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t’s been a record year for La Citadelle’s Brayden Valiquette. The 15-year-old golfer is celebrating a one year anniversary with Team Ottawa as of this fall. With guidance from Coach Adam Holden, Tasmanian PGA champion, Valiquette’s first season was quite successful. Holden says Valiquette is a coachable young player. “He naturally has speed and power and is learning to add variety and imagination to his game,” Holden added. Collectively, Valiquette won the Ottawa Valley Golf Association’s match play; came second in the Ottawa Junior Open; and qualified

for the Ontario Championship. From there, he was selected to play for Team Outaouais in the Interregional Team Championship in Quebec, where they placed first. In addition to club play, Valiquette has been playing for his school team at La Citadelle for the past four years. This year, he won a SD&G championship, where the team moved onto EOSSAA and placed first at Franco-Ontarien in Casselman. Winter training begins in December where he commutes to Ottawa and Montreal upwards of twice a month, as well as home training at the comfort of the Cornwall Golf and Country Club. “My off-season plan Brayden Valiquette lines up a is to work on my physical and mental Photo Submitted game with my personal coach and “Birdie” Putt 

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Blake Nuttall, left, and his father Tim Nuttall were excited to meet former Toronto Maple Leafs’ star and Team Canada World Junior Hockey Championship alumni Wendel Clark in Cornwall’s Royal Bank of Canada on November 18. Clark helped announce a WJHC exhibition game coming to Ed Lumley Arena on December 19, featuring Team Photo: Todd Anderson Slovakia and Team Sweden.  

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d Lumley Arena will be host to a World Junior Championship exhibition game on December 19, when Team Slovakia and Team Sweden face-off as part of Royal Bank of Canada’s Road to the World Juniors schedule. 2017 World Junior Hockey Championship executive director Denis Hainault was in attendance during the announcement at Cornwall’s Royal Bank of Canada on November 18. Cornwall is one of just eight cities to be hosting exhibition games prior to this year’s tournament. “With my career, I travel the world,” said Hainault. “Hockey Canada is happy to bring the game to smaller communities like this. It’s important we get the support. I am sure this event will be well-supported by this community. I encourage everyone to talk about this game. We’re all looking forward to this.” The championship tournament will take place in Montreal and Toronto

starting on December 26. Attending the announcement in Cornwall was long-time Toronto Maple Leafs captain, and Team Canada world junior hockey alumni, Wendel Clark. He spoke about the game coming to Cornwall. “This is a great opportunity for a small community. For the players, it’s the first team you play on that you’re not sure if you are going to make or not. You have no idea. The game is even better when the arena is full. It’s always fond memories for us.” The good news continued for Cornwall hockey fans as it was also announced Team Denmark would hold training camp in Cornwall, likely at the Benson Centre. RBC regional vice president Mike Belliveau says he’s looking forward to the game and he already has a pick on who will win. “This is my favourite tournament. To have it come to Ed Lumley Arena is incredible. It’s great support for the area. I am picking the Swedes to win.”

Clark, who was a gold medal winner at the 1985 WJHC in Finland with Team Canada, was a fitting choice to help announce the event. Cornwall’s RBC was full of Leafs fans who took the opportunity to meet their hero. “This is the second time I have met him, it’s still surreal,” said Cornwall’s Tim Nuttall. “I met him at a 1994 charity baseball game at Lynx Stadium in Ottawa. I thought about this all night, last night. I told (son) Blake about it and he was smiling ear to ear. This is awesome. It seems Cornwall is getting notoriety and maybe this will bring some bigger things to come.” “It was awesome to meet him,” said Blake Nuttall, nine. “He’s good. He fights a lot. I am looking forward to seeing the future stars for Sweden.” Clark made the 1985 Team Canada as a forward, despite skating primarily as a defenceman up to that point in his career. He spoke about the ability to play both positions giving him a chance to crack the line-up. He feels young hockey players can benefit

with the same thinking. “If you are able to do it – great; you should play all positions. I think there is a benefit to know what your teammates have to deal with. If forwards get to try defence, and defence gets to try forward, they understand the game better. You shouldn’t limit yourself. When you try out for teams your chances will increase.” Along with the Leafs, Clark also played in the NHL with the Quebec Nordiques, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, and Chicago Blackhawks. In 793 games he scored 330 goals and 564 points while being assessed 1690 penalty minutes. The Cornwall game starts at 7 p.m. on December 19 and tickets are $15, or for groups of 20 or larger tickets are only $13 each. To purchase tickets, call the Cornwall Civic Complex Box Office or get them at www.admission. com.


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he Cornwall Seaway Blades 60+ team took home their second consecutive title in the SEV International Tournament. The tournament, which was held in a 4-ice pad arena in Brossard, Quebec, was the team’s first action since their gold medal performance at the CARHA World Championships in April. The Seaway Blades opened the tournament with two straight victories over teams from Boston and Connecticut. Despite tough competition, the Seaway Blades were able to score 10 goals within the first two games, heavily outscoring their opponents 5-1 and then 5-2. Needing just one win to secure their 60+ division Cornwall played a crucial game against a Mooks O.T.’s team from New Hampshire. Facing a 5-3 deficit in the third period, Mooks O.T.’s decided to pull their goalie and eventually shrunk the deficit to one. However, Cornwall was able to hold on for a 5-4 victory.

As the 60+ division champions, the Seaway Blades were set to take on the champions from the 57+ division, the Gardner Acadians from Massachusetts. However, as the teams were preparing for the final, tournament organizer Ron Deschenes discovered that the U.S. team had been playing with three players who were 30 years old. He immediately disqualified the Gardner Acadians therefore allowing Cornwall to take home top honours. “I think it was the right call on the part of the organizer, his tournament credibility was on the line. Teams should feel confident that they will be playing teams within their age group and that teams are respectful of the rules and are willing to honour them,” says Seaway Blade Manager Dave MacDonald on the disqualification of their opponents. MacDonald added that the team would compete in a Stittsville, ON old-timers tournament in early January and a spring tournament in Ft. Lauderdale.

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Ethan Da Silva, Local Football Star in the Making By Molly Kett


ourteen-year-old Ethan Da Silva, a grade nine student at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, has been making a mark on Cornwall athletics. Da Silva, whose passions include a variety of sports and video games, has been recently noticed for his impressive football skills. He has been honing these impressive football skills, as well as his skills for a variety of other sports, since he was a young boy. “I started to play football when I was 9 years old. Since then I have been playing Photo Credit: Tyler Fisher football every spring and fall,” says Thompson. “I have also participated in MVP at the end of the NCAFA Peewee a few football camps in Canada and the season. “It is an East vs. West all-star US.  In 2015 I started to play basketball game. The teams are made up of five of competitively for the Cornwall Lions.” the best players from each of the teams Recently, Da Silva was recognized as in their division. I was selected along

with Jacob Morin, Cameron Gearey, Logan Keurentjes, and Isaak Proulx. Unfortunately, Jacob had an injury and so he was replaced by Gabe Baker,” says Da Silva. “We had to practise in Ottawa four weeknights and the final game was on the Sunday. I was chosen to be one of the four captains, which coming from Cornwall is pretty special. When they were announcing the MVPs for each of the teams, I thought I had a possibility of getting the defensive MVP as I caught an interception. That award went to an East teammate.  Then when they announced my name for Team MVP I was surprised.  A lot of the time these awards go to Ottawa players.  We unfortunately lost the game 7-0, but I had a good time and it was nice to experience different coaching.” Up until that point, the Cornwall Wildcats Peewee team was 2 to 6 for the

NCAFA season. “We had a lot of fun playing football. I had one pick 6, one fumble recovery for a touchdown and six sacks,” says Da Silva. The football season may be winding down, but that doesn’t stop Da Silva from getting involved with other sports. Currently, Da Silva is on the Junior Basketball team for Holy Trinity, following his time playing on the Junior Volleyball team for the school as well.

“In January I will be trying out for the Lions’ basketball midget team. This summer I will be moving to Sudbury and trying out for the high school football and basketball teams,” says Da Silva. Though Da Silva is moving on to Sudbury, we are sure his talents and impressive athletic ability will continue to grow.

Meeting Clark: a Special Event for Family By Todd Anderson

wanted to come and do this for Pa. I bet Grandpa would have been glad to be here.”


endel Clark’s Cornwall visit in November, announcing a World Junior Championship exhibition game coming to the city, brought excitement and a sense of pride to the community. It was an especially memorable event for a local family. Ingleside’s Avery Lalonde, 8, and her big brother Nevan, 10, didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to meet the hockey legend. Nevan and Avery, like their cousins Madison and Brady Beck, have grown up on the stories of just how great Clark was when he laced up his skates with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Their grandfather, Richard “Scotty” Scott, was a huge Leafs’ fan. He made sure his grandchildren would know everything there was to know about the Leafs and their former captain. Richard Scott passed away this past February at the age of 62.

