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he Fred Page Cup: Exciting Eastern Canadian Jr “A” Hockey Championships with a Boost for Cornwall’s Economy

In April, the&Cornwall Colts will Greater Cornwall Areas Community Sports Newspaper - Design be hosting the 2015 Fred Page Cup - Printing Eastern Canadian Championship. games between four - Binding Round-robin Junior A teams – the Colts, CCHL - Finishing Champions (Cornwall), MHL champions (Maritimes) and LHJAAQ Champions (Quebec) will begin April 28. The winner of the tournament will represent Eastern Canada at the RBC Cup in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.

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the Colts Co-Chair Marketing and Promotions Director David Murphy says the favourite team doesn’t always The host Cornwall Colts plan on keeping the Fred Page Cup in Cornwall win, which will make this tournament after the Tournament. Ice Level Photography an exciting one. and willing to help. Murphy says this and family eating at restaurants “It’s the team that has the right means Cornwall will be hosting a fun, like Schnitzel’s, Shoeless Joe’s, St. chemistry and gets hot at the right time Hubert’s, Boston Pizza, and Tim exciting, and successful tournament. that has a good chance of winning this Horton’s translates into a strong Not only will this tournament bring type of tournament,” says Murphy. economic spinoff, Murphy says. He As the Fred Page Cup draws Cornwall some exciting hockey, but it is very excited for the tournament, near, fans continue to support the will benefit the city on an economic and happy to be involved. tournament, as they have since last level as well. Businesses will benefit “Good luck to all the teams summer. A number of businesses are in several ways. The booking of participating, but it’s ok if local fans also supporting the tournament, and a approximately 300 rooms at local want to cheer for only the Colts,” large number of volunteers are ready hotels and having players, friends, jokes Murphy.

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Braves Win Chambly Tournament... Host Tourney of Champs This Month By Todd Anderson


urviving late-game penalty trouble, the NGS Bantam B Rep Braves took home the tournament title in Chambly, Quebec, on March 15. They hope to use the win as motivation, as they host the Tournament of Champions this month. After skating to a 2-2 regulation score in Chambly (NGS goals from Brady Norton and Liam Wilson) against the Buffalo Shamrocks, the Braves lasted a scary overtime period, in which they took a penalty, and prevailed in an exciting shootout to claim victory.

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Carter Tait decided the match with a beauty goal during his shootout attempt. “I came in, faked a shot, pulled the puck to my backhand and before he (the Shamrocks goaltender) could react, I put it upstairs – bar down,” recalled Tait, with a smile. Carter feels the tournament victory will help motivate his team who are hosting the Bantam B Rep Tournament of Champions April 11-2 in Finch. “This was a good experience for us. We know we’re not going to win games if we are in the (penalty) box. It’s easier to score when we have 5 guys on the ice.” Carter’s father Steve is the coach

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of the Bantam B Rep Braves. He’s excited to see his team compete in the Tournament of Champions this month. “It’s going to be a challenge for sure; there are some real good teams. It’s the best of the best, but I think we can compete. It will be a challenge to get through the round -robin portion, and then you just don’t know what might happen. We’re going to use that tournament from Chambly as motivation and go from there.” The tournament schedule was not fully available at Sports Energy press time with several participating teams still to be decided because they were still competing in their own league playoffs. NGS along with Eganville Valley Storm, Char-Lan Rebels and the Embrun-Casselman Ice Dogs have secured positions in the tournament. The event kicks off on Saturday, April 11 at 8:30 a.m. and runs all day up to the last game starting at 6:40 p.m. Playoff action resumes on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. with the championship game slated for 1:30 p.m. “There’s going to be some good hockey played in Finch,” said Steve Tait. “I think it’s going to be a real fun event. I knew we (the Braves) were going to have a good year, but I never imagined it would be this good. We are going to try and get the best out of them at the right time now.” The championship run in Chambly on March 15 started off with a 7-0 win over the Avalon Celtic, from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Paul Perras

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scored three goals and two assists for the Braves while Robbie Metcalfe had a goal and two assists. Michael Reid and Sam Quesnel, with two, rounded out the scoring. NGS goaltender Eric Beugger, who was named tournament MVP, secured the shutout. In Game 2, the Braves and Beugger picked up another shutout, this time 3-0 over the Vermont Black Ice. Quesnel had two goals for NGS with Norton rounding out the scoring. In their final round-robin game the Braves defeated the Shamrocks 3-1 in a preview of the championship tilt. Metcalfe, Brandon Buitting and Tait scored the NGS goals. Team photo on page 9

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Presents... Then & Now Cornwall Colts Edition: Chad Samson

and have the family support and all your friends get to go to the games and see you play,” says Samson. He also recalls scoring the Colts very first goal, at opening night against the Hawkesbury team.

hen you think of Cornwall hockey, the Cornwall Colts undoubtedly come to mind. This year, the Colts are celebrating their 23rd season. So, it’s only fitting to think back to the Colts very first season, when Don Derry owned the team, in 1992-93. Chad Samson was one of the players on the team during that first year.

Samson loved the sport from childhood, and can trace his passion for hockey to his Cornwall roots. “At a young age it was the sitting down with your father, and watching Hockey Night in Canada,” says Samson. “You know back then there’s, my god, so many outdoor rinks that you could play on, it was absolutely crazy. Right from a young age I’d always wanted to play hockey. My parents were always there to support me and get me to the rink early and late, whenever (the team) met; it didn’t really matter to them.”

Samson, born and raised in Cornwall, always had an interest in hockey. He played his entire minor hockey career in Cornwall, played Junior B in Morrisburg and played Junior A for the Massena Americans. He came to play for the Cornwall Colts in ‘92, when the Massena Americans switched over to the Colts, and he decided to stick with the team for their first season. He finished his hockey career with the Antigonish Bulldogs not too long after. Samson enjoyed his time playing in the Colts first season. “It was nice, you know, it’s always good to play hockey in your home town

