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Cornwall Colts Edition…Mark Williams

force make better decisions. “I really enjoy what I do and the people I work with. I am lucky to have been assigned to a great organization,” says Williams.


ark Williams, originally from Potsdam, New York, became a local face playing for the Cornwall Colts. Before his time with the Colts, Williams recalls his passion for hockey starting at a young age. “My earliest hockey memories are of skating on my backyard rink, with my siblings, that my father built every year,” says Williams.

Williams enjoys his job, and is also enjoying married life. “I just got married to my wonderful wife, Kristen, this past June in Cornwall,” says Williams. “We currently live in St. Louis, Missouri, so we look forward to going home and spending time with our families. However, we are enjoying our time exploring St. Louis and taking advantage of what it has to offer.”

From his early days on the homemade rink, Williams improved his hockey game until landing his spot with the Cornwall Colts. He remembers his time with the team as a “great experience.”

In terms of his time on the rink, it’s gotten less since his Cornwall Colts days, but he hopes that one day he will have more involvement in hockey once again. “I still play in men’s league once a week, but it is pretty ugly these days. I am hoping to get back into volunteering with youth hockey some day,” says Williams.

“I met a lot of really nice people and got to play in a fun hockey town. I was fortunate to have been able to pursue my dream of playing college hockey in such a good organization,” says Williams. “The Colts’ staff helped me develop and mature on and off the ice. It enabled me to gain the confidence necessary to reach the next level.”

When recalling his days with the Colts, Williams has a handful of fond memories, from time spent with the team to specific games played with his team. “My favourite Colts’ memories have to do with spending time with my teammates and coaches, whether it was our secret Santa exchanges, road trips, or just hanging out,” says Williams. “My favourite hockey memory is playing in the Royal Bank Cup,

“In exchange for a free with a close second to my first game as a Colt in the Si Miller.” education, we have a five-year commitment in the Air Force After his time spent on the after graduation. Attending rink, Williams went as a cadet the Academy is definitely to the U.S. Air Force Academy. challenging, especially the first He received a scholarship, as all year, but I am glad I went,” says cadets who join the academy do, Williams. aiding in the purchase of books Now, Williams is an Operations and supplies, since cadets don’t have time for a part-time job Analyst for the U.S. Air Force, during training. The school itself which in basic terms means he uses math in order to help the has no tuition.


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Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School Michael Ryan, a Grade 12 student at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, is a student who knows how to successfully combine athletics and academics. He’s made the honour roll, every year, with an average above 80%. Michael participates in cross-country, track & field, and curling at Holy Trinity. He’s also been curling with the Cornwall Curling Club since Grade 6 and is a member of the Cornwall Multi-Sport Club. Michael enjoys running 5 km, 10 km, and half marathons with plans to expand to marathons and duathlons in the near future. Time management is something Michael is good at; with all his academics and athletics, he still manages to work part-time at Menchies. His goal for this September is to study Geology at the University of Ottawa and become a member of the Ottawa Gee-Gees’ track & field team. This is certainly a goal that the entire staff of Holy Trinity feels he will definitely achieve.

Jordan Canham Tagwi Secondary School Jordan Canham is a Grade 10 student at Tagwi Secondary School. From Avonmore, Jordan plays on the Tagwi junior volleyball, basketball, and soccer teams. He was named captain and MVP for both the basketball and volleyball teams in his Grade 9 year. He also competes in badminton and track and field. In his Grade 9 year, Jordan was named Tagwi’s Junior Male Athlete of the Year. Outside of school, Jordan played AA hockey from Grades 4-9 for the Seaway Valley Rapids and played volleyball for the Cornwall Vikings while in Grades 8 and 9. Jordan is currently playing volleyball for the Ottawa Mavericks HP team. Jordan’s favourite subjects are math and physical education, as well as science and he has been on the Tagwi honour roll since Grade 7. Jordan also helps out on his family farm and has taken his swimming qualifications to be a lifeguard and swimming instructor.

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Owen Byers is a Grade 7 student at Rothwell Osnabruck School, in Ingleside, with an undeniable passion for sports. He leads his teams no matter what the circumstance. As a defenceman for the South Stormont Selects peewee rep hockey team, his focus is on fiercely protecting his goalie. In the off-season he keeps fit by playing soccer for the township of South Stormont, while still having time to achieve his academic goals. Owen Byers has sported the RO colours for a couple of intermediate sports teams since the start of this school year, including soccer and volleyball. He intends to participate in all the sports that are available to him. Daily he demonstrates true Lancer pride by being a very well-rounded student, both academically and athletically and leading his cohort in House Events. According to his teachers, Owen is an outstanding student who always strives to do his best in everything.

Tyler Akins Char-Lan District High School Tyler Akins is a grade 12 student who played lacrosse at the U-19 World Lacrosse Challenge at Six Nations early this fall. Elite players came from across Canada to play on Team Atlantic Canada, Central Canada, or Canada West. Tyler excelled in the transition position on Team Atlantic and was scouted by the Brampton Junior A and the Toronto Beaches Junior A lacrosse teams. Tyler started lacrosse at the age of 3 and has played locally for the Cornwall Celtics and South Glengarry Highlanders. He has also played for the Ottawa Capitals.

Tyler has been influential in bringing lacrosse back to Char-Lan District High School. Last year, Char-Lan participated to two tournaments and brought the gold home from Peterborough. This year, Tyler continues to be a role model on and off the field. Congratulations, Tyler.

Our featured student is Hugo Caya, who is currently in grade 11 at L’Héritage. Hugo participates actively in a number of sports, including track and field and badminton. His passion, however, is volleyball; he has been an important member of the school’s team for a number of years and contributes positively to the team through his quiet leadership. His commitment to volleyball extends beyond school as he is a member Cornwall’s Vikings Volleyball Club. Besides being a gifted athlete, Hugo is an exceptional student. He is consistently on the honour roll and maintains one of the highest averages of his class. Furthermore, Hugo was awarded the Citizenship award for the 2014-2015 school year for his exemplary attitude and positive relationships with others. We are proud to call Hugo a Dragon, as he truly embodies the qualities we strive to develop in our student-athletes.

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


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Christian Seguin: Local Physiotherapist Heads to the Winter Youth Olympics ByMolly Kett


his February, Christian Seguin will be heading to the Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, as a physiotherapist. The Youth Olympics will run from February 12-21 for athletes ranging in age from 15 to 18, with Canada sending athletes for alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboard, bob sleigh, skeleton, luge, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice hockey, curling, and figure skating. The Youth Olympic Games is an elite sporting event, similar to the regular Olympics, for young athletes all over the world. These games are based on five main themes; Olympism, Social Responsibility, Skills Development, Expression and Well-being, and Healthy Lifestyles. “The games are meant to be educational for the athletes,” says Seguin. “The object for these games is to allow for as many countries to participate, regardless of their financial status or economical status, and the idea is to keep the cost down…

So there are going to be ten support staff for these games and only three medicals are going to be there. So we have a sports pediatrician coming from Alberta, Erika Persson and then we have Geneviève Renaud, a Sports Physiotherapist from Ottawa, and myself covering the athletes and the athletes are going to be from all over the world.” Seguin and the support staff will be leaving on February 7th, before the athletes arrive, to prepare their sites. Seguin will be preparing the clinic and from there they will be awaiting the athletes’ arrival. This year will be Seguin’s seventh major games. He thinks this is an important event for young athletes for many different reasons. “Athletes at this level often will do world championships and will have discovered the world of sport through their own discipline. For most of them, it will be their first exposure to a multi-disciplinary competition which means that it’s going to be the first time they will be able to see other games,” says Seguin. “That creates a certain animation and excitement, and also certain

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chaos. So it’s important for an athlete to be prepared, to be able to handle the stress and also the environment of a multidisciplinary game. Seguin says he’s “tremendously excited” and is ready to prepare for treating the athletes. “We get to prepare to be in contact with the athletes preexisting therapist so that we

can find out about their medical conditions, so that the medical care is going on the right way and that we can just take over their existing therapy,” says Seguin. “After that it becomes a waiting game.” Keep a lookout for an update on the Youth Winter Games, as we will be in contact with Christian during his time with the athletes.

