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she suspects it really comes from the fact that there was interest right from the getfrom wherever they’ve gone.” After being asked what the most go with all three boys. She explains that difficult part was of having all three even as an infant, Tanner was in her arms sons play hockey at a competitive level, in an arena watching his older brothers. Kathy could answer right away. “We have a pond on our property “That’s an easy one! I’m going to and that’s where they started skating at definitely say the distance,” says Kathy. a very young age,” says Kathy. “It was “You never stop worrying as a parent, as easy, we had access to ice and Kenton wimpy as that sounds. It doesn’t matter would plow it and flood it so all winter if they’re four years old or twenty-four long they had their own rink right out years old, you still worry about their their back door.” safety and their wellbeing. It’s one thing When all three boys were playing to be off to university and playing only competitively and living at home, Kathy four hours away but when you’re across says that balancing it all could be tricky. the ocean in a foreign country it’s a big “I do work full time. I’m supervisor adjustment for everybody.” at a childcare centre in Cornwall and not Luckily, Tanner is only four hours only that; I also run a competitive dance away from his family, so Kathy says studio in our home. Kenton coached the they’re able to see him much more often. boys; he coached the twins up until they In terms of where all this talent comes were going into Major Peewee, then from, Kathy says she isn’t totally sure. took over coaching Tanner and coached Kenton played hockey and there was him to the same age as well. It was a hockey on both sides of the family, but juggle that’s for sure but at least with the

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beginning, they still had a lot more stuff to learn and looked a bit rusty. But they are improving and they’re playing more as a team, and they’re learning their positions better,” expressed Lopez.

He said many of the 11 and 12 year old players know each other outside of hockey: “A lot of the Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper kids hang around together and are friends. A lot of them go to the Front: Jorja Champagne(goalie) same schools.”

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According to the unofficial club historian Brian Lalonde, the Huff and Puffs started out at the old Water Street Arena in Cornwall and moved to Long Sault in the early 2000’s. They play Mondays and Thursdays, from 1:30 to 3:00. “It’s pick-up hockey,” says Lalonde. “It’s fun, but it’s competitive.” Lalonde, who in addition to chronicling the team’s long history, is one of the players responsible for managing rosters and creating lines. He tries to keep things balanced. “The average age of the players is 68 or 69,” according to Lalonde. “We have three guys who are 75 years old who still play.” For the players, the team is about more than just hockey; it’s about friendship and camaraderie. As well as getting together for hockey, many of the


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ocal hockey coach Bruce Ciccarelli grew up in Southern Ontario (St. Catharines) and has been involved with athletics for most of his life, starting with playing AAA hockey and lacrosse since he was eight years old “Hanging out with my friends growing up always involved playing some type of sport. We’d be in a field playing soccer, football, baseball, Frisbee, golfing, or on the street playing ball hockey until the street lights came on,” says Ciccarelli. “So sports were always a daily part of my life and it helped me develop a large range of skills.” Now, Ciccarelli is a teacher. He says that as he got into teaching, there was a continuous need for teachers to volunteer their time to coach. When Holy Trinity opened in 2004, he got involved with boys & girls volleyball and hockey, the sport he calls his “first love.” Currently, Ciccarelli coaches junior

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boys’ volleyball and girl’s varsity hockey. “It is a large time commitment. The boys’ volleyball season starts the first week of school and ends in November, then it transitions into the girls’ hockey season which ends in late February,” says Ciccarelli. “There are several reasons that keep me volunteering to coach. First of all, it’s a great way to stay in touch with the game and the competitiveness of sport. Secondly, since it’s high school sport, it’s a great

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way to contribute to the school and to interact with students outside of the classroom.” Coach Ciccarelli is a firm believer in the process. “Enjoy it, create your memories, stay focused on the present and define ‘success’ by building up the intrinsic satisfaction of knowing you gave it your all not by the concept of ‘winning,’” says Ciccarelli. “You have an accountability to yourself to be better than you were the day before and to your teammates to be a contributor to the team. All of this is achieved through self-discipline which is a basic life skill.” According to Ciccarelli, “sports become a reflection of life – if you want to be in the championship game, you need to practise and push yourself to be better. It’s not simply given to you. At the end of every game you need to answer one question – did I give it my best shot? If the answer is ‘yes’ then the result is irrelevant and you can take pride in efforts.” We think Ciccarelli is on to something.

During Ciccarelli’s 2017 coaching season, his teams won the S,D&G Junior Boys’ Volleyball championship and went to EOSSAA. He is currently in the girls’ hockey season. “Every season brings out a new favourite memory,” says Ciccarelli. “It’s unique to that group of athletes and it’s not always a championship. A sincere “thank you” sure goes a long way, but one that does come to mind was when we won our first Senior Girls’ Volleyball championship. We had come so close in past years and it was a huge goal for these girls. They showed up the next day to shave my head – which by the way was never agreed upon or discussed beforehand. I let them do it anyways and it was a symbol of their accomplishment. Since it was in late February, I really felt the cold air for the next few weeks and often had to wear a sweater at home because of the chill.” By the sounds of that story, we definitely think Ciccarelli is a dedicated coach. We can’t wait to see what his teams accomplish next.

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Stoney or Detroit tournament – Giles Lascelle scheduled a phone call. hen Gabrielle Davidson After the phone call they told me Adams laced her first pair they’d like me to come visit Harvard. of skates at the age of 6 she never I met all three coaches. I also got dreamed that it would take her from to watch them practise and play. I Cornwall, Ontario to Cambridge, walked around the campus, and I Massachusetts. really liked it,” Gabrielle Davidson However, by the time she joined Adams recollected. the Ontario Hockey Academy (OHA) At just 15 years old, Gabrielle two years ago in Grade 8, she knew Davidson Adams is one of the top she wanted to play University level hockey players at OHA, and she is hockey. also an honour roll student with a 4.0 Now, as a Grade 10 student in GPA. her third year at OHA, her dream Born and raised in Cornwall, is becoming a reality. Gabrielle hockey has been a passion for Davidson Adams is Harvard Gabrielle Davidson Adams since University bound and partnering with she was just 6 years old. In Grade them through the application process. 1, Gabrielle started figure skating. “I remember it was after the However, when she saw a hockey game being played right after a figure skating session one day, she knew that’s what she wanted to do instead. Brought to you by Flowers Cornwall “I started to figure skate at the age of 6, that’s how I learned how to skate. After one of my figuring skating sessions, there was a hockey game being played on the ice, and I said that’s what I want to do. So I joined the Cornwall Typhoons,” Hometown: Cornwall Gabrielle Davidson Adams recalled. School: St. Joe’s In Grade 8 she made the transition Grade: 12 to the Ontario Hockey Academy with Age: 17 the goal of playing Div I hockey after Alexis Pataky is the MVP of the month for high school. January. This senior student and veteran rugby “I felt like I needed to play a higher player is valued by her coaches and team mates level of hockey, but still be close to home. My goal coming to OHA was for her leadership qualities and her dedication to her team and her sport. to play Division I. I always had big Alexis is preparing for college next year and is doing well in her classes, dreams to play hockey. I love the another thing that her coaches appreciate about her. Besides being a four life here at OHA, being surrounded year veteran of high school rugby and a two year veteran with the Cornwall by my best friends, having fun, and Claymores, Alexis never misses a practice and is active in both extra training playing hockey with them. I like that activities, fundraising, and team management. the teachers are there to help you too, and they’re always there to guide you,” Gabrielle Davidson Adams replied. Gabrielle Davidson Adams, who INC. wears number 20, and plays forward since/depuis 1994 centre got the promotion to play at the intermediate level, despite 1325 Pitt Street, Cornwall her young age. She has taken on a leadership role, and wears the “A” 1-888-852-2492 • 613-933-9439 Chantal Robert Martin www.flowerscornwall.com Martin on her maroon jersey, as an assistant By Jason Setnyk

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Continued from page 10 the Ontario Hockey Academy from the coaching staff. “Brad (Nicholson) was my coach first year, and he made me comfortable and confident when playing with older girls. Jenna (Lascelle) was my coach last year, and also my mentor. I always talk to her about hockey and what to do to get better. Kayla (Lascelle) has given me great advice too, like what I need to work on to improve. Giles (Lascelle) helped me with the recruiting process; he helped me a lot too. There is Pete (Montana), and so many others, I don’t want to leave anyone out. Everyone at OHA has played a part in my journey including my friend Jordyn Clark who has always been encouraging me,” Gabrielle Davidson Adams reflected. Brad Nicholson, who coached Gabrielle Davidson Adams, thinks very highly of her skills and dedication to the game. “She is one of the most dedicated hockey players I have ever come across, especially someone her age. I’ve known her for 3 years and I coached her as a midget in eighth grade. From the time I met her, this has been her goal. She is finally realizing her dream,” Nicholson said. “She’s skilled, very determined in her goals and loves to win. She is

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coach-able, listens, takes advice, and not afraid to try new things. She’s much grounded. She understands that she still has two years of hard work ahead of her before she finally does go. I fully expect that she’ll be ready,” Nicholson added. Gabrielle Davidson Adams also notes how supportive her family has been of her endeavours. “My entire family has been very supportive, everyone’s has been very excited and happy for me” Gabrielle Davidson Adams added. Gabrielle’s parents are happy with the decision to enroll their daughter at the Ontario Hockey Academy, and they are very proud of her success. “OHA was the best decision we ever made for her. Giles and Kim are amazing people. They have been a big part if Gabi’s journey and we will be forever grateful for their knowledge, wisdom, and belief in our daughter. We know Gabi is in great hands at the Ontario Hockey Academy. What more could we ask for?” Gabrielle’s mother Christiane Davidson said with praise. “With regards to attending the Ontario Hockey Academy, it’s been an amazing experience for her. It brought her a lot of structure so she can excel at her sport, but also to learn the discipline necessary to be a successful student-athlete. It’s a wonderful environment, and she

