FRIESEN: Celebrate the past, wait for the future

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What’s more, the Olympic gold medal captured by the Winnipeg Falcons in 1920 has been designated a national historic event, and will be memorialized with a bronze plaque.

All this, while there’s not an opening faceoff in sight, anywhere, thanks to the pandemic.

Never mind celebrating the first one. I’ll raise a glass to the next one.

Crease wrinkle

I see the Florida Panthers have developed a Goaltending Excellence Department, and it’ll be headed up by former NHLer and Twitter star Roberto Luongo.

Billed as the first of its kind, the four-person department will provide a “comprehensive, integrated experience and program for all goaltenders in the Panthers system and will coordinate and oversee coaching, development and scouting,” says the NHL team.

Sounds like a big deal, eh?

The thing is, the Winnipeg Jets already have a Goaltending Excellence Department. His name is Connor Hellebuyck.

Cash crunch

The expected flood of player signings in the Canadian Football League since it declared itself open for business has been more like a trickle.

Here in the land of the still-defending 2019 Grey Cup champs, we’re still waiting for the first drop.

Either GM Kyle Walters slept through the starting gun and nobody thought of waking him up, or there really is no money to throw around.

A check with the Bombers leaves me with the feeling no news is imminent this week, either.

Teams have until Jan. 31 to re-sign their own pending free agents, so there’s still plenty of time.

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