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he Seaway Valley Novice A Rapids travelled to Richmond Hill to participate in the Richmond Hill Stars AA tournament on September 10-12th. After going undefeated in round-robin

play, the team claimed gold in a fast- SVR squad has played since coming paced final against the Nepean Raiders, together after tryouts; however, the Rapids dominated the play for the entire clinching the tournament title. match-up, winning 7-0. Defensively, Tournament play began on Friday the team was solid, allowing only 5 vs. the host team, the Richmond Hill shots taken on net. Scoring for SVR Stars. This game was the first game the Continued on page 2

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trouble, the Seaway team came out on top, winning the game 7-2. Solid penalty killing and consistent backchecking were points of success for On Friday evening, the team was the Novice team during this match-up. matched up against Stoney Creek. Goals were scored by McMillan and Again, the SVR team dominated, Delisle. winning the game with a score of 11The championship game saw SVR 0. The players moved the puck well, against league opponent Nepean passing on offense, and maintaining Raiders. The Raiders have had a play in the opponent’s zone by manning successful pre-season, boasting several the blue line. Delisle, Owen McMillan, wins in exhibition play. The match-up and Parker Thompson each logged proved to be even, with back and forth goals. play throughout the game. Nepean Gameplay early Saturday morning was the first team to light up the board against Nickel City Junior Sons found and went ahead 2-0 early into the the Seaway team ready to compete. first period. By the end of the first SVR players rallied to score 9 goals, period, the SVR team tied the game at with Delisle, P. Thompson, McMillan, 2. Despite a strong second period by Hunter Thompson, and Alex Delormier Nepean, during which they controlled all contributing goals. Goalie Eli Seguin possession, SVR was able to break the Story on page 7 tie with a goal from Jensen White to Many committee members work together to make the Big Buck Event a allowed only 1 goal against. go ahead 3-2. During the third period, success. Submitted photo. The Seaway squad met up against Nepean fought hard notching 2 more the Barrie Colts on Saturday afternoon. goals, however, the Rapids pressed and The Colts were the Rapids’ toughest came out on top with a final score of competition to date, scoring two quick 8-4. H. Thompson and Delisle also goals at the beginning of the first scored goals for the SVR team. period. By the end of the first period, the game was tied at 2. Two minutes The coaching staff is pleased with into the second period, Delisle scored the efforts and gameplay demonstrated the go-ahead goal, and the Seaway by the young team in their first of four team didn’t look back, winning the tournaments. With a six-game record game 8-3. White also notched points of 50 goals for and just 10 against, the Windows system clean for the SVR side. team promises to be an offensive force Registry cleaning On Sunday morning, the Rapids met to reckon with, as well as a defensive up against the Markham Waxers in powerhouse. Regular season play will Relevant windows updates the semifinals. Despite some penalty begin at the end of the month. Install free anti-virus software Complete virus removal to Jim Kalp and staff on opening your new Install free spyware Rustproofing location in Alexandria software Wishing you many Complete spyware removal successful years from $ 95 Scandisk 1st User Defragment $ 99 Each Additional User Interior cleaning

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Cornwall Colts Edition…Dave Stathos By Molly Kett


ave Stathos grew up playing hockey in Montreal and has many years’ experience as both a goalie and a goalie coach. His experience playing professional hockey kicked off in Cornwall, playing for the Cornwall Colts. “I decided to go to Cornwall because I wanted to play University hockey in the States and I needed to go learn some English because I was totally French when I moved to Cornwall, so I played there three years,” says Stathos. After his time with the Colts, his career took off. He was recruited to play for Princeton, which he did for four years, where he also studied sports psychology. He also played for a short period of time for the Philadelphia Flyers. Soon after, he played professional hockey in Finland for the Helsinki team, which is where he met his wife. After this, he played in Sweden for one year and retired from playing in 2007 when his son was born. His son is now eight, and is a goalie just like his dad. Stathos has fond memories of his time playing with the Colts. “My favourite Colts memory is definitely my first year there, when we won the championship,” says Stathos. “We were down in the series against Gloucester, we were down 3 to 1 in the final in the games and we ended up winning the final three games in a row and we won the final game on home ice in the civic centre. There was like 5 or 6 thousand people in the crowd which was more than the centre can hold so that was by far the best memory in Cornwall.” Stathos says the best part about playing for the Colts was the fan base. “I remember we were treated really well and we had a lot of fans coming to the games,” says Stathos. My first year we started the series at the Si Miller arena and it was a really tiny rink. It was over-packed all the time so I guess the fire department threw us out of our own rink because there were too many people, so we went to play the playoffs at the civic centre. It just showed how much people were behind the team.” Now that Stathos is no longer playing, he’s busy being a dad, teaching French Immersion in Ottawa, and opening his own goalie training facility in Kanata called Dave Stathos Goalie Performance Centre. Look for the article in this issue for more information on his training facility.


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As an athlete, the only thing small about Emma Grant is her stature. Everyone, and “I mean everyone” who has ever faced her on any playing field knows, she is a BIG time competitor whose desire to win is only surpassed by her love to play and be the ultimate teammate. It is with great pride that St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary nominates Emma Grant as their candidate for Athlete of the Month. Among many sports activities, Emma co-captains the Panther’s senior basketball team, which recently won gold at the Panther/ Falcon Classic. If last year’s athletic awards are any indication, we can expect great things from Emma in her senior year. Amazingly, Emma’s accomplishments do not end there. This young lady somehow manages to maintain a 90% average in her academics. Emma is still not sure what the future holds but one thing is certain, this remarkable young person will be a valuable member of whatever type of team she chooses.

At the age of 14, Emily Vallance has achieved amazing athletic goals. She is the World Kickboxing 2014 Canadian and World Champion for her age group. As the 2015 Canadian Champion the World Kickboxing for Union, 14-17 age group, she will be headed to Spain at the end of October to compete for a world title once again. Earning these titles has required dedication and passion. Emily possesses a number of qualities that are valuable to her as both an athlete and a student. She serves as a role model for many and has earned the respect and support of her community!

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rior to embarking on its season, the Seaway Valley Rapids Major Atom AA team travelled to St. Catherine’s to partake in the Garden City Minor Hockey Association’s Early Bird Tournament. The Rapids faced the Clarence Mustangs and rolled to an easy 10-0 victory. Mathieu Sauvé got his first shutout of the tournament. Carson Martin (x4), Marco McCarthy, Antoine Lafrance, Lucas Mullin (x2), Brennan Lashomb each scored for the Rapids. Mullin, Lafrance, Jett Jock, Thomas Shoniker, and Ethan Montroy each notched assists. Next, the Rapids faced the Sudbury Wolves with Austin Lebano earning his first shutout of the series. The boys earned another victory with a 5-0 score. Jonah Ashby (x2), Braxton D’alessio, Lafrance and Jock each scored with Ben Pilon, Jim Sullivan, and Lashomb earning assists. The Rapids faced a tougher opponent in the Burlington Eagles, but still walked away with a victory. The team eked a 4-3 victory. The boys came out strong with Montroy scoring first on a pass from Jock. The Eagles tied it up and even went up by one, but McCarthy tied it up short-handed in the second period. In the

third period, Sullivan got a go-ahead goal from D’alessio. The Eagles tied it up, but McCarthy got the game winner from Shoniker. Next, the Rapids faced the hometown Niagara Falls team. The Rapids squeaked by with a 4-3 win. Martin got the ball rolling in the first period; closely followed by McCarthy. Going into the second period, the Rapids were tied 2-2. Montroy got a go-ahead goal early in the second. Going into the third period, the game was tied at 3. D’alessio got the game winner from Montroy for a final score of 4-3. It was good enough to get the Rapids into the finals. The Rapids had to face the Eagles again. The Eagles came out strong and were first to score. Jock tied it up in the second period on a pass from Shoniker and Josh Esford. The Eagles quickly responded to go up by 1, but Martin tied it up on a pass from Martin and Mullin. Late in the second period, the Rapids were able to convert during a power play when Sullivan got a go-ahead goal from Mullin and Martin. The Eagles were persistent and tied it up. The Rapids were just as persistent and got the final goal of the game early in the third period. Lashomb got the game winner on a pass from Lafrance and McCarthy.