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The Mini stick By Staff Writer


hen history is simply regurgitated, it doesn’t always tell the entire story. It helps to have more meat on the bones. A few months ago, a tiny little souvenir hockey stick arrived on my doorstep. It was old; it has a red & black ribbon taped to it and Champlain Hockey Club 16 & under OCOT printed on one side along with 9 signatures. The ‘autographs’ I mused, must be the kids on that team - Francis Lapensee - JA Gauthier - G Smith - Ed Miron - E Germain Ray Lapensee - F Deneault and two men - President C Kuhn and Vice, Rosaire Branchaud. It was the inscription on the bottom of the shaft that told the story of a truly notable hockey moment for Cornwall. With a little magnification it says “Cornwall Flyers - Hull Volants Feb 26 1937 in Ottawa”. Did this team of ‘under’ 16 year olds attend the game and sign the little souvenir as a memory of their trip to Ottawa? That is an answer we may never know, but I had to find out who won this game in February of 1937. Now, everyone who follows our city’s sporting history knows the Flyers of 1938 lost to the Trail Smoke Eaters in the Allen Cup Final, but what exactly happened to the 1937 Flyers? This little stick was about to tell us. The best 3 out of five, Senior City League final series between Hull and Cornwall began on February 26 and ended on March 8 in Cornwall. Wrought with the passion of post depression times and the threat of war, the fans were eager to let loose and they filled the Ottawa Auditorium to capacity, over 8000 strong for game one. As reported in the Ottawa Journal, “a healthy contingent of factory town faithful” attended. Could it be, that the under 16 OCOT team was part of that contingent? As for the game, Hull won 2-0 and took a 1-0 lead in the best of five. Game two ended in a 3-3 tie - no overtime in those days - and the game ended up having no bearing on the series. Game 3 went to Cornwall 4-3 and that’s where the

drama began. Midway through the 2nd period, tied at three, Hull was certain it had taken a 4-3 lead. Referee Eusebe Daigneault waved no goal and ordered the face off to the right of the Flyer’s goal. An argument ensued and then a prolonged discussion was taken into the referees’ dressing quarters. The Volant’s and league officials demanded that the referee reverse his call and he steadfastly refused and began to untie his skates. ODHA officials convinced Daigneault to finish the game and Cornwall’s Mile McMahon scored in the 3rd and it held. The Volant’s protested. The ‘no goal’ call was a source of meetings, but the game belonged to the Flyers who would also win the next game 4-2 and take the series lead 2-1. An extra day of delay occurred for another attempt at a reversal which was again overturned. Hull evened the series with a 3-1 win and game five was held on Tuesday March 8, in Cornwall, at the brand new Community Arena where 3000 fans shoehorned into the new ice rink.

By game time, word had trickled in of the passing of the great Howie Morenz earlier in the day - yet, prior to the start of game five, more drama. By rule, if the game ended in a tie, a seventh game would be required, but this night an overtime period of 30 minutes would be played and if still tied, only then would a seventh game be played. The league and district association provided an affidavit of sorts for both teams to sign promising that the game would be played until there was a clear winner as the next series in the Allen Cup playdowns was to start in Smiths Falls the next night. That became a moot point, as Hull would win the game 2-0 and the series 3-2. So, you see, if not for that little souvenir, we may not have even known this much. The Mini Stick is now a piece of memorabilia for the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame. Do you have a piece of our history? Contact CSHOF Gallery Curator Thom Racine for information on how to donate or at least reveal your piece of history.


Rookie of the Month BRETT NICHOL

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Brett Nichol is the Rookie of the Month for the Cornwall Colts. The Kingston, Ontario goaltender played the key role of back-up goaltender this season with the Cornwall Colts. After an upset loss in game one of the first round CCHL playoff series against Hawkesbury, Nichol was called upon to replace starter Denny Doublestyne. That’s when Nichol proceeded to play 3 straight solid games, allowing the Colts to gain a 2-1 series lead before losing a tough game as the Hawks tied the series 2-2 (Colts went on to win 4 games to 2). Nichol’s .921 save percentage over those three games mirrors his stats from the regular season in which he played in 14 games posting a 2.57 goals against average and an 8-2 record with 1 shutout.


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guidance counsellor, but most of all, my mentor. He truly had an impact uc Rozon is a teacher, coach, on the woman I have become today; mentor, outdoor enthusiast, and to always strive for the best person all around great guy! that I could be”. Submitted Article


Let’s face it, for many kids, gym class is the highlight of the day. Luc Rozon sees this as an opportunity to teach beyond techniques and drills to impart values and lessons that last a lifetime. M. Rozon is a genuine model for his students and colleagues, as he truly lives the lifestyle he encourages. He believes in an holistic approach where physical health leads to a balanced lifestyle and overall happiness. This is evident when you see him snowshoeing regardless of the wind chill factor. He finds a way to embrace the outdoors each and everyday, no matter the weather; a habit he has instilled in his family as well.

Luc has a way of using athletics and sports as a means to teach the bigger picture. He has a strong set of core values that guide his teachings-fairness, commitment, perseverance-all of which are essential beyond the courts and fields. Codie Primeau sums it up nicely, “I think we have all been incredibly lucky to have had such an excellent role model to guide us through high school and prepare us for the real world. M. Rozon played a huge role in rooting my interest in physical activity and health, and without his support, I would never have been able to experience a post-secondary athletic career...He has taught me the true meaning of teamwork, perseverance and hard work, skills that have given me the the drive and confidence to aim for my dreams...”

Luc has dedicated countless hours to coaching various teams. He sees great value in helping kids strike a balance between personal life, academics, and athletics while remaining committed to all aspects. Luc’s colleagues also regard him This lesson goes a long way in highly. Joshua Caissie, new teacher, developing students who will remain and new to L’Héritage says that, active well into adulthood. “Luc has been an integral part of my Chelsey Lefebvre, L’Héritage success as a new gym teacher and graduate recalls fondly, “M. Rozon coach, imparting to me his expertise was my fitness teacher, my track and experience in phys-ed, coaching, coach, my volleyball coach, my and leadership. His door is always

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open and he genuinely wants to see simply saying hi and spending time his peers succeed.” with us...all of it contributes to fond Obviously, the students have memories,” says Alexandra Roach. really learned and benefited from the life lessons that M. Rozon offers. Some, however, value the day-to-day encounters. “Whether it be singing silly songs on the way to tournaments, pumping us up before big games or

Luc Rozon is truly an educator and coach who goes over and above for his students and colleagues, providing countless learning opportunities and hours of precious time - sharing his passion with others.

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Char-Lan District High Schools EOSSAA Gold Medal Winners in Girls Varsity Hockey

Fourth Row, Mike McDonell, Sean O’Farrell, Heather Petrie, Darrell McDonell (coaches). Third Row, Mackenna Mulhearn, Courteney Laplante, Chelsea Cayer, Mackayla Petrie, Hannah Thomson, Breanna Thomson.Second Row, Emma Pasco, Kate Moffatt, Allie Fickes, Emily Slaney-Adams, Chantal Vivrais, Lee-Anne Warden, Brooke Seguin. Front Row, Cassie Flaro, Tosha Burns. Photo Supplied

Hometown Crowd Will Encourage Players

“With their home crowd behind them, things should be a little different this year,” he said. “It’s a he 2015 Fred Page Cup is privilege and a great opportunity for coming to Cornwall. us all,” said MacDonald. “I’m sure The Cornwall Colts Junior A the fan support will be really, really hockey team will be hosting this good.” year’s tournament, with games The four-team tournament includes being played at the Cornwall Civic the host city and the champions of Complex from April 29 to May 3. the CCHL, the Maritime Junior A By Jordan Todd


Grant Cooper, left winger for the Colts, said that playing for the Cup in Cornwall will be extra exciting. “It’s pretty special, said Cooper. “Knowing that you’ll have family and friends watching, it’s always a good time.”

