grizzlies, who are 2 ½ games ahead of Portland for the final Western Conference playoff berth.— Kevin Porter Jr. came off the bench to deliver 30 points and eight rebounds as the Cavaliers stunned the Heat, 125-119 in overtime. Kevin Love had 17 points and 14 boards for the Cavaliers, who trailed by 19 entering the fourth quarter before outscoring the Southeast Division leaders, 45-20 the rest of the way. Cleveland had seven players score in double figures and sent Miami to its sixth loss in eight games.— The Suns crushed the Jazz, 131-11 as Ricky Rubio finished with 22 points, 11 assists and seven steals. Devin Booker had 24 points and 10 assists while Deandre Ayton added 16 for Phoenix. Donovan Mitchell scored 38 points and Bojan Bogdanovic (BOY’-ahn bahg-DAH’-noh-vich) added 16 as the Jazz lost their third in a row and eighth in 12 games. UNDATED (AP) — Kansas has reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll following Saturday’s three-point win over previously top-ranked Baylor.The Jayhawks picked up 62 of 64 first-place votes, with the second-ranked Bears taking the remaining two. Gonzaga dropped a notch to third with its loss to BYU.Dayton and San Diego State round out the top five and are followed by Florida State, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland and Creighton.Michigan, Texas Tech and Michigan State returned to the poll.NHL-BLUE JACKETS/SENATORS Associated Press MLB says attempts at cheating are part of sports.Five men have sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan. Among their claims are fraud, violation of consumer-protection laws and negligence.NFL-NEWSPackers sign Crosby to extensionUNDATED (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have signed longtime placekicker Mason Crosby to a three-year contract extension. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)— Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour says defenseman Brett Pesce (PEH’-shee), and goaltenders James Reimer and Petr Mrazek (mah-RA’-zehk) are all dealing with “longer term” injuries from Saturday’s win at Toronto.Brind’Amour says it was unclear exactly how long each would be out.MLB-ASTROS-FAN-LAWSUITBaseball urges judge to dismiss lawsuit over stolen signsNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by fantasy contestants over sign stealing by the Houston Astros. Update on the latest in sports: KOBE BRYANT LAWSUITBryant’s widow sues over helicopter crashUNDATED (AP) — The widow of Kobe Bryant has sued the owner of the helicopter that crashed in fog and killed her husband and her 13-year-old daughter last month.The wrongful death lawsuit filed by Vanessa Bryant in Los Angeles says the pilot was careless and negligent by flying in cloudy conditions Jan. 26 and should have aborted the flight. The pilot was among the nine people killed in the crash.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL They were among nine people killed last month in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles.Speaking at times through tears, Vanessa Bryant praised her husband’s devotion as she addressed thousands of fans gathered at Staples Center.The ceremony began with performances by Beyonce and Alicia Keys. The mourners included Lakers greats such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, plus other celebrities.NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal said he and his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate had a complex relationship but that they always respected each other and never took things too seriously. The two won three NBA championships together.A weeping Michael Jordan told the crowd that “when Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died.” He said a piece of everyone in the crowd died as well. Jordan urged people to use the inspiration of Bryant’s life for their own. — The Penguins have acquired forwards Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues from the Buffalo Sabres for Dominik Kahun (kah-HOON’). Sheary helped Pittsburgh win two Stanley Cups.— Pittsburgh also came away with veteran forward Patrick Marleau, who was relinquished by the Sharks for a condition third-round pick in 2021.— The Golden Knights swapped out goaltenders, getting Robin Lehner (LEH’-nur) in a deal that sends Malcolm Subban (SOO’-ban) to the Blackhawks. Chicago also receives forward Stanislav Demin and 2020 second-round pick while shipping forward Martins Dzierkals to Vegas, who was subsequently dealt to Toronto.— Nick Ritchie is a Bruin after being traded by the Ducks for forward Danton Heinen.— The Flames acquired defensemen Erik Gustafsson from Chicago and Derek Forbort from Los Angeles. The Islanders acquired scoring help at the NHL trade deadline, and the Rangers worked out a long-term package with forward Chris Kreider rather than dealing him.The Isles signed center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH’) after getting him from Ottawa for a conditional first-round pick in this year’s draft, second-rounder in 2020 and a third-rounder if New York wins the Stanley Cup this spring.The Rangers and Kreider worked out a seven-year package reportedly worth $45 million after working themselves back into playoff contention.In other NHL trade deadline moves:— The Oilers grabbed winger Andreas Athanasiou (ath-ah-nah-SEE’-oo) from Detroit and forward Tyler Ennis from Ottawa. The Oilers sent 2020 and 2021 second-round picks and forward Sam Gagner to Detroit for Athanansiou, who’s a restricted free agent after this season. The Oilers also got winger Ryan Kuffner in the Athanasiou trade and picked up Ennis for a 2021 fifth-rounder. In other top-25 finals:— Hours after Kansas moved to the top of the AP poll, Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah az-ah-BOO’-kee) had 19 points and 16 rebounds as the Jayhawks blew out Oklahoma State, 83-58. Kansas took control with a 16-2 run early in the second half and improved to 25-3 overall and 14-1 in the Big 12. The Jayhawks own a half-game lead over Baylor for the conference regular-season title.