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Brennan Barker Appointed Captain of the Cornwall River Kings for this Upcoming Season By Molly Kett


rennan Barker, born in Long Sault, Ontario, has been playing hockey since he was young. Now, living in Cornwall with his family whom he calls a “very strong support system,” Barker has been appointed captain of the Cornwall River Kings. Barker enjoys living and playing so close to home, as it makes it easy for his family and friends to come watch. Barker is very qualified for this position on the team, as he’s been playing with the River Kings for the last four years and has an extensive hockey history. Barker played minor hockey in Long Sault in the Seaway Valley, followed by his junior hockey career with the Char-Lan Rebels. After this, he played three years in Brockville for the Braves, followed by a year in Penticton, British Columbia. From there, Barker received a scholarship to the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he played for four years. He did a full season in Tulsa before coming home for a year, where he started working and took a full year off before joining the River Kings. Barker is very excited about his new position as team captain. “It’s a huge honour,” says Barker. “I’m starting to be more and more comfortable with the league and the players, every year there’s

Submitted Photo more guys that I’m familiar with that I played with growing up or played against joining our team, so it only helps, and then just the rollover from the year before with old teammates - it gives me a lot more confidence.” This league is fairly different from some of the

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others Barker has played in, but Barker thinks this is ideal for this stage in his life. He says college hockey was similar to this league; however his junior career had much more playing time which he says was a lot more stressful and taxing to the body. Playing with the River Kings fits his lifestyle. “I have a full time job during the week and I haven’t missed a day of work because of hockey; it’s been a great second career I guess you could say,” says Barker. “It’s been really great because it gives you that freedom to be able to play hockey at a high level but still keep your career and move up in the working world.” Barker has high hopes for this season as captain. “I’d like to be part of a winning team in Cornwall,” says Barker. “It would be great for everyone.” When it comes down to what keeps Barker playing the sport, he can’t pick just one thing. “There’s the competition, there’s the respect between yourself, your coaches, your teammates, and your opponents,” says Barker. “There’s the joy it brings to everyone, the fans, your teammates, when something good happens, it’s an emotional roller coaster every game pretty much it seems. You can be high and then low and then the beautiful thing about it is you get to come out the next day and do it all over again.”

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his year, the Big Buck event will start November 2 and go until November 15, finishing with the Hunter Ball on November 27. All weigh-ins are done at Fence Depot, 3045 Pitt Street Cornwall, from 8am to 5 pm Fence Depot & More has become the place to go for hunting and fishing supplies, but it wasn’t always like this. “Hunting and fishing business was not in our cards as a business ten years ago when we relocated to 3045 Pitt Street; as in our name, we are a fencing store,” says John Locke. “Thirty plus years retailing and

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This is a great community event with 100 per cent of what we raise returned back into the local community or businesses,” says Locke. “This is what community and small business are all about, I personally cannot thank everyone enough, as it has given myself, my family, and our business the best support we could ever ask for.” As this is a community event, Locke welcomes everyone to attend and get involved. “My family and our business has for many years been involved in helping where we can in local events and now we are again thankful for the support for our event,” says Locke.

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he City of Cornwall is pleased to announce that James Fawthrop has been appointed the new Division Manager of Parks and Recreation. A native of Cornwall, Mr. Fawthrop has extensive experience in the municipal sector, having served for 10 years as a Municipal Engineer with Thompson Rosemount Group/Genivar before joining the City of Cornwall in 2011 as Design and Construction Engineer. In this position, Mr. Fawthrop has been tasked with supervising employees and overseeing municipal projects in a variety of ways, from budgeting and planning to actual implementation. “Jamie’s education, experience and communication skills make him an ideal candidate for this key position,” said Mark Boileau, General Manager – Planning, Development and

Recreation. In addition to his work experience, Mr. Fawthrop also has a long record of community involvement. He is presently a volunteer Director on the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and he also devotes time to serve as a volunteer coach for minor hockey and lacrosse. Mr. Fawthrop and his wife Kate have two children, Dean and Carolyn. “I am excited about this new opportunity and I’m looking forward to joining a great team at Parks and Recreation and building on the solid foundation that is already in place,” said Mr. Fawthrop. Mr. Fawthrop is expected to make the transition to the new position in the coming weeks and the process to fill his current position will begin immediately.

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aturday September 19, sixteen of Cornwall’s best 9-ball players converged on Rack-Em-Up Billiards for the Grand Finale to the summer series. With $2540.00 up for grabs, you could feel the excitement throughout. Interesting first round match-ups pitted two of the favourites against each other, with Jody Roy besting Jason Hall and Justin Miller knocking Markus Noe to the one loss

side. Jacque Sauve, Richard Renaud, Mathew Pawis, Platon Liolios, Jeff Flemming, and Bob Labelle also advanced to round two. Over on the B side it was win or go home, so the pressure was intense. Markus Noe, Kevin Thibeault, Leon Cook Jr, and Jason Hall advanced, narrowing the field to 12 players. Again, Jody Roy advanced over multi-time winner Jacque Sauve and Justin Miller beat Bob Labelle. Mathew Pawis prevailed over Richard Renaud and Platon Liolios sent Jeff Flemming

B side. Markus Noe ended Richard Renaud’s day while Jacque was finishing off Kevin Thibeault. Jason Hall ended Jeff Flemming’s run and Bob Labelle finished off Leon’s day. Jacque Sauve continued as he took out Markus and Jason sent Bob home for the day. Jody Roy advanced in a thrilling matchup against Mathew Pawis while Justin Miller killed Platon Liolios’ hope of an A side final appearance. Mathew was not finished and ended Jason Hall’s run to the money round. The grinder, Jacque

Sauve has no quit in him, beating Liolios. Mathew ended Jacque’s day in a strong 4th place finish. Even Justin Miller could not stop Jody who would sit in the hot seat waiting for the B side winner. It went back and forth with Justin and Mathew and eventually Pawis would win this match. The final was set and Roy completed his sweep with complete domination and flawless play, besting Mathew Pawis 7-0, even with the alternate break format. Congrat’s to Jody Roy this year’s Champion!!!

Cornwall Atom B Typhoons Win Silver in Oakville By Submitted Story


he Cornwall Atom B Typhoons earned a Silver medal in the BB division of the 2015 Oakville Hornets Classic Competitive Tournament. The Typhoons tied the Burlington Barracudas 2-2 to open their first competitive tournament of the season. Cornwall suffered a tough 2-0 loss to the Clarington Flames in game 2 and finished the round-robin with a 3-2 loss to the Etobicoke Dolphins. The one point from the tie earned the Typhoons a 2nd place finish in their division and a berth in the quarterfinals. The Typhoons blanked the Barracudas 1-0 in the quarter-final before upsetting the host Oakville Hornets 2-0 in the semifinal. That set up a rematch against the heavily favoured Etobicoke Dolphins. The championship game was a back and forth contest with the teams finishing regulation tied 1-1. The Dolphins scored twice in the shootout for the championship. “The girls played extremely well all weekend long,” said Typhoons’ Head Coach Ian Laplante. “We’re very pleased being able to walk away with a Silver medal.” The Atom Typhoons begin league play this Sunday (September 27th) at home against the Russell Coyotes. Game time is 1:30pm at Benson Centre Pad 3.

Front Row (L to R): Amelie Brunet and Emily McLaughlin 2nd Row (L to R): Ella Dickson, Olivia Laplante, Peyton Cicchini, Emily Bethune, Julia Murphy and Elizabeth Arbic 3rd Row (L to R): Julia Cameron, Kristen Zeran, Ryese Brownell, Olivia Carter, Paisley Cook, Isabella Vincent, Ava Bellefeuille and Maude Millette Back Row (L to R): Keith Dickson (Assistant Coach), Earl McBean (Assistant Coach), Ian Laplante (Head Coach), Christine Cicchini (Trainer) and Alain Bellefeuille (Manager) Submitted Photo

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Dryden is entering his second season with the Seaway Valley Rapids. Last season Dryden enjoyed some success getting a shut out and playing a big role in winning the Pickering tournament. His favourite hockey team is the Ottawa Senators and his favourite player is Craig Anderson. Dryden is exceptional at keeping his eyes on the puck and staying at the top of his crease to cut the angles. He hopes to one day play in the NHL. His favourite pre-game meal is spaghetti. When he’s not playing hockey he can be found playing soccer and studying for his spelling tests.

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Seaway Valley Rapids Major B a n t a m AA will be starting the new season with a new bench staff and a roster which consists of some seasoned, experienced players from last year and some exciting new additions. Braeden is a talented new addition this year. He is a skilled right wing player with good ice sense and blazing speed. He is a grade 9 at St. Joe’s who enjoys many sports. Besides hockey, he also excels at basketball, soccer, and cross country



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Scott Pearson Continues To Stay Busy With Hockey By Todd Anderson


ornwall native Scott Pearson, a veteran of 292 National Hockey League games, has always been heavily involved in hockey. Eight years after his professional playing days officially came to an end, things have not changed. Speaking to Sports Energy during a sunny July afternoon from the deck of his Long Sault cottage, the 45-year-old talked about his role with MedAssets, where he is vicepresident of corporate events, and his role, actually various roles, with the Atlanta Fire minor hockey league program. Looking back at when he joined MedAssets, Pearson recalls the appreciation he felt in having something to focus his dedication on, after his hockey-playing career came to an end in 2000/01, after playing 51 games for the Essen Mosquitoes in the DEL Deutsche Eishockey Lige (German Ice Hockey League). Officially, Pearson’s pro career ended after playing one game for the Gwinnett Gladiators of the East Coast Hockey League in 2006/07 season. “It’s not an easy transfer when you stop playing,” says Pearson “your whole life changes. The whole environment of being a pro hockey player, it’s different. (MedAssets) is a great company. I have learned a lot from the business. I’ve met a lot of great influential people who have helped me along the way.” Pearson says his move to Atlanta was “as smooth as you could ask for.” In 1999 the Alpharetta Family Skate Center dubbed “the Cooler” opened in Alpharetta, Georgia. Since that time, Pearson has been involved with the Atlanta Fire minor hockey program in various capacities, including coaching many teams. “I’m proud what we have accomplished with the program,” he says. “The younger players aspire to get better

each day.”

