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BATTLE OF THE BLADES Skating coach, Marc Power, shares some tips as he helps prepare Team Canada for the Women’s World Championship How Orleans resident, Marina Zenk, made history






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HOCKEY TRIVIA This day in hockey history




The etiquette of postponing


t’s a question that is sometimes controversial — under what conditions should a hockey game be postponed? You might think common sense would prevail in deciding when to reschedule games. Unfortunately, common sense sometimes seems to be in short supply in minor hockey. There are proper procedures for postponing a game, which are clearly defined on every minor hockey association’s website. With the weather as temperamental as it can be in our region, there are times when it is simply not a good idea to travel. My rule of thumb is this: If I’m contacted by a coach or manager of another team or the league about postponing a game due to weather, I will gladly oblige. The same goes if a team is having a


significant roster issue. I want the game to be played under the safest and fairest conditions possible.

B’s rink. Team B headed to the rink and began dressing for the game. Team A did not show up, and no one from Team A called

What are your thoughts, as parents or coaches? Have you had situations where you were asked to reconsider driving to a game on a night when roads were being closed due to high winds and blowing snow? E-mail me your comments on any scenarios you have experienced. Here’s an example from the unbelievable file. Team A was scheduled to play in Team

to say they were not coming. Instead, Team A sent its coach, who was accompanied by a rep (or two) from the association, to complain about Team B’s style of play. Have you ever heard of this happening? This has to rank as one of the most bizarre situations I’ve ever heard of in minor hockey history. And it’s a true story. In closing, I have an update

Have you had situations where you were asked to reconsider driving to a game on a night when roads were being closed due to high winds and blowing snow?

on the most useless exercise in minor hockey, the glove tap. Recently I attended a midget Rep B game that had at least six players kicked out while the game deteriorated into mayhem. The game ended, players milled about, and the referees simply sent them all off the ice. No glove tap, no pretense that this was going to be anything sportsmanlike — whereas in the spirit of the game, it would have been so easy to simply do the glove tap before the game. Why this practice is not changed immediately is the absolute worst example of a head-in-the-sand thinking that I continue to hear about, read about and witness. Keep the comments coming, and keep your stick on the ice! Got a comment? Send us an e-mail at Keep your stick on the ice!



Wildcat an athlete and a scholar With her flaming red hair and imposing height, Maggie Brennan already stands out on the ice. Now, the 17-year-old blueliner for the Nepean Wildcats has something else that sets her apart from the crowd: A $1,000 scholarship from the Ottawa Senators Alumni for combining athletic and academic accomplishments with leadership ability and community involvement. Brennan’s long list of accomplishments on and off the ice had already made her a worthy “Talent Watch” subject for Centre Ice’s November 2012 issue. Now, she has another feat to add to her impressive resume. “I was hoping to get it, but I didn’t know if it was really possible,” the Grade 12 student at St. Pius X Catholic High School said of the Senators Alumni scholarship. “I was really excited.” Brennan plans to put the money to good use this fall, when she begins studying for her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Sports Administration at Laurentian University in Sudbury. The 5-foot-9 defenceman has also been recruited for the Lady Vees’ inaugural season in CIS women’s hockey. Brennan, who also plays competitive volleyball, soccer and touch football and is the events co-ordinator for St. Pius’ student council, is looking forward to being part of Laurentian’s fledgling hockey program. She said that challenge, along with the opportunity to prepare for a career in sports management, played a big part in her decision to choose Laurentian. “It was important that the academics really fit me well,” said Brennan. “It’ll be fun and it’ll be interesting.” Maggie’s mom Carolyn said her daughter’s determination to succeed makes her a worthy recipient of the award. “She sets her goals and away she goes,” Carolyn said.


Nepean Wildcats girls win NGHA tournament



The Nepean Wildcats atom B team won gold at the Nepean Girls Hockey Association Tournament in early February. In round-robin play, Nepean lost to the Ottawa Ice 3-0, had a strong game against Richelieu Blizzard in a 9-0 victory, then finished the round-robin with a 2-2 tie against the Kingston Ice Wolves. The semi-final against the Ottawa Ice was scoreless into the last minute of play before Georgia Speer put home the game-winner for the Wildcats. Andrianna Fenning earned the shutout. The final was equally thrilling, going to double overtime before the

Wildcats won 2-1 in a shootout over the Kanata Rangers. Goal-scorers in the shootout for the Wildcats were Kait Davidson and Jackie Kuhn. The Wildcats are: Peyton Carle, Kristen Butterfield, Kait Davidson, Cassidy Whitteker, Elle Spencer, Georgia Speer, Jamie Aspropotamitis, Jacklynne Kuhn, Jordan Chiabai, Jaida Banks, Chloe Shepherd, Sofia del Castillo, Torey Guimaraes, Jane Sourges, Sara Gunter, Bailey O’Brien and Andrianna Fenning. Coaches are: Head coach Dean O’Brien and assistant coaches Donnie Carle, Eliot Spencer, Toni Guimaraes and Ali Speer. 5


Richmond Royals midgets win Alliston tournament as part of strong season Hard work has paid off for the Richmond Royals midget B White team with two tournament victories and a top-four regular-season finish in the LCMHL midget B division. In January the Royals won three games and lost one to capture the 75th Bradford Bulldogs Blue & Gold Classic Hockey Tournament in Alliston, near Toronto. Earlier, the Royals won a tournament hosted by the Kemptville Panthers. In Alliston, the Royals kicked off the event with a 6-0 win over the Twin Centre Stars No. 1 Team. Brad Parks was named game MVP. In game two, Richmond beat the Twin Centre Stars No. 2 Team 4-0. Lucas Donaldson received the

MVP award. Next up was the Bradford 2 Team, which beat Richmond 4-2. Nick Steinbacher was MVP. Anticipation, nervousness and excitement filled the air as the Royals prepared for the championship game. When the final buzzer sounded, Richmond earned the title with a 5-1 victory. The game’s MVP was TJ Sammon. On the long ride home, Richmond Munster Minor Hockey Association President Joe Milroy awarded the following players with Esso Medals for their overall contribution to the team: Robert Burwash (Most Sportsmanlike Player); Luc Kilabuck (Most Improved Player); and Josh

Woodruff (Most Dedicated Player). At the Kemptville tournament, a great rivalry took place as both Richmond teams and an Osgoode Rideau team were registered. In the final, Richmond beat Kemptville 4-3. The three stars were Woodruff, Mitch Alma and Burwash. Members of the Royals are: Mitch Alma, Robert Burwash, Matthew Smith, Luc Kilabuk, Lucas Donaldson, Riley Matthews, Carter Lalonde, Brad Parks, Jared Ryan, Craig Wytenburg, Dalton Kerr, Dylan Dziadyk, Joshua Woodruff, Nick Steinberg, Giuliano Thornhill and TJ Sammon; Bob Easy, head coach. Row: Mike Matthews, assistant coach, Steve Lalonde, assistant coach, Ward Smith, trainer.

