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Worth the Drive: Morrisburg Native Heads Down the 401 to Success By Vincent Cama

The Colts could have had him. When 16 year-old Morrisburg native Marc Beckstead was cut from his first camp with the Kingston Frontenacs he nearly ended up in a Colts uniform.

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“I talked to (Colts head coach Ian) MacInnis a bunch in the summer (of 2011) about a deal to go there,” said Beckstead, now 17 and enjoying his first year in a Frontenacs uniform. “He (MacInnis) wanted me but I played “AA” and you couldn’t protect “AA’s” back then. They couldn’t draft me because all they had was their third rounder so I Marc Beckstead is very happy that his hockey career has taken him to Kingston. Photo by Vincent Cama ended up going to Cumberland.” The Grads snatched him up in the first round that year and he went on to perform admirably for them the following season, notching 39 points (12 goals, 27 assists) over 56 games in Tier II.

for the Fred Page Cup last year. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be.

Beckstead admits it might have been nice coming to Cornwall to be The thought of the skilled closer to home but he nevertheless powerforward beside the likes of had a very positive experience in Tylor and Tyson Spink may just Cumberland. “They really made me have been enough to have gotten feel welcome as a 16 year-old,” he the Colts over the Nepean Raiders said.

Truth be told, the 270th pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection almost made the Frontenacs as a 16 year-old. This past July, Front’s head coach Todd Gill was quoted as saying that Beckstead probably should have made the big club after his first camp on merit. However, Gill explained, the team had commitments to other players that they had to honour, so Beckstead had to wait. Continued on page 8

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By Vincent Cama

Junior hockey in Canada has various levels of rarefied air. For the greatest chance at turning pro, the best players in the country will gravitate to the CHL to get the best development, exposure and opportunity. The Central Junior Hockey League (aka Tier I Jr. A) Is one rung down in terms of competiveness but nevertheless features some outstanding players, many of whom go on to US college hockey where NHL clubs are increasingly looking for talent. Strange and fortunate, then, that the St. Lawrence College (SLC) men’s hockey team can boast of having a player of that calibre. Connor Primeau, 18, was a productive member of the Jr. “A” Cornwall Colts as recently as last August and going into his third CJHL year when he abruptly left the team to pursue his education in business at SLC. Rumours abounded as to his motivation but for Primeau it was relatively simple. “This is a small town, so I heard a lot of reasons why I quit which weren’t true at all,” said Primeau, a

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Primeau’s professor) was ecstatic at the prospect of him joining the SLC squad. “Typically any player capable of playing Jr. “A” hockey will be playing Jr. “A” hockey,” said Boulerice of his talented forward. “To have the opportunity to have someone of his calibre leave Jr. “A”, come here and have his services available to us is just unheard of.” So is Primeau having fun now? His coach thinks so.

“I don’t know the ins and outs of what transpired (in Jr. “A”),” said Boulerice “, but you see him around here, he’s got a smile on his face and he’s having fun in class and definitely having fun with Connor Primeau is having fun playing hockey at St. Lawrence College us…a major contributor.”

and is working on a career for the time when the games end as well.

More importantly, Primeau is happy with where his hockey career Despite making it clear that he and life is heading. (He plays with was unsure if he’d ever play in the the Char-Lan Rebels in the Jr. “B” CJHL again, the Smiths Falls Bears loop as well.) thought enough of Primeau to trade “Playing at SLC and Charhighly regarded defenseman Pierre Lan…I love it,” he said adding that Ouellete and their 1st round pick he plans to apply at the University in the 2013 draft for his rights. It of Ottawa to further his business didn’t change his mind. studies. The Gee Gees would Understandably, SLC head coach probably welcome them into their Sean Boulerice (who doubles as dressing room with open arms.

Photo supplied by St. Lawrence College. Cornwall native. “The big thing is I just wanted to have fun again.” Naturally, the pressure of playing Jr. “A” hockey is not for everybody. It is non-stop hockey 24/7 with little time for anything else, school included. When it gets to the point of drudgery, as it did for Primeau it’s time to call it quits no matter how talented you may be.

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Mason, Rene Longchamps and Jean Forget to play forward but politely declined every time. I have no idea where she gets her stubbornness from (note sarcasm.)

Kaylyn Dixon, Emma Martin, Abby Mason and Taylor McCallum all helped in making sure it was a fun season and a great atmosphere to be around.

It was my sincere pleasure to get to work with some great young ladies With one year as an assistant coach in and do what I could to add to their the Cornwall Girls Hockey Association development. They definitely added under my belt, I’m proud to say I’m to mine. hooked on girls’ hockey. Julia’s D-partner most of the season

And of course, Sabrina LalondeVaillancourt kept the unit together while providing solid goaltending with timely saves.


My eight year-old daughter Julia just wrapped up her first year in novice and has already mentioned next season as well as summer hockey camp. While the Typhoons program encourages the young ladies to try different positions during the early development years (tyke program), Julia has staked her claim on playing defence. She was offered ample opportunities by my fellow White Typhoon coaches Cory

Trainer Angele Kisnics and manager Julie Longchamps help keep the was the highly talented Julia Allen. coaching staff in line with their humour Mikalah Kisnics, Mylena Forget and and timely suggestions. Emily Bethune were a coach’s dream when it came to always having the I’ve been fortunate to have been willingness to listen and learn. Their broadcasting either Junior A (Colts) or sheer enjoyment of the game of hockey OHL (Frontenacs) for 19 seasons but thanks to the Novice White Typhoons, and life in general was infectious. 2012-13 will always be one of my Izzy Longchamps led the forwards, not most memorable in hockey. only on the score sheet but also by being one of the team’s loudest cheerleaders. Enough memories to last a lifetime. Elizabeth Arbic, Hannah Chisholm,

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Cornwall Optimist Minor Softball League: Feature Player Mat Leroux Submitted Article

Mat Leroux, 17, is one of the league’s veteran players as he is entering his 11th season. He started playing at the age of six, and began pitching at seven at St. Theresa’s Park in Cornwall. Leroux is quite involved in a lot of sports, He plays goalie in hockey (four years) and ball hockey (six years), and also plays volleyball, tennis, and last, but not least, softball for the COMSL. A Grade 11 student at La Citadelle, Mat also enjoys playing goalie on the school hockey team. In 2012, Mat won the Championship for his

Novice house league. Big news for 2013 is that his school’s hockey team (La Citadelle) qualified for EOSSA to be held in Brockville this month. Leroux was born in Cornwall and is the type of player who works hard and tries to concentrate on whatever is ahead. This is especially evident in how he challenges himself as a pitcher in the Cornwall Optimist Softball League where, sometimes, he is very hard on himself. However, with lots of support from his teammates, he enjoys the camaraderie with all the friends he has made in the Bantam Division. His teammates know that if they keep it light and joke around with him, he will start laughing and,

believe it or not, he is able to better concentrate on doing a terrific job at pitching. Under lots of pressure in the final game of the year, Mat was able to pitch his best game ever in helping his team (the Pirates) to win the 2012 Championship. The qualities of focus and determination were clearly on display. The effort earned him the MVP award for the 2012 season. Many softball fans have watched Leroux grow up and become a responsible young man showing integrity and good sportsmanship. There is no reason to believe that the upcoming season will be any different.

