Trump’s national security strategy has real promise

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIt seems odd that Dean Acheson, one of history’s great diplomats, felt a need to explain why he wrote a memoir of his years at the State Department — the masterpiece “Present at the Creation,” published in 1969. In those pages, Acheson chronicled a dozen of the most consequential years in world history: the wrecking of civilization in World War II and the building, atop the rubble, of an alliance for liberty that has given humanity its longest period of great-power peace since the Roman Empire. A fascinating, chilling report in the new issue of Wired magazine shows how rapidly the Chinese economy has moved to mobile-phone payments — and how easily that change is being leveraged into a network to track every movement and activity of the Chinese people.Vast databases are being compiled, containing everything from DNA to college aptitude tests, shopping histories to social circles.Those Chinese who pursue party-approved lives will be rewarded, while free-thinking dissent meets stern punishment.The BBC reports that China will have more than half a billion surveillance cameras installed by 2020, using artificial intelligence to recognize faces. “We can match every face with an ID card and trace all of your movements back one week in time. We can match your face with your car, match you with your relatives and the people you’re in touch with,” Yin Jun of Dahua Technology told a BBC reporter. “With enough cameras we can know who you frequently meet.”Without doubt, this all-seeing state will use its data to deepen the repression of its people.Among Xi’s first acts upon gaining power in 2013 was a crackdown on non-party civil society. Acheson wrote, he explained, because the 1960s “have brought the country, and particularly its young people, to a mood of depression, disillusion, and withdrawal.”In such a moment, he felt it important to “tell a tale of large conceptions, great achievements, and some failures, the product of enormous will and effort.”We find ourselves in a similar moment, profoundly disillusioned, anxious as well as depressed, apparently eager to withdraw from world leadership into heated discussions of trysting FBI agents and the president’s consumption of diet soda. Yet the world presses in.Even with an economy in tatters (the GDP of Russia is barely half that of France, despite having twice the population), Vladimir Putin rules like a czar while waging a cyberwar on the West, seeding chaos and fomenting division.Worse, Chinese dictator Xi Jinping in October announced plans to tighten his grip on a nation once again leaning toward totalitarianism, and to directly challenge the United States and its allies for global influence. If you like Big Brother, you’re going to love what Xi has planned for China. Arrests and denunciations have followed; in July, writer and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo died in custody, becoming the first Nobel Peace Prize recipient since the Nazi era to die a prisoner. Today, as in the days when Acheson executed the bold decisions of President Harry S. Truman, the world has no good alternative to American leadership.That’s why President Trump’s inaugural address was so disheartening to many of us.Trump seemed to reject the idea of mutually beneficial alliances and partnerships in support of free people and free markets, and against collectivist tyrannies.But glimmers of hope showed from the National Security Strategy published by the White House on Monday.Though it’s not a perfect document, the strategy takes several strides in the right direction, acknowledging Russia’s hostile schemes, identifying the long-term China challenge and beginning to reconcile Trump’s “America first” rhetoric with the imperative to rebuild, renew and expand Team Liberty around the world.“Some of the greatest triumphs of American statecraft resulted from helping fragile and developing countries become successful societies,” the paper declares in a welcome rejection of the zero-sum Bannonism of the early Trump administration. “These successes, in turn, created profitable markets for American businesses, allies to help achieve favorable regional balances of power, and coalition partners to share burdens and address a variety of problems around the world.”The task of bracing ourselves and our allies for the work ahead is more difficult than it might have been without Trump’s impulsiveness and base pandering over the past year.But on the bright side, the president has arrived at a national security team capable of producing a tempered, resolute and wide-ranging strategy on a tight time frame.If Trump will rely on it for information and advice — rather than on the whims and cranks that periodically distract his attention like jangling keys — there is time yet to repair the foreign policy damage of the recent past and start in the right direction.The next volume of our history need not be “Present at the Destruction.”David Von Drehle writes a twice-weekly column for The Washington Post. He was previously an editor-at-large for Time Magazine.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Canada-US border likely to be closed by Saturday: Trudeau