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right away. It is an investment. You keep contributing and contributing, wisely and consistently, with the hopes that one day it will blossom into something magical. However, like a stock share or investment, sometimes it doesn’t. That is part of the magic for me. The mystery, knowing I have a say in my destiny and a fighting chance. But like anything else in life, nothing is guaranteed and that’s the challenge. Well, I love challenges. I am a fighter. I can’t explain it. I can’t sum it up in one sentence why I love this sport. If I had to, that sentence would be “I just do”. The moment I stepped inside a boxing gym, a feeling took over me. I just knew. I picked up the mechanics of boxing quickly and the fire I have for this sport burns bright. I strongly believe it was God’s will. It is my way of showing the world that anything is possible through faith, self-belief, and hard work. This is the tool God gave me to be a role model for others and I practice my trade every day to ensure the gifts God gave me do not go to waste.

The journey has not been without struggle. The purest thing about boxing is boxing itself. Everything else surrounding it is enough to break one’s will and move on to something else. I’m not one of those people. I wasn’t raised to be a quitter. When things get tough, I was taught to rise to the occasion, in and out of the ring. Training for a fight is where the fight is truly won. There’s an old saying in boxing that goes, ‘The more you sweat in training; the less you’ll bleed in war’. No truer words have ever been spoken. I played every sport growing up, but no sport challenged my character the way boxing did. It forces you to dig deep inside of yourself, peeling back the layers of facade you show to the world and expose yourself in your barest form. You find out who you truly are. When your lungs are on fire for those early morning runs, do you slow down and pace yourself? Do you run harder and run over that wall of pain, selfdoubt? When your coach is putting you through strenuous heavy bag drills and your arms are heavy but he’s still shouting to pump those

7 arms ever faster and harder, what do you do? Do you go faster but take some power off to make it look like you’re working harder then you are? Or do you do everything in your power to punch holes through that bag? When you’re near the end of a heated sparring session and you’re already imagining the feeling of relief of taking those sweat-logged gloves off and spitting out that mouthpiece, so you can breathe with no restrictions, but the coach asks if you want to do one more round, what’s your answer? These are all situations a fighter finds him/herself in when preparing for combat. How you answer those questions dictates how you will respond to adversity under those bright lights when it counts. What pushes me through those mental and physical battles is my unexplained love for the sport and a burning desire to prove people wrong, or maybe I’m trying to prove it to myself; that I can push through, that I can overcome. A fighter has to make the decision to push themselves through excruciating

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amounts of pain in the gym, so the fight becomes easy. Once an opponent has been chosen, the work not only begins in the gym but at home as well. The hunt for sparring partners who can mimic your opponent’s style, the constant reviewing of your opponent’s tape, picking apart his style and visualizing in your mind what you will do when he does this or that, how you’ll react if he does land his best punch, then; transferring all those thoughts to action in the gym. There’s days where it all made sense in your head then when you applied it in the gym physically, it didn’t go as planned. So you go back to the drawing board and question yourself again. That’s why a fighter needs so much time to prepare, because the time it takes to formulate the game plan is one that doesn’t happen overnight, its trial and error over and over and over until you get it right. There are equally challenges outside the ring as there are inside for complete new and used listings

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The Benson Centre was the scene for 23 NHL teams to sends scouts and dozens of NCAA and Canadian University recruiters to Cornwall for the Eastern Canadian Jr. A Hockey Challenge. Nine teams from across Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes thrilled fans with up-tempo, high-level hockey for three days in mid-November. That was less than six months after the Colts hosted the 2015 Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Jr. A The local sports scene in 2015 was Championship (Carleton Place Canadians pulled exciting, fresh, and placed Cornwall firmly on the off the rare repeat as champions). National and International stage. Former Jacques Richard Memorial Trophy Emily Vallance, all 14 years of her, took winner Jenna Flannigan (24) brought along home three Gold and one Bronze at the World her Team Canada Baseball teammates for an Kickboxing and Karate Union Championships in exhibition game against the Cornwall River Rats Spain. Not only did she dominate her weight class, Senior Men’s team prior to the Pan Am Games she also did so against mostly older competitors. in Toronto. She also won Gold in Ireland and 2014 and is Cornwall continues to produce national now preparing for the WKU Championships in championship calibre bowlers. Sophia Dorie, China in 2016. Amy Wang, Brianna Lauzon, and Savannah Grant Cooper (19) became the first Cornwall Ingola once again represented Cornwall at the born player to be named Captain for Team Canada National Championships and brought home the East at the World Junior A Hockey Challenge. Gold. The Junior Girls’ team of Skye Tessier, The other two Colts to wear the “C” were Marly Madison Tardif, Katelyn Lalonde, and Skylar Quince and Jacob Laliberte (both imports to the Boismenu also competed for the first time on the Colts). ith 2016 getting underway, there’s a sense of optimism that permeates the air. Of course, as a Toronto Maple Leafs’ fan, that’s how I live life – eternally optimistic.

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The local youth football scene joined in the championship conversation. The Cornwall Wildcats Tykes team took the NCAFA A-level playoff title – a first for any Cornwall team. Those young athletes are going to be playing together for a long time. Mary Patrick (16) was named top shooter under the age of 25 at a championship shooting event in England. The 16-year old was there as a member of the Canadian National Cadet Rifle Team. Tony “Lightning” Luis (27) had an eventful year as he travelled to England to challenge Derry Mathews for the vacant WBA World Lightweight title. While Luis didn’t walk away with the belt, many boxing experts believed he was short changed in the scoring of the bout. Every athlete mentioned in this article is under the age of 27 and this only scratches the surface when it comes to properly recognizing local elite athletes. That tells me, the best is yet to come!

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it, when preparing for a fight. Saying no to that date with a special someone, saying no to that party invite, enduring the guilt trips, saying no to that beer being pushed in your face, saying no to dessert. No, no, no! NO, to being normal, YES to victory! You’re living like a Spartan those last few, dying weeks and it feels like a lifetime. Did I say no to dessert? As the holidays approach us I will have to make some important decisions that will have a great effect on the outcome of my upcoming fight, January 29. Out of town friends will be down, with the urge to celebrate the holidays in a way I cannot. Family dinners, where most of us indulge and I will have to treat it as another day

at the office. This isn’t my first rodeo. January 29th is a chance for another belt, a higher ranking, another opportunity against a dangerous opponent, to showcase my talents and get one step closer to my dream. And the best part, I get to do it close to home at the EY Center in Ottawa, Ontario. Get your tickets at https://www. fight-night-in-the-capital-lightsout There’s no magic pill in boxing. You’re either ready to sweat, or you will unquestionably bleed, and get a good look at those bright lights that hover over you.” I think that it is safe to say that when Tony Luis enters the ring in Ottawa on Friday, January 29th, he will be fully prepared for Eduardo Montoya and the fight that awaits.

Colts Partner with DEBRA By Jordan Todd


hrough a new partnership with DEBRA Canada, the Cornwall Colts have been leading the charge in the CCHL by raising money and awareness to battle Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). The Colts have been selling yellow wristbands at all home games, with the proceeds going to DEBRA Canada, a charity dedicated to supporting families affected by EB and raising awareness. EB is an illness that causes the skin to be extremely fragile, so it can be easily injured and causes recurrent blisters to form. It is an incredibly painful condition. David Murphy, the Cornwall Colts’ Marketing and Promotions Director, says the team got the idea when they heard about a Jonathan Pitre, a boy

from Ottawa who has the disease and has been a vocal advocate for raising awareness. “We first heard about him when he was made an honorary Ottawa Senator for the day and dropped the puck at a Sens’ home game. We thought it would be an opportunity to promote DEBRA and Jonathan if he could be our special guest for our Family Day game on February 15,” says Murphy. “He agreed without hesitation.” Murphy says a number of other teams in the CCHL have pledges to help support DEBRA and Jonathan. There will even be a DEBRA -themed booth at the CCHL’s next showcase event on January 31st in Smith Falls.

