Daily Roundup: NHL pushing for January start, a football player named after hockey? and more

Updated: November 8, 2020 at 1:15 pm by Zach Laing

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NHL eyes January start

The NHL is reportedly still eyeing a January start date for the 2020-21 season, TVA’s Renaud Lavoie has reported. The league is reportedly hoping to make an announcement “as soon as possible,” Lavoie added, but that there’s lots of work to be done.

The NBA has just announced they would be starting their season in late December, while the AHL pushed their season back to Februrary. The league needs to do so much work ahead of the start of the next season. Will there be a bubble? A Canadian division? What happens with the Canadian-American border? It’s going to be fascinating to see what transpires over the next week or so.

Meet Easton Stick

While the NFL season has been in full swing with games entering week nine games Sunday, one player for the LA Chargers has caught the eye of the internet.

Meet, Easton Stick — a quarter-back with the most incredible hockey name ever. He was drafted by the Charges in the fifth round of the 2019 draft playing his NCAA football at North Dakota State. He posted a 49-3 record there as a starter and holds the record for most wins by a starting quarterback in NCAA Div 1 FCS history.

But with a name like that, how could he never have played hockey?

Jamie Drysdale inks ELC

Sixth-overall draft pick Jamie Drysdale has inked his entry-level deal with the Anaheim Ducks. Drysdale, 18, was the second defenceman taken in the draft behind Jake Sanderson, who went one pick before him to the Ottawa Senators.

Drysdale put up 47 points in 49 OHL games last year.

“It’s unbelievable being where I am right now,” Drysdale said after being drafted. “It’s definitely a really fun time. There’s nothing but excitement in the room and for myself when I got picked. Really exciting time. In regard to waiting, it’s a very nerve-wracking time to say the least. But when you hear your name called, it’s definitely something special.”

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