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Local Target Rifle Shooter Mary Patrick has Olympic-sized Goals By Molly Kett

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ocal 17-year-old international target shooter Mary Patrick is reaching for Olympic success. Currently finishing her last year at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper School, with plans to attend Carleton University in September to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Patrick is quite busy between school and shooting.

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Patrick started shooting in December of 2010 after joining her local Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps as a new recruit. In January 2011 she was chosen as a member of the unit range team and her officers considered her a natural.

“For the next four years, I had continued to make the range team, where I proceeded to win zone championships, provincial championships, national championships, and place highly internationally,” says Patrick. “My love for the sport allowed me to, with the help and generosity from my coach, pursue shooting as a sport outside of the Cadet Program. Today I find myself as a highly competitive junior shooter in Canada and an assistant range coach for my cadets

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at my local corps.”

truly believe you can shoot well, Patrick says this sport is unlike you will.” most. “You do not need to have a Patrick says in order to succeed specific body type for this sport. in this sport; you must have strong You don’t need to be the most mental attributes like focus, patience, muscular, the skinniest, the fastest, commitment, and a positive attitude or the strongest. Instead, you need paired with flexibility, muscular muscular endurance, flexibility, endurance, and cardiovascular and mental strength,” says Patrick. endurance. The physicality, though, “Most people do not realize that comes with training and practice. everyday achievements are mostly Patrick began to realize her mental rather than physical. potential when Joel Haslam was Shooting is a sport, which is 90% Continued on page 2 mental and 10% physical. If you


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others, know that I can.”

“When he was asked a question about me, he answered, saying I was the most relaxed shooter he has ever met and truly believed I had potential. He said he had no doubt in his mind that I would make it to the Olympics,” says Patrick. “That is when I realized that I had true potential - I realized how many people have supported me because they believe I can chase and catch my goal; that I am not a lost hope or a junior shooter with dreams set too high. Now I consciously realize I have potential, but, like other athletes, that is in the back of my mind. I still have those phases where I wonder whether I can really make it or not, but I, and countless

Now, Patrick is working to make the Canadian National Junior Team. “Currently I still have quite a bit of work and training to do in order to improve to the Olympic level,” says Patrick. “To get onto that podium, I will have to make the Canadian National High Performance Team; win an international championship to be awarded a quota spot; compete against the other Canadian HighPerformance athletes at the Olympic Trials; and win the quota spot, then

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In 2014, Patrick set her goal of reaching the Olympics. “As I currently train, I know it will require a lot of training to get to the Olympic level, but I have high hopes of getting to Tokyo in the 2020 Olympics.”

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attend and compete at the Olympics. Of course, I will not be able to do this alone. Being able to train comes with a huge cost - one that has drained my savings account of university funds. I am now asking the community to help out to support me in my endeavors as an international athlete.”

Funding for target shooting is extremely difficult. Shooting sports are not shown on television, including during the Summer Olympics, due to Canada’s view towards the sport. Anything in relation to firearms is also against the terms and conditions of most crowd funding sites, which is why Patrick’s original GoFundMe page was shut down. “It can be extremely frustrating, trying to compete while financially


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Cornwall Colts Edition…Brock McBride By Molly Kett


rock McBride grew up in Cornwall playing hockey. In 2001 he was playing for the Seaway Valley Rapids Bantam AA team, but the next year he found himself playing for the Cornwall Colts. He continued to play for the Cornwall Colts in the CJHL from 2002- 2005. “I played there for three years and Al Wagar was the coach,” recalls McBride. “I’d always looked up to the Colts growing up in Cornwall, so getting to play for them in front of my family and friends, it was kind of my first taste of the excitement of playing hockey.” After his three years with the Colts, McBride decided to take a scholarship at St. Lawrence University in New York and play division one hockey. “I could have ended up coming back for two more years (with the Colts) but I decided to take the scholarship. At that point schooling was my priority instead of going to the NHL,” says McBride. “The reason I chose that school was it was only an hour away so my parents could come to the games and it was close to home, so it kind of worked out like that. “ McBride has fond memories of Brock McBride currently plays for Villacher SV in Austria playing with the Colts and recalls enjoying the feeling of playing big our outdoor rink, it was pretty special McBride. “I just decided that I would games in front of the local crowd as his when I was younger. As a kid you look like to come over to Europe and kind up to your father and we always used of have a more stable career. A little favourite memory with the team. “I think, just in general, playing at to play on the outdoor rinks,” says more job security, you’re not changing teams mid-season. It ended up being a the old Si Miller arena in front of, I McBride. After playing at St. Lawrence lot better for me.” think we used to get 2000 fans, every Now, McBride is in his fifth year Thursday night, was pretty high on University, McBride played for two years professionally in North America, playing in Austria’s league. Currently, the list I would say. No one specific moment, but when you’re a local kid in the AHL and the East Coast League, he plays for Villacher SV. “I actually went over to Belfast and playing in front of all those fans before heading to Europe to continue first and Great Britain and then I left in your hometown, it’s pretty special,” his hockey career. “I was kind of up and down and all halfway through my first season for says McBride. over the country, I was everywhere this league and I’ve been here ever His earliest hockey memory, though, before making it with the Colts goes form Alaska to South Carolina to since,” says McBride. “I really enjoy back to spending time with his father. Houston TX, Milwaukee, Syracuse, it. I like the country and the way of life “Probably just beating my dad on so I was kind of everywhere,” says here. I guess the game’s a little less


Photo Submitted physical which helps me and there’s a little more room for skating so that’s one of the positives of playing here.” In the summer, McBride comes back to his roots in Cornwall where he owns his own hockey development company, “Own the Ice Hockey.” What’s next for McBride? “I think maybe five more years professional and then I guess it’ll be time to retire,” says McBride. “We’d like to stay here and then maybe for a year I’d go somewhere else to kind of see another part of the world, or Europe, or somewhere would be nice in my last year of professional.”

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Peewee B Braves Share Golden Moment in Quebec By Staff Writer


he NGS Peewee B Braves captured the gold medal at the CAN-AM Challenge Cup at Sportsplexe Pierrefonds in Pierrefonds QC, on February 14. And they did so in convincing fashion. In the final, the Braves rolled to victory out-gunning the Ottawa Thunderbirds by a 7-2 score. After facing off with a 1-1 opening period, NGS found the back of the net five times in the middle frame to take control of the gold medal game. The teams traded one goal each in the third period to close out the scoring of the game. NGS was led by Alex Leroux who potted two goals and three assists in the victory. Innis Kippen and Gavin Nowry each had two goals and an assist and Jordan Evans rounded out the scoring for the winners. Ethan Logtens and Yannick Vaillancourt had assists for NGS. “We were committed to strong defence which we’ve been working on all season long,” said Head Coach John Grady in summarizing the tournament. “We were a complete team from top to bottom. The kids managed to keep the opposition’s best players from doing any damage. Our passing was consistent throughout the tournament. Every one of our forwards came back to help out. We played four solid games of hockey and our players were rewarded with the gold.” To reach the gold medal game, the Braves finished the round-robin at a perfect 3-0. The event started off with a meeting against the Leitrim Hawks. NGS scored three goals in the opening period leading to a decisive 6-0 victory. Goaltender Tyson Zollinger opened his weekend with a shutout. Kippen led the charge offensively with two goals and two assists. Evans,

The NGS Peewee B Braves captured the gold medal the CAN/AM Challenge Cup on February 14 in Pierrefonds, Quebec. Pictured front row from left are: Laura Grady, Tyler Babcock, Tyson Zollinger, Alex Leroux and Gavin Nowry. Middle row: trainer Patty Nowry, Breigh Jackson, Cami Tait, Matthew Lalonde, Jordan Evans, Ethan Logtens and assistant coach Kevin Lalonde. Back row: Paul Jackson, Yannick Vaillancourt, head coach John Grady and Innis Kippen. Absent from photo are: Devon Elliott, assistant coach Steve Tait and Photo submitted: Greta MacDougall Leroux assistant coach Mark Evans.

Leroux, Vaillancourt, and Nowry each added singles with assists going to Ethan Logtens, Leroux, Laura Grady, and Nowry.

Thunderbirds in a preview of the gold medal final. The Braves skated away with a tight 3-2 victory during the first meeting between finalists. Leroux and Nowry had a goal and an assist each In Game 2 of the round-robin the with Tyler Babcock rounding out the Braves were involved in a defensive scoring for NGS. Kippen handed out battle against the Dragons from St. two assists. Leroux’s second-period Remi, Quebec. Zollinger recorded goal stood up as the winner after the his second straight shutout, but the teams skated to a 2-2 draw after the offence wasn’t able to find the back opening frame. of the Dragons’ net as the teams left the ice tied 0-0. During an early afternoon skills competition on February 13, Kippen In their third and final roundwowed the competition winning the robin game, the Braves played the shootout despite playing against all

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levels of peewee players including AA skaters. Kippen was perfect scoring on all of his attempts while competing under lots of pressure. The crowd in attendance was standing-room only. Zollinger won Top Goaltender in the Braves’ division and second overall among all of the Peewee B division teams in attendance. The relay race team of Jordan Evans, Tyler Babcock, Laura Grady, and Alex Leroux had a clear victory over all three B teams and lost in the second round, facing AA teams.


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The Eagle Has Landed…. in the Hall of Fame By Staff Writer


arry Gautier, better known as Larry “The Eagle” Edwards was inducted into the Akwesasne Lacrosse Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony held Nov 21, 2015. Larry is the former manager of CKON, The Akwesasne Mohawk Radio Station. He began play-by-

play for local lacrosse teams in 1991. Over the years he was the voice of The Akwesasne Thunder, Akwesasne Indians Senior ‘A’ and ‘B’ Teams, Akwesasne Indians Junior ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams, and the Salmon River High School Boys’ Lacrosse Team. In the winter, his voice could be heard over the airwaves calling Salmon River Boys’ and Girls’ Hockey, Akwesasne Wolves Jr ‘B’ Hockey,

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Larry gave his listeners the next best thing to being at the arena. He was an enthusiastic announcer and proud of the teams he covered. His dedication could also be heard early the day after a game, as he was also the host of “The Eagle in the Morning Show”. Along with co-host Reen Cook, games were always recapped and discussed in detail.

A tribute to Larry can also be seen in the A’nowara’kowa Arena. The broadcast booth in the arena bears the name “The Eagles Nest” Larry mentions The Founder’s Cup, The President’s Cup, and calling the play-by-play of The Montreal Canadians’ Alumni vs The Akwesasne Selects as some of the highlights in his play-by-play career. Larry retired from CKON in March of 2014.