“The Cornwall Colts are very proud to be partnering with DEBRA and Jonathan,” says Murphy. “He’s an amazing and inspirational young man!”


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ow more than ever athletes are utilizing massage therapy as a means to stay healthy and maintain optimal performance. This can be achieved not only throughout the season, but during the off-season or rehabilitation process as well. Even stars like Lebron James are opening up about the need for having regular treatments. Athletic or sports massage is the application of specific manual techniques, combined with hydrotherapy and exercise in order to achieve specific, goal oriented results. Timing: The intended goals and required techniques will depend on whether the treatment is being applied before, during, or after an event. Generally, massage is performed at a slow, rhythmic pace in order to relax muscles and soft tissues. In a sports massage that is twenty to thirty minutes prior to activity, the style and techniques used are much different. Sports massage can be beneficial pre or

Technique: Pre-event, the aim is to stimulate muscle and nerve activity and blood flow while strengthening joints and muscle tissue. This helps to warm up and improve blood flow to the area, promoting optimal performance and decreasing the risk of spasm or injury. Brisk, fast paced and stimulating techniques are needed for this type of treatment. Postevent, or during maintenance/ recovery, the aim of treatment is quite different than what it would be right before the competition. Some intended outcomes include the relaxation of contractile tissues such as muscle or tendons, a decrease in trigger point activity or to flush out metabolic waste and acute inflammation if injury is present. Studies have shown that massage therapy may also help to decrease the length and intensity of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Registered Massage Therapists in Ontario are trained to address sports related issues in a clinical and professional manner. At Cornwall Spine Care Plus we use Massage Therapy in conjunction with other treatments such as Chiropractic, acupuncture and laser therapy to ensure you get the best care possible. If you would like to learn more about how massage therapy or any of our professional treatment options can benefit you, call us today at 613-938-1000.

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Keenan is enjoying his second year as a member of the Seaway Valley Rapids. Keenan’s favourite team is the Montreal Canadiens and his favourite players are Sidney Crosby and Carey Price. Keenan is a hard working two-way player who tries to pattern his game after Brendan Gallagher. His favourite pre-game meal is grilled cheese and pea soup. He also loves St. Hubert’s. When Keenan is not playing hockey he can be found playing lacrosse and soccer.

Owen McMillan plays as a forward for the Novice A SVR team. This is his first year playing for the Seaway Valley Rapids association; he completed his Initiation years and played his first Novice season with the Alexandria MHA. Owen is a quick skater with smooth movement and good puck control. He hustles back and forth to pressure the opponents, while working hard to help defend his team’s zone. He is very dedicated to the team; always the first dressed and ready to hit the ice. Owen is a huge Ottawa Senators fan and his favourite NHL player is Bobby Ryan. When he grows up, he wants to be an NHL hockey player, or a teacher. His favourite food is pizza and his favourite animal is the beluga whale. Besides playing hockey, some of Owen’s favourite things to do are: playing soccer or football and listening to music.

Felix Sauvé

Ben MacAlear Major Peewee AA

This month’s H u s t l e r Award for SVR Major Peewee is Ben M a c A l e a r. Ben is the captain of the Major Peewee team. He was chosen as Hustler by his teammates and coach. Ben can play both forward and defence effectively, as he is very versatile in his hockey abilities. His leadership is topnotch and his work ethic is solid. Ben never takes a shift off and he consistently gives his team a 100% effort when he steps onto the ice. Way to go Ben!



Josh Esford

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Josh Esford is this month’s Hustler of the Month. He has played defence for the Seaway Valley Rapids for the past 3 years beginning as a Major Novice. Josh is an imposing force on the ice, using his size to stop the opposition from penetrating to the net and firing his tremendous shot from the point. Josh is having a great season so far. His coach compliments him on his key first pass out of the zone and his willingness to learn at every practice. According to Coach Pilon, “Josh is a player you would love to coach; he plays with heart and is very unselfish, with a team first attitude!”

The Seaway Valley Minor P e e w e e R a p i d ’s Hustler of the month goes to Landon Brownlee! Landon has great hockey knowledge, always plays his position, and is a great playmaker. He is a two-way player, meaning he is a great offensive as well as defensive player. Landon plays his man hard every time he is on the ice. Landon is a positive team player on and off the ice and always has words of encouragement for his teammates! His favourite team is the Senators! Go Sens Go!! Keep up the great work!

Jack McLean

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Felix Sauvé, a 5th year player in the Seaway organization, coming out of the Alexandria minor hockey association, brings speed to the back end of our team. Though small in stature, his heart and team first attitude makes up for it and earned him the captaincy for the 2015-2016 season. Felix’s attention to details makes him a good quarterback for the power play. Having spent many season with this team, he sees the possibilities for this squad to make this year the best one yet. He looks forward to a strong second half of the season.

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Goal tending is an extreme sport. Who else would put themselves in front of frozen hard rubber discs, coming at you at excessive speeds and enjoy it. Jack McLean is one of our tandem goalies to mind the net on this team. His style of play includes a full repertoire; from mobile to stand up to butterfly to full Gumby. Somehow he makes it all work. This tendy is determined; he is a hard worker and a self-motivator. He is well liked by his teammates and he is a gem to coach. Jack is a grade 9 student at St. Joe’s. His school sports include volleyball, basketball, and soccer.


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A Coach has a dream; two goalies that come to play every night and let me worry about the team play not the net. That is exactly what Jacob Kreische and Dawson Irving have brought to the Midget AA team this season. A 1998 age group, Kreische at 6’1” and 207 lbs is a large presence in the net and brings great athletic ability. He makes that special save that keeps your team in the game. Jacob has been affiliated to the Vankleek Hill Jr. C team this season for good reasons, he is that good. Dawson Irving is a 2000 year player who is not a small man either, at 5’11” and 190 lbs. He is the technical guy, putting hours and hours of training into his craft; Dawson achieves a very high level of consistency. Dawson has been affiliated by the AAA Midget Colts this season and practices with them every chance he gets.

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by Canadian Helicopters to Mayer. Mayer says they trust the he Seaway Valley Minor the north for distribution. Hockey Association, This isn’t the first time this guys at Canadian Helicopters Cornwall Minor Hockey group has joined forces to to decide where to drop the Association, and South help the North. “A few years items and who is in need of Stormont Minor Hockey ago, Seaway Valley Rapids equipment. “It’s important Association, along with changed their jerseys and to help others,” says Mayer. AJ Sports, have provided we were trying to figure out “If we had to throw out all jerseys, shin pads, elbow what to do with the old ones of this equipment we would pads, hockey pants, hockey when Garry from Canadian fill a dumpster. So why not socks, duffel bags, and Helicopters suggested the pass it on to someone else? more to young players in Arctic drops. When we It’s like any of us cleaning faced the same situation the Great White North. out our closets and donating this year we contacted Young players in places clothes to the Agape Centre. Canadian Helicopters and like Iqaluit and Inuvik will Same idea except it’s hockey they were happy to help. receive truckloads of gently stuff.” Word spread to CMHA and used hockey equipment. equipment will The equipment is driven to South Stormont Hockey The Montreal and will be flown Associations,” says Jennifer fit ages from Novice to By Molly Kett


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Midget. This initiative is really about the kids, those who are working to donate the equipment and those who will be able to play hockey in uniform thanks to this donation.

“Hockey is all about the kids and if we can help some kids feel like they are a part of a team because their jerseys all match, then that’s what it’s all about,” says Mayer. “Maybe the next time we have surplus equipment we can get more people on board to donate items and help out more kids.”

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A New Year is upon us. What are your sports wishes for the New Year?

