Piskula returns to school after stint with NHL’s Kings

first_imgFor the better part of an athlete’s life, the moment cannot come soon enough when he can cash in on a multi-year, lucrative deal with one of his profession’s 30 or so professional teams. Having the luxury of being able to disregard everything, to put his previous life on hold, can be this player’s ticket to freedom. For a former Badger blue liner, that moment, while monumental in its own right, though on less lucrative terms, did not mean a blatant disregard for the education he worked to receive at Wisconsin. Or the life he left behind. Joe Piskula went from college student sitting in the basement of Social Sciences for his History of Rome lecture to NHL player skating in front of thousands under the soft glow of the Staples Center’s lights in Los Angeles, from facing midterms to facing the prospect of learning to play with fresh faces at a level of hockey better than he had ever encountered. Yet even with a professional contract and the image of playing in the NHL fresh on his mind, Piskula looked back: As soon as the Los Angeles Kings’ season concluded without a playoff bid, he was once again back in that antique room listening to lectures about the Roman economy. While his time with the Kings was described by Piskula as “unbelievable” to the point that “it didn’t even seem real,” the student-turned-pro-turned-student had more important things on his mind. He was behind in his schoolwork. “It was really hard,” Piskula said in a phone interview, discussing his return to campus. “I had a month of school to catch up on in five classes.” Thankfully, Piskula’s teachers sympathized with his situation. They helped him get caught up in time to successfully complete his junior year. His life-changing decision to go pro started as a cloud at the beginning of the 2006-07 season and turned into a thunderstorm by the end; it got to the point where there was no doubt that he was going to leave college early. Piskula just didn’t know it would play out as perfectly as it did. Following the conclusion of the men’s hockey season, one in which the Badgers missed the NCAA Tournament and a chance to defend its title by one place — they finished No. 17 in the Pairwise Rankings, and the top 16 teams are invited — Piskula signed a contract with the Los Angeles Kings. The best part: He was offered a chance to play with the team — in the NHL — right away. Of course Piskula took it. “The fact that I was able to go to the NHL right away was a no-brainer,” he said. “It’s an opportunity that I don’t think really anybody can pass up.” That still didn’t mean the decision was emotionally easy. After all, you only live college once. “I am going to miss Wisconsin and miss my senior year,” Piskula said. “I mean I love it here, and I couldn’t have gotten a better experience with winning a national championship and all. … Our team is like a family, and it’s difficult to leave your family behind, but I would have been a 23-year-old senior, so it’s not like I’m really young. “It was tough to decide that, but again, I felt like the time was right.” “Every player’s dream,” as Piskula called it, began Mar. 23, 2007 against the Chicago Blackhawks. To better matters, the game was played in Chicago, one of two NHL cities within driving distance of his hometown of Antigo, Wis., and Madison, allowing his friends and family to see him play. A few days later, they saw him play again in St. Paul, Minn., against the Minnesota Wild. “It couldn’t have worked out any better,” Piskula said of the Kings’ fortunate schedule. In all, he appeared in five games for Los Angeles. While that brief stint won’t guarantee Piskula a roster spot this fall when the Kings begin training camp, those precious few weeks have left a lasting impression on Piskula. It didn’t hurt that his confidence was boosted in the process either. “Last year definitely helped me out getting there and getting to play a little bit, and getting a little bit of experience,” he said. “I played in five games for them last year, so they know that I’m right there and that I can play at that level.” But bigger than Piskula’s achievements on the ice is his commitment off it. Despite conceding his senior year in order to play professional hockey — be it with the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL or the Kings’ minor league affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL — Piskula recognizes the importance of earning a degree for his life after hockey. “You don’t play hockey forever,” Piskula said. “When you’re done with hockey you need that degree to get a job, so an education is definitely important.” Plus, he doesn’t want his three years of hard work to go to waste. “I’ve put in three years of schooling and all that work,” Piskula said. “I definitely want to finish.” In order to achieve his goal Piskula will take summer courses for the next three or four years. Should he remain committed for that long he would represent one of just 75 percent of all University of Wisconsin student athletes who graduate with degrees, and an even smaller percent of professionals. In the meantime, the former Badger continues to train for the upcoming season, hoping that time will bring him to the NHL level once more. Whether it happens doesn’t matter like it would to the athletes who don’t look back, because as Piskula knows, a degree is worth something too. Kevin is senior majoring in journalism and economics. Share your thoughts or just drop a line to [email protected]last_img read more