One player who has graduated through the system and reached new heights is Scott’s son Chase, who was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. “It’s pretty humbling to be a part of this,” says Scott. “To sit in the stands and be at the draft, there were a lot of memories from when I was drafted (6th overall in 1988 by the Toronto Maple Leafs). I’m proud of him because he worked so hard to get here.” Father has tried to instill a sense of balance in son. Despite Chase’s successes, Scott has expressed the importance of remaining grounded. Scott knows being drafted is a great first step, but it only means your foot is in the door. Plenty of hard work is still ahead. Luckily, he’s had the opportunity to share his knowledge and experience during his son’s rise in the sport. “Chase was born and raised through the Fire,” says Scott. “He started in the Mite (novice) division and played right up to midget. I was able to coach him a lot. There are a lot of great memories there. It’s gratifying to see the boys now becoming young men. To see how appreciative they are.” Pearson and his family return to their cottage in Long Sault every summer to enjoy various water sports, meet with friends, and family, and most of all - relax. “I have great memories as a kid growing up here,” recalls Scott, a former Cornwall Minor Hockey League player and Huron Hockey School instructor. “I still have lots of friendships here. The great thing is the kids (Chase and daughter Trinity) love coming back, too. The kids appreciate coming back and doing the things I did here. I wish I was a kid again.”

Scott Pearson enjoyed some time off this summer with son Chase, pictured, and other friends and family at their cottage in Long Sault.

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some fishing and other water sports. In regards to his son, and other young hockey players, it’s the type of thing Pearson thinks should happen during the off season - getting away from the ice for a bit. “I’m a firm believer you can get burned out doing too much. It’s important to not over do it. Play other sports. Do some off-ice work. Instead of going out and playing summer hockey, after a break, why not participate in camps instead? You get more ice time, probably about 10 times more. It’s what you get out of it, but I think a break is very important. Parents need to be smart where they spend their money and what they get out of it.”

young players. “Repetitions, I’m big on that. I’m big on showing a drill, and then repeating it, and repeating it. It’s how you learn. ”

During Pearson’s NHL career he skated with Toronto, the Quebec Nordiques, Buffalo Sabres, and Edmonton Oilers. He was asked (this interview was held prior to the Leafs big off-season trade that sent top scorer Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh) about the rebuild going on in Toronto right now. “Knowing Shanny (President Brendan Shanahan) and Hunter (Director of Player Personnel Mark Hunter), who coached me, after a major rebuild, in two or three years they could do some damage in the During the most recent trip, the As a coach, Pearson is a strong playoffs. They have the management Pearsons kept busy with little odd jobs around the cottage like fixing believer of ensuring proper technique to think for the future. The game is Continued on page 12 up their fire pit. They also enjoyed and philosophies are instilled in

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Looking for a New Sport to Try? Bowling Could Be Up Your Alley! By Caroline O’Neill


ixteen-year-old Zack Sabourin has his sights set on Youth Bowl Canada National Championships this year but his goal isn’t shared by many his age. Janet Wheeler, the manager of Sabourin’s alley, Nativity Bowl, has seen a decline in youth participants. “Right across Ontario, registration is really getting low in bowling for the younger kids; we have … only 50 kids who register.” In the past, up to 200 kids have registered with Nativity Bowl.

Continued from page 11 more speed and skill now. There’s not as much ruggedness and intimidation. I don’t think I like that part of it. I enjoyed that part of the game.” In his 292 games split into different age groups; at pay just nine dollars a week to be in the NHL, Pearson accumulated 98 part of the program that lasts from points and 615 penalty minutes.

16, Sabourin is a senior. “People don’t really see bowling as a fun sport,” Sabourin said, but added this isn’t the case. “It’s fun and you get to meet new people.” In 2011 and 2012, he earned his way to Provincials.

Youth Bowl Canada was founded in 1963 and Nativity Bowl has participated in the program for 42 years. “When the kids are here, they love being here,” said Wheeler. She was part of YBC in high school. “There’s so much fun.” Wheeler also said bowling has other perks. “It’s an Nativity Bowl participates inexpensive sport to join and an in Youth Bowl Canada, or YBC, inexpensive sport to maintain.” a nationwide program for kids The oldest participants in YBC from ages four to 19. Youth are

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September to May. This includes shoe rentals, playing the game, and a t-shirt. Nativity Bowl also has dedicated coaches on hand. “We are very willing to help and to guide them on the way.” Bowling relies heavily on teamwork and interpersonal skills. “I met new … friends,” Sabourin said. He also bowls with a school friend.

With expansion talks heating up in Quebec, Pearson spoke about the possibility of his old stomping grounds having another NHL team. “They had to move because of financial reasons. The dollar was fading. Today, the way the league is structured, the new building, there’s a blueprint there for success. They have passionate fans who love the game. I think (expansion in Quebec) will happen. It’s a great city. We bring our peewee team from Atlanta there every year for their big tournament.”

Wheeler said bowling’s Pearson continues to go out for inclusivity sets it apart from other a skate a couple of times with “the competitive sports. “No one is morning crew” in Atlanta with a bunch of former pros and college players. benched in bowling.” Chase has joined the group on more

For more information than one occasion. “That’s a nice treat about Cornwall’s Nativity Bowl for me,” says Pearson. “I think I can visit keep up somewhat.”

Martial Art Influences • Professor Georges Sylvain By Jim Riddell, Seaway Karate Club


here are some very good dojos in Cornwall and the Seaway Valley, not just in karate, but in other disciplines as well. As “traditional” as we may like to think our chosen art is, what many of us teach today and how

we present that material to our students has been greatly influenced by the instructors that preceded us. In the next few Karate Komments we will look at the individuals who, in my opinion, have had the greatest influence on martial arts in our area. There is no better place to start than with Professor George Sylvain, holder of a 10th degree black belt in jiu-jitsu and a 4th in karate. It was as a member of the Canadian Military Police during the Korean War that Georges Sylvain began his study of the combative arts, learning ‘Defendo”, a very effective selfdefense system, suitable for both military police and infantry. Upon his return to Canada he studied judo, jiujitsu, karate, boxing, and police techniques, later

combining them to form the Can-ryu Jiu-jitsu System. During the 60’s Georges Sylvain was a top-rated karate competitor, having a mixture of more than 3000 official and club matches, stretching from Montreal to Tampa, Florida. He was a member of the Ottawa police force, chief instructor at his Jiu-jitsu school, and from 196466 he was also chief instructor to the RCMP selfdefense instructors in Rockcliffe Park, ON before they relocated to western Canada. He has been acclaimed by the martial art community for his development and innovating training techniques in kickboxing. Mr. Sylvain had written an article stating that the most successful full contact fighters would be those who combined the kicks of karate with boxing technique. In 1971 his martial arts dojo became the first in Canada to offer kickboxing, three years before the first-ever kickboxing championships were held in California. He was the trainer in the early stages of 23 time world kickboxing champion Jean Yves Theriault’s career. Speaking recently with Jean Yves, the champ said, “Georges Sylvain was a kickboxing pioneer; he was the one who initially got me involved in the sport”. From 1971 until his retirement 25 years later, Professor Sylvain was the chief Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Law and Security program at Algonquin College. He has also authored four books on self-defense from a police officer’s point of view, which have been published in over

a dozen countries and used in police academies throughout North America. In May of 1991 he became the first black belt inducted into the Canadian Martial Arts Hall of Fame. I have had the good fortune to have participated in several seminars conducted by Mr. Sylvain, all of which were filled to capacity, mostly by Black Belt Instructors of every imaginable discipline from across our region. Several things that I received initial exposure to at those seminars, such as the pressure-point systems used by law enforcement, and the persuader baton (kubaton), have become part of our self-defense curriculum. Things can be best summed up by one of our own members at Seaway Karate, Mike Grant, a 4th degree black belt, police officer, and graduate of the Law and Security program at Algonquin College. “After training with Georges, then getting hired and eventually specializing in Police Tactics, myself, it was one of my proudest moments when I realized that the teaching methods, philosophy of delivery and the need for simplicity all hailed from Professor Sylvain. As a police officer for seventeen years, working for two of Canada’s largest municipal forces, and now a smaller one, I can say that he was ahead of his time. I will always give him credit for those nights when I come out on top ‘in the mud, the blood and the beer’. I thank The Professor for helping to keep me safe, the past 17 years, and ‘for your consideration’ the next thirteen”.