Lawson MacDonald, a fourthyear player for the Colts, said some of the older members of the team remember losing in the Fred Page Cup semifinals in 2013, and are looking forward to getting another crack at it.

Hockey League, and the Quebec Junior AA Hockey League. It is played annually, and rotates the host city between the three leagues.

The Colts last won the Fred Page Cup back in 2000. This year’s team is hoping to change that.

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Local Golfer Ty Celone Teeing Up at MCB Curaçao Masters in April By: Molly Kett


ocal 15-year-old Ty Celone has been making his mark in golf since the age of four, when his father handed him a golf club and encouraged him to practice. Now, Ty is scheduled to play in his first Pro Am event representing Canada, at the MCB Curaçao Masters, in April. He was invited to participate by the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA), after finishing second in the Order Of Merit for boys 15-19 across

Canada. Golf became competitive for Celone when he was thirteen, after his second big event on the CJGA tour. He found himself in the final round, with a chance to win. He says he felt the pressure, but knew he could compete with the top juniors. Since then, Celone has been dedicated to competitive Golf, and loves it. “I love the game because it’s an independent sport,” says Celone. “I have only myself to

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“My favourite sports memory is from when I competed at the Bell Capital Cup in Major Atom. We had played the morning of the game and I was lucky enough to be chosen as a flag bearer for the Senators just before their game that night at what was then the Corel Centre. I remember tapping all the Senators’ gloves as they came onto the ice but the players that stands out the most in my memory is Zdeno Chara. He was just so much bigger than all the others. That’s something I’ll never forget.”

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blame when I have a bad day. When I put the hard work in and practice, it feels good to hit great shots and play well.” He is currently on three tours: the CJGA, the Professional Golf Association of Canada (CPGA), and the Golf Association of Ontario (GAO). Celone hopes to pursue golf as a professional career, but his first goal is to earn a scholarship and get an education. He hopes, one day, to find himself competing in the PGA Tour.

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Recently the OHL’s Belleville Bulls franchise was sold and is moving to Hamilton On. Cornwall lost it’s Major Jr Royals in 1992. Would the OHL work in the Cornwall market today? William Dillabough

The question of Major Junior “A” Hockey returning to Cornwall crops up every couple of years. OHL franchises have become multi-million dollar operations. Both the franchise fee and Sports Enthusiast operating budgets are in the millions. So, the first thing we need is an owner with very deep pockets; second, would be the arena. The complex would require major upgrading at taxpayers expense. Most OHL arenas today resemble mini NHL Rinks. The team would also need to control concessions, parking, etc. Third - fans. I think you would need a committed season ticket base of at least 2000 to 2500 people. Walk-up would be needed to bring attendance to around 3400- 3800 per game. Current OHL ticket pricing is $20.00 – $30.00 per adult and in most cases parking is an additional cost. Fourth, we would need support from the corporate community. Sponsorship packages, corporate box rentals and support are essential. If we had all of the above, who knows, we could be hearing “GO Royals Go” echoing throughout the Ed Lumley Arena once again.

Jake Lapierre

Having an OHL team in Cornwall is a wonderful idea; to watch and enjoy higher calibre Major Junior hockey - to bring back the nostalgia of the Royals and the opportunity to cheer “up and coming” NHL prospect players locally; however, at what cost? The structure of the Conditioning Coach OHL has changed considerably since 1992. The Ed Lumley Arena, once considered a state of the art facility, would require extensive and costly structural changes to meet current OHL standards. The average OHL fan attendance is approximately 3000 per game. Is Cornwall’s fan base large enough to fill 3000 seats per game to support the team? Would an OHL team benefit Cornwall enough to entice the City to invest the funding required for facility upgrades? Do taxpayers believe an OHL team would benefit the City of Cornwall enough to invest tax money on a team and sacrifice other City services? The City of Belleville, (population 49,454 according to the 2011 census) was faced with similar issues to keep an OHL team in Belleville. The Bulls are now relocating to the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton. Would I like to see an OHL team in Cornwall? Absolutely but I’m also realistic. Do I believe Cornwall has the appetite for an OHL team at today’s price tag? In my opinion, I don’t believe so, but that’s just my opinion.

Jim Riddell

The idea of having an OHL team in Cornwall is not all that farfetched. Cornwall is a great hockey town, the Ed Lumley arena has the capacity to accommodate the team and the necessary education and billeting partners would Seaway Karate Club compare favourably to any city in the league. Cornwall, however, is at a disadvantage to most other team in both location and population density. Using Belleville as an example, the city’s population is similar to Cornwall, but with Napanee and Trenton just a few minutes on either side, the numbers double. Cornwall would have only the Ottawa 67’s as natural rivals while most other teams have several. Belleville has Kingston, Oshawa, and Peterborough within easy driving distance. Even with a greater population and proximity to the fan base of other teams, Belleville has been at or near the bottom of the OHL in attendance! Five of the twenty teams in the league are averaging 3000 or more in attendance per game. Many people in Cornwall and surrounding area would appreciate and support an OHL team, but to average 3000 fans per game over 34 home games might be overly optimistic. I do not think that we would have the fan support to sustain an OHL team in Cornwall.


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Mike Proulx Volleyball Tournament for CHEO By Jennifer Halsall


pring is here! And for Mike Proulx, there’s no better way to welcome in the warmth than a game of volleyball. For the 11th consecutive year, he will be hosting his annual volleyball tournament to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. “It’s a day of fun,” he says. “It’s been going on for a few years and I just love where the money’s going.”

This year’s tournament falls on April 11, and will feature 12 teams competing in three divisions. The event will feature food, raffles, and several other unique highlights such as the skunk award - a decorated clothes pin given to the last place team. Proulx says he initially got the idea for the tournament when CHEO was threatened with closure. “I remember it was on the news that the government wasn’t funding it, and they were ready to close the hospital,” he says. “and that’s when everyone started doing stuff, and that’s why I got involved.”

Tournament organizers include, L to R Karen Wattie, Bonnie Myles, Melissa Gibbons, Mike Proulx, Shawn Submitted Photo Proulx, Andrew Proulx, Helen Gilmour, Barbara Proulx

“The last two years is when it really hit off,” he says. “I have a lot of people who want to volunteer and come out. I don’t refuse them –I say yeah, if you want to volunteer, come on out and I’ll find something for you to do.”

