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With a bye in the ﬁrst round of the playoffs, the players on the Cornwall Celtics Jr. “C” lacrosse team had plenty of time to rest, heal and prepare for their goal of winning the Meredith Cup. Photo by Terry Tinkess.
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up at the Meredith Cup two years in a row, but all we kept hearing is that s the host team, the Cornwall it was because there are no Toronto Celtics Jr. “C” lacrosse team are area teams in your division.” guaranteed a spot in the Provincial This year, due to realignment the championships, but according to head three top teams from the Toronto coach Shawn Lauzon they would area (Clarington, Whitby, and much rather show they earned the Peterborough) are in the same right to be there than get in through division as the Celtics. The result? the back door. The Celtics still ﬁnished ﬁrst, which “Right from the beginning we’ve gave them a bye in the ﬁrst round of had a bit of a chip on our shoulders,” the playoffs. says Lauzon. “We won our division “Now it’s a matter of carrying that handily the last two seasons and ended through the playoffs,” says Lauzon. By Terry Tinkess
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We are in the Meredith Cup as host team, but we want to earn that spot as division champions. That has been our goal since the ﬁrst game of the season.” According to coach Shawn Lauzon the team has enjoyed a high degree of success this season primarily for one reason. “Our strength is that we have no superstars,” says Lauzon. “Everybody uses everybody else to their best advantage. We play a team defense, Continued on page 20
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JD Lusier Provides Powerful Lesson In Following Passion And Maintaining A Competitive Edge By Gisele Grignon
ost athletes, businessmen, instructors, mentors, would be thrilled to receive positive endorsements from professionals in their industry, and JD Lussier, founder of JDL Powerskating is certainly no exception. But while professional accolades are always appreciated perhaps the most coveted compliments are the more personal ones, and you can’t get more personal than dear old dad. “It would be my dream to work with JD fulltime (in the family’s greeting card and gifts business), but we’ve sacriﬁced and we’ve always encouraged him to pursue his
dream,” says Mick Lussier, JD’s dad. “He’s the best sales person I’ve had working with me. He’s so personable, just one of those guys that comes around once in a long while. But you just have to see him around kids, they literally gravitate around him. When I see that, I understand why he wants to do what he wants to do.” From the time JD (Jean Daniel) was a teenager, he knew what he wanted to do was work with kids. Oh, and play hockey. Turns out he does both, and well. So much so that these twin abilities-turned-passions soon meshed to lay the groundwork for his professional path, starting with playing prep school hockey at Vermont Academy and US college
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hockey at Calvin College. That experience led to his appreciation of “the importance of having the most powerful and efﬁcient stride possible,” and to then training with the likes of Olympian Gaetan Boucher and the grand dame of power skating Laura Stamm. After three years as the head instructor for the Stamm School in Canada, Lussier, who holds a BA in elementary school education (he’s also working on his Masters in leadership education) and teaches full time in Montreal, decided to branch out on his own: the JD Lussier Power Skating School was born and now serves a growing client base in Cornwall, Ottawa and Montreal. That client base, says Lussier is currently made up primarily of competitive athletes. “Many of them are players that have been playing a while and are well established, but I don’t turn anyone away as long as they have some sort of a base with their skating. It’s not a learn-to-skate program, it’s more about perfecting their stride and getting better,” explains Lussier. That means building self-esteem as well as technique. “I believe it’s important that they work with the puck as they’re working on their skating. Some schools believe they should get rid of pucks altogether, whereas I like to take them out initially, but then build the skater’s conﬁdence with the puck as well, since that’s integral to the game.”
Critical to achieving those goals is stafﬁng, adds Lussier. ‘”It’s important as well to maintain a strong playerto-coach ratio to ensure each student is getting the proper feedback, so they can really develop. It’s not just a cookie-cutting thing for everyone. It’s about ensuring each student progresses.” He admits his teaching background is key to helping him and his students achieve all of these goals. “The driving force behind the school, behind my passion is my teaching experience and my ability to relate to the kids. I believe it’s what sets us apart from other organizations. Sometimes with former hockey players (at other schools), they have the knowledge but not necessarily the know-how when it comes to communicating with kids.” That belief is echoed by his dad. “We hear all the time from parents who say their kid did power skating with so-and-so and after the ﬁrst day he didn’t want to go back and they couldn’t get him to go back since. And now their kid can’t wait to get back on the ice with JD. We hear that kind of thing all the time. “For me as a father, that’s when I really understand when JD says he likes business but teaching is his passion. His heart is in teaching. And all I can do is stand back and encourage him.” And, evidently, watch him skate away with a powerfully successful business venture in the process.
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Meredith Cup a Chance for Cornwall to Shine in getting some young kids out to the “We put on a great product,” says games and that kind of thing,” says Lauzon. “You go to any other city and he best Jr. “C” lacrosse teams Lauzon. watch a junior “C” lacrosse game, in the province will be in “One of our primary goals is to none of the crowds are like Cornwall Cornwall August 16-18 for the crowds, not just from an energy 2013 Jim Meredith Cup Provincial support minor lacrosse in any way perspective, but also sheer numbers. championships, hosted by the we can. It’s about growing the game We went to a Clarington provincial from the top down.” hometown Cornwall Celtics. Lauzon says the credit for getting According to Celtics head coach Shawn Lauzon; the Celtics are happy and organizing the tournament rests to have the opportunity to bring a with a number of people. By Terry Tinkess
Provincial championship tournament “Quite frankly, I take no to Cornwall. responsibility for having the Meredith “Yeah, we were happy to get it here Cup here, other than the product we in only our third year in the league,” put on the ﬂoor,” says Lauzon. “ It’s says Lauzon, “The fact that we been up to president Terry Turcotte. dominated our division the last two He took the ball initially to get it seasons, and were predicted to do here, and he’s got a strong core of well this year, although they didn’t directors who are highly involved expect us to do as well as we did, in the Jr. program. These are all key but to at least be a contender for the people and then there are many other volunteers.” Meredith Cup was a factor. The other teams in the tournament (yet to be determined) should be impressed, perhaps overwhelmed with what they ﬁnd when they get here. Cornwall strongly supports Jr. “C” lacrosse, regularly ﬁlling the stands for Celtics home games.
Make no mistake about it, the Celtics are pleased to be hosts, but they are in it to win it. There is, however, a longer-term objective as well. “We’re happy, we’re proud to have it. It is time to bring some high quality lacrosse into Cornwall and hopefully that will spark some interest
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“This is a great lacrosse pad, this one in particular, pad one,” says Lauzon. “It seats about 400 plus, which is a great lacrosse crowd, because we can ﬁll it, and we frequently do. “Unlike the old Si Miller, where you’re always dodging beams and posts and rafters, this is wide-open; there’s not a bad seat in the house. The lighting is good, ceiling height is good, and it’s a nice facility as far as dressing rooms. All the other teams love coming to play here. It’s fantastic.” “You can go to Pointstreak (pointstreak.com) and they will have the whole schedule,” says Lauzon. We have the dates (August 16-18) but we don’t have the actual game schedule yet. Once we do we’ll try to get that in the local papers and maybe on the Cornwall Minor Lacrosse website.” For those that can’t make it out to the games, TV Cogeco will be broadcasting the Meredith Cup games as well.
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Dive Into Some Fun This Fall By Jan Murray
re you looking for the perfect activity for your child this fall? Perhaps searching for a way to keep ﬁt, have fun, meet new friends and learn the value of hard work? The Cornwall Sea Lions have been going strong for over 50 years with swimmers ranging from 6 to 18 years of age and they welcome new members. This summer the Cornwall Sea Lions had the opportunity to participate in the Eastern Ontario Championship in Nepean as well as the East Coast Championship in St. John’s Newfoundland. Not surprisingly, they did remarkably well at both championships. Eleven-year old Kennady Kilger was the high point winner at the Eastern Ontario Championship and
Claudia Duguay took best performer at the East Coast Championship. Coach Simon St. Pierre says he was impressed with what the team was able to accomplish. “When we went to the East Coast Championship in St. John’s Newfoundland, as a team we swam very well,” says St. Pierre. “The team ﬁnished 11th out of 32 with only 10 swimmers! All the swimmers made it to ﬁnals and Claudia Duguay won the best girl performance.” At present time there are 64 swimmers registered with the Sea Lions and they are conﬁdent their numbers will remain strong when registration takes place again this September. Youth interested in getting involved can expect between two and nine practices per week depending on what program they are in. Programs offered go right from beginner to
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national level. The session runs from September to the end of June for the younger swimmers and through until the end of July for the older athletes. Cornwall Sea Lions Emilie Contant is very proud of her team and their accomplishments. “The Cornwall Sea Lions swimming team is a great team full of energy and smiles. My teammates and the team’s families are very cheerful and supportive throughout the whole season.” The children learn to work together, to encourage one another and to build strong relationships. “I have made great friends through Cornwall Sea Lions,” says Alexandra Nurse. “I was given many opportunities to travel, I learned how to stay organized and how to balance swimming and school work.” With only a few short weeks left until the new swimming year begins,
the athletes are getting pumped about what is set to come. However, it is not without some mixed emotions. The team will say good-bye to coach St. Pierre who has accepted a position as co-head coach with the Greater Ottawa Kingﬁsh Swim Club. “I’m looking forward to a new challenge and at the same time I’m sad leaving here.” St. Pierre explains. Swimming is a great way for kids to stay active and have fun at the same time. It is also a great way to create memories that will last a lifetime. “The team is ﬁlled with great people, and great coaches,” adds Emilie Contant. “The Sea Lions swim team is a huge part of my life.” For those looking to register for the 2013/2014 season, please contact the registrar at registrar@ cornwallsealions.com.
