News roundup: Racism, Sawchuk movie
When Divyne Apollon II of the 14U Metro Maple Leafs of Odenton, MD, suffered racial taunts during a recent tournament in Pennsylvania, his teammates more than supported him.
They stood up for the 13-year-old defenseman, which led to a fight. When Apollon II was suspended for the rest of the tournament for his part in the fight, his teammates put logos on their sticks with the word “racism” crossed out by a hockey stick.
The players' parents also wore stickers with the logos to support Apollon II.
The young player received more support this week when his team visited the Washington Capitals locker room. Among players they met were superstar Alexander Ovechkin, star defenseman John Carlson and Devante Smith-Pelly, who is black.
“It was fun,” Apollon II told NHL.com, “meeting all the players and having my teammates looking happy and being happy. It was fun.”
Carlson and Smith-Pelly initiated the visit.
“I read it in the news,” Smith-Pelly said, “and I was thinking about doing something and actually was approached by (Carlson), who said, ‘Let’s invite these kids to the game and try to do something for them.’ So we came up with the idea just to have the whole team and meet the kids and say hello.”
Sawchuk movie coming in spring
The life of Red Wings goaltending legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk included more than his fair share of sadness and tragedy.
That life and Sawchuk’s career are the subject of a biopic that debuts on the big screen in March.
“Goalie” stars Mark O’Brien as Sawchuk, who was the NHL’s all-time leader in wins (448) and shutouts (103) until he was surpassed first by Patrick Roy (551 wins) and then Martin Brodeur, who now holds both records with 691 wins and 125 shutouts.
Sawchuk also backstopped the Red Wings to Stanley Cups in 1952, 1954 and 1955.
O’Brien was a regular in the AMC television series “Halt and Catch Fire” from 2014-2017 and the CBC series “Republic of Doyle” from 2010-2014.
Kevin Pollak of the Netflix series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” plays Detroit general manager Jack Adams while O'Brien’s real-life wife, Georgina Reilly of CBC’s “Murdoch Mysteries,” plays Sawchuk’s wife, Pat.
“Goalie” is set to open March 1 in Toronto and Vancouver and then move into wider release.
MIHL offers 19th annual Prep Showcase
The 19th annual Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League Prep Showcase will be held at Trenton’s Kennedy Recreation Center Jan. 31-Feb. 2.
It will feature 42 top-ranked teams from Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio.
“The main goal of the MIHL is to promote quality High School hockey, strong competition and sportsmanship,” said MIHL president and Cranbrook coach Andy Weidenbach. “The Showcase complements that mission.
“The first 18 Showcases were tremendous successes, and we are very optimistic about this year’s event.”
Among the teams in this year’s Showcase is Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 defending state champions Brighton, Hartland and Detroit Country Day; last year’s runners-up Saginaw Heritage, Trenton and Livonia Churchill, along with Utica Eisenhower, Cranbrook, Novi Catholic Central, Brother Rice, Grosse Pointe North, Grosse Pointe South and Hancock.
Ticket prices for the Showcase are: Adults, $6.00 per day or $10.00 for a three-day pass; seniors and students, $5.00 per day or $8.00 for a three-day pass.
Active duty military personnel and their families will receive free admission in uniform or with military ID.
For additional information, visit http://mihl.pointstreaksites.com/view/mihl/prep-showcase