Proulx’ inclusive attitude extends to the players themselves, who register in droves. “I don’t refuse anybody,” he says. “A lot of the players come back and I’m getting more and more every The spirit of community year, and sometimes I have a has continued since the waiting list to see if somebody tournament’s origin, but Proulx drops out at the last minute.” says this year he’s receiving For Proulx, there’s no better more support than ever before –sponsors are now calling him way to give back to the hospital to donate. To accompany the he’s come to love. “We laugh, corporate donations, a platoon we laugh all day,” he says. of community members ties “and every dollar counts. I love CHEO.” everything together. Though the hospital is no longer threatened with closure, he “keeps going anyways, since the money’s going to a good cause.”

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ANDY BROWN: Loves his Job, Loves the Game By Jordan Todd


ndy Brown currently loves his position as the Owen Sound Attack athletic therapist. Growing up in Cornwall, though, he never thought hockey was where he would end up. Brown studied kinesiology at Lakehead University, before moving on to study athletic therapy at Sheridan College. As part of his placement at Sheridan, he ended up working with the Milton Merchants hockey team. That was his first hockey experience, and the rest is history. “It’s one of those things,” said Brown. “I didn’t choose the path, it chose me.” In 2003, Brown was hired by the Kingston Frontenacs as their head therapist. After his second year in Kingston, an opportunity came up in Owen Sound that offered more job security. He jumped at the chance. Ten seasons later, he still loves his job.

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“Game nights are my favourite,” said Brown. “That’s why you do it, to be part of the action, be on the bench. There isn’t anything better.” Brown has even worked some international events before, and he’s hoping more are in his future. He worked for Team Ontario at the U-17 world challenge in 2006, and the Canadian U-18 team in the summer of 2009. Some of the players on those teams: John Tavares, P.K. Subban, and Drew Doughty - to name a few. However, Brown says the highlight of his career was Owen Sound winning the OHL championship in 2011. “There wasn’t anything that beats that moment,” said Brown. “That was the absolute best.”

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The Games Are Over, but the Memories Live On … Don Grant from the rink at 59. It was in 1996 that Grant was inducted into Cornwall’s Hall of Fame, solidifying a 45-year-career that he can be most proud of.

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ooking back on his hockey career, Don Grant “I thought this would be a nice honour and sure says his proudest moment was being inducted into the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame. Born in enough it happened for me.” Ontario, Grant, now 84, began playing hockey as a goaltender in 1944 for the O.C.O.T organization. “Back then nobody wanted to play goalie because we didn’t’t wear masks,” recalls Grant, “but I wanted to play goalie because I liked it, I was good at it, so I fell right into it.” From 1945-1949, Grant earned himself a spot on several teams—from the Cornwall Falcons to the Maxville Millionaires. And in 1950, the then 19-year-old was invited to play professional hockey in Scotland. Along with other Cornwall players, Grant played overseas for four years. After returning to Cornwall, from 1955-1964, Grant played for the Hawkesbury Hawks, Brockville Braves and Morrisburg Combines, to name a few. It was during this time that Grant participated in the Allan Cup Quarter Finals—another of his most memorable feats. Afterwards, Grant worked as a referee and went on to play old timers hockey with the Cornwall Hubs from 1976-1987. He eventually retired

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The Seaway Roller Derby Girls are Passionate, Empowered and Ready for Season Three By: Molly Kett


ornwall’s Seaway Roller Derby Girls are skating into their third season, with the home opener coming up fast on May 2, and a busy summer of games and training ahead. The girls love the sport and are raring to go for this upcoming season. But some of you might be wondering, what is roller derby all about? Vince Jasiewicz, SRDG’s bench manager, says it’s about passion. He says roller derby “brings women together from all different walks of life.” SRDG’s youngest member is 16, and their oldest is in her early 50s. Roller Derby is a contact sport, in Submitted photo which teams earn points by having their The Power Dames provide non stop action. scoring player, or the “Jammer”, lap five ladies met for the first official derby awesome!” members of the opposing team at the meeting in Cornwall. In November of He began refereeing for the team, same time as trying to block the other that year, SRDG held their first official and helping at every turn. By January team from getting points. In order to practice, and the team was born. of 2014, he was asked to fulfill the play official games, players must be Jasiewicz says he got involved due duties as Bench Manager. Since then, 18. to his wife’s interest in participating. his entire family has gotten involved. Jasiewicz says the team originally He went to watch her play practice “There is no end in sight as far as our began as a Facebook page, “We Want scrimmages, and thought to himself “I involvement is concerned. We are a Roller Derby in Cornwall.” In 2011, have to get involved with this, this is derby family,” says Jasiewicz.

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Sarah Whelan is a multisport athlete who excels in all areas of school life. She is a grade ten student who boasts an 85% average while participating in many extra- curricular activities. She has been a member of the cross country and track and field teams and has qualified for EOSSA in both individual sports. Sarah also was a key member of the volleyball, badminton and soccer teams. Last year, she captained her soccer team to an EOSSA championship, while also being named the team MVP. Sarah’s love and dedication to soccer far exceeds the high school sport. She has trained with the Ontario U16 Provincial Soccer team in Toronto and is currently a member of the Fury U18 Elite Academy. This commitment involves travel to and from Ottawa at least five days per week. She also gives back to the soccer community and has volunteered as an instructor at both the First Touch Soccer Camp and the Christina Julien Soccer Camp. Sarah’s involvement in athletics has helped her to become an active leader in the school. Despite being a junior athlete, she is an excellent role model for younger students and exemplifies a true team player. Sarah is a very positive leader and was a member of the Panther Pulse leadership team at the school. Sarah is an excellent ambassador for SJCSS and with her hard work and determination; she will accomplish all of her chosen goals, both athletically and academically. Congrats, Sarah!

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Elissa Armstrong is a quiet leader in our school who skillfully pairs academics and athletics. Elissa has been involved in school sports since her first year here at l’Héritage. During her time here, she has been a member of many teams including badminton and soccer. Her first passion, however, is volleyball. She was named captain of the senior varsity team two years in a row--a team that this year was SDG “AA” champions! Her volleyball skills are evident within the community as well, as she is has been a member of the Cornwall Vikings Volleyball Club for the past two years. While balancing academic excellence with a busy athletic schedule, Elissa also volunteers her time as a spokesperson and member of the ski club and as head official of several events during the track and fields season. Elissa is dedicated, disciplined, and determined--all of which are obvious in class and on the court!