— Texas posted a 67-57 victory over No. 20 West Virginia as Andrew Jones delivered 22 points in the Longhorns’ third straight win. Courtney Ramey added 21 points to help Texas avenge their 38-point loss to the Mountaineers on Jan. 20. WVU is 19-9 overall and 7-8 in the Big 12 following its sixth straight conference road loss.COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLKansas takes top spotcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEBucks fight off WizardsUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Wizards pushed the NBA’s best team to overtime before the Milwaukee Bucks avoided a surprising road loss. February 25, 2020 — The Avalanche picked up forward Vladislav Namestnikov (nah-MEHST’-nih-kahv) from Ottwa.— Forward Wayne Simmonds was dealt to the Sabres by the Devils for a conditional fifth-round selection in 2021.— The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired forward Barclay Goodrow and a 2020 third-round pick from Sharks for a 2020 first-round pick and forward Anthony Greco.NHL-HURRICANES-INJURIESHurricanes’ Reimer, Mrazek, Pesce all ‘longer term’ injuries Seminoles rally past CardinalsUNDATED (AP) — Florida State is the new leader in ACC men’s basketball after knocking Louisville from the top of the conference standings.Trent Forrest scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime to rally the sixth-ranked Seminoles from a double-digit deficit in an 82-67 victory over the No. 11 Cardinals. FSU outscored Louisville, 50-27 in the second half, including a 15-0 run that was capped by Patrick Williams’ emphatic slam.Devin Vassell and M.J. Walker each scored 12 points for the Seminoles, who improved to 14-3 in the conference and set a school record for ACC victories with three games remaining.Ryan McMahon scored 14 points and Jordan Nwora (WOHR’-ah) added 13 with eight rebounds for Louisville. Jackets win in OT but lose MerzlikinsCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have moved into a virtual tie for the first wild-card in the NHL’s Eastern Conference while ending an eight-game losing streak.Emil Bemstrom scored 4:35 into overtime to send the Jackets past the Senators, 4-3. Ottawa took a 3-2 lead on Colin White’s goal 9:16 into the third period, but Columbus countered with Stefan Matteau’s (mah-TOHZ’) tally 29 seconds later.Nick Foligno scored twice and Boone Jenner had two assists as the Jackets pulled even with the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division standings, two points ahead of Carolina. The Isles and Hurricanes each have three games in hand.The Blue Jackets’ first win since Feb. 7 might have been a costly one after goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) departed in the second period following a big collision at the net with former Jackets forward Anthony Duclair. — Aaron Gordon provided 27 points, 10 rebounds and a big blocked shot in the final seconds of the Magic’s 115-113 comeback over the Nets. Terrence Ross added 21 points and eight rebounds for Orlando, which trailed by 19 in the first half before moving without 1 ½ games of the seventh-place Nets in the Eastern Conference. Spencer Dinwiddie had 24 points and eight assists as Brooklyn lost for the first time in six home games.— Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed 23 points and Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chich) had 20 in the Mavericks’ 139-123 thumping of the Timberwolves. The Mavericks never trailed and were able to rest most of their starters in the fourth quarter after scoring a season-high 81 points in the first half. Dallas shot 56% in the first half and went 12 of 23 from 3-point range en route to an 81-65 halftime lead.KOBE BRYANT MEMORIALBryant’s widow speaks at memorialLOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s wife offered a poignant portrait of her NBA superstar husband and their daughter at a sold-out memorial service for the two. NHL-TRADE DEADLINEOttawa an active seller at trade deadlineUNDATED (AP) — — The Carolina Hurricanes were among the busiest teams at the NHL trade deadline as they acquired forward Vincent Trocheck (TROH’-chehk) from Florida, defenseman Brady Skjei (shay) from the Rangers and blueliner Sami Vatanen (SAM’-ee VAH’-tah-nehn) from New Jersey.The Hurricanes parted with forwards Erik Haula (HAH’-lah) and Lucas Wallmark, along with two prospects for Trocheck.The Hurricanes also strengthened their blue line amid injuries to Dougie Hamilton and Brett Pesce (PEH’-shee) by getting Skjei and Vatanen. Khris Middleton scored the Bucks’ final nine points in a 137-134 triumph over the Wizards. Middleton dropped in 40 points, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 30.2 seconds left to give Milwaukee a 135-132 lead.Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 22 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out with 1:33 remaining in regulation.Bradley Beal poured in a career-high 55 points, one night after scoring 53 in a loss at Chicago. Beal delivered 22 points in the fourth quarter to help Washington erase a 17-point deficit.The Bucks’ third straight win leaves them 49-8, seven games ahead of Toronto in the Eastern Conference.Checking out Monday’s other NBA action: Crosby, who turns 36 in September, has been with the Packers since being selected in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. He’s appeared in every game since then. His string of 208 games are second in Packers history to Brett Favre’s 255.Crosby is one of four NFL players to appear in every regular-season game since 2007, joining former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, Baltimore punter Sam Koch, and Dallas long snapper L.P. LaDouceur. He’s the franchise leader in points, field goals, 50-yard field goals and extra points.Meanwhile, the Lions are keeping veteran receiver Danny Amendola, who had 62 catches for 678 yards and out touchdown last season.last_img read more

