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Former Edmonton Oiler’s captain Blair MacDonald, a Green Valley native, salutes the crowd during the closing ceremonies at Rexall Place in Edmonton on April 6. MacDonald scored the first goal ever at Rexall Photo provided by Andy Devlin, Oilers Entertainment Group Place, then known as Northlands Coliseum.

to grace the Rexall Place ice during the event. What came next caught the closing of the historic arena in him off guard. Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper retzky, Messier, Kurri, Fuhr, Edmonton on April 6. “All of the sudden a gal comes Lowe, Coffey, Anderson ... Among a huge group of former over and says (Rogers Sportsnet) MacDonald. Oilers in town to celebrate the John Shannon would like to talk to By Todd Anderson


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By Jordan Todd After finishing 1-7 last year, Head Coach Kirby Camplin and the OVFL Cornwall Wildcats have something to prove heading into a new season. “We were extremely young, more than three-quarters of the team were rookies, and it’s tough to win in this league with a lot of rookies,” says Camplin. “But a lot of those players have come back, and are now going to be veterans, and we’ll look to them to help us be more competitive this season.” Besides getting older, the biggest

change to the team will likely be at quarterback, where Tyler Fisher will probably be their number one option. Injuries derailed his season last year, so Camplin and the team are excited to see what he can do if he stays healthy. From what he’s seen so far, Camplin says the team also looks “bigger and meaner on defence.” The team has been practising together since December, but things really started to ramp up in March. On May 7, the team heads up to Montreal for a controlled scrimmage and practice. Head Coach Kirby Camplin “The season’s right around the Submitted Photo

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onnor Primeau and Brandon Labelle are two local athletes who are both attending and playing lacrosse for the University of Ottawa. Primeau is studying Kinesiology. He started playing hockey at a young age and took up lacrosse as an offseason sport years later. Primeau grew up playing box lacrosse and played field lacrosse for the first time in university. Labelle studies Human Kinetics with the hopes of becoming a physical education teacher. Labelle

has played a number of sports, but has played hockey and lacrosse competitively his whole life.

“I played three seasons with the Celtics, while missing the full season, in what would have been my second season with the Celtics, with a concussion,” said Labelle. “I had some great times playing with the Cornwall Celtics. One memory that sticks out in my mind is winning the OLA provincial championships in my final year. We had a great leadership group that was either in their final year of junior lacrosse or close to it. We had been very successful during the regular season

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forget during a close and tight game that Philly may have dominated the 3rd period, trailing 2-1, and I was very nervous. In the last few minutes, there was relief and excitement at the same time, as Glen Anderson scored on the fly off the right wing to make it 3-1 with a couple minutes to go. A feeling you never forget. Once you go to a game and witness your team pick up the Cup in person, you’re a die-hard fan for life. It doesn’t matter how bad they get or for how long.

the previous years, but from day one of the 2014 season, we were focused on doing everything we could to win the provincial championship. I could not have imagined a better way to end my junior career than winning the provincial title with a lot of the guys that I had grown up playing lacrosse with.” Primeau enjoyed his time growing up and playing sports in Cornwall. “Growing up in Cornwall was great. I would always look forward to the summer and playing lacrosse. Although we never had many new Ottawa U Teammates Connor kids at tryouts, we always managed Primeau, Paul Legacy and to have a strong team. Playing Brandon Labelle Photo Submitted Continued on page 8 “Come see why Ford is Number One in Canada” for complete new and used listings

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Continued from page 1 live on television). That was quite something. It was unique to sit there and close it when I was part of the group that opened it up. I was the guy who scored the first NHL goal in Northlands Coliseum (the original name of Rexall Place). We’re sitting there in the back rooms after the current Oilers played that afternoon game (a 6-4 win over Vancouver). An hour after the game we go onto the ice and there’s still a capacity crowd in the seats. Earlier in the day we visited city hall and there was over 5000 people there. It was incredible.” MacDonald was a leader, the captain in fact, of the Oilers when they joined the NHL as part of a merger with the World Hockey Association in 1979/80. He found himself on a squad of talented and young future Hall of Famers, that first NHL season. He also found himself on a line with a certain youngster bearing the jersey number 99. MacDonald made an impact on the team right away, finishing second behind Wayne Gretzky’s team-leading 147 points by scoring 46 goals and 94 points of his own. “My first game was pretty special but I also look back at the 1979/80 all-star game when Gretz and I were selected,” MacDonald recalls. “That all-star game in Detroit is definitely high up on my list. We tried to have a real confidence. We went into every game thinking we were going to win it. To make the playoffs in our first year, it was pretty impressive.” Former Edmonton Oilers star defenceman Kevin Lowe was a rookie pro during that first NHL season in Edmonton. Lowe, the current vicechairman of Oilers Entertainment Group, spoke about MacDonald’s role in the Oilers’ early success. “Blair was a great pro and I don’t use that term loosely,” said Lowe. “He was classy and hard-working and a great two-way player. He scored lots of goals, too. He was so reliable


Rexall Place last month, MacDonald said it was a great honour to be involved. It allowed him the chance to meet with some old friends he had not seen in quite some time. “It was a fabulous night. It was really well done. It was organized very well but I don’t think they expected that many guys would come back. All the big boys were back, Gretz, Mess, Jari Kurri, Glenn Anderson. It was a lot of fun to see all of the old faces. Val Fonteyne was my first roommate in the WHA. I was 19 and he was 40 back then. He was one of the first ones I saw (at the closing ceremony). He’s in his 80s and he still looks great.” Former Edmonton Oiler’s captain Blair MacDonald, a Green Valley native, is interviewed by Roger’s Sportsnet personality John Shannon during the closing ceremonies at Rexall Place in Edmonton on April 6. MacDonald was the first player interviewed during the ceremony.

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in his own end. He was a good first example for us younger guys. For Mark (Messier) and myself, and Glen (Anderson) later in the year, it was our first years. Guys like Blair, Ron Chipperfield, Lee Fogelin, Al Hamilton, Colin Campbell; we were lucky to have such strong leadership. I would watch Blair and I would say that’s what a good pro should be like. I haven’t seen him a lot over the years so it was good to have a conversation with him.”

played when we could and wherever we could.”

MacDonald skated for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Cornwall Royals for three seasons as a junior from 1970/71 to 1972/73. He scored 45 goals and 90 points when the Royals won the Memorial Cup in 1971/72. He followed that up with a 102-point season the year after, before joining the WHA’s Oilers in 1973/74. It’s while in the WHA he honed his skills as a leader. He tried MacDonald grew up playing his to share those attributes when the minor hockey in Alexandria. If he Oilers joined the NHL in 1979. couldn’t be found hitching a ride to “I would like to think we set the take part in a game in the local town, bar for work ethic and how to prepare he and his family members would for games,” MacDonald says of the likely be skating on the family rink at veterans on the squad. “Those players the farm owned by Mervyn and Anna were so talented, so young. I tried to Margaret MacDonald. set a standard. It was an honour to “When I look back, it doesn’t feel wear that jersey. It was such a good like it was that long ago,” MacDonald group. We had so much fun. We says with a chuckle. “I played minor loved to play so much. After practice hockey in Alexandria and it was a lot we would bring the nets in and set more relaxed back then. I would play them up to play “mini hockey” as we any game I could. After chores and called it. We would play for another school work we would play out on the hour or so.” pond until dark. I would hitchhike As for the closing ceremonies at to Alexandria to play games. We

In 219 NHL games MacDonald scored 91 goals and 191 points. He had 336 points in 476 WHA games. After retiring as a player he took on a position with Central Scouting. He was happy to remain involved in the game. He just recently retired from scouting two years ago. During his time assessing talent, he noticed some big changes in the way the game is played today. “I would travel throughout North America watching kids play. I would see kids on a three-on-two and they would dump it in for a line change because they had reached their 25-second shift limit. That drove me crazy. One thing today’s game is missing is the coaches letting the players be creative. It wasn’t so structured when we played. There’s not enough creativity in the game now. It was a good gig though. I travelled and I watched kids giving their all playing hockey. They always gave a good effort.” As the Oilers look forward to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, MacDonald spoke about the current standing of the team. He was asked if any team could ever rival the team he played with. “I don’t know if you will ever see a juggernaut like that again. It looks like (the Oilers) have shored up their Continued on page 7