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Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - My sporting wishes for the new year would be for a few of our Canadian teams to have a deep run in the Stanley Cup playoffs – it’s just not the same without them there. I would like to see the Bluejays and the Redblacks to build on Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper last season’s success and take things a step further in 2016. Also, for Tony Luis to continue to do what he has been doing throughout his boxing career, proving himself against whatever opponent the promoters put in front of him; to get a shot at the world title and to bring the Championship Belt home to Cornwall. Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast - For most Canadians a return of Lord Stanley’s cup to Canada would be at the top of our list as we prepare to ring in the New Year. That being said, here’s what our true north teams need to make that wish come true. For the Leafs to win, the list is long. They need help everywhere; there’s probably a better chance of Jesus making his second resurrection than the Leafs winning this year. Winnipeg has a contender, but they could use the scoring power of a Hull, (are Brett or Bobby available?) to give them a chance. Edmonton needs a goalie and a defenceman, can you say Devan Dubnyk and Jeff Petry! Those are two gifts that they’d like to have returned to them. Maybe Calgary needs their stars like, Gaudreau, Hudler, and Monahan to grow a Lanny McDonald “stash” and channel some of his Stanley Cup karma. In Vancouver the quickest way for them to win would be to clone the Sedins, four of them would be better than two. Lastly, Montreal needs the following; a good right knee for Price, some mended fingers for Gallagher, Subban to play like Bobby Orr, and Pacioretty to lay off the poutine. Olay, olay, olay! Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - The New Year is upon us and with it, a hopeful list of sports wishes for 2016. Now, wishes are not prediction but simply a list of things an individual would like to see happen, regardless of how off-the-wall or improbable they may be. Here is my list of sports wishes for 2016: Wish #1 - Toronto Maple Leafs make it to the third round of the 2016 playoffs because it’s miserable sitting in a sports bar in downtown Toronto during the first round of playoffs with nothing but basketball on all screens. Wish #2 - MLB Baseball return to Montreal; I believe there’s still a large baseball following in and around Montreal. Wish #3 - an NFL franchise team in Toronto or London; there is a very large NFL fan base that could easily support a team in Toronto or London rather than crossing the border into Buffalo - the Toronto Rams anyone? Wish #4 - (more a prediction) a fantastic 2016 Summer Olympics event in Rio Brazil with more spectacular athletic achievements from athletes across the world. This is my wish list as off-the-wall or improbable as it may be, especially with the Maple Leafs, but I’m hopeful. Here’s to an exciting 2016 sports years. Happy New Year everyone.


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In a hockey context, lower back pain is usually caused by a twisting motion combined, or not, with collision, resulting in a lumbar spine sprain, or simply an aggravation from a pre-existing back condition. Who is at risk? I would have to say the weekend warriors are at risk here, as well as those who are trying to defend a wishful NHL career. In sum, overzealous players with limited lower extremity and trunk flexibility and strength are subject more to strain, sprains, and aggravation of preexisting back injuries.

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WARM-UP: A warm-up period is essential to increase the intramuscular temperature – a warm muscle is more apt to stretch as oppose to tear! The best warm-up activity is the activity itself (skating and shooting pucks!) at a lower intensity but for a hockey player, it

is not always practical to get ice time before the game. So 15 minutes of jogging, ladder drills, skipping rope, stationary bike are a few examples of warm-up activities. STRETCHING: Certain muscle groups for hockey player have a tendency to be short and stiff because of the constant bend and skating position and would contribute to back pain. A good pre-game stretching program should include the following muscles: hip flexor, hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus, and muscles on each side of the spine. You can look-up on the WEB

for generic examples of stretches for these muscle groups or call me at the clinic and we will gladly supply them to your organization. S T R E N G T H E N I N G : We obviously need strength for the skating and puck handling muscles. But the key muscles to avoid lower back pain are core muscles – no surprise there, I might even add rotational core muscles. In addition to side, front, and back planking, the athlete should consider integrating in his/her program rotational resisted exercise with a focus on abdominal

and back muscles. Consult your physio, chiro, or trainer for information about it. Keep in shape! You should not play hockey to stay in shape but you need to be in shape to play hockey! Activation is the key: cardio and strengthening half an hour daily decreases,

significantly, the odds of high blood pressure, minor muscle and joint problems, diabetes, depression, and so much more… If your child is performing the activity, the off-ice preparation is not only important for performance but also to avoid injuries. If you are the parent, take part in the activation process; go for a brisk walk DURING your child’s off-ice training, or organize groups to do so, hire an instructor. The example you will give will reflect on your child’s behavior later on.


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Martial Art Influences • Earl Barber By Jim Riddell, Seaway Karate Club


n this column we will conclude a fourpart series on martial artists who have been influential in the development of karate and other martial arts in our region. In the past three issues we looked at Professor Georges Sylvain and his many accomplishments, Hanshi John Therien “The Godfather of Martial Arts in Canada”, and Jean-Yves Theriault - twenty-three time world kickboxing champion. Kyoshi Earl Barber has had a major impact in both karate and in

kickboxing; being heavily involved in the martial arts for the past forty-seven years. Earl began his karate training in Ottawa in 1969 under the direction of Andre Langelier of Langelier Karate and later training with Wib Corcoran at the same dojo. Initially Barber was known for his fighting abilities, travelling to numerous karate tournaments across Ontario and Quebec. “For about a ten year period, I would fight every weekend if there was a tournament; anywhere from Hamilton to Quebec City, with many in the Ottawa, Hull, Gatineau, and Montreal area Earl stated, “It was a fun time”. For the past thirty-one years Earl has been operating Barber Martial Arts in Orleans and for many of those years he has been in charge of black belt gradings for the Eastern Ontario Independent Karate Association. For the past fifteen years he has also been in charge of black belt gradings for the World Kobudo Federation in the Ottawa Valley and is responsible for ensuring that black belt grading standards are kept high. In the past thirty years he has graded approximately one thousand students to the black belt rank and its various degrees for these two organizations. He conducts practical self-defence seminars at World Kobudo

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conferences and also as a guest instructor at area clubs, helping martial artists of all levels in their personal development. Barber says “we evolve as martial artists; the key is to find those techniques that work for you and then stick with them”. Barber has been refereeing kickboxing for many years and since 2001 has been the Referee-in-Chief for the Quebec and Canadian Amateur Kickboxing Association. He has refereed more than 600 fights on over 70 different fight cards, and when not in the ring, has overseen the referee’s performance in hundreds more. He has, along with Corporation president Pierre Bretton, made some changes in the equipment and rules to help improve fighter safety. He also helps conduct training workshops and refreshers for the referees, judges, kick judges, and timekeepers that are officiating at these sanctioned events. Barber, who credits Georges Sylvain and John Therien as being valuable resources for him over the years now acts in that same capacity himself, offering advice to many senior Black belts and club operators Kyoshi Earl Barber has made an impact across the region over the years by keeping the bar set high; ensuring that individuals who earn rank at his grading are capable, knowledgeable, and well-rounded martial artists.

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Cornwall Peewee Colts Win Gold in Lake Placid By Submitted Article


n late November, the Cornwall Colts Peewee hockey team travelled to Lake Placid, New York and participated in the CAN/AM Challenge Cup. The team played 4 games at the historic Olympic Center against teams from Ontario and New York State. In the championship finals, the Peewee Colts defeated the Clarence-Rockland Crush 2-1 in overtime to emerge as champions. The Peewee Colts roster includes:

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6. Anthony Hutt-Anderson 8. Brock Turcotte 16. Ewan McMaster (Assistant Captain) 20. Connor Hum (Captain) 21. Warren Oakes 22. Connor Hutchingame (Assistant Captain) 23. Elexis Bourget 26. Kieran Roy 28. Devon St-Jean (Assistant Captain) 32. Declan McDonald 33. Ryan Oakes 34. Bennett Lessard 39. Justin Zeaton 42. Malcom Cooper 44. Damien Thompson 48. Vance Adams 52. Dylan Armstrong

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December Action for the Seaway Valley Rapids Major Atom AA By Johanne Sullivan


he Seaway Valley Rapids Major Atom AA team were busy playing games prior to the holiday season. On December 1st, they faced the Ottawa Sting in a game sponsored by Losey’s Haulage Ltd. The Rapids jumped out ahead in the first period when Jett Jock got the first goal of the game in the first period on a pass from Brennan Lashomb and Tommy Shoniker. The Rapids then went up by 2 in the second period when Captain Carson Martin scored when he connected on a pass from Ethan Montroy and Braxton D’alessio. The Sting never let up and tied up and got a go-ahead goal in the third period. The Rapids got the final goal of the game to tie it up when Assistant Captain Marco McCarthy put it in the net on a pass from defenceman Joshua Esford and Montroy. The