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Boxing Movies; Good or Bad for Boxing? By Jorge Luis


recently went to see a boxing movie with my wife, Elaine. The movie was Southpaw. ‘Dinner and a movie’ is always a favorite of ours on a Saturday night… if there is something that intrigues us. Southpaw is a movie about a champion boxer who is not supremely talented, but is extremely tough. Our hero in the movie has everything classic Rags to Riches stories need. The tough urban city kid, who grew up in an orphanage, discovered boxing as a way out of poverty, marries his childhood sweetheart, and becomes a champion boxer. He has it all - the cars, the mansion, money, and a beautiful little girl. A typical boxing story…it’s nothing new. The boxer was stereotyped as the dumb brute, exploited by the game and the vultures involved in the game…promoters, lawyers, and so on. Southpaw did not do great numbers at the box office or in the ratings by the experts. However, I liked it

and quite enjoyed it. I especially liked the boxing gym scenes and how training in a boxing gym and running a boxing gym is more than physically training the fighters. The coach genuinely cares about the kids in the gym; that they stay out of trouble and in school. There is respect in the gym. Proper manners and respect for other members and coaches are vital; something many people may not be aware of. Also in this movie are little subtle aspects of the “business” of boxing. How promoters hustle behind the scenes to arrange fights that are profitable (to them more than the fighters). How some fights are not made because it’s more profitable to make another fight against a lesser opponent for more money than against someone more dangerous, or because one promoter has more connections and clout - but that is not as well known. No fixed fights but so very true of the “business” of boxing. The fight scenes were ramped up for Hollywood, full of action, blood, and gore. That

would never be allowed in a real fight, but entertaining none the less. The gym and training scenes were “Rocky” like and well done. Very realistic. The rocky road back to the top was bumpy but showed the never quit, never say die attitude of fighters. Fighters fight….they don’t give up easily and this applies in life too. Our hero, his coach, and true friends illustrate all that is good and pure in boxing. So yes, I liked the movie; it puts boxing out there in the public eye. Good or bad it gets people interested and talking and young people looking for a better way. It’s not just the fight in the ring; it’s the fight outside the ring as well. Boxers are special people, unique, and some of the nicest people on earth. Another movie I am looking forward to seeing is Creed; the story of Apollo Creed’s son of the Rocky 1-2-3 fame. This is the story of Apollo’s young son living in the shadow of his legendary father

and growing up without his father, yet choosing to follow in his father’s boxing footsteps. Young Creed makes his way to Philadelphia to engage the help of Rocky. In one trailer I saw young Creed is shadow boxing in front of the mirror and Rocky tells him “the opponent you see in the mirror is the most difficult opponent you will have to conquer in your life”. I like it and it so very true. Corny and predictable but I feel it’s a message that needs to get out to today’s youth, now more than ever. If it gets you to stop and consider watching it then it’s good for boxing. Boxing is not dead and I think it’s making a comeback. More than making money, if it changes a few young people’s lives along the way and keeps them away from drugs and trouble then it is worth it. If it inspires youth to go to the local boxing club and check it out and change life for the better then great. Yup, looking forward to another dinner and movie night.

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Shawn O’Neill: Great Athlete, Father, and Member of the Community By Molly Kett


hawn O’Neill was an all round great sportsman, husband, and father; that’s how his cousin, Mike O’Neill describes him. “He was my first cousin, we grew up together. We were like brothers,” says Mike O’Neill. “We played minor ball probably from the age of six to fourteen. There was myself, Shawn, and my other cousin Randy who were all born in 1964 so we played ball together right through to men’s league. I’m not bragging or anything, but we were a pretty good team because the three of us played together. Our uncles, which would be Shawn’s dad, Sandy and my Uncle Jim coached us all the way through.”

Baseball was a big part of Shawn’s life. He started playing in a men’s league when he was about fifteen. He was pitcher, played second base, was a great hitter, and an all round good player. “Great teammate, had a great temperament, and was fun to play with. He was competitive but he was still very sportsman like,” Mike remembers. After fastball died out in the Cornwall area, Shawn took up flag football, which he enjoyed playing with his other cousin Brian O’Neill. Mike says he always enjoyed playing sports with his cousins. After his time spent playing, Shawn travelled around with his daughter Shawna for her Highland dancing. Sports meant a lot to Shawn. “Especially growing up, for the most part it meant everything to

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him,” says Mike. “Probably because the O’Neill name in Cornwall was known for playing fastball and playing ball, he took a lot of pride in it.” During his time playing ball, he won many MVP awards for his pitching, batting, and defense. Mike says Shawn was the kind of player that would help you if you were down. “He would come and give you a pat on the back to cheer you up,” says Mike. At the age of fifty-one, Shawn lost his 22-month battle with liver cancer. Mike says he fought right to the end. He will be missed by all, especially his wife Lorna, his 19-year-old daughter Shawna, and his parents, Lois and Sandy who were very close to him and were always supportive.


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Kaylee Arsenault Named the Medium Pony Gold Medal Provincial Champion By Molly Kett


aylee Arsenault of Newington Ontario is officially a provincial champion. Arsenault won the medium pony gold medal at Les Jeux Equestre du Quebec provincial championship. She won riding Integrity Northern Cross Belle owned by Le Centre Equestre l’Integrité. Arsenault qualified the pony by competing at the regional level on the AERSO circuit in St Lazare, where they take the top four riders from each division to compete against eight other regions. This means a potential of 32 riders per class are at the championships. Arsenault was extremely excited about her results. “I can’t say how grateful I am to have been asked to ride such a great pony for a great farm, Le Centre Equestre Integrité,” says Arsenault. “All my hard work has surely paid off with coaching help from Letizia and Cheryl.” Arsenault’s mom, Lisa Dingemans, is very proud of what her daughter has accomplished. “I am extremely

proud of her achievements and Le Centre Equestre Integrité has given her all the opportunities, this year, riding for them,” says Dingemans. “She has worked hard all her life, dedicated to riding since the age of four. She got a great start to her riding career, crediting the coaching from her previous coaches at Holly Hill farm and learned a lot from them as a rider and has moved on to learn new things as a catch rider which means she gets asked to ride for other barns such as Le Centre Equestre Integrité to help train and show their ponies.” Arsenault works to help pay for some of the costs at her local barn, “Norman Dale Acres” who are very supportive of Arsenault’s riding. “Sheri Sinclair the barn owner is very supportive of Kaylee’s riding and flexes her schedule to allow Kaylee to compete,” says Dingeman. “A great boss to have to encourage young athletes is so important.” Arsenault still has high hopes to keep moving up and challenging higher levels of riding.

Finch Broomball League Focussed on Skill By Todd Anderson


he North Stormont Arena in Finch will be bustling with excitement again this winter, and part of the action will come from the Finch Youth Broomball League. The league has a strong reputation for providing some of the area’s most skilled broomball players. Organizers hope the trend continues. Tina McNairn is among a group of volunteers encouraging new kids to try it out. “We want to see Finch Youth Broomball grow and we want to share the love of the sport with more kids,” she says. “My children started playing five years ago and loved the game from the time they started to play. The first year my daughter played she had the opportunity to try out for Provincials as a peewee and was chosen to participate. I think this is one of the reasons the children fell in love with the game. There is always the opportunity to try out

every year with no guarantee. They try their hardest and always look forward waiting for THAT call. Since then, we have had the opportunity to participate in provincials yearly, with both our children, and love the excitement and the intensity.”

This season the league will focus on skill development, especially at younger ages. It’s an effort to try and recover lower numbers of registered players since the league took a season off during North Stormont Arena renovations 2 years ago. “We’ll bring in a skill component called “lace it up” for our little ones that we hope will also fall in love with the game and continue with our program for years to come,” says McNairn. “It’s fun. You don’t have to be a good player to enjoy it. You can be new and still have a great time. Skills and a strong foundation is our goal for this year. We also have a new life of volunteers coming in this year in Continued on page 29

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Joel Seguin Talks about His Passion for the Sport of Fishing By Molly Kett


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six-years-old with his father. “My dad would take me out catfish or barbotte fishing in the little river where I grew up in Alexandria,” says Seguin. “We were fishing those with bamboos and bobbers and that’s the first one I can remember, it was a long time ago.”

Seguin goes on one fishing trip every May that his father organizes in Napanee to pickerel fish. “That’s the one I look forward to every year, it’s one week away and it’s a bunch of guys - we’re out pickerel fishing and it’s a blast. We go out there once a year and just fish, thirty hours straight. We stay up and try to catch as many as we can.”

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The spot they fish in Napanee is Seguin’s favourite place to fish. He says he likes it for the amount of fish you can catch and the fish that he does catch are always healthy. This year, his son Alex came on this fishing trip with him for the first time. Seguin says he loves fishing as well, but mostly out on the boat. Outside this fishing trip, Seguin tries to get out fishing three to four times a week just to get his line in the water. He’s also been going out with a fishing guide in Lancaster to ski fish, which he has enjoyed as well. Seguin doesn’t let the winter stop him. He says he goes ice fishing

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Carole Duchesne Wins Third Cornwall Golf Championship

that lasted for the 18 holes on the last day of the championships. She arole Duchesne came home says this helped her to “emotionally from the annual Cornwall Golf keep everything together.” Ladies’ Club Championship with Duchesne has been playing golf another win. The championships for seven years, and she practises were held during the September four times a week. long weekend. She thanks the organizers at “Everything came together the Sunday and Monday,” says Cornwall Golf for making the Duchesne. “I started hitting the ball ladies’ club championship such a well, scored very well, and I was fun event, because it encourages in total shock that I won that day.” her to play more and improve. “I She says she had a Zen moment love the challenge of the course. By Victoria Klassen


Because it’s me against the course, it’s not me against anyone else,” says Duchesne. “The best part for me is the short game, because that’s where you score.” She says she attends around eight competitions each year. She’s done competing for this season, but she says she’s going to take this time to work on little aspects of her game. “If you don’t like the way you played one day,” says Duchesne, “the next day can be totally different.”

