Sonia Scurfield Cameron Meredith Jersey , the former Calgary Flames owner and only Canadian woman to have her name engraved on the Stanley Cup, has died. She was 89.
She had cancer and her family-owned Sunshine Village ski resort said Thursday night she died at Foothills Hospital in Calgary.
Born Sonia Onishenko in 1928, she married Ralph Scurfield in 1954. They brought the Flames to Calgary from Atlanta in 1980. She took over the club after he died in an avalanche while heli-skiing in 1985.
”Sonia lived a life of devotion to her family and her community,” Flames President and CEO Ken King said. ”The Scurfield family was an important part of bringing the NHL to our city and we will be eternally grateful.”
The Flames won the Stanley Cup in 1989 and Sonia Scurfield’s name was added to hockey’s famed trophy. Scurfield gave up her ownership share in 1994.
The Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens in six games for the 1989 title. On the triumphant plane trip back to Calgary, someone cut the locks off the Stanley Cup’s case and brought the trophy onto the plane.
”That ride home, I’ll never forget,” Scurfield told Sportsnet. ”It was a feeling you’d never expect and you’d never get again.”
Trumaine Johnson sees a lot of the tantalizing potential of his old team in his new squad.
The New York Jets cornerback, who helped the Los Angeles Rams reach the playoffs last season, was feeling predictably optimistic as he and his teammates reported to the team's facility Thursday for the start of training camp.
"You've got to have faith," Johnson said. "Just bringing that winning culture from where I was last year, I can see it. I really can. Just got to wait and see."
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He'll be the No. 1 cornerback in coach Todd Bowles' unit in New York, which hasn't been to the playoffs since the 2010 season. Johnson saw signs from afar that the postseason absence might not last much longer, particularly because seven of New York's 11 losses last season were by 9 points or less.
"I was watching them," he said. "They were losing close games and they beat some playoff teams. They've got all the potential in the world to be a playoff team."
Most NFL teams feel the same at this point in the year, brimming with confidence before the dog days of camp start kicking in, with expectations for some becoming increasingly more tempered.
But the Jets like the approach the players are taking at the start.
"I can see the atmosphere has changed and the season could be great," guard Brian Winters said. "As far as attitudes, we've got great attitudes in the locker room. That vibe's a lot better than in the past."
New York is coming off its second straight 5-11 season under Bowles, who helped establish an improved environment around the team last year despite the losses.
The positive outlooks might be attributed in large part to moves general manager Mike Maccagnan made in the offseason. Along with Johnson Jacoby Brissett Jersey , the Jets signed a number of free agents who could play major roles this year, including linebacker Avery Williamson, running back Isaiah Crowell, wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, center Spencer Long and kicker Cairo Santos.
"I think it was a good start," wide receiver Jermaine Kearse said of last season. "This year, it's about winning games. You want to be competitive, and that's important, but in this league, it's about winning games and being productive in that area. For us to take the next big step is to be able to finish games."
All eyes this summer, however Joe Schobert Jersey , will be on the quarterbacks as 39-year-old veteran Josh McCown, comeback kid Teddy Bridgewater and first-round pick Sam Darnold all compete to be the guy leading the huddle in Week 1 of the regular season.
"I think it pushes each one of them individually," defensive end Leonard Williams said. "I'd be happy if any one of them were the starter for the season."
McCown is the incumbent and Bowles has said he will open camp as the starter while taking the bulk of the first-team snaps. But Bridgewater, signed in March after four seasons in Minnesota, could give McCown a run if he's fully recovered from the severe knee injury that cost him the bulk of the last two years.
Then, of course, there's Darnold.
The No. 3 overall pick in the draft is considered by many to be the future face of the franchise. And that future could be now. Darnold will be given every opportunity to beat out both McCown and Bridgewater for the job, and he showed positive strides in offseason workouts and minicamp.
"I thought Sam got better each day throughout OTAs," Kearse said. "And I have no doubt that he'll have the same attitude and same mindset he had in OTAs coming into camp."
Darnold just needs to get to camp first.
The rookie hadn't reported with the rest of his teammates as of early Thursday afternoon as his agents and the Jets worked through the final details of his contract. There didn't appear to be much concern on either side, though, with most expecting Darnold to be signed and ready to participate in the team's first practice Friday afternoon.
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"No. 1, it's being focused," he said. "No. 2, it's being driven. And, No. 3, you understand you only have one life."
NOTES: Long, coming off knee and quadriceps injuries last season with Washington, said his quad is doing "great" and knees are "feeling better than they have the last few years." He added that he might be eased into practices, depending on how the training staff wants to approach it.
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