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is absolutely enjoying her time there. OHA is preparing Gabi for post secondary education with a rigorous and challenging routine, giving her more independence, and of course, a great teaching and coaching staff,” Gabrielle’s father John Adams added. “Also, with Harvard, it’s unreal. Never in my mind did I think of Harvard. We’re so proud… It’s unbelievable! Gabi has been preparing for this for a long time. On the ice she doesn’t play for herself. She plays with a team first mentality, which is great,” Davidson pointed out. “We’re honoured to partner with Harvard to help Gabi go through the application process. Gabi has been working extremely hard and sacrificed a lot over the years. She is extremely driven and has many goals she wants to reach. It’s something she has worked very hard for, and we’re thrilled,” Adams stated. From coaches like Brad Nicholson, Jenna Lascelle, Kayla Lascelle, Pete Montana, and Taylor Noseworthy, to trainers like Jeff Gibbs and Benoit Veileux, to people like Brian Tardiff, Rod McLeod, Claude Seguin, and Kim and Giles Lascelle – it took a village to help Gabi become the athlete and person she is today. According to Gabrielle’s mother, the most important lesson she learned was from Brian Tardiff: “Student comes first in student-athlete.” “I remember when Gabi was very young and started skating; the first thing Brian Tardiff would ask her is how are your marks at school? Gabi would say, my marks are very good. Brian would Continued on page 13

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Panthers senior boys’ soccer team to OFSAA three times, and he has coached the senior boys’ basketball team to an OFSAA birth an impressive 7 consecutive times, from 2005 to 2012. One of his favourite coaching accomplishments is winning the AA EOSSAA title with the junior girls’ basketball team in 2013. “It was our first time winning at that level, ever,” he said. “Sports has always been a vehicle for success in my life,” commented Chisholm. “I want kids to be able to experience that.” According to Chisholm, who gets behind every sports initiative put forward at St Joe’s, the skills athletes learn in one sport often transfer to others, and as such, they should experience as many

sports as they can. “Being an athlete at St. Joes is a privilege,” according toAD Chisholm. He credits the quality of the school’s sport and academic programs and

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remind her that student always comes before athlete. She’s always taken that to heart. I think Brian Tardiff would be especially proud of Gabi,” Davidson revealed. “We mentioned Brian Tardiff having a big impact on Gabi, but also Rod McLeod from Cornwall Typhoons, who saw something in her at a very young age. These two men have always supported her

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tremendously. Also, there was her uncle, Claude Seguin, who passed away on Monday, December 4th. He was also a very big fan of Gabi’s. He was involved in athletics for most of his life as a teacher (at La Citadelle), and was always very encouraging to her,” Adams concluded. The Ontario Hockey Academy, which is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary, is a hockey and academic prep school located in Cornwall, Ontario. It has approximately 140

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students (including international students) attending academic classes, living at the dormitory on campus, and training on and off the ice. OHA has a total of eight hockey teams – five boys’ teams, and three girls’ teams. The girls’ program at the Ontario Hockey Academy  is one of the most successful in North America. It includes over 100 alumni playing University hockey including National Champions for NCAA Div

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I, NCAA Div III, and CIS. OHA alumni have attended schools like Princeton University, Cornell University, and Boston University. In 2014 one OHA student played at the Sochi Olympics, and more are expected to play for their national teams at the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. For more information about the Ontario Hockey Academy visit their website.

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Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast -For the past 25 years the Sens’ fans have been loyal in their support of NHL hockey. Despite being one of the smaller hockey markets in the NHL, they usually rank around 20th in league attendance.  The problem is that Melnyk wants more; he wants a downtown rink, he wants a full house every game, he wants to make more money.  During the past month, he thought that threatening the fans might scare the Sens’ faithful.  He’d be better off coming up with a new marketing plan, because threats from millionaire owners aren’t appreciated by most people.  There have been rumours for years that Melnyk is difficult to work for, and that there’s a lack of harmony in the front office.  One possible sign that things aren’t going well is Daniel Alfredsson’s decision this past summer to leave his position of Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations.  It could be said that Melnyk is a small time operator, operating on a shoe string budget, and that he’s worn out his welcome.  Maybe it’s time for a new owner! Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - A city of elated joy to ahh … no thanks; what happened to NHL fans in Ottawa? The original Senators’ NHL franchise folded back in 1934, and Ottawa longed to revitalize the days when great hockey was played in the nation’s capital. Developer Bruce Firestone, who along with a few pickup hockey buddies sitting in a dressing room after a game, conjured a plan to bring an NHL Team to the City of Ottawa. Firestone and his buddies dared to dream of reshaping the sports face of Ottawa. Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” became the theme song for the group and the city. So what happened to that dream? Well I have to agree with Mike Roberts from Puckprose.com who states “In the 15 years of Senators hockey, few fan bases have suffered as much heartbreak as those in Ottawa. Year after year, it seems decisions from management or players begging to leave town have left fans exhausted and hesitant to buy into the team.” Roberts also points out that “As soon as the franchise began it seemed poor decisions followed.” A few examples include the infamous draft bust Alexandre Daigle first overall, over Pronger & Kariya; Yashin’s contract soap opera; Spezza & Chara leaving on bad terms. Remember Alfredsson and Heatley; both players also left on bad terms because the team simply wasn’t interested in paying them what they were worth. It’s no wonder fans have slipped away and no longer sell out their arena even on big game nights. The franchises’ constant changes in philosophy, personnel, and inability to build on great talent have left seats empty. I believe Ottawa is a viable NHL market, but the franchise has no one to blame but itself. Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - Ottawa has been a very viable hockey market in the past and can be again in the future but first a few things need to change. 1) The on-ice product: Guy Bucher’s “system” has had a short shelf life in the past and its time is running out with the Sens. Ottawa has excellent goal scorers in Hoffman, Duchene, Stone, Ryan, and Brassard. They need to be freed up to use their natural talent to be creative and score goals. Players can’t be sent out to do the same thing game after game and expect different results. 2) The Sens need an injection of youth. In the past two years they have gone from being one of the youngest teams in the NHL to being the 3rd oldest. 3) A change of ownership: Owner Eugene Melynk’s comments have helped to alienate the fan base and the teams alleged financial issues have handcuffed GM Pierre Dorion. The Sens have been playing short a top 6 winger since Clarke MacArthur’s concussion more than two years ago. They also have perhaps the smallest management team, scouting, and support staff in the league. 4) The Sens badly need a downtown arena. The Canadian Tire Centre has been a good venue for the past 24 years, but the Sens need to be closer to the action. The proposed development of Lebreton Flats will have the new arena surrounded by restaurants, bars, retail, commercial and residential, right near the Light Rail Transit (LRT) hub. By the time the arena is ready, phase 2 (and perhaps phase 3) of the LRT will be complete allowing Sens’ fans from Ottawa and the valley quick and easy access to a positive sports entertainment experience.


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Seaway Valley Rapids Minor Bantam AA Victorious at the Paul Coffey International Tournament

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Local Cornwall Nationals’ Player Brandon Gilmour Says Team Goal is to Win FHL By Victoria Klassen

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t four years old, Brandon Gilmour first stepped on the ice when his father brought home a pair of skates for him. He started playing hockey at the Jerry Brown Hockey School in Cornwall. Now, Gilmour has been playing for the Cornwall Nationals for the past two seasons. “I enjoy playing for my hometown. It’s my first time playing for a Cornwall team,” expressed Gilmour. “Going to the rink and seeing the younger kids look up to our team in general—what we do on and off the ice. But most importantly, my mother owns a diner north of Cornwall, and seeing the fans come in and saying ‘good game’ or talk about hockey is great. I appreciate them coming in and supporting us.” At the time of the Cornwall Nationals tryouts in 2016, he was in Ireland completing his schooling to be a strength and conditioning coach for sports teams. He played for the

Cornwall Nationals for two months last season, worked on improving over the summer and earned his way back on the team for the 2017-2018 season.

“As a team we all hang out together, it’s more of a bonding than last year. Even on the ice it’s nice to have a group of guys who want to play hockey, who want to win, and who have the same goal at the end of the day—getting the win to win the cup at the end of the year,” said Gilmour about his team. Gilmour said his parents have been the biggest supporters of his hockey career, coming to every home game and many away games. He hopes to have the opportunity to play hockey in Europe in the future. “Ever since I stepped on the ice my parents have always been behind me in whatever decision I make,” shared Gilmour. “They’re always there cheering me on, motivating me to become better.”

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ornwall’s Mike Rousseau has a great respect for fishing. The life-long angler says he has learned a lot about fishing in his 32 years. “No matter how good you are, you will always get a slice of humble pie from time-to-time when the fish just decide they don’t want to eat what you’re giving them.” Rousseau says. “You think you have them dialled in and the river gets flooded and changes everything. I love the comradery in the fishing community. There is a lot of secrecy but it seems like when you meet someone and they say they like to fish, you know at that moment you probably just met a new friend.” As a kid, Rousseau and his family spent their summers at their cottage in Lancaster. Sporting a canoe, a spinning rod, and a couple lures, he would fish every day. He started fishing as soon as he could hold a fishing rod. “I think one of my fondest memories was hiding in the boathouses when it was raining and targeting the resident rock bass,” he says. “I would spend hours by myself in there with a little jig and the sound of rain hitting the tin roof.” Now an Operations Manager

He’s been out in his boat in January and February several times. A member of the Cornwall Lunker Club and Muskies Canada Ottawa chapter, Rousseau fondly looks back at his trophy catches. This September he captured a 55inch Muskie. “At the end of my cast (without knowing she was there) I did a figure 8 manoeuvre just in case,” Cornwall’s Mike Rousseau landed this 55-inch Muskie during a recent Rousseau remembers. “This Photo Submitted trip in September. monster attacked my spinner with only 18 inches of line out and pure for Walmart Logistics Canada, “I will bring out two or three chaos followed.” Rousseau enjoys his leisure time rods rigged the exact same so when Rousseau’s largest walleye is a fishing, including in tournaments. one spool is frozen I can just grab 12-pounder caught through the ice. “For tournaments, the most another rod. For clothing I will He has set his sights on landing a 14 successful approach I have found is use a line from my friend Terry pound walleye, he figures it might trolling deep diving cranks on key Chaput. A good Gore-Tex rain suit take a trip to the Bay of Quinte for structures like weed lines and rock paired up with high quality thermal that, and also has dreams of fishing points. For fun and enjoyment, it is layering underneath does the ticket for monster sturgeon on the Fraser hard to beat casting for any species. for me until air temps get below River in British Columbia. Still, The strike and fight are far more zero. Below zero I trade my Gore- he’s been spoiled fishing locally, exciting when casting as opposed Tex for a 1 piece float suit. The one too. piece float suit eliminates drafts, to trolling.” provides warmth, and also provides “If you enjoy multispecies fishing Rousseau’s love for fishing is the safety factor so if I fall in at and capitalize on the right species evident as he could still be found least I will float.” at certain times of the year, we have out in his boat on the St. Lawrence “As much as I hate the cold, the resources here to keep anyone River deep into December. late season is a great opportunity happy.”