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Multisport Club Athlete Profile: Sue Duval

we were last week, last month or last year. That motivates me to get up and a push a little harder daily,” says Duval.

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ince childhood, Sue Duval has been in love with sports; from soccer, to hockey, to even coaching teams from the sidelines. “As I neared my half century mark, with my kids now adults and body contact sports losing appeal, I needed to find another avenue to have fun,” says Duval. She was intrigued when a co-worker recommended the Cornwall Multisport. “The thought of not being involved in a ‘team sport’ was foreign to me,” she says. But, it didn’t take long to realize this was far from the truth. “It took little time for me to realize that the Club was all about ‘teamwork.’ Feeding off of each other’s accomplishments and helping reset goals when things ‘don’t go as well as hoped,’ in many ways parallelled my attraction to team sports.”

Normally when asked who inspires them to get them going, an athlete can name someone they look up to, off the top of their head; sometimes even more than one individual. Duval has a much different way of looking at how people inspire not only her, but other people as well. “There are [several] types of individuals who truly inspire me every day to crawl out of bed at five in the morning for a training run, facing any conditions Mother Nature might throw my way,” she says. “Parents who successfully balance full-time jobs or businesses and family life while training for an Ironman; athletes who are well into their 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s who continue to run, cycle, swim, volunteer at events with no hesitation of offering a helping hand or kind word of advice; athletes who take the time to organize

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running and triathlon events for the betterment of the community, thereby providing the opportunity for new athletes to reap big city experiences in a non-threatening small town venue; athletes who have medical conditions and never show their weakness, but inspire and uplift those around them.” She adds, “Athletes who have witnessed traumatic events, yet still find the courage and strength to continue their training and help others with their

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goals, people with a ‘No Regrets’ attitude who forge ahead through success as well as setbacks.” Duval tells us it’s what the Multisport club is all about, being surrounded by positive and inspiring people.

Duval’s first marathon was to her, a remarkable and memorable event in her life. “The Garden State Marathon in Pennsylvania was my first marathon. My favourite saying is ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ and it was so true for this hilly marathon. Little did I know that running 42.2k over rolling hills was that hard!” she says. Travelling with her on this trip was an elite and experienced group of runners. “Sheila and Wendell Lafave, both world Marathoners and 50 Staters, Ian Sim’s a multi Boston Marathon participant, and my running mate Dawn Kiddell. What else could a first time marathoner ask for?” she said. “On our 6 hour car ride to our destination, my passengers shared their running experiences combining great events, what training plans worked for them and who they shared the road with in all corners of the world.” Duval describes her trip through the Pennsylvanian run while her partner Kiddell supported her along the entire way. “Dawn helped me cross the finish line with 4hr 54min time. Not a dull moment as we ran through Amish country, being passed by horse and cart (sometimes wanting to hitch a ride), the scenery, road support, and company was fabulous,” she says. “The adventure was filled with lots of laughs, no regrets, and a wonderful memory of a great marathon. I knew then, it was not going to be my last.”

The Multisport club is not only a place for positive vibes and the ability to help each other; it’s also a great place for fun competitive Lots of athletes admit to not being tracking. “I enjoy the fact that we can post our accomplishments on perfect at every sport of exercise. the Club site to benchmark where Continued on page 20


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Local Novice Skaters Welcome Cross-ice Program By Todd Anderson


new cross-ice 4-on-4 project, introduced to local District 2 novice hockey players in September at Cornwall’s Benson Centre, was well received by most people involved. “The general feedback has been positive,” says Cornwall Minor Hockey League President Pat McLeod, a driving force behind the program. “Parents are seeing their kids are coming off tired and excited. Players are touching the puck more often than in a full ice game. The strongest players are still the players who are touching the puck the most; however, I have seen new skaters have an opportunity to touch the puck as well. In a regular game, they would not be able to keep up. Some parents, prior to the program, believed that players should only play full ice games. Although there are still some who believe this, many have seen the merits of this pre-season program.” Last season Hockey Eastern Ontario invited minor hockey associations to travel to Ottawa to hear about the qualities of the threezone 4-on-4 project. The idea was to help solve ice shortage issues. After listening to the presentation, McLeod thought it would be a great opportunity to utilize ice in a better manner. “In novice, a game lasts 50 minutes. Approximately 20 of those minutes, the puck is with the referee, dropping the puck or picking it up, or waiting for line changes, etc. That means there is only 30 minutes of play time. With two lines per team, players only see about 15 minutes of ice time in a game. With this 4-on-4 program, players are playing hockey for 27 minutes out of a 30-minute game. It’s like playing two games.” When McLeod returned from the Ottawa presentation, he brought forth the idea to the CMHA executive

By dividing the rink surface into three smaller sections, players have more touches of the puck and action Photo:Todd Anderson is non-stop.

and then to District 2 officials. According to McLeod he received overwhelming support from the league presidents. McLeod says a Hockey USAstudent showed favourable results with this format compared to traditional games. Among the highlights were: twice the amount of puck battles, six times more shots on net, twice the amount of pass attempts, five times more passes received, double the changes in direction of skaters, and an improvement of half a shot per minute to 1.5 shots on goalies per minute. “Although we are not keeping track of the stats or using any form of analytics, from observations, I would say these stats are even being exceeded,” says McLeod of the Cornwall sessions. “I am looking forward to our district meeting where all of the presidents will have a better opportunity to speak about the merits of the program.” While McLeod likes what he sees,

he doesn’t feel this program would replace the way novice hockey is organized. “I do not see this replacing full ice hockey,” he says. “There is a lot of merit to noviceaged players playing full ice. I think we may see more 4-on-4 over the next few years but it will not replace full ice hockey at the novice level. I think this format would be excellent for IP tournaments.”


McLeod has been on this ice himself during some of the 4-on-4 action, he has noticed not everything is perfect, but the setbacks have been minimal. “The use of the ice is phenomenal and there is very little wasted space. From a coaching perspective, it is hard to re-direct mistakes as kids are always moving, however, I am a strong believer that The program could be a great time on ice is more important than transition for young skaters moving listening to chalk and talk from your on from Initiation Programs to coach.” novice. “IP is such a structured level, then players come to novice and are McLeod notes, the boards that expected to play the exact same game divide the rink into three areas of as the pros,” says McLeod. “Hockey play were purchased by HEO minor is the only sport that believes seven- hockey for District 2. This means year-olds and professionals can play any District 2 association may use the same game with the same rules. the boards. CMHA is currently Tennis uses smaller courts. Soccer is storing the boards as host of the played cross field. Golf is played on 4-on-4 program. The rink crew, par 3 (holes or courses) and/or with with help from the City of Cornwall, bigger holes. Basketball is played currently can put the boards up with lower nets and smaller balls, in approximately 10 minutes and etc. I think the 4-on-4 program can remove them in five minutes. provide a better transition from IP to

20 12km to the summit,” says Duval. “My low aggregate time for both the spring cycle and fall running events garnered me the prestigious title of ‘Queen of Whiteface’ for the year. This is an epic event that I call one of my favourite challenges.” She also managed to participate in the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour twice, with Ottawa Gran Fondo and Thousand Island Grand Fondo this year. “Cycling has become another one of my favourite activities, which I hope to do more of in 2016,” says When not training for a marathon, Duval. Duval has recently taken a liking to Many athletes volunteer or competitive biking. “My first Club event was the Monday Night Du participate in many charity runs as a (run-cycle-run). A non-competitive way of giving back to community or event held every Monday night at to help children and adults overcome six in the afternoon in St. Andrew’s,” horrible diseases, such as Multiple she says. “I had a 30 lb. hybrid bike Sclerosis. Duval tells us some of the and struggled that summer to keep charitable runs she has helped with, from coming in last every week. By “I would add the Cornwall Triathlon September I was hooked and bought on my list as being one of the best my first road bike at Total Cyclery.” organized events that offers new and Now with her being hooked into elite athletes a chance to show off cycling, two events were her their abilities or just finish in glory,” first to conquer, “The Whiteface she says. “Another amazing event Mountain Uphill Bike Race and is the Great Raisin River Footrace. the Whiteface Mountain Uphill The Ramblers have gone over and Footrace. Both events involved above to carry on the Tom Longboat climbing a continuous 8% grade for tradition of the Great Footrace.”

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She adds, “Ed Whitlock inspires all attendees as he continues to be the fastest octogenarian in the world. His humble presence reminds us all that running is a gift that comes from within. All three events bring so much to the community in so many ways.”

In January of 2014, Duval ran for the qualifying for the Boston Marathon, registering at the Road2Hope Marathon in Hamilton on November 2nd, 2014. Terry Quenneville, a friend and long time club member, decided he take up the challenge. “It was a long tough winter followed by a sweltering summer,” she says. “I needed to knock off 25 minutes from my best marathon in order to meet a sub 4hr 10 min goal while Terry was facing his first marathon and attempting a 3hr 45 min goal.” Duval tells us she and Terry helped each other out to get the qualifying time. “The day was perfect, our long arduous training and conditioning jelled and we both qualified. Terry’s encouraging words helped me cross the line with 4.06:29. I never could have accomplished this without him.” For now only her dear friend has received confirmation to be a

part of the marathon. “Terry has received his email confirmation and is Boston bound April 18th, 2016. I, along with 9,000 other squeakers (those who qualified with less than 5 min.), anxiously wait for our acceptance email.” When asked what advice she can give to people who want to run, three simple words come to mind, “The only advice I can give is ‘Just do it.’ People are often intimidated about not fitting in or not being in great shape,” she says. “The Cornwall Multisport Club opens the door to everyone no matter what your fitness level is. You are the one who determines where you want to go with it.” She adds that it doesn’t matter how old you are, starting to exercise can begin at any age. “It’s all in how you approach it. Whether it’s your first 5k or first time on a road bike, what you can accomplish is endless,” she says. “My training partners will often hear me say ‘It’s all in the people you hang with.’ Without a doubt the athletes I surround myself with are why I run, cycle, and swim (well maybe not swim so much!)”