Nevan was impressed with Clark and how friendly he was. “This is pretty cool. He’s a really nice person. I met Wendel Clark. Grandpa would have said that was awesome.”

Nevan and Avery Lalonde were excited to meet their grandfather’s idol, Wendel Clark, during an event at Cornwall’s Royal Bank of Canada on November 18. Look close, that’s a picture of his grandfather that Nevan is holding. Submitted photo 

Anyone visiting the MacEwen’s gas station in Maxville, which Richard managed for almost thirty years, will know about his fondness for his “coffee club” and the hockey talk the group would share daily. As a former Maxville resident myself, I looked forward to our regular debates involving his Maple Leafs and my Pictured with their Team Captain and Pa are from left Nevan and Ottawa Senators. Avery Lalonde and Brady and The Glengarry News edition on February 24, 2016 published a story about the popular Maxville personality. His daughter Cindy reflected on her father’s role as a businessman.

for me and the kids to be able to go, “What he enjoyed the most about considering it was nine months since “The grandkids all heard so much Grandpa passed away.” working there were the people. He about Wendel Clark that they were enjoyed all the customers, seeing the Father of Nancy Lalonde and very excited to go,” said Richard’s people, and playing jokes on them.” Cindy Scott, Richard’s obituary wife of 40 years Angele Scott. “I Nancy says her father’s support of describes him as the “Grandpa wish I could have taken my other two (Pa) and Team Captain of his little the Leafs was quickly inherited by all grandkids. They were able to proudly Leafs’ fans (grandchildren) Nevan, of his grandchildren. wear their Leafs’ jerseys in honour of Madison, Avery, and Brady”. It also “From the time the kids were little, their grandfather during jersey day notes, “Leaf Nation has lost one of its my dad’s love of the Toronto Maple at school that day. If Richard was biggest fans.” Leafs was passed onto them, whether still with us he would have wanted it be sporting jerseys, going to games, Avery was excited at the to be there with his grandkids to meet Wendel Clark. He was one of opportunity to meet someone his talking about trades, or snuggling up his favourite players. It meant a lot grandfather admired so much. “I on the couch to watch the Leafs play.

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Even though Wendel Clark retired from the game long before Nevan was born, he knows so much about him as a Leafs player because of hockey talk he’d have with Dad. When he heard that Wendel would be in Cornwall, he wanted to go to get his picture taken with him for that reason. It heartens me that upon hearing this, my mom took the kids into Cornwall to meet Wendel, knowing what it would mean to them and what it would have meant to my dad. Two of his greatest joys were his Toronto Maple Leafs and his grandchildren, and she honoured both of those things by carrying on knowing what Dad would have done with the kids.”  

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hockey, with the Bantam B NGS Braves this season, Kyle relies on ormer professional road his relaxed demeanour to excel. racing cyclist Greg Lemond His attitude is rubbing off on said, “It never gets easier, you just Jamie. go faster” in reference to his sport. “Kyle likes the individual “dad The American who won three Tour de France competitions was time” that race day brings,” says an inspiration to many. Locally, Jamie. “I’m always giving a little a young Monkland athlete has bit of advice to help him improve drawn inspiration from his father both physically and mentally. I and is feeding off his experience love watching Kyle race and really proud to see him push to enjoy his time on the bike. himself for the entire duration Jamie McManus introduced of the race. If I had a bad race, I his son, 12-year-old Kyle, to the used to get upset with my results sport of cyclocross two seasons but now watching and helping ago. Since then, the father-andhim brings a smile to my face and son duo has embraced their time I forget any problems I just had.” together in competition. Cyclocross is a form of bicycle “Kyle has watched me compete racing. Races typically take over the years and wanted to try place in the autumn and winter it,” says Jamie. “He likes the (the international or “World individual part of the sport and Cup” season is from October to riding at the different courses February). The race consists of throughout the season. They are many laps of a short 2.5 kilometre always different and challenging. to 3.5 kilometre course featuring I have always had a competitive pavement, wooded trails, grass, streak and once I quit racing steep hills, and obstacles. Part motorcycles, I picked up road of the appeal requires riders to cycling and then cyclocross. quickly dismount, carry the bike Coming from a motocross while navigating the obstruction background, cyclocross has the and remount. Races tend to be 45 bike handling requirements that I minutes to 1 hour in duration for like…trying to go fast on a variety adults. of terrain and weather.” The duo races the 10-race As a goaltender in minor OBC/Eastern Ontario Series, By Todd Anderson


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Monkland’s Jamie and Kyle McManus are a father-son duo competing in the sport of cyclocross. They compete in a local off-road cycling Photo Submitted tour.

enjoying its 28th season this year, from September to the end of November, every Sunday. Cornwall is the closest race location with other stops including Kingston, Cobden, Perth, and Renfrew. There are four races during the day that

include an average of about 300 competitors in categories for women, men, and kids as young as five, competing on a modified course. Some competitors in the loop are sponsored professionals that compete at the North Continued on page 11

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Kyle rides simply for the enjoyment of the sport but wants to start getting serious with his racing.

“I have been competing for two seasons now in the U15 category,” says Kyle. “My first race was a Madison where I teamed up with my dad. I would do a lap and then my dad would do a lap for the duration. I was nervous but excited to ride with my dad.”

“I let Kyle start the race to get an idea of what a mass start race feels like,” adds Jamie. “We didn’t come close to winning but that’s all he needed to get hooked. He and I had a smile all day. Kyle is getting stronger with every race as he tries to figure out pacing and bike handling. Kyle is young and is learning how to race and push his body but I can tell he wants to win. There are no awards in this series, only personal satisfaction and comradery.” Jamie, an electrician and control tech for Transalta, has enjoyed a lifetime on the bike (whether it be a bicycle or motorcycle). He

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There are some people you meet in life that leave a lasting, positive impression. Some of them you meet when you’re young; later on in school; then when you’re into your work life; and some just happen by because you have the same interests. One such person to me is a gentleman by the name of Sal Taylor.

I first met Sal when he signed up for the Cornwall and District Men’s Fastball League (so far, the last incarnation of men’s fastball at King George Park). The league had a draft format and Sal was picked up as a pitcher/first baseman by O’Neill Painting. Sal was effective, as nobody in the league had seen him pitch before (even though he had been playing fastball for 20 years).  He wasn’t overpowering but did throw with very good accuracy and had some good “junk” pitches that would fool batters more times than not.   He went about his business without any fist pumps, high fives, or complaining.  He was so quiet, I only found out in the play-offs that first season that he actually did speak. Sal instantly proved a good teammate and good guy to play against. He came to Cornwall from Curve Lake and the Peterborough area in 2007 and eventually worked his way into a chef’s position at Glen Stor Dun Lodge.


By David Murphy The CDMFL ceased operating three years ago but Sal kept in touch with several of his teammates like Brian and Randy O’Neill, Lorne Taillon, John Barr, and Shawn O’Neill. He and Brian O’Neill share a few passions like the music of Elvis Presley, fastball, and most importantly, the willingness to help others through mission work with the Catholic Church. Sal is proud of his Ojibwa heritage and even more proud of recently finishing off the schooling to become a lay minister, to work with people who are into their final days and months. This past Good Friday, on his way home from church, Sal felt like somebody was standing on him as his chest and face hurt like never before in his 60 years on the planet.  He drove himself to the Cornwall Community Hospital where it was discovered he was having a heart attack.  He was rushed to the Ottawa Heart Institute where he had a triple bypass performed. For the first time in seven years, Sal was forced to miss time at work but he has been back at work, making tasty meals for residents of the Lodge since mid-June, a little less than two months after the triple bypass. He’s also continuing his mission work and responsibilities of a lay minister. Sal Taylor never looks for the spotlight but for this one time, this one column, I’m shining a well deserved spot light on him. He’s the kind of friend, teammate and co-worker we’d all be lucky to have. Keep up the good work, Sal. 





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By Jim Riddell, Seaway Karate Club


arate as a Family Activity

In today’s busy society it can be beneficial if you can find a way to combine some of your family time with sport. The art of karate is a great family activity where parents and children can train and learn together for a period that could very well span several years. It usually begins with the parent bringing the child to class, then sitting along the wall of the gym, watching their son or daughter participate, talking with other parents and frequently checking their phone. After a month or two of spectating a few decide to join in on the fun themselves. This can be a creative way of finding the time to exercise, but it also helps to shrink the generation gap, showing the child just how involved the parent is in his/her activity. It allows the parent and child to train and learn together; getting a good physical workout in an environment that

is full of respect, discipline, and perseverance. The concept of a “team” is taken home with them, as everyone is working towards a shared goal - that next belt. There is a saying in karate that “families that kick together, stick together” which can be true as young adults often credit a parent as being a sport or fitness role model. Actions speak louder than words as children are influenced more by what they see their parents do, than by what they say. Getting involved early can help get the child on the path to a lifetime of sport and fitness. Families who train together in karate have a much higher rate of success that that of an individual. Of all the people who begin karate classes, well under one percent will ever achieve the rank of Shodan, or first degree black belt. The percentage of black belts who started with a family member is considerably higher than that of the black belts who started their journey in the martial arts as an individual. In the twenty four years that Seaway Karate has been operating more than sixty per cent of those who have earned a black belt started with at least one additional family member. This type of involvement helps the child to continue having a positive sporting experience, providing motivation to continue progressing in karate for many years to come.  