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of goals and being named game MVP. Game two saw a continued balanced attack in a 6-0 white wash of the Michigan Sting 60/ USA. Jim Losey with 2 goals and 1 assist shared the MVP award with Jack Wylemans who was instrumental in setting up two goals. Solid goaltending from Dave Alguire sealed the Cornwall victory. Next up in game three was HC Luzern Oldies from Switzerland resulting in another 7-2 Cornwall victory. Mike Hanton, game MVP, with a hat trick and Pat Maloney, netting a goal and 2 assists, led the way. With three straight victories Cornwall finished first in their

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and Dave MacDonald. Goaltenders Dave Alguire of Cornwall Seaway Blades and Robert Nyqvist of Hammarby IF both took home the MVP titles of the game after proving to everyone in attendance the passion and skill they both brought to the ice. Cornwall’s Pat Maloney was the tournament leading scorer in the eight team division with 10 points - 3 goals and 7 assists. Team organizer and manager, Dave MacDonald is thrilled with the outcome expressing that this was by far the highlight of his 40+ years playing and coordinating recreational hockey. “We are just a group of regular guys, with no egos, playing with heart, passion, and dedication for the love of the game in a total team concept.” Next up for the Cornwall Seaway Blades will be some 60+ tournaments while preparing for another shot at the worlds in 2020 aging into the 65+ category.

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Continued from page 5 goaltending. They just need to get some experience on defence to help with the talented group they have on the back end. If they can keep everyone together, they are going to have a good team.” Last season the Oilers selected generational talent Connor McDavid with the first pick overall. Like MacDonald, and all of the other greats to have donned the Oilers jersey before him, Lowe sees many

leadership qualities in the club’s newest star, too. “Connor is very bright and you can tell he has been in that environment for a long time and he has handled it well. He was among all of these alumni at the closing and you could see him head for the shadows. He made sure he wasn’t in the forefront. He would go to the back of the line when he could. He has very positive traits as a person. What he does on the ice, he’s already such a spectacular leader at a young age.

He’s following in the steps of greats like (Jonathan) Toews, (Sidney) Crosby, (Steve) Yzerman and Gretz.”

Game, are you coming?’ I said sure. It’s going to be a blast. Gretz doesn’t play in a lot of these games. I better There’s another historic Oilers start getting in shape.” event approaching that MacDonald In the meantime, MacDonald is looking forward to. He will be is hoping to get back to his roots skating in next year’s Heritage this summer and visit his family Classic alumni game being held in Glengarry. “I’ve been back a in Winnipeg against a group of couple of times recently. I used to Winnipeg Jets legends. He received visit after travelling to Montreal and a special invitation to be there. other parts of Quebec while scouting “I met Gretz a month ago and he junior games. I’m hoping to visit said to me ‘we’re doing this Heritage this summer.”

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eneral Manager of the Akwesasne Jr B Indians lacrosse team, Roy Ledoux, has been with the team since 2010, given the title by a friend who needed help with the team. Ledoux tells us the team used to be Jr. A, but due to unforeseen circumstances it was dropped to Jr. B. “In 2012 the Akwesasne Jr. B Indians began play in the Ontario Lacrosse Association when the club was forced to drop down from the Jr. A division, due to the cost and amount of travel that was required to play Jr. A”.

In his time as GM, Ledoux has seen the Jr. B’s win both silver and gold medals; “Being involved with the 2012 team when we won a silver medal at the Founders Cup,” he says, adding, “Then of course last season with the Gold medal and winning a National Championship.”

every year.

Blaze Riorden who attend and play When asked what makes a good for the Albany Great Danes, and coach, in his opinion, Ledoux easily Adam Bomberry playing in the NLL answered. “A good coach has to be for the Rochester Knighthawks.” able to relate to his players and know The team started the season on when and how to discipline his team April 23rd, with a strong 11-10 win and when to praise them,” he says, adding his praise for players who over their rivals, the Kahnawake Last season was very good for the further their education. “We are very Hunters. Akwesasne Jr B Indians, as Ledoux proud of the players that choose to And for anyone who wants to keep explains. “Last season was great after continue their education by attending track of the team’s games, “People starting 3-4,” he says. “The team university,” he says. “For example can follow our team by logging on to went on an awesome run winning this year we have Kason Tarbell 24 games in a row culminating with attending Cornell University, playing ontariojrblacrosse.pointstreaksites. a National Championship.” Ledoux field lacrosse for the Big Red and com. By clicking on the OJBLL ‘our also mentioned the team helps with also Dalton Roundpoint and former schedule’,” Ledoux said. “Stats and the Memorial Day parade services players Ky Tarbell, Seth Oakes, and rosters are available.”


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sports in a small town definitely has its benefits,” says Primeau. “I think it’s been a huge adjustment coming from box lacrosse to field, I hadn’t realized how different the game was. Nonetheless, I’ve learned a lot in the past few years and have come to love the game of field lacrosse.” Primeau thinks that his University of Ottawa lacrosse team has “tremendous potential and a bright future.” “I think we owe all our success to Brett Perras (Founder, President, and Coach). He has put an unbelievable amount of time and effort into our team,” says Primeau. “Without him there would be no University of Ottawa lacrosse. Although we did not see as much success as we had hoped for in our first few seasons, we now have a strong core and a potentially strong freshman class.” Looking back on his time spent playing in Cornwall, Labelle says it was fun seeing how much the Cornwall Minor Lacrosse players enjoyed coming to their games. “It’s easy to forget how much of an influence we have on the younger lacrosse players in Cornwall, but they make it a little more enjoyable to play,” says Labelle. “We always had very competitive teams at multiple age levels, even if we would normally be playing teams that are made up of much bigger populations. There is a real passion for lacrosse in Cornwall.”

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Ben Pineault is a Grade 8 student at Tagwi Secondary School from Long Sault, Ontario. At school, Ben plays on the competitive hockey and soccer teams. Outside of school, Ben plays hockey for the Seaway Valley Rapids AA Minor Bantam team as a left winger. This year the team won the OEMHL play-off championship, a first for the team in many years. Ben’s favourite subjects in schools are physical education and math. Ben will continue to develop his hockey skills over the summer by playing spring hockey with the St. Lawrence Wolves and ball hockey in the summer.

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Hammad Butter is a Grade 8 student at Holy Trinity who always excels in whatever he does, including science fairs and French public speaking. He maintains a 90% plus average and plays many different sports; with basketball a focus. He started playing basketball at age 8 with the Cornwall Lions house league and has just finished his third season with the Cornwall Lions Bantam travelling team. Hammad also played on the Holy Trinity basketball team which won 2 tournaments this season. He plays on all school sports teams and is a very coachable player, getting along extremely well with his coaches and teammates. Hammad’s long term goals include being a neurosurgeon and playing basketball at the university level. Hammad is definitely a well-rounded student and the staff of Holy Trinity is proud of all of his achievements and knows that he will succeed in all of his future endeavours!

Whistle Stops The “Team” has just completed Issue # 42 , 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 # 42 Congrat’s to Joseph Samson for being drafted to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenac’s. We believe the last local player drafted by Kingston was Chad Kilger in the 1993/94 draft. Chad went on to become a key player in the Frontenac’s organization and enjoyed a long career in the NHL. Hey, no pressure Joseph.

The student athlete for this month at École secondaire catholique La Citadelle is our little dynamo, Amber Flannigan. Amber is a grade nine student, who has proven throughout the year that size does not matter. Amber has participated in cross-country, basketball, hockey, tennis, baseball, track, and badminton. She has been successful in all her sports; however, it is her success in badminton which we would like to celebrate. Amber played senior badminton in the girls’ single division and won both the SD&G and the Eastern Ontario championship to represent La Citadelle in the Provincial championship being held in North Bay in May. Amber showed complete composure playing against girls three to four years older then herself. She is a great ambassador to the sport of badminton, her dedication, and hard work being key to her success. Good luck, Amber at the provincial championship! La Citadelle is proud and rooting for you!