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Monique Sauve-Roy and her husband John Roy. It is a job they absolutely love to do. “The part we love about presiding is being at the park and talking to the parents and the kids,” explains Sauve-Roy. “We make ourselves available so that if there are any issues or concerns, we can deal with them immediately. We have both been involved in education in the past; therefore, seeing the kids smiling faces is what keeps us going. We prefer to see the kids at the park than having them on the streets.” This will be the fourth year that the Optimist Club has financially


supported this non-profit sports organization. They have been generous enough to provide new jerseys for the peewee and bantam players as well as new catcher equipment. This year there will be four teams per division. The minis will be players starting as young as four years old. As they grow older they can play in the majors, peewees and bantams divisions. Teams usually practice once a week and will play 22 games this season. For the older players, there is a pitching machine, which most players really enjoy.

It takes a big effort from a lot of people to make a league like this work. “From the volunteer parents, to the coaches and assistants, to the players, to the umpires and to the executive members, we form a team who works together towards a common goal,” says Sauve-Roy. “Our goal is to provide fun for the kids, teach them the game (as we are a recreational league, accepting all levels) and provide a safe environment for them. Cost of registration this year is $95.00 If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact Monique or John at 613-938-2026.

Player Movement By Richard Waldroff

The Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association (ODMHA) Handbook and Directory 2012-13, Page 89 Appendix E - Initiation Program Policy, Paragraph 7: States - Players under the age of 7 as of December 31st of the current hockey season are NOT permitted under any circumstances to play Novice hockey. Wow can you believe this, how can anyone enact, and continue to enforce such a development limiting piece of legislation. During my time as President of the Ottawa District Hockey Association I quietly expressed my dissatisfaction on how player movement was managed at the ODMHA with only a little progress ever being accomplished. Each playing season several players within the Initiation programs excel, this occurs for many reasons but mostly because they started skating at ages 4 or 5. This early start on the skill development enables these players to quickly grasp what is being taught, and turn themselves into leaders of the class. Unfortunately being a leader with another season to be completed before one can play the game they truly wish to and came for, can lead to boredom, loss of interest and maybe even a change in the choice of sport. Now what can be done to improve this situation? The first thing is you the parents must SPEAK UP about this blatant disrespect for the players and their skill level. You the parents pay the bills, and elect the representatives to these boards who make these decisions. Those of you sitting there saying that’s ok my kids are above that level pay attention there are restrictions at all age levels and categories. SOLUTION - Next I would like to suggest a standing committee be established, to manage the movement of players within the levels and age categories it must consist of individuals with a good understanding of the game and the skill requirements at each level and category. It is likely to be a small committee with access to individuals with the abilities I have described. This Player Movement Committee would need to establish the criteria for the acceptance of applications, the application document itself, acceptable times for application, and timetables for the review and response to each application. There will also need to be process developed for evaluating each application; because expenses maybe incurred by the individual performing these evaluations a fee will need to accompany each application submitted. I firmly believe that such a process would benefit our game tremendously, better yet would encourage players to work hard for the doors are no longer closed. The best players must play at the highest level possible, after all being the best you can be creates huge pride for the player themselves, parents, associations, the team, fellow players and the Branch. Please contact your local Hockey President, your association and tell them how you feel. Keep your stick below you waist.


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By David James On Saturday, February 16th 2013, during game 1 of the Playoffs between the Char-Lan Rebels and Akwesasne Jr. B Wolves, the Rebels teamed up with Beyond 21 for a Fundraiser to help purchase electronic learning devices for the program’s participants. For the fundraiser all proceeds from the chuck-a-puck event would be donated to the Beyond 21 program and all monies raised would be matched. A total of $1,720.00 was raised in this event.

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Answer: Thank you Mylena for your question, I am not sure that this is a straight forward answer because every coach has a different coaching style and look for different players. It also depends on the level of play you are at and how that player would FIT within his/her system of play. At a younger age level of play the coach might be looking for more faster players and as you get in the older levels he/she might be looking for a few defensive players, big players and so one...A few things that remain the same that every coach looks for players with the right attitude, strong work ethic, and coach-able ( listens and wants to learn.) How you present yourself on and off the ice is important also. Being a strong leader on and off the ice goes a long way. When you present yourself for try-outs make sure you are in good physical form and make yourself noticed, give that little extra effort or make that extra pass..... good luck in your future endeavors. Derrick Cracknell • Mortgage Agent • Lic #10001993 613-662-2377 •

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The Rebels were honoured to team up with Beyond 21. This Program supports developmentally challenged young adults in Cornwall and the surrounding area who are no longer eligible for the school system. Beyond 21 offers a structured, meaningful, inclusive and community-based environment where dependent developmentally challenged adults continue to thrive and grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. To find out more about this Program, please visit index.php/beyond-21. You can also contact David James, lead program facilitator at 613-933-5505, ext. 4111.

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The Major League Baseball spring training season is well under way, and for fans of the Toronto Blue Jays, it looks like it could be a very good year. Baseball in Canada doesn’t have the appeal that it has with our southern neighbor. Still, not that long ago talk of the Toronto Blue Jays and their hopes of a championship did get people talking. This month the question is whether the moves the club made in the off-season affect your interest level in the sport? Are you looking forward to opening day in April, or is baseball in Canada something that really doesn’t demand your attention? Terry Tinkess

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At one time I would have listed baseball as my favourite sport, or at the very least, in a tie with hockey. Since the Toronto Blue Jays won their second world championship, the game has lost much of its interest for me. I can’t really say why, except that to follow any professional sport at more than a casual level requires more time than I had to offer. If you don’t know the players, it isn’t nearly as much fun. This year, however, that might change. Many “experts” are giving the Jays a chance to challenge for a spot in the post season, and that, I have to admit, has me paying attention. Nothing beats the smell of a well-oiled ball glove or the feel of a ball fresh out of the box. I’d like to have the chance to stimulate those memories again. Will it have any chance to unseat hockey? I doubt it, but I’m willing to give it a chance to fight for my time between April and October. I am not much of a baseball fan, as I have not been to a game or followed it very closely since the Expo’s left Montreal almost ten years ago. Media attention on the Blue Jays during spring training seems greater than I remember in previous years, and expectations for this season are quite high. April and May are busy months for me in karate, with coaching clinics, tournaments and belt gradings. The NHL season is finishing, and playoffs are getting underway. After the Stanley Cup has been won and karate classes have finished for the summer, following the Toronto Blue Jays becomes an option. My level of interest in the Blue Jays has certainly increased with all the moves that they have made in the off-season. Although I do not follow baseball on a consistent basis, I do enjoy watching the occasional game and keep track of the standings, however, I will certainly pay more attention this year. I am looking forward to opening day and watching to see if the lineup on the field is as good as it appears on paper. Hockey, however, will still be my primary focus until the Stanley Cup is hoisted.