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Local Youths Share a Love for Archery

don’t travel for competitions, but instead competitors shoot wo local 13-year olds, Alex at their local archery range and MacDonald and Hannah the scores are compiled and Rousseau, have developed a compared across the province. strong bond and rivalry over Hannah’s first competition their shared love of archery. was a provincial tournament Hannah originally got into with the Ontario Association because she saw her dad of Archery this past December. shooting in their backyard, and Alex recently won gold in wanted to give it a shot. After another provincial tournament. just one lesson at South Nation Hannah’s favourite thing Archery, she enjoyed it so much that her dad bought her a bow about archery is her friendship and she started taking regular with Alex. “It’s fun and we push each other to be better,” lessons at SNA. says Hannah. “Each week, Alex first got into archery at we’re excited to see our scores. about 8 years old when he first Sometimes I beat him, and saw a group of archers on TV. sometimes he beats me.” They were offering free lessons, For Alex, it’s how it feels. “I and he decided to try it out. He loved it, and has been doing it love just feeling the power in my hands,” he says. ever since. By Jordan Todd


Both competed again, in an Both Hannah and Alex compete in the Cub division OAA tournament, during the for 12 to 14 year olds. They last two weeks of February.

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Neil Dixon: Going the Distance as a Referee By Jordan Todd


n a fateful day in 1985, Neil Dixon’s neighbour came over and asked if he was interested in going to a referee clinic in Cornwall the next day. With nothing planned, Dixon agreed. Little did he know that it would lead to a long and rewarding career. He’s officiated every year since. He began refereeing Novice and Atom games in Cornwall and South Stormont as a 15-year-old. As he grew older, he climbed the ranks and before long he was officiating Junior games. But, as life goes sometimes, says Dixon, children came into the picture and the Junior refereeing had to come to an end. “My wife was and continues to be very understanding with me being out of the house,” he says. “I continue to referee, but only one or twice a week.” He has some very fond memories of his days refereeing in Junior. The road trips and camaraderie between the guys was a highlight. It was a huge time commitment though.

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“The money was good and I had a lot of fun,” explains Dixon. “But it was a long way from home.” The Cornwall Bantam tournaments continue to be a highlight of his year. Over the years, he’s met Paul Coffey, Ray Bourque and Todd Harvey. Many assume refereeing is a stressful job, but for Dixon, it’s been a stress reliever. “No matter how difficult of a day you have had, you get to forget your troubles for the time that you are on the ice,” he says. “There’s too much going on during a game to be able to think about your day.” He also implores people to be kinder to referees as well. It’s a fast game, with split second decision making. They strive to their best, but no one is perfect. They’re just people. “The abuse that is delivered from players, coaches and spectators has driven away many young officials who had the potential to become great officials.” Neil with his son Andrew

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presents... “Athletic’s + Academics = A Winning Combination Savanna Legue La Citadelle High School

Volleyball has been a part of Savanna Legue’s life since her arrival at École secondaire catholique La Citadelle in grade 7. Positive, determined, and talented, this young athlete is a definite key player to this year’s senior girls’ volleyball team. Currently in grade 12, she is a devoted and talented young athlete who is ready to share her knowledge of the game with newer players. Savanna is a model for her teammates, as she sets high goals for herself and works hard to achieve them. Also on the Cornwall’s Vikings Volleyball team and playing in the region’s 4-on-4 mixed league, Savanna’s passion for volleyball shines through. Altogether, Savanna’s academic and athletic successes have enabled her to be É.S.C. La Citadelle’s athlete of the month. Congratulations Savanna and keep up the great work!

Brittany Hum Holy Trinity High School Brittany Hum, grade 10, is a well-rounded student-athlete who successfully balances her academic and athletic pursuits. Brittany started her athletic career by playing soccer with the Glen Walter Minor Soccer program, and she now plays the midfield position for the Seaway Valley Blazers travelling team. In addition, she plays centre for the Glengarry Highlanders hockey team. At the school level, she plays on the soccer, hockey, basketball, volleyball, and soccer teams; and has been part of EOSSAA Championships in soccer and volleyball. Brittany participates in activities outside of sports. She enjoys painting and has been taking art classes since age 10. She is also a youth leader at a summer camp at a youth centre. We are proud that Brittany has maintained high honour roll status in each of her semesters. Brittany is an excellent role model for all those she meets.

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Youri Gutknecht is a Gr. 10 Rothwell Osnabruck Lancer, who consistently achieves above average grades, to stay on the honour role. His favourite subjects are math & gym. Youri is an important player on the court, having proudly suited up on both the school basketball & volleyball teams for Gr. 9 & 10. He is also planning on wearing the Lancers’ colours for badminton and the track & field team this spring! While Youri balances his academics and athletics at school, he is also is kept very busy working at home on the family farm.

Our featured student is Zoe Meunier, who is currently in grade 9 at L’Héritage. Zoe participates actively in a number of sports, including basketball, volley-ball, curling, and hockey. Zoe played on the senior girls’ basketball team this year and, while competing against girls two or three years older than her, made a significant contribution to her team. Outside of school, Zoe is a successful hockey player. Besides being a dedicated athlete, Zoe is an exceptional student. She consistently achieves academic excellence. We are proud to call Zoe a Dragon as she truly embodies the qualities we strive to develop in our student-athletes.

Alex MacDonald & Hannah Rousseau Char-Lan District High School Alex MacDonald and Hannah Rousseau, grade 8 students at Char-Lan DHS, competed on January 30, 2015 at the South Nation Archery Club and won Gold in their Cub Compound Bow classes. Hannah scored 262 points out of 300 at a draw weight of 25 lbs. Hannah has only been competing in archery for 3 months and has only been an active archer for a year. Alex MacDonald scored 276 points out of 300 at a draw weight of 38 lbs. Alex has been competing for 2 years and has been involved in archery for 3 years. Both Hannah and Alex will be competing again in February and their goal is always to increase their consistency. Staff at Char-Lan DHS were recently trained in archery and are planning to introduce archery into their Phys. Ed. classes and as an after school activity.

Madison Needham St. Lawrence Secondary School When it comes to being the total package – Madison Needham is at the top of the list. Academics, athletics, leadership, volunteerism, this young lady goes above and beyond in all that she does. Madison is a grade 12 student at St. Lawrence Secondary School. She displays excellence i n in terms of academic achievement; consistently putting forth a high degree of care and effort and has been accepted to the prodigious Science School at the Ontario Science Centre for second semester of the 2015-2016 school year. Madison has always been involved in athletics; figure skating for Skate Canada and playing basketball and volleyball for SLHS teams. Last June, she was awarded St. Lawrence Secondary School’s Sportswoman of the Year. Perhaps the best way to sum up Madison’s achievement is to end with a quote from one of her teachers, “An amazing young woman with a bright future ahead of her… she makes others better, simply by working with them.”


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Paul Joncas Reflects On Old Teammates and Lasting Friendships By Derrick LoRusso


aul Joncas recently came across this old photo of himself and his team from a 1958 ODHA championship game. “I joined the team in 1954 at the tender age of 15,” he tells us.

Joncas says he and his team learned something valuable during his time playing. “I, and most of our players, learned the meaning of team work and respect for the people who organize and supervise sports in general,” he says. “We learned to accept our strengths and weaknesses while enjoying the greatest game on ice.” Joncas tells of his fondest memory during his playtime with the team. “My fondest memory would have to be the last

game of the final series against Winchester, when, after playing against them with only 9 players, we defeated them anyway.” He says it was a hard fought game for him and his teammates. “We entered the series with a full team only to have all but 9 players disqualified due to irregularities in the players’ contracts. Some of us played both ways the whole game, alternating between forward and defence, to get the job done.”

Joncas ends with telling us some of his fellow teammates are no longer with us today, “I think back and look at this photo I provided you, and see that some of these players have passed away, that I will never forget,” he says. “It was one of the best times. Go JC Flyers.”

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en bantam teams competed in the 19th Annual Macdonnell Maclean Bantam Bonspiel held on Jan. 10. It was a funfilled day of competition, with three teams from our club welcoming our guests. A girls’ team from Navan won the Macdonell Maclean Bantam Cup. Once again we received many positive comments regarding our wonderful facility and ice conditions. The event generated a modest profit which was donated to the youth program.

youth curlers qualified for the OCA Hit, Draw, and Tap Provincial Championship. Maverick Dupuis in the 6-8 year-old category and William O’Shea in the 1113 year-old category will compete in Brantford on Feb. 7. They will play on the Tankard Ice and meet some of the players. A third curler, Rohan Mullur in the 9-10 year-old group just missed qualifying.

Bantam age youth curler Nicholas Cleroux has been selected as a Junior Star at the Ottawa Brier. He will be going on the ice with the In other news, two of our players on March 6.

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he Eastern Thunder are Ontario champions in juvenile girls’ broomball. The squad of locals defeated the Palmerston Terminators 1-0 in the championship game at the 2016 Ontario Broomball Association Junior Championships held in Barrie on February 12 to 14. The victory came in exciting fashion, as after a scoreless regulation, the Thunder prevailed in double overtime. It was especially sweet considering the Thunder fended off three short-handed situations during regulation. Caitlin Clouthier was the eventual hero, as she found the back of the net, tipping home a point shot from Captain Gracin MacMillan. It was a nail-biting extra-session as the Thunder failed to capitalize on earlier chances, resulting in a hit post and another back-door passing play that just failed. The Thunder played a very impressive defensive game throughout the event, failing to give up a single goal. Stefanie Gorman was the recipient of clean sheets during all four games. “I think honourable mention is deserved to our goalie Steff, who made some key saves on mad scrambles and penalty kills,” said Coach Carolyn MacMillan. “I was also impressed with our solid defence that blocked shots and stopped the opponent with some heavy hits. Our

The Eastern Thunder Juvenile girls’ broomball team captured the gold medal at the Ontario Provincial Championships, February 14 in Barrie. Pictured front from left are: Dallas MacMillan, Stefanie Gorman, Caitlin Cloutier, Maddie Leavitt, Amber Cloutier, Jaime Burnett, and Gracin MacMillan. Back row: Assistant Coach Carolyn MacMillan, Josée Lauzon, Sabrina Leroux, Jasmine Namagoose, Chantal Puenter, Blaire Burnett, Brianna Wolfe, Sarrah Christianson, KerryAnne Muir, and Head Coach Todd Cloutier. Absent from Photo submitted Carolyn MacMillan photo are Lily Moran and Trainer Ruth Brown.

forwards used their speed to gain the prevailed 2-0. Jasmine Namagoose zone to set up scoring chances. They opened the scoring of the game with all played great.” a blast from the hash marks hitting the top corner of the Twisted Sisters’ The Thunder started the tournament goal. Wolfe picked up an assist on off on February 12 with a 1-0 victory the play. The win was capped off over the Windsor Devils. On the when Blaire Burnett scored from just winning goal, Brianna Wolfe out-ran outside of the opposing blue line after her opponent and made a one-handed Mildmay pulled their goaltender for pass to Amber Cloutier who was able an extra attacker late in the game. to notch the only tally of the match. Josee Lauzon also picked up an assist In their third game, the Thunder on the play. faced off for the first time during the weekend against eventual Next up for the Thunder was a finalist Palmerston. Gracin meeting with Mildmay Twisted MacMillan opened the scoring in Sisters on February 13. The Thunder

impressive fashion, deking the entire Terminators’ line while her Thunder teammates were making a line change. She finished the rush with a goal, blocker side. Assistant Captain Sarrah Christianson found the back of the net on the power-play to give her squad a 2-0 lead and Chantal Puenter capped the scoring after a nice onetimer goal fed from Jaime Burnett. “Overall every player put forth their best effort every shift, every game,” said MacMillan. “It was the best I have seen these girls play this year. Total team effort.”