Gloucester Rangers minor atom “A” green team golden in Verdun The Gloucester Rangers minor atom A Green team took first place at the 22nd edition of the Verdun Atom National Tournament, CC Division, over the Feb. 1 weekend in Verdun, Que. Over three days, the Rangers faced six challenging teams, and worked their way to gold one game at a time. The Rangers played their first game against the Frontaliers Coaticook/ Stanstead, winning 1-0. Energized by their first-game victory, the Rangers kept the momentum going and won their next two games against the Ottawa Sting (5-1) and the Tornades Versant Ouest (7-0). On Saturday afternoon, the Rangers played a nailbiter against the Blitz De Varennes, pulling out a 2-1 win in overtime to earn a berth in the semi-finals. On Sunday morning, they defeated the Maroons


De Lachine 3-1 to book a spot in the championship game. In the final, the Rangers faced Cobras Lasalle/Westmount. Gloucester scored first to take a 1-0 lead after one period. The Cobras tied the game in the second period before the Rangers answered with a goal late in the frame. The third period began with a third Rangers goal, but the Cobras remained undaunted throughout the third. The team from Quebec gave one last push, pulling its goalie for an extra attacker, but the Rangers put the puck into the empty net to win 4-1. “We didn’t come here thinking we were going to win,” said Rangers head coach Bruce Pickard. “Our goal was to make the semi-finals, but the kids really stepped it up and this was an excellent result. “There is very good competition

here, but it’s also about the little things like the chocolate milk and apples the kids get at the end of the game.”

Rangers minor atoms celebrate at Verdurn tournament. PHOTO BY JOHN STERLING CENTRE ICE APRIL2013


Golden Knights cap great season with International Silver Stick title West Carleton peewees win silver at Watertown tournament The West Carleton peewee B2 squad took home silver at the Ed Lupia Memorial Tournament in Watertown, N.Y. After a scary trip through a major snowstorm with many traffic incidents, everyone arrived safe and had a great time, dining, swimming and playing some hockey. In game one, West Carleton tied the Watertown PW Rapids 3-3. The second game saw West Carleton beat the Casselman Predateurs 8-6, but in Game 3 the team fell to South Grenville 8-6. The final was close, but West Carleton lost 2-1 to South Grenville in double overtime and had to settle for a silver medal. Team members are: Brian Dorman, Nicholas Dolan, Cameron Duhn, Darian Kearley, Owen Stacey, Joel Morroz, Ryan Larkin, Jeremy Etmanski, Kyle Wilson, Anthony Nephin, Curtis Duhn, Noah Nickerson, Noah Rhoden, Cameron Davis and Cameron Green. Head coach, Richard Stacey; assistant coaches, Wayne Wilson and Dave Morroz ;and trainers, Steve Larkin and Peter Green.

The Ottawa West Golden Knights major peewee team have finally captured the one major title that eluded them. The Golden Knights have clinched their league championship more than once, were champions of the Bell Capital Cup at the atom level and won the Tournament of Champions. The elusive crown jewel -- until this year -- has been the International Silver Stick title. Led by Captain Dylan Lajeunesse, the team has been focused and driven this season. Each game and practice has seen the team take the ice with a sense of fun, celebration and determination. Skating is the key to their success. Coach Joe Dragon and assistant coaches Scott Woodman and Rob Vandenberg agree, when the players are skating to their fullest potential they are fast and hard to beat. This year the Knights were exactly that in tournaments. They won a Smiths Falls event early in the year without allowing a goal, and for the first time, they captured the Regional Silver Stick championship in Pembroke. Next, they won the Roger Senecal tournament. As every atom and peewee hockey parent in Ottawa knows, the Bell Capital Cup is the highlight of the Christmas holiday season. After a disappointing overtime loss in the final the year before, the Knights were pumped. They had fun playing teams from Virginia, Gananoque and Finland in the round robin. They squeaked past the London Knights in the quarter-finals, with Max Dragon scoring the only goal of the game with 41 seconds remaining.

The semi-final matchup against Oakville was another great game, ending in a 3-1 win for the Knights. In the final on Jan. 1 at Scotiabank Place, the Knights faced off against the league rival Ottawa Sting. The Knights’ hard work and determination paid off with a 2-0 victory. Antonio DePaolo earned the shutout and was first star of the game. Two weeks later, the Knights and their very committed parents boarded a bus to Forest in Southwestern Ontario for the International Silver Stick final. In the first game against the Jefferson Jaguars from New York State, the score was tied 3-3 after overtime, forcing a shootout. The Jaguars won in what was the first tournament loss for the Knights and only their second loss all season. Still, the Knights stayed focused and committed to their goal and came back with a solid 5-1 victory over Evansville, Ind. Another solid win over the host Lambton Shores put the Knights in the semi-finals. The Knights were certainly getting the reputation of one of the teams to beat and the Ennismore Eagles were ready for them in the semis, but the Knights were still able to come away with a hard-fought 2-1 victory. In the final, the Knights tangled once again with the Jefferson Jaguars. The Knights positioned themselves all year for this game. Determined to win, they played one of their best games ever. Their passes were tape-to-tape, their skating was fast and they shut down the leading scorer for the Jaguars in a tense 2-1 triumph.

The win was a very proud moment for the Knights, who were now on the International Silver Stick map – and in the organization’s history books. It has been more than a decade since a Knights team won the International Silver Stick, and a Knights team had never won both Bell Capital Cup and International Silver Stick in the same season before. After the Silver Stick, the Knights were honoured by the Golden Knights Jr. B squad at one of their home games for their fantastic season, and the team continues to practise with determination and fun. The Knights won the B league again this year and are now focused on the playoffs. These and all other memories are great, but what stands out is when the players skate across the ice as a group and salute the cheering parents to say ‘Thank you’ for all they do for the team. If anyone ever asks, the answer is always the same: “It is totally worth it!”