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Worth the Drive:

Continued from page 1 the “Hardest Working Player of the As Beckstead played his one Game” award. Not a bad showing for season in Cumberland, his then 5’9 a new kid, and he says he feels right 150 lbs. frame grew to a more OHL at home in Kingston and playing in friendly 5’11 165 and he showed the OHL is the realization of a longhe wasn’t afraid of getting his nose time dream. dirty or dropping the gloves if needed. Gill and GM Doug Gilmour were impressed enough with his progress to officially bring him into the Frontenac’s family in the 2012 offseason. Beckstead has gone on to record 14 points (six goals, eight assists) over 52 games in his rookie year in the OHL this year, twice receiving

“This is a top development league in the world,” explained Beckstead about his reasons for choosing the OHL route. “Also, the coaches in Kingston are unbelievable. Being coached by a Hall-of-Famer (Gilmour) and a guy who’s been in the league (the NHL) forever (Gill) is amazing…I couldn’t pass it up.”

- The “Team” has just completed Issue # 7 and once again I would like to thank Lynn (Graphic Design), Terry (Editorial), Bernadette (Website), the writers and editorial contributors, our distribution locations, our advertisers and of course the kid’s and people who make our stories possible. I hope you enjoy issue # 7.

- Congrat’s to Canton NY native Kyle Flanagan who recently signed a 1 year entry level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. He will finish the 2012/13 season with the Adirondack Phantoms in the AHL. Kyle played NCAA Div 1 hockey at St Lawerence University in Canton. He was a member of the Cornwall Colts in the 2006 / 07 season. - “Thanks for Coaching my Kid”, as the hockey season has ended for another year, I would also like to thank all the parents and players who thanked me along with my assistant coach Reid Lepine and trainer Greg Barnhart for our volunteer efforts in coaching the CMHA peewee B team this year. I would also like to extend a “Thank You” to all the volunteer coaches, trainers, managers and executives who work together to provide all types of sporting activities for our youth. - Speaking of volunteers, congrat’s also to CGHA President Rod McLeod who was nominated and is in the top 100 of the Kraft Hockey goes on promotion which recognizes the country’s top hockey volunteers. A thumbs up is also given to the people who recognize Rod’s contributions and took the time to nominate him for the award.

- The East Champions in the UCMHL have all been declared. Congrats to the winners and good luck in the finals

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- Atom: Char Lan Rebels, Peewee: Alexandria Glen’s, Bantam: Alexandria Glen’s, Minor Midget: Char Lan Rebels, Major Midget: Cornwall Colts

- Broomball anyone? Be sure to check out the Benson Centre April 3 to April 6 as the Canadian Juvenile Broomball Championships will be taking place. Playing host to this event are the Seaway Valley Devils (Girls) and the Valley Gamblers (Boys) For tournament schedule or more information see

- Registration for many summer league’s is ongoing this month. Be it Golf, Football, Lacrosse, Ball hockey, tennis, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, multisports clubs, or any other activity, Sports Energy encourages you to get out, register, compete and have fun. - Concussion in Sport. Sports Energy would like to invite any athlete’s, parents, coaches and trainers to a lecture on Concussion in Sport. This informative session will be held May 1/ 2013 at 7:00 pm at Cornwall Spinecare Plus. You can also read up on concussions in this months edition of Sports Energy. Please see the article by Dr Kylie Draper on page 25.

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City of Cornwall Offers New Spring Programming for All Ages Fit For Life - Seniors Fitness 55+ Program runs April 2nd – May 23

Spring Swimming Lessons Begin April 21st Get Ready to Take the Plunge!

Join us for our newest fitness program “Fit For Life” on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Benson Centre starting at 9:30 a.m. each day. Fit for Life is a 60 minute exercise program designed for older adults. The class combines both aerobic and non-aerobic exercises which build strength, improve balance, and increase flexibility. Exercises may be performed while standing or sitting to meet the needs of all fitness levels. The class will be instructed by Jenny Irvine and will consist of 16 classes and is designed for participants 55 years of age or better. Registration is also being accepted for once per week participation or on a drop in basis. Introductory fees for the program are as follows; Full 16 Classes $54.24(inc. tax) 8 classes $30.51 (inc. tax) and drop in rate of $5.00 (plus tax).

Registration for Spring swimming lessons are now available. The Cornwall Aquatic Centre offers a wide variety of swimming programs for people of all ages. “Registering in one of our swimming lesson programs is a great way to meet new people, get some exercise and learn an important life skill,” said Aquatic Coordinator Lori Gibeau. For more information, please contact the Aquatic Centre at 613-933-3586 or visit our Aquatic pages on the City of Cornwall website

Let’s Play Tennis Youth Lessons April 6th May 11th Registration for Spring swimming lessons are now available. The Starting Saturday April 6th our new session of youth tennis lessons begins for children between the ages of 5 and 16 years. We offer four levels of instruction including Little Racquets (Ages 5 - 7), Volleys (Ages 8 - 10), Aces (Ages 11 – 14) and Masters (Ages 15 & 16). Join instructor Drew Poirier as he teaches players court etiquette and stroke techniques including forehand, backhand, serve, and volley. Through skills and game play, this course will help improve the players’ tennis ability and focus on sportsmanship and having fun. Our lessons take place on Saturdays at the Benson Centre. Register early as this program does fill up quickly. Fees: $57.00/participant

Youth Recreation Sports Programs Nothing but Net & Basketball Over the past few years the Department of Planning, Parks & Recreation has been offering a number of youth sport and recreation programs that are designed to allow participants an opportunity to stay active and have fun in a non-competitive setting. Each week players will work on various skills and drills and play fun games. The program is open to boys and girls from the ages of 6 – 12 years. Join us for Nothing but Net and Basketball, sign up early as space is limited. Fees: $36.00/participant Nothing But Net Sports April 3rd – May 8th Basketball – Hoop It Up! May 15th – June 19th

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Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is what keeps an athlete at the top of their game. Benchmark Testing helps athletes to do just that. With state-of-the-art equipment, Mat Milberry, owner and founder of Benchmark Testing offers sport specific testing to help athletes and their teams determine strengths and weaknesses. Through test, improve, and repeat methods, weaknesses can be worked on giving the athlete what they need to be the best.

Milberry played hockey in his hometown of Dartmouth, NS where he received a hockey scholarship to a prep school in the US. He continued on to play for the Brockville Braves, TMC, and was the captain of the St. Lawrence College Sharks for the three years that he studied there. During his second year as captain, the team won the provincial championship. Being somewhat of an expert on hockey, Milberry is now helping young athletes find their potential. “Kids can be tested, and then compare themselves to other athletes in all levels,” said Milberry. “The testing can help motivate them to do better and make improvements where it is needed.”

