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he wait is over; on Saturday April 15th at the Civic Complex local sports fans will finally have the opportunity to see Tony Luis fight in his hometown. Luis, a lifelong resident of Cornwall has had great success in the sport of boxing. As an amateur he was a seven time Provincial Champion, defeated ten Canadian Champions, and was awarded as the Top Fighter at the Four Nations Cup where he defeated the champions from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Turning professional in 2008, Tony fought his first fourteen fights at various Montreal locations such as Uniprix Stadium, the Montreal Casino, and the Bell Centre. At that point, doing what he had to do to advance his career, Luis became a road warrior, fighting “on the B side” in his opponents’ backyard in places like Verona NY; Memphis, Tennessee; Mashantucket, Connecticut; and Sloan, Iowa. Two of his victories on the road were against Wanzell Ellison and Karl Dargan, both undefeated fighters being showcased by ShoBox and ESPN respectively. Following those wins Tony Luis got a shot at the World Title, a fight he took on four Tony Luis headlines the fight card at the complex April 15th  Continued on Page 4  Photo Credit: Jason MacDamara

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place, as the Raiders had one more win during league play. This pitted the Rapids against the sixth place Gloucester Rangers White for the quarter final round. SVR beat the Rangers in three games with one tie and two wins (2-2, 2-0, and 3-2).

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he SVR team has just finished off a fabulous season. The Minor Atom team was one of six Seaway Valley Rapids teams to qualify for playoff action. But not only did they qualify for playoff action, they lasted up until Game 5 of the championship round. The Minor Atom team was one of only two SVR teams to make it to the final round of the 2016/17 season. The Seaway team’s playoff journey began with them finishing regular season play with a record of 21-5-4, tying them for second place in the division with the Nepean Raiders. Tiebreaker rules dropped the Rapids to third

Back (l-r): Ayden Baumann, Hunter Thompson, Gabrielle Bowen, Jenson White, and Warren Lalonde. Middle (l-r): Tristan Paquette, Parker Thompson, Tristan Delisle, Chancey Novosad, Eli Seguin, and Owen Corput. Front (l-r) Max Delisle (AP), Logan Villeneuve, Dean Photo Submitted Fawthrop. Missing: Alex Delormier

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The championship round matched Seaway Valley against the #1 ranked Kanata Blazers. The tone of the first-to-sevenpoint series was set in Game 1: the game ended in a no-score tie. Both teams were focused on playing tough defence which made it difficult for either team’s offence to break through and get ahead on the scoreboard. Game 2 of the final round went to the Blazers with a 3-1 win, but SVR answered back with a 4-3 win in Game 3. With the series tied at 3 points, the Blazers visited Cornwall and hit the ice hard, notching a 3-0 win just before March Break. Following the week off, the Rapids headed to Kanata in a do-or-die situation – a tie or win would force a Game 6, but a loss would mean the title for Kanata. Game 5 was a fast-paced, high-energy match, with Kanata taking a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Strong defence and goaltending shut the Blazers down offensively following their

first goal, but the Rapids were not able to crack the Kanata team’s defence and they skated away with the championship title. The Rapids finished 2nd overall. A 2nd overall finish in the season, 124 goals for, and a 2.2 goals-against-average (GAA) are something to cheer about. The team led the league in goals scored, they ranked 4th out of 11 with just 66 goals against, and they tallied the fourth least amount of penalty minutes. The team also brought home three tournament wins from Oshawa, Niagara Falls, and Rochester. At the mid-season mark, Head Coach Miguel Delisle said this about the Seaway Valley Minor Atom Rapids: “With hard work there will be many successes to come for this group. With our offence scoring and our strong defensive play, as well as our top level goaltending, the rest of the season is looking great.” Now, three months later, it seems that Coach Delisle was absolutely correct! Continued from Page 1

days’ notice losing a close and controversial decision to Derry Matthews in Liverpool UK, Matthews’s hometown. I asked Tony for his thoughts on fighting in Cornwall, his training for the fight, and on his opponent.

“I think fighting in town is long overdue, but I think now is the best time. I’m an established world class contender, I’ve proven myself. Fans at home know that, as they have been loyal to me and have followed me on TV. Now I get to showcase my ability live. The training is going great. I’m ahead of schedule and getting sharper and stronger every week. This is how it should be every time. This is what happens when I have proper notice, a proper training camp; fans will see the difference on April 15th. My opponent is a strong puncher and he is coming to fight. It will be up to me to use my advantages in speed and ability to dictate the fight, win, and move on up to bigger opportunities.” Tony Luis’s opponent will be no pushover, Noe Nunez of Los Mochas

Sinaloa, Mexico, is a tough aggressive fighter with thirteen of his seventeen victories coming by knockout. He is coming to Cornwall with full intentions of winning this fight. It will all boil down to Tony Luis’s speed, savvy, and ring generalship vs the power and aggression of the taller Nunez. Two other boxers fighting out of Cornwall’s Champs Eastside Gym are also slated to fight on the card. Akwesasne’s Ronnie “Rocket” Robidoux is a former NY State Golden Gloves champion with two victories as a pro, both by knockout. “Lethal” Larry Fryers with a record of 3-0 and originally from Clones, Ireland , now training at Champs, is coming in fresh off a victory at Madison Square Garden’s St. Paddy’s Day Fight Night. Also fighting is former 2012 Olympian, Custio Clayton of Montreal. Clayton is one of the top welterweights in Canada, unbeaten with eight KO’s in ten fights. Tony Luis fighting here in his hometown will in all probability draw the largest crowd ever for a Cornwall boxing event. Avoid disappointment – get your tickets early.

