Elks land 3 on All-Star team —Three members of the Bend Elks have been selected to play next week in the 2019 West Coast League All-Star Game. The Elks trio — Gil Luna, Ryan Kaser and Zach Needham — will not have to travel to play in the annual showcase game, which this year for the first time is begin staged at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend. The game is set for Tuesday; first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Luna and Kaser, both pitchers, and Needham, an infielder, will play for the South Division team, which will be led by Bend Elks coach Joe Dominiak and the Elks coaching staff. The North Division All-Star squad includes infielder Troy Viola, a graduate of Bend’s Summit High School who recently completed his junior season at San Jose State andthis summer is playing for the WCL’s Bellingham Bells. The WCL All-Star Game Home Run Derby is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, also at Genna Stadium. Participants in the derby have yet to be announced. For more information about the WCL All-Star Game, go to bendelks.com.
Seattle NHL team has GM in sights — Seattle’s NHL expansion team is close to an agreement with Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Francis to become its first general manager, a person with direct knowledge tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team had not made an announcement. The expansion Seattle franchise is set to begin play in the 2021-22 season as the NHL’s 32nd team. The 56-year-old Francis has been in hockey operations since shortly after the end of his Hall of Fame playing career. All of that time has come with the Carolina Hurricanes, including four seasons as their GM. Carolina did not make the playoffs with Francis in charge of decision-making, though his moves put the foundation in place for the team that reached the Eastern Conference final this past season. Francis had 1,798 points in 1,731 games over 23 seasons with the Hartford Whalers/Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs. He won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992.
— From staff and wire reports