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A Coach, a Dad, and a Christian Seguin’s 2016 Very Fine Line to Walk. Youth Olympics Experience That must get hard on the head By Molly Kett after a while. I can see my son is ot sure that in the 12 years nodding in agreement, where ever ocal physiotherapist Christian I have been associated with he is. Seguin spent most of February in Lillehammer, Norway treating my son’s sports if I have been a This will probably be the last athletes at the 2016 Youth Olympics. help or a hindrance. Don’t ask him! I may not like the answer. It year I coach my son in any sport Seguin says it was a great learning has been an incredible time and and I am sure that is a relief to experience. “It was very nurturing, very much I would not trade it for anything. him, but I hope not. I hope he looks back and is glad his dad a learning experience and a very All that time together in cars enriching experience in terms of took the time to do his best as bonding, at least that’s the way I remember it. Now that I think of a coach and to be a part of his basically just being able to be there; it was a good level of games and it. I do remember seeing him with youth the best way I knew how; the athletes were not just focused headphones on a lot or playing on by being there. My head is full of on the games but focused very the iPad. Oh well, I am pretty sure great memories of tournaments in much on learning and that’s what it Toronto, Rochester, Jay Peak in was all about,” says Seguin. “The we had fun. the winter, Burlington Vermont in I know that I have tried to the spring, Maine in the summer, educational process was as important as the games, simply to be able to separate coaching and being Dad and the odd game that we won. expose them to training practices, the best I could and to not bring it Memories of great kids that I have fair play, drug free training, and drug home from the ball field, the gym, gotten to know and that my son free performance.” or the hockey rink. I also know has become lifelong friends with. Seguin says fair play is relating that I was not very good at doing I hope that is what my son takes to the effects of gambling on some it sometimes. You want to be the from all of it, memories. Forget sports, and how clean sports will have coach, but he does not always see about the win-loss, remember the a long benefit for athletes. The games you that way and when you want night in Lake Placid the team went had stations dedicated to teaching the to be the dad he sometimes doesn’t bowling, the times at the beach in athletes proper training practices, really want that either. Worst Portland Maine, the wave pool, including skills that were significant of all are the moments when he and don’t forget the night in the outside of each athlete’s realm of needs his dad but you have to be hospital waiting room ( is it broken expertise. Seguin says this program was rewarding for the athletes. the coach. You have to treat him or not?). “Throughout the experience there the same as every other player. I So even though it was a fi ne would be different sport ambassadors have to let the players know that I am fair. He is just like every other line to walk, it was one of the best that would come,” says Seguin. player I say to myself behind the walks I have ever taken. So thank “One of the big names was Lindsay Vaughn, who is an American downhill bench or at practice. That’s the you to my son for all his patience skier and multi-medalist, and there fine line. It must be so frustrating and his understanding when the would be people in every discipline at times for him. I am sure he sees old man went off on a rant, thank so that the athletes could be exposed it the other way. I am hard on him you to him for all the special to what it’s like and they could ask and the other guys get away with moments we shared because of his the questions. It was an open forum everything. He may be right; we hard work, thank you to him for so that they would be exposed to being a leader when I needed him experience in that sense” are always hardest on our own. to be one, and mostly, thank you to During the games, Seguin found Who can blame him, right? If my son for being him. that the athletes would be involved in I am not telling him how and what learning how to use resources such as What a walk! to do on the ice, then I am telling medicine, physiotherapy, nutrition, him how and what to do at home. Coach Dad or training practices properly, in By Staff Writer



order to be in peak shape for precompetition and focus during. There were also some stations offered to teach athletes how to relax and to focus. “It was touching on every sphere of game preparation, it was really good,” says Seguin. Seguin found the entire experience equally as enriching for him as it was the athletes. “Being in Cornwall, it doesn’t allow me to be exposed regularly to sports such as skeleton, bobsleigh, luge, biathlon, competitive levels of cross-country ski, downhill ski, slalom. These sports are not as exposed here and I was able to be with the team, be part of the team, and as much as I would teach them to use physiotherapy resources and be ready and to do proper game preparation, at the same time I would learn as much on their sport,” says Seguin. “For me it was as much a learning experience as it was a giving experience.” Initially, Seguin was preparing the athletes and taking care of their previous injuries, to get them into their best shape possible. During the games, Seguin did treat a few acute injuries, sprains, strains, concussions, and so on. Injuries incurred were more often expected for certain sports. Fortunately they didn’t have to deal with any major injuries. Seguin enjoyed his time immensely, particularly being able to run the clinic in the evening and get to know the different athletes participating. “To be able to exchange on their day and their accomplishments, as well as their failures or challenges and to be able to share and see what learning would come out of it, that was definitely my first favourite part,” says Seguin. “Norway was a Continued on page 35

NGS Atom B Braves Win in Rockland


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he NGS Atom B Braves captured the A championship in Rockland on February 15, defeating the St. Isidore Eagles 3-1 in the final. Contributions from the entire line-up led the team to success. Noah Ault sealed the championship when he scored into an empty net, with 23 seconds left in the final game, on February 15. It was Ault’s third point of the match as he also scored in the first period and picked up an assist on Aaron Paul’s second-period tally. Nicholas Rolland also drew an assist on the Paul goal. After allowing the Eagles to score just 37 seconds into the game, goaltender Hayden Begin was flawless the rest of the way for NGS. “We got scoring from a lot of different players, not just the secondyear players,” said Head Coach Tony Mekker of the six tournament games. “The grinders like Owen Mekker, Nicholas Rolland, and Aaron Paul all contributed. They added a lot of offence, which was nice to see. It was a real good effort from each and every player from defence, to forwards ... and goaltending as well. A solid team win.” To reach the final, NGS skated past the Gladiateurs d’Aylmer 4-1 in the semi-finals. After scoring a pair of goals in each of the first two periods, the NGS defence shutdown the Gladiateurs in the third to preserve the win. Ault, Zayne Rutley, Paul, and Rolland scored for the winners; Hamish Nowry, with two, Owen Mekker and Mason Mekker picked up assists. In the quarter-finals, the Braves rolled past the Nepean Raiders by a 6-1 score. Rolland and Ault paced the offence with two goals each while Nowry and Owen Mekker contributed singles. Rutley handed out two assists and Rutley and Mason Mekker each had one. Nepean scored with under two minutes remaining to spoil Begin’s shutout. The tournament started off in

The NGS Atom B Braves captured the A championship at a tournament in Rockland on February 15. Pictured in front is Hayden Begin. Second row from left: Kyle Linnett, Aaron Paul, Zayne Rutley, Nicholas Rolland, and Noah Ault. Third row: Mason Mekker, Owen Mekker, Makayla Molinaro, Dana Molinaro, and Hamish Nowry. Back row: Assistant Coach Brian Nowry, Assistant Coach Steve Rolland, Head Coach Tony Mekker Submitted photo: Shelley Mekker and Trainer Patty Nowry.

perfect fashion on February 14 for Begin and his teammates, when they defeated Perth B1 8-0. Ault led the way with three goals and an assist; Rolland scored twice and Paul, Nowry, and Owen Mekker rounded out the scoring for NGS. Makayla Molinaro, Rutley, Mason Mekker, and Paul also picked up assists.

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In their second game on February 14, the Braves had another close battle with St. Isidore and prevailed 3-2 this time around. Owen Mekker scored the game-winner in the final minute of play. Ault and Rolland had the other NGS goals in the win. All three tallies came unassisted. In their final round-robin game on February 15, the Braves faced Quebec’s West Island Kings. Begin was flawless once again in a 6-0 victory. In the six games at the tournament, Begin only allowed five goals. Ault had another strong game against West Island with three goals and two assists. Rolland, Rutley, and Nowry had the other NGS goals. Assists went to Kyle Linnett and Makaylo Molinaro.

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Owen Corput plays as a forward for the Seaway Valley Novice team. This is his first year with the Rapids – last year, Owen played for his home association on the CharLan Novice C team. Owen is a bulldog on the ice: he skates with power, he fights for the puck in the corners, and he backchecks with tenacity. Owen’s favourite NHL team is the Montreal Canadiens and he is a big fan of Dale Weise. He enjoys going to watch the Habs play live with his friends. Owen’s favourite colour is green and he loves to eat ribs. When he grows up, Owen would like to be a police officer.

Brayden Bowen Minor Peewee AA

B r a y d e n Bowen was chosen as this month’s hustler. Brayden plays centre for the Seaway Valley Rapids Minor Peewee. Brayden is a skilled, hard working twoway player. He is hard on the puck and his opponents. Brayden gives a good effort, not only during games, but at practices too!! Brayden is someone his teammates can count on every game to bring it!! His favourite hockey team is the Chicago Blackhawks and his favourite player is Steven Stamkos. !!Way to go Brayden!!!



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Carter is 9 years old and lives in Akwesasne. He is enjoying his second season a s a member of the Seaway Valley Rapids. His favourite team is the Pittsburgh Penguins and his favourite player is Sidney Crosby. He tries to pattern his game after Marc Andre Fleury and Carey Price. Carter’s pre-game routine includes drinking coffee to help him get up for games. His favourite post-game meal is St Hubert’s Poutine.

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Thomas is in his 2nd year patrolling the blue line for S e a w a y Valley Rapids. He is a great athlete; his drive and determination are what stand out as his biggest qualities. He is a great skater, and works hard to protect his goalies from the opposing team. Thomas approaches practice like a game which has helped him improve tremendously. He is a pleasure to coach!

This month’s hustler is Chad Cayer. He plays every game with determination and 110% effort. He is dedicated to his team and a leader on and off the ice. He listens to his coaches and executes their game plan effortlessly. He is a player his who is well liked by his teammates and his coaches. Chad is an experienced defenceman who battles for the puck, ties up opposing players, protects the zone, and sets up many plays. He has great ice sense. He knows when to go with the puck, can find an open player and put the puck on their stick, and he owns the blue line. A Gr.9 student at La Citadelle, Chad is very athletic and excels at hockey and football. He enjoys playing school sports, mainly basketball and volleyball. When he has free time he enjoys fishing and playing his guitar.

