Today is Simcoe Day in Toronto. The holiday is named after John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada. Ah, Upper Canada; forever confusing fifth grade history students as the province south of Lower Canada.
If you are not in Toronto the holiday is probably called something else. It's also not a holiday for our friends working in retail. Yes, this means you can still buy booze today. 404 LCBO locations are open!
Before you fire up the grill and crack open a beer, check out these hockey links.
Dylan Strome and Mitch Marner aiming for NHL berths - The Globe and Mail
Playing for Canada at the world junior championships in December would be the consolation prize.
The Sit-Down: Dave Hopkinson, MLSE - SportsBusiness Daily
From the Maple Leafs’ 100th anniversary, to the naming-rights extension on Toronto FC’s recently renovated BMO Field, to popularity growth in China, it is shaping up as a big year for Maple Leaf Sports.
Tyson Barrie and the Avalanche settled before going to arbitration.
Barrie salary: 4 years, $22M.— Terry Frei (@TFrei) July 31, 2016
$5M, $5.25M, $5.75M, $6M
Klefbom’s comments on Hall are much ado about nothing - Edmonton Journal
Oscar Klefbom ignited Twitter with his comment to Swedish journalist Ola Winther regarding Taylor Hall's performance.
First ice installed at T-Mobile Arena - KSNV
The newest arena in the country is one step closer to having an NHL game in Las Vegas. For the first time, the T-Mobile Arena is installing ice on the venue's event floor. It's a chance to test the systems in preparation for the preseason games.
How the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL test for marijuana - NY Daily News
Here is how the big four American professional sports leagues handle testing players for marijuana use.