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orty-year-old Stephen Last is a local inspiration. With hard work, determination and multisport, Last was able to begin a health and fitness journey that has lost him over 200 lbs and counting. Five years ago, Last was 465 lbs. Currently, Last sits at about 250 lbs.

passion right now. I enjoy the camaraderie, the support and the enthusiasm and sharing of something we all love,” says Last. “I am always trying to better myself.”

Since beginning his health and fitness journey, Last has completed three half marathons and one full marathon. He is currently training for the Ottawa Marathon in May.

“I began training to run in July Last also hopes to get more of 2015 after mostly walking involved with Swimming and a 10 km in 96 minutes,” says Last. “I was at the point in my journey where I had reached my peak fitness through walking, and a friend helped encourage me to try running.” By October of that same year, Last decided to do another 10 km, but this time he was able to complete the 10 km mostly running, finishing in 65 minutes. During the winter, Last trained for distance and by April 2016, he ran his first half marathon.

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whatever happens during the day or week, and focus on the sport I enjoy The rink is one of my favourite playing. I get to chill with friends places,” says Cam Bakker, #44 and teammates, who like me, are of the Cornwall Nationals. “It’s a Continued on page 21 place where I get to get away from By Carrie Seguin

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n the past two Karate Komments columns we began to look at the attributes, or components of karate that every serious practitioner should strive to improve. Speed and power are most important, very obvious, but both can be taken to another level by proper timing. Timing, for karate purposes can be defined as “choosing the precise moment to grab, hit, back off, run from, or say the right thing to bring the threat of a potential situation or a situation in progress to a conclusion in your favour”. In other words timing is the ability to take advantage of a window of opportunity. Timing can be both offensive and defensive, whether fighting in a ring at a tournament or in a self-defence situation.

Defensively the sooner a threat can be identified the better your chances of successfully defending against it will be. Before you are able to block or evade an incoming punch or kick, several things have to happen: 1) You have to recognize it as a threat. 2) Consider your possible responses and choose one. 3) Tell your muscles how to respond. Having a limited number of techniques that you are quite proficient at will help to lower your reaction time. There are dozens of techniques, both offensive and defensive, in karate but most practitioners have a relatively low number of “go to” techniques, with some of them being ones that can be used in several different situations, known as commonality of technique. There are several scenarios where the window of opportunity for offensive timing will present itself – here are just a few: 1) When your opponent is distracted – it could be something that you said or a momentary glance away for example. 2) When he shifts his weight or changes his stance – your opponent will have a more difficult time if even slightly unbalanced. 3) When he’s moving backwards – the human body is designed for forward motion. As we age our speed and power are not what they once were but the more effective training time that a martial artist puts into training the better his timing will be. In the combative arts, several athletes have put that effective training to good use winning titles at an advanced age. In MMA there have been Chuck Liddell at age 37, Anderson Silva at 38, and Randy Couture at 45 years, in pro boxing, Roberto Duran 37, George Foreman 45, and Bernard Hopkins at 48 years of age. Perhaps the best example of fighter changing his style to offset the ageing process would be George Foreman. Foreman won the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics, turned pro in ‘69, KO’d Joe Frazier to win the world heavyweight title in ‘73, retiring in 1977. After a ten year hiatus, Foreman made a comeback at the age of thirty-eight, winning the title again seven years later in ‘94 by KOing the previously unbeaten Michael Moorer (35-0). During this comeback Foreman fought 34 times winning 31 of those fights before finally hanging his gloves up at age 48. In the past couple of years I have had the honour of interviewing heavyweight contenders George Chuvalo and Gerry Cooney for Sports Energy. Chuvalo and Cooney were from different eras, but between the two of them they fought most of the world’s best of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Chuvalo fought Foreman in Aug of 1970; Cooney fought him almost 20 years later in Jan 1990. I asked each who the hardest puncher was that they had ever faced and they both told me the exact same thing – nobody hits like George Foreman. In those 20 years Foreman had gained experience, adapted his style, and was still knocking out most of his opponents. He had economized his movements as to not waste energy and was using a better sense of timing to end his fights. With proper timing you can enhance both your speed and your power, making each and every one of your karate techniques better.

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trying to get better and better each day.” It’s a good thing Bakker likes spending time at the rink. To date, the twenty-four-year-old has spent a ton of time in arenas. He started his hockey career playing with the Gloucester Rangers Minor Hockey Association. From there, he played junior hockey with the Metcalfe Jets. After that, Bakker attended Liberty University and played college hockey. He now plays in the Federal League with the Nationals. The Federal League is a minor professional hockey league, established in 2010. It currently hosts 6 teams. The Cornwall Nationals (est. 2016) are presently tied for 2nd place, just 3 points behind first place

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Port Huron and one point ahead of Nationals. “I played forward for the Danville. This is a huge improvement Gloucester Rangers Minor Hockey from last year’s 6th of 7 place finish. Association and Metcalfe Jets Junior B organization prior to attending Bakker began playing with the Nationals this season. “The Liberty University. At Liberty, I tried out as a forward until the last organization had seen me play at scrimmage. The coaching staff the Brampton Beast (ECHL) free agent camp, where I was invited asked if I would be interested in trying defence. I gave it a shot, and to join them for their main camp. they seemed to like what they saw, Unfortunately, due to Brampton so I played defence for my college having signed on as an affiliate with the Belleville Senators (AHL) and hockey career and thus far with the Nationals.” Laval Rockets (AHL), there were As a defenceman, Bakker sits many players already under contract. The Nationals gave me a call a fifth in points on the roster, with 15 couple of days after being released points in 15 games. He currently has from Brampton’s main camp and I the third most penalty minutes. “I agreed to skate with the Nationals on wouldn’t consider myself an enforcer one of their last days of camp. They as I rarely drop the mitts. But, as a offered me a position on the team,” defenceman, you have to protect your explains Bakker. goalie when things get spicy in front Bakker plays defence for the of the net; so, if that requires me to

tie up a player or square off, then this farm kid isn’t afraid to dance a round or two,” Bakker explains. Bakker grew up in rural Kenmore, Ontario as part of a farming family. He attended Liberty University in Lynchburg VA, studying exercise science and playing for the Liberty University Flames. “Balancing both academics and athletics was difficult at times, but due to the nature of exercise science, I got to study different aspects of sports which made it more interesting for someone like me, who doesn’t always enjoy having my nose in a book. Liberty allowed me to be on the ice 5-6 days a week, which I credit for getting me to be the player I am today.” Bakker and the Nationals play out of the Ed Lumley Arena.


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Atom C Braves Win ‘A’ Title in Leeds By Todd Anderson

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he NGS Atom C Braves captured the A championship at a tournament in Leeds on Nov. 25. The Braves met St. Lawrence Minor Hockey League division rival Char-Lan Rebels in the final and won by a 4-3 score. Alex Simon scored two goals in the victory with singles going to Rowan Smith and Hayden Darling. The backand-forth contest went NGS’ way after the Braves’ Simon potted the winner with just over 10 minutes remaining and the Braves were able to hold off the charging Rebels. To reach the final, the Braves won a tie-breaker with Leeds by having a better goal-against total from the round-robin portion of the tournament. That was made possible after a comeback in Game 2 of the tournament against the hosts. Down by a pair of goals to the Leeds Chargers, the Braves scored

twice in the final three minutes to salvage a tie. Darling and Simon hit the back of the net sparking the huge NGS comeback. Novice C affiliates Quinn Anderson and Payton Leger were called up in the tournament, as the Braves were short-staffed and the tired players needed some respite. In fact, NGS entered the tournament with the smallest roster player-wise by quite a margin and Game 1 was played with just two spare players on the bench. “I’m sure the kids slept well Saturday night because they left it all out on the ice,” said Head Coach Eric McDonell. “It was an experience to see the kids skating around the rink with the plaque they won. You’d think they just won the Stanley Cup. I am very proud of those kids for the efforts they put forth all day. They never let up and played to the best of their abilities.”

The NGS atom C Braves captured the A championship at a tournament held in Leeds on Nov. 25. Pictured front from left are: Dryden Coleman and Rowan Smith. Middle row from left: Jesse Leroux, Payton Leger and Quinn Anderson. Back row from left: Kevin Anderson, Innis McDonell, Robbie Joanette, Alex Simon, Mason Anderson, Hayden Darling, Jason Leroux and Eric McDonell. Photo Submitted

Braves scored a 3-0 victory over goal recording the shut out while Almonte-Pakenham Thunder. Smith scored twice and Simon In the tournament opener, the Dryden Coleman was flawless in added a single.

Corben Cameron Has a Passion For Martial Arts’ Grappling By Jim Riddell

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orben Cameron has an absolute passion for martial art grappling. The elevenyear-old Corben, a grade 6 Viscount Alexander student has been training 5 times per week for the past 4 years at Cornwall MMA, with each session being either 1 or 1 ½ hrs long. Corben, who trains in various forms of grappling, currently holds an orange belt in Judo and has set himself a goal of one day earning a Black belt in that discipline. Corben has been quite successful so far in the martial arts, having won a Cornwall Lions Club “Athlete of the year” award in his sport. Corben recently competed in the Grappling Industries jiu-jitsu tournament held at Ryerson University in Toronto. This very large event hosted well over one thousand competitors from as far away as Michigan. Corben competed in two separate divisions, gi, and no gi grappling. These divisions were a gruelling round-robin format where each competitor fights one two-minute round match against each individual in the division. The eventual winner is determined not by the number of victories, but by the total number of points accumulated in the tournament. Cornwall

MMA Judo and wrestling instructor Trevor Leroux was very impressed with Corben’s performance at the tournament. Leroux stated that although Corben didn’t score enough points to make the podium, “Corben performed well throughout the tournament, even completely dominating the pre-tournament favourite during their match. Trevor added that with Corben’s level of dedication his potential is unlimited. Corben Cameron, a very humble pre-teen, may be highly focused in grappling, but his interests are certainly not one dimensional. Corben also enjoys reading, video games, and volunteering; recently helping out when Little Ray’s Reptiles were in town as well as at the Armouries in support of the Food Bank. He also participating in the Santa Shuffle put on by the Salvation Army. Because of Corben, both of his parents have followed him to Cornwall MMA with his dad participating in the wrestling class, and his mom in the striking (kickboxing) class instructed by Head Coach Brett Porteous. Cornwall MMA is a family-oriented club with a strict code – no drugs, no trouble at school, and no trouble with the law. It is located at Photo Submitted Hodgin’s City Centre on Pitt St.