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This month’s Hustler for the Major Peewee AA Rapids is Ethan Sauve. This is Ethan’s first year playing A A hockey. Ethan was one of 6 goalies vying for a spot at tryouts and he battled hard to earn one of the net minding jobs. He covers a lot of net and puts forth his best effort every time he is out on the ice. His teammates can count on him as he consistently makes big saves in key moments. Ethan always comes to the rink with a great attitude. Here’s wishing “Big E” all the best moving forward on his hockey journey!

A product of the Cornwall Minor Hockey program but residing in Akwesasne, A l e x a n d e r ’s big stature has brought another dimension to the defensive core. A new player brought in to the Seaway program, Alex, known as Oaksy….is the joker of the group… someone you can hear a mile away and who will always bring a smile to the rink. Known as well for his shirt and bow tie, the boys enjoy his company and easy-going attitude. His background in lacrosse has brought him skills that make him a competitor…long reach, solid body checker! It’s been a joy to have Alexander on the team this year…a real contribution…hoping to see him for the next few years…

Speed, agility, toughness, and a compete level that is the standard for our team. Evan has great stick handling abilities and he does it all at full speed. Evan has been one of 6 players this year to compete in all 30 games. Mr. Doherty is a very physical hockey player and for him to play all 30 games this season with that style of play is a credit to his off-ice preparation and training. Evan shows up for every game and every practice ready to learn and in some cases ready to teach. Evan has also played 8 games with the Midget AAA team this season, as their first call up player. He has been a pleasure to coach, but more importantly he has been a pleasure to get to know. Thank you for your commitment and hard work.


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Ellery Maloney Remembers Long Time Friend & Local Hockey Star Pete Piquette “We both played hockey, we were both goaltenders on separate teams. We’ve been such close friends since our early teens,” says Maloney. “We were in each other’s wedding parties as well.”

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llery Maloney, recently spoke with Sports Energy News to remember his friend Pete Piquette. Piquette was a local hockey goaltender in the 1940’s and 50’s who saw great success in his hockey career, landing him a spot in the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame. Maloney says he’s known Pete and his wife Betty for most of his life.

Pete Piquette was an exceptional good goaltender and he started his junior hockey with the Cornwall Community Sports Club. Piquette was soon called to play with the Oshawa Generals Jr. A team in the OHA, (Currently OHL). Maloney recalls one of the highlights of Piquette’s time with the Generals was his encounter with George Armstrong, an All-Star player with the Toronto Maple Leafs. “That year (George Armstrong) was the most valuable player,” says Maloney. “He only beat Pete out by one point to become the most valuable player. So he (Piquette) had a great career with the Oshawa Generals.” After his time with the Generals,

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Piquette went on to play in the International Hockey League in the United States, for Milwaukee. He played with Milwaukee for two seasons, in the 1948-49 season and the 1949-50 season. After his twoyear stint in Milwaukee, he came back to Cornwall and he played with the team called the Cornwall Falcons. “He’s in the Cornwall Hall of Fame because he excelled and did really well in hockey as a goaltender,” says Maloney. “He also played lacrosse!”

Maloney says Piquette may not have been the tallest hockey player, but that didn’t stunt his talent. “He was a sort of a shy individual; he wasn’t that big, nowhere near the goaltenders that you see today,” says Maloney. “Today, if you watch hockey, the goaltenders they’re so tall and they play on their knees. Pete wasn’t that tall but he was very agile.”


In terms of fond memories of Maloney’s time with Pete, he has many. One memory stood out in Maloney’s mind, though. The two friends used to play jokes on each other.

“We were out horseback riding, the first time Pete had ever been on a horse,” Piquette laughs. “We were sort of riding and we went under a tree branch, I think I pushed the branch back out of my way and then I let it go and he was following me, so you can assume that the branch flew back and hit Pete, I don’t know if in the face but in the body somewhere!” Piquette wasn’t just a phenomenal athlete, but a phenomenal friend, too. “He was a real great guy, just wonderful and liked by everyone,” says Maloney. “He had a great hockey career, on today’s standards he’d be playing in the National Hockey League. He was just a good all around athlete.”

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Knee Braces: Generic vs Custom

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eciding when a custommade knee brace is needed and when a generic off-theshelf brace will suffice is often a decision made between you and your health care provider. Equipping yourself with some basic background information on the two types of braces can definitely aid in the decision process.

The 5 Types of Knee Braces

Unloader Braces: these braces offload stress or take pressure off of certain areas of the knee. Unloader braces are usually prescribed for people who have inner knee (medial compartment) osteoarthritis. These braces are customdesigned and made of molded plastic, steel, and foam to encourage the knee to bend away from the painful /arthritic area. They can be helpful for people who are waiting to have knee replacement surgery.

are used after a knee injury and provide support while the knee injury is healing. They are either custom made or generic depending on the type of injury you have. There are functional knee braces to treat MCL, ACL, PCL, LCL, and combination of these ligamentous injuries. A functional brace is designed to redistribute forces and support the affected injured ligament. Rehabilitative Braces: these braces are designed to limit movement of the knee while it is healing after an injury or surgery. They can protect injured ligaments and control knee movement during rehabilitation for an injured ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL, or meniscus. Rehabilitative braces typically consist of foam liners that surround the calf, thigh, and knee, along with fulllength rigid bars on both sides with hinges at the knee that are adjustable. These braces are generic and usually do not need to be custom made. Prophylactic Braces: These braces are designed to protect the knee from damage (or reinjury) that can occur during contact sports such as football, basketball, and hockey. These braces are typically made of constructed bars, hinges and adhesive tapes and are either custom made or generic depending on the type of injury you have.

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technically not a knee brace, a knee sleeve is the most common type of knee support worn by the average athlete and more casual exerciser, including tennis players, joggers, and walkers. They provide compression around the knee joint and some knee stability. Knee sleeves are typically made of material such as neoprene, drytex, or Polartec and are the least expensive type of knee support. Although you can buy knee sleeves off the shelf at your local pharmacy, you should still check with your doctor before using one.

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At Cornwall Spine Care Plus our custom fit braces are unique to each patient. They are fitted based on a series of joint measurements, biomechanical and orthopedic assessment, and a thorough history of your injury and desired activity level. At Cornwall Spine Care Plus we do so much more than fit and sell you a brace. Each person is taken in as a patient and is given advice on treatment and proper rehabilitation of their injured joint to help enhance the effects Who Can Benefit from of the custom knee brace. We a Custom Knee Brace? make it our goal to get you back Let’s keep it simple. The three to functioning at 100%. most common populations to be The Steps Needed fitted for a custom knee brace to Obtain a Custom are: • Previously active people with repetitive joint space injury or those with early onset degenerative change (arthritis) who would like to get back to doing more activity and enhance their quality of life.

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ony Prevost, born and raised in Cornwall, has always had a passion for outdoor activities and sports. One of his favourite outdoor activities, fishing, he’s been doing for over 45 years. For Prevost, fishing is his time to unwind and relax. “It’s my quiet time. It’s hard to explain. Some people like to go out and party and go to special events, I like to go fishing,” says Prevost. “It just gives you that calmness and piece of mind out there.” Prevost’s earliest fishing memory dates back well before he was ten. “I can remember, especially around the springtime, it was an avid thing out here in this area. Families would all go down to the river banks and fish for perch,” says Prevost. “It was a good sign of spring. I can remember there were different families; your cousins would end up meeting you there and your aunts and uncles would go out for a fishing day. In some cases, especially down around the Williamstown area, down by the old bridges, I really remember that, or going to Long Sault and having seen just hundreds of people lined up just fishing for the day.” He says those days spent fishing were the days he really began to enjoy it. “That’s when you really got hooked on it. You know, the sign of spring was the sign of when fishing season would start and you knew summer was coming,” recalls

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When it comes to his favourite memory, Prevost finds it tough to narrow it down after so many years of enjoying the sport. “I’ve had so many, especially with the grandkids now,” says Prevost. “One of the most memorable fishing trips I’ve done was in the Gulf of Mexico. My brother-in-law, we both went out and we got a world record barracuda out there. It was a very exciting day. A 60-inch, 80-pound barracuda was unheard of in that area. We did have quite a bit of them in the boat that day but that one, it’s one of those situations where everyone gets a turn in the boat when you’re fishing down there and it was supposed to be my turn, but I ended up going to the washroom and said, ‘you take my turn Andy,’ and he got the luck on it and it’s sitting here on my wall. “Though one of his most memorable catches happened in Mexico, he still says his favourite place to fish is the flats in the Lancaster area. The relaxation and the beauty of the water is enough. “I’m on the water at 4 to 4:30 in the morning, trying to trap my minnows for my day of fishing and just to sit down there and watch the sun come up, that’s an unbelievable feeling,” says Prevost. As an avid fisher, Prevost guarantees fishing will take a lot of frustrations out of your daily routine. “It’s like I tell my grandkids, you have to come out and you have to watch the water and just relax. If you come out and relax and just put


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ixty-five-year-old Donna Magher has been passionate about physical activity for quite some time. Initially from Quebec City, Magher, now living in the Cornwall area, is a member of the Cornwall Multisport Club and has been for the past six years. “Of all my friends I was always very involved in some activity or another,” says Magher. Her athletic history, though, started when she had her first job in Montreal. First thing after securing her job, Magher joined the local YMCA and YWCA. This enabled her, over time, to participate in activities such as fitness classes, judo, karate, tennis, and playing racquetball regularly. She started to run with the group from the Y, while her sister and the fellow members of the dream team (a group in Montreal) helped keep her motivated. After Magher had her son, though, her running and athletics began to wane. “I ran around for his hockey and soccer and sort of forgot about it; well not forgot about it, just didn’t think about it. I didn’t have the time for it and all this time I always taught, so I was busy,” says Magher. Magher’s teacher friend, Julia, helped her get back into the sporting world. Along with Julia and a group of teachers, Magher completed the Ottawa Half Marathon. At this marathon, Magher met the Raisin River Ramblers and has been running happily with them ever


Magher has completed many races and half marathons including the Quebec City Half Marathon, the Montreal Oasis, the York Maine, the Corning Wine Glass Marathon, and more. At this point, Donna signed up for a triathlon on the recommendation of her running friend Susan. Her next step was to become a member of the Cornwall Multisport Club. Magher says joining the club was a great choice, as it presented her with opportunities to meet and train with other athletes with similar goals. She has since completed many triathlons, but her favourite remains the Cornwall Tri. “The Cornwall Multisport Club is a true gem, an asset to Cornwall, and a great club. It provides a friendly environment to people of all ages and abilities to meet and enjoy activities together,” says Magher. “The clubs activity satisfies the competitive athlete who wants a lot of challenge as well as the leisurely athlete who is participating just for fun.” Magher says she especially loves the open water swim. “That’s probably the first thing that when I joined the multi sport I joined it because that was one of the things I wanted to do, I never swam in the river and actually I didn’t swim that much period, but I joined the masters and as a result was able to do that,” says Magher. “I’ve got to know so many people in Cornwall I otherwise would never have met. Multisport is like a stepping-stone. Starting one thing led to another.” Donna Magher chasing the finish line.