Thom’s Trivia time….


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love trivia and here are some good ones to sit around the Christmas fire and stump your “know it all” family members...

• Darryl Sittler had a storied career. He is renowned for a couple of the games’ most memorable moments. In 1976 he scored the Canada Cup overtime winning goal against the Czechs. Who was the goalie he scored against?

• Earlier that year, everyone knows that Dave Reese of the Boston Bruins was the goalie who surrendered

Sittler’s - still an NHL record - ten point night. Who scored and assisted on the only goal that night that Sittler did not figure in?

By Thom Racine

• Blair McDonald and Brett Calligan assisted on Wayne Gretzky’s first NHL goal scored on Glenn Hanlon of the Canucks at 18:51 of the third period in his third game as an Oiler. It was actually his second NHL point as he

recorded an assist earlier in the game. Who scored the goal that Gretzky recorded his first NHL point on?

• A few more Gretzky stats that will amaze you. Of his 1,487 regular season games, how many of those games did he not register

at least one point?

• How many times did he record an assist on Jari Kurri’s goals? • Which goalie did he score the most regular season goals against in his career? • How many goalies did he score only once against?

• October 23rd, 1966 was the night that a true NHL legend scored his first goal. It was Bobby Orr and it came at 4:13 of the third period and tied the game at two. It was unassisted. Who were the Bruins playing and who was the goalie who gave up the goal?

• In the 1951 Stanley Cup final Bill Barilko’s famous moment was at 2:53 of overtime. The final was 3-2. Who registered assists on the OT goal and who scored the other two goals for Toronto that night including the game tying goal with just 32 seconds left in regulation?

• On Saturday March 4th, 1967 Terry Sawchuk recorded his 100th career shut-out - a 3-0 win over Chicago. How many saves did he make? Who was in goal for the Hawks?

• Which NHL expansion team wore white skates for a season at their owner’s insistence?

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Jakob Loucks: Rookie Exception Loucks has also added the Peter Gorman Trophy for University t’s been a rewarding freshman Sports Rookie of the Year to season for Mount Allison’s the shelf, crowning him as best quarterback, Jakob Loucks. A rookie in football throughout the November announcement dubbed Canadian Inter-university Sport him Atlantic University Sport (CIS). (AUS) Football Rookie of the Loucks travelled from New Year, but his lucky number seven Brunswick to Hamilton to didn’t stop there. accept his award on behalf of the Mounties’ football squad, becoming the fifth Mount Allison player to capture the Peter Gorman Trophy. By Micaela Wylie-Arbic


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runs this year strictly for me. They Looking ahead, Loucks says he’s realized it was one of my strengths taking the remainder of the year to and used it to our advantage,” focus on school and train so they Loucks said. can make it to the Loney Bowl Loucks started all eight of their again next year. The undergrad regular season games – an amazing in psychology is striving to break triumph for a newcomer. His school football records and take solid playmaking abilities helped his team to the Vanier Cup, the Mount Allison place second championships for CIS football. overall in league standings, with a After a long season and a crazy 3-5 record. couple of weeks, Loucks took The Mounties made it to the his award-winning weekend as a Loney Bowl, AUS championships, time for some well-needed rest, facing St. Francis Xavier despite spending it with his family and Mounties coming up short 29-8. friends at home in Cornwall.  

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hase Pearson, former Cornwall Colt, is learning the trials of being a Division 1 varsity athlete as he tackles his freshman year at the University of Maine. The 19-year-old was picked Round 5, 140th overall for the Detroit Red Wings in the 2015 NHL draft. Now, he’s well underway in season play for the Black Bears, on a full-ride scholarship in Orono, Maine. The speed in the NCAA, he describes, is relative to the USHL, where he played for the Youngston Phantoms for two consecutive years; however, he’s noticed a leap in the size and strength of his competition. “The guys are much bigger and stronger which took some getting used to in my first few games,” said Pearson. Maine participates in Hockey East, where they compete against teams primarily from the New England area. His team’s schedule has consisted of back-to-back games every weekend

since the beginning of October, travelling to states such as New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Vermont, and Connecticut. As for school, Pearson is currently taking an array of classes, primarily in business. He’s still undecided whether to pursue a major in finance or management in his second year. Balancing academics on top of a heavy hockey schedule is the most challenging aspect he explains, “You have to dedicate time everyday for homework, plus schedule your classes around practice so it gets tricky.” When it comes to on-the-ice, Pearson is looking to develop his game so that he is more of a complete player by the end the 2017 season. “The game is played in three zones and the more reliable in each zone you are, the more ice time you’ll get,” he said, “And every player wants more ice.” The two-way centre is also hoping to clinch a National Championship, and he thinks with consistency and work, his team can do it.

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t twelve years old, Tristan Martin is already making quite the mark on Cornwall’s sporting community. He plays hockey for the CharLan Rebels peewee rep team and practises baseball during the summer, but says his passion is fishing.

“I enjoy fishing with my dad during my spare time. We try to go out a couple of times a week,” says Tristan. “My dad spent his whole life fishing. He started at a very young age and introduced me to the hobby at the age of four years old. We started fishing on the banks in Lancaster for perch and catfish. Then we started fishing small pikes and bass in Tristan with a bass Photo Submitted the pond in Alexandria until a few years ago, he started bringing me comes with it. for game fishing.” “I love the adrenaline of Though Tristan says he and his catching a big fish; that second dad try to get out two or three when the fish jumps for the times weekly, it all depends on lure,” says Tristan. “We often how busy his schedule is with his fish the Raisin River and use other team commitments between surface plugs or top raiders. It’s hockey and baseball. However, exciting because every cast has Tristan says they live close to the a possibility of catching a trophy river, making it easier to go fish fish! It’s also a time away from for a few hours after school or busy life. It’s relaxing and every day on the water is a different during the summer. challenge.” Some people find fishing a Recently, this excitement slower sport, but not Tristan. He says his favourite part of getting Tristan experiences while fishing out to fish is the excitement that was heightened after catching a

54” Muskie using only a 14 lb kid who loves to fish. line. “Whether he catches or not, “It was amazing! Something I he enjoys just going out and will never forget. It missed my spending some time on the lure the previous cast so I knew water. His favourite fish to catch it would come back for it. Once I are Muskies, but he also enjoys hooked him, it took me 15 minutes catching Bass and Pike. He has to bring him to shore. He jumped his own tackle, fully organized numerous times and I was hoping and numerous rods. He is truly he would not break my line,” says passionate about the sport. This Tristan. “My dad netted him and year, he wants to start doing ice we took a picture but it was too big fishing. He has never done it and for me to hold it. My dad quickly is looking forward to it.” measured it and weighed it. He then showed me how to properly release the fish back in the water so he would live. He quickly swam away. It weighed over 30 lbs. I caught it with a new lure we bought that morning. It’s called a night crawler. It was a special moment because they say it’s the fish of a thousand casts. They are difficult to catch and it was a pretty nice one. The first thing I did after was send a picture to my mom. She was super happy for me!” Tristan says the trick to catching this kind of trophy fish is having a lot of patience out on the water. He says he does lots of Muskie fishing with his dad, but doesn’t usually catch big ones like this.

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• The Czech goalie was portly Vladamir Dzurilla. • Saturday February 7th, 1976 was the date of Sittler’s ten point night. He scored 6 goals. Three in the second period and a natural hat trick in the third. The Leafs seventh goal of the game was scored at 11:40 of the second period by George Ferguson and was assisted by Inge Hammarstrom and Scott Garland.

• Lanny McDonald had four points that night and the Bruins Bobby Schmautz had three. • Risto Siltanen is credited with the scoring the goal that would begin a legacy. Oddly enough Gretzky’s first goal tied the game at four and the time (18:51) would be the total of NHL points (1,851) that Gretzky would need to eventually eclipse the great Gordie Howe.

• Wayne Gretzky failed to register a point in only 266 of his 2,487 regular season games. He assisted on 364 goals scored by Jari Kurri and scored 29 times on Richard Brodeur. During his career he scored only once against 34 different goalies.

• Bobby Orr scored his first goal at the Montreal Forum against “Gump” Worsely. • Bill Barilko’s goal was assisted by Howie Meeker and Harry Watson. The Leaf who scored twice and late to force OT was Tod Sloan. • The great Terry Sawchuk made 22 saves against the Chicago Black Hawks. At the other end of the ice that night was Denis DeJordy who for the record made 43 saves on 46 shots for the Hawks.