Mat Milberry, an accomplished athlete, has always had aspirations of owning his own business. “I decided to go back to school in 2009,” said Milberry. “It turned out Benchmark Testing will be to be the best decision of my life.” analyzing athletes at the end of the month as part of the spring Milberry attended St. and summer training regime. Tests Lawrence College in Cornwall include agility, peripheral vision, earning a degree in the Business action time, and endurance. The Administration program. He results will help the athletes to focused on accounting so that he improve on their weakness. could understand the numbers part of owning a business. It is there that Milberry hopes to expand, he met his wife and it is there that he including testing for other sports got the idea for the business. After including soccer, lacrosse, and doing some research and getting football. some assistance from Stormont, For more information about Dundas & Glengarry Development Milberry, owner and founder of Benchmark Benchmark Testing and what Mat Testing with some state-of –the-art testing equipment. Corporation, Benchmark Testing the company has to offer, visit Photo by Diane Hunter was underway.

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Each Step Takes You Closer

By Terry Tinkess

With the “real” season” well under way, the Cornwall Colts keep moving closer to where they really want to be. After a strong finish to the CJHL regular season which saw the Colts finish in second place in the Robinson division, the hunt for the Bogard has begun. In the first round, you can hope and dream about where you want to be. Make it to the second round, as the Colts have, and dreams and reality move closer to being the same thing. In the opening round the sixth place Brockville Braves didn’t make it easy for the Colts. It was a back and forth series, but the Colts managed to end the Braves season in six games. Now it is a matchup of two teams without a previously shared postseason experience as the Colts meet up with the Carleton Place Canadians.

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River Kings Head to Playoffs Against Saint-Georges By Staff

The Cornwall River Kings finished Wednesday, April 3 will see the off their regular season in third place Colts return to the Ottawa Valley with and will face Saint-Georges in a first game four scheduled for Thursday, round series that opens in Cornwall April 4 at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. Games five, six and seven, if at the Ed Lumley arena. Game two necessary, will be in Carleton Place will take place on Sunday, March 31 on Saturday, April 6, Cornwall on at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, and back in Carleton While any team is happy for a Place on Wednesday, April 10. chance to play in the playoffs, the Is there anything better than spring River Kings would have probably time and playoff hockey? I don’t preferred to head into the post season think so and it’s even better when with a little more momentum. They you can stretch it into May. finished above .500 with a record

of 20-17-1-2, but have lost five consecutive games to wrap-up the regular season. In the regular season the River Kings record against Saint-Georges was two wins and four losses. Opening at home should help the River Kings, as they should have the support of a boisterous crowd to cheer them on. They will be hoping for big things from Nicolas Corbeil, who ended up as the River Kings leading scorer with 21 goals and 23 assists for 44 points. Corbeil was tied with Oliviér Proux (16-28-44) and Sasha Pokulok (14-30-44). On the defensive side, Loic Lacasse finished as the winningest goaltender in the league this season, picking up 17 victories in 34 games.

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CGHA Fundraiser Nets $6500 For Madisson Primeau

As both teams lined up on the blue lines at the end of the game, Madisson, along with her father and her two siblings (two and a half year old twin brothers), were presented with a cheque for $6,500. The initial amount the group had hoped to raise was only $1,000.

By Tammy Larin

The first annual Cornwall Girls Hockey Association coaches vs. senior “A” Women’s Fastbreakers game doubled as a fundraiser for Madisson Primeau, a seven year-old novice player battling brain cancer.

Although that amount could not have been raised without the support and donations from so many, it was the kind and thoughtful act of a nine year old girl that was astonishing.

On March 9th, spectators filled the seats at the Benson Centre not only for a friendly game of hockey, but to also support the Primeau family. Less than a year ago, Madisson was diagnosed with a brain tumor. In June 2012, she underwent a fifteen and a half hour surgery, and has overcome many obstacles in a year that was unimaginable for a child.

Madisson’s father, Denis Primeau, expressed the family’s gratitude. “It has been a hard battle, but we have never felt alone,” said Primeau. “The support has been overwhelming.”

As his eyes filled up with tears, Primeau described how Madisson has been subjected to 31 rounds of Rod McLeod presenting a cheque for $6,500 to the Primeau family. radiation therapy and what he felt Photo by Tammy Larin. when he heard that CGHA would be fundraising for his family. “I was happy when I received the call from Rod McLeod,” said Primeau. “Madisson loves hockey and the amount of support we have is outstanding.” Rod McLeod, President of CGHA, explained how the event became a fundraiser for the Primeau family. “We wanted to end the season with a friendly game of shinny, coaches vs. Fastbreakers,” said McLeod. “The association unanimously voted to also host it as a fundraiser for Madisson.”

Zoe Campeau, an atom Typhoons player, took it upon herself to raise $110 for Madisson. “I heard my mom talking about Madisson and I wanted to do something for her, because I don’t think it is a good thing to have cancer,” said Campeau. Campeau, who said she has never met Madisson, made bracelets and key chains then brought them to school where she sold them for $2 each to her friends. “I am very thankful for the support,” said Primeau. “As of now, Madisson has had two MRI’s showing no signs of cancer. She is bouncing back from a rough January/February and she is looking forward to playing hockey next season.”

The game got underway with Madisson shuffling across to centre ice to drop the first puck. Although the Fastbreakers were trailing most of the game, the last minute of play Zöe Campeau, nine, holding both teams were let loose on the ice Madisson Primeau along with her dad Denis Primeau drop the first puck to some bracelets she made to and the final score ended up being a kick off first annual coaches vs. Senior “A” women’s Fastbreakers game. help raise $110 for Madisson. four-all tie. Photo by Tammy Larin Photo by Tammy Larin

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While most young hockey players dream about winning the Stanley Cup or breaking Gretzky’s records, some choose a different path but stay true to the sport. One such former hockey player is Shane Nakic. Born and raised in Cornwall, Nakic did what a lot of young boys do and signed up for hockey. He played hockey until he was 15 and then decided to turn his career to officiating. From 2000 until 2004, Nakic officiated for minor hockey associations throughout eastern Ontario. Known as a quiet, confident official, he soon found himself at

ODHA level and the opportunity to become a referee. “I wanted to see how I could better myself,” said Nakic. It must have worked because he was selected to make the jump to junior hockey. His career continued to progress. In 2007, Nakic made it to the big league when he started officiating at the pro level in the Central Hockey League. He stayed there for two years before coming back home to continue his education. In 2011, he graduated from a Police Foundations course and is now looking for employment in policing. Nakic still officiates, however. Last year he was referee for the Fred Page Cup, and he continues to

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referee when he can. goal: “Stay on the ice for as long One of the things he enjoys is as possible.” helping out younger linesmen and he is a mentor to many. His advice for anyone who wants to become a hockey referee is advice that would suit well for any profession. “Work ethic is number one,” he said. “Put one hundred per cent into everything you do.” He also recommends setting small achievable goals. “You won’t make it to the finals the first year,” he said, though he did make it to the first round of finals his first year. Nakic hopes to remain a big part of the hockey scene for as long as possible as he continues to referee and help out the association. His