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The Cornwall LEGENDS - Local People You Know and Trust! By Robin Andrew

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hat do The Wooooman, The Morning Messiah, Sweethands, Mad Dog, 007, Maid Marion, The Mauler, The Terminator, Don Pino Corleone, DR Hook, Terry Le Tang, MacAttack, Snelly, Cupcake, The Ramada Kid, BJ, Le(belle)Fleur, The Plant, The Cat, and Big Bird have in common? They are all current ice hockey stars with The Cornwall   “LEGENDS”. Who are The LEGENDS you ask? We’re a recreational ice hockey group made up of successful local businessmen.  We play every Thursday morning for an hour and a half, at the Benson Centre, starting at 7 AM.  In fact Marty Benson himself is one of us!  Rumour has it that Benson refused to sign the rink sponsorship deal unless he was given a place on the LEGENDS. We have to be successful businessmen, as every Christmas the gang goes out en masse to Spinners for breakfast and plays Credit Card Roulette.  The last card pulled out of a hat gets nailed with a bill that can be upwards of $250. 

Back Row (Left to Right) Pino Distefano (Don Pino Corleone), David Murphy (Mad Dog), Dave MacDonald (MacAttack), Rob Lefebvre (Dr. Hook), Matt Bergeron (Matt Gloss), Allan Wilson (The Terminator), Roy Perkins (Shea PK), Al Bellefeuille (Le(belle)Fleur), Jim Ritchie (Dr. J), Brendan MacDonald (BJ The Fox), Tim McCuaig (The Wooooman), Terry Sylvester (Terry Le Tang), Robin Andrew (Captain Obvious), Ian Laplante (The Plant), Luc Marion (Maid Marion). Front Row (Left to Right) Matt Leroux (The Unknown Goalie), Pierre Brousseau (007), Tom Everson (LoboTomy), Mark Snelgrove (Snelly), Marty Benson, Scott Lecky (The Ramada Kid), Yvon Besner (The Morning Messiah), Chris Fraser (The Mauler). Photo IceLevel Missing From Photo: Chris Smith (Cupcake), Kyle MacDonell (Big Bird) 

Established in 1994 by Bill Kennedy and Tommy Burnside, the group was passed on to Eric Tuninga, then Peter Hurrell, before landing in the guiding hands of current custodian Rob Lefebvre.  Rob has been in

charge of LEGENDS for the past 20 years. While Lefebvre collects the fees and organises the dates, Shea PK Perkins (an ex-Cornwall Citizen of The Year no less!) is our Commissioner and as such makes all weekly team selections and resolves any disputes that may arise. We can even boast of having Cornwall’s second favourite Councillor (after Bernadette Clement of course) in the squad, he is none other than the effervescent David Murphy!! What makes us unique?  For one, we have our own weekly publication called The Freeloader.  Written by the highly acclaimed Editor-in-Chief, Captain Obvious, The Freeloader provides a tonguein-cheek report on the games played and relays the various news among the players.  Secondly the players check their egos at the front door and, although they play with intensity, are still able to have a laugh and not take themselves too seriously.  We’re like the “Cheers” of ice hockey!!  We have a finely balanced selection of outstanding and not so outstanding players.  Apart from the 22 full-timers, there are a handful of extras such as Das Auto, Sole Train, Jofa John, and Matt Gloss who are all too willing to jump into play at a

moment’s notice.  One lucky player at the end of each year is honoured with the coveted Golden Construction Hat, given to the “LEGEND of the Year”. Don Pino Corleone, a previous winner, described it as a trophy that is “given out randomly each year, for no good reason, to a member of the Legends’ hockey group whether they deserve it or not”.  Ex-CFL football star Scott Lecky (according to his own records) is a 7 times winner!  Of course there is also the Federation of Associate Reporters’ Trophy that is awarded for the year’s Most Outstanding Player as selected by the Freeloader’s Press Corp of one.  The season always ends on a high with a lone night game followed by chicken wings and beers at one of Cornwall’s excellent sports bars.  In midsummer the players along with their partners gather for a get together at the ranch house of Commissioner Shea PK to discuss the highlights and events of the previous season and their expectations for the one to come. Our Funeral Director member probably summed us up best when he commented that at the end of the day we are just “Local people you know and trust”.


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Colts Team Up with Community Partners for St. Vincent De Paul Cornwall By Staff Writer

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he Cornwall Colts teamed up with several Community Partners to help raise $4500 for St. Vincent De Paul Cornwall. The money was raised through the 4th Annual Benson Colts’ Charity Hockey Game held at the Benson Centre Sunday afternoon. The Benson Group, Scotiabank and Shoeless Joe’s Cornwall headline the list of supporters for the event. Each local celebrity paid $100 for St. Vincent De Paul to participate. The event has raised more than $10,000, in total, for St. Vincent De Paul Cornwall. Team MacInnis has bragging rights over Team McBride thanks to a 10-8 victory. “The players have a lot of fun getting to know some of our community partners,” said Coach Ian MacInnis. “The local celebrities get to see just how good some our players are. It’s

a lot of fun for everyone involved.”

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Tanis Brown January’s Mom of the Month, Tanis Brown of Long Sault, has been involved in a variety of sports in a variety of roles. She and her husband, Barry, are busy keeping their three children, Avery (14), Kyle (12), and Camden (2) active and engaged in athletics. Tanis is a fundraiser and is often part of team management. She has organized and participated in Casino Nights, bottle drives, raffles, and pumpkin sales, to name a few activities. “Whatever needs to be done, I’ll do,” she says. She has done a lot of work in South Stormont, where both Avery and Kyle got their starts in hockey, and where her husband has coached both older kids. Tanis has since supported Avery as a player for the Cornwall Typhoons when her daughter moved to that team, and has been on the bench as a trainer. Kyle has become heavily involved in baseball, and frequently trains in Quebec, so Tanis is often on the road. Her own background in sports includes softball and swimming; including earning her (water) wings as a lifeguard. As for young Camden, at 2 years of age, she’s already been on skates in the Long Sault Arena, and if her father has his way, she’ll be a hockey player like her big sister. “But she’s quite the little dancer,” explains Tanis. “So, we’ll see what happens.”


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Functional Training. . . Thinking Outside the Box strong against the functional “weak” woman. If we were to put them on a repetitive stair climbing test with ascents and descents, the so called “weaker” female would surpass the strong man. Why is that? It boils down to their varying degrees of musculoskeletal system function. By Matt O’Shagnessy and Christine Lapierre

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oo often we divide our bodies into subcategories when we train (i.e. leg day, chest day, etc.). Although muscle isolation training proves to be successful in bodybuilding, big bulging muscles look better than they perform.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being muscular, however, muscles without functionality are limited in their ability to respond to spontaneous environments. The female in this example has a more varied degree of function. She is agile and unrestricted to a box. So What is Functional Strength?

Functional strength is the strength that got us through everyday life and survival thousands of years ago. Historically, the movement patterns which allowed us to survive and thrive in our natural habitat consisted of walking, jogging, running, pushing, pulling, twisting, bending, lunging, squatting, and grasping.

Let’s say Mr. Muscle can lift x number of pounds over his head. It is really meaningless in the overall definition of functional strength. Functional strength is developed through complex movement patterns, not over-rehearsed, overcoached lifts in a never changing environment. The athlete, warrior, or Principles of Functional Training outdoor enthusiast embraces change and challenge, while Mr. Muscle → Functionality is a state in needs comfort and consistency which we pursue physical excellence for a happy workout. Dare we say without inappropriate side effects. stronger isn’t necessarily better? It is the ability to run your joints A Great Example of a Simple Test through full range of motion without Let’s take an experienced weight pain, stiffness, or restriction. lifter who is muscular, bulky, and

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incorporates movements that involve ** One of the most important multiple plans and multiple joints things to note is that the degree instead of individual muscles with of function varies between each the use of machines. individual. Some individuals need to → Functional training uncovers work hard to maintain strength and muscle weaknesses, imbalances, and speed, while some barely practice faulty movement patterns, caused by and thrive. Some stay lean without weak links in the kinetic chain, and work, while others work continuously to maintain what they have. Some corrects them. never focus on flexibility and stay → Functional strength is flexible, while others maintain purposeful. There is a reason behind strength. No matter what the goal, the movement in your daily life or functionality is the key to success, sport. It can help the elderly perform and having your own individualized everyday activities with more ease, or program is absolutely essential. the athlete control his body through We encourage our readers too awkward and unforeseen positions send us any topic /question they more effectively. would like us to cover or dissect. → Functional strength is practical Please send topic or questions to: and adaptable. It can carry over mcfitwithin@gmail.com into a variety of activities such as Fit From Within consists of jumping to get a rebound, staying in a good defensive stance, or putting personal trainers Matt O’Shaugnessy and Christine Lapierre. Together, we the groceries away in the cabinet. posses over 20 years of experience → Functional training requires in both the fitness and health care the coordination of balance, control, field. Our services include: Oneproprioception (internal sense on One Personal Training, Group of where you are in space), and Training, Nutritional Guidelines, the appropriate timing of muscle Periodized Training Programs, contraction. Sport Specific Training Programs, → Functional training increases and Functional Range Release. For core stabilization. With increased more information on services email core stabilization we are better able us at mcfitwithin@gmail.com and be to move our bodies through multiple sure to check our Facebook page; Fit planes. In fact most physical activities From Within require stable core muscles. By David Murphy

Johnny Bower was the original Johnny Hockey for me.

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ocial media was recently flooded with pictures of one of the all-time greatest Toronto Maple Leafs, Johnny Bower, upon his passing away at 93. Hockey fans of all stripes speak about Bower with great reverence.  You could hate the Leafs but you couldn’t hate Johnny Bower.

My favourite story with him involves me sitting with him and fellow all-time great Bobby Hull after being the MC for an NHL alumni game.  I was the successful bidder of an autographed photo of Hull in front of the net with Bower in goal and the puck in mid-air behind Bower but not in the net.  Bower claimed the puck hit the post and Hull quickly retorted “you didn’t see the puck until you looked at the picture”.  And both roared with laughter as I picked up my jaw off the floor (I was in awe of both of them)!  Every person who stopped by the Murphy Man Cave heard the story of that photo for as long as I had it.  I donated that photo to a fundraising event several years ago.  I hope the new owner cherishes it!    Johnny Bower was a true gentleman and a great story teller and why wouldn’t he be?  He was the hockey version of Crash Davis (from the Bull Durham movie

– a career minor leaguer but the best one never to stay in the big leagues) until his mid30’s when he finally found an NHL home in Toronto.       Bower’s number is retired in Cleveland where he spent nine seasons in the American Hockey League as a one of the best that league had ever seen.  His number sits along with the greatest Maple Leafs as part of their ring of honour at the ACC.    He won four Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs (including their last one in 1967) at a time when most players are retired – he finally hung up the blades for good at the age of 46 in 1970.  And keep in mind; he was a goalie when masks were rarely used!    I’m proud to have had the opportunity to have a beer with him and listen to some of his stories.    Johnny Bower – gone but never forgotten!