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Daine McMillan has enjoyed a strong season as both a skater with the South Stormont Selects Atom B2 team and as a competitive dancer with Studio C. His hockey team won a tournament in Packenham in November and he played a big part in preserving the victory. “I stopped a goal from going in to help us win game two,” he recalled proudly. His team stood in first place in the Lower-St. Lawrence Division standings at the time this feature was written and he was enjoying a great season so far, individually, with

two goals and eight points in 11 games. In dance with Studio C, he looks back at a successful partnership as one of his favourite memories, “Winning 2nd overall at the Kick it up Dance Competition for my first duet with MacKenzie Tate.”

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Whistle Stops The “Team” has just completed Issue # 49, and as always, I would like to thank Lynn (Graphic Design), Margo (Editor), Gary (Sales), Bernadette (Website); our writers, Todd, Molly, Victoria, Thom, Micaela, Michael, and Makayla; our editorial columnists, Jim, Jorge, and Dave; 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 # 49 WOW, what a month (Nov) for local sports personalities. The Spinks, Tyler and Tyson are the Talk of the Town in Toledo Ohio, playing for the Walleye in the ECHL. Jacob Loucks a quarterback with Mount Allison University, won Rookie of the Year for the AUS (Atlantic University Sport) AND the CIU (Canadian Inter University Sport) Paul Norman recently won the Provincial Heavyweight Kick Boxing Championships. Tony Luis won a unanimous decision over Christian Urezquieta in a pro boxing match. Ethan DaSilva recently was named East team MVP at the all-star game held in Ottawa. Ethan is a member of the Wildcats football program. Nick Lalonde, of the Colts recently committed to Division 1

The Cornwall and Area sports programs are second to none. Congrats and kudos to all the volunteers who play a part in developing our young athletes. If we missed anybody, please accept our apologies. Reminder, if you hear a good sports story and would like to share it, please contact Cornwall is playing host to a World Junior Exhibition Game, Monday Dec 19th, 7:00 pm at the Ed Lumley Arena; Slovakia vs Sweden. These teams are preparing for the World Junior Championships and should provide a very entertaining game. We threw the Sports Energy panel a curve ball this month. Very interesting answers. You can send in your opinion to info@ The Cornwall Nationals have climbed into 2nd place in the FHL. There are 7 home games this December and SE urges you to take a break from your hectic Christmas Schedule and unwind by attending a Colts or National’s game. From my family to yours, wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Winners never Quit, and Quitters Never Win,

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Local, Serge Brazeau, Talks Multisport By Molly Kett


t forty-six, Serge Brazeau has had a very full life thus far. From December 1989 to September 2013, Brazeau was in the military; Royal Air Force. He was located at different bases in Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia and participated in four missions/deployments overseas. Now, Brazeau is working at NAV Canada as a technical instructor and staying in terrific shape at the Cornwall Multisport Club. After retirement and the end of his military training, Brazeau says he took a six-month break. “(This) quickly became the worse decision and time of my life. Old injuries came back and I had trouble moving. Back and knee issues kept me limited. One day my back locked and gave me lots of pain. One friend helped me get out of bed, dressed me, and drove me to my chiropractor. I was one week on sick leave, not able to walk, sit, or stand for long period of time. Very painful. After a few treatments and help from the doctor, chiropractor, and ‘massotherapies’ I regained some mobility. That day, I decided that I needed to move and stay active to help my situation. Prevention by staying healthy,” says Brazeau. “I wanted something challenging with a friendly atmosphere. Then I found the perfect fit, I signed up to the CMC  fall duathlon, and it was not easy; overweight, still

working to regain mobility, and get back in shape. But that day I really enjoyed the experience and I  was hooked  on multisport racing.” Since joining the club, Brazeau says he has participated in many of their different activities. “My racing improved from doing try-a-tri, super sprint, sprint, Olympic, and recently Ironman 70.3.  ,This is possible because of the  help, motivation, and expertise from  friends, doctors, Chiropractor Joel Leger, Massage Therapist Megan Crosthwaite and my Coach Tanya Deeks. Big thank you to them, they are helping me so much,” says Brazeau. “Without them this dream would not be possible.” Brazeau says he spends time both

participating and volunteering for the Cornwall Multisport Club. He loves spending time doing so, as he says it’s a positive atmosphere and a great source of motivation.

His favourite part of the club, next to the terrific atmosphere, is the constant challenges through sport.

I am also looking at starting racing some XTERRA  TRI.  It is  Triathlon where you swim, mountain bike, and run in trails. This will be a new challenge, different scenery, and will keep it fresh,” says Brazeau. “The Dream, the ultimate goal, would be to race in a full  Ironman in a nice and warm exotic place - if the body can keep up.”

“Trying to be the best you can be at three different sports is Brazeau says the multisport exciting and rewarding,” says Brazeau. “An amazing feeling club has many benefits for the getting outside, of achievement that I would have community, staying healthy, discovering not thought possible.” new areas, and getting families Brazeau says he is fairly new involved are just a few. to the multisport world with Brazeau’s positive outlook on three years under his belt and still has many goals he is hoping to life is contagious and so is his passion for multisport. accomplish. “The best is yet to come,” “I  am  happily training  8  to 10 hours a week to race at the Ironman Brazeau says. 70.3 level.  

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An Interview with Brett Thompson

BEHIND THE BENCH “Our defender received a red card for stopping a goal with her hand. The penalty kick was a goal and because of the red card we played short a player for the remainder of the game. The other team quickly came back with a second goal. I called the girls in to settle them down and rearranged our formation slightly to compensate for the missing player. We kept them at 2 for the remainder of the first half.  Half time came and the girls huddled amongst themselves, not exactly sure what was said, but they went into the second half a rejuvenated team,” says Thompson. “The communication and teamwork proved to be too much for the opposing team as we finished the game with a win and gold for the tournament.”

proud coach.”

By Molly Kett


rett Thompson has been involved in a variety of sports since he was a kid growing up in Cornwall. His involvement in the local sporting world has gone from player to coach. Thompson’s sporting experience has been rooted in his hometown for most of his life, except for his few years’ stint playing hockey in the OHL, which took him to Guelph. Though Thompson now spends his time coaching soccer, he got involved with coaching back in his hockey playing days. “Throughout my hockey career I was fortunate enough to teach at a few different hockey schools,” says Thompson. “I also coached several high school sports teams such as soccer, rugby, and volleyball.” Currently, Thompson is coaching two teams in the Seaway Valley Soccer Club. He coaches the U12

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Girls Blazers and the U16 Girls Coyotes. He truly has a love for both sports and coaching. “My love for coaching stems from the kids that I coach,” says Thompson. “The hard work, dedication, and team work that they display while playing is something that makes me a very


Thompson’s coaching techniques and philosophies stem from what he learnt as a player surrounded by terrific coaches from a young age. “Playing a sport at the competitive levels that I did, I was fortunate enough to have been coached by some amazing individuals, each of which had something different to offer,” says Thompson. “Now in my coaching, I try to incorporate some of the different techniques I’ve learned from each of them. My coaching philosophy is similar to the coaches I grew up playing for which is, having fun while competing at the highest level possible.” Since Thompson’s involvement in sports and coaching go all the way back to childhood, he has plenty of good memories linked to athletics. With such a love for coaching, His favourite coaching memory, though, comes from a championship Thompson is sure to continue being game of a tournament just a couple of a great coach for the local athletes here in Cornwall. years ago.

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ovember started with us packing up our apartment. My coach and I hadn’t been seeing eye-to-eye for awhile and it came to a point where I spoke to management and asked for my release. It isn’t like North American Pro Hockey where you can get traded. Once you are released from a team you are free to go wherever you want. After a few days in limbo my agent called and said that another team in the league was interested. After some negotiations I signed a two year contract with Dornbirn Bulldogs. It was nice to be able to get a two year deal to provide some stability for our family. After 4 years in Villach my wife Melissa, Maely, and I jumped on the train and were excited for a new experience. Dornbirn is a small city on the Swiss Austrian border and is an area of Europe we have yet to visit.   We settled in quickly and the players and team staff were very welcoming. Melissa’s parents were able to come visit in the first week that we arrived so I drove to Zurich to pick them up at the airport.  They toured a few cities in Switzerland while I was on a road trip with the team.  If you ever visit Switzerland make sure to be prepared to spend some money. Everything is expensive. A meal at MacDonald’s for 3 people cost them 58 Swiss Francs.  That’s about 75 Canadian Dollars. Maybe they make their hamburgers with filet mignon ...I don’t know? I want to open up a Swiss bank account ...just to say I have a Swiss Bank you hear about in the movies!