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First Touch Soccer Camps Leaving Good Impressions By Todd Anderson


s the name suggest, the First Touch Soccer camp is helping young soccer players make smarter and quicker decisions with the ball during soccer games.

While shooting, passing, dribbling, ball control, speed and agility are among important aspects of the game, instructors at First Touch Soccer like to stress the importance of one key area. “We feel the most critical aspect of training for young soccer players is to develop a good first touch,” says lead instructor Marc Legault. “A player’s first touch is his or her initial contact with the ball in a game situation. That first touch in a soccer game determines how much time and space a player will have to evaluate a situation, to make that next pass, to dribble past an opponent, or to set up for a shot. If the ball is controlled too close to the body, too many touches, and too much time is needed to take that next step. If the first touch is poor and too far away, defenders will likely win the ball as they close you down. What makes an elite player like Lionel Messi so formidable is his combination of touch and pace. The ball seems to be glued to his foot at all times in game situations. For the young soccer player, developing a good first touch is the key ingredient which simplifies the game of soccer and makes it much more enjoyable to play. Much like learning a new language, developing a good first touch is more easily accomplished at a young age. Acquiring a good first touch doesn’t happen overnight; repetition is key. Players who improve their first touch and technical skills at our camps then return to their respective teams, make greater contributions to their teams, and simply have more fun knowing that they can better control the ball.”

For the past two summers, the 2015 First Touch Soccer Summer Camp has been teaching local soccer Photo submitted by Judy Legault players important aspects of the game.

Valley Blazers U14 Regional team, says she has a better understanding of how to better her game. “At the first touch soccer camp I attended, I was able to improve my skills and learn some new techniques. The volunteers and coaches were very helpful and had a lot of enthusiasm to teach us. I liked the fact there was some conditioning involved. All the players were eager to learn which made the experience that much better.”

Capping off its second season this summer, the camp has been well-received by the local soccer community. “One thing that makes First Touch Soccer unique in our area is that, in a very short time, through advertising, social media, and word-of-mouth, we have established a recognized brand and solid reputation as a local provider of soccer training,” says Legault. “One reason why we established First Touch Soccer Training was because of the lack of accessible and sustained soccer camps and After attending an eight-week soccer training opportunities for high performance skills and our local players. The fact that conditioning session with the some of our more experienced local program, 14-year-old Shyanna players also get the opportunity to Gauthier, a member of the Seaway help deliver these camps also adds

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teacher at St. Joseph’s, in running the camp. “Jack and I have a long history of coaching soccer in the area,” says Legault. “I have been a high school teacher and soccer coach at St Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School for the past 20 years. Jack and I have been high school and community soccer coaches for a combined 35 years, so this organized soccer training venture seemed like a logical next step for us as coaches. As a goalkeeper who played for St Francis Xavier University, Jack also adds to our training program at First Touch Soccer Training by providing specialized goalkeeper training which is very hard to find in our immediate area. ”

The First Touch Soccer camp made its debut at the Benson Centre field house in the spring of 2014. Later that summer another camp was held at the Kinsmen field in Cornwall. This past spring an eight-week high performance skills and conditioning camp, partnered with Jeff Gibbs, was held and attracted 40 local competitive players. In June, a three-day camp was held with around 50 youth from the Williamstown House League attending. In July, 36 kids participated in the First Touch Soccer Summer Camp at the Kinsmen Field. The summer camp included technical training focusing on dribbling, passingreceiving, and shooting, all the While using the expertise to while including many fun games help guide children in camp, and activities to introduce team Legault sees importance in tactics. letting participants figure things “More than First Touch Soccer plans on out themselves. ever, modern soccer coaches are providing continued training and conditioning sessions to Cornwall being asked to become teachers and facilitators, allowing kids and area for the coming years. to make their own mistakes and Legault, a teacher at St. Joseph’s discoveries,” says Legault. “That Catholic Secondary School has is the approach we like to take; the partnered with colleague Jack soccer pitch becomes an extension Chisholm, a physical education of the classroom for us.”


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Nothing Keeps Cornwall Born Hockey Scout Away from the Game By Caroline O’Neill


alling hockey a “fraternity”, Lynd McDonald has been a proud member for 45 years. He spent his Labour Day weekend at the Bell Sensplex in Ottawa wearing the Carleton Place Canadians’ colours: yellow, blue and white. The Cornwall resident grew up playing, but a broken collarbone took him off the ice. In 1970, he started coaching in the house league. The now 65-year-old worked with the Char-Lan Rebels for ten years, first as a coach and later as team manager. He then joined the Windsor Spitfires as a scout and stayed with the team for 16 years. “One of the reasons I watch NHL games is to see those kids I’ve been associated with,” said McDonald. “Makes you feel good.” He named Dallas Stars’ player Jason Spezza, as one he scouted and as someone who keeps in touch.

In the heyday of his career, McDonald was on the road around six nights a week. He travelled to Sudbury, P.E.I and even Boston. To many, his job would have seemed relentless, but to McDonald, who spent ten years working concurrently for the Spitfires and the Cornwall Colts, it came with the territory. “People are really loyal to the teams they work for.” McDonald’s loyalty runs deeper than long car rides and bad motels. He suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013 and returned two years later, this time to his current job. His schedule is reduced, but McDonald works hard to stay involved in hockey. While he said he doesn’t watch the NHL often, he is an avid Montreal Canadiens fan. “I bleed blue, white and red,” McDonald joked. However, he keeps his loyalty to the teams he works for. They lost on Saturday in overtime, but McDonald was already Lynd McDonald spent his Labour Day weekend at the planning the same drive on Sunday to Bell Sensplex supporting the Carleton Place Canadians. Photo by Caroline O’Neill support the players again.

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ornwall – Two local youth groups are benefiting from the generosity of the local chartered accounting firm Craig, Keen, Despatie and Markell. CKDM has donated Colts game day tickets to Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Cornwall & District and to the Boys & Girls Club of SD&G. “We’re excited to have CKDM as one of our Community Partners,” said Colts owner Ian MacInnis. “It’s an opportunity for area youth to enjoy local junior hockey.” For more information: David Murphy 613-930-9300

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Jordan Rochon Wins the Cornwall Golf Club Championship for the Second Year Running By Molly Kett


ordan Rochon, who has been interested in golf since the young age of five, has been making his mark in the sport as of late. Rochon is excited about his recent win of the Cornwall Golf Club Tournament, for the second year in a row. “Two years in a row is definitely something special, a little bittersweet because I had to comeback on my brother to do it, but it’s all part of the game and he’ll learn a lot from it,” says Rochon. “Not many players have won two in a row in the club’s 100 plus year history, so being part of the history books is something I’ll remember forever.” Although he had to comeback on his brother to win the championship, his brother has been an important part of his golf history. His earliest golf memory includes his brother. “My earliest golfing memory is teaching myself the game across the street from my family’s place in a field that is now occupied by the new

McConnell manor,” says Rochon. “My brother and I would be out there every morning in the summers; we weren’t more than five or six years old. My dad and grandmother always said when we could hit it far enough they would take us to a real course. It didn’t take long for that to happen, but that field was close enough to a course for my brother and I to compete with each other every day. A memory I will never forget.”

In terms of Rochon’s future in the game, he says it’s still up in the air. Rochon says he has plenty of friends and family at the country club asking if he wants to turn pro or making a living at the game, but he says the “players on the PGA Tour are at a level that the majority of golfers don’t even know exist. I can see myself turning professional to give lessons, or open a golf school in the future, but for now competing at the highest Jordan Rochon lines up a putt. level of amateur golf gives me more about the sport and will continue to than enough competition and drive to play and pursue it. What he says he improve every year.” loves most about golf “is that the Rochon is extremely passionate playing field can always be equalized with the handicap system and that up no matter how good you are there is to always something to learn.” While Rochon loves the Manufacture



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rior to the start of the season, the Seaway Valley Rapids Major Atom AA team played a couple of exhibition games against the Eastern Ontario Cobras. The team split the games. The Rapids fell to the Cobras 4-7 in its first game, but rebounded to win 7-5 the next day. In its first loss, Jett Jock scored twice, Thomas Shoniker notched one, and Marco McCarthy got the

last goal. During the next meeting, Brennan Lashomb opened the scoring in the first period followed by Jonah Ashby. Jim Sullivan got on the scoreboard 3 times and got an empty netter at the end of the game. Carson Martin rounded out the scoring in the third. It was definitely a team effort that propelled the Rapids to a win with Marco McCarthy, Ben Pilon, and Antoine Lafrance getting assists.