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Seaway Valley Devils Capture Gold at National Broomball Championships By Staff Writer


he Seaway Valley Devils recently participated in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba during the National Broomball Championships held from March 23-29,2015 returning as the Gold Medal Champs. They took their only loss in their first game 2-1 against CAJ Centre du Quebec but came back strong against the Big River Crusaders from Sask blanking them 6-0. The Devils then beat the Quebec T-Miss 2-0. Moving on to another big 7-0 shut out over team Manitoba put the Devils in the right frame of mind to take on ON#2 Twisted Sister and claimed a 4-0 victory. They defeated the Eastern Thunder, the defending champs 1-0 in the semi-finals on Friday, to advance to the championship game against the CAJ on Saturday, claiming a 1-0 victory. Congratulations to our local Seaway Valley Devils, and a heartfelt thank you to family, friends and the community for their generous support of their team.

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When the expression “that kid’s a natural” is mentioned at St. Joe’s, there is only one name tMarly Quince has been a member of the Cornwall Colts since the 201112 season. Quince captained the Colts this past season and led the team with 64 points (23 goals, 41 assists) during the regular season and was tied for the CCHL playoff scoring title after the first round of the playoffs with 9 points in 6 games. Quince picked up at least one point in all six playoff games against Hawkesbury in round one highlighted by a goal in game 5 in which he shrugged off two defenders to emerge from behind the net to score. Sioux Lookout’s favourite son is excited about leading the Colts into the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Championship which Cornwall is hosting April 29th-May 3rd. Quince will also be moving on to play for the Clarkson Golden Knights in 2015-16.

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have done a lot of runs and triathlons together. One of us is always up for that day’s training and makes sure the other also kicks into gear. I’ve also had the good fortune to run with Sheila and Wendell Lafave since the beginning. We started the Raisin River Ramblers together and I got plenty of encouragement and instruction from Wendell when I first started running.”

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veryone has their own way of approaching the idea of exercise, and beyond that, triathlons. Susan Kersley came to triathlons from a very different direction. “Before I started running, I rode horses for thirty year, showing English hunters and foxhunting,” she says. Having always been physically active, and having had the benefits of horseback riding under her belt, Kersley got her chance join the racing scene, in 2002. “A friend asked me to run the Great Raisin River Footrace 5k with her, and I responded by saying that I didn’t run. But we went anyway, and that was the beginning of a lot of races and a lot of fun.”

There are a couple of other organizations Kersley would like to give big thanks to, for helping and encouraging her. “The Cornwall Sea Lions Masters Swim Club is a very supportive group of individuals led by an amazing coach, Bill Lister, to whom I give all the credit for my swimming skills and ability,” she said. “The Cornwall Multisport Club is also a remarkable group of truly talented athletes who are always willing to share their time and effort to help others seeking to improve their multisport skills. Both these organizations are very welcoming to newcomers.”

Kersley, at the age of 71, still gets motivation from a simple idea, “I like to participate and I like to challenge myself,” she says. “Two main things keep those thoughts front and centre; If you sign up for a race, be it a run or a triathlon, it becomes a commitment that you work towards. If you are going to go to a race, you want to do your best and therefore you need to train.”

For Kersley, there are many fond memories of her participation in races and triathlons. “The fondest memory for me has to be crossing the 10k finish line hand in hand with my daughter at the Toronto Sporting Continued on page 22

Kersley admits that it is much easier to train if you have company. “Donna Magher and I have trained together for several years and we

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Ever Wonder What Goes On In A Typical Week Of Training at a Professional Boxers Training Camp? By Jorge Luis


he professional fighter must prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for the upcoming bout. Here is a glimpse of training with a professional boxer for one week.

First training day of the week begins with a 60 minute strength training session. This includes weight training, circuits, core work, etc. This is followed by a session beginning with cardio work, stretching, and then on to 4 rounds of shadow boxing in the ring; practicing certain specific moves and punch combinations alternating moving left and right. Whatever a boxer does offensively to the left he must be able to do to the right. It’s the mark of a complete fighter. The boxer then moves on to pad work with his trainer, who holds the pads on his hands and directs the boxer to throw specific 3-5 punch combinations mixed in with appropriate defensive moves. Working specifically on what the boxer needs to do on fight night. This goes for about three 3 minute rounds - very specific. The boxer then does a few rounds of freestyle pad work reacting to whatever the trainer calls out or does. The boxer then moves on to the heavy bag, working freestyle (meaning whatever he/she wants) and working on punch combinations practised that day. The coach is nearby, watching and offering tips, pointers, and correction. During the second workout of the day, the afternoon session begins with light shadow boxing and stretching for 5-10 minutes, followed by skipping rope for 10-15 minutes. The boxer and his team then shadow box with each other, changing partners, working on combinations and defense - “cutting off the ring”, counters, movement, and all styles. This is done for 6 rounds of 4 minutes. This is followed by 6 rounds of heavy bag work freestyle and 6 rounds of 4 minutes each with 45 second breaks. Abs, neck exercises, and stretching follow.

Second day is only a gym session due to the intense work done the previous day: 5-10 minutes of skipping rope and stretching; shadow boxing with a partner for 3 rounds; no-contact work on offense and defense. This is followed by: 1 round of freestyle work on the heavy bag; 2 rounds of freestyle pad work with the trainer; 1 round of shadow boxing; 2 rounds of shadow boxing while ducking under a rope; 1 round on the heavy bag alternating 30 seconds of punch outs and 30 seconds working at normal pace; 1 round of heavy bag work 30 seconds at long range and 30 seconds at short range, alternating. All rounds are 4 minutes duration. Stretch and finish for the day. Third day, after loosening up by skipping rope and shadow boxing, the boxer spars today...6 rounds 3 minutes each with a 1 minute rest between. The sparring session is filmed and the coach takes notes on sparring both positive and negative. After sparring the boxer works abs and shadow boxes while thinking about the sparring session. Boxer and trainer then watch the sparring session and review notes and film - what was good and what not so good. It is very helpful for the boxer to see himself, not just to be told and shown. Day four of training, after a day off, is started with a 1 hour run at a slow and steady pace maintaining a heart rate of 120-140 beats per minute. The night session begins with loosening up exercises and 2 rounds of freestyle shadow boxing then gearing up to spar. The boxer will work on specific things from the previous sparring session. In the first round of sparring the boxer takes the action to his opponent, cutting off the ring - initiating attacks, while the sparring partner moves and counters. The next round is 1 round of shadow boxing. The second round of contact sparring is role reversal, with Tony (for example) moving and countering while his opponent presses the action, cutting off the ring and attacking. Another round of shadow

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boxing with full gear follows. In the third round of contact sparring, Tony initiates attacks while his sparring partner, counters with 2 and 3 punch combinations. This ends sparring for the day - a lighter day with less wear and tear to ward off injuries and work on specific moves and punches from previous full out sparring session. The boxer then does 1 round of skipping rope and 1 round of shadow boxing followed by abs work, neck exercises, and push up and pull up sets. This is finished off with a stretch from head to toe. Tony also does dumbbell and sledgehammer workouts with a lot of core and cardio work. The details are too numerous to condense in one article and of course if I told you all the secrets I would have to kill you...just kidding!! This is a sample training week in the life of local boxer Tony Luis, who recently defeated highly favoured prospect Karl Dargan of Philadelphia PA, a

former Pan Am Games Champion. In closing, Tony was very fortunate to have Custio Clayton, former Canadian Olympian and medallist as a sparring partner. In fact Tony had harder sparring sessions in the gym than the bout. As the old adage says, the more you sweat in practice the less you bleed in battle. -- So very true. Readers please watch for Boxing on network TV, CBS and NBC are both running monthly shows and it’s on free TV. Watch for Tony “Lightning” Luis on CBS Sports TV on April 17, 2015. Thank you for reading my articles and remember boxing makes young people less violent not more violent.