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The 80+ Hall of Fame inducts nine new members This hall of fame class was truly one for the ages. Twelve hockey enthusiasts were inducted into the 80+ Hockey Hall of Fame of Ottawa Gatineau at a ceremony at the University of Ottawa on Feb. 24, with families, grandchildren, friends and fellow players on hand to pay tribute. The inductees are: Builders’ Category: George Collins, Ottawa-Carleton Senior Teachers; Maurice Lajeunesse, Ottawa Olde Tymers; and Rae Foran, Anciens Mariners. Players’ Category: Allan Deeks, Ottawa-Carleton Senior Teachers; Tony St-Amour, Gatineau 60+; Britton Walby, Geriatric Senior Buzzards; Gordon Marshall, Old Buzzards; Gorman Smith, Geriatric Senior Buzzards; Hector Lenet, Silver Streaks Hockey; Hubert Garneau, Elder Skatesmen; Raymond Paquette, North Gloucester Men’s Hockey; and Ray Wardle, Geriatric Senior Buzzards. As part of the ceremony a friendly hockey game was played, with all competitors over age 80. The local team, made up of previous and current hall of

Still in the game at 80 years of age and older are L to R standing: Stan Seaman, Tony St-Amour**, Tom Hamilton, Bob Russell, Hubbie Garneau**, Britt Walby**, Gerry Lee, Bob Vezina, Gord Marshall**, Al Deeks**, Larry McNabb, Kieth Brown. Kneeling: Hap McKenzie, John Kohli and Ray Wardle** (Those whose names are marked with stars have been inducted into the 80+ Hockey Hall of Fame of Ottawa Gatineau.)

fame inductees, was opposed by Les Sages Rive Sud 80+ from St-Hubert, Que. Guinness World Records has been asked to recognize the game for having the oldest participants in an organized contest. Following the game, all players and families met and socialized at a pub at the university. The 80+ Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 2011 by Maurice Marchand of Gatineau, a well-known old-timer hockey player from the Ottawa-Gatineau region who has competed in many old-timer events around the world, including the

world-famous SNOOPY tournament in California, as well as playing for teams in Gatineau and Ottawa. To date the local 80+ Hall of Fame has inducted 14 players and five builders. The hall draws from more than 27 old-timer hockey groups in the OttawaGatineau region, who have more than 750 players over the age of 50. In order to join the Geriatic Senior Hockey Group, which meets twice a week, players must be 70 years old or older or have had replacement surgery for knees, hips, elbows or shoulders.

West Carleton Warriors novice “A” team plays Kanata in 6th Annual WCMHA 67’s Day Despite some queasy stomachs as result of the flu, the West Carleton Warriors played the Kanata Kings at Scotiabank Place on Feb. 1. The West Carleton novice A squad won the opportunity courtesy of the sixth annual West Carleton Minor Hockey Association (WCMHA) Day with the Ottawa 67’s. Kings head coach Hugh Hospodar accepted Warriors head coach Todd Storms’ invitation almost immediately. The WCMHA provided the referees and the team managers worked together to run the LED-ring scoreboard and fill in the game sheet. The only thing missing was music between the plays. Justin Ovington opened the scoring for the Warriors, set up by a pass from Aubry Shiposh. Four minutes later, Shiposh scored the Warriors’ second goal, assisted by Andrew Downey. In the third period, Downey gave the Warriors a 3-0 lead, with the game’s final goal assisted by Carter Pilon. CENTRE ICE APRIL 2013 CENTRE ICE APRIL 2013


To spice up the game for the goalies, the coaches agreed to award a penalty shot for all penalties committed. As a result, the Kings were awarded two penalty shots. Both were saved by Warriors goaltenders Dani Hendersen and Patrick Bonini. After the game, the teams exchanged pins on the ice, an Olympic athletic tradition that started around 1924 as a sign of international friendship, and a tradition that is alive and well in hockey. More than 650 fans from WCMHA filled the stands later that day to watch the Ottawa 67’s take on the Sarnia Sting as part of the WCMHA Day. The day was also the kick-off to Do It For Daron’s 10-day Power to the Purple Challenge 2013, with the Ottawa 67’s lending their support to youth mental health initiatives.

In the March issue of Centre Ice, a story about the Kanata Blazers bantam minor “AA” team winning the 9th Annual Winter Classic Tournament was mistakenly accompanied by a photograph of the Nepean Wildcats. Here is the correct photo. Blazers players and team officials in the photo are: Trainer Filippo Caparelli, assistant coach Bruno Carchidi, on-ice support Leo Benvenuti, Jack Hochreiter, on-ice support Michel Paquet, Michael Mather, on-ice support Peter Kenny, Evan Poon, Tirned-Kabamba Mwamba, Christopher Sommers, Mack Miller, assistant coach

Sean Brennan, head coach Stephan Desbiens, Justin Bullock, Brad Benvenuti, Dominic Gagne, Wade Kenny, Cooper Desbiens, Alex Caparelli, Cameron Hobbs, Wade Brennan, Devin Carchidi and Anand Oberoi. Absent from the photo is Brandon Paquet. In the feature article on Ottawa 67’s defenceman Jacob Middleton in the March issue of Centre Ice, Edmonton Oilers defenceman Nick Schultz is referred to as a rookie. In fact, Schultz is a veteran who began his NHL career with the Minnesota Wild in the 2001-02 season. Centre Ice apologizes for the error. 99


OF THE Skating coach Power keeps Team Canada sharp heading into worlds





Power was struck by how his coach Jim York – father of former Senators defenceman Jason – invited figure skaters to help improve his team’s technique. Later on as a student and player at Algonquin College, Power took up speed skating. Eventually, he decided to turn his passion for all things blading into a profession. His friend Randy Lee, then the Senators strength and development coach, asked

“A picture’s worth a thousand words. If I can show them (video) right there on the ice, it’s a lot more successful.” — Marc Power, skating coach, Team Canada

him to help out at a team development camp in 1999, launching a fruitful 14-year association with the NHL club. Power began working with the women’s national team after the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2006, and is also on call with the Ottawa 67’s, the Carleton Ravens and the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees. No matter who is employing him, his approach is the same: Like a golf swing coach, he analyzes players’

movements and posture, trying to make a repetitive motion as efficient as possible to maximize power and strength. “If you can’t skate, you can’t play for the Ottawa Senators,” he says. “It’s the same with Hockey Canada. You could say I’m obsessive – I’m always looking for anything that will give you an edge to become quicker and stronger. (Elite players) have natural ability – they have a sense of the game. If I can just change how they move and make them more efficient (skaters), they can get better.” Power likes to incorporate principles from other athetic disciplines to drive home his message – track and field for explosive starts, figure skating for edges, balance and lateral movement, and speed skating for increased quickness – and designs drills based on players’ individual strengths and weaknesses. He carries his iPad and iPhone everywhere, allowing him to make video of a skater’s stride and provide instant feedback on the spot. “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” he explains. “If I can show them (video) right there on the ice, it’s a lot more successful.” Then there’s Power’s renowned “bag of tricks” – containing everything from medicine balls to rubber chickens. That’s right, rubber chickens, which he uses to show players how to swing their arms properly while striding. (Hint: If the arm slaps the chicken in