first_imgThe Canada-US border will likely be closed to non-essential travel overnight from Friday to Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.The planned temporary shutdown of the 8,891 kilometer international boundary — the longest in the world between two countries — was jointly announced by Trudeau and Donald Trump the previous day.”We are continuing to work on the fine-tuning of the agreement between Canada [and] the United States, I think it’s almost there,” Trudeau told a news conference from his home where he and his family are self-isolating after his wife Sophie was diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. “What continues to concern us is the day by day sharp increasing [number of] cases, and the reports from provinces of new cases with no links to travel,” chief public health officer Theresa Tam said.Her deputy Howard Njoo, meanwhile, commented, “Certainly from a public health perspective, we’ve always said that border measures alone won’t stop the introduction of a virus into the country.”Rather, he said, “border measures are one component, one layer of a multi-layered system.”More than $2 billion worth of goods and 400,000 people cross the Canada-US border each day.”Essential border crossings will not be impeded, trade between our two countries will not be impeded,” Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said.Trudeau also took the opportunity on Thursday to again urge Canadians to “come home.” An estimated 3 million Canadians live or work abroad.”All those having trouble coming back, I can tell you we are working hard to resolve that situation,” he said, noting that he has spoken with the chief executives of Air Canada and WestJet to ask them to help facilitate the repatriation of Canadians.The two airlines said recently that they would suspend most or all international commercial flights, respectively. “My understanding is that the measure will probably come into place in the night between Friday and Saturday, so in about a day and a half.”Trump said Wednesday the Canada-US border would likely be reopened in “say 30 days.” “Hopefully at the end of 30 days we’ll be in great shape,” he told reporters at the White House.The move builds on the US president’s barring of visitors from most of Europe, China and other parts of the world as the number of coronavirus cases in the US surged past 9,400, with 150 deaths.In Canada, the number of cases has reached at least 772, with 10 deaths, according to public health officials.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Women’s soccer hoping to stay unbeaten

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team has spent three weeks away from home and, during that time, things could not have gone much better – winning three games and tying one as they traveled across the country from Connecticut to Illinois to Oregon.Now Wisconsin (3-0-1) will finally return to the home pitch for a much-anticipated matchup with Vanderbilt. Not only will the game against the Commodores (1-2-1) serve as the home opener for Wisconsin, but it will also be the fifth annual PAC the MAC with one dollar tickets available for anyone at the door.After starting the season unranked, the Badgers have climbed to the No. 23 spot in the national rankings due to what is currently a four-game unbeaten streak. Following a 5-1 exhibition win at home over then-No. 15 Marquette, Wisconsin won three games in a row before settling for a 1-1 double overtime tie with Oregon State this past Sunday in the second of two games on the West Coast.Following Tuesday’s practice, senior midfielder Alev Kelter offered her thoughts on the second road trip of the season, which also featured a 2-1 win against Oregon last Friday night.“I thought it was a very successful couple games, and we played well as a team. And we came back from being down and showed that our team can push through adversity. We are strong together and we are going to continue to get better each day,” Kelter said.“I’m happy that they’re not satisfied with the tie and I think playing against good Pac-12 teams is a good thing to teach us what we need to be able to do and how to manage games a little bit differently than we did,” head coach Paula Wilkins said.As for Friday’s game, Wisconsin will most likely go with much of the same lineup, although there is the possibility for a few changes as Wilkins pointed out.