Akwesasne Jr “B” Indians take to the floor this month looking to defend their OLA Championship (Provincial), and Founders Cup Championship (National). All the best to coach Adam Thompson, GM Roy Ledoux and the organization.

We see the Jr “A” Colts have reloaded at the CCHL Bantam and Midget drafts. First camp is May 14-15th. Hockey has become a yearlong sport. Cornwall Multisport Club is hosting two events in May, The Spring Duathon on May 7th and a 5K Victoria Day Chase on May 18th. Visit their website for more information, www.cornwallmultisport Parents, did you remember to register your child in a summer sport? Golf season has finally arrived. Enjoy!

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For the 1st time in 46 years there are no Canadian Teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. What do you think contributed to this happening? Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast - The simple answer is that they didn’t have enough points to qualify and chase for Lord Stanley’s cup. Is this failure an aberration, or are all the Canadian teams going to mimic the Leafs and make this a yearly tradition? Maybe we can blame the lowly Canadian dollar. Five million American dollars in salary, converts to 6.5 million in Canadian dollars. That has to hurt the bottom line, when you’re running a hockey club. From a hockey point of view, the Canadian teams are all extremely flawed: the Habs need Price, scoring, and a coach; the Leafs are in perpetual rebuild; the Oilers can’t get their young stars to shine; the Flames need a goalie like Price; the Canucks can’t score and the Sedins are aging quickly; the Jets have most of the pieces but remain an enigma; and, lastly, the Sens can’t play defence and can’t win on the road. Go Jays go!!!

Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - The seven Canadian NHL franchises, which make up less than twenty-five percent of the league, have a

tougher time tax-wise than the American teams do. This makes it more difficult to retain players and to attract free agents. Ontario and Quebec have a higher tax rate than any state in the USA, while Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia rank among the top ten of states /provinces with an NHL team. Injuries are part of the game and are an issue that every team has to deal with at some point, but long term injuries to key personnel probably caused both Ottawa and Montreal to miss the playoffs this year. Without a Canadian team to cheer for, the NHL playoffs will not be the same this year.

Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - It’s because of the Maple Leafs; all Canadian teams decided Mike Babcock’s master plan to lose

as many games as possible, but give the illusion of looking somewhat competitive, and convincing fans losing was the right game plan was so freakishly brilliant, they all decided to follow suit. All kidding aside, it is a very bitter pill for hockey fans to swallow, having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A number of issues attributed to this year’s outcome such as, injuries, teams average 28 shots per game, 32 shots against (weak performances), front office scrambling for backup. This year’s performance would indicate there’s a problem with Canadian team front office management bringing together a balanced group of players and creating team depth. Odds of Canadian teams depending on one or two high end players to succeed through a tough season and continue into the playoffs are next to nil. Teams require a good balance of players and depth. In my opinion (for what it’s worth), Canadian team front office staff have failed miserably in creating balanced teams and building solid team depth. Hockey is Canada’s game; Canadian fans fill Canadian arenas at a very high premium and deserve a much better effort from owners in putting together competitive teams.


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Tuesday Night Ladies’ Competitive League By Staff Writer


nother great season of ladies’ competitive play ended with a three week cash bonspiel sponsored by Gabri Lalonde Wealth Advisory Group. The closing bonspiel was a huge success. This was also the end of the second round of league play. Sixteen teams competed in two divisions. The A Division, sponsored by Dr. Garrett Foley Medicine Professional, was won by Jen Harvey’s team of Lead Kelly McLeod, Second Stephanie Barbeau and Vice Lise Lalonde. Runner-up was Ann Bruni’s team of Lead Elaine Bissonnette,

Second Nicole Lalonde and Vice Claire Tessier. The B Division, sponsored by The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Co. was won by Melanie Marion’s team of Lead Johanne Marion, Second Theresa McAnany and Vice June Eden. Runner-up was Donna Guindon’s team of Lead Luanne Doll, Alternate Josette Leduc, Second Elise Wells and Vice Nancy Simpson. League convenor, Lise Lalonde, was very pleased with the number of players who participated and the quality of the play. She is, “wishing everyone a great summer and is looking forward to seeing everyone A Division winners - left to right Skip Jen Harvey, Vice Lise Lalonde, back next season.” Second Stephanie Barbeau and Lead Kelly McLeod. Photo Submitted

B Division Winners - left to right spare Diane Lemire, Second Theresa McAnany, Skip Melanie Marion and Lead Johanne Marion. Absent is Photo Submitted Vice June Eden.

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ur club’s men’s representative to the 2017 Dominion Club Championships was determined on the final day of men’s competition on Wednesday April 6th. The top two teams over the regular season made it to the League Championship game with Charlie Wert’s team of Second Terry Lichty and Vice John Wright and Skip Matt Cam prevailing over Kevin Baker’s team of Lead Don Ryan, Second Jeff Bethune and Vice Scott McDonald. The A Division Bronze medal game was won by Denis Carter’s team of Lead Rob Mahon, Second Stephane Leger and Vice Frank Holiday. The B Division winner was Bill Sobering’s team of Lead Barry Zeran, Second Sam Wilson and Vice Wayne Summers. Runner-up was Troy Lalonde’s team of Lead Rob Lalonde, Second Mark Seguin and Vice Dan Mano.

The C Division winner was Dave Thurston’s team of Lead Jace Patkai, Second Michael Lloyd and Vice Jeff Comer. Runner-up was Bob Ellison’s team of Lead Peter Lindop, Second Jeff Ridal and Vice Tim Simpson.

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nother season of competitive mixed curling is in the books. Twenty teams competed in two divisions with the top teams in each division competing The D Division winner was Richard in a play-off to determine the division Bourdeau’s team of Lead Dale Phippen, championships. Second John Laframboise and Vice Dan Laperle. Runner-up was Phil Riel’s team In the A Division, Kevin Baker’s of Lead Marc Seguin, Second Chris Martin team of Lead Joanne Matte, Second Ron and Vice Luc Rozon. Leroux and Vice Jen Wright finished The men’s league was sponsored by league play in 1st place and then Troy Lalonde and Kevin Gabri which defeated Neil MacLean’s team of Lead made it possible to end each of the four Micheline Lacasse, Second John Reid draws and the play-off draw with a meal, and Vice Lynn Macdonell in the Gold the highlight being the end of season steak Medal game. Simon Hebert’s team of dinner. Thanks Troy & Kevin. League Lead Norm Quenneville, Second Simon convener John Wright was very pleased Olivier Hebert and Vice Marie Claude with the competitive format used this year Comeau won the Bronze medal game. and the caliber of play in each of the four In the B Division, Angus McLeod’s divisions.

team of Lead Clair Tessier, Second Guy Tessier and Vice Desiree McLeod also finished league play in 1st place and then defeated Melanie Marion’s team of Lead Johanne Marion, Second Dan Laperle and Vice Theresa McAnany in the Gold Medal game. It was a battle of the two top “B” Division teams as Marion’s team finished league play in 2nd place. The Bronze Medal game ended in a tie with both teams happy to end the season on a positive note. Jean Samson’s team of Lead Val Biggs, Second Stewart MacDonald and Vice Lynda MacDonald played to a 5-5 draw with Lew Stanley’s team of Lead Kristen Stanley, Second France Rioux and Vice John Rattray. League convener Dan Laperle was very pleased, “it was a great season and I’m looking forward to next year.”

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Ryan Stabler Revs up for the Upcoming Race Season By Molly Kett


hirty-three-year-old Ryan Stabler, Manager of RSI Industrial Supply in Cornwall, is ready and excited for the upcoming racing season after his last season was cut short. Initially, Stabler got into racing when he was sixteen, but not through racing. “I was sixteen, helping Brian McDonald on his modified and then I probably helped him for about ten years and then kind of got into racing myself, sub car racing anyways. When I was younger I raced motocross and go-karts and stuff like that,” says Stabler.