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Spinal Injuries We all know that hockey is one of the most contact filled sports out there, and sometimes hits can get nasty, injuring the player. A very important possible injury to note is one to the spine, ANYTIME you are needed on the ice, the first thing you should tell the player is not to move, and assess their spine. If you suspect a spinal injury either by the way the player hit the boards or by signs/ symptoms they show, do not, under any circumstances move them. Place your hands firmly on the sides of their head to secure their c-spine (note. Only do this if you are valid in first aid/CPR). As soon as c-spine is secured, designate someone to call 911, make sure they are aware of the situation: name of

victim, age, consciousness and any injuries reported. Keep the player talking, reassure them that help is on the way, monitor their level of consciousness and ensure any and all movement is to a minimal. If the player becomes unconscious, monitor their breathing and maintain their airway with little movement. Do not remove any equipment until paramedics arrive, spinal injuries are very sensitive and not for you to handle, leave it up to the people trained to do so. Update 911 as often as possible and await the arrival of help

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Scotiabank, Alexandria gave the Eastern Regional 55+ Games being organized by the local Ontario Senior Games Association a financial boost, when it matched the amount raised by the association at a recent fund raising dinner. Scotiabank presented a cheque for $1360 to Senior Games Association president, Graham Vickers, far left, and Eastern Regional Games chair, George Baker, third from left. Making the presentation on behalf of the bank were, from left, Audrey Kennedy, Colleen Koronewski, Adam Giroux, and Brenda MacMaster. The Eastern Regional 55+ Games will take place in Cornwall and area on August 20. Between 500 and 600 participants from seven Eastern Ontario districts will compete in 12 different events.

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While I have many fond memories of my Minor Hockey Playing and coaching day’s, I have to pick a Colt’s Junior A game as my “Favorite” Sports Memory. It was the 1995 / 96 season.I was the General Manager of the Colts that year.We started the year playing at the Si Miller Arena, but we were forced to move our playoff games to the Ed Lumley Arena due to fire code safety concerns about our attendance at the Si. Game 7 of the Championship final round vs the Gloucester Rangers has to be my favorite sports memory. We were being broadcast live on both the radio and Cogeco TV. When I finally left my office with team owner Don Derry to watch the game, we walked into a packed Ed Lumley Arena, over 4000 fans were in attendance! It was an amazing feeling looking around at the noisy, crowded arena. To top the night off, the Colt’s won the game and the CJHL Championship for a second year in a row. This night still ranks as my favorite sports memory, and I hope the present day Colts and the Riverkings can duplicate this attendance mark during the playoff’s this season.

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From the Rink to the Classroom because it was so much fun, and not so much pressure.

By Jan Murray

Conway, better known to many by his nickname, “Crusher,” began playing defense for the Royals in the 1972-73 season. His time with them spanned three seasons; two of which he led the team as their captain. During these three years, he can boast 15 goals and 86 assists. Perhaps his nickname helps explain his 291 penalty minutes. After leaving the Royals, Conway continued to play at the university level, playing for both McMaster University as well as Queen’s University, both as team captain. While attending Queen’s, he obtained his teaching certificate. Upon graduation, however, he was unable to find suitable employment as a teacher and instead began a 25-year career as a welder. Conway believes the most important thing he took away from his many years in hockey is the many friends that he met along the way. “I still have a lot of the same friends,” he says, “We’ve stayed in touch through the years, and have reunions.” He fondly recollects “memories shared and good laughs.” You can hear the smile in his voice as he gleefully recalls the good times.

If you were asked to close your eyes, relax, and think back to the year 1972, would the Cornwall Royals come to mind? For Mike Conway they would. That was a most amazing time in his life. As a young boy, who had grown The memories speak of an experience he up following the Royals every move, this was a very exciting time. The Royals had just won hopes every child gets a chance to know. the Memorial Cup. For him, they were the best Admittedly though, he worries that there are kids out there that are missing out, as the cost of hockey team in Canada. playing hockey is high. “There are lots of good Growing up in Cornwall, Conway faithfully players out there that can’t play because of the followed the Royals. Devoted to following the cost,” he says. careers of his two favorite heroes, Ron Ward and From 2001 to 2004, Conway gave back to Jean Payette, he speaks fondly of his childhood memories. “I’m happy I grew up in Cornwall,” junior hockey when he worked as an assistant says Conway. “It was a ball.” And while he coach for the Cornwall Colts. He hopes that kids played a lot of hockey, he admits one of his today realize just how versatile a great hockey favorite times was at the midget level, in part player needs to be, and advises kids to get


involved in multiple sports. “Don’t concentrate on just one sport,” says Conway. “Try them all at least until you are 14 or 15.” He believes it would be a real sacrifice to focus on just one sport, because different sports develop different skills. “Hockey players today need to do lots of things to be successful,” he adds. Now, years later, although hockey is still a huge part of Conway’s life, he finds himself finally realizing his university goals as he teaches at Cornwall Collegiate Secondary School where he has been for eight years, leading the way and creating memories of a different kind.

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Major Peewee Rapids Eliminate Silver Seven By Bill Woodside

The Seaway Valley Major Peewee AA Rapids have won their quarterfinal series, defeating the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven, six points to two in their best of five points series. The first game was played on February 14th in Osgoode with the Rapids prevailing 6-4. Seaway opened the scoring on a goal by Jordan Canham, assisted by Joseph Samson and Ethan Mulhearn. OVSS replied with two of their own before Canham scored again with 10 seconds remaining in the first period assisted by Mulhearn and Samson. OVSS scored the lone goal of the second period to take a 3-2 lead going into the third. Seaway tied the game early in the third period on a goal by Mulhearn, assisted by Canham and Landon Fraser. Ottawa Valley took the lead again before Canham scored his third of the game, assisted by Samson and Mathieu Giroux to tie the score at 4. The Rapids took the lead for good on a goal by Samson with 5:16 remaining with assists going to Canham and Ryan Levis. The drama did not end there, as Seaway was assessed a four-minute double minor with 4:02 remaining. However, the Rapids held on to kill the penalty and Samson sealed the deal with an empty-netter assisted by goalie Aidan Lamothe. Game 2 was played on February 17th in Maxville. Seaway came out hard and outplayed, outskated, and outhit their opponents and rolled to a 7-0 victory. The Rapids scored two first period goals, the first by Samson with assists to Canham and Mulhearn and the second by Mulhearn unassisted. The game was blown wide open in the second as the Rapids filled the net scoring four times. Canham scored with assists going to Samson and Brant Woodside. Woodside then scored on the power play, assisted by Canham. Mulhearn scored his second of the game

The Seaway Valley Major Peewee AA Rapids are looking to the second round as they won their their quarterfinal series. Photo supplied by Bill Woodside First Row -- Dawson Irving, Evan Huntley, Tyler Eldridge, Landon Fraser, Eric Ouellette, Aidan Lamothe Second Row -- Ryan Levis, Ben Paul, Taran Fiacco, Ethan Mulhearn, Mathieu Giroux Third Row -- Sam Fitzgerald, Wade Moak, Joseph Samson, Brant Woodside, Jordan Canham, Ben Dirven.