Rapids had to settle for a 3-3 period for a final score of 4-4. draw. Next, the Rapids traveled to Next, the Rapids faced the Nepean Eganville to face the Upper Ottawa Raiders in a game sponsored by Valley Aces in a game sponsored Denis St. Jean Construction on by Rutters Elevators. The Rapids December 3rd. The team started were hungry for a win and went on out strong with the team’s Captain a scoring spree this game. During scoring in the first minute of the first period there were 4 goals play. It was later followed by a scored. In the second period there power play goal from defenceman was 3 goals scored and during the Assistant Captain Jonah Ashby on third period there were 4 more a pass from Jett Jock. The Rapids goals added. The final score was were leading 2-0 at the end of 11-4 with Ethan Montroy lighting the first period, but the Raiders up the scoreboard with 6 goals and tied it in the second period. The 3 assists. It was an overall team Raiders went ahead by 1 in the effort with goals also coming third, but Assistant Captain Marco from Ben Pilon, McCarthy, Jimmy McCarthy tied it up during a power Sullivan, Braxton D’alessio, play when Ethan Montroy passed and Martin. Assists also went to it to him. The Rapids then went Ashby, D’alessio, Pilon, Lucas up by 1 when Assistant Captain Mullin, and Landen Sweet. McCarthy converted again on a The Rapids were again on the power play. Alas, the Rapids luck road to face the Ottawa Sting in ran out when the Raiders tied it a game sponsored by Perfection up in the waning minutes of the Industrial Sales. Jett Jock scored


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in the first minute play when the puck trickled in behind the goalie. The Rapids scored again in the first when Braxton D’alessio deflected a shot from defenceman Landen Sweet. The Sting were able to tie it up in the second period and went up by 1 in the second. Going into the third period, the score was 2-3 in favor of the Sting. The Sting scored early in the third to go by 2 points. The Rapids kept working hard and Ethan Montroy snuck one past the goalie on a pass from Captain Martin to come within one of the Sting. The Sting answered the Rapids goal with one of theirs less than 10 seconds later to make 3-5. The Rapids were able to convert on a power play when Josh Esford sailed one from the point, on a pass from Assistant Captain Ashby. Unfortunately, the Rapids were not able to close the gap and the Sting skated away with a 5-4 win.

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Dexter Linton: Football Player Helps Create Dome Flag League By Victoria Klassen


exter Linton began playing football at the age of ten, in Texas. He went on to play football in middle school, high school, and for the University of Kansas. “What I enjoy most about football is the camaraderie of having a group of guys sharing similar successes and struggles,” says Linton. “I believe there is no other way to replicate that feeling.” Linton moved to Ottawa in May to be closer to his girlfriend and to take the Sport Business Management Program at Algonquin College.

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Linton is doing a co-op placement in North Glengarry with Terry Gilmer. Together they have created a sevenon-seven flag football league, Dome Flag League. This new recreational league will begin in 2016, and is open to both adults and children.

“When you have on pads, a lot of the technical aspect goes out the window and you just want to catch the ball, or make the tackle,” Linton says. “By playing seven on seven, you have the opportunity to create good habits, so when you get on the field you’re not just playing football, The Dome Flag League’s $10 of each registration goes into the you’re enhancing your own skills, registration will be at the Tim Horton’s Glengarry Gaels’ football program. and ultimately value.” Dome on January 9 from 11:30 a.m. “At the end of the day it’s about to 1:30 p.m. They are offering an Barbara’s Travel giving back,” says Linton. early bird special of $45 per person;

Rookies of the Month Nathan and Preston Claude


athan and Preston Claude are brothers who play hockey together in Williamstown on the CharLan C2 Novice team. This is the boys’ first year playing hockey --- they decided only this past summer to lace up and give the sport a try, entering in a number of camps and clinics to sharpen their skills before this winter season started. Nathan, who usually plays tough defence, also enjoys taking his turn goaltending. He hates to see the other team score and loves to do his best to stop them! Preston enjoys playing centre and putting the puck in the net. He works hard to get his team up on the scoreboard! Recently, the Claude brothers helped their team to a C Champ finish in their association tournament. Way to go, boys!


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erek Leroux was born and raised in Lancaster and grew up on the river, which is where his passion for fishing began. He credits his love of the sport to his father, who was the first one to take him fishing.

He started fishing when he was around five. “We used to fish with bamboos believe it or not. My father used to own a local business here, a local hardware store, we used to sell bamboos by hundreds and hundreds in the spring time and that’s how everybody fished perch back in the day, from land and lot of them fished from their boat,” says Leroux. “My earliest memory, one that stands out, is fishing out of the creek and catching an eel and when I grabbed it, it wrapped around my arm and as a kid it kind of freaks you out, you know.” What does Leroux love most about fishing? The thrill paired with relaxation.

“As a kid it was always the thrill of catching that fish whether it be a perch or a bass or a pickerel it was always the thrill of the fight, and

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“That was our pastime,” says Leroux, on fishing with his father. “That was our fun and then I just got hooked on it right from the start. Every minute I had, I tried to get out to the river, ride my bicycle down to the river. Of course fishing was good back then, different than today.”

now it’s the peace and tranquility of getting out on the river as I’m older,” says Leroux. “I do a lot of fishing in the summer here and it’s my way to just get out and forget about. If you had a hard day, once you get out on the river it’s hard to think of anything else except for the beauty of the river and just relaxing. Letting your troubles float away down the river.”

Leroux has four boys and he tries to get them out as much as he can, as his father did with him. His time spent fishing with his boys has formed some of his favourite fishing memories.


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“I have four boys, they range between 13-18 and taking them out individually and watching them catch their first walleye is probably my fondest memory of the river here; to see the smile on their face and how proud they were, and how proud they made me,” says Leroux. His favourite place to fish remains his home, on Lake St. Francis. Now, he strictly fishes walleye. “We have one of the nicest lakes in North America here and it’s literally two minutes away from where I live, to get into my boat and be on the river,” says



Leroux says for those who haven’t tried fishing, they could be missing out on the thrill of a lifetime.

“If you’re looking for peace and tranquility and if you’re looking for a thrill and a great pastime especially for children, if I were to bump into somebody on the street that’s what I’d tell them,” says Leroux. “You’re missing out! Kids are missing out on it today; the experience of fishing is fantastic. I think it’s an important part of our heritage especially in Lancaster and the area here.”


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Cornwall’s Gilles Parisien Talks Multi-Sport and Snowshoeing By: Molly Kett


illes Parisien has been active his whole life. From a young age and into adulthood, Parisien had a passion for hockey. He made it playing Junior B and played well. Once his hockey days were over, though, Parisien had to think of other ways to stay active.

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On top of running, Parisien is very involved with snowshoeing. Coming up January 9, Parisien will be partaking in the Dion Ignite the Night snowshoe race at Upper Canada Village.

“As you get older you end up playing later at night and I had to get up early in the morning, so that did work well for me,” says Parisien. “That’s when I started to run and run I did. It’s been 30 years now that I’ve been running and hope I have another 30 to go! My role model was my dad. He played hockey, volleyball, tennis, fishing, and golf right up to his 76th birthday.”

“This is a night time snowshoe race that takes place in a magical 1860 setting with over a million tiny lights draped over fence lines, trees, and buildings. It’s a one of a kind backdrop for any type of race. We have a 5km loop for both a 5km event and a 10km point series race. This course is considered very flat with the exception of one hill,” says Parisien. “This scheduled snowshoe event will happen either way as a snowshoe race or road race in the event of no snow.”

“I figured once I was able to run again, why not put all three together and try a triathlon. That didn’t last long,” says Parisien. “I wasn’t able to swim when I wanted to, so I never put much effort into it like I did running. Running is my fix-all medical drug of choice. It’s just being outside with fresh

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Parisien says he doesn’t have much of a multi-sport history, but is now a member of the Cornwall Multi-Sport Club. He started running and has had only one small knee injury since he began. This knee injury got him into swimming and cycling.

