For years we have seen the growth in Canadian basketball talent grow exponentially. However, this new-found impact is not just in the NBA. The college hoops scene is filled to the brim with Canadian talent making a big-time impact and propelling teams toward a berth in March Madness.
Of course, you can’t talk about the NCAAB tournament without speaking of the traditional powerhouses and their Canadian representatives. Mychal Mulder, who was born in Etobicoke, Ontario, has been making the most of his minutes for Kentucky, as the JUCO transfer is averaging 6.0 points while shooting 44.4 percent in his 11.4 minutes per game for the Wildcats. Kentucky opened as a massive 16.5-point favorite over a floundering Mizzou Tigers program.
If you want to see the future of Canadian basketball, you’ll want to watch UIC host Green Bay on Tuesday. The Flames feature Marcus Ottey and Godwin Boahen, a pair of freshman guards who have both played considerable minutes for the squad. The two have been struggling of late, combining for 16 points and eight turnovers in the past two games.
The most impactful Canuck suiting up for Tuesday’s college basketball action is Tevonn Walker. The Montreal native is averaging 11.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game for the Valparaiso Crusaders. Valpo, which opened as a 15-point favorite against Milwaukee, also sends fellow Montrealer Max Joseph to the floor as a backup guard.
Plenty Of Canadian Teams In NHL Action
Six Canadian teams will take to the ice in the NHL on Tuesday night with the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs meeting in the lone all-Canadian matchup. Of course, this matchup features Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews, the two front-runners for the Calder Trophy, facing off for the second time in their young careers. The first meeting was all Laine, as the rookie scored a hat trick, including the game-winning goal in overtime.
A potential first-round preview highlights the NHL slate when the Montreal Canadiens travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers. This will be Claude Julien’s second game as the Habs’ bench boss after the team brought in the former coach following the firing of Michel Therrien.
The remainder of Canadian action in the NHL sees the Edmonton Oilers visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Calgary Flames traveling to Music City to take on the Nashville Predators and the Ottawa Senators taking on the New Jersey Devils.
How Did Canadians FaRE at UFC Halifax?
Halifax proved to be very kind to Canucks when the Octagon took up shop at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax this past Sunday. Canadians went 4-2 in their six bouts, but it was the promotional debuts of Gavin Tucker and Aiemann Zahabi that should inspire hope for Canadian MMA fans.
Tucker stepped inside the Octagon for the first time against Sam Sicilia and absolutely outclassed his veteran opponent. Tucker, who was born in Newfoundland but now trains out of Titan MMA in Halifax, used his speed and technical prowess to pick apart Sicilia in a rout. The UFC will almost certainly get behind Tucker after his exciting, flashy performance and big things could be in store for the 30-year old.
Highly touted prospect Aiemann Zahabi showed Gegard Mousasi levels of calm in his fight with Reginaldo Vieira. The younger Zahabi, whose brother Firas is the famed coach at Tristar in Montreal, used his jab to dictate the space and showed excellent composure when he was caught with some big shots.