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Dave Stathos Opens Goalie Training Facility in Kanata By Molly Kett


ave Stathos has been coaching goalies since he was fourteen years old. Originally from Montreal, Stathos has since moved to Ottawa, after years of playing professional hockey, including a stint with the Cornwall Colts. Since moving to Ottawa, he has been coaching goalies for ten to fifteen hours per week outside of his full-time job teaching French immersion. Stathos decided it only made sense to open his own place to train, instead of travelling to many locations to train different goalies. The facility is called “Dave Stathos Goalie Performance Centre” and it’s located in Kanata. “This opportunity came up with my partner Randy Robitaille and we decided to build this facility where I was going to take care of the goalies and he’s taking care of the players and forwards,” says Stathos. Stathos says what’s special about his new training facility is that they have cameras set up on the ice at different angles to give participants visual feedback. The other factor is that instead of filming and reviewing after practice in a separate room, Stathos has it set up so that there’s a television screen on ice behind the glass, so after the participants finish a certain exercise, they can review the footage instantly while they’re still on the ice. “It’s very convenient. You do something, you watch it and you go back and do it again instead of having to go in a separate room afterwards and the next thing you know two

weeks have gone by before you retry the same thing so that’s pretty neat,” says Stathos.

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Stathos is also using a very unique set of goggles for his goalie training. They’re a Nike prototype, called “strobe goggles.” The goalies wear these goggles and the goggles shift from dark to clear, making it difficult to see the puck right off the bat. Over 1000 people showed up for the grand opening. The facility should be open to the public sometime early October. “I want it to be a very personal relationship so that these goalies can grow and I can watch them develop,” says Stathos. “I like to connect with all the goalies on a very personal level so that’s why the ice is smaller than regular ice, perfect size just for goalie training.”

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ZACHARY ZWANENBURG Wins Bronze Medal at Freestyle World Championships By Jordan Todd


ocal canoe and kayak enthusiast Zachary Zwanenburg recently won a bronze medal in the C1 category at the 2015 ICF Freestyle World Championships, which took place on the Ottawa River. It was 19-year-old Zwanenburg’s second world championships, but this one was more special to him, and not just because of the result. “It was pretty awesome,” he says. “It was the first time it’s on our home river, so just being able to go there and represent Canada on our home river was pretty epic.” Zwanenburg, who had never competed in the C1 division before, says he was not even expecting to get past the semi finals. In C1, competitors kneel

in the kayak and use a canoe paddle, as opposed to sitting and using a double bladed paddle. “The week before worlds, thing really started to come together,” he says. “And I realized I may actually have a chance at doing well.” He credits much of his success during the competition to his coach, specifically his help with the mental side of competing. “Basically, it’s a mind game,” says Zwanenburg. “Before my final run, he managed to calm me down enough, and I got into a zone.” The kayak season is almost over, but Zwanenburg plans on continuing his dry land training throughout the winter. Then, next year, as soon as the ice breaks, he’ll be back on the river. Supplied Photo

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There is an upcoming tournament being held on October 17 at the RCAF Wing at 240 Water Street. People are encouraged to register as teams of two—either as two men, two women, or mixed teams. Registration begins at noon, and the tournament starts at 1 p.m.

participates in the monthly dart tournaments at the RCAF Wing. He has over 15 years of dart playing experience. “I’m kind of a competitive guy,” says Kingdon. “I like the adrenaline that it gives you. I like the excitement of the competition. I like to always play against strong players also—it gives me that momentum. And I enjoy it.” The dart tournament in September brought out around 40 participants, says McDonald. He says people come from Ottawa, Renfrew, Brockville, Lancaster, and other surrounding areas to play in the tournaments.

Interested participants can drop-in on October 17, or can Norman Kingdon is a contact Norman McDonald at Cornwall resident who regularly 613-930-9810.


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Newington’s Jack Chenier is excited to enter another hockey season. The 7-year-old will skate this season with the South Stormont Novice B2 Selects. Chenier hopes to build on a successful campaign last year, highlighted by his hattrick performance in his first-ever playoff game. Greater This will be Chenier’s 3rd season of hockey since first Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper lacing on the skates at age four. To master his skills on the ice, Chenier enjoys playing mini stick hockey. Away from the rink, he spends a lot of his summer participating in soccer. Chenier is a Grade 3 student at North Stormont Public School.

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CAHAB Provides Adult Hockey for 1st Time Players By Jordan Todd


or many Canadians, their childhoods are filled with memories of pre-dawn hockey practices, post-game team meals and in-game accomplishments. For others, for various reasons, organized hockey wasn’t a part of their youth. But, thanks to Cornwall’s hockey league for beginners, many adults are realizing you don’t have to be young to take up Canada’s game. Take Melanie Desnoyers. The 31 year old, though a fan of hockey her whole life, had never played; mostly due to other sports getting in the way. Now she’s getting ready for her first season. “It’s a great opportunity,” she says. “Not just to learn how to play, but to learn the rules and what to do.” Then you have Ron Bergeron, who turns 71 on October 5. Growing up in a small town outside Cornwall, there wasn’t an organized hockey team. He and his siblings learned to skate on a small creek near his home,


wearing their skates to get there. “So I learned to skate on my heels,” he says. “Because if your toe bites into the asphalt, if the ice on the road would break, you’d end up on your nose.” For him, the beginners’ league is more of a skills development camp for pick-up hockey he plays with friends. He attended the first half of the beginners’ league last year, but wasn’t able to attend the second, but he’s already seen improvement. Clearly, learning hockey isn’t just for the young.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have assembled (arguably) the most expensive, experienced management team and coaching staff in the NHL. President Brendan Shanahan has inked GM Lou Lamoriello, Coach Mike Babcock and Asst Coach Jacques Lemaire, and tinkered with the on-ice product. Meanwhile across Lake Ontario, in Buffalo Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper NY, GM TimGreater Murray has brought in Coach Dan Bylsma and added many new players to the mix. Which team do you feel will have a better season, and why?

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Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - With the off-season moves made by the Leafs and the Sabres, both teams should have improved seasons. In Toronto, Michael Grabner will help offset the production lost in the Phil Kessel trade and will improve the penalty kill. Mike Babcock will motivate the team and get the most out of the players that he has. In Buffalo the addition of Evander Kane, Ryan O’Reilly, and Robin Lehner provides substantial upgrades. Their talented up-and-comers such as Girgensons, Reinhart, Grigerenko, and Ristolainen are now one year further into their development. The progression of a young Sabres team along with the recent additions made by Tim Murray should allow the Sabres to have the better season.

Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast - There must be something vile brewing in the waters of Lake Ontario that affects the NHL players in the cities of Toronto and Buffalo. How else can you explain so many decades of ineptness and futility? The better season this year, may be defined by who gets the number one pick in next year’s draft. That being said, after many years of misfiring, both teams seem to have the right management teams in place. Now if fans and media in these two cities will be patient, and give these leaders a chance to build a contender, they may have a chance. Of course, Sabres fans haven’t seen a cup since their inception in 1970, and Toronto’s Lord Stanley drought of almost 50 years, dates back to 1967. Now that’s patience!

Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - Based on what I’ve observed to date, overall I feel either team has the opportunity to squeak into the playoff - although both teams have a tough hill to climb. Buffalo has a slight competitive edge over Toronto based on the positive player acquisitions they’ve made this summer, however there’s a lot of team moulding required to make Buffalo league competitive. Don Cherry’s mantra “Heart Beats Talent”, echoing in the broadcast airways, comes to mind but it’s clear this year’s Toronto roster isn’t going to find enough required heart from their high priced management roster to be league competitive. Shanahan is a long-term thinker and is focussed on a long term developmental philosophy. I have to agree with James Tanner from, who writes, “Based on what I know about the team/management group, the Leafs would rather give their young players a positive environment in which to grow and that they believe experience in a Playoff race/ first-round series would be an acceptable price to pay for a lower draft pick.” If this is the case, expectations will be high for next year.


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Meet the Coaches of the Seaway Valley Hockey Association By Molly Kett

Greg Esdale – Coach of the Rapids Minor

Marc Sauvé – Coach of the Seaway Valley Rapids Minor Bantam AA Team: Sauvé played mostly Junior B hockey for the Alexandria Glens and was drafted by the Hawkesbury Hawks and Gloucester Rangers in the Junior A league. Sauvé is married and the father of two sons who are both playing hockey. He got into coaching after his hockey career, as he wanted to give back to the sport. He’s looking forward to this season with Seaway Valley. Sauvé aims to “Make the kids better players, develop them into competitors, teammates, and be a better person during the course of the year. Hopefully showing kids more options with their hockey knowledge and utilizing our bench staff to our full potential”

Shawn Pilon – Head Coach of the Seaway Valley Major Atom AA Rapids: Pilon has been coaching or playing for the past 38 years. He has three boys who all play hockey. After university Pilon wanted to give back while doing something he loved. Coaching hockey fit perfectly. “My coaching philosophy is simple,” says Pilon. “You can’t achieve anything exceptional without the team. Everyone has to give away their selfishness for the betterment of the group. I also want the kids to have as much fun as possible and develop their on-ice skills and their leadership skills off the ice. This year we are going to build on our success from the last and really work on the team concept.” Pilon is ready for a season of development, hard work and fun.

