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IN THIS ISSUE 4. The Puck Stops Here 6. Whitby and Cobourg to Host World Junior A Challenge 8. Edge Hockey Academy 10. Supplemental Education- Why? 12. Whitby Girls Hockey Association 14. Lacrosse Basics for Kids 16. Creating a Game Plan for Corporate Wellness 18. MWH Spring/Summer 20. Local Legend: John Moonlight 22. Ajax Wanderers 24. Geared to Golf 26. Turn Baby Turn 28. Christine Sinclair Event 30. Apply Rags to Riches Advice 32. Oshawa Vikings 34. Oshawa Riverkings 36. NASC Celebrates 39 Years 38. Brooklin Bears are Growling

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My two favourite seasons have arrived: hockey season and zombie season. Hockey and The Walking Dead are big in our house. Now, we all have a reason to wake up in the morning. One characteristic of a zombie is that it selfishly moves around with the sole intention of tearing someone apart. NHL “player” Raffi Torres comes to mind. Torres was recently suspended for an illegal hit to the head of Jakob Silfverberg. Hockey zombie. Torres, a repeat offender, is a dirty hockey zombie. He selfishly moves across the ice with the sole intention of doing damage to others. Even Torres’ apology was self-centred; he apologized for getting suspended and not for his actions. What a zombie. What a disgrace. Sadly, hockey zombies exist even in minor hockey. After a recent game, it was revealed that my daughter received a punch to the head by her opponent after every face-off they took together. This was a repeated dirty move that the refs failed to catch. To Torres and this young player I say: Rise above the instinct to look for opportunities to damage other people. Instead, look for opportunities to skate like the wind, make crisp passes, shoot from all angles and score. It’s called skill and perhaps it’s something new for you. Ask your coaches about it. The World Cup of Rugby has been enjoyable. The sheer menace and intimidation of a professional rugby team, is

unmatched. Ever since the Samoa vs. Scotland game I am convinced that in the event of a zombie apocalypse, I want to be in the same survival group as the Samoan rugby team. I could be the look-out or bring them their snacks. The Samoans performed their powerful pre-game war dance/chant, the Manu Siva Tau, which was the equivalent of saying to the Scots: We are going to kick your kilts to Loch Lomond and back. The Scots did win that game, but that is the power of the war chant: everyone’s adrenaline gets charged up into fight or flight mode.




... the Manu Samoa here we have come There is no other Manu (team) anywhere Here I come completely prepared My strength is at its peak Make way and move aside Because this Manu is unique... Are you listening Torres? Tough is not really taking someone’s head off; tough is making your opponent believe you can take his head off.









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Whitby and Cobourg to Host World Junior A Challenge


Submitted by Hockey Canada Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League, has announced that Cobourg and Whitby, Ont., will host the 2015 World Junior A Challenge from Dec. 13-19, 2015. The 2015 tournament will be the 10th edition of the World Junior A Challenge, and will mark the first time the event will be held in Ontario. The 2015 World Junior A Challenge will follow the same format as previous years – two Canadian entries will be joined by four international teams, with two groups of three teams. The group winners will receive a bye to the semifinals, while the secondplace and third-place teams will crossover for the quarter-finals. The 2015 World Junior A Challenge will be based out of the Cobourg Community Centre, home of the OJHL’s Cobourg Cougars, and Iroquois Park Arena, home of the OJHL’s Whitby Fury. “The World Junior A Challenge has grown to be one of the highlights of the international hockey calendar for players, fans and scouts, and as it reaches an important milestone in its 10th year, we’re excited to be taking the tournament to Ontario for the first time,” said Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “The host committee has shown its passion to bring the event to Cobourg and Whitby, and we’re confident it, and the hockey-mad fans in southern Ontario, will make the 2015 World Junior A Challenge one to remember.” “The CJHL continues to build its brand across Canada through elite events showcasing our players such as the World Junior A Challenge,” said Kirk Lamb, president and chairman of the CJHL. “This is the first time that the World Junior A Challenge will be hosted in Ontario and by the OJHL and we are very excited to award this world class international junior hockey event to the great communities of Cobourg and Whitby.” “The entire Cobourg Cougars Junior A Hockey Club and the Town of Cobourg are very honoured to have been selected as co-host for the 2015 World Junior A Challenge,” said Ashley Haynes, Cobourg chair. “I am very excited to work with the amazing



team of people that we have assembled to act as the Cobourg organizing committee. We look forward to working with the Whitby Fury and our governing partners to bring international junior hockey to all supporters of the OJHL.” “We are thrilled to be one of the co-hosts for the 2015 World Junior A Challenge,” said Mark Vinintz, Whitby chair. “Partnering with such a strong OJHL franchise such as the Cobourg Cougars and our governing partners, we are excited to bring this world class international junior hockey event to Ontario and the fans of the OJHL.” Since the first World Junior A Challenge in 2006, more than 230 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 32 first-round selections (Beau Bennett, Brock Boeser, Alexander Burmistrov, Joe Colborne, Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers, Nikita Filatov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Denis Guryanov, Dmitri Kulikov, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Elias Lindholm, Hampus Lindholm, John Moore, Vladislav Namestnikov, Riley Nash, Valeri Nichushkin, Dylan Olsen, David Pastrnak, Ilya Samsonov, Jordan Schmaltz, Nick Schmaltz, Jaden Schwartz, Brendan Smith, Evgeny Svechnikov, Vladimir Tarasenko, Kyle Turris, Alexander Wennberg, Andrei Vasilevski, Jakub Vrana, Nail Yakupov and Jakub Zboril). Seven of the nine gold medal games at the World Junior A Challenge have featured at least one Canadian team. Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, before taking the top prize in 2011; it also earned silver in 2008, 2009 and 2012, and won bronze in 2013. Canada East was silver medallist in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011, and claimed bronze in 2008. Cobourg and Whitby join Yorkton and Humboldt, Sask. (2006); Trail and Nelson, B.C. (2007); Camrose, Alta. (2008); Summerside, P.E.I. (2009); Penticton, B.C. (2010); Langley, B.C. (2011); Yarmouth, N.S. (2012, 2013); and Kindersley, Sask. (2014) as host cities for the World Junior A Challenge.