Name Change Is All About Branding By Richard Waldroff
There has been a name change you should all be aware of. As of July 1, 2013 the Ottawa and District Hockey Association (ODHA) became known as Hockey Eastern Ontario or (HEO). Yes folks after many years and maybe since its conception the name have remained unchanged. The name change was not taken lightly; much discussion has taken place over a number of years with the ﬁnal result being Hockey Eastern Ontario. It is felt that the new name much better represents the areas serviced by the association; from Petawawa on the north, east along the Ottawa river to the Quebec border westerly from Lancaster to the other side of Brockville along the St Lawrence river than a zigzag back to Westport the on up to Petawawa huge area containing some 50,000 registrant ants. As many of you are well aware today it is all about marketability, which is something most believe, was not available with the old name and logo. One needs something that rolls off the tongue, easily recognized for its purpose and quality (in the case of HEO service to its clients). The new also goes well with the example set by our fellow members of Hockey Canada, for example HNS (Hockey Nova Scotia) and others. The new provides for territorial placement in the province, in the country rather than City recognition. In 2012 the HEO increased its staff by one, to provide improved and make available all the services offered by the Hockey Canada registration system. In addition to all the above, during the third quarter of 2014 the HEO will be relocating to new digs, the Richcraft Sensplex being built on Shefford Road in Ottawa’s east end. This will complete the changes needed to better serve the Hockey community. All this “NEW” will have no impact on the HEO partners and their members. For junior leagues and teams, the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association (ODMHA) and its partners, as well as the development and the ofﬁciating body it will be business as usual. Keep you stick below the waist!
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ne year ago, members of the Cornwall Gymnastics Club (CGC) tumbled from their former 5,000-sq-ft location at 113 Amelia St. into a new 9,000-sq. ft. facility at 6313 Boundary Rd.
Shyanne Anderson, 10, attended the gymnastics summer camp this year and didn’t want it to end. “I had a lot of fun at gymnastics summer camp. I liked being taught cartwheels and front rolls on the beam. The arts and crafts were fun too, it wasn’t like school,” she said about her camp experience.
“We had an awesome ﬁrst year,” said club spokesperson Tammy McAllister. “Our recreational program went up over 150 kids and we have also increased our competitive program by ﬁfteen athletes.” With the added square footage, the club has been able to accommodate more children seven days a week.
The fall session is just around the corner and registration is now taking place every Wednesday evening from 5-7pm. For more information about the programs offered, visit www.cornwallgymnastics.com or call 613-933-4356.
CGC is a non-proﬁt organization Gymnastics summer camp was offered for three weeks in July for ages and depends on the support of 5- 12 years of age. Camp goers demonstrate their synchronization on Photo by Tammy Larin. the volunteers and fundraising the tumbltrak. campaigns. program. Tiny tumblers and parents “The parents, coaches and athletes are welcomed Monday, Tuesday and have been a great support system for Wednesday mornings to the drop-in the club this year. We are looking play gym for preschoolers. Weekends The NHL is reportedly going to have a total of six outdoor games in 2014. forward to our second year to improve can be booked for birthday parties This will include Toronto and Detroit in Ann Arbour Michigan, Ottawa and more on our classes and our facility,” and camps are available throughout Vancouver at BC Place, Anaheim and LA at Dodger Stadium, the Rangers said McAllister. versus both the Islanders and Devils at Yankee Stadium, and Pittsburgh vs the year including the added P.A day Chicago in Chicago. Competitive team members also camps and March Break camp due to in your opinion do these games still generate a reasonable amount of interest, transitioned well. Although the move the request from gymnastics summer or does having so many of them tend to make them just another game? was a big leap for everyone, the camp goers. athletes dominated the competition I like the concept of the outdoor games. Anyone who has knocked a Terry Tinkess The gymnastics summer camp was this year with many all-around titles puck around on outdoor ice will understand that there is something a sure hit this year at the new facility special about it. Your body seems to reach a state of equilibrium, being won. The ﬁnal competition of with 75 children registered. The club is where you’re neither hot nor cold, except perhaps when you are the season brought home numerous unceremoniously dumped into a snowbank by another like-minded better equipped to handle the warmer top ﬁnishes along with ﬁve special individual. weather now that there are numerous Seeing the NHL stars skating through a snowstorm is something spirit awards. fans to circulate the air, and also has that will remain in memory for a long time. Where I do have some The Canadian Press difﬁculty is in “gimmick” games, like the one being played at Dodger The club has something for everyone more room for activities both inside Stadium. Hockey by its very nature is out-of-place there, and trying even if you are not enrolled in a regular and outside. Kids enjoyed plenty of to “recreate” the sense of the original game seems somewhat absurd.
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There will be plenty of interest in the outdoor games, much of it created by strong regional marketing. With TV deals, corporate partners, and merchandising, each game in this stadium series will generate millions of dollars in hockey related revenue. The NY Ranger games will take advantage of the masses of sports fans coming into town for the Super Bowl. Many of these fans will not miss the opportunity to see an NHL game at Yankee Stadium. The Toronto-Detroit game on New Year’s Day features two original six teams and new division rivals. Ann Arbour Mich. Is less than an hour from Windsor and is easily accessible to the large fan base of both teams in southern Ontario. Having outdoor games in different cities across North America will help to promote the league and give many fans the chance to experience outdoor hockey that they would not have had with the previous format. I do not think that having six outdoor games this year will be a detriment to the special nature of these games. In reality only the six home teams get the initial boost from the game, which only represents 20 per cent of the league. I like the outdoor games, since it reaches back to the true roots of the game of being played outside on the river, lake or backyard that we can all relate to and the league can help promote itself on these unique settings.
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Not Just Another Horse Show By Jentry van Baal
or many kids, summer vacation often includes a visit to many of the local fairs throughout SD&G. While some ﬁll up on cotton candy and midway rides, many young equestrians are taking the next step in their competitive careers. Starting out in the competitive, rated show circuits can often be intimidating and stressful, and as well they come with a hefty price tag. Fairs such as those held in Maxville, Avonmore, Vankleek Hill and Williamstown, give young riders a chance to gain experience and conﬁdence in a fun, stress-free setting without steep entry fees and additional costs. Where most competitions are based solely around one equestrian discipline, such as hunter/jumper, dressage, western pleasure or western gaming, among others, fairs incorporate multiple disciplines, all in one location, providing something for every interest, whether a spectator or competitor. For Rose Huxted-Morrison, owner of Havencrest Farm in Dalhousie, Quebec, these fairs are a popular addition to her summer schedule. “The fairs are a little more relaxed, allowing beginners to learn and have fun,” explained Huxted-Morrison. “It’s nice to have local competitors laugh and share the day. They also help riders get some mileage in the ring without costing a small fortune, and help them learn to memorize their jumping courses, or ride the
Local fairs are a fun, popular addition to the summer show schedule for the friends and riders at Havencrest Photo supplied by Rose Huxted-Morrison Farm, pictured here at the Vankleek Hill Fair.
them to various distractions at a young age, making them safer and more reliable.
Although the colourful, noisy midway rides can turn away some Many riders who began their competitors and are often viewed as scary distractions for both horse show careers with these local fairs and rider, these elements can also be have moved on to compete at the Provincial level and eventually beneﬁcial. qualify for National Finals at the “Mentally, there can be distractions Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in but that also helps the horse and Toronto. Others, such as riders at Rose rider build a partnership and head Quarter Horses in Summerstown, for the bigger shows,” said Huxtedhave taken their barrel racing across Morrison. These distractions can the United States to compete at the be used as a training tool for young World Finals. horses, exposing and desensitizing
For those not interested in, or unable to manage the busy schedules or pricey costs of travel and fees that come with larger shows, fairs are still a great opportunity to show off your hard work and gain experience. Next time you’re looking for something to do on a beautiful summer weekend, come and check out any of the local fairs and see just how much the equestrian world has to offer. You never know where you might see the participants in the notto-distant future.
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Cornwall Optimist Minor Softball League Featured Player – Colin Boisvenue, Bantam Division By Monique Sauvé Roy
olin is what you would call a ‘people’ person, as he is happiest when surrounded by people. Colin was four years old when he started to play softball at St. Theresa’s park, which makes him a 13-year veteran. He loves to play and has never swayed from softball, as it seemed natural for him as a sport without being overly competitive. It’s not that Colin isn’t passionate about softball – it’s just that he likes the social part more than the competitive part. For Colin, it’s all about being with his friends, making friends, and, again, just being with people. When he started out, he enjoyed
playing the position of hind catcher. Today, he is asked to play many positions such as pitcher and centreﬁeld, which he truly enjoys.
Colin has also volunteered with the Cornwall Optimist Minor Softball League helping out our littlest players in the Minis Division even though he had already completed his 40 hours of community service in Grade 9. He also helps out during the registration sessions when required. No matter what, Colin is always ready to lend a hand when it comes to the league.
around as there’s always a joke or a funny story to share. His older brother, Corey, has coached Colin for eight years now and has backed him 150% while teaching him everything he has learned playing for nine years himself. Corey continues to assist in the Bantam Division on Colin’s team again this season, doing an awesome job.