Stabler’s last season started off well, but came to an abrupt and somewhat dangerous end. “We were fighting for first in points, we were running second, and the first week in August we actually got in a wreck at Cornwall Speedway L to R John Lazore, co-owner Mohawk International Raceway, Driver Ryan Stabler, Raymond Laverne, coPhoto Credit: Rick at the Races and I actually fractured my back owner, Cornwall Motor Speedway. and that put me out for the rest of the year,” says Stabler. “That was the last time we raced.”

seventeen races in a series so it’s kind of hard to do them all.”

Every Sunday night, Cornwall Speedway has races until Labour Day weekend in September. Cornwall Speedway is Stabler’s home track.

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Every second Friday, Stabler’s Despite his wreck last year, team usually go across to Mohawk Stabler says he’s ready to get back Speedway and races for fun. on the track. “We’ll be ready to At the end of the season is go; I bought a brand new car so a payout for total points. Last I’m just working on getting that season, Stabler missed many of ready. I’ve been going to physio the races that had large payouts. quite often to get myself ready,” “If we race every Sunday at the says Stabler. “We’ll be ready Speedway, you write your point to go in two weeks, some tracks every week and then at the end of have started already, but I’ve been the year they have a points fund pretty busy at work so we’re not and they pay you out based on going to go until Cornwall starts, how you did all year on that track,” which is May 13.” says Stabler. The class he races in

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“There’s other special events you can do throughout the year too, there’s the Super Dirt series that does Ontario, Quebec, and all throughout the U.S.,” says Stabler. “We hit up some of those races, we don’t do them all. There are

Stabler has been off for a while, but is really looking forward to starting up again. What he likes most, though, is the social aspect of the sport. “Mostly just hanging out with all the friends. The racing is good, but it’s mostly just all the people you get to meet, the racers, sponsors, people in the organization they’re all usually good people,” says Stabler.

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eam Cornwall entered an adult recreational tournament in Las Vegas (Apr 21-24). Team Cornwall Colts beat

Edmonton Radically Canadians 6-4 to open the weekend. Earl McBean earned Player of the Game for Cornwall with 2 goals and an assist. David Murphy chipped in with a goal (the game

winner) and an assist. Steve Bernier, Mike Turcotte and Bryan Lamarche also scored. Steve Bernier earned Player of the Game for Cornwall in a hard fought 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Flyers before


Cornwall came out the short end of a 6-4 score vs the Lake Bonavista Flames. Erika McKoy picked up Player of the Game honors in the final game stopping more than 40 shots.

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llen McNairn has lived in the Morrisburg area for his entire life. He has worked at the Upper Canada Golf Course since 1999. He grew up playing sports, like hockey and golf but when McNairn isn’t working, he loves to fish. “Fishing is a very relaxing, fun, and interesting thing to do,” says McNairn. “I can spend hours out in the boat with friends or even alone. I enjoy the challenge of trying to figure out what lures to use and where the hot spots are on a given day.” He remembers fishing when he was a young child in the area. “My earliest childhood memory of fishing would be fishing for mud pout along the St. Lawrence river, with my Dad, using bamboo poles that were 3 or 4 times taller than me.” His favourite fishing memory took place at his cottage. He and his wife arrived later in the evening and decided to go out on the water to try and catch some fish. “After a few minutes we started to catch fish on almost every cast. It was dusk and the bite was on. Not just the fish, the mosquitoes were very hungry as well, to the point where you could hardly concentrate,” says McNairn. “We laughed for what seemed like hours catching fish after fish, while

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Bill Lister Talks Multisport By Molly Kett


ill Lister, who now lives in Cornwall but is originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, has been full of energy since a very young age. His parents enrolled him in swimming so he could sit still long enough to get through school. He remained active during his time at university, where he changed from swimming to water polo. Lister took up running nearly 20 years ago, and is now a member of the Cornwall Multisport Club. “About 20 years ago I decided to try running. My first efforts were dismal, a few blocks later out of breath and disheartened, one of my neighbours said, ‘why don’t you come run with a group, it is much easier.’ I took him up on the offer and was soon introduced to a group of wonderful people,” recalls Lister. “They would double back when I fell behind, make sure I had water, and we soon were talking, laughing, and solving the world’s problems on each outing. This great group of friends inspired me to watch the grace of the fastest athletes and cheer on those who are built like me. Multisport expressions are regular parts of my vocabulary now, ‘a waddle is faster than a walk and don’t stop unless a bone sticks out’ are common insider trash talking encouragements.” What he likes most about the club is that anyone can be involved. Lister says he likes seeing organized events where he can participate with Boston qualifiers. He also finds training more fun than the competition. “Never has there been a run or a bike ride or a Friday night swim in the river where I have not had fun with the group,” says Lister. “Great adventures have been realized through my participation in the club,

running the hills of New Hampshire in the middle of the night and biking from casino to casino are just two that come to mind.” What’s next for Lister in terms of multisport is simple. He wants to see how many training events he can attend, and if he can make someone smile. Lister says the multisport club is good for the community for a number of reasons. “I know for a fact, those that participate regularly in the club have lower absenteeism rates at their place of work, are more productive, have better mental health attitudes, and are much less of burden on the health care system than those who are sedentary,” says Lister. “The club has great economy attributes as well. It helps active people realize what hidden gems exist in the St. Lawrence Valley. Visitors learn, and spread the word, that this area is a great place to live, work, and play. The club helps push political agendas forward, such as, upgrading and lengthening bike paths, building pools, closing roads for athletes, and showing people what various sports are all about. “ Finally, Lister says the list of people who make the club great is endless. This includes those who don’t necessarily participate. “Some special thoughts should go out to the wives and husbands who participate in most unusual ways. Many times my wife has delivered refreshments to a group of runners or bikers who are out there doing their thing, rescued people who have flat tires, or cooked for those who have no idea where a carbohydrate lives,” says Lister. “The athletes get all the attention but the silent supporters behind the athletes need to be recognized as well.”

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Atom Typhoons Win Bronze at Provincials in Exciting 7th Overtime Period Submitted Article


lla Dickson scored with 4 seconds left in the 7th overtime to lift the Cornwall Atom B Typhoons to a 3-2 victory over Etobicoke to win the Bronze Medal at the OWHA Provincial Championships in Toronto. Paisley Cook and Maude Millette gave Cornwall a 2-0 lead before the Dolphins stormed back

with two quick goals early in the 3rd period. Amelie Brunet made several key saves in overtime including a goal line stop in the 6th extra frame.

Coyotes, and a 2-1 win over the Ancaster Avalanche. Brunet and Emily McLaughlin each earned a shutout in the round-robin.


Maude Millette paced the Typhoons with 3 goals during the tournament. Dickson (2), Cook (2), Olivia Laplante (2), Ava Bellefeuille (2), Ryese Brownell (1), Bella Vincent (1), Kristen Zeran (1) and Peyton Cicchini (1) also scored.

The Typhoons advanced with a The victory capped a successful 4-0 win over the Oakville Hornets weekend for the team who went in the quarter-final game before the The Atom B Typhoons are made undefeated in round-robin play Ottawa Ice blanked Cornwall 2-0 in thanks to a 2-0 win over Ottawa the semi-final setting up a showdown up of players from Cornwall, South Ice, a 4-0 victory over the Caledon with Etobicoke for the Bronze. Glengarry and South Stormont.

L to R (front row): Peyton Cicchini, Ava Bellefeuille, Amelie Brunet, Emily McLaughlin, Elizabeth Arbic, Julia Murphy, Ryese Brownell Middle row: Julia Cameron, Kristen Zeran, Bella Vincent, Olivia Carter, Olivia Laplante, Ella Dickson, Maude Millette, Emily Bethune, and Paisley Cook Back Row: Christine Cicchini (Trainer), Alain Bellefeuille (Manager), Ian Laplante (Coach), Jeff Carter (Coach) and Keith Dickson (Coach)

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his team in the game, the Sharks could have been on the receiving end of some very convincing losses. It was not uncommon for him to be bruised and sore after tournaments, having faced countless shots from the opposition. Christian played with an edge that allowed him to make a number of big saves at important moments for the Sharks.