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Looking Ahead with the Cornwall Colts By Krystina Caponi


he Cornwall Colts Jr. A hockey team is hosting the Fred Page Cup this year, and with the team facing the Carleton Place Canadians in the semifinals, forwards Tanner Spink and Matt Morin say they are preparing to win. The Eastern Canadian Championship games will be held in the Seaway city in April, where the winner will move on to the national championship “It’s definitely a different class of hockey [the Fred Page Cup],” says Morin. “The best of the best go to the tournament, but I think we have a pretty good chance. Right now we are focusing on playoffs and trying Continued from page 20 Life a couple of years ago. It was her first race and she had always told me she hated running and would never do it. But my son challenged her to participate because it was Mother’s Day and she did it! I’m happy to say that they both started running because of me.”

to make it as far as we can. If we win it will look better going into the tournament.”

Morin was traded to the Colts, from Cumberland, at the CCHL trade deadline. The 20-year-old says his team has sported a winning attitude ever since he arrived. After closing out the first series against Hawkesbury, the Colts will need to bring that same attitude to the ice when they face Carleton Place—the league’s first overall team. “We are trying to play well with more confidence and focus,” says Spink, who began playing with the Colts 3 years ago. “You want to play for the guy next to you. You want to play for something.”

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In 2013, Kersley participated in the International Triathlon Union World Age Groups in London, England at the Summer Olympics venue. “It was an unforgettable experience and left me with incredible memories. I even managed to get a Bronze in the Aquathlon.”

York City - a wish of many years. “This year I finally got there, and it was my good fortune to hit a year of mild weather and clear roads. I still struggled with the hills but it was a great run, and I managed to take quite a bit of time off the previous record in my age group.”

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as a way of giving back to the sport and of continuing to be part of it,” Kersley said, “I started working on my Officials qualification last summer and will do more towards that end this summer. I will be part of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games Field of Play crew at the Triathlon events as well as at the Kersley’s last race participation “When I can no longer participate Road Cycling, this summer.” was the Colton 10 Miler in New in triathlons, I’ll do more officiating

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ith Cornwall set to host the 2015 Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Championship April 29th-May 3rd, and me being fortunate enough to be a part of the organizing committee, memories of Fred Page from the past continue to come up in everyday

Take the inaugural event in Joliette, Quebec – which the Colts were the (then) CJHL representative. The Colts had a true team dynamic that season, with local flavor including standout goaltender Yves Leger (there’s a timeless picture of Leger and back up Gerry Cicciou celebrating the league championship). That FPC tournament was a heartbreaker for the Colts as they lost in the final. The image of the spent emotion on the players will forever live in my memory.

But not to be outdone, and with the core of that Colts team returning, Cornwall ended up cruising to a second straight CJHL Championship and a berth in the tournament hosted in Halifax. The Colts were believed to be a favourite to win that tournament but it wasn’t to be and they came back to Cornwall empty handed, but still hailed as local heroes for the back to back league titles. Fast forward to 2000 and the Colts earned their way to the FPC in Pembroke with their 3rd league championship. That tournament

will always be the most memorable as the Colts won the Fred Page Cup; earning a berth in the RBC Cup National Championship in Fort McMurray, Alberta. That Colts team didn’t have the offensive flair of the previous league championship team but had combined grit, toughness, and enough scoring talent to be considered one of the best Colts teams (if not the best) of all time.

The Colts followed that up with a record setting 2000-01 season. That Colts team put together a franchise best - a .855 winning percentage while only losing 7 games all season and setting the team record for goals scored in a season (347). That brought the Colts their 4th CJHL Championship and a trip to the Fred Page Cup in Coaticook, Quebec. If it wasn’t for a hot goaltender, (the Colts outshot their opponents 74-37 but still lost 4-3) Cornwall would’ve had a second straight entry into the RBC Cup. In 2003, the Colts hosted their first Fred Page Cup tournament and set a standard of excellence for all tournaments since.

Cornwall’s 5th league (CCHL) title came in the spring of 2013. After two straight seasons losing in the league final series, the Colts claimed victory and booked their ticket to Truro, Nova Scotia. That team was led by the first ever recipient of the (National) Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Most Valuable Player award – Michael Pontarelli.

Will this year’s Colts be able to play poor hosts and win the Fred Page Cup? They certainly have the talent to accomplish that. The question will be answered April 29th to May 3rd. Here’s to the 2015 Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Championship in Cornwall raising the bar for future tournaments and hosting cities.

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St. Lawrence High School Season of Championships By Staff Writer


he boys’ basketball program at St. Lawrence Secondary School has become a powerhouse in Eastern Ontario. It was an incredible year for both the junior and senior basketball teams, as they finished with a combined record of 53 wins and 16 losses, taking home many championships along the way. The junior boys finished the SDG season undefeated, capping it off with a win over Holy Trinity in the A finals. They entered the Eastern Ontario Championships (EOSSAA) as the number one seed and did not disappoint as they defeated Almonte in the championship game. The boys then finished off the season by taking home the Upper Canada School Board Championship with an exciting win over Smith Falls. Final stats - 26 wins, 4 losses and 4 championships. The senior boys also enjoyed a very successful season, as well. Their final stats - 27 wins, 12 losses and 4 championships. Their playoff season started by taking home the senior SDG championship in stunning fashion - an upset over previously

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St. Lawerence High School Junior and Senior Basketball Teams

undefeated Holy Trinity. The Saints then finished second at EOSSAA, which qualified them for the Ontario Championships (OFSAA). Prior to OFSAA, the boys competed in and won the Upper Canada Championship by defeating Smith Falls in the finals - redemption for the Saints as Smith

Falls had defeated them earlier in the year. The Saints entered OFSAA as the number 11 seed and were in tough early as they had to face the eventual silver and fourth place finishing teams. Two losses relegated St. Lawrence to the consolation draw, where they rallied for three straight

wins, defeating the 14th, 10th and 8th seeded teams, to take home the consolation championship. The future looks bright for Saints basketball, as all but 3 of the 23 players will continue in the program next year.