Colin never misses a game and looks forward to playing softball all summer long. His biggest pet peeve is that he doesn’t like it when players dispute. For someone with his positive disposition, that’s no Anyone who knows Colin would surprise. Keep smiling Colin! say that his smile is contagious, You can visit our website at which depicts his friendly personality. He is pleasant to be www.cornwalloptimistsoftball.ca for all details about our league.
Lefebvre Committed To Multisport By Jan Murray
t can usually be assumed these days that most people are familiar with the term multisport. Even if you are not one hundred per cent sure what exactly it entails, most people can come up with a pretty good idea, and they are usually right. For 40-year old Cornwall area native Rob Lefebvre, it is a way of life. Lefebvre has been practicing a variety of sports for at least the last ten years. For some time
to their upcoming Monday night duathlon as well as some upcoming events this year. It’s easy to hear the enthusiasm in his voice when engaged in conversation about Lefebvre has been active his what’s soon to come. whole life, keeping in shape by “The Mad Trapper Snowshoe running and playing hockey. It wasn’t until former teammate John Series has four races that I like White made mention of different to do, the Sutton Half Marathon types of running events in the area Trail Run in June, the Great Raisin that he even considered the idea of River Footrace in Williamstown in August, the Cornwall Triathlon multisport. (Duathlon) in August, the Orford He was hooked by his ﬁrst race. Half Marathon Trail Run in October He met Brian Campbell, and they & they’ll be some more. I also do discussed more events and then some Cyclocross racing in the fall.” when the Cornwall Multisport He says he’d like to do more, but he Club opened, more and more must save some time for his job. runners surfaced and hence created This summer, in fact, Lefebvre more races and fundraisers in the has been having trouble ﬁnding Cornwall area. time to compete. “I haven’t been His ﬁrst marathon was in Ottawa racing all that much this summer... in 2002 where he qualiﬁed for the Training hard though. Boston marathon. “I didn’t even He did manage to run in the Mont know that I did,” says Lefebvre, who went on to race in Boston in Sutton X-Trail 22 km. on June 1. He ﬁnished in 16th spot, with a time of 2003. 2:41:36, good enough for seventh To be committed to ﬁtness in his age group. requires self-discipline. To be “I’m Looking forward to the successful, Lefebvre explains takes sports experience, proper training Cornwall Triathlon Aug. 25th where and racing to achieve your results I’ll be participating in the duathlon, 2.5 KM Run, 20 KM Bike & 5 KM or results within your plan. Run,” says Lefebvre. He is excited about the Cornwall For someone just starting out, Multisport Club, and looks forward he participated in the Cornwall triathlon, but has since given up the swimming aspect and now focuses on running and cycling.
Lefebvre encourages athletes to take it nice and easy in the beginning. “Don’t jump into things too quickly until you’re ready for it.” He encourages people to look into the Cornwall Multisport Club and to talk to other individuals who have been doing multisport for some time. Most importantly, “listen to your body.” Everyone will have their own personal motivation. For Lefebvre, his own personal discipline keeps him motivated. This might just be the sport for you. If you’d like to give it a try, or even just see what it is all about, why not check out the upcoming Poker Run taking place on Wednesday, June 12th at 6:00 p.m. The race begins behind L’Heritage High School and heads east along the bike path. For more information visit the Cornwall Multisport Club or email them at email@example.com for more details.
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Passion on Skates: Gary MacGregor ﬁnished last in the league in 1971 and only had about a half-dozen players returning. Then new coach Orval Tessier knew that there was a strong group of midget players in Kingston, players such as Kevin Treacy, Bob Murray, Tom Wynne…and Gary MacGregor. Tessier went about trying to lure the Kingston midget graduates to Cornwall.
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“The key was getting Gary MacGregor,” says Tessier. “I talked to Bob Murray and was introduced to him and his father and they said that where Gary’s going to go, the boys are going to go. “We ﬁnally convinced him to come to Cornwall, it wasn’t easy, and they Gary all followed.”
Pound for pound, MacGregor was perhaps the most exciting player to ever wear a Cornwall Royals jersey.
he Cornwall Royals had many exciting players in their illustrious history, but few could create the same sense of anticipation when they had the puck on their stick as number seven, Gary MacGregor. MacGregor was born on September 21, 1954 in Kingston Ontario, and developed in the Rotary-Kiwanis Minor Hockey Association before moving on to a very successful junior career with the Royals.
The rest, as they say, is history.
With his playing days behind him, entry draft (thirtieth overall) while the Chicago Cougars of the upstart MacGregor returned to the Kingston World Hockey Association (WHA) area, where he became a successful businessman. His health issues, in the ﬁrst round, tenth overall. however, presented an opponent he Faced with the choice between was unable to defeat. MacGregor playing with the iconic Montreal died suddenly and unexpectedly at Canadiens and the WHA, a league with his home on April 20, 1995. an unknown future but (apparently) Much like the better-known Bobby lots of money, MacGregor chose the unknown, despite the advice of Clarke of Philadelphia Flyers fame, MacGregor refused to let diabetes Tessier, his former junior coach. prevent him from pursuing his goal “I remember Gary talking to me of being a professional hockey and asking me what I would do,” player. That he achieved so much of says Tessier. “I told him that to me, the disease makes the achievement there are two prestigious places to that much more remarkable. play hockey right now and that is in What MacGregor lacked in physical Montreal and Toronto. You’ve been drafted by the Chicago Cougars, but stature, he more than made up with they’ve got the Blackhawks there. drive, intensity and desire. Anyone You might get a little bit more money who saw him play will remember the now, but if the Canadiens want you sandy mop of hair, the steely glare now, and the way you can play and the way he would always ﬁnd a hockey, and the way you can handle way to the net. the puck and shoot and skate, you’ll MacGregor was inducted be up there, you might even be there posthumously into the Kingston and next year. District Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
“Mac” played three seasons in Cornwall (1971-1974,) and was instrumental in the Royals Memorial Cup run in 1972, scoring the winning goal in the championship game. In 171 regular season games he scored “He said he agreed with me, but 182 goals while adding 126 assists the next thing I hear is that he signed for 308 points. with Chicago.”
His most successful season, however had to be 1973-1974, when he scored 100 goals and added 74 assists for 174 points. He ended up winning the Michel Briere trophy as the league MVP as well as being It could be said that getting recognized as the league’s most MacGregor was in large part why gentlemanly player. the Royals won the Memorial Cup His success in junior was enough in 1972, not only because of what to convince professional teams to he did, but also because of who he take a second look at him, despite his brought with him. being a diabetic and of small stature
MacGregor went on to play parts of seven seasons with Chicago, Denver, Ottawa, Cleveland, New England, Edmonton and Indianapolis of the WHA, scoring a total of 90 goals and seventy assists for 160 points in 251 games. In his ﬁrst season, he scored 44 goals and was named as the WHA Rookie of the Year.
He also made brief stops in Spokane (WIHL), as well as Nova Scotia and Springﬁeld of the American Hockey League (AHL). He ﬁnished his (MacGregor is listed as 5’9” and 170 Kingston has always been a place where the Royals have had success lbs.) The Montreal Canadiens drafted playing days with Manheim ERC of in ﬁnding players. The team had him in the second round of the 1974 the German league.
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he year was 1967. Canada was celebrating its 100th birthday, Montreal was buzzing with the excitement of Expo, while 400 million people watched the ﬁrst satellite television production and sang to “All You Need is Love” along with the Famous Four (the Beatles). Close to home the events were of no small scale either – the Mark Ronkin displays some of the members of the Stormont Yacht skills he has acquired in learning the sport of sailing. Club hosted the inaugural G.P. Photos provided by Arthur Poon. 14 World Championship in their waters. Some of their guests came but the feeling of freedom over the from as far as Australia to sail the water is incredible. Every sea cadet great St. Lawrence. will remember its pull for the years Some of this buzz still can be to come. felt when we visit the club. If it is a Saturday morning on a school week at the end of May, the faraway corner is densely packed with a young enthusiastic crowd. Under the watchful eye of their supervisors the sea cadets from the Stormont 110 Division are learning the basics of sailing. Sure, it is a heavy job to prepare one’s boat
Some of the aspiring sailors will go further than the recreational boating and compete at various events through the cadets’ organization and beyond. The most recent success is the participation of Petty Ofﬁcer First Class Mark Ronkin paired with his teammate Lucas Continued on page 19
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ave Bissonette has been racing stock cars for a long time, 19 years to be exact. The decision to get behind the wheel wasn’t because of some kind of revelation or anything. He just tried it, and found he liked it. That he was pretty good at it didn’t hurt either. “An older friend of mine asked me to try his car, Aumere Seguin,” says Bissonette. While Bissonette is one of the more popular drivers on the circuit, you won’t hear him boasting. He prefers to spread the credit for his success around. When asked what the greatest factor in winning is, he fails to mention the person driving the car. “Being consistent,” says Bissonette. “and having an awesome pit crew who go over the car every week so that you don’t have any breakdowns. Having great sponsors as well makes a difference. I’m lucky to have people like Roy’s Motor Sport, Aaron Denneny’s Automotive and Napa Auto Parts. Bissonette says a lot of the credit also has to go to people who don’t have anything to do, at least not
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“You need to have good sponsors, but you also need to have the support of your family and friends,” says Bissonette. “I feel for the young guys who I know are having to cut back in order to race. It’s not just the cost, which is a lot, but it’s also being away racing while your wife or girlfriend are left at home to deal with the kids and every thing else. “The sponsors support us, and the fans in the crowd support us, but sometimes they don’t know about everything that goes on behind the scenes. You can’t be Dave Bissonette’s #47 Chev Monte Carlo is a regular top-ﬁve ﬁnisher successful without a good support at the Cornwall Motor Speedway. Photo by Terry Tinkess system.” Bissonette, by his own admission Bissonette does have the respect is “old school,” although he is well aware of how important a part of of the other drivers as well as the support of many fans where ever racing technology has become. he races. Some of them have been “I guess I like the old ways, the with him a long time. good waywwwwwwwwwwws,” “I have some who were kids and says Bissonette. “I’m not caught up to all the technology but I think not they’re teenagers and their the other guys appreciate me more still coming,” says Bissonette. in the sport because I’m not right “They always come down to the up to par with the technology. I’m car, the trailer’s always open and still running setups that I ran many they can come in and say hello. “I years ago and I’m still running have pictures up inside the trailer them today. It’s in my head and so it’s like memory lane a little bit.” my driving style.”