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he St. Lawrence College (SLC) Athletics & Student Life department was able to recognize all of the hard work and dedication that SLC-Cornwall student-athletes, coaches, staff, and volunteers put into their Sharks’ programs at the annual Sharks Athletics Banquet on Wednesday April 6th at the Ramada Inn & Conference Centre.

The night’s top awards for the Cornwall Student Union Male and Female Athletes of the Year went to student-athletes that participated in two sports each, and were actively involved off the playing field by helping shape the future of the department. This year’s athletes of the year were Christian Léger Christian Leger and Josee Daze were honourd as the SLC Top Athletes (men’s hockey & indoor soccer) at Athletics Banquet. Photo Submitted and Josée Daze (women’s hockey & cross country). hockey team, Christian is one of opposing players, and playing an It was obvious that Christian the most reliable players on the important role in the Sharks winning was not only determined to be team, who can be put onto the ice in the 2015-16 Challenge Cup. Christian also stepped up to be successful on the ice and pitch but any situation. His calm and smart also in the classroom and within the puck possession allowed him to goalkeeper for the Sharks men’s Athletics department. As a second- create several scoring chances for indoor soccer team this season. year forward with the Sharks men’s his teammates, shutting down top Without his determination to keep

His coaches, from both teams, were more than impressed with his attitude as a quiet leader; never complaining and always looking for opportunities to improve. Away from the ice and pitch, Christian was actively involved with Varsity council to help further develop the Athletics department for the future. “I really can’t thank my coaches (Graham Midgley, Sean Boulerice, and Mike Pettinella) enough. They’ve all been a huge support for me this year” said Léger. “I’m grateful for having been given this opportunity. Both teams I played for were amazing and were a lot of fun.”

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Tel: 613-938-3868 • Fax: 613-938-3812 820 Tollgate Road, CORNWALL Continued from page 20 Josée Dazé wanted to become more involved at SLC and joined the Sharks cross-country running team in September. She had immediate success finishing as the top Sharks runner at every Invitational this season, with her best performance coming from the daunting 5 km SLC Schooners Invitational race in 25:22. Her coach, Tanya Deeks, noticed her strong work ethic to consistently improve after each race as a key factor than can separate the good runners from the great ones. Not to be stopped there, the 201415 Sharks women’s hockey Rookie of the Year made the easy transition back into the hockey program and played a valuable leadership role that earned her the assistant captain title. She may have not led the team in points this season, but she was vital in the Sharks impressive 14-2-1 season, passing on her valuable OCCCR experience to the rookies, as the team pushed into the post-season to finish as the third best team in the province. Coaches from both teams complimented Josée’s positive attitude and quiet leadership that was noticed and respected by her peers. Josée even involved herself with the Peer Ambassador Committee and the Sharks Varsity Council, as well as being a full-time student in the demanding Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BScN) program, and working parttime in her field of study. “I definitely wasn’t expecting to win female athlete of the year” said Dazé. “As Katharine [referring to Katharine Wattie, SLC Athletics & Student Life Officer] was describing the winner, the more I started to realize that she was describing me and I couldn’t really believe it. I really need to thank my coaches. I was so happy to be named assistant captain for the Sharks hockey team by Sean and Mike.” Dazé added, “Tanya was the main reason I was successful, as she really helped me regain my form in cross-country running”. With a 3.9 GPA, second-year Sharks cross-country runner and indoor soccer player, Stephanie Chapman and first-

year Sharks men’s indoor soccer player, Nathan Myers, with a perfect 4.0 GPA, were named female and male Academic & Athletic Excellence Award winners. A total of 13 student-athletes received OCAA All-Academic awards, for achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their first semester. This group of athletes showed their hard work not only on the field or ice, but also in the classroom. This year’s recipients were: Tylor Boileau Stephanie Chapman Forest Frair Johan Sebastien Giraldo Jessica Gravelle Vanessa Leblanc Christian Léger Nathan Myers Gabriel Rivera Samual Rouleau Danial Sabourin-Leduc Darren Templeton Anneka Vandeglind The department recognized all the graduating student-athletes who will be moving on next year. This year’s graduating athletes are: Colin Allaire Tyler Cassidy Stephanie Chapman Brandon Choquette Lucas Danielle Brandon Deneault Kevin Derouchie Taylor Eamon Eliza Earle Forest Frair Lee Francoeur Brandon Gilmour Matthew Gregoire Saide Laplante-Shayler Christian Léger Madison MacDonald Bailey Malyon Jeffrey McAlear Taylor McCullough Jenay Morin Emily Murphy Larson Payette Gabriel Rivera Samual Rouleau Danial Sabourin-Leduc Chantelle Saucier Stephanie Seguin Jocelyn Sutton

Anneka Vandeglind Coaches Recognition Alexandra Scott Most Valuable Player Vanessa Leblanc Men’s Indoor Soccer Rookie of the Year Sebastien Giraldo Coaches Recognition Darren Templeton Most Valuable Player Christian Léger Women’s Hockey Coaches Recognition Josée Dazé & Eliza Earle Most Valuable Player Renée Lortie Men’s Hockey Coaches Recognition Christian Léger Most Valuable Player Matthew Gregoire & Brandon Gilmour

Samantha Turcotte Each Varsity and Extramural program has individual player awards, to acknowledge the efforts of members from their team during the 2015-16 season. The award winners this year are: Cross Country Most Improved Male Runner Samual Rouleau Most Improved Female Runner Josée Dazé Most Valuable Runner Forrest Frair Golf Rookie of the Year Tyler Cassidy Coaches Recognition Colin Allaire Most Valuable Player Jordan Rochon Women’s Indoor Soccer Rookie of the Year

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iley Andre, a Gr. 6 student at St. George Catholic School, is a hard-working student who gets along well with his classmates and enjoys working on projects with his peers. He is also a keen athlete, excelling in not one, but two competitive sports. Riley started playing baseball for the Cornwall River Rats in the T-ball division when he was 5 years old. He played for the coach pitch

division (house league and rep) and moved up to the minor division a year early, at 8 years old, where he played house league and rep for three years. For the last two falls he has played rep fall ball; the first year for Bergy Baseball out of Montreal and last year for the Cornwall Minor River Rats. Ever since Riley was 7 years old he has devoted his free time in the off-season to one-on-one personal training for baseball with Bergy Baseball, Mike Kusiewicz (Team Canada 2004 Olympics), and most recently with Ruthian Baseball Academy (Dingerz) out of Ottawa. This year Riley challenged himself by trying out for the Ottawa Chiefs AAA Peewee division. He Riley Andre successfully made the team and will work ethic and love for baseball will be playing for them this summer as a propel him through this next phase pitcher and infielder. of his baseball life.” Coach Barry “Riley, first and foremost, is a great Brown. kid who leads with his work ethic. Riley’s second love is basketball. He was always at practice early and He started playing house league for working on skills of the game. He Cornwall when he was 6 years old. was a great teammate as he was When he turned 9 he tried out for the always positive and encouraging Cornwall Lions Major Atom rep team with all players. I’m sure that Riley’s (although he was a year younger then


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An Interview with Local Soccer Coach Paul Lepage By Molly Kett


orty-one-year-old Paul Lepage is married with three kids, a granddaughter, works at Alexandria Mouldings, and has played sports all his life; from hockey, baseball to volleyball, and more. He has also been coaching soccer for the last 12 years. Lepage got involved in the coaching scene when his kids wanted to start playing hockey, but eventually chose soccer and asked him to coach. Currently, Lepage is coaching the U18 Boys’ Seaway Valley soccer team. Lepage continues to get involved year after year, because he feels as though he has a lot to offer the kids. “I have the experience playing lots of sports growing up; I want to be able to show kids the proper techniques and that it’s not always about winning and losing. It took me a long time to figure that out and it took away from my enjoyment of sports,” says Lepage.