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Avery Maxam: Gymnastics Competition is a Balanced Act By Micaela Wylie Arbic


axam has been doing gymnastics since the ripe age of four. The seventh grader from Holy Trinity trains at the Cornwall Gymnastics Club (CGC) and began training competitively when she turned nine. Since she began dedicating upwards of ten hours per week to training, she has won five gold and eight silver medals in competition. Her confidence shines through on bars; however Maxam says she also enjoys tumbling on the floor as an event. When asked who she looks up to the most athletically she answered, “Simone Biles,” referring to the 2016 Olympic all-around, floor, and vault gold medalist. At age 13, Maxam is already thinking about her future with the sport. Some of her short-term goals include earning a spot on the Grade 9 Holy Trinity gymnastics team and qualifying for provincials in the

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ornwall Golf and Country Club’s newest pro Tristan Holder is looking forward to the course opening up so he can finally get to meet all the members. Holder had an on-off relationship with golf as a child, trying it very young, stopping, picking it up again, and stopping once more. It wasn’t until an unfortunate injury put a hold on his dreams of becoming a pro squash player that he seriously

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This will be Holder’s first time “I decided I wanted to take another sport up at a high level,” he explains. being a head pro, but he’s been an assistant pro and teaching pro at a few “So, I got back into golf.” places. His official start date is April After playing for a bit, he decided 3rd. (Even though he’s been in a few to combine his love of coaching with times already to help with inventory his love of golf. He played a few and things like that.) He says he’s tournaments, and eventually got his most looking forward to meeting all card from the PGA of Canada. the members at the course. “I like the fact that at the end of “I always love meeting new the day, or at the end of the lesson, people, talking with them, hearing someone can turn around and say, their story, and just talking golf or ‘Hey, you made me just a bit better’,” talking sports,” he says.

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Behind the Bench with Mitchel Zappitelli

BEHIND THE BENCH don’t yell at my athletes,” says Zappitelli. “I try to be aware of what the athletes are going through and help them if they need it, in any way, but still have them commit to the rules of the team.”

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itchel Zappitelli is both a math teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School and the passionate coach of the high school football team. Zappitelli grew up in Ottawa where he played and excelled at numerous sports at high levels. He was captain of the Wilfred Laurier University Golden Hawks National Championship team in 2005 and was selected as the first team OUA All Star in 2005. From here, Zappitelli impressively played semi-pro football in Italy for the Bergamo Lions in 2006. Not only did Zappitelli excel at football, but he also played junior Hockey for Le Drakkar de Baie Comeau. He experienced OFSAA for shot put in track and field and also played badminton, baseball, and field lacrosse for St. Matthews High School. It’s safe to say, Zappitelli is extremely athletically inclined. Surprisingly, Zappitelli’s favourite sport to play is badminton. However, Zappitelli’s coaching experience kicked off in university with football as a Powder Puff coach. The Powder Puffs were a girl’s football team which played in the snow. He also coached community football and shot put at a local school in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Zappitelli says his father was a big part of why he decided to coach. “He always coached my brother and I in hockey and that’s what


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

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

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

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

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regarding how rosters are constructed. They had a lot of part-time players this year, and that’s hard to manage. Rivette learned that you need a full-time squad to travel together, practise together, and play together for the full season. But, all things considered, says Rivette, it wasn’t a bad year for an expansion team. “We’ve learned a lot of things,” he says. “We’re out in the community a lot more trying to promote our team. I think that’s the focus as we get ready for next year, and push to make the playoffs next season. That’s our goal.”


hile the inaugural season for Cornwall Nationals of the Federal Hockey League has been a bit of a disappointment, team owner, and president, Rodney Rivette says hopes remain high for next year. Last year, after trying, but ultimately failing, to save the Cornwall River Kings, Rivette was looking for other opportunities for a pro hockey team. So, when the FHL became an option, he jumped at the chance. “So we started signing a bunch of players that were local to the area,” he says. “We had a lot of part-time players, along with some Ottawa and Montreal players as well.” There was a bit of a steep learning curve in their first year in a new league, especially

Most of the players are in their early to mid twenties, though some of the guys are a little bit older. Their coach, Joel Trottier, was even a Boston Bruins draft choice. He started out as a player assistant coach, but after a groin injury, he was bumped over to the vacant head coaching spot. “We figured we needed to keep Joel around because the kids respect him,” says Rivette. “And it’s working out pretty well.” The ultimate goal for the Nationals is to get the championships, but, short-term, they’ll be trying to make the playoffs next year. “We’d like to thank all the fans, sponsors, volunteers, players, and management for their support this year,” says Rivette. “And we look forward to the 2017-2018 season.”






















































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Program. Favourite Sport: Soccer Favourite Subject: Math and Fitness I look up to this sports personality: Claire Lavogez (pro soccer player) Sport achievements: 2016 Senior Athlete of the Year at Holy Trinity, ERSL top league soccer scorer for the past 4 seasons, numerous EOSSAA appearances and numerous MVP honours. Academic achievements: Currently enrolled in the immersion program and has been an Honour Roll in all four years of high school.

Adrien Bisson - Grade 12 École secondaire publique L’Héritage Participating Sports: Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball Favourite Sport: Hockey

Favourite Subject: Law or History I look up to this sports personality: Nick Leddy

Sport achievements: Hockey: Currently playing for the Ottawa Jr Sens in the CCHL Volleyball: Won SD&G 3 years in a row (Finalist at EOSSAA twice) Basketball: SD&G Finalist 2016-2017 Academic achievements: Honour Roll every year (80+ Average). Numerous awards in individual subjects

Participating Sports: Basketball, Football, Track and Field, Volleyball Favourite Sport: Basketball Favourite Subject: Science

I look up to this sports personality: Allen Iverson Sport achievements: Broke Record for Triple Jump in Gr.8, Athlete of the year in Track and Field Gr.9, Best Midget Boys Track and Field Academic achievements: Honour Roll Grade 9-10

Brenna Thomson - Grade 12 CharLan District High School Participating Sports: Midget “AA” Typhoons Hockey, Varsity school hockey, (Gr. 9-12), Senior Basketball, Junior Basketball, Senior Soccer, Junior Soccer, Varsity Badmington, Northern Lights “AAA” Spring Hockey Favourite Sport: Hockey Favourite Subject: Biology I look up to this sports personality: Alex Pietrangelo Sport achievements: Varsity Hockey, Gold Medalist, 2013, 2014, 2016. EOSSAA Gold Medalist 2016/17, Senior Basketball SD &G Champs 2016-17, OCSSA Participant 2016, EOSSAA Finalist 2017 Academic achievements: Honour Roll average, 90%, in all four years of high school.