Edge Hockey Academy Christmas Break Mini Camps Train with EDGE HOCKEY ACADEMY, Durham Region’s #1 Training Development Academy and Player Development Skills Coach of the OSHAWA GENERALS.


Junior Skating and Skills Development Camp Dates: December 21 - 23, 2015 (3 Days) Location: McKinney Centre Arena, Whitby, Ontario Time: 9:00am - 10:30am Cost: $175 (HST incl.) Ages: 2009, 2008

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Skating, Scoring and Skills Forward/Defence Camp Dates: December 21 - 23, 2015 (3 Days) Location: McKinney Centre Arena, Whitby, Ontario Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm Cost: $175 (HST incl.) Ages: 2007, 2006, 2005

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Skating, Scoring and Skills Forward/Defence Camp Dates: December 21 - 23, 2015 (3 Days) Location: McKinney Centre Arena, Whitby, Ontario Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm Cost: $175 (HST incl.) Ages: 2004, 2003, 2002

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Junior Skating and Skills Development Camp Dates: December 28 -30, 2015 (3 Days) Location: McKinney Centre Arena, Whitby, Ontario Time: 9:00am - 10:30am Cost: $175 (HST incl.) Ages: 2009, 2008

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Skating, Scoring and Skills Forward/Defence Camp Dates: December 28 - 30, 2015 (3 Days) Location: McKinney Centre Arena, Whitby, Ontario Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm Cost: $175 (HST incl.) Ages: 2007, 2006, 2005

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Skating, Scoring and Skills Forward/Defence Camp Dates: December 28 - 30, 2015 (3 Days) Location: McKinney Centre Arena, Whitby, Ontario Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm Cost: $175 (HST incl.) Ages: 2004, 2003, 2002 To register for any camp visit www.edgehockey.ca (camps page) and print off and complete registration form and mail with payment. For faster payment method, you can e-transfer payment! - Payments in FULL required - Canadian locations are subject to HST. - Edge Hockey Academy Inc. is insured. - No refund for any clinic and/or camp program.

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Supplemental Education – Why? By R. N. Whitehead Today, more parents consider a supplemental education program to be an absolute necessity to ensure a complete education for their children. “Given the way school budgets are being slashed these days, I just don’t think an average education is sufficient,” says David Drum, a Toronto parent. “The real purpose of education is to prepare children to become successful adults. Children need confidence and self-esteem to equip them for their learning challenges for the rest of their lives.” Oxford Learning spokesperson, Kelley McGregor, says it’s just like arts and sports programs that many students pursue outside of school. “If my daughter showed an aptitude for music I would enroll her in music lessons,” she says. “I would never expect the school system to fully develop her music potential. Given all the challenges the school system faces today, it’s the same with academic programs. It’s unrealistic to think that any school system can give a child all the education he or she needs to develop as a successful adult.” Most commercial tutoring programs focus on academic skill tutoring using a behavior modification process. A famous Japanese company offers a home-study program that focuses on mastery through repetition. The programs offered by Oxford Learning, however, encourage students to actually understand the material they are learning. They develop underlying cognitive (learning) skills as well as academic skills. Oxford Learning programs cure problems permanently rather than just provide a band-aid fix to this year’s crop of difficulties. Some parents fear a supplemental program will tire their child out. After all, she has been sitting in school all day,” is the rationale. The answer often amazes. As any parent knows, no child tires of doing things they like doing. Think back to when they were little ones; how they played at school. They wanted to learn. They loved discovering and mastering new skills.

What happened? Why did this change? The truth is that it didn’t change. Kids who do well in school feel confident and enjoy school. Oxford Learning programs help kids to rediscover that love of learning. And they do more – they help kids learn how to learn. They show them that they are capable of achievement. With this knowledge comes a deep-seated feeling that they are OK, that they can understand the world and that they can cope. That is called self-esteem and it does not come from attention alone. Nor does it come from praise. In fact, the opposite is true. A recent study showed that students who were praised and recognized for their effort, but who neither achieved nor learned how to achieve (to learn), lost self-esteem. Oxford Learning programs were designed specifically to teach students how to learn, to give them a sense of control over their own minds and build true self-esteem. “Too many children just memorize their way through school. Supplemental programs enrich the entire education process,” says Drum. “They are part of our family’s educational experience and they will stay that way.” With 6 locations across Durham and Calrington, there is a location close to you that can help to develop the skills your child needs to be successful in school. For this school year and beyond. Call or email us today! About Oxford Learning Established in 1984, Oxford Learning has grown to include more than 100 locations across Canada and the United States. Oxford Learning goes beyond tutoring to help students reach their learning potential, not just for one grade or one year but for a lifetime. The unique programs teach children to learn how to learn. Visit Oxford Learning on-line at www.oxfordlearning.com for complete program information.


Getting Stronger and Faster One Leg at a Time By Mark Fitzgerald - Director Of Health and Performance - Canadian Hockey League Strengthen the legs for a longer and more explosive stride:

Coaching cues on how to execute the Single Leg Deadlift:

Lower body lateral movement is an important strength to hockey players and all athletes when training for sport. Focusing on one leg at a time, challenges the athletes and are progressive, meaning they can be made more difficult as the athlete gains proficiency. These movements are essential for developing strength and coordination in the lower body, especially as it relates to hockey, among majority of sports.

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The Single Leg Step Down is the first of the two movements we will look at. It is a knee-dominant movement, which reinforces proper muscle firing, foot, plus knee positioning and overall coordination of the lower body. It can be progressed from beginner to advance with a number of different variables including tempo, resistance and height of step.