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Seaway Valley Rapids Major Atom AA Lock Down 6th Place By Johanne Sullivan


ith two games remaining in the regular season, the Seaway Valley Rapids Major Atom AA team was looking to move up in the standings—a big hurdle was overtaking the fifth-ranked Ottawa Sting. The Rapids had to face them on Thursday, February 4th in a game sponsored by Mulders Welding. Unfortunately for the Rapids, the Sting was not willing to let go of its standing. The Sting opened in the scoring with one point, but extended its lead in the second period with another

2 points. It wasn’t until the third period that the Rapids got on the scoreboard when the three Ms put it in. Captain Carson Martin put it away after chasing the loose puck, after Assistant Captain Marco McCarthy and Ethan Montroy knocked it out of their defensive end. The Sting quickly struck back and maintained its 3-point lead. The Rapids were unable to convert on a 5-3 or numerous power plays. The final score was 6-1.

Ottawa Valley Aces. For this game, the Rapids were looking to win and a move to sixth place. After travelling a little over three hours on Saturday afternoon, the boys were able to shake off any lingering car sickness. The Rapids got the scoring underway in the first period when Jett Jock scored unassisted. It was followed later in the same stanza by Antoine Lafrance with an assist from Ben Pilon. The score was 2-0 going into the third. About halfway through the third, For the last game of the Assistant Captain Jonah Ashby season, the Rapids had to travel got an unassisted goal, but the to Beachburg to face the Upper Aces finally got on the scoreboard

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he 2016 Ladies’ Invitational was held on the weekend of February 5-7. Twenty-four teams competed in this year’s event, once again showing how popular this event is in Eastern Ontario. Bonspiel sponsor Hunt Commercial Insurance provided a great Once again, our club’s prize table and Saturday night’s “Ugly Dress” theme organizers and volunteers made for a great evening of did a marvellous job hosting food, fun and refreshments. this event.

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nother local team claimed a medal in the juvenile girls’ division when the Seaway Valley Devils finished the event as bronze medal winners, after a record of 3-2. The Devils defeated the Blyth Typhoons 3-0; the Windsor Devils 3-0; and the Mildmay Twisted Sisters 2-0. The Palmerston Terminators defeated Seaway 1-0 to claim silver and also edged Seaway Valley by the same 1-0 score in their first meeting during roundrobin play. Seaway Valley was

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he Cornwall Colts played the 201516 season with more local players than ever before. While the Colts have always had local flavour on every team, there were only five “imports” (Tristan Conrad, Shawn Baird, Justin McRae, Brett Nichol, a n d Jared McCracken). Two of them, Nichol and McRae almost don’t count as they have family ties in the area. McRae’s father (Ken) is a former NHL from Finch while Nichol’s uncle (Chris) had a taste of Major Junior Hockey with the Royals back in the day. While the end result wasn’t what Colts’ fans were hoping for (a playoff appearance); it did

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give local players an opportunity to showcase their talents. The Glengarry connection remained strong with this club with no less than 10 players: Captain Lawson MacDonald, Lawson MacDougall, Tanner Spink, Keegan Mulhearn, Ross Craig, Jeremy McFarlane, Eric Verville, Roddie Sandilands, David Poirier, and Sebastian Dirven all singing Glengarry My Home. South Stormont can brag as well with veteran Parker Krol playing top calibre defence all season while rookie Konnor MacCormick stepped in admirably. Players from Cornwall showed they can play with the best, including Grant Cooper, Nick Lalonde, Matt Morin, Dean Derouchie, Brennan Markell, and Liam Lascelle. A large number of players are able to return for the 2016-17 season to help celebrate the 25th season for the Colts in Cornwall. That’s a

quarter century of entertaining, family-oriented hockey that has produced several NHL players, dozens of NCAA players who turned pro, and hundreds of community leaders. For the record, the Royals were a Major Junior Hockey team for 23 seasons. As this season wraps up, a tip of the hat to the players who entertained us. To those graduating, good luck wherever the great game of hockey takes you. To those looking for a roster spot next season, enjoy your summer and keep training. To the numerous volunteers who help make Colts’ Game Day possible, words cannot express the thanks you deserve. And finally to the fans and community partners, you’re the reason the players put the jersey on and your continued support is appreciated beyond words. The Cornwall Colts; we live here, eat here, and play here!

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everal months ago in this column we discussed ‘weapons of opportunity’; common everyday items that have a primary purpose, but can be used to defend oneself if necessary. I listed several items that could be quite effective for self-defence purposes, and since that time the one that seems to have drawn the most attention is the mini flashlight. I have been asked questions ranging from what model to purchase, where to buy it, what features to look for, what a good price is, and how to use it. The flashlight has been a popular and functional tool for more than one hundred years, having been patented by the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company in 1899. This company, later known as Eveready and today as Energizer, continues to be a major provider of flashlights and batteries. The company was quite good in their marketing strategy – they donated many flashlights to the NYPD, getting written reviews back from the officers, then using these testimonials in their advertising, which soon had everyone wanting one of these ‘new contraptions’. The flashlight had been used as a protection device by law enforcement for decades but didn’t really gain popularity as such, until the Mag-Light came along in the 1980’s. The real breakthrough however, came in 1999 with the use of LED’s which allowed the lights to become smaller, lighter, more durable, and brighter. When shopping for a light make sure to purchase one with a smooth bezel, avoiding those with the” cookie cutter’ type tops as

looks like a weapon. Shining a light in assailants’ eyes can create temporary disorientation, causing them to cover their eyes, close their eyes, or turn their head, buying you an extra second or two. You may get by with 100 lumens in complete darkness, but with any kind of ambient lighting around, at least 200 may be required. Choose a light with a single LED bulb, which allows for a narrow, deep reflector providing a bright focused beam. It should have a tactical tail (bottom) mounted switch with a momentary (allows for flash) feature. It should be waterproof and rugged enough not to break if dropped or used as an impact weapon. Choose a light that is large enough to protrude at least one half inch on either side of your hand, but small enough to be easily carried and readily accessible. Many people prefer a light with a clip for quick access, as your light will be of little use if buried deep in a pocket or purse. It is also very important to choose a light that is simple to operate – some models come with a strobe and/ or several brightness levels, depending on how many times the tail cap is pressed – these features will only make things more complicated in a stressful situation. The battery that your light requires is also important; choose one that takes AA as they are cheap and can be purchased almost anywhere. A few of the higher end brands are Surefire, Pelican, and Streamlight, but there are numerous good quality lights available at our local stores. Once you have chosen your preferred model, spend a bit of time and become competent with it. Remember, a criminal is looking for an easy target, not a challenge. Proactive usage of a quality light can make you appear to be a more difficult target.


he morning temperatures – it was -17 at 10 am – were not conducive to drawing people outside, and the Family Day activities at the Summerstown Forest trails started out slowly. But the sun was out and by noon things had picked up. In the end, more than 200 participants – including 50+ families – came out to enjoy winter activities.

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This was the 5th annual Family Day at Summerstown Trails event hosted by FOTST and for many families, it is a great opportunity to experience XC skiing or snowshoeing for the first time, at no cost as all the equipment is available free of charge throughout the day. The Most people came out between event was generously supported noon and 2 pm when the weather by Cardinal & Son, Wholesale was nicest and things got pretty Meats. hectic. “We’re pretty much being The trails are situated on run off our feet,” said a smiling Summerstown Road, 1.6 km Liam Carson, who was in charge north of exit 804 of the 401, and of distributing the XC ski and are open seven days a week. snowshoe equipment. But thanks There is no charge to access the to the more than 25 volunteer trails and donations are accepted members of the Friends of the to offset the cost of maintaining Summerstown Trails (FOTST), the trails. Rental of equipment on who came out to help, things weekends only. More information moved along smoothly, including at the distribution of the nearly 20 or on our Facebook page. dozen hot dogs, and countless

Cornwall’s Bancroft family back from a XC outing on the trails at Photo Submitted Summerstown Forest on Family Day.


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he Rebels rolled to an unbeaten 20-0-2 record in Lower-St. Lawrence Hockey League play, to claim the regular season title. In tournaments, they captured the A Championship in a B tournament in Smiths Falls, outscoring the opposition 55-0 in five straight wins. After that, the Rebels decided to compete in B Rep tournaments; losing in the B final in Prescott and the semi-finals in Arnprior. At their own home tournament early in the season, Char-Lan lost to an A team from Montreal 2-1 in the championship game. Pictured front from left are: Adrian Vandelight and Camden McCuaig. Middle row from left: Max Dube, Alaister McRae, and Brady Bell. Third row from left: Kamryn Fraser, Kaeden McDonald, Liam Gray, Bryce Currier, Hayden Mader, and Liam MacLachlan. Back row from left: Trainer Brian MacDonald, Assistant Coach Tim McCuaig, Head Coach Matt Gray and Assistant Coach Chris Bell.

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Whistle Stops The “Team” has just completed Issue # 40, and as always, I would like to thank Lynn (Graphic Design), Margo (Editor), Gary (Sales), Bernadette (Website), our writers Todd, Molly, Victoria, Jordan, Derrick and John, our editorial columnists, Jim, Jorge, Dave, The Sports Panel, Gilles, Jake, Jim, our distribution locations, our advertisers and of course the people who are featured in our stories. I hope you enjoy # 40 Hockey Fans Wanted, Noisemakers Welcome! The Seaway Valley Rapids Minor Bantam “AA” team is hosting a Bantam team from Kungalv Sweden the week of March 21st. This is the 10th season the 2 teams have enjoyed this cultural hockey exchange. Sports Energy would encourage all who are free Friday March 25th to head down to the Benson Centre to cheer on these Minor Bantam Kids. Opening ceremonies start at 11:00 am, game time is 11:15. What a thrill it would be for the kids to play in front of a full house! March is also hockey playoff time. Take the time to catch a River Kings playoff game at the Ed Lumley Arena; I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Congratulations go out to my friend Larry “The Eagle” Edwards on his induction into the Akwesasne Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Over the years I have enjoyed many laughs with Larry and had a great working relationship with him and CKON Radio back in my hockey management days. I have to thank Seaway Valley President Mark Desnoyers and also all the team managers for working with Sports Energy each month to provide The Massey Place Hustlers of the Month. Special thanks also to Randy, Tim, and Aurele Houle from Massey Place for sponsoring this page. Spring is coming and we encourage parents to register your kids in local minor sports. Lacrosse, soccer, football, ball hockey, softball, baseball, basketball are all represented in our area with leagues for our youth to play in. The list could also include many individual sports, but I would run out of room. Wow, this is our 40th edition and for the first time in our history we have hit 40 pages. I am proud of this milestone and again, I want to thank everyone who has helped make this paper possible over the years. Winners never Quit and Quitters Never Win, Signing out Until next Month Mike Piquette, Publisher


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indy Gibbs, science and physical education teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School is extremely passionate about sports. She coaches numerous sports, including Senior Girls’ Basketball, Girls’ Varsity Hockey, Junior Badminton, and Junior Boys’ Soccer. She also leads the school’s Athletic Council team. Gibbs is a past graduate, and athlete of the year recipient, of St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School. She continued her post-secondary studies in science at Queen’s University where she was also a member of the Queen’s Golden Gaels Varsity Soccer Team. Since then, Gibbs has continued to be deeply involved with athletics in her daily life. She is currently involved with the Coyotes Soccer Development Program, the Kinsmen Minor Soccer Program, and

Her coaching began after the start of her first teaching job in the fall of 2004. “I would coach any sport I could get my hands on. I started to coach community sports as soon as my first child was old enough to participate,” says Gibbs.