Mackenzie Wylie-Arbic - Grade 12 St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School Participating Sports: Competitive Hockey (Cornwall Typhoons), Competitive Soccer (Blazers), School Hockey, School Soccer, School Basketball and Track & Field Favourite Sport: Hockey Favourite Subject: Biology I look up to this sports personality: My Midget hockey coach because of his teaching style, his patience and ability to involve all of my teamnates Sport achievements: Sportsmanship Award 2016, MVP Soccer 2015 EOSSAA Soccer Champions Academic achievements: Award for best average in Grade 11Maintaining 94% average. Attending Queen’s University for Bachelor of Science in fall

Sarah Dulmage - Grade 11 St. Lawrence Secondary School Participating Sports: Curling- Skip Pole Vault – Track and Field Volleyball Glengarry Highlanders Hockey – Midget B House Favourite Sport: Hockey – loves feeling of family with teammates Favourite Subject: Sciences Biology I look up to this sports personality: Sydney Crosby Sport achievements: SLSS – Intermediate Athlete of the Year - 2014 SLSS - Junior Athlete of the Year – 2015 and 2016 Competing in 2017 Provincial Hockey Championships Academic achievements: Honour Roll – Each academic year 2014 – SLSS Citizen of the Year


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The CharLan Atom B Rebels capped off a successful season by winning the Lower St. Lawrence league championship on Thursday night in Alexandria. The Rebels were undefeated in the round-robin portion of the playoffs. They defeated the Cornwall Colts2, 3-2, the Cornwall Colts1, 2-0, NGS 4-1, and the Akwesasne Wolves 1-0.  This meant the Rebels would have to face the Alexandria Glens for the league championship.  Both teams were evenly matched going into the final series. The Rebels captured game 1 in Williamstown with a 6-3 victory. Game 2 of the series was in Alexandria with the Rebels pulling out a 2-1 victory to earn the league championship. The coaching staff of Dan Loney, Jane Vandrish, Christian Berger, and Hamish MacDonell is proud of the hard work and the effort the team put in throughout the season. The coaching staff also would like to thank all the parents for the time, effort, and support throughout the season.

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Break for Epilepsy Charity 9 Ball Tournament By Markus Noé


uring the weekend of March 1819, Rack-M-Up Billiards hosted the inaugural “Break for Epilepsy Charity 9 Ball Tournament”. The idea for this came from the owners Doug Disotell and Amanda Collins. Disotell has seen first hand the hardships his niece Payson Boucher has undergone with her own battle with epilepsy, because of this he decided to see what he could do to help an important cause. This was an amateur handicap event with players racing to their number. A beginning player would be a 5 and would need to win 5 games in order to win the match. The numbers went up to 9 depending on skill level. With the help from social media the response for this event was overwhelming. So much so Disotell was forced to extend the field past the originally posted 32 maximum as 36 players confirmed. The cap was at 32 because of the limited amount of tables available which would cause some delays. However after a brief discussion it did not make sense to

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turn down raising more money. The entry fee was $60 with $10 going as donation to the tournament. Tommy Fagan (82), long time player at Rack-M-Up Billiards, on hearing about the charity event asked himself what he could do to help. On his own accord he went around his community and asked businesses and friends to donate what they could and between cash and gift certificates Fagan raised an extra $250. This combined with a 50/50 draw and some other personal donations brought the total up to

$1100 raised for the charity. Being that that this was a two day tournament the idea was to play down to the final 6 and bring them back Sunday. Throughout day one there were many surprises as many of the favourites to win the event did not make it out of the day; players like Justin Miller, Do Gauthier, Kirk Pawnis, Marc Ducharme, Charley Sypes, and Mike Mitchell all suffered early exists.  


meaning you if lost two matches you were out. On Sunday the losers’ side match-ups began at 11:00 am, with Jay Cuggy beating Markus Noé and Andy Menke getting by Paul Daoust. Former owner of Rack-MUp Billiards Clayton Disotell made a charge through the winners’ side bracket and went all the way to the winners’ side final. There he met up with a strong AAA player from Gatineau, Jean Vallaincourt. Disotell continued his charge and won a close match securing his spot in the grand final. On the losers side of the bracket Cuggy edged out a very game Menke in a close match, with Menke being eliminated in 4th place. Vallaincourt made quick work of Cuggy in the losers, 9-3, giving him another shot at Disotell. However between Disotell’s good shooting and a few moments of good fortune he was not to be denied and walked away with the final to win one of the biggest local tournaments in some time.

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California-based promoter Liveco Boxing is bringing Pro Boxing to Cornwall. The headline bout is Cornwall’s own Tony “Lightning” Luis vs Noe “El Dengue” Nunez. Other local pro boxers participating are Ronnie Robidoux and Larry Fryers.  Are you excited to see pro boxing coming to the city and do you feel it will be supported?

Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast - Another fighter getting a lot of press in boxing news is Montreal’s Custio Clayton (10-0) a 2012 Canadian Olympian who has faced solid competition in his first ten pro bouts, including wins over Eduards Gerasimovs, Ivan Pereyra, Stanislas Salmon, and in his last bout, Ramses Agaton. Clayton takes on Mexico’s 31 year-old Alfredo Chavez in an eight-round co-feature bout. Everyone, come on out to the Cornwall Civic Complex April 15th and support this fantastic sporting event happening right here in our front yard. I believe this will be one of the greatest events to come to the Cornwall in decades; where in years to come, folks at Tim’s will be asking do you remember that boxing event at the Complex in 2017? Yes, I’m excited… Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - This is a great opportunity for Cornwall to showcase one of their own; a talented local man who has had much success in a sport that’s extremely difficult to succeed in.  Tony Luis is in his pugilistic prime, and it’s a “no-brainer” that this event should sell out.  If you look up Cornwall in Wikipedia, most of the info relating to sports is about hockey - nary a mention of boxing.  Believe it or not Wiki dedicates 50 words or so to “Ribfest”, in its description of Cornwall.  Now we know Cornwallites like to get their pork on, and if we can get 100,000 people to dine on swine, we should be able to get 5,000 to attend a great boxing match.  So mark April 15th in your day timers or cell phone calendars, shell out a few dollars, and let’s fill the Complex.  Maybe this event is what Tony needs to springboard his career to the next level.  Liveco has put together an excellent undercard with some good local talent, and they deserve our support.  By the way Ribfest is in town on July 27th, so there’s plenty of time to save up for that feast.  Maybe just maybe, when Wikipedia updates their Cornwall page, Tony will be finally included. Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - If ticket sales so far are any indication, area sports fans are certainly looking forward to the April 15th fight card at the Civic Complex. They will finally get the opportunity to see Tony Luis fight in his hometown. Tony, a lifelong resident of Cornwall has been fighting professionally for nine years now and has established himself as a world contender. Tony is well known, well liked, and has always been an ambassador for the city. The undercard is also very good with two other Champs Eastside boxers scheduled – Akwesasne’s Ronnie Robidoux, a former NY State Golden Gloves champion, 2-0 (2 KO’s), and Larry Fryers (3-0), will both be looking to extend their undefeated records. One of Canada’s top welterweights, former Olympian Custio Clayton, 10-0 (8 KO’s) has recently been added to the card. If this promotion can put four thousand fans in the Civic Complex, Liveco will soon be planning another Tony Luis fight in Cornwall with the possibility of TV exposure as well.