“There’s going to be a little bit more of a competition for some stuff,” Wilkins said, making reference to the fact the Badgers will be without junior midfielder Kodee Williams who has to sit out due to a red card from Sunday’s game against Oregon State. Wilkins also noted a few players are injured, which could also play a role in the competition for starting spots, although she did not specify who, if anyone, would be sitting out due to injury.Regardless of the Badgers’ starting lineup come Friday, Wilkins outlined what she hopes to see from her squad against the Commodores.“I think we need to be more dangerous in the final third for sure. I think we’ve possessed the ball there but we haven’t been so dangerous, and so that’s going to be one of our focuses in the next two days,” Wilkins said of the Badgers offense, which has averaged a very respectable 2.5 goals per game.Vanderbilt, on the other hand, which came into this season after a 5-10-5 mark last season, has been off to a much slower start this year than the Badgers. The Commodores lost their first game of the season to UAB and in their last three matches, have tied, won and lost, in that order, with the victory coming against Memphis.In its four regular season games, Vanderbilt has yet to score more than two goals, though they have also yet to be held scoreless. However, according to UW assistant coach Tim Rosenfeld, Vanderbilt is a much better team than its record indicates and despite its lack of offensive success so far, it is one of the better attacking teams that Wisconsin will see in the non-conference season.Whether that holds to be true remains to be seen, but as Wisconsin’s leading scorer Cara Walls alluded to, there will undoubtedly be a very entertaining and physical game for those in attendance at PAC the MAC Friday evening.“I think we’re just hard,” Walls, who has scored five goals already this season, said. “We go down a goal and we know that we can come back. Physically, we’re hard. When the other team turns, there’s always someone there smacking a girl on her ass and teams don’t want to play against that. It’s fun to be on a team like that.”last_img read more

Sammy Fernandez struggles with self-doubt despite being Syracuse’s all-time hit leader

first_imgAfter Sammy Fernandez broke the Syracuse softball record for multi-hit games (65), she and her mother, Christine, discussed the upcoming summer. Mandy, Fernandez’s younger sister, had told her mom that she was excited to practice with her sister and role model, who helps out with her travel team, Team Long Island.Everyone on Mandy’s team is “starstruck” by their teammate’s sister, who plays for the same travel team Fernandez grew up on. But SU’s all-time hits leader can’t believe their excitement.“I’m just a mediocre softball player,” Fernandez said to Christine. “I don’t understand why they like me so much.”Fernandez, whose 219 career hits place her 13 ahead of second place in the all-time Syracuse record books, doesn’t like to credit herself. For the career .323 hitter — a top 10 average in program history — it’s the .677 that stays with her. The Carmel native has put together one of the most accomplished resumes in Syracuse history, but she won’t tell you that.The senior’s 12 career triples tie her for most all-time in an SU uniform, and her 72 hits in 2017 pace all Orange softball players in history, but she’ll remain caught up on a fielder’s choice leaving her out at second base.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I would get mad at myself if I went 2 for 4,” Fernandez said. “I’d get very down on myself, I struggled mentally.”After talking with teammates, a sports psychologist and her parents, Fernandez is beginning to learn that even if she goes hitless at the plate, it’s not always a bad game. She knows she’s more than a “mediocre” player, but that’s taken time.***Two years ago, Sammy Fernandez looked through some of her old school projects and found her fifth-grade final paper. It asked students what their goal in life was.Fernandez wanted to play college softball. Always the best player on her teams growing up, Fernandez wanted nothing more than to continue.“Everyone always says it’s a dream come true, but it really is,” Fernandez said. “It’s always been my dream.”In eighth grade, she made the varsity team and led the team with a .485 batting average, and started receiving attention from colleges. Recruiting camps and clinics, where she’d talk to coaches about their school and softball program, became a staple of Fernandez’s schedule. Since Fernandez was a quiet person on and off the field, her father and coach, Tim, came up with practice questions for Fernandez to ask coaches at the camps.Kai Nguyen | Photo EditorTim always told Fernandez to be the loudest player on the field. Not only because she was a shortstop and had to call out plays, but because he wanted her to be a leader.He implemented new forms of practice for Fernandez and her teammates: when one player hit, the others wouldn’t field. Instead, they cheered for their teammate at the plate.Originally uncomfortable with the practice, the Fernandez soon enough became one of the team’s top supporters and opened up to college coaches about her interest in their programs.