What would Parisien say is the best part of multi-sport? “The variety. You don’t get burnt out over doing one sport,” says Parisien. “I say this as a pure runner but I run a variety of different types of trails now that keep me focused and energized. The soft ground and nature keeps me wanting more of the same each time out.”


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Cornwall Girls Hockey Champs! Seaway Valley Major Atom AA By Submitted Article


wo Cornwall girls finished one-two on the top scorers list on their way to winning the Novice Championship at the “Kickin’ Ice In The Capital” girls’ house league hockey tournament in Ottawa, in early December. Anne Robinson led the whole tournament in scoring with 11 goals and two assists and Talia Lebano had 7 goals and 5 assists, as the Cornwall Blue Typhoons triumphed over the Clarence-Rockland Lightning 4-1. Cornwall defeated the Kemptville Storm 4-2 in the semi-final to advance. Strong defensive support from Danika Canham and great goaltending by Desirae Berger McIntosh helped the Cornwall team to win the final, in a grudge match Sunday against the Clarence-Rockland team. The Silver medalists had narrowly grabbed victory in a 2-1 nail biter during a preliminary round game on Friday.

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rior to the Christmas break, the Seaway Valley Major Atom AA travelled to Spencerville to face the Rideau-St. Lawrence Kings, in a game sponsored by Mulders Welding. The game got off to a slow start with neither team scoring until the middle of the first period when Seaway’s Ethan Montroy connected on a pass from Braxton D’alessio. There was no other scoring until the second period when the Kings scored to even it up. Montroy put another one in the net to make it 2-1, but the Kings scored late in the second to tie it again. There was no momentum in this game either way since there was a total of 17 penalties with Seaway earning 9 and the Kings earning 8 penalties. The final score was 2-2.

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The next day, the Seaway Valley team had a home game against the Eastern Ontario Cobras, in a game sponsored by Roberto Lappa Excavation Ltd. The Rapids fell behind the Cobras in the first and second period. The Cobras were leading by two and scored again on a power play to go up by 3. It was not until the third period that the Rapids showed some life. Montroy was able to put one past the goaltender when D’alessio passed it to him. He was able to convert on a power play to pull within 1 of the Cobras, but it wasn’t enough. The Rapids lost another close one 2-3. It was not the Christmas present they wanted.


Cornwall Golf Stays Open All Winter with Golf Simulators

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twenty years ago, how things have changed. New technology has changed the golf simulator to be so ornwall Golf & Country Club will real; it’s like playing on a real golf stay open all seasons now with course.” the help of their new golf simulators. The simulators have been open Sylvain Lacelle, clubhouse manager to the public since early November. at the Cornwall Golf & Country Club, They’re open daily from 8 a.m. until says the addition of the simulators “just made sense” since they now 9 p.m. There are also options open have 400 members at the club who early January to join a men-ladiesmixed-junior league. love to golf. “It’s sure is great to keep the golf “Simulators are a great addition to our events,” says Lacelle. “No flights course open all year round. The needed to play any of the 21 great simulators are a great addition to courses around the world. Weather is everything else going on here as we now have outdoor skating and always good indoors.” snowshoeing,” says Lacelle. “The Lacelle says a group of four can feedback from everyone playing play 18 holes in 3.5 hours using the the simulators is how real it is and simulator. There are plenty of perks how much fun they have playing to using the simulator for your golfing indoors.” experience. “You have the bar and The price point for a day of indoor the kitchen at your side, no need to golf is affordable, too. It ranges from look for the beer cart,” jokes Lacelle. “I’ve played on a golf simulator $25 to $30 per player. By Molly Kett



fter two years of planning, the construction of the Rotary Family Workout Park has begun.

“The people of Cornwall have demanded an outdoor workout facility for some time,” says Project Chair Pat Clarke. After seeing success in Whitby, Ontario, and other areas in Canada, the decision was made to construct one between the splash-pad and the Cornwall Community Museum. The park will offer everyone, from the youth to the elderly, a place to stay physically active, for free.

The workout area will include equipment such as chin up bars and leg presses, with plans to have ten stations. “The equipment is under warranty for 5 years, but should last a while,” explains Clarke. “If the weather stays as it is now, we plan on having it open as early as May.”

The facility is being funded through the Cornwall Rotary Sunrise Club and the Rotary Club of Cornwall. On top of this, engraved bricks are being sold to both individuals and businesses to fundraise. Bricks are now being sold by size from $250 to $2500. “This is the first phase of our project,” says Clarke. Future plans for this project are to have equipment along the bike path every half kilometre. This outdoor workout park will complement the park and its athletic facilities.

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hen Wayne Pike first started coaching his son’s football team, he didn’t think it would become his new career. Well, years later, the Cornwall native has been an Assistant Video Coordinator for the Ottawa REDBLACKS since their inception two years ago. He quickly moved through local football coaching, taking coaching clinics and camps on his own dime the whole while. He knew pretty early on that he’d found a passion. Before getting his current gig with the REDBLACKS, Pike was the Special Teams’ Assistant Coach and Video Coordinator for McGill University’s football

team. He was quickly promoted to Special Teams’ Coach soon after he got there. When he found out that the REDBLACKS were coming to Ottawa, he decided to pursue a job at Carleton University’s new football program so as to be closer to the new team.

and just generally get his foot in “It’s almost like some of these the door. He’s been there ever brain teasers you see, and you since. sit there and study them and ask The workload and pressure are yourself all these questions,” says heavier in the CFL, but for Pike Pike. “In football, you figure out what they’re going to do in certain it’s all worth it. instances and you play off of that. “It’s a childhood dream come And it’s all from watching film.” true,” says Pike. With the young REDBLACKS Pike’s favourite part of coaching “My ultimate goal was the CFL,” coming so close to a championship is the constant chess match, the says Pike. “and I couldn’t really last season, the future is looking competitive mindset. get in with Montreal, because bright for Pike and his team. they already had two guys. So I thought if I’m going to get in with Ottawa, I should probably be at a school in Ottawa.” He got the job at Carleton three years ago, and started making connections with the REDBLACKS. He would volunteer his time, provide video,


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ornwall’s Summerheights Golf Course opened for two extra days of golf on December 11 and 12, as the weather had been nice and dry. It was a treat for the about 60 golfers who made it out to the course, and the owners, too. Rory MacLennan says it was a decision between himself, his wife Kathy, his daughter Katie, and his son-in-law Nathan who is the superintendent of the course, to open for the two days. “We opened for fun. Kind of a treat for December,” says Rory

MacLennan. “It was a family decision to decide, well let’s try, it may never happen again!” Summerheights was established in 1962, making this their 53rd year of members playing golf at Summerheights. “I’ve been pretty much growing up on the golf course and since I’ve been actively involved, our normal procedure is we close the golf course at the end of the golf season. Generally the first Sunday in November is the last day you can actually play golf and we close up and put the golf course away for the winter,” says MacLennan.

MacLennan says the pro-shop was going to be open for Christmas shoppers, so they thought “what the heck!” and put 18 pins in on the south golf course. “As long as I’ve been active in the golf course, which would likely be over 40 years now, I don’t ever recall opening in December,” says MacLennan. While satisfied with the results of the bonus day, MacLennan still prefers a white winter as opposed to a warm one. “I think we would much rather see the ground freeze up and get a good snow cover going into winter,” says MacLennan.

Whistle Stops The “Team” has just completed Issue # 38, 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 # 38 It has been quite some time since I last wrote Whistle Stops (issue # 9). I don’t consider myself a writer, but I have been asked quite a few times why I do not have this column anymore. Since I needed a New Year’s resolution, here it goes again… Congrats to Colt’s player Grant Cooper on being selected to Team Eastern Canada and also on being named Captain of the team. Here’s hoping the snow and cold weather will help Jack Ruest and his staff at Big Ben Ski Hill make up for such a late start to the season. It is a great little ski facility located right in the city.