Hockey is played one stride at a time and athletes must include some bilateral work in their in-season and off-season training. Both of these movements can be done with no resistance other than bodyweight, but can also be advanced with resistance for the more experienced athletes. At ETS these movements are used in a variety of ways to challenge our athletes and create strong and healthy legs.

Coaching cues to execute the single leg step down: • • • • •

Align one foot on the edge of the step or box Position the opposite leg with the ankle bone of the foot on the box Emphasize the mid-foot to heel on the box Begin to descend to the floor and make light contact with the floor Push through the heel and return to the top position

The second movement is hip-dominant, which is called the Single Leg Deadlift. This is also a unilateral movement, which focuses on the hips and hamstrings of the athlete. A hockey athlete with mobile hips is one that has the ability to skate faster and more efficiently.

Begin with a slight bend in the knee on the working leg Initiate the movement by hinging at the hip As the upper body moves towards the floor aiming for chest parallel to the floor, the back leg is pushed back until it reaches a point that aligns with the top of the head A side view should represent an alignment of the crown of the head, hips and heel of the back foot

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WHITBY GIRLS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION Scholarships in Women’s Hockey (Part II) By Diane Sokoloski

Thank you to veteran coaches Keven Schram, (Junior Wolves 2015/16) and Blake Prior, (Midget AA1 2015/16) for the second of a two part series.

FAQs What are the advantages of going to a school in the US? KS: It is the highest level of hockey for women to play outside of the Olympics/Team Canada.

What kind of relationship do you have to build with schools and scouts? KS: You have to be honest about a player’s strengths and weaknesses. Scouts want to trust your program and your style of play. I talk to four or five schools per week and it is important to stay in touch and know what they are thinking and what they are looking for.

BP: There is a higher level of hockey but that has been changing. Canada is offering more money and scholarships.

BP: The kinds of questions we get asked - What type of grades? What type of player? On the bench? Off the ice? Is she a team player?

What are the advantages of going to a school in Canada?

What kinds of scholarships do the players get?

KS: Outside of the Ivy League schools, Canadian universities are better academically and would be more recognized for a career in Canada.

KS: Last year seven players graduated with fully funded US scholarships. We had four players commit for the 2016 season. Canadian universities will give an “academic bursary” that is capped due to provincial rules. Each university is given a limited amount of money to help with their sports programs. We had three players commit to Canadian universities for the 2016 year. Players committing to Ivy League US universities have their tuition based on the total income of the parents. Most families that choose this route will pay something towards schooling with the amount depending on their income.

BP: If the US school is not recognized, the girls might have to take extra classes. Which schools are leaders in hockey programs for women? KS: The top D1 hockey schools in the US consistently are Wisconsin, Boston U, Boston College and Minnesota to name a few. CIS would be McGill (Montreal, Quebec), Western (London, Ontario) and Queen’s (Kingston, Ontario). BP: Any hockey program in Minnesota is good. A recent Whitby graduate is Kelly Terry. Guelph has taken four Whitby grads on the team. Good for our Wolves: Merrimack College (Mass), Cornell (NY), Yale, Quinnipiac U (Connecticut), Clarkson, U of Connecticut, Guelph, Western and Queen’s.


BP: There are a lot of Division 1 (D1) scholarships. There are bursaries. It depends on what the parents make. Maybe the parents have to pay for room and board. A lot is based on marks so the school may give out more money to one person or less money to another person. Every year there is a lot of unclaimed money because of some simple activity that did not get done by the player, for example community hours.

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OLAF’s – Learn to Play Lacrosse (brand new to lacrosse) This program is geared toward girls who would like to try lacrosse. The participant will learn the basic fundamental skills (grip, cradle, scoop, pass, catch, shot and mirroring defence) through a series of fun and interactive game titles that they are familiar with. Geared towards 4 – 6 year olds. ex. Hungry Hippo’s, Fox and the Chicken; Simon says Lax


SNOWGIE’s– Building on the Basics This program is geared toward girls who have had some lacrosse introduction. They may have played Baby Blue Knights or box lacrosse. The participant will continue to develop the basic fundamentals (grip, cradle, scoop, pass, catch, shot and mirroring defence), through a series of fun and competitive games, drills and instruction. Geared toward 4 – 6 year olds. SNOW QUEEN’s- From Basics to Game Concepts This program is geared toward girls who have had some lacrosse experience or are competitive athletes in other sports that will catch on quickly. The participant continues to focus on improving basic fundamentals with more focus put on developing these skills in game like situations (grip, cradle, scoop, pass, catch, shot and mirroring defence). Added skills such as cutting to the ball, finding open space, 1 v 1 dodging, feeding and team defense concepts will be introduced. Geared toward 7 – 10 year olds

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Creating a Game Plan For Corporate Wellness

By: Jeff Roux, BPE, CSCS, TSCC - Gold

It has been said that life is a journey, not a destination, maximizing the quality of each day can make all the difference. The day to day grind can be difficult for everyone. People constantly battle time, sleep, nutrition, exercise and juggling family schedules in the course of a week. They often become martyrs to their jobs and families and do not take enough time for their own health. The best companies to work for are the ones who recognize the value of their employees and take a holistic approach to supporting and recharging their staff with an employee health and wellness program.

Great people make great businesses go. Hiring, training and trusting new ones is much more difficult, expensive and frustrating than keeping the ones you have happy and contributing to their long term health and satisfaction. A healthy workplace is a happy workplace and a productive, healthy corporate culture is sure to be the collateral result. As part of our mission to bring fitness, wellness and team building expertise to everyone Twist has launched a new customized wellness solutions program to coincide with October Healthy Workplace month in Canada.

Companies that implement employee wellness programs have a 51% increase in employee productivity and 70% fewer sick days. Take care of your team and they will take care of your business.

Inside the Red in our Twist Centres we are trainers, athletes and coaches, but more importantly we are teachers and it is our goal to help each person BeReady for whatever life throws at them with preventative, restorative and peak performance programs all ages and fitness levels.