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n November 19th at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga Tony Luis returned to the ring for the first time in nine months, pounding out a unanimous decision over Christian Urezquieta of Mexico. Urezquieta is a tough determined fighter who had won his previous ten fights and had not lost in over six years. Tony won six of the eight rounds on two of the judges’ scorecards and was given five rounds by the third judge. “I know I’ve been sharper” Tony said, “But I had nine months of rust to shake off and the last few months of stress dealing with my former promoter really took a toll on me. And I had a tough opponent in front of me. He was on a ten fight winning streak and was very determined to make it eleven. I was more determined. It didn’t look pretty but I wasn’t going to be denied. I had hurt my back in training and it got triggered during the fight, but I’m a pro and I made the adjustments.” When asked about the future, Tony replied “I am going to rest for the next week or two to heal the back


and am looking forward to resuming the comeback in the New Year. I signed with a new California based company, Liveco Entertainment Inc. They’ve made me a great offer and have outlined a good vision plan for me to get back to the top.” This fight was Tony’s first ever in Ontario in his twenty-five professional bouts. It’s also the first time he has fought in Canada since defeating Maurycy Gojko in Gatineau QC, back in May of 2013. Since then Tony has been fighting on the road, winning impressively in places like Iowa, Connecticut, and several locations across New York State. He also had a very close and controversial loss to Derry Matthews for the World Title in Matthews’s hometown of Liverpool, England. Area fight fans may get the chance to see some future Tony Luis fights in Canada, as the possibility of some “closer to home” fights are being discussed. If the bus loads of fans that travelled to Montreal for some of Tony’s early pro fights are any indication, a properly promoted Tony Luis fight could fill the Ed Lumley arena.

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DECEMBER 2016 Issue #49

Atom Rep Braves Claim Gold in Pierrefonds By Staff Writer


eading into last weekend, the NGS Atom B Rep Braves were looking to have some fun on the road after a winless season so far. Playing in a tournament in Pierrefond, Quebec, the Braves lost the opening match Friday morning but earned their first victory of the season later in the day. As the momentum continued to flow in a positive direction, NGS ultimately found themselves in the gold medal game. That gold medal game put them against Upper Canada Minor Hockey League rival North Dundas Demons, the same team that defeated them 6-1 to open the tournament. The Braves were looking for payback when it mattered most. Noah Mainville led the way with two goals and two assists in a 5-2 NGS victory while Josh MacMillan also scored twice and Owen Mekker scored a goal and an assist. Ethan Leroux, Cohen Bourbonnais, and Aaron Paul also had assists. The Braves are looking to ride the

momentum from the championship and carry it into regular season play this week. Coach Chris Leroux saw his group bond during the weekend and hopes it leads to more success down the road.

“When everyone comes together as a team, gold is attainable,” he said.

In the opening game of the tournament on Friday, against North Dundas, MacMillan scored the lone goal for NGS, assisted by Mainville and goaltender Dryden Coleman, in the 6-1 loss. In game two on Friday the Braves faced off against York Mills winning their first game of the season 6-2. Felix Besner potted a hat trick while singles went to Mainville, Blake Nuttall, and Ethan Leroux. Mekker and Paul each had two assists while Hayden Darling and Nuttall had one.

On Saturday morning the Braves scored two unanswered thirdperiod goals to prevail 5-3 over the Toronto Avalanche. Mekker and Ethan Leroux each scored twice and Nuttall capped the scoring for NGS. Mainville and MacMillan had two

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The NGS Atom B Rep Braves captured the gold medal at the Can-Am tournament in Pierrefonds, Que. last weekend. Pictured front row from left: Josh MacMillan, Dryden Coleman, Aaron Paul, Felix Besner, and Cohen Bourbonnais. Middle row from left: Olivia Grady, Owen Mekker, Hayden Darling, Kyle Linnett, Ethan Leroux, Noah Mainville, Vance Leroux, and Blake Nuttall. The coaching staff includes Chris Leroux, Photo Submitted John Grady, and Stephane Besner.

assists each with Kyle Linnett and and Ethan Leroux scored one each. Mekker, Nuttall, MacMillan, and Besner having one. To close out the round-robin Olivia Grady had assists. Strong play Saturday afternoon NGS skated to a was on display from Vance Leroux 4-1 win over the Halton Hills Thunder. and the entire blue-line squad during Paul scored twice and Mainville the tournament.

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It’s hard to think of just one favourite sports memory, but I guess I’ve been lucky enough to have more than one! I won’t forget having to head coach the Hawkesbury Hawks Jr. “A” team in the CCHL semi-finals in the 2011-12 season against the Cornwall Colts in Cornwall. With a number of friends and family in the stands we won in OT. That year we had a great rivalry with the Colts. I sat our top scorer for most of the third period and the OT until we got a power-play. I went over to him at the end of the bench and said, “You know your job, get it done” and sure enough he scored less than 30 seconds later. The looks on the players’ faces and seeing them all jump off the bench was priceless. Seeing the Red Wings win three Stanley Cups in my life-time is up there too!

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DECEMBER 2016 Issue #49

Summerstown Forest Receives New Educational Signs By Victoria Klassen


t the beginning of November, four interpretive signs were unveiled and installed in the Summerstown Forest. The forest has 20 km of ski trails and 10 km of snowshoe trails, maintained by the Friends of the Summerstown Trails. The signs inform visitors of the birds, trees, and wetlands in the forest, and have a conservation message. “We hope that it will enhance the experience of the users by providing them interesting information about some of the generalities and specifics of Summerstown Forest,” said JeanPierre Tibi, board member of the Friends of the Summerstown Trails. The Friends of the Summerstown Trails partnered with the Township of Glengarry and were successful in receiving a grant from the TD Friends

of the Environment Foundation. The $3,000 grant that went towards the signs was locally raised money matched by TD Bank. Around 1,000 elementary students visit the forest each year with their class for a half-day program. The children get to snowshoe or cross country ski and enjoy the trails, warm up with some hot chocolate, and are back to school by lunch time. Tibi says they hope these signs will improve the education value for the students. There are around 4,000 visits to the forest each winter to enjoy the nature and outdoor activities. Along with the school programs, the Friends of the Summerstown Trails also offer lessons, weekend equipment rentals, and a Family Day party for the community. 

Rebels Win Gold In Napanee

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By Staff Writer


arlier this month, Char-Lan Rebels Bantam B1 travelled to Embrun to play in its first tournament of the year. A total of 16 teams (6 House “A” and 10 House “B”) from Eastern Ontario and Quebec participated in the three-day tournament.  Char-Lan advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-1-1 record in roundrobin play.  In round-robin action, the Rebels tied Cumberland Dukes 1-1, beat South End 6-1, and lost 2-1 against Casselman Vikings.  In the quarter-finals, down 1-0 to the Coyotes des Collines, the Rebels tied the game at 1-1 late in the game.  Noah Seguin scored the overtime goal to advance to the semis.  In the semis, it was a rematch with South End.  The game was not as easy this time around.  The Rebels dominated the game but couldn’t beat their net minder.  They scored two late goals in the third period securing the win and a spot in the final game. In the Gold Medal game, the Rebels played the host Embrun Panthers.  It was a tight contest throughout the game.  Both teams played exceptionally.  The two net

Front row: Tyson Zimmer, Cameron Roy, Cameron Richer, Stéphane Simard, Oliver Hughes, Aidan Champagne, Noah Seguin Back row:  Assistant Coach Al Zimmer, Head Coach Dan Roy, Ben Vandrish, Curtis St. Onge, Drew Hambleton, Keean McDonnell, Andrew Dirven, Seth Rorabeck, Edward Chauvette, Trainer Mark Champagne, Assistant Photo Submitted Coach Leonard Seguin

minders were the difference in the game. Down a goal once again, the Rebels scored 2 unanswered goals in the last three minutes of the game to

edge Embrun 3-2. It was great to see The coaches and parents were very happy with the performance of the the kids battle through adversity and come back in all three playoff games players throughout the tournament.  Kudos to the tournament organizers on Sunday. for a job well done.  

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olts’ star Nick Lalonde has committed to Division 1 Robert Morris University for the 2018-19 season. Lalonde, in his 3rd season with the Colts, leads the CCHL in assists (28) and points (44) in 30 games so far this season. “It feels great having committed to RMU,” said the 18 year old Lalonde. “I’m very honoured and excited with this opportunity. It’s nice to get the process over with and be able to focus 100% on the Colts and improving our place in the CCHL standings.” Lalonde has amassed 49 goals, 67 assists for 116 points in 138 games so far in his career with the Colts. Robert Morris University (RMU) is a private, co-educational university located in Moon, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was founded in 1921. The RMU men’s hockey team competes in the eleven-team Atlantic Hockey Association.

“I enjoyed watching (Wendel Clark) with the Leafs. This is a great idea for Cornwall. It’s not a Canada-USA game, but will still have some of the best young players in the world. Cornwall will support this.”

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“(Wendel Clark)’s down to earth. He was a great player and he seems to be a nice person. He was on a great team and my number one athlete all-time.” “This is a great opportunity for us to see young players from different countries. Some will be in the NHL. Some will be recognizable. We will be able to say, ‘I saw him play in Cornwall’, and follow their careers. This is huge for Cornwall. We get to showcase Ed Lumley Arena and the city.”