“I pushed her out of her comfort zone,” Tim said. “There was probably three or four kids on the team that really wanted to go on to play at the higher level, and she was the one who had to always be the cheerleader in the dugout.”Fernandez switched from batting righty to slap-hitting lefty midway through her college recruiting process, throwing away her team-leading batting average, which stayed consistently north of .500, to redefine her game. It would utilize her speed more and not affect her already-limited power.But Fernandez faced failure. The switch set her back during games because she struggled to settle for weak ground balls. At one point, Tim pulled his daughter aside and told her that they weren’t going to look at her batting average anymore.Oftentimes, Fernandez lined up in the box right-handed, but 50 percent of the time, Tim estimated, she looked at her dad in the third base coach’s box and switched. She accepted the advice, but slowly.“I’m only 5’4”, I’m not gonna go to college and hit home runs,” Fernandez said. “…but speed has always been a threat for me during a game, so I would just (stay) within myself and my own game plan.”***The Fernandez family followed a “24-hour” rule after Sammy’s games growing up. After the end of a contest or tournament, they didn’t talk about softball for 24 hours. Fernandez would put her headphones in, play music, and stay silent until they got home. It’s carried on to college, too.“We’d say, ‘Hey, can we take you out to dinner?’” Christine said. “She’d say, ‘Okay, but there’s one rule. We’re not allowed to talk about softball. The game is over, it’s done, that’s it.’”But it would be rehashed in Fernandez’s head. Even if she went 2-4 or 3-4 at the plate, she’d think about the at-bats that resulted in outs instead of the ones that were productive.Kai Nguyen | Photo EditorOne of the biggest struggles in her career came when she was on the mound, however, pitching in the national championship for her 12-and-under team, the then 71-0 LunaChicks. Fernandez was on the mound during extra innings, and due to the international tiebreaker rule, a runner was placed on second once the inning started. She gave up the winning run and walked off distraught. Her teammates and coaches tried to talk to her, but she wouldn’t respond.It was the last time she ever pitched.Instead of talking to people about her mental struggle with the game, Fernandez turned to hitting in the batting cage in her basement or at the field for mental breaks. Despite her parents’ support and positive results on the field, Fernandez never felt like she did enough.Even in college, Fernandez has struggled to get past her negative thoughts about her performance. After Fernandez’s last regular season ACC series, Tim talked about his daughter with Syracuse head coach Mike Bosch.“Your daughter,” Bosch said to Tim, “it’s been a really rough four years trying to get her to focus on the positive things and not the negative things.”As an antidote to her struggles, Fernandez has turned to teammates and a sports psychologist. Bryce Holmgren, the team’s best hitter, has become Fernandez’s go-to for any negative thoughts regarding her play on the field. Holmgren stresses to Fernandez her role as a slapper isn’t always to get big-time hits or plays. Instead, things like moving the runner from first to second or second to third are what she does best, even if they don’t result in getting on base.While one bad at-bat could ruin a weekend in the past, Fernandez has learned to take it in stride. This year, her season average dipped to a career-low, but she’s remained positive and more comfortable with her performances than in the past.“It’s almost inexplicable how much stronger mentally she has been this year,” Holmgren said. “I think that part of it is being a senior and realizing that maybe softball isn’t everything. Once you kind of stay level and minimize the game a bit, you realize that you don’t need to get worked up about this stuff.”Fernandez wears two wristbands, just above her glove, during games. The first is a SpongeBob SquarePants bracelet, gifted to her by Bosch, shared by her fellow infielders, signifying her love for the cartoon. The other is more thought-provoking. Inspired by Holmgren, it offers three words of advice: “You got this.”Kai Nguyen | Photo Editor“Sometimes you just have to have that positive outlook, no matter what’s coming at you,” Holmgren said. “That’s what I try to tell her…keep it simple.”Fernandez’s struggles with mental positivity are far from simple, but she’s beginning to understand them better. As a senior, she opens up more to people and seeks more outlets to do so. She knows now that if she makes an out, it’s not the worst thing in the world.Yet there are still days when she lets her negativity creep in, like during her conversation with her mom, last week. She may not think of herself as any more than a mediocre softball player, but the people around her know better. And they’ll never stop trying to convince her otherwise.