We are lucky at Twist because our work environment is also our play environment. Moving, lifting and learning are a part of our everyday culture. We know not everyone has squat racks, spin bikes and a Holistic Nutritionist in their staff rooms but coming up with a strategy to help create a healthy, happy workplace can be just as successful. Employers who understand how to help their staff and give back to them so they can be as healthy, happy and productive as possible are the ones who truly understand that maximizing the experience of the journey can benefit everyone.

fuel yourself properly for your work day, your workouts and your long-term nutritional success is much more that just following the latest diet you saw on Facebook. Our Holistic Nutritionist will outline specific objectives and strategies to help you break the cycle and make the lifestyle changes you need to reach optimal your health. #FeedYourReady

Our new Customized Wellness Solutions programs are designed to help local businesses build physically strong teams of employees who are healthy, confident, and prepared for any challenge their job may offer. We can build a program that includes educational seminars (fitness, strength training, injury prevention, nutrition planning, weight loss….), small group training, Personal Training, Holistic Nutrition programming, corporate team building and everything in between. Whatever your team needs, our team is Ready! President and CEO Peter Twist is a big believer in the importance of culture, “The success of your business relies heavily on the culture you establish. Company culture is an influential and fluid entity that represents who you are as a business, what you stand for and, ultimately, how you perform. Creating a culture that values health and wellness has been shown to affect the bottom line.” Here are a few ways that any business can promote wellness in the workplace. Fitness & Conditioning Custom Groups & Programs Anyone can get a gym membership but it is what happens when you get there that determines the long term success or failure of your fitness program. The Twist coaching team is second to none in understanding the goals and needs of each individual and programming the proper drills and progressions to fit their needs. Business leaders can set a tone of wellness from the top. Be a healthy role model. A well-structured corporate health and wellness program need not be expensive or complicated. It should be educational, forward-thinking, fun and empowering. It will likely be one of your simplest investments to accrue several valuable returns on investment and, most importantly, build your greatest asset – your employees.

Team Building We want to help your team be at the top of their game. Twist is more than just a place to workout, it is a place to learn, evolve and get better every day. Twist training programs are educational, motivational, safe and fun, they even offer an opportunity for a little competition among your staff. Twist coaches will teach your employees how to train properly, motivate them to train hard and put together a training plan that ensures they also train smart. Twist Corporate Wellness Programs are the secret weapon for elite level organizations to maximize their corporate culture and gain a competitive edge over the competition. #OneTeamOneDream Fitness & Health Education If you are looking to learn more about health, fitness, nutrition, injury prevention/treatment and healthy lifestyle management, the Twist Tutorials program is for you. We can put together learning and discussion opportunities on a variety of topics that fit the needs of your team. #MoveLiftLearn Twist Culture Work hard. Train smart. Play hard. Recover. Repeat. This is the culture of the Twist Family. When employers care about the well being of their employees they are sure to create a culture of engaged, loyal, productive employees. Minimizing sick days, maximizing health and productivity and helping to build your employees into a stronger, healthier, happier team is as easy as a phone call to Twist so that our team can help your team get better, every day. #BeReady

Please contact us anytime for more information on Twist Corporate Wellness programs. Let us help your team exceed their expectations. Jeff Roux is the Director of Sport Conditioning at Twist Conditioning Centre in Whitby, Ontario. Coach Roux’s background boasts a wide range of experience coaching everyone from professional and elite athletes to weekend warriors and youth development programs.

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MWH Spring/ Summer Development Teams By: Bryan Brant

MWH has been running a tournament team program for 4 years now and year after year it has been a success. We have always focused on a development program having players from all levels play for our teams. We will continue to do this. We require good quality coaches to help with this program. As a coach of one of our teams your son or daughter will play at no charge for your time and efforts in the areas of recruitment, booking hotel rooms for away tournaments, communicating with your team on schedules and bringing the MWH philosophy to your group. Recruitment is essential as a coach. It is your responsibility to recruit enough players for your team and this is normally 15 skaters and one or two goalies. The cost of the program is based on a full team, if you have less players then the cost could go up per player or we can reduce the number of tournaments or practices ice to make it viable for us. Hotel rooms are needed if you decide to do an overnight tourney so you would have to make the arrangements for your group. We can help you with this. Good communication from you to your group is an essential part of being a coach. You must make sure you are aware of every email and phone number from your team so nobody is missed. The MWH philosophy for our tournament teams is Fun first, be competitive and teach the kids skills they can take with them, winning is not the number one thing but an enjoyable experience for the players and parents is number one.

Pro Hockey Development and MWH Spring/Summer AA Teams

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MWH had two AA/AAA teams last season at the 2000 and 2001 groups. These teams did fairly well and this year we are going to build teams at all the age levels. This year we are teaming up with Pro Hockey Development. PHD traditionally offer AAA and Elite teams. This year we will join forces to create the AA program.


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You can also call 905-424-5869 to register for a team. This program will be for the seasoned AA players that have a desire for winning and playing at a high level. Players will come from all over the GTA and beyond for these teams. Four Practices will take place at the Westwood Arena and the teams will play in 4 tournaments. Anyone can tryout but only the best players will be chosen to play on these teams. If you are unsuccessful in getting a position on the AA team, we will still have our development squads so everyone can play spring / summer hockey.

