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ylor and Tyson Spink, identical twins, were born on New Year’s Eve in 1992. Since then, the two have grown up side-by-side in life and in hockey, following similar trajectories, with both being extremely talented hockey players.

“At two years old, the family pond became their primary playground, endless hours spent with family and friends, their desire and passion to play hockey was more than evident,” shares their mother, Kathy Spink. “The family pond soon became the gathering place for local kids of all ages who just wanted to have some outdoor fun and shoot a few pucks. They pleaded with us to bring them their meals outdoors so they didn’t have Tylor and Tyson Spink, playing for Toledo.  Photo Submitted to take their skates off to come twins’ younger brother Tanner has CharLan and at age four started Jr. inside to eat.” fallen into their footsteps, helping Tyke with CharLan minor hockey. After this, the twins’ parents their father flood the rink so he can They continued their minor hockey installed floodlights in the back play hockey with his friends on career in CharLan, coached by yard so they could play well into the winter nights. their father, until completing their night, after homework of course, At three, the twins enrolled Novice years and went to play which Spink jokingly says was her decision and not theirs. Today, the in their first skating program in


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eneral Manager Mitch Gagne has found the perfect candidate, in his eyes, to guide the Cornwall Nationals in their inaugural Federal Hockey League season. Cornwall native Alain Quenneville, who suited up for the Akwesasne Warriors and Thousand Island Privateers in the FHL, is the new head coach. Quenneville, 38, also played for the Cornwall Colts and Cornwall Comets. He’s had previous coaching experience with the Akwesasne Jr. B Wolves and with the Ontario Hockey Academy. “I’m grateful for this opportunity,” said Quenneville.

Quenneville was a member of the Warriors team that captured the first ever FHL playoff championship in 2011.

The Nationals’ inaugural FHL home opener was Sunday, Oct. 30 vs. Danville.

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eggy (Lee) Swerdfeger retired at age 54 from the O.P.P. and was looking for an outlet for her time. She had attended OSGA events like hockey and slo-pitch with her husband, Dale. She was influenced by the level of competition and the good times everyone was having, but she was too young to compete herself. A year later, once she “came of age”, she is competing at every opportunity. In 2014, in Windsor at the Summer Games, she won Gold for her 200m Prediction swim. Her Aqua fit classes paid off for her this year when she won Silver in the 200m and Bronze in the 50m at the Trenton Invitational Meet. Also, she won three Bronze medals in the Midland Provincial Games for 200m, 100m, and 50m in August. But her competitions weren’t finished yet. At the Canada Games in Brampton, Peggy won Gold for the 100m and Bronze for the 200m. Her prediction times were

only seconds off. Quite a season for this retired “young” swimmer.

Peggy’s love of the water started when she was two years old, swimming in the St. Lawrence River. At age three she was swimming on her own. She was a true “water baby”. Her family including three brothers and one sister moved from Toronto to this area when they were young. The St. Lawrence River was her training ground. She would swim under the bridge on the causeway, against the current to build her shoulder and leg muscles. She achieved all her swim badges then completed her Life Guard Certification. Her first summer job was the life guard at Camp Kagama. Throughout her teens she would teach swimming and life guard. Peggy lacks any formal competition training or professional coaching like you see in pools today. It is simply her love for the water and swimming that encourages her to compete. She presently follows the Aqua fit program at NAV Centre and trains at home in their pool in the

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Colts, the duo was recruited for an athletic scholarship at Colgate Seaway Valley Rapids AA from University, playing for the Colgate Atom, Peewee, Bantam, and Minor Raiders, coached by Don Vaughn. Midget. Spink says this opportunity was At fifteen, they played for the “such a privilege.” CharLan Jr B Rebels followed by “One more opportunity that playing for the Cornwall Colts opened the door for them to further for three consecutive years. They advance, with their goal of playing played for Team Canada East in the next level; the transition to 2010 and 2011, winning silver each succeed not only on the ice but in year. In 2014 and 2015, the boys the classroom was overwhelming. attended the Detroit Red Wings Hamilton New York is a very Development Camp. quaint little university town. They Continued from page 1

During their time playing with the Colts under the direction of Ian MacInnis, Spink says they “developed their skills, broadened their knowledge of the game, and most importantly gained new friendships. Kyle Baun and Mike Borkowski were billeted with us during their time while playing for the Colts. All four went on to share their NCAA hockey experience together, with all four playing pro.”

gained a prestigious academic degree while experiencing a very successful NCAA career. (They are) very thankful and appreciative of such a remarkable opportunity,” says Spink. The two boys are incredibly insync on the ice.

“They have always been side by side, Tylor centre and Tyson left wing, and have intrigued their coaches with their ability to know Shortly after their time with the what the other one is thinking,


The 2016 Toronto Blue Jays reminded us how much we like baseball in Canada. With back-toback American League Championship Series appearances in 2015 and 2016, the Blue Jays have also helped rejuvenate interest in MLB.   So much so, that the talk of a Major League Baseball returning to Montreal is actually picking up steam. Let’s have a comparison of the two teams:    1B - John Olerud vs Edwin Encarnacion - Olerud was the better average hitter but wouldn’t come close to Edwin’s power and run production numbers.  Edge goes to Encarnacion.    2B - Roberto Alomar vs Devon Travis - It’s not really fair to compare anybody with Baseball Hall of Famer Alomar.  He was arguably the best second baseman since 1950.  Travis is a good, young player who brings a lot to the lineup but the edge in this match up goes to Alomar.    3B – Kelly Gruber vs Josh Donaldson -  Gruber was the best Blue Jays third baseman before Donaldson came along.  Gruber had good run production and decent defence.  But Donaldson is a perennial MVP candidate and makes defensive plays most third basemen can only dream about.  Donaldson gets the nod in this match up.    SS – Manuel Lee vs Troy Tulowitzki - Tulo is a five time all-star and while his numbers at the plate are not what they were when he played in Colorado; he’s still a tough out with some pop and a solid fit in the middle of any batting order.  Lee was an 8-9 batter in the lineup with average defence.    RF – Joe Carter vs Jose Bautista - This is a tough match up.  In 1992, Carter was in the middle of his 10 seasons with 100 or more RBI.  Joey Bats has been a catalyst for the Jays’ offense for a handful of seasons.  I’ll call this one a draw for 1992 Carter vs 2016 Bautista.  If it was 1993,

Issue #48 NOVEMBER 2016 often referred to as the sixth sense, which their NCAA coach often referred to,” says Spink. “Because of this shared intuition it has contributed to their success on the ice; however the boys will never admit that they are different in any way. They remain very humble and see themselves just like any other player out there.” Presently, the boys have signed and are playing with the Toledo Walleye ECHL. Tylor was just named the ECHL Plus Performer of the Month and Tyson earned his first pro 4-goal game against Brampton, leading Rookie points for the month of October. From a parent’s perspective, Kathy Spink couldn’t be more proud of her boys’ accomplishments, signing pro and for what they have to come in their future. “To face adversity with courage and aspiration and trust that the outcome will be a direct result of your greatest effort is something


that we have always instilled in our three boys. If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way,’” says Spink. “We have always supported their dream to play pro hockey and like every parent, we always wanted what was best for them. They have faced many challenges and barriers throughout their career but they have always remained optimistic and convinced that they would rise from each defeat, never losing their love of the game, and that is exactly what they continue to do today.” As hockey has been such a big part of the twins’ life, Spink truly believes this path has made them into who they are today.