“I said to her the other day, ‘Sam, for one time in your life, I want you to say “I’m awesome” and I want you to believe it,’” Christine said. “I wish she could see herself the way other people see her, because she just doesn’t get it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 7, 2018 at 12:27 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more

Five things we learned from the Premier League

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City looked every inch champions elect as the leaders moved within touching distance of the title.Tottenham delivered a hammer blow to Chelsea’s top four hopes and ended their Stamford Bridge curse in the process.Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:City set for ultimate title partyManchester City’s march to the Premier League title is set to reach an epic conclusion when bitter rivals Manchester United visit Eastlands on Saturday. City’s imperious 3-1 win at Everton means Pep Guardiola’s side will be crowned champions with a victory in the Manchester derby. Who better for City to start their title party against than United, who are a distant second as they lag 16 points behind the runaway leaders. United manager Jose Mourinho has never been fond of City boss Guardiola, but even he admits “there is a club which is making it practically impossible to follow”. On the evidence of City’s swaggering show at Everton, there is every chance Mourinho will be looking for somewhere to hide as Guardiola and company celebrate on Saturday.Spurs make a statementTottenham ended a 28-year wait to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the league and in doing so all but ended their London rivals hopes of Champions League football next season. Mauricio Pochettino may still not have won a trophy as Spurs boss, but he progress made under the Argentine is undeniable as Tottenham have established themselves as regulars in Europe’s premier club competition. Even more impressively, Spurs did most of the damage without Harry Kane, who made his return from injury as a second-half substitute. Without their talisman, Dele Alli stepped forward to quieten criticism of a sub-standard season by his standards by doubling his tally for 2018 with two goals in four minutes just after the hour mark to seal a 3-1 win. Little case for Liverpool defenceLiverpool were able to lean on Mohamed Salah once more to grind out a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday to remain well on course for a top-four finish. However, there were more warning signs than sources of hope for Jurgen Klopp ahead of facing the might of Manchester City twice in the space of six days for a place in the Champions League semi-finals. Just as against Manchester United three weeks ago, young right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was exposed against the pace and power of Wilfried Zaha. Centre-back pairing Joel Matip and Virgil Van Dijk — the world’s most expensive defender — were also got napping when Christian Benteke passed up two huge chances to restore Palace’s lead in the second-half. Given similar service it is highly unlikely Liverpool will escape unscathed against the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane in midweek.Smells like team-spirit at ArsenalWhen Alexandre Lacazette was fouled to win a penalty in the final moments of Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Stoke, it seemed certain that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would take the spot-kick to complete his hat-trick. The Gabon striker’s late double had put Arsenal in control after they laboured to break down Stoke for long periods at the Emirates Stadium and his first treble in England seemed a fitting reward. But instead Aubameyang deferred to France forward Lacazette, who was returning from an injury lay-off that served as the latest blow in a difficult first season with Arsenal. Lacazette gratefully accepted the gift, slotting home the penalty to leave Gunners boss Arsene Wenger musing happily about the friendly gesture. “I know they have a good understanding. I like that because it makes the team stronger,” Wenger said.Mourinho focused on self-defenceJose Mourinho’s carrot and stick approach to his Manchester United players must be wearisome to them as it is certainly to the fans. He gave them unstinting praise for their first-half display but it appears he is more focused on staving off any questions over his job security. He spent most of the day defending his record — whether it was in the programme notes or in the post match press conference — showing his 12 minute rant last month about his tenure clearly is his theme of the moment. The 2-0 win over Swansea may have kept their noses in front in the race to be runners-up to City but should the latter seal the title in the Manchester derby, expect Mourinho to ramp up the self justification.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Endless Adventure in Crescent Valley plays host to fun-filled weekend

