Manitoba Moose Helping Polar Bears

The Manitoba Moose are a professional hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are the minor team affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets. The Moose play in the American Hockey League.

The Moose are very involved in the community. One cause the team supports is the International Polar Bear Conservation Center at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg. The Moose wear their polar bear jerseys a couple times a year and then the jerseys are auctioned off.  The proceeds go to the Conservation Center.

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Polar Bear at the center.

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The Moose participate in other community functions. Below they skated at the outdoor hockey rink that won the best backyard hockey rink in Manitoba. The rink is located in West St. Paul just north of Winnipeg.

Many very small kids that skate like they know their business.

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Spengler Cup Advertising

The Spengler Cup is an annual invitational ice hockey tournament held in Davos, Switzerland. First held in 1923, the Spengler Cup is often cited as the oldest invitational ice hockey tournament in the world. The event is hosted by the Swiss team HC Davos and played each year in Davos, Switzerland, between Christmas (December 25) and New Year’s Day. Currently, all games are held at Vaillant Arena.

In the 2017 tournament, Team Canada once again successfully defended their Spengler Cup championship titles from 2015 and 2016, defeating Team Switzerland 3–0 in the final to win their third straight title. With the win, Team Canada tied HC Davos for most Spengler Cup championships won, with 15 each. At the end of 2018, Canada will attempt to win four Spengler Cup championships in a row, a feat they accomplished from 1995 to 1998 inclusively.

What is unique to the Spengler Cup is the unabashed ads plastered all over the players uniforms. Aside from being very colorful it is actually funny.

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Sumo Wrestler in Bar Fight: Harumafuji admitted punching him hitting him with a karaoke remote control but denied using a beer bottle in the attack.

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The 33-year-old wrestler from Mongolia has already apologised and stepped down over the incident.

He is facing a summary indictment, which means he is expected to be fined rather than tried in court.

Japan’s sumo world has been hit by scandals involving violence, mafia links and match fixing in recent years.

Harumafuji’s assault on fellow Mongolian Takanoiwa happened while they were out drinking with other wrestlers in a bar in the western city of Tottori in October.

The grand champion is reported to have been angered that his countryman was checking his phone while being given advice. The latter was admitted to hospital with concussion and a fractured skull.

Harumafuji admitted punching him hitting him with a karaoke remote control but denied using a beer bottle in the attack.

“I’m truly sorry for hurting Takanoiwa mentally and physically,” Harumafuji told police, according to Jiji Press.

Harumafuji started his career in Japan at the age of 16 and was promoted to grand champion or yokozuna – sumo’s highest rank – in 2012.

The Japan Sumo Association (JSA) also recommended that its director Takanohana be demoted for failing to report the incident quickly enough, Kyodo news agency said.

Takanohana is a former sumo champion himself and the JSA is expected to finalise its decision in early January, according to Kyodo.

 

 

Rock Island Football Pitch

The Henningsvær Idrettslag Stadion in the small fishing village of Henningsvær, located on two small islands off Lofoten, in Norway, can hardly be called a stadium; it has got no stands—just a couple of meters of asphalt poured around the field—and is used only for amateur football. But its location is majestic.

The stadium is located on a rocky islet surrounded by stunning views consisting of dramatic mountains and jagged peaks, open sea and sheltered bays. The football pitch was laid by leveling the solid bedrock of the southernmost part of the Hellandsøya island, resulting in a very rough landscape, decorated by overwhelming number of racks for drying cod. Around the perimeter of the field is a strip of asphalt that serves both as the crowd stand and as car parking. The stadium’s tiny capacity seems sufficient since the village of Henningsvær has only about 500 inhabitants.

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The stadium itself has an artificial turf that is mostly used by members of the amateur club Henningsvær IL to train local kids. It has floodlights for evening games.

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Fish drying racks surrounding the stadium. Photo credit: unknown

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