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Les McAllister: 81 Year Old Dedicated to the Local Sporting Community By Molly Kett


his year, Prescott local Les McAllister has both turned 81 and helped his hockey team win bronze in their recent Provincial Games in Cobourg as the goalie for the OSGA’s 65 plus District 8 Men’s Hockey team, all within the first three months of the New Year.

“I played Intermediate ‘A’ softball for 20 years. I didn’t start playing organized hockey until I was 14 years old. Up until then I played pick-up hockey on the river and ponds where we lived at the time, usually as a goalie,” says McAllister.

He played right wing as a 14-yearold for the Tweed Bantams, which was his first year in organized minor hockey. Then, his family moved to McAllister worked at the RCA the Prescott area and he tried out as a Television Manufacturing Factory goalie for the Brockville Midget “A” in Prescott for 41 years as a process hockey team.   engineer and was married to his “I made the team and we won wife Ruth who sadly passed away the Ottawa and District Midget ‘A’ four years ago, with whom he had two children, Richard and Sharon. Championship.  I played another year During this time, the two sports of Midget hockey, and then two years McAllister focused on were softball of Junior ‘B’ hockey before ‘retiring’ for 5 years,” says McAllister.  “Then and hockey.

I started playing Intermediate ‘A’ hockey, which eventually led to playing Senior ‘A’ hockey for the Prescott Kemptville Combines in 1962/63.” At 40 years old, McAllister began playing Old Timers’ hockey.

“For the first 13 years I went back to playing right wing,” says McAllister. “Then I was talked into playing goal again and have been playing there ever since. I started playing in the Ontario 55+ Winter Games in the year 2000 and the Canada 55+ Senior Games in the year 2004.” McAllister has had a passion for the sport of hockey since he was ten years old. The reason for his “break” as mentioned above was

actually due to his eyesight.

“My eyesight was deteriorating and I needed glasses for 20/20 vision. There were no shatter proof glasses back then, let alone soft contact lenses,” says McAllister. “As soon as shatter proof glasses became available, I resumed playing hockey. I am now wearing soft contact lenses when I play.” McAllister says that as a goalie, there is no bigger “high” than playing a good game.  

“On the flip side though, there is probably no bigger “low” than playing a poor game. It is a horrible feeling knowing that you have let down your teammates. You just have to hope that your good games Continued on page 13

Karate Komments - Ying and Yang By Jim Riddell, Seaway Karate Club


he Yin – Yang symbol is probably the most common of the many oriental symbols. As far as symbols go, it is very clean, clear and basic, and simple. It has two halves that are completely opposite, yet when put together they fully complement each other and complete its wholeness. The Yin side is the black half with the white dot and the Yang side is the white half with the black dot. The dots signify that there are no absolutes, - that there is always a small amount of the opposing quality everywhere in life. The Yin – Yang symbol came from Taoist China and over the past two thousand years many things have been grouped under Yin or Yang classifications. A few things associated with Yin are slowness, softness, passive, cold, wet, earth, moon, night-time, and femininity. Yang associates are the opposite – speed, hard, solid, hot, dry, the sky, the sun, daytime, and masculinity. In traditional Chinese medicine a person’s good health was thought to require a balance between Yin and Yang qualities. A few lifestyle examples are balancing your days with family, work / school, and

recreational activities while being able to get an adequate amount of sleep. It also means eating properly, balancing carbs, proteins, and fat intake. The Yin – Yang symbol also pertains to all sporting activities as well: 1) Aerobic or endurance type sports (Yin), where cardiovascular endurance is required for an extended period of time. These sports include distance running, multisport events, and swimming. 2) Anaerobic or multiple sprint type sports (Yang), - this includes most team sports as well as weightlifting, sprinting, and throwing events. An athlete’s skeletal muscles have two types of fibres: Slow twitch (Yin) and fast twitch (Yang). Slow twitch fibres are used for endurance activities while fast twitch fibres are needed for multiple sprint type or team sports. This is where eating properly comes into play as our bodies use a combination of carbs, fats, and protein. Different activity will cause the energy system to use the most appropriate fuel. Anaerobic activity will burn mostly carbs while aerobic or endurance sports will burn a higher amount of fat. In Karate, Yin applies to defensive techniques such as blocks, parries, and evasions. Yang techniques include punches, kicks, pressure point, and vital point striking. The Yin - Yang symbol – clean, clear, basic and simple, yet very complex.  

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out number your bad games,” says McAllister. Other than loving the general feeling of the ups and downs of the game, McAllister also enjoys the dressing room humour and the competitive nature of the game. “My fires still burn for the thrill of competition. I find hockey games something to look forward to, and if you have some problems on your mind, it’s a good way to escape them for a while in the dressing room before the game, and on the ice during the game.” Currently, McAllister is playing with the 65 plus team during the Senior Games that take place once a year, but outside of that he also plays three times a week in Brockville and Morrisburg. “Playing hockey is still something I look forward to.  Competing in the Ontario and Canada 55+ Senior Games for a gold, silver, or bronze medal motivates me to keep playing.  I also enjoy the competition, the dressing room, and the camaraderie.  Also, I know that it is good for the body to keep it moving, and I do exercises and watch my weight to try to stay in

Morrisburg Combines 65+ Hockey Team, Bronze Medalists at the 2017 Ontario 55+ Winter Games Back Row, left to right: Guy D’Aloisio, Ron Alguire, Alex MacLellan, Bryan Helmer, Nolan Quinn, Bill Levesque Front Row, left to right: Bob McLaughlin, Steve Casselman, John White, Bill Farmer, Les McAllister, Jack Haines, Lester Holmes  Photo Submitted

shape. Hockey motivates me to do this,” says McAllister. In terms of winning the bronze medal with his team, McAllister was quite happy with the outcome. “It is said that the team winning the bronze medal always looks happier than the team winning the silver medal,” says McAllister. “The icing on the cake is going home with a medal, as opposed to going home empty-handed had we lost that game. Another thing that added to the excitement of winning the bronze medal was the fact that