“They have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life’s many challenges and I truly believe that because of hockey and those who have ‘coached’ them along the way, it has shaped them into the fine young men they are today,” says Spink.

By David Murphy Carter’s Series winning home run trumps all.   CF – Devon White vs Kevin Pillar - Both routinely stole hits with their defensive prowess.  The big difference is White made it look easy while Pillar just gets it done with dives, lunges, and leaps.  White sat atop the 92 Jays batting order, Pillar settles in at 7 or 8.  Edge here goes to White.    LF – Candy Maldonado vs Ezequiel Carrera - Carrera’s speed and willingness to do what it takes to reach base gets him the nod.    C – Pat Borders vs Russell Martin - Borders won the 1992 World Series MVP award.  Tough to not give the advantage to Borders in this match-up.    DH – Dave Winfield vs Michael Saunders - Winfield was a key player in the World Series victory season of 1992.  Not even close in the comparison to the often struck out Saunders.    Starting pitching – Jack Morris, Jimmy Key, Juan Guzman, and Todd Stottlemyre vs JA Happ, Aaron Sanchez, Marco Estrada, and Marcus Stroman - Morris carries a lot of weight in deciding this match up.  If you had one game to win, Morris gets the nod among this group of hurlers; ‘92 Morris’ third World Series championship.    Bullpen – Pat Hentgen, Mike Timlin, Duane Ward, and Tom Henke vs Francisco Liriano, Joe Biagini, Jason Grilli and Roberto Osuna - A reminder that this comparison is simply between 1992 and 2016 seasons.  I’d call this one a draw.  Liriano tips the scales for the middle innings pitchers while the Ward/Henke combo wins out over Grilli/Osuna.      Benches – Derek Bell, Ed Sprague, and Alfredo Griffin vs Melvin Upton, Justin Smoak, and Darwin Barney.  While the 2016 Jays have better numbers on the season, Sprague’s pinch hit home run in game two of the Series against the Braves top closer pushes the 1992 “Trench Guys” over the top. It’s easy to see why the 1992 Blue Jays match up much better than the 2016 team.  But it’s safe to say that both teams made it a lot of fun to watch baseball!


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mber Flannigan, a grade ten student at La Citadelle high school, was a member of Team Ontario which won gold at the national U16 women’s baseball championship held recently in Vaughan, Ontario. Ontario dominated the tournament going undefeated in round-robin games against Newfoundland/Labrador, Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec. In the tournament semi-final they defeated Nova Scotia 13-3 and in the final they defeated Manitoba by a score of 11-1. Flannigan was also a member of Team Ontario in 2015 when they won silver after losing the final to Quebec. Flannigan has one more year of eligibility for the U16 The Colts are going international with their volunteers. division and looks forward to the Three students from China and one from Spain have 2017 championship next season. signed up as volunteers during their three month visit To view a photo of Amber turn to to Cornwall. The students attend CCVS high school in page 7, she is our featured “Pizza Hut Cornwall. Hometown Sports Hero” This month. “It’s good see international students taking an interest

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Lacrosse Trio Share Consecutive Title Reign By Todd Anderson

Roenick Jodoin, Landon Brownlee, and Connor Carriere became back-to-back champions when the Cornwall Peewee Celtics won the provincial lacrosse title this past summer. It’s an incredible achievement for the teammates and friends.  Submitted photo


he Cornwall Minor Lacrosse Association was thrilled to capture three provincial championships this season, at the tyke, novice, and peewee C levels. For three members of the 2016 Cornwall Peewee Celtics team, it was even more special as they won back-to-back provincial championships. Cornwall’s Connor Carriere and Roenick Jodoin, and Finch’s Landon Brownlee helped their teammates capture the Peewee C championship in Whitby for the second year in a row this summer. Although not official, it’s believed to be the first time Cornwall minor players have been back-to-back champions. “There isn’t much to compare to our back-to-back provincial titles,” says Carriere, an 11-year-old Grade 7 student at La Citadelle. “It’s definitely cool to have won twice.  I would love to make it three next year. All the other players did really well, too, and maybe next year they can also win again. Go Celtics Go.” “It is cool to win back-to-back champions and awesome to win with two of my friends who I have also played hockey with on the Seaway Valley Rapids,” said Brownlee. “Roenick has great speed and aggressive play that results in moving the ball quickly up the floor. Connor is hard on the ball and has a great shot. Both are great teammates resulting in some awesome plays and great lacrosse.” While winning the championships won’t be forgotten soon, if ever, Jodoin says there’s plenty more he will remember. “It felt good to be champs alongside the two of them two years in a row. We laugh, have fun, and enjoy playing sports together.” The Celtics captured the title this year after a 5-1 record at the tournament, only losing to Caledon 9-5 and beating Six Nations 8-3, Innisfil 6-4, Owen Sound 5-1, Huntsville 7-4, and Sudbury 5-4. In 2015 the Celtics defeated Clarington in the final. Brownlee was named MVP of this year’s championship game. “I have been lucky to be on some good hockey teams and I have won medals and trophies  but nothing compares to these two

championships,” he says. “Winning back-to-back titles is the best by far. Something I will remember forever.” Added Carriere, “All of the team played well; Landon was a good leader on the team and Roenick is really fast.  We all play a bit different and this is why the team did well in the tournament. I love tournaments because we get to stay in hotels, swim, spend time with the team, and with my family. I love playing lacrosse because it’s fast and you are allowed to hit. You get to play rough unlike hockey.” Brownlee, 12, a Grade 7 at Tagwi in Avonmore also enjoys the physicality lacrosse provides. “Lacrosse is a physical game, is  good for keeping me in shape and increasing my fitness level and I get to shoot/score and cross check people. Also, this year I was chosen as the captain for our team and helped lead our team to a championship.” Jodoin, 12, attends Holy Trinity in Cornwall. Before the first championship season two years ago, he had never played lacrosse. He started that season as an affiliate but quickly began to excel and was put on the team full-time in no time. He spoke about the attributes his two friends brought to the club this season. “Connor brings enthusiasm, he’s strong on his hits, and he’s fast. Landon is a good leader he calms everyone down, he’s got good hands, and a good shot. (Back-to-back titles) are a great accomplishment because in lacrosse that’s what you’re working for ... provincials. To win it back-to-back is awesome.”