I was asked the other day if we still have Squash Facilities available in Cornwall. I didn’t know of any still operating. Can any Sports Energy Readers verify this? Has anyone followed the featured series of stories by Michael Traikos in the Dec editions of the Ottawa Citizen? He did a magnificent job of covering youth hockey in Canada, focusing in on the growth of Hockey Academies, the cost of hockey today, prospects and expectations, and the question of sports specialization at a young age making sense. I enjoyed every column.

Congratulations to Allan & Bonnie Wilson on their recent purchase of Boulerice Funeral Home. Circle January 29th on your calendar and plan to attend Cornwall’s Tony Luis vs Mexico’s Eduardo Montoya WBC Latino Title Belt Boxing Match at the EY centre in Ottawa. Tony certainly deserves our support.

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Mike Ruest Coach of The Casselman Jr B Vikings at the junior A level.”


Though his kids were no longer playing, Ruest still had a passion for the game and had always been entrenched in the hockey life in Cornwall.

ike Ruest is a product of the Cornwall Minor Hockey Association. He played all the way up to Midget ranks followed by a five-year stint with the Cornwall Royals. While playing for the Royals, he was the only player that played Junior in Cornwall for the same team but in three different leagues; the Central Junior Hockey League, which moved to the Metropolitan League based in the Montreal and shortly after that moved to the Quebec Major Hockey League.

This rich hockey background allowed Ruest to smoothly transition into the coaching world. Ruest has three children, the eldest being fortyyears old. He started coaching when his two hockey friends by the names of Mario Viens boys started playing the game. and Al Wagar,” says Ruest. “Mario convinced “Eventually I started coaching at the minor Al to sit down with me and talk about being hockey level and moved from there and I took a assistant coach with the Colts in the mid ’90s. bit of a sabbatical for a while, not really paying We had a pretty good run; we won the Fred Page any interest until I met up with two former Cup together and we won a few championships

“The fact that the friendship I had with Mario and Al was going to be an easy transition and I still had a bit of a passion for the game, so I thought I’d try coaching and actually coaching when your son is not there, when your son is not present on the team is quite easy. That part was not difficult,” says Ruest. Now, Ruest is on his third year coaching the Casselman Vikings, formerly the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League (OHJHL) which is now the CCHL2.

“I’m very loyal to my players. I expect them to honour our hockey values as a team, the hockey systems that we develop as a team. They have to honour that and they have to be respectful Continued on page 25

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to each other as well as the coaches and the people around them,” says Ruest. “There’s a lot of volunteer work going on, so when you do step into the hockey world you need to respect the volunteers. Once the players accept that and once they start developing some family type of values in the dressing room and on the ice that’s when you start feeling that what you’re doing as a coach is worthwhile and it makes it easy to develop a championship attitude once that’s developed.” Since he began coaching Casselman, the team has won two championships. This season, the teams record stands at 27 wins, 3 loses, and a tie, putting them at first place.

His favourite memory as a “hockey person” is short sheeting, which is when you fold your sheet into your pillow making a bit of a makeshift sleeping bag so your feet are stuck in the sheet. Ruest says they used to put shaving


cream in the sheets so when a player would stretch, they would get shaving cream on their feet.


Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame Seeking Nominations

“I did it to Dave Williams; he was a big tough guy for Toronto and became a friend of mine. I’m still living to tell the story because he never By Submitted Article found out who did it,” says Ruest. he Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to announce His favourite memories as a coach are winning the Fred Page Cup and winning his first championship with Casselman against Ottawa West, tying the game in the final minute of play and winning in overtime. “What’s next is to keep on coaching as long as my health allows it because I get a lot of satisfaction with the players,” says Ruest. “They become your second family for a while. As long as I have a passion to coach and be around the players, they keep you young that’s for sure, there’s all kinds of drama in a dressing room and that keeps you hopping!”


the Call to the Hall for 2016. Nominations for the next set of inductees begin now and run until Friday, February 26th, 2016 (submissions after that date will not be considered for 2016). Various sports are represented from the more than 300 CSHOF members. There are also a number of inductees under the builder category. The Selection Committee requests a list of awards or accomplishments accompanied by media clippings or a scrapbook outlining the person being nominated. For more information on the induction process and a list of past inductees, visit Inductees will be announced in April. Nominations or further questions about the nomination process, for the next class of inductees can be forwarded to the Selection Committee Chairman Thom Racine (thom_ ) or Benson CSHOF Dinner Chairman David Murphy (

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cole secondaire catholique La Citadelle’s Athletic Association was very happy to raise $2130 during its First Annual Charity Rose Bowl and was pleased with the overall success. This event raised awareness on breast cancer and was held at 7 p.m at the Joe St-Denis field where hundreds of spectators of all ages watched friendly rivals La Citadelle Patriotes versus StJoseph’s Panthers battle for the title of Rose Bowl Champions. Throughout the evening, spectators were reminded that true champions like Émilie Bonneville are a source of inspiration to many in our community. Émilie, the evening’s honorary guest, is currently battling breast cancer for a

second time. Alumni at La Citadelle, she was a member of the first senior girls basket-ball OFSAA champions in 2002 as well as being a member of La Citadelle’s Athletic Association. She is an exceptional leader, devoted mother and wife who inspires many through her strength and positive attitude. Overall, members of the Athletic Association were very pleased to give Émilie a cheque of $2130 that will be donated to the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation’s new chemotherapy unit. The Athletic Association would like to sincerely thank all members of the community who contributed to this wonderful event. One in nine women in the Cornwall area is affected by various types of cancer. École secondaire catholique La Citadelle and

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the ‘Own the Ice’ staff are the main reasons she enrolled her boys in the program.

n just a little over two years, “Our sons’ experiences with Cornwall-based ‘Own the Ice Hockey’ and ‘Own it Performance’ ‘Own the Ice’ have been extremely have grown into all-around fitness positive and fun,” she says. “The team at ‘Own the Ice’ have helped leaders in the area. nourish our sons’ passion for the While the’ Own the Ice Hockey’ game of hockey. Their hockey side of the business focuses mostly skills have improved significantly on skills and skating, ‘Own it since we’ve taken part in their Performance’ focuses on fitness programs.” generally, with programs tailored to The training facility at 412 - 5th each individual. They train players from many sports besides hockey, Street East, Unit 108 has a 3000 and even people just looking to get sq. ft. synthetic ice rink for yearround hockey training, in addition in shape. to all the equipment needed for “We’re not just a hockey gym,” whatever their clients need. It’s the says Jeff Carter, who helps run combination of on-ice and off-ice ‘’Own the Ice Hockey’. “We train training that has drawn some high all sports. We train everyone from level hockey organizations to them. kids to adults. We even have general “We do a training program with the fitness programs.” Colts and Ian MacInnis,” explains Carter has an extensive background Ian Perry, strength and conditioning in coaching. He’s coached all around coach for ‘Own it Performance’. the area, local hockey, Junior B “In the off-season we’ll basically and Junior A. He says they pride start in mid-May and it’ll run right themselves on only hiring people through until August. So they’re with similar backgrounds. in the gym four times a week, and “What sets us apart is that our staff they’re on the ice three times a week is all guys that have coached at high, throughout the summer.” high levels, and they’re educators Perry has helped train athletes of the game,” he says. “And our from various sports in his lifetime. facility is state of the art.” This experience allows him to Jessica Mailhot is a local mother personalize training programs of three young, active boys – depending on skill level, sport, all hockey lovers. She says the injury history, and a variety of other professionalism and expertise of factors.

“Every sport has its own energy demands, different physical demands, and different injuries that are very prominent within that sport,” he says. “So we definitely have to tailor it for everyone.” The process begins with a meeting, then a gym session. From there he works with individuals to determine weaknesses and problem areas that they may have. The programs are never set in stone.

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“We’ve worked very closely with them in the past with development programs,” says Carter, on their relationship with Seaway Valley Minor Hockey and the Cornwall Typhoons. “From novice right through to the midget level, it’s on the ice and in the gym training as well. That’s another great relationship we have within the city.”

“It can change based on injury, the number of tournaments or Just two years into their existence, competitions they have, lots of with highly skilled and trained staff, things,” he explains. “We often have state-of-the-art facilities, and no to change it up on the fly.” one in the area providing the type of The business has a number of training services they do, business relationships with local hockey is booming. And there’s no reason leagues as Cornwall Minor Hockey, to expect them to stop growing.


