COVID-19 playing havoc with Mariners . . . Cheeseman will be leaving Oil Kings . . . Former Royals coach on move


It seems that COVID-19 has made its way into the clubhouse of the Seattle Mariners. They revealed a positive test on Friday, then placed four relievers on CovidMLB’s COVID-19 protocol list. . . . The Mariners didn’t ID the positive tester, but placed right-handers Robert Dugger, Drew Steckenrider and Will Vest, along with southpaw Anthony Misiewicz, on the IL. . . . The Mariners, who are in San Diego for the weekend, have had a number of players choose not to get vaccinated. . . . Jeff Passan of reported that “there is concern within the organization that the relatively low level of vaccination within the clubhouse could be problematic.” He also reported that the Mariners “are among the least-vaccinated teams in” the American League. . . . The Associated Press reported that manager Scott Servais said: “The No. 1 priority obviously is the health and safety of our players and everybody understanding the importance of getting vaccinated. But it is an individual choice and unfortunately not all of our guys are vaccinated, so it’s something we have to deal with like other teams have had to deal with throughout Major League Baseball. It’s real, it’s out there, it is affecting our roster and we’ll try to deal with it as best we can.” . . . Servais also said that he doesn’t know if this will prompt more players to get vaccinated: “I don’t know. I know a few of our players have just bought themselves a ticket to spend the next 10 days at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, as they’ll be quarantined here. They will not travel with us going forward until that 7-to-10 day period expires and they can rejoin the team or try to get back in shape again after being out for 7-to-10 days. I would hope that a few more might jump on board and get the vaccine but you can only hope. I can’t force anybody to do it.” . . . All of the Mariners were retested on Friday, with the results expected Saturday. . . . Meanwhile, the Padres whipped the Mariners, 16-1, last night.


Brian Cheeseman, the Edmonton Oil Kings’ head athletic therapist for the past Edmonton11 seasons, is leaving the WHL team. He is set to join the CFL’s Edmonton Football Team (nickname to come at some point down the road) as its director of sports medicine and rehabilitation. . . . Cheeseman, 40, started with the Oil Kings during the 2010-11 season. A native of Mount Pearl, Newfound and Labrador, he helped the Oil Kings to WHL titles in 2012 and 2014, and to the Memorial Cup championship in 2014. He also had been a regular with Hockey Canada assignments. . . . The Oil Kings’ news release is right here.

Ben Cooper, a former WHL assistant coach, has joined EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga as Salzburgan assistant coach. He’ll work there with head coach Matt McIlvane and assistant coach Daniel Petersson. . . . Cooper has extensive experience, especially as a video coach. He filled that role with Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. He also won gold with Canada at the 2008 World junior championship and silver medals in 2009 and 2010. He also has worked with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers. . . . Cooper, 44, has spent the past two seasons with the Herning Blue Fox of the Danish Metal Ligaen. . . . A native of Vancouver, he spent two seasons (2011-13) as an assistant coach with the Victoria Royals.

Troy Bodie, a former WHL player, has signed on with the NHL’s expansion KrakenSeattle Kraken as their director of hockey and business operations for their AHL affiliate that is to begin play in Palm Springs, Calif., in 2022-23. . . . Bodie, 36, who is from Portage la Prairie, Man., had been with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent three seasons as a pro scout with Toronto, and then three seasons as their director of pro scouting. . . . Bodie played four seasons (2002-06) with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, helping them win the 2004 Memorial Cup title as the host team.

Dorothy will be taking part in her eighth Kamloops Kidney Walk, albeit virtually, on June 6. If you would like to be part of her team, you are able to make a donation right here.


If you are interested in being a living kidney donor, more information is available here:

Living Kidney Donor Program

St. Paul’s Hospital

6A Providence Building

1081 Burrard Street

Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6

Tel: 604-806-9027

Toll free: 1-877-922-9822

Fax: 604-806-9873



Vancouver General Hospital Living Donor Program – Kidney 

Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre

Level 5, 2775 Laurel Street

Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9

604-875-5182 or 1-855-875-5182


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