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itchel Zappitelli is both a math teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School and the passionate coach of the high school football team. Zappitelli grew up in Ottawa where he played and excelled at numerous sports at high levels. He was captain of the Wilfred Laurier University Golden Hawks National Championship team in 2005 and was selected as the first team OUA All Star in 2005.

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From here, Zappitelli impressively played semi-pro football in Italy for the Bergamo Lions in 2006. Not only did Zappitelli excel at football, but he also played junior Hockey for Le Drakkar de Baie Comeau. He experienced OFSAA for shot put in track and field and also played badminton, baseball, and field lacrosse for St. Matthews High School. It’s safe to say, Zappitelli is extremely athletically inclined.

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he wait is over; on Saturday April 15th at the Civic Complex local sports fans will finally have the opportunity to see Tony Luis fight in his hometown. Luis, a lifelong resident of Cornwall has had great success in the sport of boxing. As an amateur he was a seven time Provincial Champion, defeated ten Canadian Champions, and was awarded as the Top Fighter at the Four Nations Cup where he defeated the champions from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.

Surprisingly, Zappitelli’s favourite sport to play is badminton. However, Zappitelli’s coaching experience kicked off in university with football as a Powder Puff coach. The Powder Puffs were a girl’s football team which played in the snow. He also coached community football and shot put at a local school in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

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Zappitelli says his father was a big part of why he decided to coach. “He always coached my brother and I in hockey and that’s what

Turning professional in 2008, Tony fought his first fourteen fights at various Montreal locations such as Uniprix Stadium, the Montreal Casino, and the Bell Centre. At that point, doing what he had to do to advance his career, Luis became a road warrior, fighting “on the B side” in his opponents’ backyard in places like Verona NY; Memphis, Tennessee; Mashantucket, Connecticut; and Sloan, Iowa. Two of his victories on the road were against Wanzell Ellison and Karl Dargan, both undefeated fighters being showcased by ShoBox and ESPN respectively. Following those wins Tony Luis got a shot at the World Title, a fight he took on four Tony Luis headlines the fight card at the complex April 15th Continued on Page 4 Photo Credit: Jason MacDamara

started me wanting to coach. Because of this I try to coach my son whenever I can,” says Zappitelli. “I also would not be the person I am right now or had the opportunities I had in my life if it wasn’t for all of the coaches that gave up their time to help me. I was very lucky to have caring coaches in high school that constantly pushed me to be better. This is one of the reasons I like to coach; to give my athletes the opportunities that I had growing up because I know how beneficial it was in my life.” Currently, Zappitelli is coaching the Cornwall Wildcats OVFL, high school senior

Zappitelli’s current seasons are going well. The Wildcats have been working hard for their first exhibition coming at the end of April. The gymnastics team will be competing in EOSSA followed by OFSAA mid April. For badminton, they have their SDG tournament coming up in a few weeks time.

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There are many reasons Zappitelli loves to coach. “I love to give opportunity to my athletes to play at the next level and share my knowledge with my athletes and be positive role model for them,” says Zappitelli. “It is a lot of fun. I love to promote the sports I coach in this area.” Zappitelli says he uses his time coaching his athletes to make them better players but also make them better people. “As a coach I promote positivity. I am rarely negative and I

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hirty-four-year-old Shawn Maloney was born and raised in the Cornwall area. Maloney has a passion for athletics, which he participates in despite his blinding eye disease known as retinitis pigmentosa. “It is a condition I was diagnosed with when I was 5 years old. The disease led to progressive loss of peripheral and night vision during my teens and twenties, and in recent years it has led to loss of central vision as well,” says Maloney. “My right eye is totally blind, while my left eye is legally blind, meaning I have some limited vision, enough to see shapes and shadows and to read large print high contrast text. My left eye will naturally go totally blind like my right eye, most likely within the next 1-2 years.”

In 2001, Maloney went to Queens University to work as the student therapist through the athletic therapy department for the men’s varsity basketball team. Later, Maloney went on to study his own eye disease as a medical researcher for about ten years at McGill University, with some training at Harvard University during his Masters Degree training. During this time, he also launched a small internet-based start-up company that he recently sold. He moved back to Cornwall in April 2016.

Whilst doing all this hard work, for such an event using a treadmill. Maloney also learned how to work Thus, I ended up finding a handful around his disability in order to of running partners through Kijiji, accomplish his athletic goals. and I worked with these partners to get in the training that I needed. “The first thing I need to do is to These individuals were happy to be inform people around me, coaches, my ‘running guides’ in part because team members, and partners about I was frequently available to train, any specific needs I have. It’s also which meant that they had someone important that I realize that there to run with as well.” are millions of people around the world who are afflicted by an array When Maloney moved back to of blinding eye diseases, and that Cornwall, he decided to continue many of these people have learned with his passion for athletics and join how to adapt their lives, including CrossFit. their athletic pursuits, as needed,” “The first thing I did when I started says Maloney. “Thus, I don’t need was to inform my coach, Amanda, to always reinvent the wheel. I can that I was visually impaired. Like any see what is working for someone else good coach, Amanda quickly helped and try that myself.” me adapt specific exercises so that A few years ago, when Maloney they would be safer and feasible,” was training to run a marathon, he shares Maloney. “Similarly, the other put this tactic into action. “I knew members of CrossFit who I frequently that I could not adequately train train with are aware of my condition,

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ohn St. Marseille is a professional engineer and geoscientist who has been employed for the last four years as the City of Cornwall’s GM, Infrastructure & Municipal Works. St. Marseille is very passionate about his work, as he says “It is very humbling and rewarding to be part of a great team with responsibility for the City’s infrastructure and to contribute to advancing and improving the services and urban experience for our citizens and visitors to our city.”

Though Maloney has to constantly adapt to the world around him due to his eyesight, he remains a force of positivity for everyone who may be struggling. “For anyone who has any form of challenge, physical, mental, emotional, or otherwise, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone has their mountains to climb,” says Maloney. “Life is simply more fun when you view your challenges as minor inconveniences rather than formidable obstacles, and in most cases we have the freedom to choose which perspective we will adopt.”

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existed let alone to be swimming at that hour,” says St. Marseille. “Fast forward a few years, I was thrilled to be recognized as the club’s ‘Multisport Athlete of the Year’ in 2006 and then in 2010, I was on the podium for the ‘Cornwall Nasty’, a morning competition featuring a variety of endurance swim events followed by a 5 km run. The recognition meant a lot to me and I could not have accomplished this without the inspiration and infectious motivation from the club’s members.”

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St. Marseille’s work, though, isn’t the only thing he’s passionate about. Being active is another passion of his; one that he shares with his wife Margaret of nearly 30 years and his three daughters. They have all been members of the Multisport Club in Cornwall since its inception in 2004.

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Brownlee was attentively watching his impressive setup, geared for carp. He was very accommodating to my then six-year-old son inviting him to be his “net man” if a fish would happen to strike. After only a short wait, it happened. After hooking into a carp, Brownlee called Vinny over, encouraged him to pick up his fishing net, and coached him into landing the catch. It was a thrilling experience for my son.

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Island, was such a rush,” says St. Marseille. “The murky water was 52°F and I wondered what sea creatures may be lurking, based on the lore of Alcatraz, and the current was very strong. The San Francisco skyline from the tour boat was incredible. The bike and run were very hilly and took us around and under the Golden Gate Bridge and its namesake state park.”

Through multisport, St. Marseille has had some incredible experiences such as Ironman distance triathlons at Lake Placid and Penticton as well as competing in the Boston and New York City Marathons, but his experience with the Escape from Currently, St. Marseille is Alcatraz Triathlon was one of his training for the Ottawa Marathon. most major accomplishments. He encourages prospective club “The 2.4 km swim, diving off of members to check out the club’s a large tour boat in the middle of website. Talk to current members San Francisco Bay, near Alcatraz and get inspired, too.

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Presently, Maloney’s athletic focus is CrossFit, though he soon plans to get back into distance running. “I was recently challenged by some family members to train for a marathon with them; however, I will likely dial it back to a half-marathon instead. I’m also looking to get into rock climbing, so I will see if that goal materializes in the months ahead,” says Maloney. “Truly, my goals change frequently, and they often depend on challenges that have been put forth by family members or friends. Training for long-distance running events is just one example. At present, I’m just focusing on improving my overall athleticism so that I can be prepared for whatever challenges and crazy fitness bets come my way.”

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St. Marseille was inspired to get active initially after his return to Cornwall following time at university, where he says he maxed out at 204 lbs. “Apart from desiring a regular fitness routine, I was looking for like-minded individuals to train with and in particular to motivate me. Apart from physical fitness, there is a “My introduction to triathlon was positive mental well-being benefit as actually at the ‘Cornwall Games’ in well,” says St. Marseille. 1997. We swam at Mille Roches Since day one, St. Marseille has Beach in Long Sault then cycled to been active in the Cornwall Multisport Cornwall,” says St. Marseille. “I Club, including volunteering as a was new to the sport and understood board member for a handful of years that my running shoes would be as well as taking on the role of club transferred to the Cornwall transition secretary. St. Marseille is a firm zone in time for the run. Well they believer that multisport has a positive didn’t, so I ran barefoot – 7 km – impact on his community. along the bike path. I still managed a “Besides Margaret and the girls, I 4m40s per km pace but I have never owe my sporting accomplishments run barefoot again. I was smitten to the Multisport Club. I was a with triathlons though.” less-than-inspired and sedentary St. Marseille says that “chance person. Members of the Multisport encounters” brought him to the Club, sometimes in very subtle Multisport Club. “I swam at lunch ways, inspire and motivate persons hours at the old Kinsmen Centre of all abilities and ages to challenge in the early 1990’s until some new themselves. I have learned through swim friends and I thought we should various members about the mental move up to a 25 metre pool. The side of training and competing. If you Kinsmen Centre had a 25-yard pool, can train your mind – your muscles so we switched to NavCan and 6 am will follow. The team spirit of group starts. That was a profound change training carries you across the abyss as I didn’t realize that time of day - when you may otherwise want to

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and they are all ready to help out if I’m trying to find something in the gym. What seemed like a big deal for the first few training sessions is now ‘normal’ when I go to train.”