“Not everyone gets to play at a higher level so enjoy the time you have playing. Winning and Losing is not everything. It’s about the friendships you make and experience you gain through sports.” Lepage always aims for his team to be constantly competitive and avoid

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Paul Norman Wins Provincial Heavyweight Title

By Jim Riddell

Provincial Light Heavyweight title holder, had to move up in weight to 205 lbs to face the heavy hitting Aubron. This was not an easy fight as the aggressive Aubron took the fight to Norman right from the opening bell, winning the first round. Norman began to gain a slight edge in rounds 2 and 3, with the 4th and final round being a slugfest between the two technically skilled fighters. The fight was close and the crowd which was eerily silent awaiting the judge’s decision, erupted when referee Earl Barber raised Paul’s arm in victory.


t was quite the week for Finch’s Paul Norman; two championships in two very different sports, just seven days apart. On Sunday April 10th, playing in the Canadian Broomball Championships, Paul scored the winning goal in double overtime, giving his Ottawa Nationals team a 1 – 0 victory in the gold medal game. On April 17th Paul climbed into the ring at Casino Lac Lemay in Gatineau to defeat tough, talented Julien Aubron of Drummondville by majority decision to capture the Provincial Heavyweight Kickboxing Title. Norman having been sidelined since surgery to repair a radial bicep tear, last fought in October of 2014 when he KO’d North American Champ Jonathon Lopez of New York City in the 2nd round. Norman, the


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the broomball Nationals caused me to miss some important sparring sessions and my system was still repairing from playing nine games of broomball last weekend. However fighters fight and I would have regretted not going for the title and giving it my all in the ring. Had my fight camp been more consistent as in my previous bouts, I would have had more spring to my game when he was beginning to tire. Simply wanting it, I was able to dig down, stay focused, and push the pace. I knew that he was tough as nails and that a knockout may not The fight is best described by be in the cards. Being able to stick Paul’s own words – “it was a war”. to the game plan and earn the win He is a tough fighter and it was a was just as rewarding.” great sense of accomplishment to This was a hard fought, well deserved push through barriers and unknown victory for Finch’s Paul Norman – territory, having never gone the full the new Provincial Heavyweight Photo Submitted distance. “Work commitments and Kickboxing Champion.

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Karate Komments Black Belt Exam

or first degree black belt does, is indicate that a degree of proficiency has been reached in the By Jim Riddell, basic techniques of a particular dojos syllabus. Seaway Karate Club Black belt exams are usually done in front of a grading board consisting of one or more senior ranking instructors. How the testing is assing a black belt exam is an experience conducted will vary widely from club to club, that will be remembered for a lifetime by but here are the requirements that we focus on everyone who achieves that rank. The path to at Seaway Karate. earning a black belt is not short; it is a journey First off, anyone testing must be certified in both that takes several years and is also one of First Aid and CPR, and possess at least a Level attrition. Few, if any, who were training when One Karate Coaching certificate. All katas you began karate classes, will still be around to from white belt up to first degree black must witness you getting that black belt tied around be performed. All of the attributes of karate your waist. Of all the students who begin are evident during this portion of the exam, karate classes, far less than one percent will and the board is looking at the speed, focus, ever earn Shodan certification. power, timing, balance, and coordination as


So, what does it take to get there? Well, it’s not an easy answer as rank and belts are not always equivalent between arts, styles, dojos, or even within organizations. What a Shodan

well as technical correctness. The “bunkai” or self-defence techniques that are extracted from each of the katas must be demonstrated with a partner and the candidate must be prepared to

explain if asked. A minimum of fifteen selfdefence techniques against various strikes, kicks, holds, and grabs must be demonstrated. The candidate must be able to demonstrate a complete understanding of the Pressure Point Systems and be able to give a detailed explanation on the various pressure points and nerve motor points to the grading board. Each candidate is then given a small group of students along with some material that is new to that group and asked to teach it to them. Assessment is then made on how the material was presented and how the group received it and was able to perform it. This is where the intangibles such as leadership abilities, people skills, and being a good role model can be showcased for the grading board. Earning a Shodan or first degree black belt rank is quite an accomplishment, one that should not be looked at as the end of training, but rather as the beginning of advanced learning.

Mother and Daughter Bowling Duo By Victoria Klassen


even-year-old Joelle Lebrun and her mother, Paulette Johnson are a bowling duo, winning competitions in Cornwall and Kingston. The pair won the All Ontario family twosome, at Olympia Bowl in Cornwall, and moved on to win the family twosome tournament, in Kingston, on April 3. Their success led them to bowl in Oshawa on April 24. Both Joelle and Johnson began bowling when they were four years old. Johnson says her whole family bowls at Olympia Bowl.

Joelle is a Youth Bowl Canada bowler and she bowls every Saturday morning. She has competed in a few tournaments, but this was the first competition that the mother and daughter have competed in together.

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twosome tournament here in Cornwall and then moving on to Kingston and now moving on to Oshawa for the finals,” says Joelle.

of April. The Cornwall native She says that Joelle is a pee-wee has been bowling for 35 years bowler who has been bowling and says that she loves the with bantam bowlers. “atmosphere of the bowling “I enjoy the sport cause I alley and meeting new people.” make new friends and there are Johnson says that bowling Vivianne Boileau, Johnson’s “My favorite bowling memory competitions usually begin in aunt, says that this is a huge tournaments that I can compete is winning the All Ontario family October and run until the end accomplishment for the pair. in,” says Joelle.

MAY 2016


Ty Celone Wins First Place Low-Amateur in Curacao By Molly Kett


ot only did Ty Celone win first place low-amateur in the Curacao tournament, he also won longest drive and closest to the pin, even beating professionals. His mother, Angela Celone, says he had to give away most of the prizes due to his amateur status. “The amateur’s were all ages and I was one of three juniors down there and we went down as a team but there was an individual aspect to it and I won the individual part of it with 76, 74 and 75,” says Ty Celone. Going into the tournament, Celone felt confident in his abilities. “I’ve had a lot of training in the winter so I knew I was playing well and I was pretty confident, but it’s tough down there with all the wind, it’s extremely windy so it’s different,” says Celone. Celone says his biggest competition was the guys he travelled to the event with. “They were on my team but we all kind of beat each other,” says Celone.

Since this big win, Ty has travelled to the Team Ontario Cup, which his team was hosting as Team Ontario, playing against the regional teams such as Ottawa, Niagara, Essex, Kent, and more. It was both an individual and team event.

Celone is expecting this season to be busier than last. “We’ve added both of the CN Future Links events; they’re provincial events, so is the Ontario and the Quebec one. Those are three four-day tournaments and the goal this year is to perform well enough to make it to Canadian Juniors, which I think will be in Nova Scotia,” say Celone. Ultimately, Celone is working towards a bigger goal of going pro. Until then, university is on the horizon. “The next step I think is picking a good university and playing there, getting hopefully a division one scholarship to a good school,” says Celone. “I’m going to visit Tennessee at Chattanooga and James Madison University so we’ll see what those are like, but I like Tennessee. I like the coach there.”

Lowe Recalls Playing at “Unique” Complex By Todd Anderson


playoffs and Lowe graduated from the QMJHL just before the Royals won back-to-back Memorial Cups in 1979/80 and 1980/81. Lowe played against some of the Cornwall players who would lay the foundation for those championship teams.

or three hockey seasons from 1976/77 to 1978/79, former NHL Edmonton Oilers’ star defenceman Kevin Lowe visited Cornwall on twelve occasions skating with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior “I remember some of their guys like Hockey League. Lowe says he’ll never Bobby Crawford,” recalls Lowe. “He forget playing at the Cornwall Civic was a right-hand shot and one of the Complex and facing off against some better known Royals. Dan Geoffrrion, strong Cornwall Royals hockey teams. Graeme Nicolson, Tim Bernhardt. I “I remember playing in Cornwall. would have lots of family come in from I played there with the Remparts and Lachute to watch us in Cornwall. They went to a tournament there as a kid. It would visit our games in Cornwall, in felt like the fans were sitting on top of Hull, Laval, Verdun. They would see you. The arena was really unique. It lots of road.” had these seats that were higher and not Known as a defensive-defenceman right down to the ice.” during his NHL career, the Lachute, Each season during Lowe’s tenure in Que. native enjoyed a prolific year in the QMJHL, the Remparts and Royals 1978/79 for the Remparts collecting 26 would butt heads for eight games, four goals and 86 points. In 201 QMJHL in each other’s rink. The Royals had games he scored 42 goals and 173 a winning record of 12-9-3 against points. Lowe went on to skate in 1254 the Remparts during Lowe’s time in NHL games where he recorded 84 Quebec. The teams never met in the goals and 432 points.