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his November 14 to 16, the 2016 Eastern Canadian Championships will be taking place at the Benson Centre in Cornwall, hosted by the Cornwall Colts. The Eastern Canadian Jr. A All Star Challenge is a tournament-style showcase event for Jr. A players from Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime provinces. “Originally held in 2011 in Smiths Falls, the Central Canada Cup was designed to reinstate the all-star game but with a more meaningful format,” says David Murphy. “There will be 10 teams from the CCHL, OPJHL, NOJHL, QJHL, and the MHL.” Murphy says he is proud to play a small role in this event as a member of the host organizing committee with Shawna Mecteau. “We assist the host league (CCHL) with logistics from ice rental, hotel bookings, and meal accommodations for the participants and officials,” says Murphy. “We also coordinate the volunteers that will assist us in ensuring another successful event.” The Cornwall Colts and the city itself were approached to host and participate following the successful 2015 Fred Page Cup also hosted in Cornwall. “We have the perfect venue for this type of showcase event, the Benson Centre, and we’re centrally located for the participating teams,” says Murphy. “Last year’s event attracted 120 scouts from the NHL, NCAA, and CIS. There were 26 NHL teams represented at the 2015 event.” The Eastern Canadian Championship is looking to be another successful hockey event hosted in Cornwall. Be sure to check out some of the excitement coming later this month.


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an open mind, the mind of a family genealogist and mystery solver. This picture was tucked neatly in a box of old family heirlooms, memories from a young girl named Alice Gertrude Campbell, who grew up northwest of Cornwall in Osnabruck, the daughter of John Campbell and Elizabeth Moore. Sometime during the early 1920s, Alice suddenly moved away, she disappeared to New York and eventually made her way to California. She left her box of memories in a place very close to the Mexican/California border, only to

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omen’s hockey in these parts was stamped forever when Lori Dupuis skated onto the scene in the early nineties. In 1998, Lori went to the Nagano Olympics and came home with a Silver Medal and at Salt Lake City in 2002 she brought home her very own Gold Medal and shared it with all of us. But, long before Lori Dupuis or Gilles Lascelle and Brian Tardif, and the Cornwall Typhoons, there was another time, when the girls reigned supreme and

out what happened to Albert(ine).

girls actually were from this area Throughout the research hours and journeyed to the east coast, of those who search for clues to the perhaps to a tournament in Glace past, eventually, asking for help is Bay, bringing this picture home as a memory. the way to go. Perhaps this is not a mystery at all and someone knows exactly what or who I am searching for.  Is it possible someone in these parts has the same produced some top-notch shinny. photo? Identifying the team in this Does anyone remember the ‘one’ photo and possibly the players, as who was known as, the “Miracle well, is a story that needs to be told. Maid.” Albertine Lapensee from One day an email arrived, Cornwall skated onto the ice at the attached to it, was this photo of great old Victoria Rink in 1916. At a time quality. A women’s hockey team, when WWI was consuming the men, circa mid–1920s give or take a few women took to the ice, to entertain years. There are several clues, the the masses left behind by the Great most obvious, seems to indicate the War. Lapensee was taller than most, girls in this picture have nothing to skated effortlessly and possessed a do with Cornwall at all since the very hard and true shot. Her goal photographers stamp in the bottom scoring exploits were the thing of left corner reads, Shedden Glace legend and as history shows, she Bay NS. was a memory just as quickly as Contacting the sports historians she turned the Cornwall Victorias on the East Coast proved there were women’s team into a force to be many women’s hockey teams at reckoned with. Albertine and the the time, but no one there had ever mystery of her life has been picked at seen this photo. There is history over the years; speculation about her on Shedden Photography and their life and career and where she ended family picture-taking business, so up—remains that itch for historians the hopeful thought is that these to scratch, maybe one day, I’ll find

Other clues; the girl seated on the right is wearing a large ring that could be on someone’s finger today? Four of the girls are wearing small lapel-like pins on their sweaters and (through enhancement) there is a logo of what looks like crossed lacrosse sticks, brooms, or oars. A small Maple Leaf can be identified on one of the sweaters as well. Did they borrow a set of sweaters to make a hockey pilgrimage east?

be discovered by her granddaughter all these years later.

So, if anyone can remember a family tale, that grandma or grandpa once told, of a relative, a great aunt perhaps, who played hockey for the Cornwall/Osnabruck Women’s There is one other clue that requires teams of the mid 1920s, who may be in this picture, or who knows the one in the bob hair style, who left this area for New York and disappeared to the southwest coast of the United States, and much like the ‘Miracle Maid’ never returned, let me know. Something tells me there is more to come on this story and I can’t wait to tell it! d If you have any information about this story or know any of the women pictured, please contact me at thom_  

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Volunteers in Sports t was 1995; I believe I was 31


years old. I took my young family on a camping vacation down east; final destination Prince Edward Island. My children were quite young and my son Tony had begun to play minor soccer. Other than that minor sports were not a constant in our life…yet. While on that trip we visited a few sites, tourist spots, and local seafood places. One day we took a ride from Summerside to Charlottetown. While in Charlottetown I came across a Legion hall with a sign on the side of the building, “Charlottetown Boxing Club”, open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights 6-8 pm yearround. The sign stated the head coach’s name plus that the club was volunteer-based and notfor-profit, and a youth oriented club. I stood and stared at the sign for several minutes, I was flooded with memories of the old Kinsmen Centre and how from 1979 to 1984 the coaches at Cornwall Boxing school came out 3 nights a week, organized 2-3 boxing shows in Cornwall a year, plus out of town trips. I thought about how much these men sacrificed both financially and personally and barely got a thank you. When I came home from holidays I picked up a couple of Hallmark cards and mailed a letter to Mr. Allen

McGillis and one to Mr. Wayne Lafave. I wrote them each a heartfelt message and thanked them for the time they donated and for giving of themselves for the youth of Cornwall. Thanks to their efforts we got to box, we stayed off the streets. We participated and grew in a sport we loved and, not knowing it then, carried the lessons learned with us to other areas of our lives. Fast forward a few years my son Tony is playing soccer in the Kinsmen league. One particular year he played on a team that despite having some talented kids lost most of their games. My motto to my son was always “play hard, play fair, do your best, and listen to your coach”. At one point Tony got tired and wanted to quit. I forbade him because it’s not always about winning; he had an obligation to finish what he started and a responsibility to his team and teammates. He agreed and finished, but some parents were constantly whining and complaining about the coach and coaching. One particular day and one particular father loudly voiced his opinions so the coach could hear him. I was incensed, because this particular father did nothing to help. I lit into this father and defended the coach. This coach came out with no supper after finishing a day of work, gave freely of himself for FREE!! I told this father he himself should coach if he thought he could do better, at which point he replied that it would not take much to better what the other coach did. I told him to put up or shut up or I would shut him up. It was hot! Thankfully for myself and the other father that was the end of it and he walked away never to complain again that season, he never did step up to the plate to coach either. A wise man once said “Do not ask someone else to do what you are unwilling to do yourself”.