According to Bissonette, winning at the Cornwall Speedway is quite an accomplishment. “If you can win at Cornwall, you can win anywhere. It is the most challenging and aggressive track, and any given night at Cornwall there’s ten guys that can win in the pro stocks. That’s what I ﬁnd so challenging. I call that the little bull ring. “If you can be in the top ﬁve every week and then load your car in the trailer, you’ve done well.” There isn’t really any age limit for a driver, but how long realistically can fans expect to see the #47 Monte Carlo crossing the ﬁnish line, consistently in the top ﬁve? It is something he has considered. “Next year I’ll be 47,” says Bissonette, “and the car number is 47 so I’m contemplating a few different things. I don’t know if I’ll race full time, but I’ll be at all the big shows.”
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Cornwall Bowlers Win at Nationals for Second Straight Year By Diane Hunter
ho’d have thought that bowling would be so much fun? Bowlers, that’s who, and there are a lot of them! Paul Legault, bowling coach for the YBC (Youth Bowling Canada) Cornwall chapter at Olympia Bowl, has been bowling since he was just a kid. Legault’s uncle Dick was part owner and manager of Olympia Bowl for over 30 years, and he was the one responsible for bringing a young Paul into the business. Paul began managing the center in 1997. “It was nice when I became manager because the Legault name carried on
with bowling,” says Legault. Richard ‘Dick’ Legault had a lifetime average of 252, and he founded the local YBC chapter. He was rewarded for his efforts by being inducted into the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. The YBC was launched in 1963 by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of Canada and now boasts over 30,000 young members across Canada. The bowling season runs from September to May. There are four divisions starting with pee wee (ages 5-7), bantam (ages 8-10), juniors (ages 11-14), and seniors (ages 1519). Each house, or bowling alley, holds
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Continued from page 14 In the late 90’s Legault started a tournament, which runs in early bowling school during the summer March, and ﬁnally the fourth step, months to help the kids improve their game, and to help the smaller Nationals held in May. With the help of Legault’s expertise kids transition from playing with two and coaching skills, the league at hands, to playing with one hand. “The Olympia Bowl won the Nationals two extra coaching paid off,” said Legault. years running: 2012 in Newfoundland, “Ontario is the hardest province to win and 2013 in Vancouver. “Can’t get because it is so big.” Legault says he draws inspiration better than that,” said Legault. “When kids are dependent on your knowledge, from the kids that he coaches. “Especially the ones that struggle and you want to do the best you can do.” Legault was coaching hockey on a stick with it. Those are the inspiration. very competitive level when he was You got to be patient. It is o.k. to fail.” asked to manage the bowling alley. If there is a kid not doing so well, “I fell in love with bowling because Legault says he ﬁnds ways to make of the individuality of bowling, and it entertaining. “Stick with it,” said I have created friendships with these Legault. “It’s good advice for life as kids. The Bantam girls team just after 2013 provincials. Paul Legault at back. This DVD includes highwell.” resolution (300 dpi) versions of the new Left to right; Alyssa MacGillavrey, Savannah Ingola, Chloe Russell, Registration at Olympia bowl starts “In other sports, you have to make Princecraft logo available in JPEG and PNG format. Please Shayla refer toLascelle. Submitted photo. at the end of August until bowling cuts all the time. (What) I liked about the ‘‘LOGOS’’ folder on the DVD. If you need other versions, season startsdepartment. the weekend after Labour plus $10 each week. Three games are bowling, thereplease was contact not as much for this season, call 613-932-8421. the marketing politics. All the kids get to play. There Day. The cost of registration is $20, played each week with 33 weeks in the For more information on YBC visit: which covers league fees and shoes, season. To register at Olympia bowl is no referee, no judge, no penalty.” http://www.youthbowling.ca
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From Football to Fishing By Jan Murray
y this time of year, die-hard ﬁshermen have been setting their alarms and racing out on the water in the wee hours of the morning for more than a couple months already. Scott Lecky, general manager of the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre in Cornwall is no different. He is always itching to get out on the water each and every chance he possibly can. Born in Staten Island, New York, Lecky came to Canada when he was about three years old. He spent most of his school age years in Collingwood, Ontario. When he ﬁnished high school he played a year of junior football for the Ottawa Sooners and then two years at the University of Guelph. It was while he was there that he was drafted by the BC Lions in 1986 and ended up playing four years in the CFL.
As passionate as he was about football, his heart belonged on the river, with a ﬁshing pole in his hand. In 1994 that chance had ﬁnally arrived. He was given the opportunity to manage the then Holiday Inn, developed in 1973 by his father-inlaw, now known as the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre. Although he had grown up with football and truly loved the game, his true passion in life had always been for ﬁshing.
“I grew up ﬁshing with my grandfather, who had a cottage at Chaffey’s Lock on the Rideau Canal every summer. We would spend
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If they were not out on the boat, he could be found on the dock, catching Perch or Rock Bass or even Sunﬁsh. Growing up in Collingwood he would ﬁsh for Rainbow Trout, or Salmon on Georgian Bay. Even when his life revolved around football, ﬁshing was always his passion. “Even when we were playing football out west in Vancouver I would head out ﬁshing every spare moment,” says Lecky. “We had some great trips out west ﬁshing for Salmon in the Paciﬁc Ocean and Trout in the mountain streams.”
Today Lecky is an avid Bass Tournament ﬁsherman. From midJune through September he, along with his partners competes in events from the Rideau system to Lake Champlain and everywhere in Scott Lecky with Steve Bean. (Lecky is on the right.) They are holding between. “I am so passionate about it it’s crazy,” says Lecky. “I`ve always been a very competitive player. I really enjoy everything about tournament ﬁshing. From getting your boat and equipment ready, to not sleeping the night before, because you’re so excited about the event; to the 4 a.m. wake up, the anticipation of catching a great bag of ﬁsh, blasting off at 6:30 a.m. and racing to your ﬁrst spot at 70 mph on a beautiful summer morning…It`s the best!” This year he will be ﬁshing two circuits, a Pro Bass Canada out of Montreal and an Ultra Bass out of Gatineau. For many years he has had
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the pleasure of ﬁshing with two men ever tournament, William gave his he considers both great ﬁshermen, father a run for his money, almost and great friends, Andy Kinstler and beating him! Steve Bean. The family looks forward to getting He speaks very fondly of their away this summer to a cottage on experiences, “Win or lose we always Lake of Bays in the Muskokas. Quiet, have a lot of laughs and of course relaxing family time will be just have a lot of great ﬁshing stories to what the doctor ordered for Lecky to tell.” prepare for September and several of His favorite time of year is mid the area’s biggest tournaments. June when Bass season ﬁrst opens and the ﬁrst tournament begins. He enjoys it when his children, William and Ally are able to join him. Earlier this year, when competing in his ﬁrst
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Former Cornwall Colt Making A Life In Germany By Morley Seaver
rowing up in nearby St Eustache, Quebec, Hugo Boisvert could never have imagined where his hockey career would take him. The star forward of the Cornwall Colts now plays for a team in Germany, many miles from the rinks that produced him.
After his initial Junior “A” stint with St Jerome didn’t work out due to an already successful team’s overcrowding issues, he returned to the minor ranks to get some playing time. “I needed to make a move so I went back to Major Midget “AA” just to play and enjoy the game again,” says Boisvert. “Cornwall was looking for a forward at that time so it just happened out of nowhere. I ended up in Cornwall right before Christmas.”
It was a good ﬁt. Boisvert played the rest of that year and stayed for another two years. In 1995-96, he set a club record of 130 points. “Well, we had such a powerful team,” says Boisvert. “We were deep at every position so I can’t say it wasn’t surprising… but we were powerful. We won a lot of games and won back-to-back
championships my second and third years which was really fantastic for everybody.”
Following his time with the Colts, Boisvert played for Ohio State, a team known more for football and basketball. He says that the popularity for hockey there was just on the upswing. “The difference between then and now is crazy,” he says. “And I guess our hockey team had an impact on that. When I ﬁrst went there, they were building an arena for the hockey team and basketball team and that was one of the reasons I went there. But you could tell hockey was up and coming there.”
