2020 NFL Draft Plans

2020 NFL Draft Player selection process to proceed April 23-25 and be televised.

Public NFL Draft events in Las Vegas canceled.

In consideration of current information related to COVID-19 and guidance from medical experts such as the CDC, and in coordination with public authorities in Nevada and the City of Las Vegas, the NFL will modify its plans for the 2020 NFL Draft, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today. 

The clubs’ selection of players will proceed as scheduled April 23-25. The NFL is exploring innovative options for how the process will be conducted and will provide that information as it becomes available. The selection process will be televised.

Public NFL Draft events in Las Vegas next month will not take place.

“This decision reflects our foremost priority – the health and safety of all fans and citizens,” said Commissioner Goodell. “While this outcome is disappointing both to the NFL and to the Las Vegas community, we look forward to partnering with the Raiders, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a future NFL Draft as well as evaluating opportunities for other major NFL events in Las Vegas in the future, including the Super Bowl.”

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

NFL STATEMENT ON ANNUAL MEETING

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the clubs today that after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts, the NFL’s annual meeting scheduled for March 29-April 1 has been canceled.

There will be full consideration and votes on any open football issues, including playing rules, bylaws, and resolutions, as well as other business matters that were on the agenda for the Annual Meeting, at the Spring meeting scheduled for March 19-20. Most of the first day will be dedicated to football-related issues. Head coaches and general managers will participate in the meeting.

This decision was made consistent with the league’s primary concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.

We will continue to closely minter developments, consult with leading experts, and be prepared to make any changes necessary as circumstances warrant.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

Sacramento Kings Statement On NBA Suspending Season

Sacramento, Calif. – Today, the Sacramento Kings released the following statement:

“The health and safety of our fans, employees, players, partners and community has always been, and will always be, our top priority. While we are disappointed the season has been suspended, we fully support the NBA’s decision to postpone games. We will continue to stay in contact with the league, local, state and federal health authorities and medical experts as we closely monitor this public health crisis. During this period of increased focus on public health because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we ask that everyone continue to practice healthy habits as outlined by the CDC. We are incredibly grateful for the support of our fans and community as we face this unprecedented situation together.” 

The Kings also announced that tickets already purchased for a postponed game will be honored when the game is rescheduled. If games are not played or played in an empty-arena, fans will have the option to receive a credit for a future game or a refund. Fans can visit StocktonKings.com where ticket and future schedule information will be announced.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Kings Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT DROP TUESDAY TILT, 7-4, TO SAN JOSE

STOCKTON, Calif. – Buddy Robinson netted a pair of goals and Martin Pospisil recorded his second multi-point game, but the Stockton Heat dropped a wild Tuesday contest by a 7-4 final score to the San Jose Barracuda at Stockton Arena. Robinson lit the lamp with his first score of the game just 46 seconds into the action and the home team owned a 2-1 edge after the first as Martin Pospisil netted his third pro goal, second-straight game lighting the lamp, in the final minute of the first to break a tie.

A back-and-forth second period featured six goals, two for the Heat from Robinson and Byron Froese, and four for the Barracuda who seized a 5-4 edge through two. San Jose then put the game away late in the third with a pair of strikes in a 13-second span. It was the first win in 10 tries for San Jose over Stockton this season.

GOALIES

W: Josef Korenar (26 shots, 22 saves)

L: Artyom Zagidulin (19 shots, 16 saves)

ND: Jon Gillies (12 shots, 8 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Lukas Radil (2g,1a), Second – Danil Yurtaykin (1g,2a), Third – Buddy Robinson (2g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 26, SJ – 31

Power Plays: STK – 1-3, SJ – 0-3

Martin Pospisil (1g,1a) recorded his second professional multi-point game (last Feb. 21 vs. Tucson). He has goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his pro career.

Adam Ruzicka has an assist on all three of Pospisil’s goals.

Buddy Robinson recorded his second multi-goal of the season, first since October 26 against Bakersfield.

Byron Froese netted his 19th goal of the season, tying him with Luke Philp for the team lead.

Rob Hamilton recorded his third multi-point game of the season.

– The Heat are now 9-1-0-0 on the year against the Barracuda.

UP NEXT

The Heat will host the second-place Colorado Eagles for a pair of contests this weekend at Stockton Arena, including Green Night presented by Covanta Energy on Saturday at 6 p.m. followed by a Sunday, 5 p.m. showdown.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

Las Vegas Raiders Release Tahir Whitehead

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Las Vegas Raiders have released LB Tahir Whitehead, the team announced Monday.

