Ah, playoff hockey, the best time of the year.
Six former Utah Grizzlies players are enjoying the fun and physicality of the NHL playoffs, which started this past week.
Last year, Keith Ballard advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with Vancouver as the Canucks advanced to game seven.
Ballard is joined by Todd Bertuzzi (Red Wings), John Erskine (Washington Senators), Zenon Konopka (Ottawa Senators), Richard Park (Penguins) and Mike Smith (Coyotes).
The ECHL boasts 41 former players and 13 coaches on the 16 playoff teams this season.
The popular 2012 NGA Natural bodybuilding, figure, bikini, men's physique and fitness championships are today at Bountiful High School. The pre-judge is at 10 a.m, with the evening show at 7 p.m.
The top best natural drug-free athletes in the Mountain Region will compete in the 66th annual event.
Cyclist Levi Leipheimer, injured a week ago in Bilbao, Spain, still hopes to compete in the Tour of California and Tour of Utah races later this year.
Leipheimer suffered a leg injury in the collision and his bicycle was smashed into multiple pieces.
The former University of Utah student hoped to return to training shortly, and the Team Omega Pharma-Quick Step star hopes to race in the Tour de France and London Olympics.
Ogden fighter Billy Zumbrun will fight Ruslan Chagaev on April 21 in Germany. ...
Minor League Baseball president Pat O'Conner will present Bees first baseman Efren Navarro with his 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove Award today in a pre-game ceremony at Spring Mobile Ballpark. ...
FLOW -- which stands for Flowboarding League Of the World -- has selected Ogden to host the FlowRider FLOW Championships on Oct. 12-13 at the Salomon Center. ...
Nancy Weir, assistant athletic trainer at Weber State University, will be inducted in to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame on April 21 in Mesa, Ariz. ...
We wish Raegan Scott Pebley luck as she leaves Utah State to become the head women's basketball coach at Fresno State. She is the winningest coach in USU women's history at 110-155 and helped the school reinstate the sport in 2003.
Utah Blaze QB Tommy Grady's fourth quarter touchdown throw against the New Orleans VooDoo last week was named the has been named the Spalding Highlight of the Week in the Arena Football League. ...
Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart and the rest will descend on Rice-Eccles Stadium on April 28 for the popular Monster Energy Supercross blowout. For information, visit www.supercrossonline.com. ...
BYU senior outfielder Delaney Willard has been named one of the Top 25 finalists for the 2012 USA softball collegiate player of the year. ... We're counting down to 100 days until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Wednesday will be the official 100-and-counting day.
Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org.