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My favourite sports memory is when the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup in 1986. As a huge Habs fan it was exciting to watch the playoff run that won them that 23rd Cup. Aside from the riot it had caused, the whole city came

together in celebration. I was in high school when this happened and I can remember we all skipped class to head downtown Montreal to witness the parade. I don’t believe one person aside from teachers was left in the school. There was a sea of people all cheering in celebration as the Cup and players made their way through the city. It is something I won’t ever forget ... until they bring it back home again.


favourite softball memory, it would be coaching the Prescott Midget Angels female team to the Ontario Championship in 1975. This series went to the third and final game of the best of 3 series, and the Angels won that third game in 13 innings -a real cliff-hanger with the Ontario Championship on the line.” McAllister has been a dedicated local athlete, employee, and father for most of his life. We hope to see more wins from McAllister’s teams in the future.

most of our players are over 70 years old, and because Ontario doesn’t have a 70 plus age division, we were playing against younger teams in the 65 plus division. This made winning the bronze medal even more satisfying.” McAllister has a few favourite sports memories coming from his many years playing both hockey and softball. “My favourite hockey memory was defeating the Ottawa Action shot of Les McAllister Montagnards in Allan Cup play playing goalie.  Photo Submitted downs,” says McAllister. “My

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MacInnis and Cooper CCHL Season Award Winners By David Murphy


he Colts can boast about two CCHL season ending award winners. Head Coach Ian MacInnis and forward Grant Cooper were honoured today.

Cooper finished this season with career highs in goals, assists, and points (26-41-67 in 55 games). Cooper will play for Clarkson University beginning this fall, after a five year career with the Colts that included participating in the Fred Page Cup (2015) and being named Captain for Team Canada East at the World Jr A Challenge (2016). For MacInnis, it’s the first time he’s been named CCHL Coach of the Year. The Colts finished this past season 2nd overall with a record of 41-144-3 (89 points) compared to 2015-16 when they finished 30-27-4-1 (65 points) and 9th overall (out of the playoffs). “The players have worked hard all season,” said MacInnis. “It should be noted that we have more

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MacInnis has been named CCHL Coach of the Year while Cooper was named Top Graduating Player.

local players than any other team in the CCHL.” Other CCHL award winners:

Grant Hebert – Cumberland Grads - MVP

Owen Grant – Carleton Place Canadians - Defenceman of the Year

• Henry Johnson – Brockville Braves – Goaltender of the Year

Charles Levesque – Hawkesbury Hawks – Sportsmanship & Ability

Merrick Rippon – Ottawa Jr Senators – Rookie of the Year

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hirty-four-year-old Shawn Maloney was born and raised in the Cornwall area. Maloney has a passion for athletics, which he participates in despite his blinding eye disease known as retinitis pigmentosa. “It is a condition I was diagnosed with when I was 5 years old. The disease led to progressive loss of peripheral and night vision during my teens and twenties, and in recent years it has led to loss of central vision as well,” says Maloney. “My right eye is totally blind, while my left eye is legally blind, meaning I have some limited vision, enough to see shapes and shadows and to read large print high contrast text. My left eye will naturally go totally blind like my right eye, most likely within the next 1-2 years.” This condition, though, hasn’t stopped Maloney from following his goals, especially in terms of athletics and academics. In 2001, Maloney went to Queens University to work as the student therapist through the athletic therapy department for the men’s varsity basketball team. Later, Maloney went on to study his own eye disease as a medical researcher for about ten years at McGill University, with some training at Harvard University during his Masters Degree training. During this time, he also launched a small internet-based start-up company that he recently sold. He moved back to Cornwall in April 2016.

Whilst doing all this hard work, Maloney also learned how to work around his disability in order to accomplish his athletic goals. “The first thing I need to do is to inform people around me, coaches, team members, and partners about any specific needs I have. It’s also important that I realize that there are millions of people around the world who are afflicted by an array of blinding eye diseases, and that many of these people have learned how to adapt their lives, including their athletic pursuits, as needed,” says Maloney. “Thus, I don’t need to always reinvent the wheel. I can see what is working for someone else and try that myself.” A few years ago, when Maloney was training to run a marathon, he put this tactic into action. “I knew that I could not adequately train

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

for such an event using a treadmill. Thus, I ended up finding a handful of running partners through Kijiji, and I worked with these partners to get in the training that I needed. These individuals were happy to be my ‘running guides’ in part because I was frequently available to train, Though Maloney has to constantly which meant that they had someone adapt to the world around him due to run with as well.” to his eyesight, he remains a force When Maloney moved back to of positivity for everyone who may Cornwall, he decided to continue be struggling. “For anyone who with his passion for athletics and join has any form of challenge, physical, CrossFit. mental, emotional, or otherwise, “The first thing I did when I started it’s important to keep in mind that was to inform my coach, Amanda, everyone has their mountains to that I was visually impaired. Like any climb,” says Maloney. “Life is good coach, Amanda quickly helped simply more fun when you view your me adapt specific exercises so that challenges as minor inconveniences they would be safer and feasible,” rather than formidable obstacles, and shares Maloney. “Similarly, the other in most cases we have the freedom members of CrossFit who I frequently to choose which perspective we will train with are aware of my condition, adopt.”

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CCHL All Star had career highs in goals, assists, and points this past olts All-Star defenceman season (9-17-26 in 57 games). He Sebastian Dirven has committed had a goal and 4 assists in the Colts’ to the Cornell Big Red (2018-19). five game series victory over Smiths The 6’3”, 190 pound defenceman Falls in round one of the CCHL was all smiles as he took to the ice playoffs. for practice Tuesday afternoon, Dirven suited up for Team Canada as the Colts prepare for game 1 of East this past December for the World their CCHL semi-final series against Jr. A Challenge. Ottawa Thursday night. The Big Red competes in the “Cornell has a good mix of top- ECAC hockey conference and they ranked academics and a really good are twenty-one time Ivy League hockey program,” said Dirven, from Champions (the most recent being in Bainsville. “Academically, I’ll be 2014). focusing on the College of Agriculture Notable alumni from the Cornell and Applied Sciences. It’s one of the Big Red include Hockey Hall of best in North America.” Fame members Ken Dryden and Joe Dirven, named as a 3rd Team Nieuwendyk.