I have heard and seen many irate parents in minor sports over the years. I have also found that those who complain the most do the least. In my barbershop I have heard many horror stories of coaches who quit minor sports because of lack of help, respect, and irate parents. I myself have experienced whiners and complainers…I closed the complaint department a few years ago. If not, I may have quit coaching. People don’t realize when you coach amateur or minor sports, you don’t make any money, matter of fact it costs you money, in missed work, to coach and travel. Minor sports coaches and amateur coaches spend lots of time with youth and lots of money on courses to get accredited. It’s not a career, it’s passion and love of the game.

or club or coach can do for you…ask instead what can I do to HELP??” Trust me folks, doing is believing. It’s easy to be an armchair quarterback; it’s different to be out on the field throwing the ball. I say, “You don’t like what’s happening?” Do better.” Who benefits when adults work together? Our youth. Who suffers when adults whine and complain and demand much but give little back? Our youth suffer.

Every year I attend the Lion’s Club Sports Awards. Every year I am humbled to see and hear how certain members of our community give back to our youth. I enjoy seeing the success stories of the athletes. It warms my heart, really! Remember ‘you ask a volunteer, you don’t tell them.’ Who are you? A friend of our youth or a foe? Are you a doer or a whiner? Parents, to paraphrase JFK Yours in Sport “Ask not what the association Jorge Luis


he annual Cornwall Multisport Club Frozen Sole 5 Mile Race Series will consist of seven races over seven months starting September 25, 2016 and finishing March 19, 2017. The race course will start and finish at Holy Trinity High School. To view the course, use this link:

The event will be self-timed, and the cost is free. This is a no frills event, so bring what you need to finish the race. All races will start at 9:00 am November 20, 2016 December 18, 2016 January 22, 2017

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SV Atom A Rapids Celebrate Second Tournament Win By Carrie Seguin


n October 14th-16th, The Seaway Valley Minor Atom A Rapids participated in the Oshawa Cup Tournament 2016 – and they came home with gold medals. The team led by Miguel Delisle and assisted by Scott Butter Thompson, Mark Novosad, and Peter Bowen, went undefeated in round-robin play, beating their opponents by large margins: 15-2, 7-1, 9-1, and 17-0. SVR’s winning record advanced them to the semi-finals where they met up against the North York Knights. The Knights proved to be a stronger opponent than had been seen in round-robin play. They pressured the Rapids until the third period when SVR made their move, stealing the game from North York 11-6. The final game of the tournament matched SVR against league opponent Gloucester Rangers Green. The contest was action-packed as the squads attacked the net with vigour, pressuring both net-minders up to the

final seconds of play. Coming back the Rapids. The final score was 6-5. from a 2-0 deficit, the Rapids tied the The team boasted a whopping 65 game and then pulled ahead during goals for and a 2.5 GAA. the beginning of the third period. Player of the Game honours were Even play ensued and the score was tied again during the last minutes of awarded to: Owen Corput – Forward (Game 1) the game. An SVR goal with just 47 Logan Villeneuve – Defence seconds remaining sealed the win for

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Meet the Talented Kaedyn Martin By Victoria Klassen


t nine years old, Kaedyn Martin has already achieved local success as a soccer and softball player while inspiring his coaches and team members. “Kaedyn was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sensory processing disorder, and Tourette syndrome, but he has never allowed his diagnosis stop him from

giving 100 per cent in all his games,” said Chris Martin, Kaedyn’s father. “He is also a team player and encourages his teammates and peers— his determination and love of the game inspires his coaches, teachers, and peers.”

the Most Valuable Player award. Now he plays for the Cornwall Blazers, another travelling soccer team.

Kaedyn’s favourite position is midfield. He says he loves soccer because it is fun and exciting, and he wants “to be the best and He began playing soccer play for Team Canada.” five years ago with the Last year Kaedyn was Glengarry Soccer League. named Athlete of the Year at At age eight Kaedyn made the Seekers Choice Awards. the Cornwall Coyotes For Kaedyn’s parents, travelling team and won Chris Martin and Candace Sorrell, they said that words cannot explain the feeling of hearing their son’s name called for such a big award against so many Cornwall athletes. “Kaedyn is a boy with a huge love of sports and a big heart when it comes to helping people—he is a great example of true sportsmanship dedication and athleticism,” Martin said, whose son also plays softball as a pitcher and short stop during the summer. Kaedyn has been named Most Valuable Player for the last two years in softball.

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he season is now in full swing and our team has been bitten by the injury bug. We have seven regulars out of the line-up with everything from broken bones to a ruptured bursa sac in the elbow of one of our players. It is getting hard to put together wins with such a depleted line-up and we are now below 500. When things aren’t going great for a team sometimes it’s best to take your mind of hockey.

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We decided to throw a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for the entire team. The Austrians in years past enjoyed this tradition because with their customs they do not have a meal like this. We bought a 30 lb Turkey which proved to be way too big. We had to cut it in half to be able to fit it in two of the small European ovens. Everyone had a great time and not surprisingly some of the players and their wives drank as if prohibition was being reinstated.  My Mom, Dad, and sister came to visit in mid-October.  It is really nice to have family come over during the season as it is like bringing a bit of home here. We went to a castle and took them around the local tourist sites but they wanted to spend the majority of their visit with, now number one on their priority list, our daughter Maely.  They also got to see me play hockey for the first time in a while which was nice. Last year when they came I got a suspended and had to sit in the stands.  The visit ended with a surprise 30th birthday party for me that was orchestrated by my wife Melissa and my mom. I usually can catch on to these things but they were stealthy in their planning. With my competitive nature I have already began the planning to outdo this on my wife’s 30th. I have two years to prepare!

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orty-six-year-old Chris Tremblay was born and raised in Cornwall. He’s now the owner of two businesses; Cornwall Mobile Small Engine Repair that has been operating for 15 years and C-WAY cleaning which has been in business for 28 years. For as long as he can remember, Tremblay has always loved being out on the water.

“Definitely fishing Loch Garry Lake for Muskie and catching a trophy musky. Trout fishing in secluded lakes. Going to East Lake in Picton area for 14 years fishing with my brother and catching crazy amounts of largemouth bass,” says Tremblay. In terms of his favourite spots, he now prefers fishing on smaller lakes, mainly towards the Westport area and Maniwaki area.

“My father, Yvon, would bring my brother and I shore fishing quite often.  Loving being out on the boat fishing goes back to before my teen years when my Uncle Bob, who lived at Pilon’s Point in Summerstown, would bring my cousin and I fishing,” recalls Tremblay. “Bob Burelle was a very well known fisherman in the area and he knew all the ‘hot spots’. Actually the earliest memories are when he would bring us out, in the evening, pickerel fishing.  It’s not so much the fishing I remember, but being curled up in the hull of the duck boat, as we would be heading back home late in the pitch darkness.”