From there he got to travel as part of the Canadian National Team. “It was a bitter-sweet experience in a way,” he remembers. “I signed with Atlanta out of college and they decided to send me there to work on my skating. It turned out to be a tremendous year. Calgary is a phenomenal city and it
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Turning pro the following year with the Orlando Solar Bears of the IHL, the team went all the way, winning the last ever Turner Cup over Steve Maltais’ Chicago Wolves team making the win even sweeter. After playing several years in the AHL, the possibility of playing in Germany came up. “I wasn’t overly thrilled in the beginning but I was excited and curious about the opportunity so we made our way there. Yes there was culture shock at ﬁrst. But I was lucky enough to have my wife and daughter with me and that made it a lot easier. It’s deﬁnitely not for everybody but for us, we made the best of it and
we’ve been there ever since.” The 37 year-old Boisvert says that redeﬁning his role on the team and transitioning his game has led to his longevity. He was a goal scorer in junior and at the college level, but to stay in the AHL, he had to become a two-way player. When he went to Germany, he was again expected to score. Now, a little older, he has adapted yet again. “I’m more of a two-way guy again and take pride in killing penalties and trying to help the team in any way I can like trying to win big face-offs,” says Boisvert. “In hockey, you have to adjust and that’s what I’ve learned from it.” He visits the Cornwall area whenever possible to see family and still remembers his time with the Colts. “We won so many games,” he says. “It was so much fun to be with a good bunch of guys and have so much success. In team sports, when you have success, everything goes so much smoother and things are just so much enjoyable. But for me, playing in Cornwall for the Colts was just a dream. With the success we had, it was tough not to enjoy the time we had here.”
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He also sees playing the tournament at home as a huge advantage. “It’s a bonus,” says Dewar, “because we’ll have that home crowd behind us if we need that extra push.”
t’s been quite a year for Ryan Dewar. In his ﬁrst year studying Biology at Bishop’s University he was named rookie of the year for his play with the Gaiters men’s ﬁeld lacrosse team.
Dewar has been playing lacrosse since he was a tyke, and he obviously knows the game quite well now, but that wasn’t always the case.
Fast forward just a bit, and he returns home for the summer and takes on the role of captain of the Cornwall Celtics Jr. “C” lacrosse team and also ﬁnishes up as the regular season as the team’s leading scorer with 20 goals and 27 assists for 47 points in 13 games.
Playing the two forms of lacrosse has helped Dewar by allowing him to develop different, but complimentary skills. Field lacrosse, being more open, allows you to learn where you need to be. Box lacrosse, played in a smaller area, forces you to learn how to do what’s necessary to get there. It’s hard to argue with the results. Now, as the Celtics prepare for what they hope will be a long playoff run, Dewar is hoping that the best is still yet to come. He’s come a long way from the young boy who, when he started out, didn’t even know what lacrosse was. Judging by the success so far this season, he seems to have ﬁgured it out.
When he ﬁrst agreed to play lacrosse, Ryan Dewar didn’t even know what lacrosse was, he was just following his brother. He’s been playing the game ever since, and was the Celtics leading scorer, and team Photo by Terry Tinkess captain this season.
“Me and my brother are pretty tight,” says Dewar, “and I was into baseball as a kid and one summer he says ‘I want to play lacrosse,’ and I didn’t even know what lacrosse was and I said I’m playing too. We got signed up and that’s how it started, gave up baseball and played lacrosse.”
It’s hard to believe, but fall and the return to school isn’t really that “I think it turned out a lot better The Celtics are hosting the Meredith far off, and the change of seasons than I expected,” says Dewar. “We Cup Provincial championship will see Dewar again transition, this lost a lot of older guys from last year, tournament this year and as host team time wrapping up his season with the but we also had a bunch of guys from are guaranteed a spot, but according Celtics by August 18 and returning our midget team come up and we did to Dewar, they want to prove they to training camp with the Bishop’s really well in our midget Provincials. deserve to be there. Gaiters on August 23. There really We went to the quarterﬁnals in the “We don’t want to go in there isn’t a lot of downtime when you “B” division and we’re usually like a thinking ‘Oh well, we’re already play both ﬁeld and box lacrosse, but “C” team kind of thing. here,” says Dewar. “We’ve won this the friendships you build and the “A lot of young kids came out and division the last two years and we awards you win, seem to make it all we were right back to where we were. want to three-peat, kind of thing. If worthwhile. It was a lot of fun.” you don’t win your way in, it kind of makes you look bad and we’re not
Continued from page 12 trainers put it, learning how to sail Poon from Ottawa at the Quebec is only ﬁve per cent of what you should do; the other ninety-ﬁve Fireball Open Championship. per cent is physical endurance and The event was hosted by Pointquick reaction. Sailing teaches Claire Yacht Club and the Canadian the boys and girls a discipline and Fireball Association arranged for a cooperation; they learn to care boat to be available for them. The about their equipment and to care camaraderie was overwhelming for about each other. the cadets who had the wonderful Many parents might wonder chance to learn from the best. where they would get so enough Sailing may seem like a summer money to send their son or daughter sport but it involves a solid yearsailing? They certainly aren’t the round training. As one of Mark’s
ﬁrst parents to ask themselves this question. The cadets’ movement, however, provides a rare opportunity for the children to learn at no cost and even get a certiﬁcate while training. It is well worth the effort.
As for Mark and Lucas, they came fourth at the provincial sea cadets regatta in June of 2013 and are going to team-up again for the National Sea Cadets Regatta in Kingston, from August 19-24.
Who knows, maybe forty-ﬁve Whether sailing will be a years from now a mom somewhere lifetime passion or simply leave in Australia will wonder that the the memories of few incredible yachtsmen from as far away as summers is up to each child, but Canada have come to race with they will love the opportunity to her boys and girls. Until then let the wind be in your sails! have tried it.
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he U-11 Blazer girls team travelled to Kingston on July 6-7 and came home as champions. Their ﬁrst round robin game saw them winning 3-0 against league rivals, OSU white. In their second game they added another win against Newmarket, scoring ﬁve times on the way to a 5-0 victory. The third round robin game ended in a 1-1 tie against the Cataraqui Clippers, but it positioned the Blazers in top spot heading into the semi-ﬁnals where they would face Vaughn. According to coach, Cory MacCrimmon, the semi-ﬁnal game was fast-paced and very nerve wrecking for the parents but even more so for the girls who still managed to
keep their head in the game as regular time would not determine a winner.
Penalty shots would determine which team would move on to the championship game. The Blazers dominated the shootout and earned their spot in the ﬁnals to meet Kingston United. Once again the girls conquered the soccer ﬁeld, defeating Kingston United 3-0 for the Championship title. “We are very proud of all the hard work and determination showed through the tournament. A big thank you to all the parents for cheering the girls on,” said MacCrimmon. The U-11 Blazers are part of the Eastern Ontario District Soccer Association.
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With the hot weather and sunshine I ﬁgured a column about the NHL would help remind us how cool it’s going to be this fall and winter. Former Cornwall Colts star Jesse Winchester is once again NHL bound. He signed a two way deal with the Florida Panthers on July 5th and is now looking forward to training camp in September. Don’t worry about the “two way” part of the contract, Winchester won’t spend a day in the minors. That provision is there because he’s coming off a serious injury and the team is only hedging it’s bet. He’ll be relied up on to win faceoffs, win battles in the corners and along the boards and kill penalties. He’ll also provide some timely offence
and helps the Panthers’ depth. Winchester played 233 games for the Senators, here’s hoping he plays that many (or more) in Florida.
Random thoughts…Remi Elie of Green Valley, was a Dallas Stars pick (40th overall) in this year’s NHL draft. He’s a future NHLer… the last Cornwall Royals player to score 100 points is now an assistant coach with the Kingston Frontenacs. Jeff Reid will join Todd Gill behind the OHL team’s bench this season. That solidiﬁes the Cornwall connection with the Fronts (Doug Gilmour is the GM). Reid scored his 100th point with an assist in the Royals ﬁnal regular season game in 91-92…thumbs up to the Cornwall Girls Hockey Association and their 3-on-3 program…and ﬁnally, the Colts have started the work to successfully host the 2015 Fred Page Cup. Congrats on getting the nomination.
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Can you tell by the smiles that this team just won a championship? Front row: Chloeanne Seguin. Middle (L -R): Anabelle Ferland, Samantha Graveley, Melanie Guindon, Jazmine Leroux, Ashley MacCrimmon, Alexandra Aubin, Back (L -R): Coach Angela Aubin, Abigail Lemieux, Manager Laura Contant, Gabrielle Davidson-Adams, Alex Rivette, Coach Cory MacCrimmon, Michaela Contant, Olivia Decoeur
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ﬁt. You have no advantage being 6’ 4” over a player who is 5’ 4”. It’s all about talent.”
where everybody helps everybody else out, so no one ends up getting The Celtics get their ﬁrst taste of burnt. Our offense is about moving playoff action in the second round and moving the ball. against Whitby in a tightly compressed “They can’t come in and say ‘We schedule with games one and four in have to key on so-and-so,’ because Cornwall, while games two and three we don’t have one. We’ve got ﬁve will be in Whitby. They know it will of them on the ﬂoor. We have a wellbe a battle, but they’ve won before balance attack, and our primary motto and see no reason why they can’t do is never be outworked. it again. One thing you notice as you watch If the Celtics needed any more the Celtics on the ﬂoor is that they motivation, they received another are quick, but they aren’t an overly bit of good news recently when they large team. According to Lauzon, learned that the Ontario Lacrosse that hasn’t been a problem. Association (OLA) awarded Brendon “Lacrosse is all about speed,” says Labelle the league’s defensive MVP Lauzon. “The big guys have their award, while the Celtics coaching roll to play, but you could have a staff were recognized with the coach professional lacrosse player at 150 of the year award. A championship lbs. It’s all about moving the ball, would only serve to make those good shot, being intelligent and being awards even better.