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Meet John Moonlight By: Dallas Knowles

John Moonlight Local Legends

Coming off a gold medal performance at the Pan AM Games in Toronto and then competing in the Rugby World Cup in England, 2015 has been an unforgettable year for Pickering’s John Moonlight. Moonlight, who is a mainstay for Team Canada Rugby in both 7s and 15s has emerged as one of Canada’s premier rugby players. Rugby runs in the Moonlight family as it was his cousin, and former Team Canada player, David who convinced him to try out for the sport when he entered grade nine at Dunbarton. He was lucky to have some great coaches at Dunbarton who taught him the game and pushed him to go further in the sport. John also got involved with the Ajax Wanderers Rugby Club while in high school where he started to take his game to a higher level. “John is a tireless worker who is always preparing to compete at the highest level, challenging himself to continue to get better making him a great leader and very respected by all his teammates” said Stewart Dobbs, Senior Men’s coach and Director of Ruby at Ajax Wanderers RFC. When he was playing for Dunbarton and the Wanderers Moonlight caught the eye of Uxbridge Secondary coach Paul Connelly who encouraged him to try out for the Ontario provincial rugby program. After making the jump to the provincial team he realized that he had to commit to a strict fitness and weight training program in order to play rugby with the national program. The hard work paid off and John quickly became a regular selection for Canada in both 7s and 15s. John’s skills are well suited for both games and he has found tremendous success in both. “It’s always a challenge when you first switch back and forth. In 15s I play a role in more direct lines where in 7s I have a lot more to worry about and a lot more space,” said Moonlight. “I love both games though and always look to try and improve and be the best I can.” In July he got the chance to play for Canada at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Being a member of the 2011 Pan Am Rugby 7s gold medal team and getting the chance to defend



that title at home was a feeling that John will never forget. “It’s always an unreal feeling to represent your country. Every time I pull on the jersey I see it as a privilege to represent our great country and try and make everyone proud,” said Moonlight. “It was unreal the support and being able to do it in front of Canadian fans and family only made it better.” Moonlight, who captained Canada at the games, helped the Maple Leafs win another gold medal in dramatic fashion with a last minute try in the final game against Argentina. There wasn’t much time to celebrate as John quickly resumed training with the 15s team in preparation for the 2015 World Cup. He went on to earn three caps for Canada against Ireland, Italy and Romania in a hard fought tournament. After the World Cup his focus has returned to the upcoming 7s series where Canada will play host to one of the series tournaments in March in Vancouver. “The tournament in Vancouver is another great opportunity for us to show our game in our country. The team is super excited about it” said Moonlight. The World 7s Series will be a great tune up for John and his teammates as they will be looking to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. John Moonlight is playing rugby at the highest level in the world and is one of the top players on the national squad and he continues to give back to the rugby community in Durham Region. “John is a local boy who has quickly become one of the most recognizable Canadian rugby players not only at home but also throughout the world rugby community. His rugby play speaks for itself, however, John is an even better quality person. He is a great role model for the youth within the Ajax Wanderers RFC and the Canadian rugby community. He never forgets his roots and always continues to give back where he can. A first rate class act, one all Canadians should be proud of,” said Dobbs.



Ajax Wanderers 2015 Season Recap Submitted by Ajax Wanderers


The Ajax Wanderers Rugby Club provides opportunities and programs for youth, regardless of age, gender or economic hardship, to participate in safe, organized and competitive rugby at the community, provincial and national levels.

One of the best Rugby facilities in the province!

Servicing All of the Durham Region!

Registration for the 2015 Season is now OPEN! | www.ajaxwanderers.com Overall 2015 was again another successful season for our rugby programs. We once again saw significant increased membership within the Ajax Wanderers RFC. Our Senior Men competed in the Ontario Provincial Championship Division, our 1st side placing 4th in league standings, 2nd side finished 3rd place overall. New to the Senior Men’s side was the Senior Men’s Academy Side, competing in a structured 10 game league. Our Junior programs were as strong as ever and we continue to see steady growth each year in these areas and also great player retention, biggest compliment to the club and the great job the coaches are doing at all levels. Also back this season was the inclusion of a Wanderers Under-14 side that competed in league play, and for the first time we introduced an Under-6 pro-gram on an “intro” to rugby basis. Currently the Wanderers have close to 275 members playing rugby 6 days a week from the ages as young as 4 to 50 plus years’ old, offering rugby to both males and females.

Some 2015 Highlights • • • • • • • •

2 new programs in 2015 with Senior Men’s Academy/ Mini “intro” U-6 U-14 side back playing in 2015 Successful 2nd annual club wide touch event with Try Rugby demonstration in March 2015. Friday night rugby played on a few occasions over the summer. Hosted incoming English touring side. Hosted over 300 mini players once again in the Annual Wanderers Mini tournament. National/Provincial Representation – John Moonlight National Senior Men, Connor Arnsby – Provincial Junior Boys Wanderers Junior Clinic run in Spring 2015


others who are new to the sport. We offer a non-contact “Intro to Rugby” for children under 6 years old, as well as competitive non-contact teams from 7-10 years old. The Ajax Wanderers Rugby Club provides opportunities and programs for youth, Wanderers also run a competitive Co-Ed contact program regardless of competitive age, genderU14, or economic hardship, to participate in safe, organized at the U12 level, and Boys U16 and U18 levels as welland as competitive a competitiverugby Girls U16 and U18 team. provincial and national levels. at the community, Ajax Wanderers will once again be offering a Sr. Women’s program for Servicing 2016 and All consistently run three Sr. Men’s of the Durham Region! teams each weekend.


One of the best Rugby facilities in the province!

Registration for the 2015 Season is now OPEN! | www.ajaxwanderers.com

If you are interested in playing rugby in 2016, please visit our website for registration information, ajaxwanderers.com or contact the di-rector of rugby, Stew Dobbs: directorofrugby@ajaxwanderers.com

Wanderers welcome players from all over the Durham region and beyond, both with previous experience and





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Turn Baby Turn By: Mary Giacalone “Scary Mary” As a hockey player you need to be able to turn in any direction, at any moment, anywhere in the game. Sometimes your turns are at the same speed that you’re skating at and sometimes you need to increase your speed or accelerate while turning. Being able to turn on a dime is important. Transition is the change in the direction of travel. To watch a player transition properly in a game is exciting. Being able to respond quickly and efficiently is an important skating skill. We are going to cover the technique on a two foot turn and a tight turn that are often used in games.

The inside skate is on a deep outside edge while the outside skate is on an inside edge. I find that skaters who are not confident on using both edges from both skates at the same time tend to lift their inside foot. I call this the ballerina toe. We want the skaters to keep both skates on the ice.

