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Huffing and Puffing Their Way through the Years

players, who are mostly retired from their jobs but not from life, see the team as a hub for socializing and organizing eople take local hockey to heart, which other events. “Some of the guys golf together, and other explains why Cornwall and Long Sault and ski,” says Lalonde. “I was at a birthday party recently, and Williamstown and Finch and Morrisburg and five of the guys from the club were there. It’s great.” Alexandria and Chesterville and Maxville have arenas and people who use them on a regular basis. The team picture is from the 2004/05 season. Submitted Photo  One of the most vibrant aspects of local hockey Below - Three 75 year old players still going strong. is the old-timers’ squads that can be found lacing Left to right is Bill Doan, Peter Inouye, and Ray up at any of the venues mentioned above. Take the Gervais.  Submitted Photo Huff and Puffs, for example: They’ve been hitting the ice from September to April since 1993, or for about 25 years. By Casey Leger

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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

Issue No62  

Sports Energy News, Cornwall, Issue No 62, Mike Piquette

Issue No62  

Sports Energy News, Cornwall, Issue No 62, Mike Piquette

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