History-making official earned her stripes Marina Zenk won’t be on the ice next month at the world women’s hockey championship, but her presence will be felt all the same. Zenk plans to attend some games when Ottawa hosts the event, but her impact on the sport goes far beyond being a spectator. The former referee made history at the women’s worlds in Kitchener in 1997, when she was part of the first all-female officiating crew at an International Ice Hockey Federation event. A year later, the Orleans resident was chosen to referee the first Olympic goldmedal women’s game between Canada and the U.S. in Nagano, Japan. “For me, that was the pinnacle,” says Zenk. Today, there are about 2,000 female officials registered with Hockey Canada, and all on-ice officials at the upcoming worlds are women. But back when Zenk donned the stripes for the first time in the mid-’80s while a student in Toronto, not everyone was convinced refereeing was a job for a female. “In my day, there were a lot of people on the fence,” she says. “Now, it’s the norm.” Zenk began officiating at the suggestion of friend Angela James, a former member of the women’s national team. Zenk was playing for the Toronto Aeros of what is now the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, and James was her linemate and a referee in a local league. “She just said, ‘Hey, why don’t you officiate in my league?’” recalls Zenk, who figured it would be a good way to earn some extra cash for school. “I just gravitated to it. I enjoyed everything about it.” When she moved back to Ottawa in 1988, Zenk began refereeing men’s hockey, in levels as high as midget AA in winter and AAA in summer, and even turned down offers to officiate at the junior level. If there were any skeptics in the men’s ranks, they quickly disappeared when players saw her work, she says. “At the end of the day, you had to earn their respect on the ice, and that’s all that matters,” Zenk says matterof-factly. “It’s all about making the right calls – they don’t care if you’re male of female.” After retiring as a referee in 1999, Zenk spent a few years as Hockey Canada’s first development co-ordinator for female officials, helping mentor the next generation of women referees and linespeople. She remembers her pride in seeing Heather Richardson, a young official Zenk met at a camp Hockey Canada hosted in the early 2000s, fulfilling her dream of working games at the Vancouver Olympics. “It felt more satisfaction seeing her on the ice than I did refereeing in the gold-medal game (in Nagano),” Zenk says. “We broke down the barriers that have allowed these women to do what they do today.” She has since left Hockey Canada and the world of officiating to focus on her career as a business executive, but Zenk says the game will always be close to her heart. “I think you always miss it,” she admits. “It was a big part of my life. But it’s never far away. I could step in a rink today and it feels like it was yesterday.” PHOTO SUPPLIED


ike all members of Team Canada’s coaching staff at the upcoming women’s world hockey championship, Marc Power is constantly searching for a winning edge. He just takes that quest for perfection a little more literally than his colleagues. The edge the Nepean native tries to gain on Canada’s opponents is only a few millimetres wide – the thickness of a blade, actually. As skating coach, Power’s job is to help the likes of Jayna Hefford and Hayley Wickenheiser get a leg up on their rivals at the upcoming worlds in Ottawa in April. In a sense, it’s a role he’s been preparing for pretty much his entire life. At 5-foot-8, he’s not exactly a tower of Power, as it were, so he needed to be able to stand out on the ice in other ways. The best way he knew how was simply to get from A to B faster than opponents who were a head taller. Power figures he started sharing his wisdom about skating with others when he was about 14. “I’ve always been a little guy, so I was always a good skater,” says the 49-yearold, who played junior hockey for the Nepean Raiders before spending a few injury-plagued seasons on the pro circuit in England. “Even when I’m rollerblading, I’m thinking about how to move my body easier. When you’re a small guy, you do whatever you can to survive.” As a young minor hockey player in Nepean,


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the face, that’s poor technique.) “He’s got many things in his bag of tricks,” says 67’s coach and GM Chris Byrne, who brings Power in to work with his players about eight to 10 times a season. “He has a great way of teaching and has many different ways of showing guys how to do things.” It might sound a little unconventional, but it clearly gets results. “He’s a pretty special guy,” says Dan Church, head coach of the women’s national team. “No. 1, he never rests on his laurels. He’s never satisfied with the status quo. The other thing is, he has an amazing way

of translating what he knows to other athletes and coaches. He’s a big part of our success.” Rubber chickens aside, skating is serious business to Power, who overlooks nothing in his pursuit of skating perfection. If that means making a player stand on one leg while trying to catch a medicine ball – “it strengthens their leg and it teaches their brain how to be balanced” – then so be it. And his tutorials don’t end at the blade. How players are holding their sticks are as important to good skating technique, he explains, as what they do with their feet. “That stick is your

friend and your enemy,” he says, sounding every bit the teacher. “If your body’s in the right position all the time, you’ll skate that much better.” Listening to Power, it’s hard not to get caught up in his enthusiasm. A job coach for students at St. Paul High School when he’s not coaching skaters, he clearly loves the trade and all that goes into it. “He’s a passionate teacher of the game,” says Church. “I think Marc’s passionate about everything he does.” Power will be a constant presence at the world championships in April, working with players

both on and off the ice, putting them through drills on everything from arm swings to crossovers. Even now, after years in the job, he sounds like a guy who knows exactly how fortunate he is to be doing what he does. “When I turn 50, I’m going to the Olympics,” he says, referring to next year’s Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. “I’m lucky to get to work with all the elite athletes I get to work with.” And like his students, he’s always striving for more. “Anyone who speaks skating, I listen,” he says. “I never stop learning.” For Marc Power, class is always in session.




Learn to remain balanced while standing on one leg: “If you can’t stand on one leg, you’ll never be a good skater.”


Keep your stick on the ice and in front of you while skating.


Turn your head in the direction you want to skate – your body will naturally go in the same direction as your head.


Lean forward with bent knees in the direction you want to skate to get a more explosive stride.