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Kirby Camplin Talks Minor Peewee Rapids about his Dallas Football Appreciate their Manager T Experience he Seaway Valley Rapids Minor Peewee team would like to take this opportunity to thank our team manager, Carrie Brunet-Jodoin, for all of her work this season. She has worked very hard making sure that everything was taken care of, from game sheets to permits, scheduling, tournaments, team functions, meals, transportation, and all the other tasks that go with operating a hockey team. Carrie has spent countless hours working behind the scenes for our team and has been our most vocal fan all season long. Thanks again Carrie from the players, coaches and parents for the time and effort you have put into making our season a success!

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arly in February, Kirby Camplin headed down to Dallas, Texas, as the head coach of Ontario’s Under-18 team for the 2016 International Bowl. Though Camplin’s team lost to the United States 34-3, he stands by what a great experience it was. “It was certainly one of the coaching highlights of my career for sure, it was a great experience,” says Camplin. “I think that anytime you’re going to the heart of football and the heart of the United States - you know Dallas, Texas - you have to manage your expectations. I think we brought a half decent team down, but you know the team I coached last year, we beat them. This year obviously they got better and they beat us 34-3. It was a good game and I thought we did a lot of really great things but they were just the better team that day.” This was Camplin’s fourth year being involved with team Ontario, but it was his first year as the head coach. “That was obviously a thrill for me to be the head coach and be in charge and go through the whole process of building a team and preparing them for the game, so that was pretty exciting,”

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says Camplin. Though the team didn’t see a big win, Camplin hopes to be part of the process again next year, maybe even as head coach two years in a row. “I definitely hope to be a part of it (next year). I will apply again and hopefully I’m lucky enough to be chosen,” says Camplin. While Camplin says the honour of being the head coach of a team representing Ontario and Canada at AT&T Stadium was a highlight, he did have one unique experience on top of that. “Probably the coolest story is we

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n Friday February 19th Cornwall’s Tony Luis climbed back into the ring for the first time since last June, when he defeated Edward Valdez by unanimous decision at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls NY. Luis had a fight scheduled for December 4th at Ottawa’s Ernst & Young Centre, which would have been his very first time fighting as a pro in Ontario. The fight card, promoted by Avenue East Productions fell through and was rescheduled for January 29th only to be cancelled once again, early in the New Year. It wasn’t long before a match was made to fight Samuel Amoako, a native and former National Lightweight Champion of Ghana; 21-7 with 15 KO’s, now fighting out

all wear headsets during the game to talk to a couple coaches up in the booth. So the headset they gave me to wear for the day was actually Jason Garett’s, the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. His name was actually on the headset, so that was pretty cool,” says Camplin. As for standout players, Camplin notes particular talent demonstrated from their receiver, Gordon Lam. “He had about 100 yards receiving, he was the best player we had on offence and he did a great job for us,” says Camplin. What’s next for Camplin’s coaching

after this big game? More football, of course. “We’re busy preparing the Cornwall Wildcats OVFL team, so this will be my sixth season as the head coach of the Wildcats OVFL program. So, we’re looking forward to having a good season this summer,” says Camplin. “Our first game is the third week of May. I’m always excited to coach the local kids and compete against the best in our province. And then in the middle of August I’ll be back with Carleton University, that’ll be my fourth year with the Ravens and I’m looking forward to that as well.”

of Silver Springs, Maryland. Both fighters weighed in at an identical 135.25 lbs. for the fight which took place at the WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa. The fight was a lopsided win for Tony who dominated from start to finish, winning every round on each of the judges’ cards. Commenting on his performance Tony stated “The knockout would have been nice, but after I hurt him early, he had no intent to fight and went into survival mode the rest of the way. My speed and pace left him behind in every round and I got to shake some rust off. I’m looking to get back into the ring come spring”. This dominating performance by Tony Luis, shown live on CBS Sports did not go unnoticed by those in the boxing world. Some big fights should be coming in the near future. A victorious Tony Luis.

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30 Continued from page 27 master skating, stick handling, game awareness. It’s a beautiful game and these athletes are usually dynamic and multi-sport athletes.” Gibbs has a clear handle on her coaching philosophy, encouraging her athletes to work hard. “I always tell my athletes to practise and play with purpose. I repeat this so many times that my athletes have now given it a social media twist #PWP”, says Gibbs. “To be honest, I feel like my coaching philosophy is always evolving. I aspire to be a coach that is dynamic and is willing to adapt and grow with my athletes.” Gibbs says she continues to coach year after year due to the inspiration she receives from her athletes. “These athletes are well-rounded individuals who succeed in many aspects of their lives. When you coach, you become a family. Sometimes a dysfunctional one, but you are a team. You practise for the team, you play for the team, you win as a team and you lose as a team,” says Gibbs. “At this point, I

Looking for deals on wheels? Visit our automotive “Teammates”. also coach so that my own children see the value of sport. I want to expose them to an environment that fosters health and wellness, team unity, dedication, and inclusiveness. I am very lucky to coach as part of my profession, to coach at the community level, and to be married to a dedicated and inspiring health and conditioning coach.” Gibbs truly has nothing but love and passion for her athletic community. “I am so grateful to have sports in my life because it has opened so many doors and provided so many opportunities for me. All of my closest friends are relationships that began in a sport setting either as a teammate, competitor, or coach,” says Gibbs. “To this day, I still play indoor soccer with a team that is compromised of about 7 family members. How lucky am I to spend time with my family and friends doing something that I love? Plus, now I get to include my own kids as well.”

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Ginny Shoniker: Local Hockey Mom and Hockey Manager By Derrick LoRusso


inny Shoniker, local hockey manager for the Seaway Valley Major Atom AA, has been a part of the team for two seasons now, along with the coach, Shawn Pilon, who’s also been a part of the team for three years, knowing Shoniker for two years. In the two years Pilon has worked with Shoniker, he has nothing but positive things to say about her. “She has been our manager for the past two years and it’s quite the undertaking to manage a minor hockey team,” he says. “As the manager, she is the team scheduler, the organiser of team events, the team stats keeper, the booker of tournament lodgings, the team accountant, the fundraising chair, the buffer between the parents and the coaches, etc.” Pilon tells us Shoniker is a very hands-on manager. “Ginny has a knack of handling all of these tasks with great ease and professionalism. Many times she has said to me, ‘you concentrate on the coaching, I will handle all the other aspects of the team’,” he says. He continues,

saying the coaches are always in the limelight, but could not be without a good manager. “The coaches always get the credit and share the limelight with the players when the team is successful but the team is nothing without a great manager behind them guiding them and taking care of the team’s needs,” he says. Shoniker tells us how she became manager for the team, “The coach received a recommendation from another coach from my home association.” Citing her past experience with her son, she says, “I was the hockey registrar for my son’s home association and managed the hockey teams my son played on, previous to this team,”

Pilon finished off by personally thanking Shoniker for all her volunteer work and resourcefulness for the team. “The past two seasons, for me, have been a tremendous honour; to coach such a dedicated group of kids and to work with Ginny has made my job so easy,” he says. “So I would like to thank her on behalf of the players, coaches, and Ginny Shoniker tackles all her duties with enthusiasm. parents for a job well done!” Photo Submitted


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Energy Leads to Dominance for NGS Novice B Braves By Staff Writer


he NGS Novice B Braves saved their best for last at the annual South Grenville Novice B Tournament, held from February 12 to 14 in Prescott and Spencerville.

Playing their sixth game of the event, and third match in a span of four-and-a-half hours, on championship Sunday, the Braves’ energized fore-check, unselfish passing, and dedication to protecting the defensive zone led to a 7-1 victory over a talented Carleton Place Kings team, in the A championship. The Kings actually led the championship game, scoring just 1:49 into the first period. The Braves didn’t let the early setback ruin their day though and they knotted the score at 1-1 midway through the frame when Hayden Darling found the back of the net. In the second period Caleb Grady and Darling scored to triple the NGS lead.

As the game grew in length, the advantage on NGS’ side became more evident. The energy level was outstanding. The Braves received four more goals in the third period as Grady capped off his hat trick with two goals and Noah Mainville and Josh MacMillan each added singles. Grady, Darling, and Carter Rolland each handed out two assists, with Vincent Anderson and Blake Nuttall collecting one each. Saving his best game for the final, Grady was the choice for Hustler of the Game for NGS. “It was essential to come out and play hard against a good Carleton Place team,” said Assistant Coach Joey Sullivan. “The reason we were so good in the game is an indication of how bad the boys wanted it.” In their six tournament games, the

Braves outscored the opposition 365.

To reach the final, the Braves escaped the semi-finals with an exciting 2-1 victory over Lower St. Lawrence Division rival Cornwall 2 Colts.