Long Sault’s Brett Liscomb Finds Adventures Through Hockey By Morley Seaver
f Brett Liscomb’s hockey career were to end today, he would have thousands of memories to look back on. The former member of the Cornwall Colts eventually became a member of the Windsor Spitﬁres of the OHL. And he’s been on the move ever since, scoring goals and seeing the world. “I was pretty excited when I went to Windsor,” he remembers. “Everything happened so quickly to be honest with you. Even though I lived away from home the year before, going to Windsor, which was nearly seven hours away, was a new experience. I had a great training camp though. We had a great group of guys and I started off really well scoring in my ﬁrst OHL game. We had a half-decent team ﬁnishing up in eighth. We played London in the ﬁrst round and they swept us. But I think I led all rookies in scoring that year and that included Steve Downey who I actually lived with for the ﬁrst year.” After two and a half years in Windsor, Liscomb was traded to Ottawa in exchange for Brian Bickell. He says that coming back to his familiar surroundings was “pretty incredible. I grew up watching the 67’s and hearing about Killer and the history of the organization. It was pretty exciting and it was nice for my family that they didn’t have to travel very far and they could come and see every game. Every Friday night, there’d be my aunts and uncles and my grandmother and parents watching me play.”
Liscomb came back as an overager the following year and then became a member of the X-Men of St Francis Xavier University where he continued his 67’s reputation as a point-a-game player. After a year and a half however, he decided that he would be better served by starting his pro career right away and signed with the Johnstown Chiefs.
they’d be in the dressing room, in the bus, with us when we went out anywhere. It was deﬁnitely an experience.” Liscomb’s career then took another interesting turn. “A guy from Cornwall had played in Australia ﬁve or six years before that,” he says. “He had always told about how much fun he had and what a great experience it was. A goaltender friend of mine and I were kind of bouncing the idea around of going to Australia for the summer and found out his assistant coach actually used to run a development camp there.
Bad luck played a part when a newly-signed coach brought in all his own players in training camp and most of the other players were released. Liscomb opted for Tulsa but then ended up getting injured in his ﬁrst game. When “So we told him we were he returned, the lineup was pretty interested and he made a few much set and he had a hard time calls to a few teams and we ended working back into the lineup. up going together to Adelaide. “I ended up going to Huntsville, Hockey is a bit different there Alabama from there,” he says, because they obviously don’t “and we had a good year. I scored have the state of the art rinks that some big goals and we ended we have here. There are a lot of up winning the championship old buildings. Some don’t even have glass, just wire mesh.” actually.” Since the league was countrywide, the upside of the experience was that team got to indulge in some traveling. “For example, if we were playing in Perth which would be a six-hour plane ride, we would leave on a Monday if we “They ﬁlmed the team for the were playing Friday or Saturday. whole season,” he says “and we We’d get to travel for the week won another championship there. and ﬂy back with the team after We had a really dominant team. the game. I think we lost only 10 games or “It was a great way to travel. so all year. But it was deﬁnitely different. You had to be cautious Our team lost in the ﬁrst round about some of the things you said but it was a great experience. It because no matter what you say, was a great group of guys and your words could be used in some the coach was actually from different context. You got used to Saskatchewan. So it was nice to it after awhile and wouldn’t even have a Canadian dynamic around know they were there because the team, which made it more After playing for Pensacola for one year, Liscomb signed on with the New Jersey Outlaws where they were ﬁlming a reality show about the larger than life characters on the team.
comfortable. And Australians are typically passionate about their sports and they just continue that into hockey.” Liscomb then returned to the Southern Professional Hockey League where he’s played the last several years. “I’ve been very fortunate to do what I do,” he says. “The area here has a strong contingent of pro hockey players. I think growing up and everybody pushing each other…. we all wanted to be better than each other. Even though we all took different routes, overall we’re very appreciative of what we’re able to do because we understand that not everybody is able to do this for a living.” “A large chunk of thanks has to go back to my parents. Without their support, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’ve done. Countless hours in the rink…I know all that’s cliché but it couldn’t be any closer to the truth.”
Sports Energy’s Guide to Sporting Organizations in The Greater Cornwall Area
AIR GLIDERS ...................................................................... Jean Juneau ............... 613-932-5103 ........firstname.lastname@example.org Rachelle Davis ............ 613-935-4714 ........email@example.com AQUATICS Sea Lions Swim Club .............................................................................................................................................................www.cornwallsealions.ca BASEBALL/SOFTBALL Cornwall District Minor Baseball ................... Susan Poirier .............. 613-936-8827 .............................................................www.cornwallminorbaseball.com Cornwall Optimist Minor Softball ................ Jean Roy Monique Sauve Roy ... 613-938-2026 ........firstname.lastname@example.org ........www.cornwalloptimistsoftball.ca Cornwall Kinsmen Minor Girls Softball ....... Mike Turcotte ............. 613-933-3837 ............................................................www.kmgs.ca Ladies Fastball Fith Wheel 18 Wheelers, ..... Brian Tardiff ............... 613-938-2950 Navy Club Mens Fastball ............................... David James ............... 613-930-0033 BASKETBALL United Counties Minor Basketball ................. Brad DeRochie ............ 613-938-0533 .............................................................www.cornwallbasketball.com BOWLING Olympia Bowl .................................................................................... 613-932-8421 BOXING East Side Community Boxing Club ................ Jorge Luis................... 613-933-5618 EQUESTRIAN Holly Hill Farm .............................................. Kate/Robbie Mac Intyre ......613-931-2493 St Georges Equestrian .................................. Suzanne Lacroix Whispering Meadows ................................... Allison Blair St Thomas Rose Quarter Horses ..................................... Karen Aitken Sarabeau Stables .......................................... Sandy Marcellus Upper Scotch Farm ....................................... Kelley Ferguson Drogheda Manor ........................................... Garry Meek FIGURE SKATING Skate Cornwall .............................................. Karin Touchette........... 613-936-9290 .............................................................www.skatecornwall.ca Can-Skate Learn to Skate .............................. Karin Touchette........... 613-936-9290 .............................................................www.skatecornwall.ca FOOTBALL Cornwall Men’s Flag Football......................... Jonathan Campeau ..... 613-551-4605 Cornwall Minor Football Association ............. Rod Simpson .............. 613-936-2888 .............................................................www.cornwallwildcats.ca GOLF Archie’s Family Golf Centre ............................................................... 613-932-8255 .............................................................www.archiesgolf.com Cornwall Golf & Country Club ........................................................... 613-931-1122 .............................................................www.cornwallgolf.com Heritage Golf Club ............................................................................ 613-347-3738 Summerheights Golf Links............................ Katie MacLennan Andrews .....613-938-8009 ........ KatieAndrews@summerheightsgolf.com .... www.summerheightsgolf.com Upper Canada Golf Course ................................................................ 613-543-2003 .............................................................www.uppercanadagolf.com GYMNASTICS Cornwall Gymnastics Club ............................ Tammy Mcallister ....... 613-933-4356 .............................................................www.cornwallgymnasticsclub.com HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONS Akwesasne Minor Hockey Association .......... Mark Terrance............. 315-250-0287 ........email@example.com Alexandria Minor Hockey Association ........... Kevin Ctaig ................. 613-551-2698 ........firstname.lastname@example.org CharLan Minor Hockey Association .............. Bruce McRae .............. 613-347-3406 ........email@example.com Cornwall Minor Hockey Association .............. Brian Caskenette ......... 613-933-8586 ........firstname.lastname@example.org NGS Minor Hockey Association .................... Chad Brownlee ........... 613-984-0410 ........email@example.com South Stormont Minor Hockey Association .... Brad Maloney ............. 613-346-0888 ........hockeymanager@firstname.lastname@example.org Seaway Valley “AA” Minor Hockey Association .... Blair Fitzpatrick ........... 613-933-0026 ........email@example.com Cornwall Colts Junior A Hockey .................... Ian MacInnis ............... 613-930-9300 .............................................................www.colts.on.ca Cornwall Girls Hockey Association ................ Rod McLeod ....................................................................................................www.cornwallgirlshockey.com Cornwall Women’s Recreational Hockey League .... Sylvie Jans .......................................................... firstname.lastname@example.org Cornwall River Kings ..................................... Al Wagar ..................... 613-935-6219 .............................................................Riverking@live.ca Cornwall River Kings ..................................... Brianna Trudeau.......... 613-935-6219 .............................................................Riverking@live.ca Cornwall Minor Ball Hockey League .............. Gerry Sommerville...... 613-703-9183 ........email@example.com ....................www.cornwalloptimistminorballhockeyleague.com Cornwall Women’s Ball Hockey League......... Dominique Laroche .... 613-936-2020 ........firstname.lastname@example.org Cornwall Men’s Ball Hockey League .............. Mitch Gagne ............... 613-932-4471 Cornwall Men’s Draft Ball Hockey League ..... Randy Lafave .............. 613-936-9272 JIU JITSU CLUB Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club .................................. Stephen Lefebvre ........ 613-930-5489 ........email@example.com KARATE Seaway Karate............................................... Jim Riddell ................. 613-534-2042 ........firstname.lastname@example.org.........www.seawaykarateclub.com JJS Kenpo Karate .......................................... Brenda Saucier ........... 613-577-0299 ........email@example.com LACROSSE Cornwall Minor Lacrosse .............................. Terry Turcotte ............. 613-937-3354 .............................................................www.cornwallminorlacrosse.ca SOCCER Kinsmen Minor Soccer Association .................................................. 613-938-1545 .............................................................www.seawayvalleysoccer.com S.D.&G. Blazers ............................................ Mike Gilligan ............... 613-938-1545 .............................................................www.seawayvalleysoccer.com Cornwall & District Soccer ............................ Chris Smith................. 613-931-2176 Sports Energy is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided on this page. If your sports organization would like to be included in this page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If your organization is listed and information should be updated, please forward current information.