“I do very little still fishing, I prefer cast and retrieve, especially top water fishing where you see the fish come out of the water and grab the lure. In the 70’s early 80’s catch and release was not as well known, when you caught something you ate it, however today I favour catch and release,” says Tremblay. “Nothing wrong in keeping some for food, smaller fish, but releasing the majority insures a healthy fish population for the future.” As a father of two girls, he also appreciates the family aspect of the sport, and would recommend getting your kids out to appreciate nature.

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“As I concentrate on finding that fishing hole or casting that perfect cast, not knowing when the next hit will be, I find myself forgetting about the everyday worries,” says Tremblay of his time spent on the river.

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Ed Lumley Arena: Keeping up with the Time By Marcus Noe


he Ed Lumley Arena, housed in the Cornwall Civic Complex, is keeping up with the time. A new clock with a LED-based scoreboard now graces the arena, built in 1976. Richard Bourdeau, Supervisor of City Facilities started with the City of Cornwall at a time when the original clock needed replacement. Bourdeau explains, “The original clock was replaced in 1988, which was one of the first projects I closed. Over the last five years the clock had become unreliable and replacement parts no longer available in Canada requiring the City to send out the electronic modules to the United Sates for repairs.” So the job of finding a replacement clock fell to Bourdeau again. Once the City Council approved the project as a Complex Capital Project, with a budget of $250,000, it was up to Bourdeau to develop specifications and draw up a Request for Proposals for interested companies to bid on providing an LED-based clock and scoreboard.

The new clock with scoreboard was installed in early September, sixteen years after the last one. The successful bid was from OES Scoreboards of London ON at $233,000. The $17,000 in savings will be used to upgrade the centrehoist and for miscellaneous electrical work. The Ed Lumley Arena can seat 5,800 fans and has been home to the Cornwall Royals of the OHL, the Cornwall Aces of the AHL, and now the Cornwall Colts Junior A’s and the Cornwall Nationals of the FHL. With Cornwall’s rich hockey history, ever since the Aces and Royals left town there have been questions of, if and when we might receive another franchise of this level. When asked if this was an investment with plans lure a similar franchise Richard Bourdeau says, “No, the goal was to replace an aging clock with a new LED based scoreboard allowing for greater advertising revenue generating capabilities and to enhance patrons’ hockey experience, all the while providing a dependable product.”

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he Seaway Valley Major Bantam AA Rapids are hoping to build momentum after capturing the championship at the Humberview Huskies AA Invitational Tournament in October.

high, the Rapids continued to dominate with a 4-0 victory over the Ottawa Sting. Kale Lauzon, Charlie Belanger, Andrew Dixon, and Ben Pineault scored in the win. Pineault also had two assists while Dixon, Nathaniel Faubert, Jake LaVack, Jamieson Miles, and Belanger each had one. Belanger was named the tournament MVP.

“It was a stronger team effort (that led to the championship),” said Head Coach Marc Sauve. “His skill set around the net “We’ve had a slow start to the and getting used to the team, season, so it was nice to see the it’s coming around,” said Sauve. team pick up its play.” “Charlie is an import from Sauve’s club went undefeated Nepean, a good hockey sense in preliminary play at the guy.” event held in the EtobicokeThe Rapids began the season Mississauga arena; opening 1-2-1 in league play and the event with a 4-1 win over according to the coach had a weak the West Mall Lightning. In a showing in their first tournament physical, penalty-filled second in Ottawa. game, the Rapids emerged with “It’s nice to see a different a 5-1 victory over the Georgina Blazers. Next in line were the outcome,” said Sauve. “We tournament-host Huskies who hope we gathered some positive fell to the Rapids by a 5-2 score. notes. Now we need to feed off To close out the preliminary the positives.” round the Seaway club skated This month the Rapids will past the Newmarket Redmen by travel to Sherbrooke, Quebec a convincing 8-1 tally. for the International Bantam Heading into the final on a Tournament.

Charlie Belanger, with Head Coach Marc Sauve, accepts the tournament Submitted photo MVP trophy.

The Seaway Valley Major Bantam AA Rapids were champions at the Humberview Invitational Tournament in October. Pictured in front, from left are: Matthew Villeneuve, Assistant Coach Mark Lauzon, Seamus Hardy, Jack Ingram, Joseph Robertson, Charlie Belanger, Felix Sauve, and Danik Martin. Pictured in back, from left are: Alexander Oakes, Andrew Dixon, Nathaniel Faubert, Jamieson Miles, Trainer Cynthia Faubert, Ben Pineault, Jake LaVack, Shane Gaudreau, Graham Robertson, Kale Lauzon, Assistant Coach James Robertson, and Head Coach Marc Sauve. Absent from photo are: Riley Macdonald, Trainer Paul Villeneuve, and Manager Meagan Macdonald. Submitted photo


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Guylaine Barnes Talks Multisport By Molly Kett


uylaine Barnes is a mother of two busy teens and owner of a catering business, but that doesn’t stop her from getting her athletic training in. She does weekday training by herself, but trains on the weekends and evenings with her husband Phil who is also a triathlete. Barnes says her husband was running and doing triathlons several years before she got started. Barnes says she would bring the kids with her to cheer him on at events. She had been running to stay fit, but that was the extent.

“In 2008, he suggested I try a race. It was the Cornwall Multisport Club Fall Duathlon. I truly didn’t think I would enjoy the competitiveness of racing. Boy was I wrong! From that point on, I started competing in road races and duathlons. I couldn’t swim so I hadn’t tried a triathlon yet. When I turned 40, I decided I would get over my fear of water and learn to swim. I have been a member of the Cornwall Sea Lions Masters swim club ever since,” says Barnes. Now, Barnes’ entire family races, trains, and volunteers at the numerous club events; from road races, duathlons, triathlons, to open water swimming.

“We have made many wonderful friends over the years and my kids have grown up with very positive role models. The club is great and embraces everyone regardless of physical fitness or speed,” says Barnes. “Over the years, my racing challenges have increased in distance thanks to the training opportunities with the members, thanks to the encouragement of members, and thanks to the sharing of race reports from other members who show you that anything can be completed if you set your mind to it and train.”

One of Barnes’ favourite aspects of multisport is that she never gets bored, because she is constantly juggling all three disciplines (swimming, biking, and running).

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triathlons, and road races.

“In the new year, my husband and I will start training for a full iron distance race in Michigan. It will be my third full and Phil’s fifth,” says Barnes.

“For me the training helps me Barnes loves spending time be a better person because it getting fit with a like-minded is a good stress reliever,” says group of people and stresses Barnes. that it’s never too late to start. Next for Barnes, she will “We are all overworked, be running the Road to Hope stressed, and impatient. Marathon in Hamilton this Exercise is a great way to November and then it will be alleviate those symptoms. Find time for a period of rest. Her something you love to do and year has been extremely busy, get moving. The results are completing two marathons, two amazing - guaranteed,” says half-iron distance races, several Barnes.  