Two Foot Turns This turn is the easiest of all turns to master. Here are the specific steps broken down if the skater needs to turn from forward to backwards.

3) The skater needs to make sure that their body weight is on the back half of their blades. If their weight is on the front half of their blades they will skid and not cut into the ice.

1) The skater has to glide forward on both skates. I am always stressing that the skater needs to have a deep knee bend preferably at 90 degrees. My saying is “bend your knees and not your back”. I often see skaters not low enough going into their turns. 2) As soon as you want to turn backwards you need to ease up and release your weight while rotating your upper body which is your head, shoulders, and chest as well as your hips (180 degrees) and fully turn backwards. You may even slightly jump while doing this. Doing that is fine. 3) As soon as you’re done turning keep your knees in that nice deep knee bend, and continue skating. If we do this in the opposite direction we would then be gliding backwards on both skates, again staying low with a deep knee bend. As soon as you are ready to turn forward, ease up and release your weight and again rotate your upper body (head, shoulders, and chest) and your hips to fully turn forward. Bend your knees stay low and continue skating. Tight Turn When a player is executing a tight turn they are skating forward and would continue skating forward but in a new direction, upon completing the tight turn. When you are executing a tight turn it is divided into an entry phase and an exit phase. This turn requires a deep knee bend and great edges from both skates, with the player’s upper body position and weight balanced properly. 1) The player must start this turn with both skates on the ice.



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2) The outside leg starts to cut into the ice with a hard c-cut push giving the skater power and acceleration. The deeper the skaters edges are the sharper the tight turn will be.

4) As the skater exits the tight turn they need to keep their shoulders parallel to the ice. This will give you greater balance and stability. I am always explaining to my skaters that they need to keep their inside shoulder slightly higher than their outside shoulder. Leaning into the turn at a high speed will cause a loss of balance. Practice these two types of turns at a slower than game speed as well as executing them with your hockey stick up across the shoulders. This will help you obtain the feeling of keeping your shoulders parallel to the ice. I think some great tools we all have access to nowadays are I pad’s or cameras on our phones. Have a teammate, coach, friend, or parent video yourselves executing the turns. This is a great way to see if you were bending over with your back instead of your knees, or if you were keeping your shoulders parallel to the ice.

Until next time Scary Mary says see you at the rink ... Mary Giacalone “Scary Mary” Head Instructor/Owner of Scary Skate Inc. www.scaryskate.com www.facebook.com/scaryskate @scary_skate


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Soccer News

Christine Sinclair Event In Durham Exceeds Expectations Submitted by: Oshawa Kicks

The Oshawa Kicks Soccer Club (OKSC) received seven days’ notice from Christine Sinclair’s camp that she was available to come to Oshawa this past Saturday. OKSC set out to provide participants with an once-in-a-lifetime event, and they didn’t disappoint. 240 young soccer fans packed into two clinics at the Oshawa Civic Fieldhouse on Saturday, October 24th to meet and interact with their idol Christine Sinclair, Canada’s National Women’s Team Captain.


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Sinclair spent an hour during each two hour clinic interacting with on-field with participants, even popping in net from time-to-time to let the young players score on her. She then spoke about how she got to be our National Team captain and the dedication it took to reach her dream of winning an Olympic Medal. “Christine was so humble, compassionate and down to earth! Refreshing considering her stardom. One special moment for me was seeing a participant who had driven from Kingston for the event and was in tears completely overwhelmed by the day not willing to enter the field. Christine, after being made aware….walked over, sat down beside her and said ‘Hi, I’m Christine,’ then invited the player to walk the field with her”, noted Ron Clarke, OKSC Director of Soccer Development. Each participant who registered for the clinic also received two tickets for ‘An evening with Christine Sinclair’ which included a question and answer between Sinclair and OKSC’s Ron Clarke. With additional ticket sales OKSC welcomed 500 guests into Eastdale CVI’s exceptional auditorium. Sinclair shared personal stories about key moments in her career while adding her wittiness to others. When asked “Who has the most endurance on Team Canada?” Sinclair replied “Oh, that one is easy. It has to Flemming [17 year old stand-out from London Ontario], but come on she’s like 12!” At the conclusion of the evening talk, Sinclair graciously signed autographs and took photos with all 500 guests.

Over twenty Ontario Soccer Association clubs participated in this event from as far as Kleinberg to the west and Kingston in the east. Each of the youth clubs in Durham Region took part in the promotion of the event which ensured OKSC could say yes with the short notice provided. “It was amazing to see the players interacting and socializing during the day. It was less about what team each played for and more about how each of them equally looked up to their hero. The OKSC thanks the participating clubs, coaches and volunteers for making the event possible” Says Elizabeth McCaw, OKSC Executive Director.




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Apply Rags to Riches Advice for an Active and Healthy Life

Oshawa Generals Player Profile

By Marianne Schlottke

We have all heard it a million times, and in so many ways - eat healthy, be more active, make healthy choices. Jim Rohn was a successful American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker who influenced successful greats; such as Tony Robbins. Developing into Tony Robbins is likely not your goal for success, but applying Jim Rohn’s advice on success to your journey for health can assist in a positive outcome. The ongoing daily commitment is the key. Rohn preached that “discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” and he recognized the base for success lies within ourselves when he said, “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” You have to invest in it today and each and every day, so that you will have it later in life. Most people indicate that they want to live a long and happy life. Is what you are doing today affecting that desired outcome?


What you put in is what you get out.

Your healthy choices each day will add up and make a difference down the road. Your choices today may or may not allow you to be independent longer, maintain your functional ability longer, delay the onset of disease, and enjoy a longer retirement. Investing today for tomorrow, is not just a statement about money. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines set out targets that should be reached daily and weekly for all age groups. Each day you should set out to achieve these goals. Build it into your daily routine and turn it into a habit.