first_imgReally, it’s the start of summer.And the folks at Kootenays — Borderline Boaters are stoked to be presenting this year’s Kootenay Whitewater Festival this weekend on the Slocan River near Crescent Valley.The event, hosted at Endless Adventure, starts off with some meet and greet at the Endless Adventure campground and leads up to some exciting paddling Saturday and Sunday.This is an intermediate paddle fest with a variety of clinics for all skill levels, including beginners.The weekend starts off with a river run and clinics, followed by lunch, land games and more paddling in the afternoon. Dinner on your own then back in action for The Evening Entertainment — opening act Roy Has Fire, featuring Almanak and Wrapping up the evening with DJ ELF . Pilates Sunday morning with Live It Up Fitness, then a river run, Team Ball Race and Boater Cross for the rest of the afternoon. Finishing the weekend off with prizes and give-aways.Guided river runs on the some of the West Kootenays classics.The Kootenay Whitewater Festival is for intermediate paddler and the clinics are available for those that want to brush up on their skills. Endless Adventure is hosting a Playboating clinic on Saturday, a Creaking clinic on Sunday, and the Basic skills and rolling clinic both days. The clinic are an additional $30 each.Early registration is before Thursday for a discount of $10 at Endless Adventure, or register at Endless Adventure on Saturday  $60 for the weekend which includes lunch both days, T-shirt, prize, Party, camping.Registration and sign up goes from 8:15 to 9 a.m.! For more info about the festival or other events, feel free to call Endless Adventure at 1-877-FUN-8181 or email info@endlessadventure.ca. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Local triathlete Steve Archdekin featured in British magazine

first_imgThe article touched on various parts of Archdekin’s life on, and off, the triathlon circuit.A key part of the story was information regarding his run-in with a goat — an attack that kept him off the triathlon circuit for some time.But while it was good for Archdekin to see his name in print, on glossy paper, he’s got a bigger goal. A goal he hopes the article opens a few doors for sponsors.“I hope this story builds some momentum,” said Archdekin, who hopes to run a triathlon every week at stops around the world over a two-year period to raise money for a charity he started called International Triathlon for Kids.The goal is to raise funds and awareness for the children’s charities.“It doesn’t take much for me to open my mouth once I start racing,” he adds. “People seem to pay attention once I get started.”Unfortunately for Archdekin, if he didn’t have bad luck he’d have no luck at all.After healing from the goat attack, he was close to returning to action this season when he was hit with food poisoning and was bed-ridden for some time.But he finally got back into the water, hopped on his bike and ran the five-kilometers during the recent Christina Lake race.“I looked at this race, even with all the controversy I was dealing with, (Christina Lake) would be a good, kick in the pants, kick start for me to get my brain wrapped around racing again,” said Archdekin.“So now I just have to deal with moving again and I’ll be in town where I’ll be right near the water and I can get back training again.”While most people have a few aches and pains following a triathlon, Archdekin lives with those same aches and pains daily.Despite the hardship, he lives for his goal to raise money for his charity.“It’s do this or die. Whatever comes first . . . literally,” Archdekin admits.“This is what I’m doing so my body will collapse again. I get windows of opportunity, and when I get them, I dive through them.”Archdekin hopes to use this triathlon season to rebuild and repair his body in preparation for the big world-wind tour beginning, September of 2013.Then everyone will see Archdekin make that grand entrance. Steve Archdekin likes to make a grand entrance when he competes at triathlon races — not.But the British Columbian transplant is definitely making a splash on the world triathlon scene after having a story published about him in the British magazine Triathlon Plus.