Whitehead originally signed with the club as a free agent ahead of the 2018 season. In two years with the Silver and Black, Whitehead started in all 32 contests, compiling back-to-back 100-plus-tackle campaigns, leading the team in both seasons. Over his eight-year career with the Detroit Lions (2012-17) and Raiders, Whitehead has appeared in 125 contests with 86 starts, recorded 600 tackles (435 solo), three sacks, five interceptions, 24 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

Press Release Courtesy of the Las Vegas Raiders Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT’S TUULOLA NOTCHES MULTI-POINT EFFORT IN SHOOTOUT LOSS

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Stockton finished the weekend with three of a possible four points against Bakersfield after dropping a 4-3 shootout decision Saturday at Mechanics Bank Arena. Eetu Tuulola notched his second-straight multi-point effort for the Heat and Martin Pospisil potted his second professional goal, but the Condors were able to come from behind in their winning effort to snap a 10-game losing streak. Heat captain Byron Froese reached the 40-point mark for the season with an assist on Austin Czarnik’s tally to put Stockton ahead 1-0 early, the third time in four years that Froese has reached that mark.

A back-and-forth affair, the Condors scored the next two before Pospisil and Tuulola scored, respectively, to give Stockton a 3-2 edge. Jake Kulevich’s marker with just over 12 seconds left in the second tied the game at three, a score that lasted through the final horn of regulation. Following a scoreless overtime period, both netminders were strong in the shootout with Artyom Zagidulin turning away three of four shots faced and Shane Starrett stopping all four.

GOALIES

W: Shane Starrett (31 shots, 28 saves; 4 SOA, 4 SOSvs)

SOL: Artyom Zagidulin (36 shots, 33 saves; 4 SOA, 3 SOSvs)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Kirill Maksimov (so g), Second – Jake Kulevich (1g), Third – Colby Cave (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 31, BAK – 37

Power Plays: STK – 0-3, BAK – 1-2

– Byron Froese reached the 40-point mark for the third time in four seasons, registering his 40th point on an assist on the game’s opening goal by Austin Czarnik.

– The marker for Czarnik was his second in as many nights and 16th on the year.

Martin Pospisil potted his second professional goal, with Adam Ruzicka collecting an assist on each.

Eetu Tuulola has goals and multi-point efforts in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

Matt Marcinew made his Stockton debut in the game.

– The Heat earned three of a possible four points against the Condors over the weekend.

UP NEXT

The Heat return home for a Tuesday tilt with San Jose, the first of three games next week at Stockton Arena.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations

STOCKTON HEAT RALLY FOR 3-2 WIN OVER CONDORS

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Heat erased a two-goal, first-period deficit en route to a 3-2, come-from-behind victory Friday over the Bakersfield Condors at Stockton Arena. After conceding twice in the game’s first frame, the Heat got the comeback started early in the second with Austin Czarnik’s marker just 1:11 into the period, then Luke Philp knotted the game at two with his team-leading 19th goal of the campaign. Tied deep into the third, Eetu Tuulola recorded his third game-winning goal of the season, second against Bakersfield, by potting a loose puck on a two-man advantage to seal the victory.

Stockton had the upper hand in the special teams battle, cashing in twice on the power play while holding Bakersfield scoreless in its lone trip to the man-advantage. With the win, the Heat improve to 7-2-0-1 on the year against the Condors and clinch the season series over Bakersfield.

GOALIES

W: Jon Gillies (25 shots, 23 saves)

L: Stuart Skinner (24 shots, 21 saves)

NOTABLE STATISTICS

Three Stars: First – Eetu Tuulola (1g, gwg), Second – Josh Currie (2g), Third – Austin Czarnik (1g)

Shots On Goal: STK – 24, BAK – 25

Power Plays: STK – 2-4, BAK – 0-1

Austin Czarnik became the sixth member of the Heat to reach 15 goals on the season with his marker in the second period. It was his first point since February 22, snapping just his second two-game dry spell.

Luke Philp’s goal to tie the game at two was his team-leading 19th marker of the season.

Glenn Gawdin moved into a tie with Alan Quine for the team lead with 46 points on the season.

Eetu Tuulola recorded his third game-winning goal of the season, second against Bakersfield.

Byron Froese is now one point short of notching his third 40-point season in four years.

– Stockton is now 7-2-0-1 on the year against Bakersfield, clinching the season series.

UP NEXT

The Heat will head to Bakersfield for a Saturday night rematch against the Condors, then will return home for a Tuesday tilt with San Jose, the first of three games next week at Stockton Arena.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat Media Relations