Dianne Nixon Branch Manager, Royal Bank of Canada Cornwall “For a small community like this, no doubt there will be a full arena for this game. I am proud to have RBC involved in this. We’re trying to make a difference in the community. It was super to have Wendel Clark here for the announcement. For a tough guy, he showed us today he has a big heart.”


DECEMBER 2016 Issue #49

Christmas Presents for 2016… By Thom Racine


t’s been a while since I compiled a Christmas wish list and no better time than this December to start anew! The Civic Complex new video clock was an early gift, we can only say, Thank-You Santa… Santa, how about some more fans for the Junior A Colts and these new Nationals. I have to say, I wasn’t so sure about the FHL starting up in Cornwall, but the early reviews are pretty good and worth checking out. On this subject; while I may have thought Rod Rivette slipped and fell on his head after trying

to save the River Kings, he, of the one in a million long range intermission shot two years ago, certainly landed on two feet. Time will tell, but the Nats start has to have club ownership smiling. Holy Mackinaw the Leafs are for real! Santa, while the experts say it’s to early for a play-off spot, can you make this happen, Father of the Year candidate Kevin Lajoie is already plotting the Leafs games in March to see what they need to get in…. Still with the NHL, Santa, the Islanders are in a bit of trouble; who can get serious about a car perched in one end of the rink where seats could and

should be; I mean it’s like watching the World Championships from Europe and that Skoda ad all over the place. By the way Santa, what’s a Skoda? What a nice early present you gave the Ottawa Redblacks Santa; can you make it three appearances in a row? They are after all, hosting the 105th Grey Cup game next year. Oh, Santa, while we are on the topic of three in a row, certainly there is enough money in Toronto to keep EdWing in the nest for another play-off push, but please Santa, nix any thought of changing their name to Gray Jays! Doesn’t look like the Browns will

win a game this year. That said, how about something different for a change? Santa, a few upsets in the play-offs and two unthinkable teams in the Super Bowl. I mean Trump did the unthinkable! Santa, we wonder why the kids today don’t know geography, can we at least put Las in front of Vegas, sigh… One last thing Santa, sort of a New Year’s request; as an avid listener to Montreal Sports radio, even when the team wins, can you shift the stress to road closures? Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!

were made that can be corrected. I speak to my athletes. I give them reality and envision all possible scenarios. A loss is an opportunity for a comeback. An opportunity. We got lemons...let’s make lemonade!! We go back to the drawing board {the gym} and learn and correct and work harder and perfect. And we talk. A trainer needs to know how the athlete responds to pressure; to loss. Most bounce back and become better. It’s a test of character. You don’t quit, you don’t give up. You work harder and dust yourself off. You often learn more from a loss than a win. Too many wins or easy wins make the athlete complacent. Just like too many hard fights burns the athlete out. If your athlete is dedicated and committed and has talent, and does not give up after’ve got something. The athlete has resolve and intangibles that will make them better in the ring and transfers to life and applies in life also.

he took. He went out on his feet, fighting back......he was not happy with me...., and I took a lot of flack from the public fans. BUT....key is he was on his feet. Had I allowed the bout to continue Tony would have gone down again, and risked getting seriously hurt. He never got knocked out. This served him well in his comeback. Mentally he would have known the dreaded knockout; a fighter is never quite the same after. By not experiencing the physical or mental damage, Tony was able to comeback BETTER, and corrected his game, improved himself both mentally and physically, and became a BETTER fighter and at a world class level. As an amateur he had experienced loss and learned to rebound from it. The base and foundation were built in the amateurs.

like life...we all lose; lose jobs, lose our loved ones, lose money. What? We stop? We give up? NO!! We learn and keep going, and never give long as we’re standing. If we get knocked down we get up. In the ring, and in LIFE. Coaches must talk to their athletes and be honest about their abilities and performances. Work on their minds and hearts as much as their physical. It’s our job to protect our athletes. We have to know what they can do, and what they can’t do. What are their limitations? What are they’re capabilities? And push them beyond what they THINK they can do, and hold them back and protect them from themselves when necessary. It’s such a fine line; always room for improvement and we’re always learning.

How a Boxer Accepts Loss and Recovers from Loss

By Jorge Luis


ecently we watched Rhonda Rousey in the UFC suffer a devastating loss. She has yet to get back in action and is having trouble finding her focus to stay with a training program. Ok, let’s back up and go back to the amateurs where the foundation and base are built. In the amateurs, boxers box more frequently and often start at a younger age. Most successful athletes are competitive, and have a competitive nature. You train hard and play to win. As a coach, I indoctrinate this in my serious athletes from day one. It starts in the gym. The gym is school.... it’s the learning playground. If they have ability and train hard and apply themselves they are more likely to have success. It’s a mental attitude that comes with the physical training. So what happens when they lose?? First off, to me, as a coach it depends how they lose. If they lose to a better opponent or did not perform right, then they lose on points by decision. This can be corrected. My rule did not get knocked down, or hurt, or the bout was not stopped....mistakes

  If the athlete never experiences loss and things come too easy, they don’t know how to react and rebound from loss. This can prove fatal in the pro ranks, but needs to be addressed and corrected in the amateur ranks. For example my son Tony had 20+ losses as an Amateur in 100+ bouts. He learned to accept defeat, to improve, correct, polish, and know that one defeat does not define him. This stood him in good stead in his first loss in the pros against Jose Hernandez a former USA national Golden Gloves Champion. In a seesaw battle....I stopped the bout in the 8th round because I know my fighter and what he is capable of. He was not going to rebound from the shots

As for Rhonda Rousey. . . She was built up as an unbeatable machine; a media sensation. She believed her headlines. She was put in a bubble. Now the bubble has burst. Does she have the character to come back? To push beyond her limits? To learn? To evolve? She needs to go back to her extensive background judo roots....Where I am certain she experienced loss and came back.   What about hometown decisions? She got knocked out......can she do as Well is not fair. Nothing in Manny Pacquiao did and rebound? Is life is fair. You want something she hungry despite having millions? ...anything have to go out Manny did it...Rhonda seems to not and get it. I tell my boxers do your be able to. Boils down to character best; God will take care of the rest. and soul. Who you are and where You have to fight hard and leave no you want to be. doubts. It’s performance that is most So fight on; in the ring, in the cage, important. If they robbed you, the and in life. Who told you it was shame is on them. Come back harder going to be fair?? and do even better. Who are you? Yours in youth and Sport.... What are you made of? You’re going JORGE LUIS to quit? Lie down? Give up? Just Today in the pros it is sacrilegious to have anything but a 0 at the end of your record. But that’s all marketing and business. All the great and best fighters in history suffered losses and the GREAT ones CAME BACK. Look at Ali, Sugar Ray, Duran, Joe Louis, Evander Holyfield, etc. Guess what?? They all lost in the amateurs too.  

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The Greater Cornwall Area has produced many successful Sports Personalities over the years. Who do you feel are the top two sports personalities and why? Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast - Two men immediately come to mind when the question of important Cornwall sports personalities is raised. These two men, who were polar opposites in stature, not only represented Cornwall well because of their exploits in the sporting arena, but were heralded because of their strength of character.  One was a high school hero, excelling in football, combining speed and size like few before him.  His hard work enabled him to transfer these traits into a professional career in Ottawa, a Grey Cup champion, a CFL Hall of Famer; the accolades go on and on.  The other athlete was idolized by many in Cornwall for his hockey prowess.  His innate ability to control the game from his position on defence was only outdone by his celebrated booming slap shot.  Those qualities helped him dominate the QMJHL; lead the Royals to a Memorial Cup championship, and a tournament MVP award for himself.  Yes, in different eras, Moe Racine and Dave Ezard made us proud to be Cornwallites. We remember their successes fondly, and keep the memories of their accomplishments alive. Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - Many athletes have had an historical presence in the community, many have excelled in their sports career, and others have contributed a great deal to the community after their sports career. I decided to choose the personalities based on contribution to the community. The first top sports personality that came to mind is a gentleman who has devoted a lifetime to sports and education; I was quite surprised to find out this gentleman isn’t in the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame. He was an original member of the Flying Fathers touring hockey team, former coach of the Cornwall Royals, renowned junior hockey scout with both the Jr. A Colts and Nepean Raiders, recipient of the Jacques Richard Memorial Trophy, currently the head scout for the boys’ program at the Ontario Hockey Academy in Cornwall, lifelong educator, and has helped countless young hockey players extend their careers into academic scholarships with colleges in Canada and the United States. Mr. William (Bill) Murphy is in my opinion a top sports personality. This next gentleman was part of the Cornwall Royals famous kid line, played in Oshawa with team mate Bobby Orr and spent several years as an NHL official. He returned to Cornwall as head coach of the Royals in 1980, winning a second consecutive Memorial Cup Championship. He also spent several years coaching in Cornwall’s minor system and took two of his teams to the prestigious Quebec Pee Wee Tournament. He turned his focus on politics and became a Member of Parliament for Stormont / Dundas, acting as the Liberal Sports Critic. After leaving federal politics he returned to the municipal stage and successfully ran for Mayor in 2006 and served the community for 8 years. Because of his years devoted to the community, Mr. Bob Kilger is in my opinion a top sports personality. Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club -My choices for the top two sports personalities are a pair of professional athletes who have excelled at highest level of their chosen sport over an extended period of time. The career of Moe “The Toe” Racine ended in 1974, thirty- four years before Tony “Lightening” Luis began boxing as a pro, but I have had the good fortune to have seen both perform on numerous occasions. Moe Racine played seventeen years in the CFL with the Ottawa Rough Riders, holding the team record for most games played. As an offensive tackle, who for a six year period also handled place kicking duties, Moe won the eastern conference scoring title once and finished second on three other occasions. He was a member of four Grey Cup winning teams and was a four-time eastern conference all-star. Moe’s #62 is one of only ten numbers retired by the Rough Riders in the team’s history. He is a member of the CFL Hall of Fame as well as those of both Ottawa and Cornwall. Tony Luis had a standout amateur boxing career - a seven time Provincial titleholder, an Eastern New York state Golden Gloves champ, winner of the Four Nation Cup, where he defeated the champions from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales and was voted top fighter in the tournament. In his eight years as an amateur, Tony defeated ten Canadian Champions before turning pro in 2008. Two of his twentytwo pro victories have been against undefeated fighters being showcased on American TV. Wanzell Ellison had twice fought in the Golden Gloves nationals and had qualified for the Olympics, but was defeated by a fairly wide margin on the scorecards against Luis. A few months later in Mashantucket Connecticut, live on ESPN Tony was a 7-1 underdog vs Karl Dargan, who was 17-0 at the time and considered by many to be a future world champion. Tony dropped Dargan to the canvas, winning almost every round enroute to a lopsided victory. On Nov. 19th at the Hershey Center in Mississauga, Tony fought in Ontario for the first time as a pro. He soundly defeated Christian Urusquieta of Mexico, a fighter who had not lost a fight in the past six years. Tony Luis has now been fighting for sixteen years, but at age 28 is right in his prime – more to come.