Yorkshire win 21st English men’s county championship

first_img Yorkshire won the English Men’s County Championship for the 21st time, beating Hampshire 5.5-3.5 in a final day showdown at Sandwell Park in Staffordshire.Although Yorkshire dominate the list of past winners, this is their first victory for nine years and the victory was sweet, especially after the boys’ and women’s teams narrowly lost their county finals.Team captain Darryl Berry, who has previously played in two winning sides, said: “This is great for the team and for all our supporters. It’s been a brilliant team effort, the lads have been great.”Yorkshire set up their win with a great foursomes performances, winning 2.5 of the three available points. “That was massive,” said Berry, who sent his top players out in the singles with instructions to get their points as quickly as possible. Steve Robins and Kealan Lowe, playing in the first two games, duly obliged and both won 3/2.Robins was bogey free and five-under when he finished, continuing his fine form of the championship. “I think I’ve had three bogeys in the three days,” he said. “I’ve played well this week and had six wins from six games, so I’m chuffed with that.” Yorkshire will also be pleased to hear that the 23-year-old plans to stay amateur next year.Lowe, the Yorkshire order of merit winner, sank a 4ft putt to close out his match and ensure that the team would win the title. His win gave them a total of 4.5 points and, even if they lost the remaining games, they would draw the match and become champions on a countback of points won.“It’s special to get the winning point, really good,” said Lowe, who won all his singles this week. He was playing at Men’s County Finals for the first time, having previously been in the boys’ version and he said: “This is a bit bigger and scarier with more people watching! But it’s been good.”But all of the team – and their many supporters – wanted an outright win and they were determined to get at least one more point. However, Hampshire got the momentum in the next three games with Billy McKenzie fighting back from three down at the turn to beat Bailey Gill 2 up.He was followed by Ryan Harmer who, having been up most of the way against Yorkshire champion Ben Hutchinson, was pulled back to all square with two to play but managed to win one up.Then, English champion Dan Brown was beaten 3/2 by Hampshire’s Mark Burgess and Yorkshire’s hopes of that extra point were pinned on the close match between Will Whiteoak and Hampshire captain Martin Young.Whiteoak held a one hole advantage for most of the back nine, helped by holing a monster putt for a half on 14. He held on to that slender lead, holing a good 10-footer on the last to finish 1up.“We wanted to win outright and that’s why I put Will at the back,” said Berry. “He’s a pressure man and he brings it home every time.”The result meant disappointment for Hampshire who have now come away empty-handed from seven County Finals since 2002. Team captain Martin Young said: “I’m disappointed now, but we’re getting closer and I’m proud of what the team has done and we’ve got four young lads who have never played at this level before.”The play-off for third place was won by Warwickshire who beat Cornwall 5.5-3.5. It’s the first time they’ve finished above fourth in their last five visits to County Finals and team captain Stuart Bloxham said: “Hopefully this will be good momentum to take us forward and we’ll get back to County Finals next year, when the qualifier is on home ground.“Today we played some great golf, we had a very good foursomes (winning 2.5-0.5) and we had some fantastic performances from the players in the singles. It was a hard fought and a great win, especially after the losses of the previous two days.Click here for full scoresCaption: The winning Yorkshire team (image copyright Leaderboard Photography). 25 Sep 2016 Yorkshire win 21st English men’s county championship last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Athletic Award Winners

first_imgThis award requires an ‘A’ average plus high ranking from coach in their sport.Erica Austen played varsity volleyball and soccer plans to attend Lethbridge next year for university soccer.Braeden Zarikoff is a starting left-handed pitcher for the Bombers Baseball team and pitched a two-hitter and one-hitter this past season.Most Outstanding Athletes:Brandon Sagal — MVP on the team for Senior Boys Rugby and a class guy — an ATLAS student at LVR,Grade 11 Tara Yowek: Cross Country Running, Field Hockey and Soccer Awarded for her amazing season in the goal for the Field Hockey. Without Tara the field hockey team would not even be a provincial contender.Best All Around Athleter of the YearEthan Perkins has played Soccer, Basketball and ran Cross Country and is the epitome of dedication and commitment.Grade 11 Abbie Bourchier-Willans played Field Hockey, Volleyball, and Soccer. Abbie is a vital member of every team and gave her all to every sport and makes everyone look better. The L.V. Rogers Athletic Department recently saluted the best in Bomber Athletics during its annual award ceremony at the Fairview-based High School.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the athletes with Team of the Week status.The winners are: Top Scholar Athletes, Erica Austen and Braeden Zarikoff; Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Brandon Sagal and Grade 11 Tara Yowek; and Best All Around Athlete, Ethan Perkins and Grade 11 Abbie Bourchier-Willans.Top Scholar Athletes:last_img read more

PH finishes 4th in men’s water polo

first_imgFILE – Photo from Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Website.The Philippines just missed out on a podium finish in men’s water polo, losing to Indonesia, 12-5, Sunday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Stumbling from the get-go, the Filipinos faced a 4-1 deficit in the first quarter against the reigning silver medalists and failed to respond in the ensuing quarters to bow out of the competition with three straight defeats.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Halep in line for No. 1 after Cincinnati semifinal win Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Teen gunned down in Masbate The Philippines finished its campaign with a 1-3 card, with its lone win coming against Thailand, 9-7 in the opening day last Tuesday.Singapore won the gold medal, Indonesia settled for silver, while host country Malaysia wound up with bronze.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READlast_img read more