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Sports Energy’s Guide to Sporting Organizations in The Greater Cornwall Area
Cornwall Indoor Soccer ................................ Frank Chartrand .......... 613-933-5103 SOCCER Cornwall City Soccer ..................................... Frank Chartrand .......... 613-933-5103 Glengarry Soccer League .............................. Stephanie VanLoon..........................................................................................email@example.com Youth Indoor Soccer League ......................... Frank Chartrand .......... 613-933-5103 OTHER SPORTS Big Ben Ski Hill and Snowboarding ............... Jack Ruest .................. 613-933-6377 613-933-3586 Cornwall Blue Chargers ................................. David James ............... 613-938-4793 Cornwall Curling Club ................................... Scott MacDonald ........ 613-936-2027 Cornwall Multisport Club .............................. Rob Allen .........................................................................................................www.cornwallmultisportclub.com Cornwall Outdoor Club de Plein Air ................................................... 613-534-8855 .............................................................www.cornwalloutdoorclub.ca Cornwall Rugby Club .................................... Bill Swinden ................ 613-932-1273 Cougars Track and Field ................................ Ceri Timbrell ............... 613-537-9681 .............................................................www.cornwallcougars.org Sports Energy is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided on this page. If your sports organization would like to be included in this page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If your organization is listed and information should be updated, please forward current information.
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hether you’re a ﬁt and fabulous athlete or a working-on-it weekend warrior, it’s comforting to know there’s some place local that’ll take care of you from head (aches) to (turf) toe. “Our athletes come to the clinic with a wide array of injuries from headaches to turf toe. The most common conditions we deal with day to day would be sprains and strains ranging from mild muscle aches to full ligaments tears such as ACL tears in the knee,” says Dr. Kylie Draper who with Dr. Joel Leger owns and operate Cornwall SC+. Bonus? Both doctors are more than a bit familiar with an athlete’s often-unique health challenges and concerns. Dr. Draper is a former competitive ﬁgure skater and a longtime volunteer ﬁgure skating coach in the area. Dr. Leger has been the team chiropractor and therapist for the Akwesasne Wolves Junior hockey team and the OVFL WildCats football club. The spine clinic’s team of healthcare professionals focuses on the non-surgical conservative management of joint, muscle, tendon, ligament and fascia injuries of the body. Some of those injuries may be prevented with biomechanical screenings, running assessments, and golf
And again, as with most health issues, prevention is the key. “As chiropractors, we are known for having great results treating back pain, neck pain and headaches. What most people do not know is that we have extensive schooling in the anatomy, biomechanics and treatment of all muscles and joints of the body. This allows us to work with athletes to not only Dr. Kylie Draper Dr. Joel Leger Megan Crossthwaite help them recover from physical injuries but to help prevent future realm of practice is needed occurrences,” Dr. Leger. assessments. such as surgical consultation As with any type of health or psychological counselling, a While much of the clinic’s concern, treatment of sportsprompt referral is made,” adds Dr. clientele consist of tri-athletes, related injuries and wellness issues Draper. cyclists, football and hockey is rarely one-size ﬁts all. The headline grabbing issue players, golfers, dancers, and “Every individual is different of concussions in sports hasn’t competitive weightlifters, the and physical dysfunctions vary escaped the concern, or treatment, Spine Clinic Plus’s owners are from person to person,” says Dr. of the spine clinic’s pros either, quick to reiterate its help is not Draper. “Because of this, there is propelling the popularity of the limited to this segment of the no magical blue print for treating clinic’s comprehensive pre- population. all athletes- this applies for a nonconcussion screening program. athlete, as well.” “The majority of the patient The program, explains Dr. population consists of people of Following a thorough Draper, provides an important varying ages and activity levels,” assessment by one of the clinic’s baseline data regarding balance, explains Dr. Léger. “These chiropractic doctors, a treatment reaction time, and mental status. individuals are often treated for job plan, based on variables including | “That information is gathered related injuries, postural strains, the sport involved, type of injury, in the pre-season for contact and motor vehicle accident injuries or the athlete’s age, conditioning non-contact sport athletes. This weekend warrior type aches and level, previous history of injury, baseline data is then used as a pains.” is recommended. That tailored reference to ensure a safe and plan may include chiropractic wannabees, or efﬁcient return to play for player Athletes, adjustments, rehabilitative suffering from concussions during everyday folks dealing with exercises, medical acupuncture, the season. We also provide everyday aches and pains, their sports massage therapy, orthotic treatment for athletes suffering health goals are shared ones, devices, orthopaedic bracing, from post-concussion syndrome, according to Dr. Leger. “Optimal patient education or a combination where neck pain and headaches can wellness and prevention care is of the above. linger long after other concussion common for both athletes and “If treatment outside of our symptoms have subsided.” non-athletes alike.”
The Cornwall Multisport Club is Calling Your Name By Jan Murray
n the spring of 2005 Cornwall became the home of a new Multisport Club. The motivation behind the club was to get people to participate in physical activity. Their main focus is on running, sports related triathlon, meeting new people who share common interests and most importantly, to have fun.
Monday evenings in St. Andrew’s there are ‘duathlon sessions’ where members begin with a short 1-2km run followed by a 10-15km bike ride and ﬁnish off with another run. Wednesday nights are for ‘personal best run sessions’. Organized by Rob Allen, this run workout is for group members who meet up at various locations in Cornwall, depending on the type of workout they are looking for. Some might be looking to run hills, while others might chose trails. On Friday night they offer ‘Open Water Swim’ in the St. Lawrence River behind the Heritage High School.
“There are no expectations,” explains president Rick Croney. “We just want people to enjoy the sports of running and multisport. Members can expect to ﬁnd themselves surrounded by helpful, eager, positive people Now if you are a bit of a couch who enjoy challenging themselves to potato, don’t fret just yet. You can accomplish new things.” do this. The multisport club holds a Currently, the club has 325 ‘learn to run clinic’ that is designed members and they are expecting to to get new runners prepared for a 5K reach 380 before year’s end. Some run. The club is loaded with members members prefer to train on their own, willing to help and encourage each while others train in group training other to reach their own personal sessions taking advantage of other goals, no matter what your abilities may be. member’s ability to motivate.
There are many upcoming events that you could test the waters with. For example, on September 2 there is the ‘Labour Day Chase’ and on September 21, the ‘CMC Duathlon’.
Almost all events are open to anyone in the community. Only open water swim training and duathlon training are for members only due to liability insurance issues. Becoming a member is simple, and affordable with family membership at $80 and single membership priced at $40. When you consider there are over 15 events each year, it is well worth the investment. The club also offers three certiﬁed triathlon club coaches, who offer free clinics and coaching sessions to members. Croney is proud to have his whole family involved in the club. “The ﬁve of us all run and my wife, our oldest son and I all do triathlons. Also I am in a group of six members who are training for Ironman Triathlons in
either Lake Placid, or Mont Tremblant this summer.” The club boasts many successes over the years. Their members include numerous Boston Marathon qualiﬁers and ﬁnishers in 2013, such as Wendy Henry, Glen Campbell and Terry Lauzon, World Ironman Triathlon qualiﬁer and ﬁnisher, Dan Contant, World Ironman 70.3 qualiﬁers, Dan Contant who ﬁnished in 2012 and Chris Belair who will attend in 2013 as well as Emma Saaltink and Caroline SamsonBelair, World International Triathlon Union qualiﬁer, Susan Kersley who will compete in 2013 London and 50 State Marathon runner, Wendell Lafave. The six training with Croney for the upcoming triathlons are Dan Contant, Chris Belair, Gary Easton, Terry Lauzon and Caroline Samson-Belair. Wouldn’t you like your name to be among them? For more information about the club please visit their website: www.cornwallmultisportclub.com
Karate Komments: Summer Training Drills By Jim Riddell
ummer presents a challenge for many martial artists. With family vacations, seasonal sports and various other fun outdoor events and activities, there is often little or no time for their martial art. Honestly, most of us would rather be on our deck, by a pool or at the beach than sweating in class. Like many other clubs, Seaway Karate shuts down in July and August. This gives our members the summer off to participate in other activities, and return in September rejuvenated. At our last class in June, we always provide a half dozen or so drills to our group that they may want to try during the summer. These drills are fun and
innovative, can be practised alone, take able to lean back, puts stress on the upper no more than a minute or two each, thigh and hip muscles. and will maintain or even improve their 4) Multiple kick drill – slowly execute present skills. a front kick, then a side kick, then a back Here are a few of this summer’s training kick, and ﬁnally a roundhouse kick – all without placing your foot back down. variations – 1) Balance drill #1- with your hands in front of you, in an on – guard position, lift your right leg until your thigh is parallel with the ﬂoor. Slowly lean forward, then back, then side to side. Change legs and repeat.