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n this issue of Sports Energy we will take a look at a few of the more popular traditional martial art weapons, along with their history. During the 17th century the Ryukyu Islands (of which Okinawa is the largest) were captured by the Japanese. Forbidden by the Japanese to possess weapons, several agricultural implements used by Okinawan farmers were improvised as “weapons of opportunity” to defend themselves and their property. The demonstrated use of most of these weapons can be observed at the weapons division of any large karate tournament. Here is a brief description of the seven most popular traditional weapons 1) Bo Staff – was normally one hand-width longer than the height of the user. This allowed a

safer distance defending against an attacker with a bladed edge. The Bo staff was originally used by the Chinese, balanced across the shoulders, to carry heavy loads. 2) Nunchaku – was originally used by farmers in China as a threshing implement for rice and soy. It consisted of two wooden sticks held together with horsehair. The binding between these sticks is one hand-width, and the sticks should be balanced. The legality of traditional martial art weapons in Canada is determined by the Criminal Code, the most specific being regulations which prohibit certain weapons, one of which is the nunchaku. This makes having a set of wooden, metal, or composite nunchakus in your possession, a criminal offense. For those who still would like to train with nunchakus, a legal substitute is available which is made of soft foam rubber – they may not be original, but they are unlikely to cause any legal issues either. 3) Tonfa – was originally the handle used to turn a millstone. It has a perpendicular handle placed at one-third the length of the stick - usually 15” – 20” long. The stick must protrude an inch

or two beyond the elbow. The PR-24 side handle police baton was derived from the tonfa. Edged weapons – edged weapons had a sharpened edge for cutting and slashing, or a sharpened point for puncturing. 4) Kama – a sickle used to cut crops 5) Sai – (pronged truncheon) looks like a very short sword, and was used in pairs as a pitchfork. They were quite useful for blocking, trapping, and countering attacks. 6) Katana – the Samuri sword. The katana is worn on the left side, edge upward, and is drawn in a “sky to ground” fashion; used while on horseback or on foot. 7) Bokken – (wooden sword) – used a training weapon by Samuri because it was much safer and cheaper, as metal was not easily obtained. It is still used today for safety reasons in place of a sword at competitions and in the dojo. 8) Next issue – a look at non-traditional weapons. Karate Quote: Repetition is the mother of all skills.

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LC Cornwall men’s hockey fairy tale journey at the Challenge Cup Championships ends with a Silver Medal (Cornwall, ON) It was just not in the cards for the SLC Sharks men’s hockey team in the Championship game at the 2015 Challenge Cup. SLC battled hard right from puck drop, but ultimately couldn’t capitalize on the limited scoring chances they had against the talented team from Trent University, losing 2-0 and settling for the silver medal. “We needed to score early on when we had a couple of chances” said Sharks coach, Sean Boulerice, “But we either missed the net, had our shot blocked, or the Trent goalie robbed us. They [Trent University Excalibur] are a talented team, and have been all season.” You wouldn’t know, by the way the teams were playing, that they had both Playing in front of the hometown crowd made this year’s Challenge already played two games that day but players from Trent and SLC were an early lead. SLC looked to have a the first period, but Trent responded flying down the ice looking to take slight edge in shots halfway through with five solid minutes of pressure that ended in a big SLC shot block Champs Eastside Boxing Club that preserved the scoreless tie.

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caught themselves puck watching on a pretty tic-tac-toe Excalibur goal that had a Trent player all alone at the side of the net.

Trent would open the scoring early in the second period, with an Excalibur forward sneaking in-behind the SLC defense on a partial breakaway. SLC responded with good offensive pressure through shots coming from the point and getting sticks on the puck on its way to the Trent goal, but ultimately not the back of the net.

SLC would call a timeout in the final minute of the game to draw up a play, but never got the chance to produce a scoring opportunity, resulting in the Sharks settling for the Silver medal.

Trent dictated the play to start the third with SLC looking out-ofsync in their own end with several passes missing the tape to escape the defensive zone. Sharks goaltender Ryan Cooper was keeping SLC in it, making several stops down the stretch. After missing on a glorious odd man rush chance, the Sharks

of both semifinal games and the Championship game, and finally to all the fans that came out to all five SLC games.

“The experiences we had over the year mean more than a medal or trophy ever could” said Sharks coach The Sharks had a great two Mike Pettinella, “This loss still hurts, minute power play that produced but we have a great group of young a few scoring chances, but once men in the locker room that have made again SLC couldn’t capitalize on lasting friendships and experiences as their opportunity. There was a nerve part of being a member of the Sharks racking two-minute stretch that had hockey club.” all five SLC players on the ice for an The coaches, players, and athletics extended shift, but the Sharks were staff would like to thank all the saved by the second period buzzer volunteers for their help putting before Trent could spend more time on the Challenge Cup, TV Cogeco in the offensive end. for providing live TV coverage

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The Game From A Referee’s Perspective By Johanne Sullivan


hile players and spectators do not always agree with the calls a referee does or doesn’t make during a game, it is important to keep in mind that he or she has a difficult task at hand. While sometimes derided, most referees go about their job with a quiet grace. Colin Ashby is a local referee who has been overseeing games for more years than he cares to remember. He is a quiet individual who has a great love and passion for the game. Colin started reffing novice hockey at the age of thirteen for some pocket money. He has always enjoyed being on the ice and reffing as an adult gives him the opportunity to continue having a role in a game he loves. When he started reffing, he played hockey and reffed in “The time that was left in the week”. He coached for about five years before taking a seven-

As the game has changed so has year break. He returned to the game in 2005 when his son, Jonah, started Colin’s style. As a thirteen year old playing hockey. he did not have the confidence he has Colin has noticed the game has now. He was afraid of making “the evolved since he started officiating. wrong call”. He was not as familiar He finds the biggest difference is with the rules as he is now. Now, the increased speed of the game. he knows the rules “backwards and The players are much faster and the forwards”. He describes his style as game is much more intense. As the “Wanting to give the players a chance players age, they are progressively to play hockey. Let them skate. Only stronger and faster; much faster than get involved when the players are not even 10-15 years ago. While things following the rules”. He then takes have changed for players, they have control before someone gets hurt. also changed for referees. There is Having refereed countless games much more awareness now about over the years, Colin does have concussions and head injuries. He some fond memories. The one that now has to contend with rules that shines brightest for him happened have been developed to make the about six years ago. It was a game game safer, like the new head contact 5 playoff contest between the Major penalty. Referees are there not only Bantam Seaway Valley Rapids and to officiate the game, but also to make certain the game is played in as safe a manner as possible.

the Gloucester Rangers. The Seaway team included Grant Cooper who currently plays for the Cornwall Colts Junior A team. A hotly contested game, it was tied going into the final minutes. The game ended in a tie, but since it was the last of the series, there was mandatory overtime. The Rapids came up short after double overtime. That one game was the equivalent of two games. Colin also enjoys the yearly bantam tournament. He likes “seeing teams from all over, spending long days at the rink, and hanging out with fellow refs”. When officials are together they like to exchange war stories from “our weekends on the ice. These are the best times as a ref”. Next time you’re at a local rink, you might find Colin on the ice doing what he loves.