Again, NGS found themselves behind the eight ball as Cornwall scored midway through the first period when Matteo Dixon gave the Colts a 1-0 lead. After a scoreless second period the Braves headed into the third period down but determined to find a way back into the game. It took less than a minute to make that happen as Nuttall scored from line mates Anderson and Kyan Helmer to tie the score. The Braves capped off the rally when Nuttall capitalized from a scramble in front The NGS Novice B Braves won the A championship at the South of the net to give his team the go- Grenville Tournament in Prescott on February 14. Pictured in front is Dryden Coleman. Second row from left: Blake Nuttall, Caleb Grady, ahead goal, which eventually stood Aiden Casselman, Noah Mainville, Kyan Helmer and Lukas Sullivan. up as the winner, with three minutes Third row: Hayden Darling, Josh MacMillan, Vincent Anderson and remaining. Rolland’s resiliency after Carter Rolland. Back row: assistant coach Joey Sullivan, head coach an injury early in the game, and his Todd Anderson and assistant coach John Grady. Photo: Lindsay Mcintosh-Mainville willingness to switch from forward to defence when called upon, were morning of February 12, the Braves Mainville, and Sullivan each picked the main reasons he was chosen as scored a 6-2 victory over a tough up one assist for NGS ensuring all NGS’ Hustler of the Game. Kemptville B2 Panthers squad. team members had at least one point NGS started off championship Nuttall led the charge with two goals in the win. Darling was recognized Sunday with a 5-0 win over the and an assist while Darling and for his dogged pursuit of the puck Kemptville B1 Panthers. Darling Rolland each had a goal and assist. and net presence as the NGS Hustler started off his prolific day with a Helmer and Grady rounded out the of the Game. goal and an assist. Anderson had scoring for NGS. Anderson had two In their third round-robin game a goal and an assist as well in the assists in the win. Casselman was a on March 13, the Braves went win. Rolland, Nuttall, and Helmer safety net on the Braves’ blueline head-to-head with the Pointe Claire had the other goals with Grady and and always in excellent position in Remparts. Again NGS put together Aiden Casselman recording assists. the defensive zone earning NGS a strong effort for all three periods, Continuing his emergence, with Hustler of the Game honours. rolling to a 5-1 victory. Grady was stellar play in between the pipes, The Braves won their second in a giving mood as he handed out Dryden Coleman was masterful in game of the round-robin 11-0 against four assists. Nuttall scored twice the game and recorded the shutout. the North Dundas B1 Demons. with singles going to Rolland, Coleman recorded all six victories Anderson and Nuttall each had two Darling, and Mainville. MacMillan, for NGS in the tournament. goals and two assists; Darling scored Darling, and Anderson each had Defenceman Lukas Sullivan played two goals and one assist; Casselman an assist in the win. Helmer used a poised, focussed game in the scored twice; Grady had a goal and his blazing speed to draw several quarter-finals and was named NGS two assists; Rolland had a goal scoring chances for NGS and was a Hustler of the Game. and an assist and Helmer capped deserving winner of the Hustler of To kick off the tournament on the the scoring for NGS. MacMillan, the Game award.


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Eastern Warriors Win Midget Girls’ Provincial Gold By Todd Anderson


he Eastern Warriors midget girls claimed gold at the Ontario Broomball Association provincial championships in Barrie February 12 to 14. Jessica Hendley’s first-period goal stood as the game-winner as the Warriors defeated the Mildmay

Sharks in the gold-medal match on February 14. Michaela Kunz and MacKenzie Kunz picked up assists on the play and Keely Zandbelt was perfect in between the pipes recording a shutout. The Warriors began their journey to gold with a 1-0 win over Palmerston on February 12. Kaitlin Blenkam scored the game’s only goal from

Mackenzie Kunz.

The second game for the Warriors on February 13 resulted in another 1-0 victory, this time over the Windsor Devils. MacKenzie Kunz scored the lone goal assisted by Jessica Richer. Zandbelt was perfect in all tournament games recording three straight shutouts.

Other team members include: Stacey Johnston, Marie-Eve Bouchard, Eliane Gignac, Samantha Reid, Amber Johnson, Britney VanLoon, Maxime Depentigny, Jasmine McNairn, Head Coach Jeff Johnson, Manager Linda Kunz and Trainer Barry McNairn.

The Warriors rolled to 2-0 on February 13 edging the Blyth Ice Bullets 2-1. The Warriors held on despite allowing the Ice Bullets to come within a goal, when they scored with a little over a minute remaining. Adam Richard and LaPointe scored for the Warriors and Kurtis Baas and Quennville had assists. In their third game of the event on February 13, Zach St. Pierre posted the shutout in a

1-0 victory. LaPointe had the game’s lone goal, capitalizing in overtime. Other team members include: Erik Lafrance, Austyn Henderson, Josh LaFrance, Alexis Cayer, Zach St. Pierre, Nicholas DeVries, Jonathon Hendley, Morgan Foster, Eric VanLoon, Andrew Ferguson, Dylan Martin, Head Coach Art Martin, and Manager Mario Quennville.

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game in the second period stood as the championship-winning he Eastern Warriors captured goal. He also added an assist on the gold medal at the Morgan Foster’s goal. Assistant Ontario Broomball Association Captain Brady Quennville provincial championships on handed out two assists in the win. February 12 to 14 in Barrie. To open the event the Warriors In the gold-medal game on defeated Palmerston 2-0 on February 14, the Warriors edged February 12. Quennville had both goals in the win and the Windsor Devils thanks& Areas to Community Greater Cornwall Sports Newspaper an impressive offensive game LaPointe picked up one assist. from Captain Nathan Lapointe. Sam Lemery recorded the shutout Lapointe’s second goal of the in goal. By Todd Anderson


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The NHL Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell issued a 20 game suspension to Calgary Flames player Dennis Wideman for his collision with linesman Don Henderson. The decision was appealed to Commisioner Gary Bettman who upheld the original verdict. The NHLPA has since filed a grievance to an independent arbitrator. Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper What do you think of the whole series of events?

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Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast - The Calgary defenceman is a Wideman, but based on his recent actions he’s certainly not a Wiseman! His

vicious hit of an NHL linesman was uncalled for, and the potential for serious injury to the official was high. He should be ecstatic that it was only 20 games; such stupidity should have cost him a 40, or even an 80 game suspension. Do we want to emulate the violent history of international soccer, where referees have been beaten and killed by unruly players and fans? The NHL had to take immediate and appropriate action to ensure that its officials are protected, otherwise anarchy will prevail. Wideman’s derogatory follow-up texts showed how unrepentant he really is, and that he doesn’t have remorse for his bad behaviour. The NHLPA must regret that they’ll have to spend big dollars to defend Dennis, because I can’t imagine any arbitrator reversing the NHL’s decision. Unless of course, Wideman intimidates the arbitrator by threatening to cross-check him from behind

Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - The outcome of this case will be setting a few precedents. It is the first time that an appeal will go to an

independent arbitrator and will have an impact on the enforcement of concussion protocol. Wideman was not removed from the game and sent to a quiet area by the team’s trainers, despite concussion spotter’s recommendations. Linesman Don Henderson was also concussed, but continued to officiate the remainder of the game. The NHL is making a statement by trying to protect the officials and ensure their safety. The appeal by the NHLPA is to try and lessen the financial impact on of one of its members. The full twenty game suspensions would cost Dennis Wideman more than $564,000. Any reduction by the third party arbitrator would save him $28,226 for each game that the suspension is lessened.

Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - The Denis Wideman collision or hit (depending on what side of the jury you reside) on linesman Don

Henderson has become quite a judicial-style debate, arguing intent on the part of Mr. Wideman. Upon initial review of the incident, it appeared the collision may have been accidental contact based on the possibility of Wideman being dazed after a hit by Miikka Salomaki into the boards, however after reviewing the video again and taking a closer look, I have to question the situation. Yes, Wideman took a hard hit into the boards and it hurt; he got up, may have been dazed but proceeded to skate back to the bench, banged his stick on the ice from the behind his blue line either out of frustration or trying to get attention from his bench that he was coming off (at this point he appeared to know what he was doing) and continued skating with his head up. Linesman Henderson was facing the play, his back to Wideman skating backwards when Wideman, instead of sidestepping or warning the linesman, decided to put both hands up with his stick in hand and forcefully shove the linesman across the back knocking him face first into the boards in front of the Predators’ bench at centre ice. The Predators’ bench couldn’t believe what they just witnessed and Calgary Captain Mark Giordano, sitting at the far left side of the Calgary bench, also saw what happened and was up on his feet concerned for the linesman. Dazed or not, there is no excuse for Mr. Wideman’s actions. I believe Colin Campbell’s 20 game suspension and the NHL’s decision to uphold the suspension is merited and will serve as a good reminder for players to respect the guys in the stripe shirts.

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Peewee Eastern Rebels Claim NHL Native Alumni Face Off Gold in Barrie Against Akwesasne Stars By Todd Anderson


he Eastern Rebels peewee broomball team were gold medal winners in Barrie at the Ontario Broomball Association championships February 12 to 14 after an impressive 4-1 record during the weekend. The culmination of success came in the gold-medal match when the Rebels defeated the Mildmay Moose 1-0 on February 14. Captain Joey Leblanc’s second period tally stood as the championship-winning goal as the Rebels left Barrie as champions. Mathieu Fortin assisted the goal and Bryce Weisgerber recorded the shutout in goal. The Rebels started their tournament on February 12 with another 1-0 game against Mildmay, this time in favour of the Moose. The Rebels had a chance to move on from their loss quickly, as they took to the ice for their second game on February 12 against the Blyth Ice Bullets. Joey Leblanc and Fortin

teamed up once again in the second period for the game’s only goal, as the Rebels prevailed 1-0. The two teams faced off once against on February 13 and this time Eastern Rebels ran away with a 4-0 win. Nicholas Benoit, Mathis Cayer, and Fortin scored to give the Rebels a 3-0 first-period lead and Phillip Leclerc capped off the scoring the second period. Leclerc, Jordyn Burnett, Joey Leblanc, Jacob Leblanc, Benoit, and Kathryn Larocque each had assists. In their fourth game the Rebels edged the Mildmay Hawks 1-0 on February 13. Burnett scored in the first period assisted by Benoit. Other team members on the Rebels include: Hailey Pynenburg, Francois Fortin, Kylie Clarmo, Payton Baker, Coralie Dagenais, Oliver Brisson, Marika Castonguay, Head Coach Bill Pynenburg, Assistant Coach Mathieu Leclerc, Manager Jasmine Larocque, and Trainer Nadine Leblanc.