2) Balance drill #2 – Again with knee up and thigh parallel to the ﬂoor as in our ﬁrst drill, take a book, magazine or newspaper (Sports Energy works very well) and read a paragraph. Change legs and repeat.
5) Water drill – being up to your neck in a body of water, you will get a resistance through almost the entire range of your punches, kicks, blocks, and strikes.
6) While watching TV – choose a show with a lot of dialogue, and choose a few common words such as the, is, a, and execute either a kick or a punch each time one of these words is used. This conditions your reﬂexes to respond to an audio stimulis. Now change the drill to throwing a combination each time the scene or camera angle changes. This creates a reﬂexive response to a visual stimulus.
3) Seated front kick drill – lift your knee and extend your kick out, keeping it as high as possible. Keep those toes curled KARATE QUOTE: You can’t do the back, holding the kick at full extension for a few seconds before slowly retracting. same things, day in and day out, and Be careful not to overdo it, as not being expect different results.
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Hey Golfers Let’s Talk Posture Dr. Joel Leger – Chiropractor, Acupuncture Provider, TPI golf certiﬁed Cornwall Spine Care Plus
ebster’s deﬁnes the word posture as ‘the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose’. In our scenario – during a golf game – our posture is assumed for a special purpose. Our chances of hitting the ball straighter, longer, and more consistently dramatically improve if we have the correct posture before, during, and after our swing. If we address the ball with poor and inefﬁcient postures, not only are we decreasing our ability to generate club head speed and hence golf ball distance but we are creating poor movement patterns that will lead to uneven wear and tear within the spine and extremities. Two common problematic golf postures exist – the ‘S-posture’ (Figure 1) and the ‘C-posture’ (Figure 2). Referencing Figures 1 and 2, we can quickly see that the S and C postures look like their alphabetic descriptor. With the S-posture, the golfer creates too much arch in the low back thereby over stressing the posterior elements of the spine and relaxing the all-
important abdominal musculature. This leads to a tight and sore lower back and decreases our ability to use the pelvis to create torque and power. In the C-posture, the golfer rounds his or her shoulder and the mid-back is ﬂexed forward. This tends to decrease the golfer’s ability to rotate his or her spine throughout the golf swing. Our posture plays a critical role in determining which parts of our body will or will not have the ability to ﬂex, extend, and rotate. Come see one of our TPI golf certiﬁed health professionals at Cornwall Spine Care Plus to create long lasting spinal health and improve your swing for the long-term. Cornwall Spine Care Plus, 117 Eleventh Street West, Cornwall, ON 613-938-1000 www.spinecareplus.ca
Golfer in S-Posture.
Golfer in C-Posture.
Drive For A Cure Connects With Many
By Terry Tinkess
he statement that Cancer touches everyone could not be more accurate. Think about it for a second: perhaps you have been recently diagnosed with some form of cancer, or maybe you are a survivor, having already undergone treatment. Maybe you have a friend, a loved one, or even just an acquaintance who is battling the disease. For most people, you don’t have to look very far to ﬁnd a life that has been impacted by Cancer. On August 28, the eighth annual Drive for a Cure golf tournament will take place at the Cornwall Golf and Country Club. The tournament features an 11 a.m. shotgun start, and your $175 registration fee includes breakfast, golf, a cart and dinner. The net proceeds of the event are used by the Canadian Cancer Society to support the S. D. G PrescottRussell transportation program. Bruce Grant, one of the members of the tournament organizing committee explains how the tournament came into being. “Some of us who have lost family members, and who are also golfers, got together and decided that this might be a good way to raise some money and still have some enjoyment,” says Grant. One of the beneﬁts of using golf as a fundraiser is that there is really no age restriction and there isn’t necessarily a skill requirement either because there aren’t really any big prizes for golf overall. “There are good prizes,” says Grant, “but they are more for things like longest drive, closest to the hole, things that anyone might have a chance at.” There are also a number of draws, and a silent auction. According to Grant, support from the community has been good. “We usually raise around the $20,000.00
Part of the reason for the success of Drive for a Cure is due to the strength of their organizing committee, some of whom are shown here at a recent planning meeting. (L-R) Paul Boosamra, Bob Piteau, Frank Holiday, Debbie Smith, Bill Dickie and Bruce Grant. Other committee members include former NHL goaltender Billy Smith, Nolan Quinn, Ryan Petrynka, Sharon Duffy, Cindy Kanner, Andre Pommier, Johneen Rennie and Bruce Wiccham.
Photo by Terry Tinkess.
mark, and most of it goes for transportation, taking patients to and from treatments, people who can’t drive themselves.” If you aren’t able to be one of the 144 golfers in the tournament, the Cancer Society is also grateful for the donation of prizes that can become a part of the silent auction. These can be dropped off at the Canadian Cancer Society ofﬁce at 837 Pitt St. Unit #1. Various other sponsorship opportunities are also available. Dealing with a life-threatening illness can frequently lead to depression and the feeling of helplessness. Having an event like this allows for people to feel that they are a part of a “team” with a common goal. “I guess it makes people feel good to try and do something about it,” says Grant. “Mostly we’re pretty helpless, when you get Cancer, what can you do? You just do what people tell you, what the doctors tell you. This is kind of a way to help to combat it.”
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NEW YORK CAFE SERVES UP CHAMPIONSHIP ACES
trip to the championship was courtesy of the players’ parent’s cars…and rides by supportive fans. Not that any of that seemed to matter to the team or organizers.
By Gisele Grignon
efore going on to a much lauded career as a Toronto Star Sports writer, Frank Orr covered sports for the Standard Freeholder, traveling with Cornwall’s New York Café Aces softball team up to New Liskeard for the 1958 Ontario Juvenile Softball Championship. He didn’t hold back on his assessment of the hometown team:
“We were a family. Still feel that way about those guys,” admits McDonald. He got a chance to catch up with most of those “family” members, in 2011, for the Aces 25th reunion. Among those attending the event were McDonald, Larry Keen, Jack Murphy, Wayne McGlynn, Verne Montgomery, Gilles Leger, Bob Jamieson, Marcel Leduc, Doug Carpenter, Johnny Heward, Yvon Cyr and Pat Rowe.
“The classy, cocky, conﬁdent New York Café Aces have invaded the northern Ontario team on Friday.” Jim McDonald paints the softball team’s attitude with much the same stroke: “We were conﬁdent, very conﬁdent.” Even with the pressure of living up to that kind of lofty reputation? McDonald, doesn’t hesitate a moment. “We knew we were the best.
The team again paid tribute to their shortstop and pitcher, Jacques Richard, who at just 18, tragically drowned near Sudbury. Just a year after their teammate’s death, the players each pitched in $5.00 for a trophy to honour Cornwall’s top junior athletes.
We really played some really good teams from the south, like Toronto for instance.” And as Orr put it, “invade” they did: “We beat Haileybury 21-1 that Friday night,” recalls McDonald. By the fourth inning, they faced a challenge that even a dugout-full conﬁdence couldn’t have prepped them for: a freak Thanksgiving weekend snowstorm and 27 degrees F. “It was so cold we had to wear gloves under our gloves, and long underwear,” says McDonald. Even plummeting temperatures couldn’t freeze them out of the championships. “We showed them right off the bat.
We got three runs the ﬁrst inning and were just glad to get out of the cold,” then four and then six. The Haileybury says McDonald. team was not as good as what we had Not bad for a team made up of faced down here.” small town, mostly 17 year-olds who One of the highlights of that game doubled as the grounds crew back recalls McDonald, was the show put home, divvying up their ﬁeld time on by team founder, coach and pitcher, between practicing and raking the Larry Keen. “He threw a no-hitter that inﬁeld. Financial backing back then ﬁrst game and we just whipped them,” was skimpy at best: New York Café recalls McDonald, who was also owner Jack Lee provided uniforms the New York Ace’s baseball team’s and equipment but the team’s traveling and miscellaneous expenses-from batting champ with a .486 average. meals to motel rooms-were covered “The Saturday afternoon game we by the teenaged players themselves, or beat them 12 -9. A little closer, but we through fundraising efforts. Even the
Today, McDonald, who passed on softball following a bout with mono when he was in his 50’s, has taken up another of the sports he excelled at: hockey. “It’s great to be back in the dressing room again,” laughs McDonald, who also stays ﬁt by working out ﬁve days a week. “But these guys I’m playing hockey with are in their 20s and 30s so I’ve learned the trick to it: I stay out of their way.” Which isn’t to say his conﬁdence levels from his New York Café Aces days have dipped much: “I really miss hitting that ball. I go back to the games they have today and I feel like I could be out there. I just turned 72 but I certainly don’t feel it.”
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