Korea Boosts Nigeria’s Taekwondo Tokyo 2020 Drive

first_imgSouth Korea is supporting Nigeria’s charge for medals in taekwondo at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by organising taekwondo classes for both kids and adults at the Korean Cultural Centre, Abuja.The evening classes for kids are coordinated by Coach Abdulmalik Mohammed, 4-degree black-belter, who also doubles as a member of the board of Taekwondo Federation of Nigeria (TFN). Mohammed, who has been with the Korean Centre since 2009 and was educated at Kyung-Hee University in Korea, said the training would expose the children to Korean culture, martial art, self- defence and self-confidence. In addition, they would receive knowledge of basic techniques, style forms, contact sparring and board breaking. The school holds on three quarters in a year after which examinations and grading of the students are conducted. Presently, there are about 70 students in the school though registration is ongoing.The coach, who is a third-class international referee, lauded the Korean Cultural Centre initiative which he said would be of immense benefit to Nigeria given the quality of the equipment provided.He also acknowledged the funding of the Korean Ambassador Taekwondo Tournament and Nigerian schools taekwondo event by the Centre.“The training board in the Centre is the only one of its kind in Nigeria. We have equipment like electronic body protector that was never available in Nigeria before. Most of these facilities are hired by states for tournaments in the country,’’ Mohammed said.The coach assured all that Nigeria would win a medal at Tokyo 2020 if the athletes receive sponsorship and the Nigerian federation participates in World Taekwondo Federation sanctioned events.Nigeria appeared to have stalled in taekwondo since Chuka Chukwumerije won a bronze medal at Beijing 2008 and the level of rot was reinforced by the failure of Team Nigeria players to qualify for Rio 2016.Mohammed attributed the Rio 2016 setback to rift among the members of TFN and sports politics at the qualifying tournament in Morocco that left a combining effect on the athletes.‘’We are sure of a medal in Tokyo 2020 but we must start preparing our athletes and attend world sanctioned tournaments. The Africans from Niger and Cote D’Ivoire that won gold medals at Rio achieved that through continued international exposure. We have the talent in Nigeria if well harnessed,” concludes the taekwondo coach. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Munster move to second in PRO12