assisted by Samson and Canham. Taran Fiacco scored Seaway’s fourth goal of the period, assisted by Tyler Eldridge. Woodside scored the lone goal in the third with the assist going to Samson. Dawson Irving earned the shutout victory. The Rapids travelled in a snowstorm to Carp on February 19th for game three and a chance to clinch the series. The boys looked road-weary as Ottawa Valley jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period before Samson scored assisted by Canham to close the gap to 3-1. Early in the third, Seaway inched closer to make it 3-2 on a goal by Canham, assisted by Samson. However OVSS tallied again less than a minute later to

regain their two goal cushion and Seaway never recovered eventually falling 7-2. Seaway returned home to Maxville on February 21st for game four. There was tension in the air, as a loss would mean travelling to Kinburn for a deciding fifth game. The Rapids came out hard in the first period and grabbed a 1-0 lead on a goal by Fiacco, assisted by Eldridge and Ben Paul. The Silver Seven did not lie down however, scoring early in the second period to knot things up at one apiece. Seaway regained the lead on a goal by Samson with assists going to Canham and Mulhearn. Late in the period Samson dealt a serious blow to any comeback hopes of OVSS by

scoring a shorthanded goal assisted by Mulhearn and the Rapids entered the third period with a two-goal lead. Seaway never stopped skating and Samson clinched the series by scoring again to complete the hat trick with assists once again going to Canham and Mulhearn. Dawson Irving was between the pipes to earn his second win of the series. Congratulations to the current top three playoff scorers – all Rapids – Samson – 14, Canham – 13, and Mulhearn – 9. By defeating the fourth place Silver Seven, the fifth place Rapids will now face either the first place Ottawa Sting or the second place Nepean Raiders in the second round. Good luck Rapids!

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The first element of a typical karate class is safety. A good instructor structures the class to ensure that students have a positive training experience in a safe environment. Students are to respect, and be aware of others training around them. There is nothing positive about injuries, and most can be prevented. Each karate class is made up of several different components – here are some that can be found in a typical class. Warm-up: This is the first stage of every martial arts class. It consists of gross motor exercises that prepare the body for more strenuous work. The length varies from club to club, but I like to keep it to no more than fifteen minutes and have it Seaway Karate members were very successful at the recent Martial flow into the next stage. Basic techniques: This consists of Madness tournament in Perth, a competition with almost two hundred participants. Front row: Huzaifa Mazhar,3rd team kata. Back row: kicks, punches, blocks, strikes, stances Pamela Jody 2nd sparring, 2nd kata, Ihtisham Mazhar, 2nd in under-19 and co-ordination drills. The intensity black belt sparring, 3rd team kata, Carly McPhail, 3rd sparring,3rd kata, level gradually increases as the students John McCormick, 1st place in mens open black belt sparring, Sensei become fully warmed up. Jim Riddell (instructor). Absent from photo – Emma Wilkinson, 2nd Photo Supplied Focus pads and kicking shields: There kata, Micheal Bernard, 1st place, sport jiu-jitsu are almost an infinite number of drills Kata: A kata is a predetermined series of kata is instrumental in the smoothing using pads and shields. There are specific drills for improving each of the attributes of movements, required for each belt out of technique. All of the attributes – speed, focus, power, timing, balance, level. These moves are broken down into improve through kata training. the self-defense applications. Repetition agility, and endurance. Self-defense: This is the training of

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Seeing Double: SLC Sharks Players Doing Double Duty By Jentry van Baal Superheroes may have alter egos, but they’re not the only ones pulling double duty lately. Rather than taking to the streets in masks and capes, these heroes are hitting the ice. Their disguise? A different jersey. For seven of the St. Lawrence College (SLC) Men’s Hockey team athletes, the Sharks are only the beginning. On top of their full-time studies and dedication to their school team, SLC’s Kevin Veilleux, Joel Marleau, Quinlin MacDonell, Connor Primeau, Nathan Sanseverino, Mitch Lefebrve and Evan Smits, are also proud Char-Lan Junior “B” Rebels. If raw talent and skill wasn’t enough for these individual players, combine it with their close friendship and history on ice, and you have a team that can only be considered a force to be reckoned with. “Chemistry, on and off the ice, is something we aim for at the start of every season,” explained Shark’s coach, Mike Pettinella, who leads the dynamic team alongside coach Sean Boulerice. “This year’s edition of the Men’s Sharks was a tight knit group as early as our first road trip. Many of the guys played minor hockey together growing up, and we had a number of players who were skating with the same Junior “B” squad as well. “This, no doubt, was a big part of our success on the ice, and kept things loose around the locker room, lots of laughs!” “I do think it gives us an edge,” Business student and Shark’s forward, Kevin Veilleux, agreed. “All the boys go to the same school, and a lot of us are in the same classes. We’re just always around each other and everybody loves everybody,” he explained, adding that being together away from the rink helps the team come together on the ice. “Our on and off ice chemistry couldn’t be better.” Although it seems like a daunting task for these busy college students

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to balance two teams on top of No matter how well this full-time studies, it’s nothing they unique group of Sharks has done can’t handle. throughout their seasons together, their hard work and dedication to “I don’t necessarily feel like the their team and education has set combination of the Rebels/Sharks hockey cuts into my school work, but with the Sharks I do have to miss class time,” explained Veilleux. “Our teachers are really supportive with us participating in the athletics programs at the school as long as we communicate with them and keep them in line with everything that’s going on.”

them aside from all others, placing them in a league of their own, and making both St. Lawrence College, and the Char-Lan Rebels proud to have them.


Before every event, a list of potential players is sent out to faculty members on campus, and ensures athletes will not fall behind. “If a teacher feels that someone on that list is not pulling his weight in the classroom, the player would be scratched from the line-up until his grades are back up to par,” Pettinella explained. “Luckily, this was not an issue with this year’s team!” As for balancing schoolwork, Veilleux manages his time wisely to keep up. “I try to do as much of my homework during school hours,” he explained. “If I can’t get around to finishing everything up at school, I try to make some time after to group up with some of the boys that are also in the Business program.”

