Chatham Youth Soccer registration
The Chatham Youth Soccer Association will begin online registration Saturday for the 2021 season.
Players can sign up at chathamyouthsoccer.net until Saturday, March 20. Players born in or after 2017 are welcome.
“Chatham Youth Soccer will be respecting all local health unit and Ontario Soccer COVID-19 restrictions and protocols,” CYSA administrative director Martin Aarts said.
The 2020 season was cancelled because of the pandemic.
Raaymakers wins X-Men’s award
Hockey player Joseph Raaymakers of Chatham is the male athlete of the week at St. Francis Xavier University.
Raaymakers backstopped Team Blue to victory in an X-Men best-of-three intrasquad series recently at the Outdoor Classic in Guysborough, N.S.
Atlantic University Sport cancelled its 2020-21 schedule because of the pandemic, so the X-Men didn’t have an official season.
Raaymakers is a second-year human kinetics student. He had a 6-9-0 record and 4.29 goals-against average last season.
The former Chatham-Kent AAA Cyclone played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Soo Greyhounds and London Knights.
He ranks third in OHL history with 109 career wins and was a finalist for the OHL goaltender of the year award in his overage season with the Knights.
Recovering Konecny feels better
Philadelphia Flyers forward Travis Konecny of Clachan continues his recovery after missing five games with COVID-19.
He snapped his six-game pointless streak with two assists in a 4-3 comeback win Thursday in Pittsburgh.
It was his second game back in action since coming off the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list.
“I felt better,” Konecny said. “There were still times where I thought that I was a little out of breath or I could take a little bit more of a shorter shift and stay a little bit more fresh, but I think it’s just going to take time and it’ll come back.”
The Flyers and Penguins will wrap up their three-game series Saturday (1 p.m., Sportsnet). The Flyers will try to keep their momentum after rallying from a 3-0 deficit Thursday.
“That’s a big win for us and something we can build off of,” Konecny said at practice Friday. “It’s our first comeback win of the year, so that’s big to build confidence.”
Konecny has five goals and five assists in 14 games.
Martin shows scoring touch
Ex-Blenheim Blades forward Matt Martin had his third career two-goal game – and his first since March 25, 2014 – in the New York Islanders’ 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.
Martin scored his first goal from below the goal-line by firing a shot off Sabres netminder Jonas Johannson’s mask and added his second by driving to the net.
“When he gets in those areas, he’s lethal,” Islanders teammate Casey Cizikas said. “He has a hell of a shot and he can pick his spots. He showed that tonight.”
Martin is in his 11th NHL season. He’s known for his physical play, but he has 65 goals in 715 regular-season games. He scored five in 22 playoff games last season.
The 31-year-old from Windsor has four goals and two assists in 23 games this season.