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Dorion’s sledge hockey journey leads back to home for Team Canada series in Rockland WRITTEN BY DAN PLOUFFE PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

ICE FLOW 1991-2013 Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario (currently dresses for Ottawa Falcons locally) 2004-2013 Canadian national sledge hockey team

WHY I PLAY THE GAME I love anything and everything that has to do with sledge hockey. I come from a big hockey background. My dad played Jr. B hockey, my grandfather played Jr. A. I like everything about the sport. I’m not a big boy, but I enjoy the physicality. I enjoy going into the corners and digging out that puck and coming out with the puck against a guy who’s twice my size.





he Canadian national sledge hockey team’s three-game exhibition series against the U.S. from Feb. 14-16 in Rockland was not only a homecoming for Marc Dorion, it also offered many encouraging signs of growth – in the 25-yearold’s progress as a player, in Team Canada’s evolution, and for his sport as a whole. “The sport has grown so much,” Dorion says. “It still has a ways to go, but before, I had to explain the sport to so many different people. Now I can say that I’m on Team Canada for sledge hockey and people know exactly what that means. We’ve come a long way.” The Team Canada forward grew up about 10 minutes east of the series site in the small town of Bourget. Born with paralysis in his legs caused by spina bifida, Dorion began playing sledge hockey at age four. But it was the first time he got to play so close to home, since the Canadian International Hockey Academy in Rockland opened just two years ago. When he was younger, Dorion didn’t get to play much east of Ottawa because most of the old barns weren’t accessible for sledge players. But making trips to Ray Friel and Jim Durrell arenas to play with the Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario league carried a big bonus – a close-up view of local Canadian sledge legends such as Hervé Lord, Jean Labonté and Todd Nicholson. “I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for those guys, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” says Dorion, who first began practising and playing with the national team veterans when he was 13. “I was fortunate to be able to grow up and see those guys practise either before or after my ice time, and I got to know them personally. “When it came time to actually be looked at and be serious about Team Canada, they were giving me all the hints and tips I needed to


know. And I think they were kind of the ones to put the bug in the coach’s ear.” It wasn’t long before Dorion was wearing Team Canada colours, making his debut with the squad at age 16. He was still a teenager when he won gold at the 2006 Paralympics in Torino, and then got to experience the thrill of a home Games in Vancouver. “I took every opportunity to soak up the experience. I absolutely loved it,” recounts Dorion, who was Canada’s second-leading goal-scorer at the Vancouver Paralympics with five markers. “From the volunteers, to the city, to the venues – the

and be disappointed about and sad about and sulk about it. Yes, it was disappointing that it happened, but we look at what happened that day and what we could have done better and we just bring it to the rink next time. That’s what we’ve been doing ever since.” Many Team Canada veterans retired after their fourth-place finish in Vancouver, clearing the path for the next generation of standout Canadians such as Billy Bridges, Brad Bowden, Greg Westlake, Adam Dixon, and Dorion. “Marc’s a big key to the puzzle,” Team Canada head coach Mike Mondin says, identifying intensity

“Marc’s a big key to the puzzle. He’s got real deceptive speed. He’s not a big guy, but he competes hard, even against big-bodied players.” — Mike Mondin, head coach, Team Canada

atmosphere was unbelievable. When you stepped out onto the ice and you’ve got thousands of fans cheering for you – just unbelievable. “It’s unfortunate that it came and went so quickly. It seemed like I blinked and it was over.” The same could be said for Canada’s heartbreaking semi-final contest against Japan in Vancouver. Knotted in a 1-1 tie thanks to Dorion’s first-period goal, the Canadians were totally dominant in the third period but simply could not find the back of the net. Japan got a sudden break with just over a minute left to play and capitalized with the game-winner and a later empty-netter to deprive the home country of a shot at gold. “It’s an experience to learn from,” Dorion reflects three years later. “It’s not something to look back on

and determination on the ice as Dorion’s big strengths, along with his penalty-killing abilities. “He’s got real deceptive speed. He’s not a big guy, but he competes hard, even against big-bodied players.” Mondin believes Dorion is “at the top of his game right now,” and a big reason for that is the tremendous self-discipline he carries in personal training. Following the series against the U.S., Team Canada’s players each headed back to their homes – for Dorion, that’s now in Ottawa’s west end – for a month before reconvening in advance of the April 12-20 world championship in Goyang, South Korea. “Even though it’s a team sport, they train like it’s an individual sport,” Mondin explains. “Marc has that discipline to be able to do that.

And there’s no million-dollar bonus at the end of the rainbow for these guys. They do it for the pure love of the sport. It’s an inspiration to be around them.”


The series at the Canadian International Hockey Academy provided a moment for Dorion to reflect on his journey with Team Canada. Nicholson and Lord were still there, but in an off-ice role, lending a helping hand as coaches with the Canadian sledge development team. And strange as it might sound for someone who’s still only 25, Dorion was now the one providing the veteran presence on the ice. “It’s changed a lot,” says the University of Ottawa criminology grad. “I’ve kind of stepped into a different role. I’ve got 10 years’ experience on the team. I know what it’s like to be at the big games, the big championships, so I try to help out those players that don’t know those experiences.” The games in Rockland proved to be low-scoring battles – typical of recent Canada-U.S. encounters. The Americans won the first game 2-0, Dorion helped set up Canada’s second power-play goal in a 2-0 victory in the second contest, while the U.S. prevailed 2-1 in the rubber match. Despite the end defeat, Dorion revelled in the rare opportunity to play for Canada locally in front of family and friends, which hadn’t occurred since a training camp in his rookie season almost a decade ago. “So many people had been asking me, ‘When are we going to get the chance to watch games?’ I always had to tell them, ‘Sorry, it’s not going to happen this season.’ Finally after so many years, we got to come back,” Dorion says with a smile. “I’d been telling absolutely everyone about the games. It was super exciting, absolutely amazing.” 15

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Andrew Abou-Assaly POS C HT 5’11 WT 172 DOB 18/05/1996 Ottawa, Ontario




Jacob Blair

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Sean Callaghan POS D HT 6’3 WT 220 DOB 08/02/1994 Strathroy, Ontario

Michael Vlajkov POS D HT 6’2 WT 185 DOB 03/02/1995 Grimsby, Ontario




Mathieu Desautels POS D HT 5’11 WT 190 DOB 11/04/1995 Green Valley, Ontario

Michal Cajkovsky POS D HT 6’4 WT 228 DOB 06/05/1992 Bratislava, Slovakia

Jonathan Duchesne POS D HT 6’1 WT 195 DOB 12/02/1996 Brampton, Ontario








Sergey Kuptsov POS LW HT 6’2” WT 214 DOB 6/10/1994 Ekaterinburg, Russia

Jacob Middleton POS D HT 6’3” WT 194 DOB 2/01/1996 Stratford, Ontario

Dante Salituro POS C HT 5’9 WT 187 DOB 15/11/1996 Willowdale, Ontario




Mark Petaccio POS RW DOB 26/03/1994 HT 6’3” WT 190 Sicklerville, New Jersey

John Urbanic POS RW HT 5’11” WT 196 DOB 24/04/1995 Overland Park Kansas

Brendan Bell POS LW HT 6.01 WT 197 DOB 17/03/1994 Uxbridge, Ontario




Taylor Davis POS D HT 6’2 WT 208 DOB 24/05/1995 Trenton, New Jersey

Daniel Walsh POS LW HT 6’0 WT 185 DOB 30/01/1994 Gloucester, Ontario

Connor Brown POS LW HT 5’11 WT 186 DOB 22/07/1995 Georgetown, Ontario




Joseph Blandisi POS RW HT 5’11” WT 190 DOB 18/07/1994 Markham, Ontario

Nevin Guy POS D HT 5’10 WT 165 DOB 11/06/1995 Mountain, Ontario

Clint Windsor POS G HT 6”4” WT 217 DOB 2/11/1993 Hamilton, Ontario




Sean Monahan POS C HT 6’2 WT 193 DOB 12/10/1994 Brampton, Ontario

Brett Gustavsen POS LW HT 5’7 WT 170 DOB 13/03/1994 Scarborough, Ontario

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Pre-season training is essential. Geared up for a run, mom ensures that she’s in shape for the ice.