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Minor Midget B Rep Seaway Valley Spartans (District II) Win Silver at the 3RD Annual Capital Volunteer Cup By Shawn O’Brien


he Minor Midget B Rep Seaway Valley Spartans competed in the Annual Capital Volunteer Cup hosted by the Cumberland Jr. Grads on October 21 -23, bringing home silver. The Spartans competed in a pool of eight Minor Midget A/B teams from across Ontario with only four teams advancing to the semifinals. The Spartans started the tournament on Friday against the Markham Islanders with a loss but rebounded on Saturday with a win against the Lorne Park Clarkson Wild (Mississauga) and the Cumberland Jr. Grads. These important victories placed the Spartans second in their division and qualified for the semi-finals against the Metcalf Jets on Sunday which placed first in their division. The game was action packed and both teams battled hard but were tied

after regulation resulting in overtime to determine a winner. The Spartans struck quickly and were victorious qualifying for the Championship Game against the Kanata Blazers. The Spartans would lose this game and were awarded the Silver medal. A special Thank You from the Spartans players and families to Mark Desnoyers, District II Chair, for stepping up and providing a place for these kids to play this season. Front row, Justin Leclair, Riley Fitzgerald, Braeden Levac, Nolan Shane, Evan Brunet, Nicolas O’Brien, and Jack McLean. Back row, Jared Sequin, Trenton Veenstra, Kale MacCormick, Pat Campeau, Alexandre O’Brien, Cameron Stuart, Andrew Doyon, Joey Brisson, Hunter Leeman, and Mick Miller. Photo Submitted


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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators have gone through some major changes in the off-season. Do you feel they have improved from last year and do you feel either team is ready to return to the playoffs? Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast - I As a result of both the Leafs and the Sens missing the playoffs last year, plenty of changes happened this past summer. In Toronto the new management team has been in place for a year, and the Kessel/Phaneuf purge has been successfully concluded.  So the focus has been on the draft where the Leafs hit a home run with Auston Matthews.  He, along with previous picks Nylander, Marner, and Rielly give the Leafs the core group needed for future success.  The playoffs are a possibility this year; that is if the goaltending holds up, and that’s a big IF.  Ottawa has their core group in place, so they went the’ change the Manager/Coaches route’, with the addition of Dorion, Boucher, and Crawford.  They have to find a way to get the Sens to play consistent hockey, and try and motivate this underachieving team.  Their weakness might also be in the net, where an aging Craig Anderson needs to have a career year for the Sens to make the playoffs.  Here’s betting that both teams will be competitive, but both will miss out on the chase for Lord Stanley.  If either team had a “Carey Price”, they would definitely be a playoff lock! Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - This year’s NHL off-season was interesting and held some glimmer of hope for hard core Maple Leaf and Senators fans but will the changes make a difference with team performances in the 2016 / 2017 season. I don’t believe so. In my opinion, neither team is anywhere near playoff calibre; yes, Toronto picked up Austen Mathews and Matt Martin who may generate the occasional entertaining dangles up the ice or around the net, but pretty dangles won’t elevate the team to playoff standards and Nazem Kadri still remains the team’s top centre man. Ottawa has added extra speed with Derick Brassard and Chris Kelly but again the team has failed miserably to bring decent offensive power to compete. Gotta score to win. I predict a seventh place, 89 point, season for the Senators and an eighth place, 84 point, season finish for the Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division. I’m just not seeing much improvement folks... No one knows better than former Cornwall Colts manager & Akwesasne Warriors coach / manager Mike Piquette, how much work it takes to get a community to buy into and support a team. During his days with the Colts, Mike took a hockey team (a group of young men) and transformed them into a team that became part of a community. They visited schools, helped out at community events, and volunteered at numerous charity functions. People got to know the players on a personal level and the community adopted them and supported them. While with the Warriors, Mike managed (in a very short period of time) to put a strong competitive team together with a mix of talented local and export players and developed an identity for these players with the community; an identity the community supported. The team went on to win the first Championship in Federal Hockey League history. As for the Cornwall Nationals, if team management can get creative and mold the team into being part of the community, that’ll go a long way in removing the obstacles and gaining the support, required to be successful. Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club -Both the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs have been busy trying to improve their teams over the extended summer. The Leafs will be young, interesting, and entertaining with first overall pick Auston Matthews, along with high-end prospects William Nylander and Mitch Marner all starting the season in the NHL. Eleven Leafs are 24 years of age or younger and six are rookies. Toronto is building what should be a very strong team for the future but will not be ready to contend this season. Many of the Ottawa Senators’ moves have been in management with a new GM and an all new coaching staff. The addition of Derick Brassard from the Rangers, in exchange for Mika Zibanejad should be an improvement, at least in the short term. Chris Kelly and Tom Pyatt have also been brought in as experienced depth. If the Sens can stay healthy (Clarke MacArthur), they have a shot at making the playoffs and taking a run at some of the league’s better teams.


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ecently at Seaway Karate we had some friends from the Canton Zen Do Kai Karate Club stop by and participate in a class. One of our guests, Sensei Dave Guccione is well known to area martial artists, with several students from local dojos training in his seminars at last May’s World Martial Arts Conference in Rochester NY.

Sensei Dave, a 6th degree Black Belt, who began his formal martial art training in 1969 while serving in Viet Nam, has been training martial art students for well over thirty years. During that time he has also competed in various tournaments himself including the finals of the NCAA National Karate Championships. He has been a practitioner and trainer in law enforcement for over forty years. He was a police officer and field training officer with the St. Louis Mo. County PD, and is co-founder and instructor at the St. Lawrence County Police Academy. He is a Professor Emeritus of the Criminal Justice Program at SUNY Canton, a program which he designed, and is co-originator of the Criminal Investigations Bachelor’s Degree Program. Sensei Dave has also authored academic work in the criminal justice field. I had a few questions for Sensei Dave as there is much to learn from his many years of experience:

1) Do you see a benefit in law enforcement personnel training in a martial art to enhance

the training that they already have?

A – The greatest benefit for a law enforcement officer to study a martial art is the confidence that it instills. “Attitude is everything” is especially true in the many crises in which a patrol officer is called upon to resolve. By training hard, getting and giving a few bumps and bruises, gaining skill in controlling self and others, and getting in good shape, an officer loses much of the fear of physical conflict. When this training is coupled with a Zen meditative practise and traditional breathing, a calm attitude in the face of adversity is the result. This allows the officer to remain calm when facing crisis and less likely to overreact. I noticed this in my own active time as an officer.

martial arts. The UFC trend was towards only the practical, and the specific skills of stand-up striking and a strong ground game. Meditation and kata had no place. Giving the current state of the martial arts and the desires of students, an instructor has to decide how much tradition to retain. Traditional practice has much to offer but I do not want to teach only the physical aspects of my art, nor do I want to be bound by the practise of only one style. Due to the open mindedness of our system I have been exposed to a wide variety of martial arts. The ZDK has a strong emphasis on self-defence but has not discarded tradition. This agrees with my law enforcement background and is the emphasis which I have for my own practise and for that of my students.