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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 Can-Skate Learn to Skate .............................. Karin Touchette........... 613-936-9290 FOOTBALL Cornwall Men’s Flag Football......................... Jonathan Campeau ..... 613-551-4605 Cornwall Minor Football Association ............. Rod Simpson .............. 613-936-2888 GOLF Archie’s Family Golf Centre ............................................................... 613-932-8255 Cornwall Golf & Country Club ........................................................... 613-931-1122 Heritage Golf Club ............................................................................ 613-347-3738 Summerheights Golf Links................................................................ 613-938-8009 Upper Canada Golf Course ................................................................ 613-543-2003 GYMNASTICS Cornwall Gymnastics Club ............................ Tammy Mcallister ....... 613-933-4356 HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONS Akwesasne Minor Hockey Association .......... Mark Terrance............. 315-250-0287 Alexandria Minor Hockey Association ........... Kevin Ctaig ................. 613-551-2698 CharLan Minor Hockey Association .............. Bruce McRae .............. 613-347-3406 Cornwall Minor Hockey Association .............. Brian Caskenette ......... 613-933-8586 NGS Minor Hockey Association .................... Chad Brownlee ........... 613-984-0410 South Stormont Minor Hockey Association .. Brad Maloney ............. 613-346-0888 Seaway Valley “AA” Minor Hockey Association .... Blair Fitzpatrick ........... 613-933-0026 Cornwall Colts Junior A Hockey .................... Ian MacInnis ............... 613-930-9300 Cornwall Girls Hockey Association ................ Rod McLeod Cornwall Women’s Recreational Hockey League .... Sylvie Jans .......................................................... Cornwall River Kings ..................................... Mitch Gagne ............... 613-935-6219 Cornwall Minor Ball Hockey League .............. Gerry Sommerville...... 613-703-9183 Cornwall Women’s Ball Hockey League......... Dominique Laroche .... 613-936-2020 Cornwall Men’s Ball Hockey League .............. Mitch Gagne ............... 613-932-4471 JIU JITSU CLUB Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club .................................. Stephen Lefebvre ........ 613-930-5489 KARATE Seaway Karate............................................... Jim Riddell ................. 613-534-2042 JJS Kenpo Karate .......................................... Brenda Saucier ........... 613-577-0299 LACROSSE Cornwall Minor Lacrosse .............................. Terry Turcotte ............. 613-937-3354 SOCCER Kinsmen Minor Soccer Association .................................................. 613-938-1545 S.D.&G. Blazers ............................................ Mike Gilligan ............... 613-938-1545 Cornwall & District Soccer ............................ Chris Smith................. 613-931-2176 Cornwall Indoor Soccer ................................ Frank Chartrand .......... 613-933-5103 Cornwall City Soccer ..................................... 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SOCCER Glengarry Soccer League .............................. Stephanie 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 Cornwall Outdoor Club de Plein Air ................................................... 613-534-8855 Cornwall Rugby Club .................................... Bill Swinden ................ 613-932-1273 Cougars Track and Field ................................ Ceri Timbrell ............... 613-537-9681 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 If your organization is listed and information should be updated, please forward current information.

Local Competitors Do Well at 55+ Winter Games Local competitors at the Ontario 55+ Winter Games in Huntsville, last month, came home with four gold medals in hockey, nordic skiing and prediction skating. The SD&G, Prescott-Russell and Akwesasne contingent of 55 competed with over 1000 others from all over the province in the 2013 senior winter games, a bi-annual event held in odd numbered years. Provincial senior summer games are held bi-annually in even numbered years.

Following are the results for the local competitors: hockey 65+, gold; hockey 55+, bronze; alpine skiing, women 55+, Stephanie Hill-Nichols, bronze; alpine skiing, men 65+, Graham Vickers, bronze; alpine skiing, women 65+, Linda Vickers, 4th; alpine skiing, men 75+, Bob Pearson, 5th; nordic skiing, men 65+, Harry Jarrett, gold; Malcolm McIntyre 7th; Stanley Fraser, 8th; nordic skiing, women 65+, Beatrice Jones, gold (tie); Carole McIntyre, silver; Jacqueline Fraser, bronze; prediction skating, Sharon McCullough, gold. The Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games, formerly known as the Ontario Senior Games, are a celebration of active living, uniting participants 55 years and older in a multi-sport environment. The Games are a program of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and are delivered by be Sport

Here is a photo of the District 8 hockey team that won gold in the 65+ category. In front, from left, are Lestor Holmes, Fern Gauvreau, Leslie McAllister, Steve Casselman, Jack Haines and Ross Brady. At back are Alvin Darling, Bill Farmer, Larry Guest, Doug Casselman, Brian Helmer, Ron Alguire and John Adams.

Members of the bronze medal 55+ winning team are Front row, L-R: Earl McBean, Rick Cameron, Dale Swerdfeger, Dave Alguire, Brian Reasbeck, Garry Lalonde. Back Row, left-right: Claude Regnier, Ben Guindon, Claude Bourck, Dave MacDonald, Alex Herrington, Terry Grant, Paul Seguin, Randy Connors. Not Shown: Brent McDonell (Coach)

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For more information about the Ontario Senior Games Association, visit: w w w. o n t a r i o s e n i o r g a m e s . ca. For information about the Ontario Games program and Sport Alliance Ontario, visit: Photo shows the contingent of local participants who made the bus trip to Huntsville.


Police Versus Blazers Equals Smiles By Cody Fair

Members of the Cornwall Police Service squared-off on the soccer pitch in January for the fifth annual Blazers versus Tasers fundraiser. The event pitted a team of local police against six Seaway Valley Blazers from the various age groups. It was, to say the least, a very successful event for a number of reasons. The teams raised a grand total of $11,000. No scores were kept. While not every participant was interviewed, from the laughter that could be heard it is a reasonable assumption that everyone had fun. The teams were selected form the Seaway Valley Blazers organization got the chance to play against police officers for a half hour game. They also had the responsibility of raising pledges on behalf of their team, with the proceeds going to the respective teams. The event started five years ago with a single team, then it was two teams, four last year and six this year. The event involved six games for a total of four hours of soccer. “Over the past four years $17,000 has been raised, which makes this year’s total of $10,730 even more impressive,” said Constable Jeff Lalonde. “It’s a really big success and the kid’s get a kick out of it, they get to play soccer for a half hour against police officers. It’s good for our image as well, breaks down the barrier between us and today’s youth. It’s turned out to be a really, really good event. ” For two of the young people involved, there is a slightly different level of preparation required, but it isn’t something they aren’t used to. Ashley McCormick and her brother Evan both have diabetes, but they don’t let it stop them from being healthy, active and involved. If anything, it seems to give them a self-awareness that most of us should aspire to. According to Ashley, who plays on one of the Blazers regional teams, it really isn’t that big a deal. “It’s not hard, you’re just

Sometimes things got a little “rough” when the Blazers took to the soccer pitch against members of the Cornwall Police Service. Photo by Cody Fair

like “normal” people. You’re just playing soccer. It doesn’t affect anything,” she says. Evan, who plays on the Blazers U14 (premier) team, isn’t about to let it stop him from doing something he really enjoys. “I love soccer,” said Evan. “It is one of the things I enjoy just to get my mind off things.” Both Evan and Ashley use an insulin pump, which they wear to help maintain their blood sugar at an acceptable level. “It’s actually easier with the pump than with needles,” says Evan. “It can help control my blood sugar better. “I check my blood fifteen minutes before I play, and if it is good, I leave it. If I’m low I correct it with something like a juice box. If I’m high, I correct it with insulin.” The usual practice is to then check again, sometimes during the game, sometimes after. The McCormick siblings, like many

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other young people have discovered that being diagnosed with Diabetes doesn’t have to be a reason not to do things. It all comes down to a being responsible, doing regular checks and maintaining a healthy diet. They wake up in the morning and they have to test their blood sugar and then treat it accordingly, whether it is a bit high, low or within acceptable levels. If it is low, they treat it by consuming some sugar right away, if it is high they have to treat it with insulin. They have to have a low fat diet, but they do get to have treats, because they use an insulin pump to help regulate their blood sugar. Rather than let the disease prevent them from being participants, Ashley and Evan, with their family’s support have accepted it as just something that has to be dealt with, and on a day when the story line is having fun and being active, they fit in perfectly.