To ensure clear thinking both on and off the ice, adequate hydration is key.


A light snack prior to exercise can include fruit, some protein and grains in the form of a peanut butter sandwich.

As boys near puberty, their bodies can require almost 1,000 more calories per day than girls due to their increased muscle development.

As important as it is to get your gear prepared, checking your heart health is even more vital. Each year, an average of 10 men in Canada suffer fatal heart attacks due to hockey.


The Mallon/Cherry Family





nyone who has ever put on skates and grabbed a stick for a little on-ice competition knows playing hockey is harder than it looks! Before we tell youngsters they should have skated faster or shot the puck a little harder, we need to understand just how their bodies work. How can we ensure that our bodies do what we want at the right moment? Whether it is a practice or a game, we rely on our physical strength, stamina and agility to get us to the net and bury the puck or keep the opposing team from doing just that. Our physical makeup suggests there are strategies we can all use to maximize our potential and play the game to the best of our abilities. For the Mallon/Cherry family, playing hockey is a chance to socialize, get exercise and, most important, have some fun. While dad Dave Cherry has played hockey since childhood, mom Bridget Mallon and kids Finnegan and Aurora are relatively new to the sport. Each has specific needs to consider before they hit the ice. Health, safe training and proper nutrition will ensure the family can play for years to come. Ken Brunet, an exercise physiologist at Peak Centre for Human Performance, a sports science centre in Ottawa, explains the needs and priorities of athletes.


The physiological makeup of young athletes is actually not so different between boys and girls. Both need to focus on strength and agility while training for hockey. If they aim to continue playing into adulthood, gaining the proper skills is key. “Strength will be the foundation of everything they do in any sport and it should be developed at a young age,” explains Brunet. Starting with the basics such


as push-ups, sit-ups and chinups, children can progress to supervised strength training as young as age 10. While many parents might be reluctant to allow children to lift weights, the American Pediatric Association states that “appropriate strengthtraining programs have no

“I am known as the waterobsessive on my team.” — BRIDGET MALLON

apparent adverse effect on linear growth, growth plates, or the cardiovascular system.” Once puberty begins, however, each athlete will require his or her own training regimen to ensure their needs are being met. For some boys, increasing aerobic capacity is key, while for girls it can mean more strength focus to develop muscle mass. For both groups, this is the prime time to develop training habits to continue into adulthood.


As we age, our bodies continue to require the strength and flexibility to play as they did when we were young. The major difference is that adults are typically less active in their daily lives – so before stepping on the ice, they should ensure their bodies are ready. “For middle-aged or older adults jumping into high-intensity

activity without first preparing yourself a bit can result in injuries or even heart attacks,” says Brunet. A physical examination, including a heart fitness check and strength and flexibility exercises, is recommended to reduce injuries and will result in increased enjoyment of the game.


Proper nutrition and hydration before, during and after exercise is vital to development and success on the ice. There are many theories about carb-loading, fluid intake and post-game recovery needs. Brunet and his colleagues recommend a holistic approach to nutrition. “I’m a big believer in the big picture and would rather see all athletes plan their day, week, months in order to always be fuelling properly,” Brunet says. “This is a much better strategy to ensure optimal performance.” If you are consuming sufficient calories, including carbohydrates, fluids and protein, on a regular basis, that big plate of spaghetti is not necessarily required or even advised before the game. Too much fat will take longer for your body to process and can adversely affect your performance during a game or practice. “For youth hockey players, the biggest mistake is not getting enough calories,” Brunet says. The frequency and duration of physical activity demands a diet rich in healthy, unprocessed foods that include lean protein and carbohydrates to ensure athletes maximize the benefit of the workout. “When you are not getting enough calories, your body cannot improve and you are wasting a lot of time training,” explains Brunet. Specific personal needs aside, the average athlete needs the

following daily calorie intake: Female Child 1,400-1,850 calories Female Teen 2,050-2,200 calories Female Adult 2,250-2,400 calories Male Child 1,600-2,000 calories Male Teen 2,300-3,300 calories Male Adult 2,650-3,000 calories SOURCE: Health Canada, Canada Food Guide 2011-11-08

WATERSHED MOMENTS For any athlete, a practice or game will result in fluid loss. The harder you work your body, the more fluid you will lose. If you stepped on a scale before a practice and again after, any difference in weight is a result of fluid loss, primarily in the form of perspiration. This is important to understand how much you really need to replenish during recovery. “For every one kilogram of weight lost, you need one litre of water or other fluids,” explains Brunet. The “other fluids” is also a hot topic for debate, especially if you are a hockey parent whose child is begging for sports drinks at the arena. The Mallon/Cherry family prefers to stick to water before and after hockey. “I am known as the water-obsessive on my team,” jokes Bridget. The commercially available sports or energy drinks have some positive qualities in that they do contain water and some carbohydrates, but caution should be taken with drinks high in sugar content. Chocolate milk has gained popularity as an ideal post-game drink. It contains protein to assist in repairing tired muscles and sodium and water to relieve dehydration, and


WHY WE PLAY THE GAME Dad, a member of the Wingnuts Ottawa Travellers league since 2001, plays 2-3 times per week. He plays to stay in shape and for the love of the game as well as the social aspect.

Whether you have a desire to improve your ability to recover between shifts, require more speed, strength or power, or need to work on endurance and flexibility, the key is to find out what your specific needs are and work on them in order to properly prepare your body to meet all challenges.” — KEN BRUNET, EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST, PEAK CENTRE FOR HUMAN PERFORMANCE

for the average hockey player, it will be beneficial. If athletes are consuming adequate fluids, carbs and protein on a regular basis, their pre- and post-game needs should be met. Fluids should be consumed within 20 minutes after exercise for optimum benefit. Every player has his or her own challenges and needs. Brunet and his colleagues use science to eliminate guesswork and ensure optimal results. “Whether you have a desire to improve your


ability to recover between shifts, require more speed, strength or power, or need to work on endurance and flexibility, the key is to find out what your specific needs are and work on them in order to properly prepare your body to meet all challenges,” says Brunet. For our hockey-loving family, their individual goals may differ, but the end result is the same: to get the most out of yourself on or off the ice, eat well, drink plenty of fluids and have fun!