first_imgA strong second half performance secured a bonus point for Matt O’Connor’s side and saw them jump to third in the standings. Felix Jones, CJ Stander, Conor Murray and Simon Zebo all crossed the whitewash in a 31-7 win at Zebre.Today’s bonus point win propels Munster up to second in the overall standings, just one point behind table toppers Glasgow Warriors. Leinster were also successful this afternoon, second half tries from Jimmy Gopperth, Luke McGrath and Tadhg Furlong saw Leinster come from behind to beat Cardiff Blues 22-13 at the Arms Parklast_img read more

New Cases Push Haiti’s COVID-19 Numbers Past 800

first_imgMeanwhile, Jamaica, the only other CARICOM country with a high rate of infected persons, said Friday night that the figure now stood at 544 including the 10 new additional cases. The Ministry of Public Health said that of the 78 new positive cases recorded, 60.2 per cent were men while women have accounted for 39.8 per cent. PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – The number of persons testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) moved past 800 as Haiti recorded 78 new cases over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Public Health announced. It said while the number of people who have died as a result of the virus remains at 25, the number of active cases in the country since March 19, when the first case was detected, now stands at 765, an increase of 77 on the previous day. Health authorities said that five of the new cases are from the repatriated Jamaicans who arrived on the cruise ship in Falmouth, Trelawny earlier this week. CMC The Ministry said that the number of suspected cases stood at 2,582 with 282 hospitalised and 1,171 under quarantine at home. Jamaica has 344 active cases of the virus in the country and the number of deaths remains at 17. It said one person had recovered, bringing the total number to 22 for persons who have overcome the virus, which according to the World Health organisation (WTO) has killed 331, 457 and infected 5.06 million worldwide.last_img read more

Wellington Rec Rap: Jan. 5-26, 2012

first_imgYouth/TeenMiddle Schoolers can ‘Glow in the New Year’ at the first dance of 2013 on Saturday, Jan. 12th.Join theWHS Cheer Squad for a Cheerleading Camp and performance on Feb. 1st during half time of the WHS Homecoming boys basketball game. Practices at the WRC will be held on January 22nd and 24th. Register by Jan 18th, price includes a team t-shirt.Session 1 of the Rock & Roll Kids will be held January 26th-February 16th at the WRC. SportsOpen Gym Basketball takes place each Sunday, thru Mar. 3rd at the High School gym.Little Hoopers and WRC Youth Basketball began Saturday, Jan. 5th. The WRC 2013 Winter-Spring program guide may be viewed and programs may be registered for online @ Pick up a copy of the guide at area businesses, schools and the WRC.Take a Ski Vacation to Winter Park Colorado with the WRC and Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 21st-25th (date has been changed). A $50 deposit is due by ASAP to reserve your seat on the bus. WRC rec rapThe following is the Wellington Recreation Commission Rec Rap Dec. Jan. 5th-26th:center_img // FitnessBegin the new year feeling your best! Schedule a consultation with Personal Trainers, Cherity Elder and Debbie Murphy at the Fitness Center, 326-3435.The Fitness Center Membership Special is available now thru Jan. 31st, purchase a one year membership and receive great savings. 1 yr. Single- $160, 1 yr. Family- $225, 1 yr. Single Senior- $110, 1 yr. Family Senior- $190. Call the FC at 326-3435 for more information.The following Fitness Classes  are being offered FREE during a two week trialfrom Jan. 7th-17th, at the WRC. Classes include; Zumba Fitness, Zumba Tone, Gentle Yoga, Sunrise Yoga, Hi/Lo Power Mix & Butz & Gutz. last_img read more

