Sports in the News – Jan. 28, 2014

Anthony Calvillo hangs ‘em up

This past Tuesday, Anthony Calvillo, considered to be one of the all time best quarterbacks announced his retirement after a 20-year career. Calvillo spent 16 years with the Montreal Alouettes. Calvillo had won three most outstanding player awards, along with three Grey Cups with the Alouettes in 2002, 2009 and 2010. He’s broken a lot of records but his biggest achievement was the all-time football record for most passing yards in professional football history with 79,816 yards. During Calvillo’s press conference he expressed interest to one day be a part of the coaching staff for the Alouettes organization. It won’t be this year though because Calvillo expressed a desire to take a year off from football, especially after dealing with concussion issues this season and missing the majority of the year.


Eugenie Bouchard turns some heads at Australian open

Canadian tennis player and Westmount native, Eugenie Bouchard, received a lot of media attention this week for becoming the first Canadian woman in 30 years to reach a grand-slam semifinal. The 19-year-old was ranked 30 in the world, but unfortunately lost in the semifinals to China’s Li Na in two sets, 6-2 and 6-4. However, as a result of her performance, Bouchard has moved up in the world rankings from 30 to 19.


Hayley Wickenheiser to carry flag

It had been a mystery up to this point as to who would be the flag bearer for the opening ceremonies in Sochi. It was announced this week that it would be Hayley Wickenheiser of Team Canada’s women’s hockey team. She has participated in the last four Olympic games for Canada. She has also been the captain of Team Canada at every major event since 2006 including the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, yet will serve as an assistant captain this time around in Sochi.


Sidney leading the way in Sochi

It has been announced that Sidney Crosby will captain Canada’s men’s hockey team. He will be joined by  alternate captains, Chicago Blackhawks forward, Jonathan Toews, and Nashville Predators defenceman, Shea Weber. The tournament starts off for Canada February 13, when they take on Norway.


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