BRIDGET’S PROTEIN SMOOTHIE 1 banana, sliced 1 cup almond milk 2 tbsp. almond butter Dash of maple syrup Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Mom plays for Dana’s Destroyers in the Carleton Adult Women’s Hockey League and started skating only 10 years ago. She plays for the camaraderie and the postgame vegetarian nachos at the Barley Mow.

Finn, 10, a minor atom house league forward for the Ottawa West-End Hockey League’s Jets, has played since he was 5. He loves hockey because it’s a great sport and it uses all your muscles, including your brain.

Aurora, 7, a novice, plays in the Ottawa Girls Hockey Association for the Ice Pigs. She enjoys hockey because it’s fun and lots of her friends are there.



Ottawa 67’s



ICE FLOW 2000-01 Alexandria Initiation Program 2001-02 Alexandria Initiation Program 2002-03 Alexandria Glens Novice 2003-04 Alexandria Glens Novice 2004-05 Alexandria Glens Minor Atom B 2005-06 Seaway Valley Rapids Major Atom AA 2006-07 Seaway Valley Rapids Minor Peewee AA 2007-08 Seaway Valley Rapids Major Peewee AA 2008-09 Seaway Valley Rapids Minor Bantam AA 2009-10 Eastern Ontario Wild Major Bantam AAA 2010-11 Eastern Ontario Wild Minor Midget AAA 2011-12 Ottawa Jr. Senators 2012-13 Ottawa 67’s


“Skate like a penguin.”

Mathieu Desautels hasn’t forgotten those words since he started in the Initiation Program in Alexandria, Ont. At three-anda-half years old, Desautels was struggling to understand why he wasn’t moving forward even though he was lunging forward and taking steps. Spread your legs out wider and push your feet out, like a waddling penguin, said Gilles Joanette, Desautels’ IP coach. The advice paid off. Now 17, Desautels is considered one of the smoothest skaters on the Ottawa 67’s blueline and drawing comparisons to yet another Penguin – all-star defenceman Kris Letang. There’s no question that Desautels isn’t at Letang’s level yet. After all, this is only Desautels’ rookie season in the OHL, but he does share two of Letang’s greatest assets: skating and vision. Offensiveminded defencemen like Letang and Desautels prefer to use their skating ability to get to loose pucks and maintain good positioning on the ice. “When you skate well like that, you can do lots of things on the ice as far as tracking guys back, getting up to the neutral zone and having good gaps,” says 67’s head coach Chris Byrne. Unlike most of the other players on the roster, Desautels was not chosen in the OHL Priority Selection draft. Heading into the draft, Desautels felt he was good enough to be selected, especially after several OHL teams expressed interest in him.

On May 7, the day of the draft, Desautels was riveted to his computer, waiting for his name to appear. Desautels waited past the first five rounds, then waited some more. When the draft reached Round 12 and Desautels’ name still hadn’t been called, his father, Jean-Luc, told his son to just let it go. “I could see his frustration,” says Jean-Luc. “It was big letdown for him because he was approached by a few teams. I think he thought he had a really good chance at getting drafted because he saw guys that were being drafted and he looked at himself … ‘I’m as good as this guy, why is he getting drafted and not me?’ ” Desautels later attended the 67’s June evaluation camp and played well, but wasn’t offered a contract. The young blueliner decided to spend the season with the Jr. Senators. Three QMJHL teams, Gatineau, Drummondville and Blainville-Boisbriand, expressed interest in signing him. Not long afterwards, Desautels received a call from the 67’s, who wanted to sign him as a free agent. “It was a little surprising,” says Jean-Luc. “Chris [Byrne] was at the Jr. Sens games, and [assistant GM] Pat Higgins, too, so I knew they were coming to the games. But they never really made contact with Mat, so I figured they were looking at other guys.” The move to the 67’s was easy. Desautels had already settled in Ottawa with the Jr. Senators, living with a billet family. Scotiabank Place is an hour away from Green Valley, where his parents live, making

it easy for the rookie to go home and for Jean-Luc and his wife, Nicole, to come watch him play. In a trying season for the 67’s, the defence has been constantly tested. “I don’t think we expected [to lose so much],” says Desautels. “But I tell myself that I play for the 67’s, at the highest level I can play at right now. I give it all I’ve got.” When the plan to rebuild the team kicked in around December and January, opportunities for Desautels opened up. He played in 47 of 60 games, missing some time to a concussion, and though he has only two assists, those numbers alone are not an accurate reflection of his potential. “This year, I feel like I haven’t been able to play offensively as much as I wanted to,” he says. “It’s my rookie year and you gotta play

a little D, too, you know?” To be good offensively, defencemen have to be good defensively first. Desautels, who played centre until minor midget, is still learning the nuances of the defensive zone. In fact, Desautels finding his niche on the blue line was a bit of an accident. During a tournament, his team was down four defencemen, forcing the coach to shuffle forwards to defence. As a skater who can cover a lot of ground, Desautels was one of the forwards tabbed to play defence, and he took to it immediately. “I like it more,” says Desautels. “You can see the play a lot more and I like to create my own space. I like to come back into my own zone and jump up in the rush. I’m getting more comfortable defensively and I’m sure I’ll play more offensively next


year.” Like Letang, as a rare right-handshot defenceman, Desautels could be even more dangerous offensively. Still, Desautels’ move to defence wasn’t welcomed by everyone, at least in the beginning. “I was against it at first when the coach proposed it,” says JeanLuc. “I always thought Mat was a natural centreman because of his skating and vision. He was very good at setting up guys and I just didn’t see him on defence.” Ironically, Jean-Luc grew up playing defence, and in fact, it was Nicole who suggested that Desautels may be better patrolling the blue line. “It took me a couple months for that to really sink in,” says Jean-Luc. “I thought Mat would be a better asset to a team as a forward than as a defenceman. I thought every time he was on the ice, there were good offensive chances.” Smaller players tend to find more success playing forward, and since most OHL defencemen are much bigger than the 5-foot-11, 192-pound Desautels, there were questions about his size and how he would adapt. “I thought he did very well this year,” says Jean-Luc. “I’m surprised. His height was a little concern for me. Maybe he’s going to get roughed up in front of the net and the corners, but surprisingly, I thought he did quite well this year.” His coach also doesn’t sound concerned about Desautels’ lack of size. “For a lot of guys, I think it’s how big they play, not really about their size,” says Byrne. Physically, Desautels is ready to compete, but mentally, he’s still getting used to playing defence, and still adapting to the jump from Jr. A to the OHL. Desautels is talented, but also humble – a trait that at times may work against him. A little wary of being known as a hot dog on the ice, Desautels sometimes shies away from the play, although that may stem from general unfamiliarity with his position and trying to learn the ropes as a rookie. When Desautels can assert himself more on the ice and move the puck with confidence, his skating ability and on-ice vision are tough to ignore. He is expected be one of the 67’s premier puck-moving defencemen for the next couple of years.