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Williamstown’s Christine Richlich is a familiar face in the South Glengarry sports scene. The mother of three Daniel, 11, Stevie Lynn, 10, and Jake Desroches, 8, loves following her kids to various sporting events in SDG. Not only does she chauffeur the children, she more than usually is also a part of the coaching, training, or managing staff for the team. “So far I have been coach to Daniel, Stevie, and Jake on their GSL teams,” she says. “I have been manager and trainer to Daniel, Stevie, and Jake’s hockey teams. I have coached several of Daniel’s school tournament teams. I am currently Stevie Lynn’s Hearts soccer team coach and I am our area representative for the GSL.” Daniel, a Grade 6 student at École de l’Ange Gardien in North Lancaster, plays hockey in the Char-Lan Minor Hockey system and soccer in the Glengarry Soccer League and on a Hearts competitive soccer team. Stevie Lynn, a Grade 4 student at l’Ange Gardien, competes in the GSL and Hearts and also is a part of the competitive dance team in Alexandria with Double Creation. Jake plays hockey in CharLan and soccer in the GSL. A customer service representative for a local transport company, Richlich enjoys spending her free time in sports. “I love how the teams bond especially at tournaments. I love how, as soon as the games are done, the kids aren’t worrying about the outcome of the games. They are wondering if the pool is still open at the hotel or if the restaurant has their favourite meal. In the end I hope that what (my kids) take away from all their activities is a better work ethic and sense of community. If they reach my age and are playing the games they love then all the time I invested will have been worth it! When asked why she does it all, Richlich has a simple answer. “I was involved in several sports growing up and I had a coach tell me when I was 15 to ‘pay it forward’. It has always been important to me to be involved with their activities. These associations rely on volunteers and I feel it’s the least I can do to give back to the community and my kids. I believe that the lessons they learn playing sports will help them throughout life. For me, what I like to encourage is team work and respect for their coaches. Hopefully also they will see how much time and effort goes into running these teams and they will give back when the time comes.”

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Brownlee a Fan of Parkway Fishing By Todd Anderson


dds are if you frequently fish the waterways of Long Sault Parkway, you will have run into Brandon Brownlee. A couple of summers ago I did just that when my son Vincent and I were introduced to Brandon while we were all fishing under the bridge at Hoople Bay. Brownlee was attentively watching his impressive setup, geared for carp. He was very accommodating to my then six-year-old son inviting him to be his “net man” if a fish would happen to strike. After only a short wait, it happened. After hooking into a carp, Brownlee called Vinny over, encouraged him to pick up his fishing net, and coached him into landing the catch. It was a thrilling experience for my son. “The thing I enjoy most about fishing is meeting new anglers,” says Brownlee. “You are never too old, or too young, to start fishing. Fishing is not all about catching fish; it’s more about enjoying nature and making memories.” The graduate of RothwellOsnabruck District High School in Ingleside (in 2015) says some of his best fishing spots are in the Long Sault Parkway. It’s a perfect situation for the 19-year-old having the St. Lawrence River so close by to his home. His favourite memory in the sport is landing the elusive lake trout while fishing the St. Lawrence River in Cornwall. The biggest fish he ever caught was a 43-pound conman


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

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

Brownlee also enjoys learning Long Sault’s Brandon Brownlee poses with one of his impressive catches. Brownlee says his favourite form of fishing is bottom-fishing new techniques and figuring out how for carp and channel catfish. Photo Submitted to get fish to hit when they are not active. “My favourite species to fish for is carp,” he says. “I like bottom-fishing for carp and channel cats. You never know how big the next one will be.” He can be found on the ice of the St. Lawrence and surrounding water bodies two-to-three times a week during the winter ice-fishing season. In the summer, he enjoys the pasttime 5-6 times a week. “I fish 12 months out of the year,” Brandon Brownlee invited Vinny Anderson to be his “net man” during an afternoon of fishing in 2014. Brownlee says his favourite part of he says. fishing is meeting new friends, young and old. Photo Todd Anderson Brownlee was introduced to fishing at the age of three by his younger Brownlee says he still has one I have to thank for introducing me to the love of fishing. He showed father Tim. Father and son have plenty to learn from his father. “The best friend I have in fishing is me everything I know about fishing. been partnering up ever since as they share memories along the way. The my dad,” says Brownlee. “He’s the I still can’t out-fish him.” #1 Legend Dealer

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Stan Hum, Coach of Cornwall’s Seaway Valley Rapids Minor Bantam AA Team, to Coach His Team in Their Game Against Sweden’s Kungälv IK U-14 Team By Molly Kett


his April 14th at the Benson Centre, an exhibition game will be held between the Seaway Valley Rapids Minor Bantam AA and Kungälv IK U14 Team coming all the way from Sweden. For the paast ten years, the Seaway Valley Minor Hockey Association has hosted Minor hockey teams from Kungälv Sweden,

Hum says he’s really looking forward to the upcoming exhibition game his team is to play against Sweden. “I’m looking forward to a great game between the Kungälv and Seaway Valley kids. Hockey truly is an amazing sport where kids from opposite sides of the “pond” have an opportunity to meet new friends, experience new cultures, and play a game they love,” says Hum. “I’m really hoping for an entertaining game. A win by the boys to cap off the season would be really nice for sure!”

Polytechnic Institute Rams and the Seneca College Braves at the collegiate level in Toronto, where I received my post secondary education and graduated in Civil Engineering Technology in 1989.” Over the past eight years, Hum has been involved with coaching minor hockey teams and instructing players and various camps and clinics.