DECEMBER 2016 Issue #49

St. Pierre Scores in Bunches at World Broomball Championships

year-old St. Pierre who works in the carpentry industry. “I wouldn’t homas St. Pierre’s scoring have been able to do it without my exploits were a big reason two wingers though. We played Team Canada/Mislead made it really well together. We just kept to the quarter-finals at the World setting each other up.” Broomball Championships, Their success led to a spot in the November 1 to 5 in Regina, quarter-finals where Team Canada/ Saskatchewan. Mislead fell to the eventual bronzeThe Finch resident had 20 points medal-winning Trojans by a 3-2 to put him in a tie for second score. Team Canada/Mislead was at the event, just three points a perfect 7-0 in round-robin play behind the leading scorer from beating the Furnaceguys Kings the Manitoba Bison. St. Pierre’s 10-0; Italy 4-0; Regina Weezilz teammate Veronique Cayer led 1-0; Hokkaido Black Swans 1-0; the tournament with 12 assists and Australia Green-Dingoes 5-0; also had five goals. Maxville’s Nova Scotia Nor’ Easters 5-1, and Pierre Lacombe had eleven goals Alberta Rage 4-0. and 15 points for Team Canada/ St. Pierre has been playing Mislead. Lacombe was one of St. Pierre’s line mates in Regina, as broomball since the age of four. He currently plays four nights a was Lindsay Sinclair. week. Sundays with Lacombe’s “It feels good to do so well in the North Glengarry Men’s offensively,” said the twenty-two-

explain the game to you and teach you the rules. There are leagues here where you can start real young and become introduced to the sport.”

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One of St. Pierre’s fondest memories is winning the Junior National Championship in Quebec in 2012 with the Sting. He attended four junior national championships. The world championship this past November was also awe-inspiring.

Finch’s Thomas St. Pierre was tied for second in scoring, with 20 points at the 2016 Mixed World Broomball Championships in Regina, Saskatchewan in Photo Submitted November.

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“The world championship was my first one I have gone to but now I plan on going to many more,” he says. “It was a great time; well organized, and a big facility with six ice surfaces. I am looking forward to going to the next one in 2018 (in Minneapolis, Minnesota).” Last April St. Pierre and his Mislead teammates captured the Senior Co-Ed National Championship in Owen Sound. St. Pierre was named a tournament all-star at forward at that event, as was Lacombe. St. Pierre was named the overall MVP of the tournament while Lacombe received the same recognition for the gold-medal game.

“I started young,” St. Pierre says. “My parents were the one who influenced me to start playing but as I got older my love for the game started to grow. Now I play This season the pair looks in four leagues. It makes me a forward to their men’s team better player. I enjoy broomball joining the Elite Men’s Broomball as much as I do because every ranks. where I play, I play with a group “It will be a lot better broomball, of friends.” so I look forward to learning Eastern Ontario has seen its some new things at this level of fair share of success stories in the broomball and bettering myself,” sport. St. Pierre is proud his home says St. Pierre. “(The world region has a reputation of icing championship) was probably the competitive squads. biggest tournament I have been to, “This area produces so many but the highest level I have played successful teams. I think it is is probably with an elite team or because there are so many leagues with my men’s team.” that you can choose from and Along with broomball, St. Pierre they are all great leagues. You also plays baseball and soccer, as can learn how to play the game well as the odd pickup hockey because teammates are great to game.  

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DECEMBER 2016 Issue #49

Patty Thorpe: St. Lawrence Rowing Club is One Big Family By Jordan Todd


hen Patty Thorpe took up rowing about ten years ago, she couldn’t have known that the recently formed St. Lawrence Rowing Club would become like a second home for her.

After seeing an ad in the paper looking for people wanting to learn to row, Thorpe thought that sounded like fun. Once a few of them had learned how to row, Dr. Trisha Morrow (the founder of the club) decided to start a family. That meant others, like Thorpe, would have to take up the coaching mantle. “It’s a very steep learning curve for this sport,” explains Thorpe. “It’s not something you can learn overnight. It’s all about balance.”

So she attended some basic coaching courses with another woman from the club. To further their rowing ability, they would meet up with others coaches from other clubs at some of the regattas they attended.

“Because I like the sport so much, I love showing other people how to learn to row,” she says. “Hopefully they enjoy it as much as I do.” The club caters to anyone aged 14 and up. It currently has about 50 members, and they regularly attend local regattas (boat races) in the area.

“I like the exercise that you get from it. I like the camaraderie with the other club members,” says Thorpe. “You develop real friendships.” From the sounds of it, Patty Thorpe won’t stop rowing any time soon.

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Issue #49 DECEMBER 2016


Paul Norman Wins Provincial Heavyweight Title By Jim Riddell


aul Norman of Finch, holder of the Provincial Cruiserweight Kickboxing title, had been training hard for his Nov. 13th fight against Alex Bouchard for the Canadian title; a fight with a 190 lb weight limit. Paul said “I felt great, getting through camp with only minor wear and tear; physically and mentally prepared to go hard rounds over the distance, putting on some extra muscle mass training with Ottawa South strength coach Greg Pollock for explosive movements. The first four weeks of camp I was working with Greg and Kickboxing Trainer Jean-Yves Theriault. I then halted the lifting and was striking five days a week; working on different techniques, implementing combinations and timing drills”. A week or so before the fight Bouchard received a broken nose, forcing him to back out of the bout. With the opportunity to win a Canadian championship now out the window, the chance arose for Norman to move up in weight to

205 lb to meet Dylan Struckless for the Provincial Heavyweight belt. Struckless, fighting out of Ottawa’s Team Bushido, and trained by former kickboxer and MMA fighter Nabil Khatib, was a tough opponent who had been competing in Muay Thai and MMA, as well as kickboxing. It was an exciting match with heavy shots being thrown by both fighters, each determined to be the one leaving the ring with the title belt. Norman handled his difficult opponent well, landing cleaner and more frequently; winning the fight by unanimous decision. “I felt confident that I was more aggressive and had landed some clean crisp shots. He was tough and relentless, so it was great to be tested and to win the title in a technical fashion. My training partners Jon Meunier and Scott Jurgens were a huge help, always pushing me to go faster and to push harder. I have great teammates and coaches supporting me and that takes a lot of the stress off. You follow the examples that these guys set and everything sets into place.” Paul’s support goes far beyond his

training crew as there was a very large contingent of Stormont County residents in the crowd cheering him on. One would think that Paul

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Norman should not have to wait all that long for the opportunity to add a Canadian Championship to his growing collection of title belts.


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Issue #49 DECEMBER 2016

Hockey Adventure Continues for Travellers By Todd Anderson


his December the Osie Villeneuve Arena in Maxville will host the 34th annual AJK Highland Travellers Men’s Recreational Hockey Tournament. It’s regarded as one of the longestserving tournaments in this area and one of its founders is proud of that moniker.


discreetly. I’m not sure how much we have donated over the years. It doesn’t matter. One time sticks in my mind. We hoped to donate $2,000 to a group in need. The results came in and we were about $300 short. All the guys in the room kicked in $20 or $30 to reach our goal.”