To achieve health benefits, adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic exercise per week, in sessions of 10 minutes or more. Physical activity that includes muscle and bone strengthening exercises using the major muscle groups should be done at least 2 days per week.

Children and Youth

Children and youth should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic exercise per day. The physical activity should include vigorous-intensity activities at least 3 days per week, and activities that strengthen muscle and bone at least 3 days per week.

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Adults age 65 years and older, should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more per session, to achieve health benefits, and improve functional abilities. Activities that include muscle and bone strengthening using major muscle groups should be done 2 days per week. To increase mobility, activities to enhance balance and prevent falls should be included. The Whitby Civic Recreation Complex recommends that you consult a physician before participating in any fitness programs. You may be able to do any physical activity as long as you start slowly and build up gradually. You may need to restrict your activities to those that are safe for you. Talk to your physician about activities that are safe for you and follow their advice.

Your Health Is Our Business

The Whitby Civic Recreation Complex Health Club located at 555 Rossland Road East, Whitby has professionally certified fitness staff available on the gym floor at all times, ready and willing to help and to answer all of your questions. The fitness staff are all certified by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and are certified personal trainers with CPR, First Aid and Public Defibrillator Training. Fitness staff are qualified to work with all levels of participants, from beginner to elite athletes and teams. The Town of Whitby fitness staff can help you to invest in your future.

For more information visit www.whitby.ca/fitness or call 905.666.1991. By Marianne Schlottke; Supervisor of Fitness Services, Town of Whitby Recreation.

Name: Sullivan Sparkes Position: Centre Age: 16 Height: 5’11” Weight: 185 lbs Shoots: Left Hometown: Waterloo, ON Sullivan Sparkes, one of six Generals rookies, played for the Waterloo Wolves Midget AAA program for two seasons before committing to the Oshawa Generals for the 20152016 season. Sparkes was the Oshawa Generals third selection in the 5th round, 88th overall in the OHL Priority Selection. He caught the attention of the Oshawa Generals after recording 48 goals and 40 assists for 88 points in 62 regular season games for the Waterloo Wolves Minor Midget team in his 2014-2015 OHL draft year. He then added another 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in 18 playoff games. His stint with the Wolves Minor Midget team not only saw him achieve personal success, but team success as well. His team won the Alliance Championship after defeating a heavily favoured London Jr. Knights team. Generals Vice-President and General Manager, Roger Hunt, has described Sparkes as, “a dynamic player who produces points.” The 16-year old has played in five games for the Generals this season and is expected to bring a scoring touch to the team as he develops.

For more information or to view recreation schedules visit: whitby.ca/fitness





Great Rugby Season For the Vikings The Vikings teams finished off the year with one of the clubs most successful seasons yet. Every age group developed and performed well throughout the season. Here is how the Vikings Junior teams finished this season: At the Provincial Championships the Vikings won 3 Provincial Championships and won 2 bronze medals in 6 age groups. The Vikings are proud of the clubs accomplishments this and would like to thank the players for their hard work and the coaches and managers for their time and effort.

Vikings Under 14 Boys – 3rd at the Provincial Championships Vikings Under 15 Girls – 3rd at the Provincial Championships Vikings Under 15 Boys – Toronto Rugby League Champions Vikings Under 16 Girls – Toronto Rugby and Provincial Champions Vikings Under 16 Boys – Toronto Rugby and Provincial Champions Vikings Under 17 Boys – Toronto Rugby Consolation Semi Finalists Vikings Under 18 Girls – Toronto Rugby Plate Champions (3rd place) Vikings Under 18 Boys – Toronto Rugby and Provincial Champions Vikings Senior Men - Ontario Intermediate Cup Champions

Registration for next Season will start in January 2016 and the Vikings welcome players of all ages from the Durham Region. Please visit our website at www.vikingsrugby.ca

u16 boys Ontario Champions

u18 boys Ontario Champions

u16 gilrs Ontario Champions

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Oshawa N.A.S.C. Hockey Celebrates 69 years Voted Durham Region's #1 Instructional Hockey Program

Proud Hockey Heritage - Oshawa's LARGEST program

Oshawa N.A.S.C. Hockey ”Storie Park”


1947-48 PeeWee Hockey Club Back Row: Ed Patfield, Carl Reid Henry Price (Coach), Joe Olynik

• • • • • • •

Middle Row: David Gibbs, Neil Collins, Harold Yarmola, Don Simmons, Ron Fobal, Don Garrow Front Row: Bob Fry, Jim Garrow, Vin Walker (Goalie), Lawrence Durno, Frank Stewart

Oshawa N.A.S.C. Hockey plays an essential role in the City of Oshawa.

NHL Graduates

The instructional programs are unique and are second-to-none in the Durham Region. In fact, the programs have been run so successfully, they’re often mistaken for those offered by the City itself.

Dale Hawerchuk Kevin McClelland Eddie Westfall Jimmy Jackson Peter Sidorkiewicz John MacLean Joshua Bailey

N.A.S.C.’s Philosophy

In addition to the MiniBits 3/4 year old hockey school, N.A.S.C. Hockey features a unique 5 and 6-year old division to help teach kids the “game” through teaching confidence and on-ice structure

is simple…

Special Thanks to Mr. Vin Walker for the archive photo.

Oshawa’s “Original” House League Hockey Program As a proud member of OMHA, Oshawa Little NHL Division N.A.S.C. Hockey is Oshawa’s first house league established in 1947. The league started with 18 Peewee teams and body contact was only permitted in the defensive end. The inaugural season consisted of a 5 game schedule.

N.A.S.C. Hockey was the first to form the “Little NHL” division. Those teams were at the Peewee level and were more competitive than house league but were less competitive than rep hockey.

Oshawa only had 1 indoor rink (Hambly Arena) that burned down in 1953 and left the city with 1 outdoor ice surface at North Oshawa Park.

Many notable NHL graduates started their careers in this very program.