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with the players being matched to stay with the families of a Seaway Valley player for a week. The exhibition game will be one of the many other activities and social events the two teams will participate in during this week. This year, Stan Hum who was born and raised in Cornwall, has been coaching the Seaway Valley Rapids Minor Bantam AA team. Hum says his interest in athletics and particularly coaching comes from the profound influence athletics and competitive sports had on his life in a positive manner, helping shape Hum into the man he is today. “Growing up in Cornwall, sports kept me and many of my childhood friends out of trouble. Individual and team sports allowed the neighbourhood kids to come together socially, have fun, and be respectful of one and other. It challenged all of us physically, mentally and emotionally. It taught us that hard work, determination, perseverance, and good decision making can achieve goals, bring success, and bring dreams closer to reality,” says Hum. “As a kid, I was a product of the Cornwall Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) and played on competitive hockey teams at various levels. Later, I continued my hockey journey and played for the Ryerson

Hum has some very impressive and well thought-out coaching philosophies which, after hearing, one could only conclude that his team is being taught in a positive environment, full of learning, competition, fun, and respect. “My objective as a coach is to: provide leadership, be a good role model, foster and develop a child’s hockey and social skills in a team environment, while experiencing fun and enjoyment along the way,” says Hum. “The measurement of success should not necessarily be measured by wins or losses. Winning hockey games are merely outcomes and losing games is not really losing but learning, gaining feedback from the experience and making adjustments for future success.” Hum also says that skills, of course, are the foundation to a player’s success. Hum strives to focus on development as well as equal opportunity as part of his coaching philosophies. “It’s my responsibility as a head coach to introduce, develop, and refine individual core skills, teach individual and team tactics, and work on team concepts and systems of play,” says Hum. Hum’s favourite coaching memory truly lies in watching his team grow. “Just watching kids develop and succeeding through hard work and perseverance. I coached a Novice group in 2010-11 who went 0-21-1. They improved their record the following season to 18-5-1 with 3 of 4 tourney wins,” says Hum. Make sure to catch the game and support the teams in their upcoming exhibition game.  

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Char Lan Rebels Scoring “Lethal” Larry Fryers Record Set by Cory Maxam Wins at Madison Square 25 Years Ago Still Stands Gardens frankly, that I didn’t think was attainable then, and has proven to stand the test of time,” said Maxam. He credits his line mates, Denis St Jean and Martin Laroche, with much of his success that season. The three of them were known as the “Pony Express Line”. Maxam was awarded with Top Rookie, MVP, and Top Scorer of the year. Cory Maxam 

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wenty-five years ago, Cory Maxam set a Char-Lan Jr B Rebels record of 48 goals and 88 assists for 136 points. The record still stands today.

Maxam began playing hockey when he was five years old and fell in love with the sport. In June 1991, he was drafted by the Massena Americans Jr A of the Central Junior Hockey League. He played for the Seaway Valley Major Midgets AA Rapids. During the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association’s season, Maxam captained the team and led them to win the regular and playoff season. The team represented the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association at the Air Canada Provincial Championships and came home with bronze.

“It would be easy to take credit for my individual accomplishments,” said Maxam, “but it’s way more important to acknowledge that hockey is a team sport and most of the credit should go to my coaches and teammates for the unforgettable year I had when I played for the Char-Lan Rebels.” The next season saw Maxam signed as one of five protected players with the Cornwall Colts. He was traded to the Brockville Braves in November 1993, where he finished the season with 27 goals and 37 assists in 40 games. He played one more year with the Brockville Braves.

Maxam went on to play hockey with the University of Ottawa Gee Gees. He settled down in Cornwall with his wife, Cindy, and their three children. When not working as a finance manager at Seaway GM, Maxam can be found In June 1992, Maxam was supporting his children in their drafted by the Cornwall Colts. chosen sports. When reassigned to the Char“I would tell aspiring young Lan Jr B Rebels, he captained hockey players that the sky is the team and ended up setting the limit and most of the time the 25-year-old record for the you determine your own fate most points in a season. by how hard you are willing to “Many great players played work,” shared Maxam. “It is for the Rebels over the team’s actually like that in all aspects storied past. It’s a record, quite of life.”

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Getting to Know Matthew Lapierre, Coach of Sweden’s Kungälv IK U-14 Team By Molly Kett


atthew Lapierre will be coaching Sweden’s Kungälv team when they face Cornwall’s Seaway Valley Rapids Minor Bantam AA Team in the exhibition game to be played this April 14th. Lapierre is a 20-year-old originally from Cornwall, who has been living, working in the small city of Kungälv Sweden for nearly two years. He just began coaching the team for the 2015/2016 year. “My athletic history is pretty much like any

town I grew up in,” says Lapierre.

Lapierre is looking forward to the upcoming exhibition game. “What I am looking forward to the most, for this game, is being able to come back to Cornwall and play against the team I grew up playing for. When I was part of the minor Bantam Rapids team in 2010/2011, we had the opportunity to host a team from Kungälv that season. To have the chance, this year, to be a part of the experience from the Swedish team’s point of view is going to be really special for me. I am really looking forward to bringing my team from Kungälv to Cornwall and to introduce them to the

In terms of Lapierre’s coaching philosophies, he says his team members would describe him as “tough, but fair.” “I believe that when the boys are at the U14 age group (Minor Bantam), you must push them to be their best, every time they are on the ice. I always preach to my players that you must practice as you want to play,” says Lapierre. “Although I think it is important to push the boys to be their best, I also believe it is equally important to make sure that they have fun when they come down to the arena every day. If the players enjoy hockey and enjoy being at the arena, they will be much more open to listening to coaching. On top of that, if they enjoy playing, it also means they will continue to develop and play hockey for many years.”

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other typical Canadian; hockey, hockey, and more hockey. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to play many years of high-level hockey, with the majority of my career spent playing for the Seaway Valley Rapids,” says Lapierre. “As I got older and entered high school, I really tried to get involved in playing as many school sports as I could. This included mainly basketball, volleyball, and high school hockey. Unfortunately, due to the fact that many of the sports coincided with each other, I was forced to stick to mostly just playing hockey. I played until I was 17, and then quit playing when I started attending University of Ottawa. That is when I began coaching.” Lapierre began coaching with the Kungälv team part time for the 2015/2016 season and has taken on a larger role this season. He has also signed on to coach the U16 team next year. “Since I moved halfway across the world and I was completely new to the area, being a part of the local hockey community was a great way for me to get to know more people. After thoroughly enjoying my year of helping out the team for the 2015/2016 season, I decided I wanted to take a bigger role in the club for the next season. That led to me deciding to be ‘co-head coach’ of the team for the 2016/2017 season, and eventually signing on to continue coaching U16 for the upcoming 2017/2018 season,” says Lapierre.