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My Boxing Journey and Mentors

By Jorge Luis


y boxing journey began in March of 1971 on Gloucester St. in Cornwall. I was 8 years old and had recently moved to Cornwall from Montreal. My parents had a black and white TV with a dial with 13 channels. Imagine, no big screen, no remote no colour. It was on this 20 inch television I first saw boxing; Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier - a replay on Wide World of Sports. What a way to be introduced to the sport. One of the kids in school had a boxing magazine about famous fights of the century and looking at the pictures fascinated me…the muscles, the look. Ali’s braggadocio. Frazier’s relentless attacks. What a great way to be introduced to the sport; two all-time great fighters in a classic battle of the ages. It was simply awesome! I was hooked and Muhammad Ali was my hero. This was a time when we had heroes; someone who stood for something, someone outstanding in their field, someone exceptional. My love affair with boxing began. In late 1976, I was directed to a boxing club in Cornwall on the corner of Pitt and Ninth St. Upstairs was the Canada Bread Bakery, a Texaco Gas station where Tim Horton’s now stands, and downstairs in the basement of the

bakery was a boxing gym run by Dave Hilton Sr. At the time, Dave was a 35 or 36 year old recently retired boxer. The gym was in a damp basement, but fairly well equipped for the time. As you came down the stairs you could hear the slap of the leather bound fists on heavy bags, the whirl of skipping ropes, and the clanging of a loud bell every 3 minutes. The smell of sweat and leather and evergreen liniment filled the air. It was awesome but intimidating as well. If you stood there long enough you were directed to an office in the back. In the office was a sweet lady which happened to be Mrs. Hilton. She would answer your questions, tell you what you needed and give you registration forms and collect gym dues, which were $10 a month.

When you started boxing at Mr. Hilton’s gym he gave you about 20 minutes of his time your first night, he would show you how to wrap your hands and ask you if you could fight and why you wanted to be a boxer. He would tell you, you had to train 3-5 nights a week and do running/roadwork on your own 3-4 times a week. He would show you a very basic boxing stance and a few basic punches then tell you to show him how you shadow box and he watched you move around and throw punches. He would quickly deduce if you had potential or if you did not. He then gave you a quick break down of how to use the various punching bags and how many 3 minute rounds to do on each plus skipping rope, body weight exercises, and more. After that you were basically on your own and had to work hard, watch and learn from others, and catch Mr. Hilton’s eye to receive a tip or correction and perhaps be asked to get in the ring and spar when HE



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inside and out and had boxed all over the world against some of the best in the world. As a matter of fact there was a big black and white picture in the office of a very young Dave Hilton Sr. with a very young Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali) circa 1957-58 when for a time they both trained together in Louisville Kentucky, Ali’s hometown. Dave Hilton Sr.’s father was a steeple jack who at one time worked all over North America. Young Dave Sr. as a teenager would sometimes accompany and help his father, finding a local boxing club to train at in the evenings. Imagine…this man had rubbed shoulders and trained and sparred with “the Greatest”; the one and only Muhammad Ali. Dave Hilton Sr. was a traditional trainer and very stern, yet protective of his boxers. If you didn’t train you did not box. Period. He was truly “old school”; you trained, you ran, no weights, hands up classic style. Everything worked off the jab and body punching was a must. He did not however put the same time, effort, and passion into training other boys as he did with his own boys. Were his training methods effective? Well his sons; Davey Hilton Jr over a 20 year pro career was a Canadian Welterweight champion at 19, Canadian Middleweight Champion at 35, and WBC Super Middleweight Champion of the World at 37. He was five time Canadian Amateur Champ and North American Junior Champ. Alex Hilton was Canadian Champion as an amateur three times, and as a pro was Canadian Middleweight Champion three times over a 20 year career. Matthew Hilton was a six time Canadian Amateur Champion and IBF Junior Middleweight World Champion. You cannot say that, as far as boxing goes, the Hilton brothers went to the wrong school. The results are in the pudding. More, in the future, on my boxing journey; next, the Cornwall Boxing School from 1979 to 1984. Yours in Sport Jorge Luis

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Also selected in the protected he Cornwall Colts selected draft were Jared Seguin, Jeremy some of the most talented Quesnel, Lochlan MacDonald, Cholette, Hunter players from their territory in the Julien recently held 2016 CCHL Bantam MacPherson, Josh Vandrish, Campbell Craig, Jacob Lamothe, Protected Draft. and Curtis Gervais. The Colts’ first pick was rightThe players selected represent shot defenceman Parker Tallman the 2001 birth year. from South Stormont. In the coming weeks, the Colts “It’s pretty overwhelming,” says will also be hosting their Spring Tallman. “Being protected by your Import and Prospects Camp. It’s home organization.” open to anyone who believes they The self described stay-at-home have what it takes to play Junior A defenceman thinks he can bring a with the Colts. The camp lets the strong, smart, and physical game Colts get a jump on recruiting for to the Colts. He also believes he’s the 2016-17 season.


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Scott Pearson Returns to Northlands Coliseum


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hen the Edmonton Oilers invited their Alumni back for one last party at the venerable Northlands Coliseum, Scott Pearson was quick to send in his confirmation of attendance. “In late January, my girlfriend Debby and I read about the Coliseum event in April, I said we need to go, this will be a historical event, and it will be an unforgettable time.” The Oilers will move into a brand new arena to start next season and the thought of their past greatness at Northlands was too much not to celebrate. If the New York Islanders called their coliseum ‘Fort Never Lose’, then it would be appropriate for the Oilers to call their coliseum, ‘Fort Never Lose North’. The Oilers invited all of their past alumni, even the WHA teams to return to Edmonton, and by all accounts, they did a phenomenal job of taking care of the players; 150 alumni returned and were in attendance. “The team provided a stipend to pay for our flights and food and blocked off the Westin hotel downtown,” said Scott. With so many players arriving from so many different eras, the three-day event encouraged mingling of the players at receptions. Lots of laughs were had, old stories rehashed, and guys who had not seen each other in years made for an impromptu reunion. Scott added, “I didn’t really know who all was going to be there, but I was really hoping to see many of my old teammates, guys like Shayne Corson, Scott Thornton, Louis Debrusk, Billy Ranford, Igor Kravchuk, and I was fortunate to be able to catch up with many others as well and actually make new friends and contacts.” Scott Pearson played with five teams during his ten year NHL career and when he reflects on his two years in Edmonton, he has to smile; his best offensive production 37 points happened with the Oilers. “I loved playing in Edmonton; I have many great memories of my time there. I had the pleasure of playing with two great line mates in Doug Weight and Steven Rice.

Former Edmonton Oilers’ player Scott Pearson, a Cornwall native, steps onto the ice during the closing ceremonies at Rexall Place in Edmonton on April 6. Photo provided by: Andy Devlin, Oilers Group

The team bond was very special; we really had a great group of young and passionate players.” The high-light of the event was the ceremony prior to the Oilers’ last ever game at Northlands. All of the Alumni were introduced, oneby-one and Scott explained, “The players were introduced by different eras. It helped to keep the fans on their toes as they didn’t know who was coming onto the ice next. It was quite special, to be on the ice with all of the legends such as Gretzky and Messier and meet the new stars like McDavid and Hall. It was very humbling to have been a part of such a special event in hockey history; I had to pinch myself a few times.” Stories like these remain special for fans and players alike, the nostalgia of the game and our relationship with home grown athletes never wanes. That has always been the case with Scott Pearson too, the local kid who played 14 years of pro hockey; who, flashing a great big smile, proudly walked onto the Northlands Coliseum ice, one last time. Kind of made us smile too!