Nelson sends trio of grads to 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament

first_imgThe 19-year-old, who had breakout season recording 21 goals and 40 points in 62 games, followed by a team-high four goals and one assist in four playoff contests, landed an amateur tryout with Carolina, and played so well as the recent camp, Hurricanes staff decided to invite to play in the Prospects Tournament.”I’m just going to go in with an open mind,” Hunt told the Regina Leader Post.”I’m obviously nervous because there are a lot of great players down there. I’m just going to try to play my game, do what I do best, and then see if they like how I did.”As for MacLeod, who played for the Nelson Leafs before landing a NCAA college scholarship, the 22-year-old rearguard needed to wait out the summer before beginning his professional career after graduating from Boston College in the spring.MacLeod, who spent time recently in Boston training before the Prospects Tournament, signed a minor league contract in the East Coast Hockey League but was granted status to play in the tournament with the Blue Jackets squad.”(Playing in the tournament) will be great for exposure for me and the chance for me to see the level of other rookie players,” MacLeod said.The Traverse City tournament, which begins Friday, is divided into two divisions — Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay.Columbus, Detroit, Minnesota and St. Louis are in the Gordie Howe pool while Buffalo, Carolina, Dallas and NY Rangers make up the Lindsay draw.The teams cross over into Tuesday’s playoff round.Nelson Leafs president Larry Martel said while NMH may have played a part of the equation to get the three to this level of hockey, hard work put them over the top.“I feel proud because I understand the work, commitment and sacrifice these athletes have gone through to get to this point in their young careers,” Martel explained.“It’s and incredible amount of work and they have a dream and they are doing everything in their ability to realize that dream.”Of course nothing is etched in stone during the weekend with more than 400 players trying to catch the eye of NHL scouts and brass at the Traverse City tournament, other than Hiller working behind the bench in the NHL for Detroit.Hunt is going back to junior in Regina to play for the Pats while MacLeod is destined for the minor leagues, hopefully with a team in the American Hockey League.But one can only hope the success of these Heritage City players can pave the way for other Nelson Minor Hockey grads to enjoy success on the professional hockey stage. The Octopus Thrower website lists five players for Red Wings Nation to watch at this weekend’s 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament.The Die by the Blade site puts the spotlights the top 2014 draft picks of the Buffalo Sabres in Sam Reinhart and Brendan Lemieux as two players to keep an eye on.The main focus of The Nelson Daily is three grads from Nelson Minor Hockey Association who will also be wetting their NHL appetitie at the Traverse City tournament in one capacity or another.Forward Dryden Hunt and defenceman Isaac MacLeod will suit up on the ice for the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets, respectively, while former Nelsonite Jim Hiller will make an appearance as one of the new assistant coaches for the Red Wings staff.“This is great for Nelson,” said Simon Wheeldon, a former professional hockey player and hockey coach of the KIJHL’s Nelson Leafs.“I don’t think any other time there has been this many players taking part in an NHL like camp . . . maybe the only time was when Danny (Gare), Pat (Price) and Greg (Adams) were playing in the NHL,” Wheeldon added.Danny Gare, Pat Price and Greg Adams all played minor hockey in Nelson before going on to experience successful NHL careers.While Hiller, MacLeod and Hunt all got their first taste of life on the pond game in the Heritage City in Nelson Minor Hockey, the trio took different routes to Traverse City and the NHL Prospects Tournament — an event that runs from Friday to Tuesday (September 12-16) and features from Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.Hiller played his hockey in Nelson before moving with his family to finish his minor career in Cranbrook.He then played NCAA hockey with North Michigan before getting a taste of the NHL with Los Angeles and Detroit.Hiller, finishing his playing career in Europe, coached in the BC Hockey league before landing a spot with the Tri-City Americans where he took the Western Hockey League club to the League Finals in 2010 and winning the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy as WHL Coach of the Year.Hunt, who jumped Junior B Hockey in Nelson for a few seasons with the Notre Dame Hounds program, is currently on the roster of the Regina Pats of the WHL.last_img read more