6:00 pm at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. This he NHL Native charity game helps raise Alumni Team, headed funds for youth initiatives by former Philadelphia in the community. Flyers’ star player Reggie Local youth will have the Leach will be playing in opportunity to meet and a charity hockey game hear Mr. Leach as he will vs the Akwesasne Stars be touring local schools on March 5, 2016 at the on Friday March 4, 2016. A’nowara’ko:wa Arena, Mr Leach is proud to game time is 2:00pm. speak to Aboriginal youth Prior to the game, the NHL to motivate them to work Native Alumni will be hard toward fulfilling their hosting a skills clinic for dreams. area youth, and following For more information the game there will be an on this event, contact opportunity to meet and K a h n a s t a s t a t s i greet the players at the (Geraldeen) Jacobs arena. The day will end or Mamie David at with a banquet starting at 613-936-1583 By Staff Writer


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horuses of New York, New York and That’s Amore were bouncing off the walls as our curling centre was rocking on the final night of this year’s Winterspiel. It was a great way to end a great week of food, drink, and curling. The army of volunteers did a wonderful job preparing food each Marie-Claude Commeau’s team night of the week, highlighted by a of Vice Joan Sauve, Second Jane fabulous Italian feast Saturday night. McDonald, and Lead Allison Main won the Ladies’ A division over Susan On the ice, twenty-eight men’s and Fort’s team of Vice Debbie Tropea, ladies’ teams competed for bragging Second Debbie Bourdeau, and Lead rights and a chance to go to a very Norma Lamoureux. well-stocked prize table. Once again, Pommier Jewellers sponsored the The Ladies’A Consolation was won by Ladies’ competition and provided Mitch Baker’s team of Vice Samatha a great selection of prizes. On the Dexter, Second Amanda Jacobs, and Men’s side several sponsors stepped Lead Sharyn Kelly. up to provide an equally attractive The Men’s A Consolation was won prize table; our kudos go out to Bill & by Terry Lichty’s team of Vice Ron Denise Dickey, St. Lawrence Testing, Leroux, Second Rob Cotman, and Cornwall Dental Arts, MacEwens, the Lead Phil Riel. Squire Shop, and the City of Cornwall. Once again, the club ran a great event The five days of curling were concluded with a lot of people looking forward with Charley Wert’s team of Vice Rob to next year. Our congratulations go Mahon, Second Paul McNeil, and out to all who helped out and to all the Lead Jace Patkai winning the Men’s participants.

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often get asked what it is like to watch my son Tony box and work in his corner. Some people even ask me how can I do it? Quite frankly when Tony started boxing as a 12 yearold I often was so nervous before a fight I shook and was sweating. Pack of nerves to say the least. I used to wonder, if he has 40-50-60 bouts as an amateur how am I going to do it? Well 104 amateur bouts and 24 pro bouts later I am still here and have not had a heart attack, yet! Quite frankly to be a boxing champion was Tony’s dream, not mine. I love the sweet science of boxing, but never intended nor suspected having one grow up in my house. So what is it like to train your son? Very difficult!! If I had lived in Montreal or Ottawa I would have gladly let Tony be trained by an old hand such as Russ Amber of Montreal or Joe Sandulo of Ottawa. In Cornwall I was Tony’s only choice.

some mistakes along the way and I learned with Tony. Tony is a talented and gifted athlete, who could have excelled at other sports like track and field or soccer. Boxing is his passion and love as well as mine. It is difficult to watch your son get hit, especially with unnecessary shots. This is why I am harder on my son than anyone else in my gym. When Tony trains properly and puts in the time and work and is disciplined outside the gym, I don’t worry as much. It’s a tough sport and there are better and easier ways to make a living. When Tony is in the ring, simply put I am fighting in the ring with him. Every punch he takes, I feel and take. If anyone wrongs my son, they have to deal with me. I am not approachable when Tony is in the boxing ring. It’s WAR. I do everything to prepare him and look at every scenario and prepare for it.

As time has gone on I have had to moderate and accept that he won’t have a great night in the gym every night. I have had to put some water in my wine and strive for perfection with the knowledge that nothing is ever perfect. Literally when Tony is in the ring, I would lay my life down for him; if King Kong comes into the ring he will have to deal with Tony and myself. I can quite honestly say that. I believe in Tony and I know his capabilities, his strengths and weaknesses and faults. We are all A son naturally wants his father’s human and make mistakes, but we acceptance and at the same time, his never give up and stop trying. own independence. It’s been a roller The worst moment for me was when I coaster ride for sure. Tony often says had to throw the towel in and stop the now, we have been through things fight against former US Champion that would have pulled others apart. Jose Hernadez. It was heartBut, we remain together and are wrenching and surreal, it sickened bonded in unconditional love. Do I me, but Tony was not reacting the worry? Yes! Fathers in boxing who way he was supposed to. It is a train their sons tend to be one of two testament to Tony’s character that things. Either they are too brave he came back to be a World Ranked and think their son is an unbeatable boxer after such a defeat. It was, in champ and can beat anyone, or they hindsight, a humbling experience for are over protective of their son and Tony and showed he was not bullet won’t put them in tough matches, thus proof. For me I changed the training the fighter never develops properly. I in the gym and vowed that this would like to think I am somewhere in the never happen again under my watch middle. I am protective but I also if I could help it. So, yes, it is tough realistically know that to be the best to train your son and very difficult you have to beat the best. I have made Continued on page 35

Our readers + Our Advertisers, = A Winning Team. Continued from page 34 to corner him, but I know him better than anyone else and I will protect him and be his buffer. To be honest, in the pro ranks, dealing with things business-wise outside the ring is worse than the boxing in the ring. I much rather the amateur ranks; it’s a lot more fun training and cornering the amateurs. The petty politics of amateur sport are nothing compared to the dirty, nitty, gritty nastiness of business dealings in professional sport. I wish for my son a happy ending and to come out healthy, satisfied, with some financial security, a World Title Belt, and with dignity and honor. It’s been a helluva ride, more adrenaline rushes than I could have imagined. Thank you Tony, I am proud of the young man you have become….as for my grandson Miguel….Oh no, I think he will play football and be a weight lifter, I don’t think I can do it again! But I will always continue to train young men and women as amateurs. I hope the best is yet to come. I still have a lot to give. Yours in boxing and Youth sport, Jorge Luis Continued from page 12

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Cornwall Minor Lacrosse Executive Excited About the Upcoming Season By Jordan Todd


ornwall Minor Lacrosse recently elected a new crop of executives, some new and some who’ve been there before; all with some “exciting new directives,” says Vice President Vicki Akins. One major revamp is CML’s new sponsorship program, run by Director of Sponsorship Beth Pollock. Under the new leadership, all sponsorship dollars will go towards the entire association in an attempt to reduce fees for players. In the past, sponsorships were on a per-team basis. “The goal is to try and make lacrosse getting a facelift to follow LTAD, or more affordable for kids to play,” Long-Term Athlete Development. says Akins. Akins says that it’s a progressive The Winter Skills Program has also system that many sports programs “It’s been modified, thanks largely to new have begun switching to. Technical Director Chad Fairfoull. something concrete that we can show They’ve been getting “rave reviews” parents what we’re following so they about the program that they hadn’t can see exactly what their kids will been getting in the past, says Akins. be learning,” The house league system is also It’s the largest group of executives nice, light side of my experience was to be able to ski on those mountains as I was covering the sports; it was really a nice perk.”

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CML has ever had, and they’re looking forward to a successful first season. “Everybody seems very gung-ho and very excited for the upcoming season,” Akins says.

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Hiking With Denis Martel Is Not A Walk In The Local Park By Jordan Todd


ince retiring, Denis Martel has been travelling the world pursuing his passion – hiking. It’s brought him to many exotic locales and foreign places around the globe. One of his most recent trips was a trek to Machu Picchu in Peru in November. “It’s unique in that it’s an Inca site that has been extremely well preserved; also because of how inaccessible and well hidden it is,” says Martel. Machu Picchu is located at the end of what’s called the Sacred Valley. You can hike the entire trail, but because some of the people he was with weren’t interested, Martel didn’t do the whole thing. Instead he hiked and trekked around the site for a few days, which he says, was still an incredible experience. “Those were amazing experiences for sure.” His trip to Mount Kilimanjaro,

from a few years ago, was his toughest hike ever, he says. The number of hikers that are allowed on the mountain is limited because of the incredible altitudes and the problems that can cause. He went for six days in 2011. It was quite the mental and physical test. “You go from extreme heat to extreme cold and everything in between,” says Martel. “Heavy, heavy rains at times, and mix that in with the altitude and it makes for a difficult trek.”

Martel says that he enjoys hiking because it’s the ultimate combination of physical and mental challenge. “You need to be in shape, you need to be patient, it forces you to slow down, it forces you to spend some time reflecting on things,” he says. “It’s that combination that makes it really interesting for me.” Next up for Martel is a hiking trip to Panama in March, followed by a trek with his wife in Patagonia in Denis at Mount Kilimanjaro Argentina in the fall.

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10th Cultural Exchange between Seaway Valley Rapids and Swedish Hockey Team By Victoria Klassen


rom March 22 to March 27, a cultural exchange between the Seaway Valley minor bantam AA Rapids and the Kungälv hockey team from Sweden will take place.

Cornwall will be hosting four coaches, 18 hockey players, and around 30 family members from Sweden. The players will be billeted with the Rapids players, while the families and coaches will stay at the Ramada Inn.

The Kungälv team’s head coach, Martin Pavel, helped begin this cultural exchange years ago. “Everything worked very well with the activities, reception, NHL match,” says Pavel. “Look forward to coming back this year, 10 years after the first visit.”

Ben Pineault, a forward for the Rapids, says he is “most looking forward to getting to know my billet and hanging out...and maybe getting to learn bit of their language, and traditions that differ from ours!” Part of the exchange involves the Swedish players accompanying the Seaway players to school for a day. Thirteen-year-old Rylan Iwachniuk plays right wing for the Rapids. This is his first cultural exchange. “I’ve already been talking online with Kevin who is my match in Sweden,” says Iwachniuk. “I look forward to meeting him in person, hanging out with him and taking him to a Sens game.” Activities planned for the exchange include attending an Ottawa Senators game, a pizza

party and hockey games and practices. Shane Gaudreau’s family will be participating in the cultural exchange for their third time, because his older brothers also played on the Rapids team. The Gaudreau family says

they are “happy again to be able to experience this cultural exchange, in particular being able to see how the hockey culture the boys share bring common elements to our families despite living so far apart.”

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with a little more complexity,” he says. “Each week we try and ramp it up.” Once they’ve gone through all the major skills, he says, the end of the Winter Skills Program will focus on when and where to use the skills.

Fairfoull, who has been involved in lacrosse for 45 years, has an approach to teaching the players that is based on a progression of skills. “So we teach the most basic skills to start, and then we teach skills

him so much. “As a kid, I was taught that I had an opportunity to play the game because someone gave their time,” he says. “And so I always try to give back to the sport.”

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had Fairfoull, Cornwall Minor Lacrosse’s new technical director, is bringing a new perspective to training young players in their Winter Skills Program. By starting with the basics, Fairfoull The program has been around for hopes to make the game accessible years, but it’s Fairfoull’s first year to beginners and veterans alike. running it. The players are aged 3 “What we try to do is teach them to 14 and they have about 60 kids the main five fundamentals of there every session. A number lacrosse,” explains Fairfoull. of volunteers – older players and “But we also try to do it in a fun parents mostly – help him out. atmosphere.” It runs from the beginning of Fairfoull enjoys his new position February to about the middle of with Cornwall Minor Lacrosse, and April at the Benson Fieldhouse. running the program allows him to All skills levels are welcome. give back to the sport that’s given

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