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fter a 5 game win streak, and just 2 games away from Christmas Break, the Novice Rapids find themselves in 2nd place in their division, tied with the Kanata Blazers. Coming off a win vs. the Cumberland Grads, to start their win streak, the Rapids hosted the Kanata Blazers in Maxville on home ice. The game proved to be intense and fast paced. After a period with no scoring, it was the Blazers who got onto the board first, with a goal just a minute into second period play. Shortly after, the Seaway team got on the board with a goal from Tristan Delisle. Third period action saw the Seaway team take the lead with another goal from Delisle. Protecting the lead, the SVR team played strong defence and goalie Eli Seguin made big saves to keep the Blazers at bay, skating away with the win. The Hydro One score of the game was 2-1. Zachary Carroll earned the A.J. Sport Puck of the Game for his hustle throughout the game. Later during the same week, the Rapids hosted the Eastern Ontario Cobras at the Benson Center in Cornwall. During an even first period of play, there was no scoring; but, the Rapids turned up the heat during the second period,

scoring three goals from Delisle (assisted by Alex Delormier, Logan Villeneuve, Warren Lalonde, and Owen Corput). In the third period, the EOC’s found some luck and scored 2 goals, but SVR responded with one of their own. The Hydro One score of the game ended 4-2. Gabrielle Bowen was awarded the Jean Leger of Remax Cornwall Puck of the Game for her diligent effort at protecting her goalie from the Cobras’ offense. In Metcalf, the Rapids visited the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven for the first of a two-game series. The Rapids began the scoring, netting 2 goals within the first minutes of play. First period ended 2-0 in SVR’s favour. On a power play, the Silver Seven found the Rapids’ net, getting onto the board with 1 goal, but the Rapids answered back with a power play goal of their own, bringing the score to 3-1 by the end of the second. Third period opened with a quick goal from the OV team, but Seaway Valley scored two more, pushing ahead by 2. Toward the end of the match, the Silver Seven netted one more and then pulled their goalie in an effort to tie up the game. The Rapids sealed the deal with an empty netter, finalizing the 6-3 Hydro One score of the game. Scoring for the Rapids were

Delisle and Owen McMillan. Assists were logged by Delormier and Chancey Novosad. The Villeneuve Group of Businesses Puck of the Game was handed to Delormier for his passing game throughout the match. Back on home ice, the Rapids hosted the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven for the second of backto-back games. The SVR team dominated play throughout the match, scoring 2 in the first and 2 in the second periods. Near the end of the second period, the OVSS were able to get one past the Rapids goalie, but the Rapids defended their zone solidly throughout the rest of the play, stopping the Silver Seven at 1. The Hydro One score of the game was 4-1. Delisle scored all SVR goals (assisted by Novosad). The Link+ Corporation Puck of the Game was awarded to Owen Corput who showed tenacity throughout the entire game, skating, and moving the puck well. Just before the Christmas Break, the Novice team faced off against the Rideau St. Lawrence Kings and the Kanata Blazers, followed by a Christmas Season tournament in Niagara Falls. The team is anxious to maintain their momentum and continue to pressure the top teams in the standings, going forward into the New Year.

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Monkland Boy Skates with the Stars By Todd Anderson


onkland’s Matthew Lalonde had the thrill of a lifetime when he skated on NHL ice on December 14. The 11-year-old was one of the Scotiabank Skaters to carry a Sens’ flag at the Canadian Tire Centre before the Ottawa Senators hosted the Los Angeles Kings. “I was nervous before, but they had a rehearsal so I felt better once I knew what to do,” said the Grade 6 Roxmore Public School student. “I was like, I hope I don’t fall. I hope I don’t fall. It felt great to skate in front of 20,000 people and to be on TV. That’s what everybody wants. It felt like I was a Sens’ player.” The game was featured during a TSN broadcast. Lalonde nailed the skate, no slip-ups here, and stood proudly at attention with flag in the air, as the pros stormed onto the ice. “They told me earlier the players want to be really focussed on the game, but it’s alright to wish them good luck,” recalls Lalonde. “Before the rehearsal

I saw Milan Michalek in the hallway. It was really awesome ... everything that I expected.” While watching an Ottawa Senators’ game earlier this season, Matthew’s mother Shelley noticed the Scotiabank Skater advertisement. She decided to register both of her boys, including Matthew’s younger brother Warren. Approximately seven weeks later, the family received an email asking for further information (age, weight, height, and favourite hockey player). Two days later, they received confirmation that Matthew was selected to be a skater for the Senators-Kings game. “I was so happy for Matthew,” says Shelley. “I was standing on the front veranda of the house while Matthew was getting the mail for me. I yelled to him, “Matthew, you are going to be a Scotiabank Skater. You are going to skate and hold the flag before an Ottawa Senators game! At first he didn’t believe me until I showed him the email confirming it. He was really excited.” Matthew’s father Kevin, grandfather Junior, and brother Warren got to

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see Matthew skate before the game. Mom was at home hoping to see him on television. She was able to see him and was very proud. “What an amazing experience for an 11 year old,” she says. “Something he will remember forever.” Two days after his memorable

experience in Ottawa, and before lacing up his skates for practice with his Peewee B NGS Braves team in Finch, Lalonde spoke about the Sens experience. “It was so much fun. It makes me want to try harder. I want to be an NHL player.”

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he NGS Atom B Braves captured the A championship in Brockville on December 5 during the Roger Ladouceur Memorial Tournament, defeating rival Char-Lan Rebels in the process. “They’ve (Char-Lan) had our number during our regular season so the team was pretty pumped to defeat them and win the championship,” said Braves’ coach Tony Mekker. “They all worked real hard to make that happen.” In the championship game, the Braves entered the third period down 2-0 after Char-Lan’s Ryan McCready put his team ahead with goals in each of the first and second periods. With the potential of another loss to their Lower-St. Lawrence Division rivals in the air, the Braves regrouped heading into the final stanza. Just over a minute into the third it was 2-1 as Noah Ault found the back of the net for NGS. Midway through the period NGS took a one goal lead when Ault and Mason Mekker scored 29 seconds apart. Aaron Paul finalized

a furious comeback period for NGS when he capped the scoring of the championship game with 3:34 left on the clock. Owen Mekker had two assists in the victory, while singles were handed out by Zayne Rutley, Hamish Nowry, Makayla Molinaro, and Ault.

To reach the A final, NGS defeated Embrun 4-1 in the semi-finals. Braves’ goaltender Hayden Begin came within just 5 seconds of a shutout but had it spoiled by a late Embrun goal. Ault notched a pair of goals for the victors, while singles went to Nicholas Rolland and Paul. Begin found the score sheet with an assist while others went to Kyle Linnett, Makayla Molinaro, and Mason Mekker. NGS opened the tournament on December 4 with a 5-0 win over host Brockville B2. Ault and Paul each scored a pair of goals while Rolland opened the scoring for NGS in the tournament. Rutley handed out two assists and Ault, Rolland, and Dana Molinaro each had one. Begin was in net for the shutout.

The Atom B Braves captured the A championship at the Roger Ladouceur Memorial Tournament in Brockville on December 5. Pictured in front is goaltender Hayden Begin. Second row from left is: Nicholas Rolland, Dana Molinaro, Aaron Paul, Mason Mekker, Zayne Rutley, Owen Mekker, Makayla Molinaro, Noah Ault, Hamish Nowry, and Kyle Linett. Back row from left: coach Tony Mekker, assistant coach Brian Nowry Submitted photo and assistant coach Steve Rolland.

tournament, on December 5, NGS stormed to a 6-0 victory over the Cumberland B2 Dukes. Ault and Owen Mekker each scored two goals with singles going to Linnett and Mason Mekker. Owen Mekker and In their second game of the Rolland each had one assist. Begin

recorded the shutout. In the Braves’ third game they defeated the Leeds Chargers 2-0. The names of the goal scorers were not available; however, Begin was in goal to register the shutout.


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