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Concussion in Sport This article was written by Dr. Kylie Draper, co-owner of Cornwall Spine Care Plus+, located at 117 Eleventh Street West, Cornwall, ON. • • What is a • Concussion? • A concussion is defined • by the 3rd international conference on concussions as • a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, • induced by traumatic • biomechanical forces. It can be caused by a direct blow to the head or to another body region resulting in an • abrupt acceleration and/or • deceleration of the head-neck • complex. •

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• • There are many signs and • symptoms of a concussion • that can be observed. As a When should an coach, trainer, parent and athlete return to athlete it is important to be play after suffering a able to recognize these signs concussion? and symptoms so that an Return to play (RTP) after athlete can receive the proper a concussion should be medical attention. individualized, gradual and Physical progressive. The athlete • Headache should be free of concussion • Nausea symptoms at rest as well as • Vomiting during and after exertion • Balance problems before returning to full • Dizziness participation. The athlete • Visual problems should also have a normal • Fatigue neurological exam including • Sensitivity to light a normal cognitive and • Sensitivity to noise balance evaluation, ideally • Numbness/tingling compared to a pre-injury • Dazed baseline values. • Stunned

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Family, sports, and time management By Tammy Larin

the same time,” said Deana. ” We also sometimes have to rely on their grandmother to take them or other parents on the team.”

Today’s families are running in high gear trying to balance everyday life. Throw in some kids, full-time jobs, school, sports, and what you get is an opportunity to put your time management skills to the test.

“It is really disappointing sometimes, because we both want to be at every game and of course the girls want us there too,” said Deana.

The Cameron family is one of many that have children in sports and at different levels and ages. Deana, a full time elementary school teacher and Todd, a pipe fitter as well as an atom house and peewee BB coach, have three daughters, Hannah, Brenna and Julia who all play hockey within the Cornwall Girls Hockey Association. Hanna is the oldest of the three at the age of twelve, and plays on the Peewee BB rep team which has a demanding schedule on its own, between practices on and off ice as well as games and tournaments added in the mix. Brenna age 10 and Julia age 7 plays within the novice and atom house league divisions and are also members of the DS

Just adding to the already hectic schedules, the girls also dance for the MacCulloch Dancers – Highland and Step for Hanna, and Brenna and Julia do Step. In the summer, all three girls play 3 on 3 hockey, soccer, take swimming lessons and are in Synchronized swimming.

Cameron sisters sporting their Cornwall Typhoons jerseys and showing team spirit during a fundraiser in support of Madisson Primeau. Left to right: Brenna, Julia and Hanna

select teams, which are travelling tournament teams. One could only imagine how to divide time between the three. ” We have been very lucky because many of the practices and

games have often been back to back or an hour in between. This is the first year that sometimes we have to split up because sometimes the games are in different locations at

Laughing out loud, Deana provided a last comment on what the family does when they have time to relax. “Well, it is rare that we have a day without something going on but this is what life is supposed to be right now. It keeps us busy but the girls love it and it is better than them sitting on the couch watching TV.”

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players going from the Jr. “B” to an NHL tryout camp, Marcel Labrecque and Doug Casselman from Williamsburg. They both, I think, had an opportunity to go the Detroit Red Wings training camp.” “One other player that came out of the Jr. “B” league was Ron Quenneville. He played with the Hubs for years, and he played Jr. “A” with the St. Catharines Tee Pees, the Chicago Black Hawks farm team, and then spent several years playing in the Eastern League.” Lemieux says there was more respect in the game back then. “It’s not like now, where you have to wear helmets and visors. There was body checking but not like today. And it wasn’t as fast back then either! And while he has a lot of memories, the most gratifying moment came later in life, when he was playing for the Cornwall Hubs, a team he helped found. “It was when we won the gold medal in Zurich (Switzerland) in 1977,” says Lemieux.

When talk turns to the subject of the Cornwall Royals, the usual names get tossed around: Gilmour, Murray, Sims, Brodeur. One that you might not hear about as much, Moe Lemieux, is however, equally important because he scored the goal that started it all. “It was the first year they had a team in the Jr. “B” league,” says Lemieux. “It was Jr. “B” back then, but I scored the first goal in the first game. We lost 4-2 to the Cornwall Comets. I think it was the 1956-1957 season.”

Lemieux’s role as a builder is well known and for his efforts he was recognized with admission to the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. He is also a past winner of the Jacques Richard trophy as Cornwall’s top sportsman for his work with the Hubs. Winning is the only thing, but the Hubs have certainly had their share. “At one time in the early 80’s we had a Junior Hubs and a Senior Hubs team,” says Lemieux. “I was looking after the seniors and Gerry Desjardins was looking after the Juniors. We won fourteen straight tournaments.”

Lemieux admits the years have certainly gone Lemieux says that hockey back then was by, but he still manages to keep in touch with very different from the league that exists today. quite a few of his old teammates. “Back then there was no Jr. “A”, there was only “Bob Deschamps, one of the original Royals, Jr. “B” and there was only six original teams in he still plays with us, and Gerry Desjardins is the NHL,” says Lemieux. “I remember just two still playing. I think one of them is 67 and one

is 68.” They’re still pretty good too. They won a tournament in Louisville, New York about five weeks ago. We went to five World Cups,” says Lemieux. “We went to Zurich and won the gold, and we went to San Diego, Vancouver, Ottawa and Sault Ste. Marie. Before they became involved in Old Timers hockey Lemieux and many of his buddies form the Hubs used to play games against the Cornell University Alumni team and Clarkson University and play the varsity team. They won their share, but had a few “lessons” too. “We beat them once, but the second time we brought a stronger team and got beat,” says Lemieux. “They had Dave Taylor who played with the L.A. Kings playing with them. We didn’t fare to well.” “The same thing happened to us in Ottawa in 2004,” says Lemieux. “We lost in the finals to Valiquette Sports. They had this guy who used to play with St. Louis Blues, Frank St. Marseille. We had them 2-0 up till the third period, then he went to work and scored four goals in a row. That was it, we got beat. It’s nice when close friends can become lifelong friends and that is what the Hubs are all about. “All the ex-Royals played with the Hubs,” says Lemieux. “Jean Payette, Bob Currier, Johnny Currier, Gordie Herrington, Larry Gabri. I had them all on the team. “It’s fun in the dressing room, it brings back old memories!” Days turn into years, and anyone who plays any sport knows that at some point that final game will come and go. It’s not something that you worry about, however, at least not for the Hubs. They’re too busy, sharing the memories, and enjoying everything that the game of hockey can bring.

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