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HOCKEY March 17 ON THIS DAY IN 1955: Rocket Richard attended a game at the Forum in Montreal, two days after he was suspended by President Clarence Campbell for an altercation in Boston earlier in the week. Campbell also attended the game in Montreal and his presence incited the fans, who later attacked him, set off smoke bombs and ultimately left the fire department no option but to evacuate the building, forcing the forfeit of the game. The fans rioted in an event that became infamously known as the Richard Riot. Richard later went on radio and TV appealing for calm in the city.

March 19 ON THIS DAY IN 1988: Goaltender Steve Guenette made 38 saves for his only NHL shutout, and Mario Lemieux and rookie Zarley Zalapski each had a goal and three assists in the Penguins’ 7-0 win over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. Guenette was a product of the ODMHA who played his minor hockey in Gloucester.

March 20 ON THIS DAY IN 1948: The greatest hockey player to ever put on a

pair of skates was born in Parry Sound. Bobby Orr was first noticed by Bruins scouts a few weeks before his 12th birthday at a tournament in Gananoque. The late Wren Blair made it his personal mission to bird-dog the young blond-haired phenom, and once Orr turned 14 he, along with his parents, signed a C form with the Bruin organization, essentially locking up his rights with Boston.

Oilers win at Calgary. The record has since been broken by a teammate of Gretzky’s, Esa Tikkanen, who scored twice in 12 seconds six years later.

March 27 ON THIS DAY IN 1982: Harry Neale was handed a 10-game suspension by the NHL for his involvement in an altercation with the crowd in Quebec City on March 20. Roger Neilson took over as coach, and led the Canucks to the Stanley Cup final.

March 23 ON THIS DAY IN 1994: Wayne Gretzky scored career goal No. 802, breaking Gordie Howe’s record for all-time NHL goals. The record came in his 15th NHL season, as the Kings lost 6-3 to Vancouver at the Forum. The goal was scored on a power play with Jiri Slegr in the box for the Canucks. Kirk McLean was the Canuck goalie, and the time was 14:47 of the second period. The milestone goal was assisted by Marty McSorley and Luc Robitaille.

March 25 ON THIS DAY IN 1982: Wayne Gretzky set an NHL record for the fastest two shorthanded goals, scoring twice in 27 seconds during the second period of a 7-2

March 29 ON THIS DAY IN 1951: Former NHL right winger Hartland Monahan was born in Montreal. Monahan played in the NHL from 1973-74 through 1980-81 with Oakland, the New York Rangers, Washington, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and St. Louis. Monahan married the daughter of Boom Boom Geoffrion. Geoffrion married the daughter of the legendary Howie Morenz, making for an interesting connection via marriage. Geoffrion’s son Danny also played in the NHL, and Danny’s son Blake is the most recent member of that family to make the NHL, suiting up for Montreal last

year to keep the family connection going.

March 31 ON THIS DAY IN 1928: The legendary Mr. Hockey was born. Gordie Howe was born in a town that no longer exists, Floral, Sask. Of all of Howe’s records, the one that stands the test of time above all others demonstrates his incredible longevity. He was a top-five scorer for 20 consecutive seasons with the Detroit Red Wings from 1949-69, an unmatched mark for all time.

April 8 ON THIS DAY IN 1979: Former Ottawa 67 and hall-of-fame defenceman Denis Potvin notched two assists to become the second blueliner in NHL history (after Bobby Orr) to score 100 points in a season. Potvin’s Islanders won 5-2 over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1986: Paul Coffey scored his 47th and 48th goals of the season in an 8-4 win against Vancouver to break Bobby Orr’s NHL record for most goals by a defenceman. Coffey also picked up two assists as the Oilers won their eighth straight home game.

ON THIS DAY IN 1993: The Ottawa Senators ended their NHL-record 38-game road losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Islanders at New York. Laurie Boschman scored his third career hat trick (including two goals in the final minute of play) in the win.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1955: Dick Irvin became the first coach in NHL history to win 100 career playoff games when the Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit 6-3 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final. Irvin started his NHL coaching career with the Chicago Blackhawks before going to Toronto to coach the Leafs. He joined the Montreal Canadiens for the 1940-41 season and coached them for 15 seasons, longer than anybody else in history. He was inducted into the hall of fame in the players category in 1958. Thirty years later in 1988, his son, Dick Irvin Jr., was inducted into the broadcasters’ wing of the HOF.

ON THIS DAY IN 1921: The Ottawa Senators defeated the Vancouver Millionaires 2-1 in the decisive fifth game of their Stanley Cup series. Jack Darragh scored both goals for the Senators, who became the first NHL team to capture back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

April 6 ON THIS DAY IN 1983: Former Ottawa 67 Steve Payne had three assists to lead the Minnesota North Stars to a 5-4 win over Toronto in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup division semi-finals.

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NUMBERSON ICE In honour of the Chicago Blackhawks’ streak of collecting points in consecutive games, here are some other streaks and lists:



Number of Ottawa 67’s who have won the Red Tilson Award for most outstanding player in the OHL: Peter Lee, Bobby Smith, Jimmy Fox, Andrew Cassels, Alyn McAuley, Brian Campbell, Corey Locke.

NHL record for most consecutive playoff appearances: Boston Bruins, 1968-96.

NHL record for the longest winning streak in one season: Pittsburgh Penguins, 1993. 30


Most consecutive Stanley Cups: Montreal Canadiens, 1956-60:





Most consecutive years in the Stanley Cup final: Montreal Canadiens, 1951-60.


Number of Leyden Division (East Division) championships for the Ottawa 67’s.

1 1 34 Number of games it took Wayne Gretzky to reach 100 points in the 1983-84 season. He recorded his 100th point on Dec. 18, 1983:


Ottawa Senators’ club record for most consecutive playoff appearances.

NHL record for consecutive major awards won: Wayne Gretzky, Hart Trophy; Bobby Orr, Norris Trophy. CENTRE ICE APRIL 2013

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