A couple of summers ago I did just that when my son Vincent and I were introduced to Brandon while we were all fishing under the bridge at Hoople Bay.

“The thing I enjoy most about fishing is meeting new anglers,” says Brownlee. “You are never too old, or too young, to start fishing. Fishing is not all about catching fish; it’s more about enjoying nature and making memories.” The graduate of RothwellOsnabruck District High School in Ingleside (in 2015) says some of his best fishing spots are in the Long Sault Parkway. It’s a perfect situation for the 19-year-old having the St. Lawrence River so close by to his home. His favourite memory in the sport is landing the elusive lake trout while fishing the St. Lawrence River in Cornwall. The biggest fish he ever caught was a 43-pound conman

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carp from the Long Sault Parkway. Another highlight in his fishing career was filming with the Fish Finders II crew in 2015. Here’s an excerpt from the Fish Finder’s Facebook page:

“We met Brandon Brownlee while shooting a carp episode two years ago on the Long Sault Parkway. At the time Brandon was 15 years old and spending all of his free time after school fishing on the banks of the St Lawrence River. We were so impressed with this young man that we kept in touch with him through social media and knew that the next time we were going to be filming in the Cornwall area we would invite Brandon to fish with us. Well, that finally happened and what a great couple of days it was! Looking forward to fishing with you again Brandon!”

Brownlee also enjoys learning Long Sault’s Brandon Brownlee poses with one of his impressive catches. Brownlee says his favourite form of fishing is bottom-fishing new techniques and figuring out how for carp and channel catfish. Photo Submitted to get fish to hit when they are not active. “My favourite species to fish for is carp,” he says. “I like bottom-fishing for carp and channel cats. You never know how big the next one will be.” He can be found on the ice of the St. Lawrence and surrounding water bodies two-to-three times a week during the winter ice-fishing season. In the summer, he enjoys the pasttime 5-6 times a week. “I fish 12 months out of the year,” Brandon Brownlee invited Vinny Anderson to be his “net man” during an afternoon of fishing in 2014. Brownlee says his favourite part of he says. Photo Todd Anderson fishing is meeting new friends, young and old. Brownlee was introduced to fishing at the age of three by his younger Brownlee says he still has one I have to thank for introducing me to the love of fishing. He showed father Tim. Father and son have plenty to learn from his father. “The best friend I have in fishing is me everything I know about fishing. been partnering up ever since as they share memories along the way. The my dad,” says Brownlee. “He’s the I still can’t out-fish him.”

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In terms of his favourite coaching memory, Zappitelli has a few things that come to mind. “I have coached a lot of great teams with some amazing athletes and championships. I am still waiting on a big championship to win. An OVFL championship or going to OFSAA with one of my teams would all be major achievements and will top any memory I have to this date,” says Zappitelli. “But if I had to pick a memory, I would have one when I was coaching at Holy Trinity when I was coaching my girls’ hockey team to two EOSSA’s. Those girls had so much heart and dedicated themselves to my system. Both times at EOSSA we missed out playing in the finals because of losing the tiebreaker.”

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Issue #53 April 2017

presents... The Memories Live on... Ray Miron’s Gift - Local Hockey History By Thom Racne

“A box without hinges key or lid - inside golden treasure is hid.” - Tolkien

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ay Miron - a name legendary in these parts. To those of us in our fifties, some may have vivid memories, a little older and Mr. Miron was a coach, mentor, and bonafide local sports icon.

Coach of the Falcons, Calumets, and Colts for ten years; Ray then moved to the states where he would spend the rest of his life in hockey. Ray was GM of the Washington Presidents - Eastern Hockey League in 59-60, then the New Jersey Larks the following season. Miron managed Knoxville in 1962, 63, 64, and 65. In 1964, Miron joined the Toronto Maple Leaf organization, managing its affiliate teams in Tulsa, Okla. then Oklahoma City through 1976. It didn’t end there. An audit of Ray’s life in hockey would fill several Sports Energy pages.

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Through the wonders of the internet and social media, I received a message one day last year from a lady named Cindy. She lived in Oklahoma. Thirty more years would follow Now, strange ladies sending me which included being GM of messages is not that unusual, but the Colorado Rockies. Ray was Cindy Hosler had a connection to awarded the NHL’s 2004 Lester this area. Patrick Trophy – an award given Cindy is Ray Miron’s daughter to those who provided outstanding and she had just been home to service to hockey in the United bury her father. Upon returning States. So really, the fact is, you to Oklahoma, she faced the task do not have to be from Cornwall of going through her father’s to remember the Cornwall Sports memories.

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Fortunately, somebody hinted worn by the ’47 Falcons; however that I might be interested in some they did not play against a team of these memories. named Rideaus until 1953. A little over a month ago, a box arrived and it was filled with scrap books and photos that bring to life the late forties and early fifties’ sporting life in Cornwall, a grand era of senior hockey in this area.

I am presently going through the pictures and thought it might be neat to bring back a memory this month from those heady days from a long time ago. The picture attached matches the uniforms

While there are not many action pictures in Ray’s treasures, the community arena was jammed for this game against the Rideaus. Photo was likely taken by a local press photographer that night. Thanks Cindy. The memories you provided will have me searching for more of your dad’s history. When I opened that box, it truly was like Christmas morning.

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To Fight or Not to Fight?

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i folks…so your child is in boxing or MMA or karate. If someone bullies them or attacks them physically should they defend themselves and fight back? Or should they take it and hope the system works and does its job and justice prevails for all? Let the controversy begin. I say if your child is trained in a combat art and is attacked physically with the intent to do harm I say fight back and defend yourself. This by no means implies your trained child or athlete should misuse their skills and training and start fights. But they should not be targets or victims of bullying. Nor should they be instigators or bullies themselves. A student of the combat arts should never attack others unless it’s in selfdefence or to defend someone else who cannot defend themselves. Recently one of my students who is a young female teenager was attacked by a boy in school. An argument took place over a seat, there was teasing and name calling, things heated up, tempers flared, the boy took exception to the young girl talking back and according to several eye witnesses grabbed the girl by the collar and slapped her not once but twice. The young girl reacted with 3 or 4 punches, knocking the boy down and the boy ran off. As a result the girl was told her hands were weapons and she was suspended for 3 days and was profiled and labeled because she is after all a boxer (the boy happens

to be a practitioner of tae kwon do). The boy originally got no suspension until the father of the girl went to the school and protested at which time the boy received a 1 day suspension. Ok…no you did not read this wrong. A boy attacks a girl, the girl defends herself, she gets reprimanded and suspended and he gets a small slap on the wrist. The attacker became the victim because the defender is a boxer and caused injury. She was also kicked off the volleyball team by her teacher. So my question is what if the defender did not train and box? What would be her fate? Think about it carefully. What if this was your daughter? Or your wife or sister or mother? Since when is it ok to attack someone. Since when is it ok for a boy to hit a girl? Hello? Is it just me, what if this was a sexual assault? Should the young girl being assaulted retaliate or just take it? I will go on record that I am not a fan of the anti-bullying system in place in our school system today. Often this system in fact protects and empowers the bullies more. The system does not work. Back in the day many a bully learned a good lesson with a punch in the nose. Fights would occur in the school yard or in sports, the fight would end and it usually ended. Sometimes violence does breed violence. However I have seen kids too often be afraid to go to school and nothing could be done about the harassment, verbal abuse, and constant threats. It’s the nature of the beast as they say and boys will be boys. It’s almost a right of passage.

The way I see it the good side is kids need to deal with adversity and challenges and overcome obstacles such as bullies. They learn how to deal with bullies in life. Who has not encountered bullies in the work school, the workplace, or public? I have seen people who because of their position of authority bully others just because they can. Some people cannot handle power and should not

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be in authority positions. My son was once told by a former employer that he did not want him there and did not like him there and would do everything in his power to get rid of my son from that particular establishment. This, the first week of the job. Is this not bullying? In the end he found a way to fire my son which led to my son getting a better job in a much better place and environment. My son learned at a young age to never give up never stop trying and to stand up for himself.

skills. They don’t need to fight, they don’t seek to fight because they know they can fight and can cause injury, they are respectful to the art. But it does not mean they should stand there and take a beating. Or stand idly by while a weaker person such as an elderly person or a smaller younger kid gets beaten. I say empathically No. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to others.

No one has the right to beat someone else up. But no one has the right to hurt you or lay hands on you. It appalls me to see a system that I think just as citizens of the US have passes kids from one grade to another the right to bear arms everyone has even if they fail. Making our kids the right to defend themselves if they Teflon everybody has to feel good. are violently attacked. And I don’t blame our teachers; I had another female student years their hands are tied by a system that ago that thwarted an attempted rape is creating a generation X. Our kids by simply fighting back and not giving don’t learn to struggle and overcome. up. The perpetrator ran away and They learn they have rights, they learn gave up. The young woman kept her they don’t have to do their best; they dignity. Should she have just taken it? learn the system will take care of Would that have been better? Think them. Then they go in the competitive about it my friends. work world and learn that it doesn’t I truly hope the young man who work that way in the real world. attacked my student learned a valuable Sooner or later you must take lesson. Shame on a system that responsibility for yourself and punished a girl for defending herself your actions. Think about it, my accordingly and more shame on the friends. What kind of a society are school and system for profiling and we producing for our future? Some labeling and stereotyping a young girl lessons are hard but have to be who refused to be a victim and stood learned. If you play with fire you will up for herself. This young lady is a get burned and sometimes the best champion in the ring and in life. She way to fight fire is with fire. Fighting is a straight A student and walks with is not the solution but a means to an pride. This young lady refuses to give end. You cannot resolve every matter in and will make her own choices and with your fists and by fighting. If you not be dictated too. In this case she live by the sword you will die by the has my heartfelt approval and P.S. to sword because the sword is limited. the volleyball coach who kicked her But sometimes the sword has to be off the team and told her she should drawn and the axe must be swung. The be ashamed of herself, I ask this coach goal of any combat arts practitioner is what if it was your daughter who was not to go out and fight but to be able struck and attacked. Would you tell to defend yourself and empower an her to take it? Shame on you as a individual. The individual gains in coach. self-esteem and confidence. And Yours in Youth and Sport and the usually as a result has no need to fight. Something happens to most Combat Arts individuals who develop fighting Jorge Luis