Pete Seguin – Coach of the AA Major Peewee team: This is Seguin’s second year coaching Major Peewee at the AA level. He has also coached other teams and levels in the past. Seguin is a father to three boys who all play hockey, and says he has a wonderful wife who “totally understands how excited I get about coaching hockey at a competitive level.” “My goal every year is for the players to develop as individuals and as a team,” says Seguin. “I want to foster a strong work ethic in my players, encouraging them to always strive to be the best hockey players they can be. I am a big believer in commitment: come to play hard!”

Paul Huntley – Coach of the Midget AA

Todd Walker – Seaway Valley Rapids Minor Atom Team: Walker played minor hockey for the South Stormont Flyers and the old Cornwall Royals AA system, followed by playing for the Peterborough Petes. After he stopped playing, he started coaching so he could remain involved in the game and give back to the childhood communities that were good to him. “As a coach dealing with young athletes there are many opportunities to teach life skills like hard work, perseverance, team work and through these traits we, as coaches, can not only create better athletes but better community members and leaders,” says Walker. “I expect my players to do their best at all times and be a part of an encouraging environment. The game becomes fun when everyone is pulling together and striving to achieve a common goal and through this many life long friendships are built.”

Herb Seguin – Seaway Valley Major Bantam AA Team: Seguin has been involved in various coaching and instructing experiences for over thirty years. He began coaching when he finished his junior hockey career with the Huron Hockey School and was recruited to coach in the South Stormont Hockey Organization. “I expect players to show up at the rink on time, ready to play and practice with 100 per cent effort every time they step on the ice,” says Seguin. “I expect the player to represent the association with the utmost respect as well as the coaching staff, parents, officials, and opposing team.”

Miguel Delisle – Major Novice A Team: This will be Delisle’s second year coaching Seaway Valley’s novice team. He played minor hockey in Cornwall for the Seaway Valley Rapids before playing five seasons in the OHL. He also played a few seasons at the semi-pro level before playing university hockey at St. Thomas. He played a few seasons in the FHL with the Akwasasne Warriors. Delisle was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fourth round. He got into coaching because he loves the game of hockey. “As a coach, my main goal is to develop my players. Every time I step on the ice, my focus is to better my players. I aim to teach my players hard work and how to play fair,” says Delisle. “I am very exited about this year’s team. Having a new group of kids coming to Seaway, it will be exiting to see them grow as a team.”

Peewee AA Team: Esdale is from the Cornwall area and grew up playing minor hockey in South Stormont, and with Seaway Valley. Later he played with the Colts, in their first season, and played for three years with the University of Waterloo. Currently he lives in South Stormont, with his family, and coaches. He started coaching seven years ago when his son started playing. “I think as a coach you have to be fully committed and honest with your team. Just like you would expect your players to give their full effort, you have to do the same in return and lead by example,” says Esdale. “My expectations are that we will be a consistently hard working team that will be difficult for opponents to play against. I expect the players with be 100% committed to the team. In doing so, we will continue to develop and have a fun and rewarding season.”

Team: Huntley has been coaching sports ever since he graduated college. His hockey coaching began when he got the desire to teach his son the game. He began in South Stormont MHA system at the IP level and advanced through the ranks with him. He has coached B house through to AAA and has enjoyed every letter of the game. “My coaching philosophy has mostly to do with the desire of players to develop and get better,” says Huntley. “I believe that the players come ready to learn and my job is to provide them with the instruction and tools to do that.” His expectations this season are to have a team that can compete in the newly developed three-year age grouping for Midget hockey.


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Former Cornwall Typhoons Defenseman Scores Big on American Hockey Scholarship By Jennifer Halsall


licia Eamon, a former defenseman for the Cornwall Typhoons Midget AA team, is taking her game to new heights south of the border. She’s playing for the Morrisville Mustangs, a newlyformed NCAA team with big hopes for the upcoming season.

A sophomore studying Criminology at Morrisville State University, Eamon was initially recruited for the State University of New York at Canton. After her freshman year she transferred to Morrisville, where she’ll be helping define an up-and-coming team in its first season. She says making it to the NCAA is one of her greatest successes. “Leaving Cornwall and playing hockey after your minor career is extremely tough,” she says. “I’m very proud I made it.” Morrisville can’t give out athletics scholarships, but Eamon’s

Continued from page 15 which we appreciate the experience and the support they have given us. We look forward to a great year of growth and having a great time while doing it.” The league is offered to children age three to 20. While registration was held in September, the league has open registration, up and until, the first day of play per division. People can also register their children via email @ or check out the league Facebook page, Finch Youth Broomball, where

success off the ice has ensured she didn’t arrive empty-handed. She transferred to Morrisville with a 4.0 GPA, and qualified for several academic scholarships.

For all her success, Eamon is modest. She credits her dad, a hockey coach and scout, as one of her greatest motivators. “I remember after every game waiting for the ride home to hear what I did wrong and how I could improve,” she says. “Without my dad pushing me and helping me grow as a player I wouldn’t be where I am today.” This year, Eamon’s goal is modest. She’ll be trying to help Morrisville’s fledgling hockey program develop into a fierce competitor. But longterm, her ambitions are far greater. “My main goal is to win a national championship by the time my college career is over,” she says. “Winning a ring is a true dream of mine.” Alicia Eamon head’s down the ice. Submitted photo a flyer and registration is posted. Brought to you by Scores Cost and schedule per division is: Mixed Sprouts (2007-2012) $185.00 (Saturday nights @ 5 p.m.) Mixed Peewee (2004 – 2006) $200.00 (Saturday nights @ 6 p.m. Emagin McMillan or 7 p.m.) While Emagin McMillan enjoys playing floor Bantam/Midget Co-ed (2000 hockey at school and basketball and baseball during 2003) $200.00 (Friday Nights @ 7 the summer months, her true passion is dancing. p.m. or 8 p.m.) The 12-year-old Holy Trinity student started Midget Juvenile-Girls (1996dancing at age 7, in ballet, and quickly emerged 2000) $200.00 (Monday Nights @ 6 into a very talented member of the Studio C p.m. or 7 p.m.) Competitive Dance team. After just two years, she Organizers hope to begin league was invited to join the studio’s Competitive Dance play on October 16. Team. McMillan points to Candy and Allana

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helped her achieve her goals. This year McMillan passed her testing and, in competition, finished first in her solo and duet categories. Her success has led to a role as assistant teacher. Emagin’s mother Amanda says, “(Emagin) has developed in many ways. She has a passion. She is learning discipline and hard work. She is a part of a team and also developing confidence through solo dancing. Dance is the foundation on which she is building her life. She has goals and is determined to achieve them.”


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By David Murphy

ow many of us remember attending our first game in various sports?

My earliest memory for a sporting event was attending a Royals vs Ottawa 67’s game at the Ed Lumley Arena in the 1982-83 season. I would’ve been 10 years old. While I had been a Royals’ fan during their back-to-back Memorial Cup seasons, up until that game, I had only heard about my sports heroes over the airwaves of AM 1220 CJSS. That was the record setting year for the Doug Gilmour, Steve Driscoll, Ian MacInnis line where they amassed 425 points including 173 goals (some TEAMS have trouble scoring that many goals during a full season in today’s OHL). That’s a pretty good way to get a fan hooked on the game.

My first Major League Baseball game was at the Big O (Olympic Stadium) in Montreal the spring of 1983 when the Expos played the St. Louis Cardinals. The Expos had that All Star outfield consisting of Andre Dawson, Tim Raines, and Warren Cromartie (talk about speed, power and grace). But, Gary Carter was the team leader and top star of that fun team. Steve Rogers was the ace of the pitching staff and Jeff Reardon was at the top of his game as the closer. The Blue Jays were on TV more often back then but following the Expos quickly turned into a fun pastime.

When it comes to pro football, my first game was in Calgary to watch the Stampeders get pounded by the Warren Moon led Edmonton Eskimos. That was the summer of 1982. A local grocery chain offered free end zone seat tickets to kids when their parents shopped at one of their stores. I went to three games that season but the whipping by the Eskimos remains etched in my mind. Getting the autographs of Brian Kelly and Warren Moon on a game day program as they exited the stadium was in my early stages of memorabilia collecting (although that program has been lost since the mid-1980’s). Each of these stories has been retold recently as I celebrated the beginning of my 22nd season of calling junior hockey (11th season on the OHL Tonight on TV Cogeco with the Kingston Frontenacs). Somebody asked me how I still have the enthusiasm of a rookie broadcaster just happy to be calling a game. The answer is simple, after 22 seasons I still get the butterflies that were there when I was a 10 year old fan, more than three decades ago, attending my first live sporting events. The memories will continue to build while the fan in me continues to be in awe of all things sports. Here’s to another 22 years of telling stories and building memories.


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• Long Sault splash pad • Splash pad in St. Theresa Park, Cornwall • Winchester Curling Club • Replacement of Moose Creek Recreation Centre • Crysler Community Centre Outdoor Rink • Green Valley Community Centre Play Structure • Cass Bridge Conservation Area • Lancaster & District Curling Club • Iroquois Tennis Courts

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