October is usually associated with the return of National League hockey, but this year is quite different, and the 10th month of the year will begin with the Stanley Cup in the back window. Nevertheless, sports fans will be spoiled in October by the performances of several renowned athletes who will try to succeed and perhaps even set some records.
Lewis Hamilton has a possible date with history in the coming weeks, as he will do everything possible to join the great Michael Schumacher as the greatest Formula 1 winner of all time.
With 90 career victories, the Mercedes team driver will have two races (in Germany on October 11 and in Portugal on October 25), to equal and supplant the record of 91 victories which has belonged to Schumacher since his last triumph, in 2006. .
LeBron James is in the NBA Finals for the 10th time in his career. He leads history in points in the playoffs and has been named the playoff MVP every time his team has won, in 2012, 2013 and 2016.
It will be James' first final in the Los Angeles Lakers uniform, however, after triumphs with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. These are also the ones who will be his opponents from September 30.
Mookie Betts may never have been at his best in the playoffs, but he has rarely had a better opportunity to be dominant than this year, when the Los Angeles Dodgers will look to get their hands on the World Series for the first time since 1988.
Newly acquired from the Boston Red Sox, Betts had a good first season in California with a batting average of .292, 39 RBIs and 16 long balls in just 55 games. The Dodgers are the big favorites by virtue of their excellent 43-17 regular season record.
Rafael Nadal may be aging, but he's not showing much signs of slowing down anyway. At Roland Garros, he will try to join Roger Federer at the top of the ladder with a 20th Grand Slam title. The Spaniard will also be able to get his hands on a 13th title at the French Open, he who has never lost in the final of this tournament on clay.
It may not be his performance on the ice that Alexis Lafrenière will make the headlines the most in October, but the young Quebecer is expected to be selected first in the National Hockey League draft on 6 October.
If he is chosen first by the New York Rangers, the former Rimouski Oceanic would thus become the first representative of the Belle Province to accomplish this feat since Marc-André Fleury in 2003.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees holds a slew of NFL records. The 41-year-old veteran could add another chapter to his story, however, by becoming the first pivot to complete 7,000 career passes.
He currently has 6,940, which means he will have to complete at least 60 assists in three games in October. That's a conceivable goal for Brees, who has made 73 discounts in his first three matches of the 2020 season.