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from this bout. Sister Isha Waheed won the girls junior B (13-14 yr old 52 kg division) by walk over. Isha however caught everyone’s eye on Sunday morning at an open invitational women’s sparring. Thirteen year old Isha sparred girls 17 and 18 years old and the older girls had to give everything they had to keep the young dynamo at bay. Isha impressed everyone present as a young lady and talent to watch in the future. Last but not least the story of the weekend was a comeback performance by Joey Bowman, once two-time Canadian Champ who had not fought in since 2007. In his first fight Joey boxed Matt Milligan of Warriors Boxing. Joey shook off some ring rust and outpunched and out classed his younger opponent. In his second bout against Peter

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Cornwall is Not a Hockey Town Letter to the Editor

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here are still so many people in this city that claim Cornwall as a central hub for hockey and all of its related activities, calling our community of 47,000 people a hockey town. I was one of them for a long while, as I knew Cornwall from ice-level. I played girls’ hockey my whole life; I was a proud Cornwall Typhoon and represented our city for years. I also remember the fun I had at Aces games when I was just a kid and I can attest that high school wouldn’t have been as fun without Thursday night Colts games. But things have shifted and since returning home just two years ago, it is clear that Cornwall is no longer a hockey town. The Royals are long gone but remain an everpresent ghost, convincing people that this city is still capable of housing higher caliber hockey. It is not. There are whines and cries that if we had an

OHL team or AHL team more people would support hockey but we, as a collective, have proven years ago that this is not the case. In a city of almost 50,000 people there is a small pocket of under 1000 people that really truly give a damn about supporting hockey in this city. Cornwall currently has an FHL team, the Cornwall Nationals, to watch and support and I’m often left scratching my head wondering why our average attendance sits at below 1000, with some games bringing in only 500 fans. In case you didn’t know, the Federal Hockey League is a professional minor A team that feeds into the ECHL, which feeds the AHL. The Cornwall Nationals are not “the new River Kings”. The Cornwall Nationals are not “staged fighting like the River Kings”. The Cornwall Nationals are not “a Semi-Pro team like the River Kings”. The Cornwall Nationals are in no way, shape or

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form associated with the previous team that resided in the Complex before us and as a developmental league, any single person that has seen a Nationals game can tell you it’s the best hockey this city has seen in ages. But you wouldn’t know that because you don’t support hockey in this city. No one, besides a small percentage of people, does. So, I ask, what is your true excuse? It can’t be our on-ice product, as we sit first in the league. It sure as heck can’t be our off-ice product as in just one year we have been involved with more than 30 different organizations, raised thousands of dollars for charity, been involved in both elementary and high school initiatives and helped anyone who has asked for it. We have thrown ourselves at this city, passionately and furiously, and unfortunately, citizens of this town have not done the same. It is no longer enough to tell me that “our marketing has been great”. It is no longer

enough to say that “those Nationals are everywhere, they really give back to this community so much”. It is no longer enough to see what we are doing and sit back and hope that other people will support the team. It is now up to each individual in this city to make a decision as to the importance of hockey in our town. So, I ask again. What is your excuse? If you don’t have a valid one then I suggest you make your way to the Cornwall Civic Complex and start supporting a team that can’t continue to sit back and pray that our town’s mentality will change. If you want Cornwall to be respectfully thought of as hockey town then a shift must happen and you, as one person reading this editorial, can be part of that movement. In this case one person can make a difference, will that person be you? Shannon Ferguson Sales & Marketing Manager, Cornwall Nationals

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Madison Grant

Age: 16 Hometown: Cornwall, currently residing in Langford, BC School: Belmont Secondary School Grade: 11 Despite relocating to Langford, British Columbia, and training for international competition in 7s rugby, Maddy Grant still calls Cornwall home. Luckily, she gets to spend three weeks over Christmas and New Year’s in a place she says she misses very much: “It’s nice to be surrounded by familiar faces. It’s

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Rogers’ Hometown Hockey Coming to Cornwall

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ey there hockey fans and lovers of everything hockey. Roger’s Hometown Hockey is headed our way. March 16 and 17 with the Civic Complex being used as home base. The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour is really a NHL fan experience. If you follow televised hockey, then you know that every Sunday night Sportsnet’s Ron MacLean and Tara Slone host a show from a different Canadian city. Twentyfour cities and towns were chosen and Cornwall was one of the communities picked in this, the third year of the program. The two day event ends with the NHL game Dallas vs Winnipeg and during the broadcast, Cornwall will be showcased. Local hockey heroes, stories, and current hockey players

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and teams from our area will also be celebrated. From Roger’s Hometown Hockey website, here are some of the events we can look forward too. Fun Family Activities The free hockey-themed weekend will feature games, prize giveaways, fun activities, and live local entertainment for the whole

family, including: • Rogers Fan Hub: Helping fans be fans, the Fan Hub features innovative and technology-driven interactive experiences, showcasing virtual reality and virtual autograph to unite fans in their passion for the game. • Rogers GamePlus: If you’re a Rogers’ customer you can come to

the GamePlus desk in the Rogers Fan Hub and redeem exclusive experiences such as meet & greets with NHL® alumni, autographed merchandise, tours of our Sportsnet Mobile Broadcast Studio and more! • Sportsnet Augmented Reality Photo Booth: Fans have the chance to get close to their favourite players through Augmented Reality technology. Take photos with virtual images of NHL stars, and have the photo emailed directly to your device for social sharing! • Viewing Party: Live NHL® broadcast from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio on Sunday hosted by Ron MacLean and Tara Slone. • The Hockey Circus Show: Come see Paz our world-renowned hockey acrobat! Paz juggles everything from pucks to flaming hockey sticks all while standing on top of a net; it’s an experience that the family will never forget. • Scotiabank Community Locker Room: Features meet and greets with NHL® Alumni, interactive games and highlights from recent Continued on page 35

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A Perfect Tournament for Bantam B Rebels By Carrie Jodoin

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he CharLan Bantam B Rebels travelled to Brockville over Remembrance Day weekend to play in the Braves Minor Hockey tournament. The team was quite successful; having played what can only be described as the perfect tournament. Tournament play started with the Rebels matched up against the Cumberland Dukes. Play was quite even at the beginning, with the CharLan team leading only by one at the end of the first period. By the end of the game, however, the Rebels had scored three more, while the Dukes had failed to find the net. The final score was 4-0. Day 2 of the tournament saw the Rebels playing in the early morning against Renfrew. CharLan took control of the game quickly, scoring two goals within the first 2 minutes of the first period. From there, the Rebels did not look back, skating away with an 8-0 win. Game 3 against the Leitrim Hawks unfolded in a similar way – the CharLan team scored their first goal within the first minute of play, and they continued challenging the Hawk’s defence throughout the entire match-up. The final score of Continued from page 34 NHL® matchups, and a Scotia Hockey Club commemorative jersey giveaway for youth 16 and under. • Chrysler Pacifica Stow ‘N Go Challenge: Features the famous Stow ‘N Go Challenge hockeythemed obstacle course and the opportunity to enter a contest for a chance to win $5,000 for your local minor hockey association and a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and get a free Dodge toque. • Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizzeria: Fans can enjoy a free slice of Giuseppe Pizza right out of the oven, and play Giuseppe Stack-a-Puck to win a rooftop experience. • Playmobil: Fans have the chance to face off against friends and family with the PLAYMOBIL NHL® Arena and its line-up of NHL® figures. • OK Tire: Features a pit-crew like experience where fans have the opportunity to test their tire changing

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the game was 14-0.

On Sunday, the Rebels headed into the semi-finals against the Long Sault Selects, a team they see during regular season action. Just nights before the tournament, the Rebels and Selects had faced off, with the Rebels coming out on top, 6-2. The semifinal match-up started fairly even, but the Rebels got onto the scoreboard first with a goal at the end of the first period. Period two remained a backand-forth game, with neither team finding the net. Midway through the final period, the Rebels increased their lead by one more. The game ended with a 2-0 score. The semi-final win guaranteed the Rebels a spot in the championship round against the Brockville Braves. The game could not have been more exciting with both teams pressuring the net and both goalies holding their ground, making numerous tremendous saves. At the end of regulation play, the game remained scoreless.

Back Row (L-R): Pat Spence, Miguel Dupuis, Edward Chauvette (behind), Nolan Levac, Liam Spence, Joab Seguin, Danny Flaro, Blake Hambleton (behind), Melissa Dupuis, Dan Roy. Middle Row (L-R): Cameron Roy, Drew Hambleton, Cameron Richer, Josh Leduc. Front: Photo Submitted Kaden MacCrimmon

rebound shot from his teammate, Danny Flaro. The Rebels won the game 1-0. A championship cup, 29 goals for, and zero goals allowed in 5 games– a It took 15 minutes of overtime (3 periods) to decide on a winner. The perfect tournament! Player of the Game awards teams’ goalies were stellar, robbing both the Braves and the Rebels of strong scoring chances. Finally, with 3 seconds remaining in the sixth period, Rebels forward Edward Chauvette drove the puck in off a skills on a replica Zamboni. In keeping with the spirit of our local hockey history, here is a great old story from years gone by. In November of 1926, Albert Quenneville, Peter Bonneville, and Dr. E J Courville founded the Cornwall Canadiens Sr. Hockey Club. After playing four seasons locally, “les Canadiens” made the jump to the St. Lawrence League which featured teams in Cardinal, Morrisburg, Brockville, Iroquois, Spencerville, Prescott, and Chesterville. During the 1932-33 season, coached by Elzear “Ponzi” Contant and captained by Percy “Buck” Page the Canadiens lost only one game and beat Cardinal 7-1 in a two game total goal final series claiming the Benson trophy. “Les Canadiens” are photographed at the front doors to the old Victoria Arena on Third St. Hometown Hockey memories, keeping our hockey history alive!

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Colts Then and Now – Jason Lepine to and work with my coaches.” Lepine has seen a lot of ice during his hockey career. He has played in 14 leagues, including the Central Hockey League (CHL), International Hockey League (IHL), the American Hockey League (AHL), the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and several European-based leagues. In total, Lepine has been a member of 19 teams. “Every experience was unique and offered something to learn. Playing for the Toledo Walleye was one of my favourite playing experiences. Toledo was a great city - it had great fans. The team got along great. There were no cliques – everyone was close. We weren’t the best team in the league, but it was always fun when we played,” states Lepine. “Playing with Kladno of the Czech Republic was great. It was my first time overseas, playing so far away. I was so close to Prague. It’s a beautiful city. Playing there, I proved to myself I could do it, make a go of things and take my career further and play for a longer period of time.” When asked how playing for the Colts helped him during his earlier hockey days and the start of his post Junior A career, Lepine explains, “There are a lot of hockey players out there. You are just

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a small fish in a big pond. If you want to make it anywhere, you have to work hard. You have to be able to juggle, manage your time between school, working out, practising and playing, and socializing. It’s all important and shapes you for later.” Today, Lepine continues to navigate the hockey world. He is an assistant coach for the Ontario Hockey Academy (OHA) U18 AAA program. Ironically, the head coach of the OHA team is Brent Loney. “He coached me as a Colt!” exclaims Lepine. It seems as though the former Colts’ defenceman has come full circle. “I remember the friendships I made playing with the Colts. We had some great times! Today, I play pick-up hockey with a lot of them: Boots, McBride, Gove, Winchester…and there are others. We still hit the ice together when we can.” Lepine has settled down in his hometown. “I am a family man now,” he says proudly of his family. “I’m settled and I think I owe some of my success to the fact that I got to play local and then I came back home with the growth and experience I gained playing hockey away from home.” Full circle indeed.