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Ski Family Races to Top of the Podium By Victoria Klassen


he four grandchildren of Mike Bruyere sped their way into first place finishes at Titus Mountain. On Feb. 28, siblings Owen and Olivia Tyo, and their cousins Madison and Mason Bruyere, all placed first in their age categories in the race. All four of these young racers are part of the Titus Mountain Race Program. Mike Bruyere skis every weekend with his children Laurie and David, and his four grandchildren. David Bruyere, father of Madison and Mason, also participates in the races at Titus. He placed first in his adult category during the same race where Madison, Mason, Owen, and Olivia all topped the podium. “It’s cool to see all four

David Bruyere 1st place

of them up there,” David said. “It’s pretty exciting to see how good they do, and watching them progress every week.” Eight-year-old Madison said she loves racing because she gets “to go fast.” When asked how she felt after the race, she said, “Great because I got a first place trophy.” Mike said he agreed to enter a race this year because his grandchildren had been begging him to. “I saw all four of my grandchildren at the finish line and they were all jumping up and down and cheering,” said Mike, “But when I stopped, the reason why they were cheering was because they had all beat me!” Photos Supplied

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Hockey is a Family Affair for The Bellefeuille Family a great time,” she said. “They’re aged four to six and you get to know the parents and the kids. I mean, you or the past six years, the Cornwall Girls Hockey can’t beat a little kid in full hockey gear.” Association and the Bellefeuille family have become Volunteering and maintaining such a busy schedule one cohesive unit. Daughters Ava, 10, and Abbey, 12, is a lot of work for the Bellefeuille family. According play on atom and peewee teams, while their mother to Al, it’s manageable because it’s a family effort and Angela is the tyke program convenor and their father they’re all in it together. “What helps a lot is we’re Al coaches, and is on the association’s executive. both involved,” he said. “If you don’t have that balance, Al began coaching six years ago when his oldest if you don’t have that support, then it’s very difficult. daughter first started playing hockey. He said that But being both involved, both engaged, we better his experience playing hockey as a kid was valuable understand things and we make the time.” to pass on to his children and the community. “The The Bellefeuille family is an example of just how engagement is all for them,” he said. “We might as well important hockey is to the Cornwall community. get involved and get our hands right into it.” “Specifically with girls hockey, it’s a growing trend Angela works closely with the association’s tyke right now and we’re at around 300 girls involved in our program for younger children. “With the tykes, I have association and with the new rink being built a few years

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Female Sharks Hockey Team BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPIONS Submmitted Story


LC-Cornwall women’s hockey defeat University of TorontoScarborough in the final game at the Challenge Cup, winning for the second consecutive year (Etobikcoke, ON) The SLCCornwall Sharks women’s hockey team are back-to-back provincial champions, after a perfect 4-0 record at the 2015 Challenge Cup Championship, defeating the University of Toronto (U of T)Scarborough Maroons 1-0 in the Championship game. “We had our best performance of the entire season at this championship” said Sharks coach, Sean Boulerice. “The girls bought into our system 100%, came together as a team, and really tightened up defensively. Mike [Pettinella] and I told the girls that when we tighten up defensively, the goals will take care of themselves. We have too much fire power to not score goals, and that’s exactly what happened.” After defeating Conestoga and Sault College in the round robin, SLC defeat the number ranked Fanshawe College Falcons 5-1 in the semifinals, qualifying for the gold medal

game (recaps). SLC and U of T-Scarborough looked very well balanced in the opening frame with most of the play taking place in the neutral zone. Roberta Mamakwa would have a great scoring chance after blocking a shot on the penalty kill, finding herself on a breakaway but was denied by the goalie. Shortly after, Megan Simpson nearly earned her sixth point of the tournament but hit the post. The Sharks opened the second period with Annie Young on a breakaway right off opening face off but was stopped by the U of T-Scarborough goalie. The play was a sign of things to come, as SLC had excellent offensive pressure all period and were finally rewarded with Megan Simpson standing in the right spot at the right time, putting in a loose puck, giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead. With the Maroons relying on the stellar play of their goalie, the Sharks found themselves under pressure in the third period. Just like in their last four games, the SLC defense and goaltending stood tall and kept U of T-Scarborough to the outer perimeter, killing off three penalties and preventing the Maroons from

ago, I think hockey is a big part of our community,” Photos Supplied said Al.

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getting any quality scoring chances. U of T-Scarborough had one last chance on the power play with just 15 seconds left in the game, winning the offensive faceoff, but the shot from the point would get deflected into the corner where SLC was able to kill of the remaining time on the clock, and hang on for the 1-0 shutout victory, winning the Challenge Cup Championship for the second consecutive year.

“What a great way to lead in to our year end Athletics banquet next week- one Silver and a Gold” said Sharks coach, Mike Pettinella. “We are so proud of our players all season both on and off the ice...and we appreciate the support from our SLC family.” After the game, Eliza Earle was named player of the game for SLC, after having a stellar performance on defense for the Sharks.


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Matt Camm Competes in Tim Horton’s Canadian Men’s Curling Championship By Jennifer Halsall


or Mat Camm, making the Brier was a dream come true. The 24 year-old comes home to Cornwall a proud member of the new Team Ontario, which competed in the tournament for the first time. “When you start curling when you’re growing up, you always imagine making the Brier,” he says. “It was a special moment for all of us, we were all ecstatic to be there, to represent the province, and to play the best team in the world.” The team won five games, lost six, and finished ninth overall. But despite the ninth

place finish, Camm says Team Ontario was a stone’s throw from victory. “There are a whole handful of teams you could have picked to make the playoffs, so we were pretty excited to finish five and six,” he says. “We were only a couple of inches away from winning two games, which would have put us in the playoffs.” Camm says the games against Team Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador were especially fierce. But the For Matt Camm, dreams do come true Submitted Photo greatest challenge his team Camm says Team Ontario faced wasn’t on the ice –it was really got to buckle down and focus on making your shots,” will face its next big challenge in their heads. he says. “It’s just really an eye in the fall, at the Ontario “You’re playing the best opener on how high your level Curling Tour championships. teams in the world and you’ve has to be.”

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