Game play expanded into newly constructed Children’s Arena and in 1960, N.A.S.C. Hockey introduced two new divisions, Novice and Atom. Teams started playing their games on half ice due to this shortage of arenas. With the introduction of Harman Park Arena, Bantam and Midget divisions were introduced in 1965. As a sub-committee of the Neighbourhood Association of Sports Committees, N.A.S.C. Hockey was based on “community” and was formed representing the 20 Neighbourhood park associations that even today, geographically cover the entire city of Oshawa. In fact, we are the last remaining park league in Canada!



Such notables include: Dale Hawerchuk, Kevin McClelland, Eddy Westfall, Jimmy Jackson, Peter Sidorkiewicz and John MacLean.

“Skating is a key factor to enjoying this game that we love. Hockey is only fun

Did You Know??

when you’re playing to work at it.” We’re committed to

N.A.S.C. Hockey is also an active member in the community. The committee fundraises throughout the season with all proceeds going directly into the "family assistance program". Last season alone, they assisted 38 children who would have not had the opportunity to play hockey.

N.A.S.C. Hockey is committed to “Making Hockey Fun” Through Teaching Confidence

“Second-to-None” Programming

“Making Hockey Fun”

Each year, in conjunction with Hockey Canada, Atom and Peewee Skills Clinics are hosted in co-operation with the Oshawa Generals. Each clinic includes an arena tour and a ticket to the Generals game that evening. The clinics are so successful, Hockey Canada is now modeling these skills clinics using N.A.S.C. Hockey as the example!

The last 10 years of the organization has seen an incredible uplift. The introduction of true "kid focused" programming has witnessed incredible results, says Bob Babin, who has been the Chairperson for N.A.S.C. Hockey since 2002.

N.A.S.C. Hockey is very sensitive to the effects of colds, flu and the transmission of such elements in our younger divisions. Since the threat of SARS back in 2003, we were the first, and are the only Oshawa organization that has been providing our most vulnerable divisions (ages 3 to 6 years of age), a brand new water bottle to each and every child registered with us each year!

the sport, not having

In 1970, “Little NHL” left N.A.S.C Hockey and amalgamated with Oshawa Minor Hockey (rep league). The cooperation between the leagues continued after the separation as “Little NHL” would continue to draft players from the N.A.S.C. house league program.

N.A.S.C. is proud to be the first, the LARGEST and the leader in hockey instruction in the city and their programs are “Often imitated, Never duplicated”.

“I’m proud to say that the effort and support of the community is overwhelming and is a testament to the commitment to both the hockey league and the kids”. Our registration numbers have soared over 20% in the last year alone.

"MiniBits" 3 and 4 year old Hockey School

“Spirit Sportswear/Flying Fives-Super Six“ Instructional Hockey Program

Certified Power Skating instruction for ALL Novice to Peewee Aged Players

League paid for OMHA / Coaches Mentorship Program

“Goaltender Only” clinics

Hockey Canada Atom and Peewee Skills Clinics

“Tim Horton’s” Timbit Jamboree with the Oshawa Generals

Annual “Christmas Hockey Tournament”

N.A.S.C. “Falcons” - All-Star/ Select Hockey Program

Bauer Hockey / Hockey Canada "The First Shift"

Flying 5 Hockey School

N.A.S.C Hockey is proud to be supported by the Oshawa Generals, Toronto Maple Leafs and the UOIT Ridgebacks Hockey Club.

“Making Hockey Fun” – Through Teaching Confidence – Oshawa N.A.S.C. Hockey – www.naschockey.com



The Brooklin Bears are Growling By Dallas Knowles, Photos submitted by Brooklin HS

Starting in November Brooklin HS will also be introducing a fitness and weight training club for the students. The club will run Monday-Thursday after school and will give the students the chance to utilize the weight room and build a sense of community while improving their health and fitness.

In September the brand new Brooklin High School opened its doors to staff and students for the first time. The Brooklin Bears’ athletic program is the newest in Durham Region but they have already started to make some major headlines in the high school sports scene.

With the fall sports season wrapping up a whole new group of teams will be ready to compete in the winter season. Girls’ volleyball, boys’ basketball, and girls and boys varsity hockey will all be starting up in the next few weeks. The results from the fall have been very positive and with the great athletes and coaching staff at Brooklin High the future looks bright for the Bears!

In the fall sports season Brooklin High offered junior girls’ basketball, junior boys’ volleyball, cross country running, golf, junior boys’ football and senior boys and girls’ rugby 7’s. Coaches Parfitt and Brown have the junior girls’ basketball team off to a great start. The team was victorious in the first ever basketball game in the new Brooklin HS gym. Coach Toll and the junior boys’ volleyball team have also started strong with a tournament win at McMaster and a very good to start to their LOSSA league play.

regular season in second place overall. They used the momentum from the regular season to win a silver medal at the LOSSA finals losing to a very strong Dunbarton team that eventually went on to win the provincial championship. The boys ended up placing 6th in the province which marked a great beginning to the Bear’s rugby program.

Brooklin Bears mascot

The cross country team has had some great results so far this year. At the LOSSA finals the Junior Girls team won the silver medal and now get the chance to compete at OFSSA. In the senior girls’ race Amanda Bull finished 6th and in the boys’ Thomas MacIntosh finished 7th. This year also marked the beginning of the Brooklin Bears football program. Head Coach Ethan Markham and the rest of his coaching staff have the team off to a 5-1 record to start the season. The team also won their inaugural home game at the new Brooklin HS field 21-0 over Pine Ridge. With the regular season wrapping up the Bears are looking to make a long playoff run. The girls and boys rugby 7s teams also had a very successful opening season. For most of the members of the girls’ team it was their first time ever playing rugby. Under the tutelage of Coach Kevin Feheley the girls improved dramatically over the year and were very competitive in LOSSA play. The boys’ team came into the year with lots of seasoned players and the results reflected their experience level. Even though the team was made up of all grade 11 students and they had to play teams with mainly grade 12 players the team finished the 38


Senior Boys Rugby LOSSA Silver Medalists

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