A deal on a new collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and its players’ union has been reached and is expected to be ratified soon. So what does mean to fans of the Anaheim Ducks?
It will probably mean a 48- to-50-game season, with Teemu Selanne (right) back for a final (half?) season. When will the games actually start? Unknown (see story page 11 for more details).
Here’s what Tim Ryan, CEO of the Ducks said in a statement:
“We are all very pleased to hear the news of a tentative agreement between the NHL and the NHLPA. We would like to thank all of our fans, including our season ticket holders, sponsors and partners, for their patience during this difficult process. Over the next several days, we expect to be able to provide more information and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to the return of Ducks hockey at Honda Center very soon and can’t wait to see you all.”
The top local boys’ high school basketball game this Friday is the Garden Grove League opener between Los Amigos and Garden Grove in the Argonaut gym. The Lobos have a 10-4 record overall, while the Argonauts are 8-5. They’re the only teams in the GGL with winning records and are expected to battle for the title.
Los Amigos is led by Raymond Rembert, averaging 19.3 points per game. The Argo leader is Manny Singh with a 13.8 average.
Other boys’ games of interest Friday are Kennedy at Western, Valencia at Pacifica, Santa Ana at Westminster, Santiago at La Quinta, Rancho Alamitos at Bolsa Grande and Magnolia at Anaheim.
The best area girls’ matchup doesn’t occur until Jan. 22 when Westminster (15-3) visits Segerstrom (14-3) in a major Golden West League clash.
BOLTS HAVE VOLTAGE
The Anaheim Bolts indoor soccer team kept its playoff hopes alive Saturday with an 8-7 win over the visiting Tacoma Stars Saturday night. Defender Garr Persson led the Bolts with four scores.
Anaheim (5-5) will host the Sacramento Surge (0-9) this Saturday at the arena in the Anaheim Convention Center at 7 p.m.
EIGHT ARE RANKED
Eight local teams are ranked in this week’s CIF Southern Section polls for winter sports.
In boys’ basketball, Western is rated 12th in Division 2A, while Pacifica is 11th in 3AA. For girls, Westminster is 11th in Division 1A, with Pacifica 13th in 3AA and Orangewood Academy 12th in Division 4A.
The boys’ soccer poll has Santiago eighth in Division 5; in girls’, it’s Garden Grove eighth in Division 6. Pacifica remains second in Division 6 for girls’ water polo.