“It was a good article, so I’m glad about that,” Archdekin told The Nelson Daily about the article titled, “Making a Difference”.“I was also psyched that I got to be in the magazine with Lance (Armstrong) on the cover.”It’s been well documented in local media the plight of the Brampton, Ont., native.In September of 1993, the eighth to be exact, Archdekin caught, what he thought, was a bought of the common cold.Little did he know was this common cold turned into a full-blown case of rare form of arthritis called, Reiter’s Syndrome — a form of arthritis that produces pain, swelling, redness, and heat in the joints.However, instead of letting the disease get the better of him, Archdekin decided to forget about all his aches and pains and live life.And living life is competing in as many triathlons as his body allows.Which was well written in the summer edition of Triathlon Plus.“I liked that the article was pretty accurate and said some things that I’ve never really talked about,” Archdekin explained.“Simple things like (a person with my conditions) clothes can hurt my skin if I come into contact with them which is why I wear shorts in the winter.”“I like where the story is located in the magazine and I like that (publishers) used Phil (Best’s) photos, that they’re in there because he’s been good to me and always helped me out,” he adds.Archdekin story is part of the “share a story with us” segment of the magazine where publishers encourage readers to submit ideas.last_img read more

This is another great test of the Nelson Leafs

first_imgSporting a 3-3 record, the Nelson Leafs play host to hottest team in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, Murdoch Division leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks, Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Hawks have been tearing up the league, outscoring the opposition 29-13 en route to a six-game winning streak to open the campaign.“It’s early in the year,” said Leaf coach and GM Dave McLellan when asked about the tail of two different teams taking to the ice for the 7 p.m. puck drop Friday.“It’s not like we’re getting blown out in our games. We’re out shooting most of the teams we’ve played against.”Some of the Leafs troubles have been the tough, early season schedule McLellan penciled in during the summer and the roster filled with younger, but skilled, players needing understand the difference between junior and minor hockey.Nelson has played league heavyweights like Kelowna, Fernie and Osoyoos, all in the first month of the season.“I did that on purpose . . . schedule us against a lot of the top teams,” McLellan explained. “It provides us with a benchmark of  where our team is in the league.”Beaver Valley has been led by 20-year-old forwards Braden Fuller and Jace Weegar, and set-up man Allan Pruss, leading the Hawkls with eight assists.Nelson travels to Spokane Sunday to meet the Braves in an afternoon encounter.The Leafs defeated Spokane 4-1 in the first meeting of the season.
New players join the Leafs McLellan told The Nelson Daily he’s added a few new players to the roster, a little earlier than the skipper previously thought would happen.Tyler Garia, who played for Nelson in the past, arrives in camp from 100 Mile House Wranglers to provide some much-needed leadership on the forward line for the Leafs. “Tyler is a 20-year-old forward we’re looking to to help some of our younger players learn how to score,” McLellan explained.“We’ve got 14 rookies on this team who are very skilled but are not used to playing at the junior level.”Garcia, from Anchorage, Alaska, played 26 games for Nelson in 2013-14 before being traded to Kimberley Dynamiters.He started the next season with Kimberley before being dispatched to 100 Mile House.Also expected in camp soon is defenceman Austin Anselmo, who was released by Coquitlam Express of the BC Hockey League.Players in, Players outMcLellan said forward Timothy Nichols should be back after missing the past four games due to injury.However, captain Rayce Miller is gone for both weekend games after being hit with a two-game suspension.Miller twice was whistled for goaltender interference penalties during Friday, September 25 against Princeton Posse.The two goalie infractions carries an automatic two-game sit.Green and White Rotation between the Pipes It’s goaltending by committee to start the season for the Leafs as the coaching staff continues to rotate goalies.McLellan said both Joseph Barton and Everett Yasinski will continue to see action as the Leafs sort out the the net minding position.Parent to fill seats on Parent WeekendNext weekend Nelson hosts three games at the NDCC Arena as the franchise welcomes the parents to the Heritage City to see the players in action.Nelson meets Golden Rockets, Friday, Beaver Valley, Saturday, and Summerland Steam, Sunday.last_img read more