2019 NHL Conference Semi-Finals

The second round match-ups of the 2019 NHL playoffs are now set and are set to start tonight, April 25th 2019.

Only one Original Six team remains in the postseason – the Boston Bruins who defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games.  There are no remaining Canadian based team, so for the 26th consecutive year no Canadian team will win the Stanley Cup.

The match-ups are as follows:

Eastern Conference

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Boston Bruins

Boston won two of the three match-ups between the two teams this year and this is their first ever post-season meeting.  The Bruins knocked off the Maple Leafs in the first round for the second consecutive year (and the third time in six years) while the Blue Jackets defeated the reigning Presidents’ trophy winners, the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Look for the Bruins to win in six games.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders

The Islanders won two of the three match-ups this year.  This is their first post-season match-up.  The Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games while the Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals in seven games, including a double overtime game seven.  Look for the Islanders to win in seven games.

Western Conference

Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues

In four regular season match-ups this season The Stars won three.  This is the 14th post-season match-up between the two teams with The Blues winning seven of those times .  The Blues won their last match-up, in the second round of the 2016 playoffs.  The Stars beat the Nashville Predators in six games to get to this round while the Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets in six games.  Look for the Stars to win in six games.

Colorado Avalanche vs. San Jose Sharks

The Shrks won all four games this season.  This is their fifth meeting in the post-season with each team winning twice, the last time being in 2010 when the Sharks won.  Look for the Avalanche to win in six games.

So, look for the following teams to win:

Eastern Conference:  Boston Bruins and New York Islanders
Western Conference:  Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars.

I was 1-7 in my predictions for the first round.  Let’s hope I made better predictions this time.

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Idomeneo at Opera Atelier

I caught the last performance of Mozart’s Idomeneo by Opera Atelier on April 13th, 2019 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

The performance starred Colin Ainsworth (Idomeneo), Measha Bruggergosman (Elettra), Wallis Giunta (Idamante), Meghan Lindsay (Llia), Bradley Christensen (Priest), Olivier Laquerre (Arbace), and Douglas Williams (Neptune.)

The production was directed by Marshall Pynkoski and conducted by David Fallis. Continue reading

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First Round of 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The first round of the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs are now set with the end of the 2018-2019 regular season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the Presidents’ Trophy winners while the Pittsburgh Penguins have made the playoffs for the 13th straight year.  The New York Islanders have home ice advantage for the first time since 1988, while both south California teams, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.  The Carolina Hurricanes also ended a 10 year post season drought by making the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Out of seven Canadian teams, three made the playoffs:  Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Winnipeg Jets.  Two Original Six teams made the playoffs:  Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. Continue reading

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Racial Comments should be Dealt with Seriously

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  Let’s look at the questions raised:

QUESTION:  What are my options, other than resigning from the board, for me to deal with continued racial slurs at board meetings?

Continue reading

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Die Walküre: Live in HD

On March 30th, 2019 the Metropolitan Opera (Met Opera) presented Die Walküre as part of their Live in HD broadcast.  The production is the Robert Lepage directed production that premiered several seasons ago.

The production stars Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde), Greer Grimsley (Wotan), Stuart Skelton (Siegmund), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Günther Groissböck (Hunding), and Jamie Barton (Fricka.)  The Met Orchestra was led by Mastro Philippe Jordan. Continue reading

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Toronto Blue Jays 2019 Opening Day Roster

Today the Toronto Blue Jays open the 2019 MLB season at home against the Detroit Tigers.

The team is managed by Charlie Montoyo in his first year as a major league manager.

The 25 man roster breaks down as follows: Continue reading

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Budget Should be Circulated to Owners

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  Let’s discuss some of the questions raised:

QUESTION:  When a board issues a budget to the owners for the upcoming year, would it be proper procedure to also send the owners a spreadsheet setting out the new budget, the previous year’s budget with an itemized version? Continue reading

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Abandoned Stairs in Colonel Samuel Smith Park

One of my pass times is walking.  One enjoyment of walking is the ability to add in the ability to do some amateur photography and to learn about different areas, especially historical sites and locations.

One a recent walk through Colonel Samuel Smith Park, located on the site of what was the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, I discovered an abandoned staircase near the old powerhouse. Continue reading

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Happy Commonwealth Day 2019!

Commonwealth of Nations showing Commonwealth r...

Commonwealth of Nations showing Commonwealth realms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today (March 11th, 2019) is Commonwealth Day in the countries that are members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Commonwealth Day, celebrated on the second Monday of March throughout the Commonwealth, as its name suggests celebrates the Commonwealth.

Queen of United Kingdom (as well as Canada, Au...

Queen Elizabeth II(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Traditionally, in London, Queen Elizabeth II leads a celebration at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day along with the Commonwealth Secretary-General, and the Commonwealth High Commissioners. Her Majesty is the Head of the Commonwealth, and normally reads a speech in honour of the occasion. Continue reading

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Boards Will Not Limit Their Right to Collect Proxies

Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star.  I wish to discuss two of the questions raised:

QUESTION:  In a recent column relating to proxies, you wrote: “The purpose would not appear to be to enable someone to collect proxies from numerous owners in order to secure the election of one or more candidates for the board.” What if that was exactly someone’s intention — to ensure the election of certain candidates? Continue reading

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