2) Q - In your many years in the martial arts, 3) Q – What advice would you have for the what have you noticed in its evolution? young martial artist (kids and teens)? A - In my opinion martial arts have evolved from the traditional closely guarded styles, to A – I believe much of current western society the amorphous mixed martial arts of today. This lacks a sense of spirituality and moral principles resulted from the demands of students who had to guide behaviour. I believe that traditional seen heroic deeds by idealized martial artists martial arts can instill traditional values: in movies and on television; Billy Jack, Bruce humility, patience, endurance, desire to learn, Lee, The Karate Kid, Kwai Chang Caine of strength, self-reliance, gratitude, courage, and “Kung Fu” who practiced hard physical styles, respect. I would advise any young person who but were guided by higher principals, “do” the wants to learn martial arts to seek an instructor Zen way of the martial arts. Droves of students who still has traditional aspects in their school. came to these instructors who taught traditional 4) Q What advice would you have for the adult arts. Traditionalists had self-defence and martial artist? fighting skills but these were strongly entwined A – The older martial artist must never give with “do”. The next great change came from up the art... To cease to move is to die. You the television viewers of the Ultimate Fighting will have injuries and infirmity which will Challenge. The UFC started with no rules fights limit you, but you have to recognise those between artists schooled in only one art. It soon limitations but not use them as an excuse to became apparent in the UFC that more than one stop. They are a challenge to seek another skill was needed to win consistently. This drew way. There is always something more to learn. students away from tradition and the “art” of the There is always another challenge.  

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An Interview with Marc Renaud By Molly Kett


arc Renaud, born and raised in Cornwall, has been fortunate enough to play many team sports growing up, as well as track and field. During his formative years, Renaud says many coaches had a positive influence on him and passed on knowledge and values. His father was one of those formative coaches. Renaud has been playing many sports at many levels. One of his main sports and what he’s coaching now is football. “I was fortunate to play football at and attend Wilfred Laurier University. I was invited as a walk-on in the spring of my high school graduating year and from that camp, invited to the fall try-outs and played running back first year, but was moved over to linebacker in my second. Until then, my football experience was the Cornwall Optimist Minor Football known today as the Wildcat

organization. Like the current version, it was all volunteer coaches that gave of their personal time to teach us to the best of their ability.” Renaud’s first coaching experience was in Toronto. While working as



manager in a racquetball and fitness club, he was approached to help with a local men’s football team. “Half way through the season I became a player coach. Then came the period that most men reach when career, marriage, and raising a family takes precedence. It wasn’t until my boys were in high school at École secondaire publique L’Héritage that the call came in from a good friend, Luc Rozon, asking me if I could coach their junior volleyball team. I accepted graciously. The following school year, Luc asked me to coach their senior basketball team,” recalls Renaud. “The following year, another very good old friend, Jeff McAllister, took over the head coaching job at H.T. and asked me to join him and another old friend Wayne Pike. That was the first year H.T. beat St Joe’s in the championship final. During this time, La Citadelle had been informed that their school would be fielding a football team. My

name was put forward by a teacher, Mr. Denis Martel, and after a few meetings I accepted the challenge. This was in 2010 and I’m still there, for now. During this same period, I also volunteered in the Wildcats organization as both a positional coach with the O.V.F.L team and head coach of a few Bantam and Midget teams.” Renaud says he got involved in coaching, simply because he felt compelled to give back to the Cornwall sports community. “Guys like Luc Rozon, Jeff McAllister, and Kirby Camplin were generous enough to hand me an invitation I could not refuse. It can be very demanding. It takes a lot of passion and energy and the results are sometimes not what you hoped for, but the rewards are endless. Knowing you had a positive impact and seeing young men become Continued on page 26




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The Seaway Roller Derby Girls Are Back to Practising after a Forced Hiatus. By Molly Kett

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he Seaway Roller Derby Girls are back to their regular practice schedule, according to Vince Jasiewicz, after an unexpected forced hiatus that started this May. Their practice facility underwent renovations over the summer, which effectively cancelled their summer season. However, the new facility will bring some benefits to their new season.

the St Lawrence College Gym,” says Jasiewicz.

Jasiewicz says that this year the team will be working to grow and improve, which will of course include some changes.

“This year we are going to take a new approach focusing more on team building. We have an excellent base of experienced veterans to build on and integrate new players after they successfully pass our boot camp, under the watchful eye of our training staff and veteran players,” says Jasiewicz.

Currently, the crew is focusing on training and recruiting. As always, newcomers are welcome. “Currently we are focusing on recruiting and on training. We want to build a strong, competitive team of strong and competitive local women. We are now practising every Thursday night from 7-9 pm at

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Financial Planning Twenty teams and ninety-six players enjoyed good food; wings, homemade spaghetti, a chicken brochette dinner and Also, don’t miss the girls part to the sponsorship provided by entertainment by Leisure Sound Jo Ann Parisien from TD Wealth during the five day bonspiel.

“It was a great learning experience for them playing in this year’s Cornwall Santa on other teams, learning from Claus Parade, taking place on them and seeing how they play,” November 19. “Watch for our Giant Roller says Jasiewicz. The Seaway Roller Derby Skate float and our derby girls Girls have quite a few upcoming skating along handing out candy notable events, including a SRDG and recruiting info flyers,” says Jasiewicz. open house.

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better people is worth more than any championship. The number of athletes from Cornwall graduating to university football is at an all time high and growing yearly,” says Renaud. Renaud says it’s very important to be able to pass on knowledge to his players. “There’s no sense using high-level terms or NFL style language if your audience has no idea what you’re saying. Making yourself sound knowledgeable isn’t impressive, actually passing on that knowledge is. You need to make sure you are communicating effectively,” says Renaud. “Let yourself be critiqued. Listen to people you trust and that know more than you. Continue learning your craft. Most

importantly, genuinely care about the players. Their parents have extended their trust in you, respect that responsibility.” Currently, Renaud’s team is heading into the high school football playoffs, hoping to play in the championship on November 4, 2016. In terms of an overall favourite coaching memory, Renaud wasn’t able to peg down just one or two. “There are hundreds of moments from winning a big game, to seeing one of my players in a CIS game, to getting messages from a player thanking me for helping them achieve their goals,” says Renaud. When Renaud isn’t putting his energy into coaching, he’s spending time with his wife of twenty-six years, Jo-Anne, and his three grown Captain Graham Robertson and Head Coach Marc Sauve accept the children, Alex, Dominic, and Heidi. championship trophy. See story and photos on page 19. Submitted photo

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Name: Graham Robertson, Age: 14 Hometown: Maxville School: École secondaire catholique de Casselman Grade: 9 Graham Robertson is enjoying his sixth season as a Seaway Valley Rapids player this year; this time as captain of the Major Bantam AA team. “The reason I think I was named captain is because I am a veteran starting my sixth year with the Rapids and being around coach Marc Sauve and his systems for those years has given me a good understanding of what he expects from a player,” says Robertson. “It took a lot of hard work but I believe I have gained his confidence that I can lead this team. It’s an honour to be the captain after five seasons of hard work.”