Famous Donegal butchers building sold for almost half a million euro

first_imgThe former M McGettigan & Sons butchers building in Donegal town has been sold for a price of just under half a million euro, it has been revealed. One of Donegal’s best-known businesses closed its doors in 2017 as a result of falling sales, more than half a century after it opened.At the time, the shop employed seven people and was run by brothers Ernan and Diarmuid McGettigan, who took over from their father in 1980. And now it has been revealed that an Enniskillen company, Carren Properties Limited, has agreed on the sale of the prominent building for just under €500,000.It is understood that Donegal County Council is in negotiations with the company over the potential sale of part of the building for potential car parking at the rear end of the land in question.The potential car park would house 20 car spaces.Famous Donegal butchers building sold for almost half a million euro was last modified: July 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Global whale watching workshop

first_img3 March 2004Deputy Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi will open the first International Whale Watching Workshop in Cape Town on Thursday.The workshop aims to develop international scientific advisory frameworks for the proper management of whale watching globally, to ensure that the negative impacts of eco-tourism are minimised.Department spokesperson Zodumo Mbuli said particular focus would be on coastal communities living within whale-watching spots, and their involvement in the management of such areas.The workshop is supported by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), and will see scientists and managers working together for the first time to try to find solutions to issues around sustainable whale watching.National and international participants include marine resource and conservation managers from both governments and NGOs, with approximately 12 countries attending the workshop.South Africa was chosen as host country because of its experience in shark cage tourism as well as whale watching both in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

IDC’s R1bn boost for entrepreneurs

first_img1 September 2008The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has launched a R1-billion Transformation and Entrepreneurship Scheme, comprising five different funds as well as an investment and business support grant, to serve the financing and entrepreneurial needs of South Africa’s marginalised groups.The initiative is an umbrella scheme incorporating the Women’s Entrepreneurial Fund (with R400-million being made available for disbursement), the Equity Contribution Fund (with R150-million), the People with Disabilities Fund (with R50-million, as well as the existing IDC Development Fund for Workers (with R250-million) and the IDC Foundation Fund for Communities (with R150-million).“We are committed to creating sustainable economic development opportunities through the funding and promotion of enterprises and industries with a strong job creation element especially in SME and BEE transactions,” IDC chief executive Geoffrey Qhena said in a statement last week.The scheme, which will be managed by the IDC’s Risk Capital Facility unit, has been designed to facilitate the development of targeted marginalised entrepreneurs and enable them to access financing as well as serve as a propeller for new entrants into the formal sector entrepreneurial activity.Each of the five funds has its own qualifying criteria which have been clearly outlined in the information booklet.Investment criteria common to all five funds include a demonstration of economic viability and financial sustainability of the business, and that provisions are made for the employment of people with disabilities.In addition, funding provided will generally not be less than R1-million, while the operations of the applicant must fall within one of the sectors in which IDC investment activity occurs.Qhena said while setting a benchmark for development finance by investing in higher-risk projects, the scheme would complement existing funds provided by the IDC.The ring-fenced scheme also aims to act as a catalyst for the targeted entrepreneurs by providing high-risk and largely concessional capital for start-up businesses, acquisitions and expansions.“The scheme will develop marginalised entrepreneurs – it is also intended to have strong bias towards black women-owned enterprises,” he said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 18 | In the barn and out of trouble

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Episode 18 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast one of mixed emotions as we bring news of great gains at the Clinton County Fair through a unique program that allowed troubled youth to learn responsibility by raising and caring for a swine project. Ty Higgins is joined by Chad Mason to talk that unique program. The crew brings it back to the roundtable to also discuss the troubling news of swine flu at the same fair.Many farmers have been looking at the growing puddles on their land wondering when the rains are going to take a break. Joel Penhorwood speaks with Ed Vallee of BAMWX.com on the history, outlook, and challenges posed by this year’s wet times.Matt Reese continues the dicamba conversation as he speaks with Ohio State Extension’s Mark Loux on the herbicide that’s raising eyebrows across the country.All that and much more in this week’s podcast.The Ohio Ag Net Podcast courtesy of AgriGold.last_img

Taapsee Pannu wraps up India schedule of Soorma

first_imgMumbai, Dec 16 (PTI) Taapsee Pannu is through with the India schedule of sports biopic, “Soorma”.The 30-year-old actor took to Twitter to announce the news.”And thats a wrap for India schedule of #Soorma. Closing in towards the final pack up call and ready to present to you this gem of a story on #29June2018,” Taapsee wrote.Directed by Shaad Ali, the film is a biopic on former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh, who will be immortalised on the celluloid by Diljit Dosanjh.Taapsee will be seen playing Diljits onscreen love interest in the movie. PTI RDS RDSlast_img