Enjoying his 41st year of marriage to his wife Merle, Marjerrison has three daughters and seven grandchildren. His passion for hockey has never dissipated and he continues to skate with the Travellers on the odd Thursday night this season. He was asked to talk about some of his favourite teammates over the years.

“Our tourney may very well be the longest running tourney in Glengarry,” says retired school teacher and tournament co-founder John Marjerrison. “Larry and Phil Harrison, Gregg McCulloch, Glen Campbell, and I came up with the idea of a tournament. We were hoping to go on a trip and raise some funds. After raising money “As far as having a best for the trips, we decided to keep going and donate to various needs teammate, I couldn’t choose one. They are all special. Some in the community.” of the characters over the years The tournament has given have been named Blade, Ace, to organizations like CHEO, Schultzie, Tigger, Flip, and C. The Children’s Make-A-Wish Hands down, the best hands on the Foundation, and others in need team belonged to Brian Wensink locally. and Tigger. Kevin Villeneuve and “One family was having a hard Ace Benton may have been the time with cancer treatments, so best at stick-handling and Paul we donated to them,” recalls Villeneuve had the second-best Marjerrison, known as Howie to voice.” his friends and teammates. “I think a hockey dressing

During one of their trips overseas, the AJK Highlanders enjoyed a round of golf at the world-famous St. Andrew’s Golf Course. Photo Submitted 

long as they can. The laughter in realized that it was us Canadians the room is contagious.” against them and we played some Long-time teammate Jeff pretty amazing hockey. We played MacLean says Howie has been several pro teams that are now a great friend on and off the ice. part of the European Elite League. He has always been one to keep Our international record is 7-4-4. I’m very proud of the fact that our balance with the team as well. team was always invited back.” “One thing with Howie, he The longest distance a team always preaches everyone on the team has a role. If you are has travelled to play in the AJK a checker, check. If you are a tournament is from St. Louis passer, pass. Do your job and when Maxville native and former NHLer, and AJK Traveller, John don’t worry about others.” Wensink brought his old-timer’s At one point the AJK tournament team to play. was a very competitive affair. “Our team rarely wins our “The guys decide and wherever room is like no place else,” says Each team would hand in a list of Marjerrison. “Almost every tournament,” says Marjerrison. the need is, that’s where it goes, players and a committee would Canadian wants to play hockey as decide who was eligible to play “We always say you don’t set it up ... and who wasn’t. Some team to win but to be good hosts.” leaders could get quite angry Recently Brad Quaile as the based on decisions. The event lead, Josh Harrison, Steve Quaile, would feature beer-chugging Andrew Arkinstall, Chris Leroux, contests (which, at times, the and Andrew Wensink have taken trophy for the winner may have over the roles of organizing the been more prestigious than the club. hockey trophy); prize draws every “Brad is a great leader,” says hour, and live bands performing Marjerrison. “The team is in great music. hands. The torch has been passed. While the Travellers play only They are planning for another locally primarily these days, super tournament this year.” the team has experienced trips In the meantime, Marjerrison to Europe on five occasions, will continue to lace them up here including games in Cardiff, Wales; and there and re-join his Travellers Edinburgh, Scotland; Holland; teammates for a game of hockey. Ireland; and England. “I hope to don the blades for one “After getting spanked in Oxford The AJK Highlanders played against the Devils in Cardiff, Wales in more season; old hockey player, 1988 in front of 4,000 fans. John Marjerrison is pictured skating up the by a very mediocre team, we just keep rolling.” Photo Submitted ice with his centre, former NHLer John Wensink.


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har-Lan Rebels Bantam Rep were in Napanee last weekend playing in the Andy McGarvey Memorial tournament. The Rebels went undefeated in round-robin play with a 4-0 win against NGS and 2-2 ties against Napanee Stars and R.W. Crusaders.  Saturday night’s gold medal game was a rematch with R.W. Crusaders, whom they had played earlier that day.  The game was very close up to the third period.  Even though the Rebels were down a few players, they went on to win 5-0.  Alexandre Duval was excellent in goal throughout the tournament. The coaches and parents were very happy with the performance of the players throughout the tournament.

Front row: Tristan Rochon, Tristan McDougall, Donovan Francis, Aidan Leroux, Jack Corput, Jack MacLachlan, Alexandre Duval Back row: Assistant Coach D’Arcy O’Connell, Head Coach Rod McKenzie, Tyson Roy, Kieran McRae, Jack Cayer, Cale McKenzie, Cole MacCrimmon, Josh Novosad, Seamus O’Connell, Trainer Connie MacDougall, Photo Submitted Manager Dan Roy Missing from photo: Isaak MacDougall .

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Issue #49 DECEMBER 2016

SVR Minor Atom A Do It Again! By Carrie Seguin


hrough the weekend of November 4th-6th, the Seaway Valley Minor Atom A Rapids travelled to Niagara Falls to play in the Peter Mancuso AA Challenge Tournament – and the team brought home the gold medal! The SVR team started the tournament playing teams from Clarington, Windsor, and Belle River. The Rapids went undefeated, beating their opponents 6-1, 8-1, and 5-0 respectively. Their winning record paved the way to the semi-finals where the Rapids faced off against the Niagara Falls Flyers. The Flyers came out hard against the Rapids, strategically marking offensive players and pressuring Goalie Eli Seguin with aggressive play around the net. The SVR team played smart, drawing five penalties on the Flyers, allowing for numerous power play opportunities. In the end, the Rapids came out on top, winning the match 5-3. In finals’ action, the Rapids met up against league opponent Ottawa Valley Silver Seven White. In league play, SVR is 1 and 0 against OVSSW,

but this win came early in the season and so coaches were uncertain about what to expect from the Ottawa team. The game proved interesting, with OVSS finding the net late in the first period – but this was the only puck they put past Goalie Tristan Pacquette. SVR tied the game up at 1 with just 1:35 min left in the first and then sealed the deal with 3 more goals in the third period. The Rapids won the game 4-1. The team proved to be an offensive force throughout the tournament, scoring 26 goals over five games. Tournament goal scorers included Tristan Delisle, Jensen White, Dean Fawthrop, Parker Thompson, Owen Corput, Alex Delormier, Chancey Novosad, and Bennet Hardy. Assists were earned by Ayden Baumann, Gabrielle Bowen, Thompson, Novosad, Delisle, White, Fawthrop, and Hardy. Defensively, the team boasted a goals-against average (GAA) of 1.2, allowing only 6 goals over their five matches. The defensive squad of Logan Villeneuve, Warren Lalonde, Bowen, Baumann, and Novosad, together with goalies Seguin and

Front (L to R): Logan Villeneuve, Owen Corput, Alex Delormier, Gabrielle Bowen, Bennet Hardy, Tristan Pacquette Middle (L to R): Dean Fawthrop, Tristan Delisle, Ayden Baumann, Parker Thompson, Jensen White, Warren Lalonde, Eli Seguin, Chancey Novosad Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Mark Novosad, Manager Michelle Villeneuve, Assistant Coach Peter Bowen, Head Coach Miguel Delisle, Photo Submitted Assistant Coach Scott Butter Thompson

Paquette, have much to be proud of. This is the third tournament win for the Minor Atom A team. They claimed gold in Rochester this past September, and again in Oshawa last

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DECEMBER 2016 Issue #49

The Team That Almost Wasn’t: The Seaway Valley Spartans By Makayla Peacock


t’s been far from smooth skating, but the Seaway Valley Spartans have finally started to hit their stride. After having 38 players from South Stormont, Cornwall, and Akwasasne try out, interest sprouted in creating a second team, but due to the last minute nature of the decision, there were difficulties. According to Team Manager Shawn O’Brien, there was to be no minor midget division in District 2, but the decision was overturned in early September by the district. Due to the high volume of interested players, there were two teams formed that were to compete in the UCMHL. However, both home associations had moved ahead in their seasons and ice time allocations, so they were forced to become a separate entity under District 2. O’Brien credits Mark Desnoyers, the District 2 Chairperson with the creation of the team.

“We just needed to get kids playing at the level they belong,” Desnoyers said. The team is now looking to the future and encouraging the kids to continue having love for the game. According to O’Brien, the team is focusing on improving their individual skills and overall team skills. “Our season’s goals would be to teach the boys their game, their positioning, and have them enjoy the season,” he said. “We hope to accomplish this through practise, but we have also enrolled in several ‘A’ level tournaments which will challenge every player on the team.” Despite the rough start, the team is composed of talented players who are striving for the championship within the UCMHL, but the goal is to instill a love for the game that will always remain. “Ideally you want to see these kids return to hockey next year and continue playing the game into their adult lifetime,” said O’Brien.

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