The success has already started as the club captured the Humberview Huskies AA Invitational Tournament title in October. Robertson was a member of the minor bantam AA Rapids that captured the league championship in 2015-16. He looks at receiving rings to recognize their accomplishment, as well as, having a chance to host a team from Sweden (which led to new friendships) as his highlights in sports thus far. Along with hockey, Robertson also has a passion for baseball and golf.


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AIR GLIDERS ........................................................................... Jean Juneau ................613-932-5103 Rachelle Davis .............613-935-4714 AQUATICS Sea Lions Swim Club ....................................................................................................................................................................... AUTO RACING Mohawk International Raceway ..................... Brian Mulligan .............613-938-6751 BADMINTON SD&G Badminton Club ................................... Ken Kyer .......................613-936-8827 ..................... BASEBALL/SOFTBALL

Cornwall District Minor Baseball .................... Gordie Van Putten ......613-936-8827 Cornwall Optimist Minor Softball ................ ....... Cornwall Kinsmen Minor Girls Softball ....... Mike Turcotte ..............613-933-3837 .................................................................. Ladies Fastball Fith Wheel 18 Wheelers ........ Brian Tardiff ................613-938-2950 Navy Club Mens Fastball ................................ Brian O’Neill.................613-936-1960 ........................................................................... Frank Marceau .............613-936-9077 BASKETBALL United Counties Minor Basketball.................. Brad DeRochie .............613-938-0533 ................................................................... BILLIARDS Rack M Up Billiards ......................................... Doug Disotell ...............613-933-9362 BOWLING Olympia Bowl..........................................................................................613-932-8421 BOXING East Side Community Boxing Club ................ Jorge Luis ....................613-933-5618 BROOMBALL Upcoming Cornwall Broomball League ...... Eric MacDonald .......... 613-936-2299 ....................... EQUESTRIAN Holly Hill Farm ................................................. Kate/Robbie Mac Intyre ..613-931-2493 St Georges Equestrian .................................... Suzanne Lacroix Whispering Meadows ..................................... Allison Blair St Thomas Rose Quarter Horses ....................................... Karen Aitken Sarabeau Stables ............................................. Sandy Marcellus ..........613-543-4561 Upper Scotch Farm.......................................... Kelley Ferguson Drogheda Manor.............................................. Garry Meek FIGURE SKATING Skate Cornwall ........................................................................................613-936-9290 ....... Can-Skate Learn to Skate .......................................................................613-936-9290 ....... FOOTBALL Cornwall Men’s Flag Football ......................... Steve McMillan ............613-551- 4605 Cornwall Minor Football Association............. Rod Simpson ...............613-936-2888 ................................................................... GOLF Archie’s Family Golf Centre ...................................................................613-932-8255 ................................................................... Cornwall Golf & Country Club ...............................................................613-931-1122 ................................................................... Heritage Golf Club .................................................................................613-347-3738 Summerheights Golf Links ............................. Katie MacLennan ...... 613-938-8009 ... Upper Canada Golf Course ....................................................................613-543-2003 ................................................................... GYMNASTICS Cornwall Gymnastics Club.............................. Tammy Mcallister ........613-933-4356 ................................................................... HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONS Akwesasne Minor Hockey Association .......... Mark Terrance ..............315-250-0287 Alexandria Minor Hockey Association ........... Kevin Ctaig ...................613-551-2698 CharLan Minor Hockey Association ............... Bruce McRae ................613-347-3406 Cornwall Minor Hockey Association .............. Patrick McLeod ............613-933-8586 NGS Minor Hockey Association ..................... Chad Brownlee ............613-984-0410 South Stormont Minor Hockey Association ....Brad Maloney ..............613-346-0888 Seaway Valley Minor Hockey Association..... Mark Desnoyers...........613-571-6517 ...... Cornwall Adult Hockey Academy for Beginners ... Mario Laroche..............613-363-3861 ...... Cornwall Colts Junior A Hockey ..................... Ian MacInnis.................613-930-9300 ................................................................... Cornwall Girls Hockey Association ................ Rod McLeod ........................................................................................................... Cornwall Women’s Recreational Hockey League ... Sylvie Jans Cornwall River Kings ....................................... Mike Lecuyer ...............613-933-9797 ................................................................... Cornwall Minor Ball Hockey League .............. Gerry Sommerville ......613-703-9183 .................... 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Whistle Stops The “Team” has just completed Issue # 48, and as always, I would like to thank Lynn (Graphic Design), Margo (Editor), Gary (Sales), Bernadette (Website); our writers, Todd, Molly, Victoria, Thom, Derrick and Marcus; our editorial columnists, Jim, Jorge, Dave and Tony; 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 # 48 If all goes according to plan, local pro boxer Tony “Lightning” Luis should have his next fight in Mississauga at the Hershey Centre, Nov 19, 2016.

Congrats to Al “Killer” Quenneville on being named the Cornwall Nationals first head coach. So, Shea Weber is currently a +12, while PK Subban is a -7, not to mention the team records as well, I think this trade is looking better for Montreal GM Marc Bergevin with each game being played. Congrat’s to Tylor Spink on winning the CCHL Plus Performer of the month for October with a +8 Rating The Cornwall Typhoons Girls’ Hockey Association recently hosted another successful Competitive Hockey Tournament, with competition in Atom, Peewee, Bantam, Midget, and senior age groups. Congrat’s to the winners and thumbs up to the organizers Winners never Quit and Quitters Never Win, Signing out Until next Month Mike Piquette, Publisher


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Glengarry Highlanders Win Gold in Cornwall By Submitted Article


he Glengarry Highlanders finished first overall in roundrobin play in the 33rd Annual Cornwall Tournament, beating the Typhoons in the opener 1-0, falling to Westlake in the next game 1-, and then winning against Gloucester 1-0. In semi-final action, they squeaked out a 1-0 thriller against Gloucester. In the final game they were good when they needed to be, defeating the host Typhoons 2-1.

The Midget B Highlanders have won gold in each of their first two tournaments. This group of young girls exemplifies what it means to play for each other.  The special bond is evident watching their commitment to defence. These young girls should be very proud of themselves and their work ethic. It is nice to see these individuals get rewarded for their hard work and commitment to the game of hockey. They are all true teammates.

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