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Local Curling Team Claims Men’s Title By Alex MacDougall

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he 31st edition of the Labatt’s Cornwall Men’s Invitational Bonspiel ended with Kevin Baker’s rink defeating another Cornwall team in the A Final. It is the second time Baker has claimed the title, but the first time two Cornwall teams battled for the championship in the 31 years the event has been held.

The A event pitted Kevin Baker’s team against another strong local team skipped by Matt Dupuis. The close match went the distance with Baker edging Dupuis in the end. “We caught a couple of early breaks 2017 Labatt’s Cornwall Men’s Invitational Bonspiel Champions – left to right ~ Kevin Baker (skip), Kevin Photo Submitted that gave us a small lead”, said McDonald (vice), Jeff Bethune (second), and Don Ryan (lead) Baker, “and we were able to the B Final, the C Final saw Bill Club) edged past the Bob Men’s curling teams from all hold Matt and his team off.” Sobering Jr. (Rideau Curling Reynolds rink from Dalhousie over Ontario, Quebec, and the In other results, Spencer Club) defeat Mike Villeneuve’s Lake). United States. The bonspiel Cooper (Ottawa Curling Club) Team (Cornwall), and in the D The Labatt’s Cornwall Men’s took place November 24-26, beat John Wright (Cornwall) in Final Seb Soucy (Navy Curling Invitational Bonspiel hosts 32 2017.

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Cornwall Colts’ Defenseman David Poirier Focused on Seeing the Team Improve By Victoria Klassen

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t sixteen years old, David Poirier was drafted to the Nepean Raiders. He played three games with Nepean, one of which was against the Cornwall Colts. “I was originally drafted by Nepean, and decided I wanted to play for a local team because I live near Cornwall,” said Poirier, who plays defence. “So I asked for a trade to play with Cornwall, so that’s how I landed with the Colts and I’ve been here ever since.” This is the 19-year-old’s third season with the Cornwall Colts. Born in Williamstown, Poirier had been to some Colts games growing up and said he’d aspired to one day play for them. “We’ve become a pretty close team over the course of the year. We’ve all bonded together really well and we’ve started playing better together lately. So I think it’s falling into place that we are all working better together on and off the ice,” shared

Poirier. As a part-time business student at Carleton University, Poirier has been balancing school and hockey for most of his life. He said juggling the two was tricky, especially in high school. “It was tough. But it’s good to teach time management, especially when I played triple A. Being in high school, our practices would be in Rockland or Hawkesbury. I wouldn’t have much time so basically whenever I had spare time I’d spend it doing homework or studying.” Poirier has his sights set on playing college hockey in the United States. In November, he was the only Colts player selected to play in the Eastern Canada Cup. He played on the Central Canada Hockey League’s red team in the three-day showcase in front of scouts. For now, he is focused on moving up in the standings for playoffs with the Colts. “It’s been a slow start, but we’ve definitely been picking it up lately. We’ve continued to get better as a team and it’s showing.”

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Jack’s time at the event included a tour of the TSN broadcast truck and the make-up room. He also got to interact with Olympic curlers. “My favourite moment was when I held the broom for one of the team’s practices,” smiled Jack. The team was Ontario’s Team Tippin, which Jack shadowed with three other young curlers, one of whom was his friend and local curler Duncan Mackenzie. Team Tippin is ranked one of the top 10 women’s rinks in the country by TSN.

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he Parnell Cup, a long standing Senior Men’s competition, was held at the Morrisburg Curling Club with two teams each from Cornwall, Morrisburg, and Lancaster participating. This was the first of four challenges that will take place during the 2017 / 2018 curling season. The Cornwall team with skip Don McIntosh, 3rd Jacques Cadieux, 2nd Don Hogan, and lead Tony Greene (picture attached) were two-game winners, to win the first of four challenges; winning the cup for the Cornwall Curling Centre. The next Parnell Cup Challenge will take place in Cornwall on January 5th. 2018 The long running Labatt’s Men’s Invitational Bonspiel (31st Annual) ran from November 24th to the 27th with 30 teams participating from Ontario and Quebec and the United States. The team of skip Kevin Baker, 3rd Scott MacDonald, 2nd Jeff Bethune, lead Don Ryan (picture attached) won the “A” side defeating another Cornwall team skipped by Matt Dupuis. It was a close match that went the distance. We caught a couple of early breaks that gave a slight lead said Baker and we were able to hold Matt and his team at bay. On the “B” side the winners were the team from the Rideau Curling club skipped by Spencer Cooper edging the team skipped by John Wright from Cornwall. The “C” event saw Bill Sobering Jr from the Rideau Curling club defeat the Cornwall team skipped by Mike Villeneuve. ES OU N gen 2013 CAswa lk Vo d A 3.6L FSI for f 70,675 kms A

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The Senior Men’s Fourney Trophy Draw ended on Friday December 8th with 31 teams competing for the coveted award. The top 12 teams made the playoffs challenging for the trophy. The winning foursome was the team skipped by Bill Dickie along with 3rd Ian Nurse, 2nd Dave Hill, and lead Roger Leduc (picture attached) Second place was awarded to the team of skip Clarence Couture, 3rd Denis Marion, 2nd John Irvine, and lead Bert Zylstra. Third place went to the team of skip George Doljesi, 3rd Richard Gadbois, 2nd Yvon Lemire, and lead Bob Lockhart. The 55th Annual Astro Storage and Warehousing Turkey Bonspiel took place from December 12th to the 16th with 18 teams challenging for the 2017 championship. The “A” Division saw two rookie skips facing off for the championship. Jeff Ridal with hammer took a three-ender in the 1st end with Gerry Goulet taking 3 of his own in the 2nd. The teams traded singles in ends 3 and 4 and traded deuces in the 5th and 6th ends to tie the score at 6. Goulet took a single in the 7th and stole a single in the 8th to win 8-6. (see picture attached)

The “B” Final saw veteran Bill Sobering face off against Wayne Summers with Sobering stealing a single in the 1st end and stealing singles in the 2nd and 3rd ends to go up 3-0. Summers bounced back taking deuce in the 4th and stealing a single in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th to go up 5-3. Sobering

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answered with a deuce in the 7th to team skipped by Rob Mahon. tie the score at 6. Sobering stole a The Senior Men’s division held single in the 8th to win 6-5. their 4th draw of the Curling season The “C” Final had Mike sponsored by Rona Hardware with Villeneuve taking on Dave 34 teams participating starting Lalonde. Lalonde with Hammer December 11th and finishing on took a single in the 1st end. December 22nd with the top 12 Villeneuve answered with a three- teams participating in playoffs. ender in the 2nd to go up 3-1. The The team of skip Gilles Viau 3rd teams traded singles in ends 3 and Louis Benoit 2nd Bernie Breton, 4 with Villeneuve taking another and lead Roger St. Germain coming three-ender in the 5th on way to a out on top; winning the trophy ( see 7-5 win. picture attached ) In the “A” consolation Graham Second place went to the team Barkley with hammer took a deuce of skip Murray Halkett, 3rd Norm on Jonathan King. King took a Leroux, 2nd Bert Zylstra, and lead single in the 2nd and stole singles Bob Branchaud in ends 3 and 4. King continued to Third place honours went to the steal taking 3 in the 5th and 3 more team skipped by Tom Cleary, 3rd in the 6th on way to a 10-4 win. Huntly McDonell, 2nd Gregor The “D” final was won by the Doll, and lead Bob McAteer.

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Whistle Stops The “Team” has just completed Issue # 62, and as always, I would like to thank Lynn (Graphic Design), Margo (Editor), Bernadette (Website); our writers, Todd, Molly, Victoria, Carrie, Thom, Micaela, Casey; our editorial columnists, Jim, Jorge, Dave, Matt and Christine; The Sports Panel, Gilles, Jake, Jim; our distribution locations, our advertisers and of course the people who are featured in our stories. I hope you enjoy # 62 The “Hot Button Topic” in the area seems to be “Attendance / support of Local Teams” Here is my condensed view on the subject. First, Eugene Melnyk recently upset Senators fans with comments about lack of support and the possible relocation of the team. I happen to agree with him. The writing was on the wall when, last spring they could not fill Canadian Tire Centre despite being in the Easter Conference Final. Melnyk was once seen as a saviour to Ottawa Hockey. While he is a fan, he is also a businessman. He has no real ties or loyalty to Ottawa, so why wouldn’t he explore other venues? Ottawa is a small market, but it can be successful. Everyone has to get on board though. It does not help when the area’s largest employer (federal government) has problems paying employees with the Phoenix pay system. How many fans have the Sens lost due to this? It does not matter if Mr. Melnyk is hard to work for, is cheap (with his money, not yours), doesn’t

get along with some people; I could go on and on. If the city and the people want the team, it is up to them to get out and support it. Now, locally we have the Colts and the Nationals playing at the Ed Lumley Arena. Neither team seems to be able to climb above 1000 fans per game on a regular basis; despite the fact both teams are community minded off the ice. I must admit, I have not attended games on a regular basis the last few years, but this year my wife started working 3 – 11 , and finding myself alone at night, I started attending both Colts and Nationals games on a regular basis with my son Patrick and friend, and Sports Energy panel member, Jake Lapierre. I enjoy both levels and prefer it to watching most NHL games on TV. The Colts are young, and never quit. The Nationals have a 1st place calibre team, and I am entertained from the national anthem until the 3 stars are announced. It costs a lot of money to operate any hockey team, and my hat’s off to the dedicated people who try to ice an entertaining product for their community. The easiest way to thank these people for their efforts is to buy a ticket, get out of the house, and enjoy the game. On behalf of myself and my wife Shirley, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Winners never Quit, and Quitters Never Win, Signing out Until next Month Mike Piquette, Publisher


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