Month: December 2017

Mississauga’s Brandon Bridge wants to change Canadian quarterback status in the CFL

By Perry Lefko Brandon Bridge could be setting a precedent for Canadians who want to play quarterback in the Canadian Football League (CFL). The 25-year-old Mississauga native recently signed a one-year contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders with whom he’s played the last two seasons. He also met with CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie to talk about changing the status of Canadian quarterbacks. Currently, each team can dress three quarterbacks for the 44-player game-day roster. The three pivots can be from any country, although almost all of them are from the U.S. Teams are limited to 20 internationals (players who are...

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Mississauga set to host NBA G League Showcase

For the second consecutive year, some of the top emerging basketball talent in North America is headed to Mississauga for the NBA G League Showcase. The showcase is the league’s primary scouting event where personnel from around the National Basketball Association (NBA) gather in one spot to judge talent. Formerly called the National Basketball Association Development League, the G League is the official minor league of the NBA that prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers and front office staff for careers as a pro. The league also serves as a research and development laboratory for the NBA where new rules...

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Hockey Hall of Famer and longtime Mississauga resident Johnny Bower passes away

By Perry Lefko Toronto Maple Leafs legend Johnny Bower died on Dec. 26 at Credit Valley Hospital following a brief bout with pneumonia. He was 93. Bower was a prominent Mississauga resident for about 30 years and had a park in the city named in his honour. Nicknamed the China Wall, Bower played goalie for the Leafs from 1959-79 and was part of four Stanley Cup-winning teams in the 60s. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976. Bower recorded a song called Honky (The Christmas Goose) in 1965. Based on a children’s book written by...

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Peel Region’s McLeod and Raddysh part of Canada’s squad at world junior tournament

By Perry Lefko When the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship opens on Boxing Day, two players from Peel Region will be part of Canada’s squad. Michael McLeod, the Mississauga-born forward who plays for the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League, and Taylor Raddysh, a Caledon native who plays for the Erie Otters of the OHL, will be part of the team. The two are among seven players who played for Canada in last year’s tournament. Both were part of last year’s squad, which suffered a tough 5-4 shootout loss to the United States in the...

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MonstrARTity releases new videos of Bollywood singers

MonstrARTity is sharing videos of two Bollywood playback singers on YouTube, as part of their latest program, the Monster Artist Development (MAD) series. Based in Mississauga, the MonstrARTity creative community was born in 2011 to provide entertainment for all ages. The not-for-profit organization is the producer of the Bollywood Monster Mashup, the largest South Asian festival in Canada, as well as the team behind the award-winning Monster Rock Orchestra show. The new videos feature Aakanksha Sharma and Abhilasha Chellam. Sharma stopped by the MAD studios for an exclusive acoustic performance featuring a medley of her favourite tracks, collaborating with...

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