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Carter Rolland - 8 yrs. Maxville, ON

Carter Rolland is a busy young athlete. Currently he is playing with the Casselman Pirates AAA 2008 spring hockey team, Maxville U8 boys in the Glengarry Soccer League, the Glengarry Hearts U9 boys’ soccer team and a team in the Cornwall Minor Baseball League. It’s his first year as a Pirate, Heart, and in the baseball league, and he notes, “It has been a lot of fun. I’ve met some new friends and enjoy playing against new teams.” Rolland says he is happy to finally see summer arrive and is looking forward to his first season of competitive baseball and soccer. So far his favourite sports memory is when his NGS Novice B Braves team won their home tournament in Finch and the team members each had a turn skating around the rink with the trophy, just like the pros do with the Stanley Cup.




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Can the type of golf ball I use make a difference in my game? Moe Bellefeuille

Don Fraser

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very golf ball is different in a few ways. The main differences are the level of compression (how hard or soft it is), and how much it spins. Most companies will advertise what driver swing matches which ball. This will take some of the guess work out for you. As for spin, find a golf ball with a urethane cover for the best green side spin. Some companies make these balls with different cover materials, but the urethane cover is tried, tested and true. Depending on your swing speed, the ball will have a different flight and distance based on the core of the ball. The softer cover allows for greater feel around the green.

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here are basically two types of golf balls; there’s a distance ball, and then there are high spin balls that the pros use. If you’re an experienced golfer looking to improve your game, choose your golf ball wisely. For an experienced player, the choice of ball is going to boil down to two things, do you want distance or a softer feel that you can control? One other thing to consider when choosing a golf ball is the time of year. In the summer it won’t make as big of a difference, but when it’s cold and wet in the fall you’ll want to use a ball with a bit lower compression. The ball doesn’t fly as far so you’ll need to adjust.

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Carol Ann Campbell


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es and No. There is no question that low handicap golfers will notice more of a difference between types of golf balls. However, even at that, the saying goes “most balls are much better than the players who play them”. Today’s technology certainly has brought balls to a whole new level and certainly even a higher handicapper will see (and feel) a difference between golf balls produced in the past few years versus those that they may have had hanging around in their garage forever. In order to “maximize” everything in your swing, and in a perfect world, every player would get matched to a ball based on their swing and their equipment. Is that realistic? Well, the ball manufacturers would like you to think so, however, for the average player you don’t have to spend $60 per dozen to get a decent ball that is both durable and will perform well under a variety of conditions.

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here are many different options when it comes to golf ball choices. Price is often a factor when making a choice of ball, but to help improve your game try a couple of different sleeves of balls that are available at your local pro shop. A high spin rate ball will create side spin with the driver, sending your tee shots farther away from the fairway, which may not the b e s t choice for mid to high handicap players. There are balls that have a harder core with a soft outer cover, multilayer balls can create a soft feel while keeping spin down, one of these may be a good option. Low handicap players do not hit the ball with as much side spin and may choose a ball that creates spin to help them hit the ball higher, land softer and stop faster on the green. Choosing the correct ball can enhance or hinder your performance.

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Local Hockey Player Joseph Samson Drafted to Kingston Frontenacs By Molly Kett


ixteen-year-old right winger Joseph Samson grew up playing hockey in Cornwall and has been playing his whole life. His hockey career started with house league, going up in level from there, landing him a spot with the Midget Colts. Now, Samson has been drafted to the Kingston Frontenacs. His earliest hockey memory comes from his first year playing organized hockey. “I scored 189 goals in one season; back then it didn’t really seem to be a big accomplishment. Today, I look back and I have a hard time thinking a little boy can score that many goals in one season,” says Samson. “Today I still think that is one of my biggest accomplishments.” Samson was drafted in the tenth round, number 199 overall. He gets to go visit Kingston’s team in late May for orientation camp. Sitting at home watching the draft, Samson wasn’t sure if he would see

his name. He has received phone calls prior, expressing interest in his skill, but says that these calls don’t necessarily mean a team will pick you in the draft. He was nervous heading up to draft day, but says the day itself went fairly quickly.

“I was waiting to see names of my friends from Ottawa and I was really happy seeing the kids get drafted that I knew. I knew I wasn’t going to get drafted early in the draft. The 10th round came, my phone was in my kitchen, and my phone just went insane with notifications,” says Samson. “I look on the TV as my computer was hooked up to it and I saw my name and that I was drafted to Kingston, the team I was hoping to get picked by. Seconds later, I got a phone call from the head scout of the Kingston Frontenacs and he told Joseph Samson. me why he wants me and why he picked me. He told me details about it’s like followed by trying out for the the camps and all that. It was pretty Cornwall Colts Junior A team. a cool experience.” Of course, Samson has big dreams for his future. “Every little boy The next steps for Samson start with heading to Kingston to see what dreams to play in the NHL and it is

Wildcats House League Registration Hitting Record Numbers By Jordan Todd


oung football players all around the Cornwall area are looking forward to another season of Wildcats house league football.

They already have 210 kids, aged 5 to 16, registered for the upcoming spring season, says Cornwall Wildcats Vice President Jo Ann Da Silva. It’s the most players they’ve had registered in quite some time.

photo credit: Ice Level Photography really hard make it at that level but my hopes are to get an education out of it, to play for as long as I can, and get to the highest level I can,” says Samson.

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Spring is the Wildcats developmental jersey. season, so players aren’t even assigned a position. They’re able to try and get a “It’s very economical,” says Da feel for many positions both on offence Silva. “It’s not like hockey where you and defence, says Da Silva. outgrow something and you have to buy “We’re trying to teach the kids proper something new.” tackling, safe tackling, all the skills The regular season, which begins on associated with different positions, and May 8, is six weeks long, followed by the rules of the game,” she says. two weeks of playoffs. The players also The competitive season starts in the get two practices per week. summer, where they try to submit just This year is the 10th anniversary of one team in each of the age divisions. the Wildcats, and Da Silva says they’re The Wildcats actually provide all protective equipment for the players, planning on doing something special for except cleats, and sometimes thigh pads the occasion. No details are available for pants. Other than that, players just yet, but Da Silva says everyone is excited need to purchase their own practice about it.




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2015-16 Cornwall Peewee A Typhoons Submitted Article


he Cornwall Peewee A Typhoons just completed their 2015-16 season and what a season it was. The Typhoons played approximately 63 games this season with a record of 37-16-10. The Typhoons played in the ODWHA which is comprised of AA and A teams. The Typhoons also competed in four tournaments this season; capturing gold in Oakville, silver in Cornwall, gold in Waterloo, semi-finalist in Gloucester. The team also competed in a AA showcase tournament. There were 41 Peewee A teams in Ontario this season with only 20 qualifying for Provincial Championships, The Typhoons secured a spot to qualify for this tournament that took place in Toronto. Cornwall played teams from Barrie, Oakville, and Whitby, finishing first in their pool before being eliminated in the 4th overtime period in the quarter-finals, by Toronto. The Cornwall Peewee A Typhoons finished the season ranked 5th in the Province of Ontario.

Goalie Avery Brown, bottom left to right: Sherry Wylie-Arbic (trainer) Emma Thompson, Dave Thompson (assistant coach), Isabelle Longchamps, Hughie Coleman (head coach), Tia Lascelle, Shawn O’Brien (manager), Emily Norman, and Kim Norman (trainer). Top left to right: Hannah Johnson, Sara O’Brien, Julia Allan, Mackenzie Laclair, Millie King, Maevin Wylic-Arbic, Lauryn Craig, Mikaela Coleman, and Leah Whelan. Photo Submitted Missing is Jason Norman (assistant coach), and Tanis Brown (treasurer)

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Issue No 42, Sports Energy News, Cornwall, Ontario, Mike Piquette