In terms of the upcoming game, Lapierre hopes the boys will enjoy the experience of playing hockey in Canada, as for many it will be a once in a lifetime experience. But he’s also hoping to come out with a win. “Nothing would make me happier than to beat the Rapids. I would love to beat the team I grew up playing for, with the team I now currently coach,” says Lapierre. Lapierre’s favourite coaching memory actually comes from his time coaching this year’s team in Sweden at a tournament in Växjo. “It was the first time I got to go away to a tournament with a team I was head coach for, and it was a great weekend,” says Lapierre. “The best part of the tournament was the heart the boys showed in the ‘playoff round’ on the final day. We needed to win our last game to finish second in the tournament, and we were down 2-1 with only a couple of minutes left to play. We called a timeout and really challenged the boys not to quit, and to fight hard to win the game. After the timeout, we scored 2 goals in about 30 seconds and won the game 3-2. Although it was nice to win the silver medals, the real win for me was seeing how happy and relieved our players were to win that game. As a coach, seeing the boys fight extremely hard and get rewarded like they did that game was the best feeling in the world.” Who will win the exhibition between the two teams? Head out to watch the exhibition game April 14th to find out!

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You Cannot Deny Preparation: Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail

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ith many of your regular seasons coming to an end and playoff preparation beginning, it is time to put some consideration into how you will prepare and where you want to play next season. By this time hopefully you have, honestly and constructively, compared yourself against your competition for the team you want to play for next season and have an understanding of the areas that you need to improve on.

When preparing for your off-season, which I hope is after a nice playoff run and having reached your goals of this season, you need to place serious consideration on how you will prepare for next season to be even better. I definitely encourage a couple of weeks to re-focus and take your mind off the game. This refresher can be huge in allowing you to maintain your focus on improvement throughout the duration of your summer training. That being said a 2-3 month break is more than a refresher, and will likely lead to you being surpassed by your competition. So as you begin to evaluate yourself and think about the off-

season keep these two things in - Improved mobility and movement patterns (= better mind: 1) You DO NOT have to be skating, puck protection, recovery the strongest in April, May, and pushes, ability to pivot, change June. You need to use those directions with full body control) months to prepare yourself to be = more economical movements the strongest, fastest, and most and energy conservation, allowing explosive athlete you can be in you to think more clearly and mid-August to September when perform better. - + Increased confidence from your pre-season is beginning. knowing you put in the work 2) You CAN NOT become and did everything you could to the strongest, fastest, or most prepare yourself. explosive athlete by training Here’s why short term fixes, or like an animal in August if you cramming in the last couple of haven’t built a foundation in the weeks before training camp isn’t previous months, allowing for the choice you should make. your body to adapt and progress. Because ultimately failing to There is no magic fix for not prepare is preparing to fail: putting in the work. Practice - Burn out does not necessarily make - Injury everything perfect but consistent - Over training (feel weak during practise, with a plan, does camp) make the things you improve - No time to make adjustments - Likely no direction because you permanent. are just training without a plan Here are the benefits to - Improved conditioning but investing in a progressive no gains in strength, explosive training plan with a quality power, or performance mechanics strength and conditioning When setting goals for the offcoach: season and upcoming season - Assessment of imbalances, I give my athletes a couple of weaknesses, strengths, and goal guidelines: setting • Think about where they will be playing next year (or are setting - Muscle development out to play) - Muscle recruitment • And then ask yourself how - Progressively increased dominant you will be at that level flexibility

if you train and prepare as if you’re going to play at the level above that? One of the most valuable lessons I learned when making the jump from Midget to Junior hockey was a conversation with Mark Hunter after being cut by the London Knights in 2006 (yeah, that’s right, I couldn’t beat out Steve Mason for his job) was that you need to master the previous level before you can excel at the next level. If you can truly appreciate this perspective, there should be no reason that you don’t try to be the best you can be at any level to be sure you can do the same at the next level. I wish you all the best in your preparation and will help any serious athlete looking to take his/her game to the next level with training programs available online and/or via smart phone app (Android and iOS) for those looking for direction on goal setting and how to train properly. I will also be releasing my summer camp dates by the end of the week for those who are either close to the Niagara area or are interested in relocating to put in their best off-season yet. “There comes a time when winter asks… What did you do in the summer?”


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ohn St. Marseille is a professional engineer and geoscientist who has been employed for the last four years as the City of Cornwall’s GM, Infrastructure & Municipal Works. St. Marseille is very passionate about his work, as he says “It is very humbling and rewarding to be part of a great team with responsibility for the City’s infrastructure and to contribute to advancing and improving the services and urban experience for our citizens and visitors to our city.” St. Marseille’s work, though, isn’t the only thing he’s passionate about. Being active is another passion of his; one that he shares with his wife Margaret of nearly 30 years and his three daughters. They have all been members of the Multisport Club in Cornwall since its inception in 2004. “My introduction to triathlon was actually at the ‘Cornwall Games’ in 1997. We swam at Mille Roches Beach in Long Sault then cycled to Cornwall,” says St. Marseille. “I was new to the sport and understood that my running shoes would be transferred to the Cornwall transition zone in time for the run. Well they didn’t, so I ran barefoot – 7 km – along the bike path. I still managed a 4m40s per km pace but I have never run barefoot again. I was smitten with triathlons though.” St. Marseille says that “chance encounters” brought him to the Multisport Club. “I swam at lunch hours at the old Kinsmen Centre in the early 1990’s until some new swim friends and I thought we should move up to a 25 metre pool. The Kinsmen Centre had a 25-yard pool, so we switched to NavCan and 6 am starts. That was a profound change as I didn’t realize that time of day

existed let alone to be swimming at that hour,” says St. Marseille. “Fast forward a few years, I was thrilled to be recognized as the club’s ‘Multisport Athlete of the Year’ in 2006 and then in 2010, I was on the podium for the ‘Cornwall Nasty’, a morning competition featuring a variety of endurance swim events followed by a 5 km run. The recognition meant a lot to me and I could not have accomplished this without the inspiration and infectious motivation from the club’s members.” St. Marseille was inspired to get active initially after his return to Cornwall following time at university, where he says he maxed out at 204 lbs. “Apart from desiring a regular fitness routine, I was looking for like-minded individuals to train with and in particular to motivate me. Apart from physical fitness, there is a positive mental well-being benefit as well,” says St. Marseille. Since day one, St. Marseille has been active in the Cornwall Multisport Club, including volunteering as a board member for a handful of years as well as taking on the role of club secretary. St. Marseille is a firm believer that multisport has a positive impact on his community.

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stop,” says St. Marseille. “The City and surrounding area have benefited financially - with various fundraisers - but also with the positive attitude “Besides Margaret and the girls, I and energy that emanates from these owe my sporting accomplishments athletes.” to the Multisport Club. I was a Through multisport, St. Marseille less-than-inspired and sedentary has had some incredible experiences person. Members of the Multisport such as Ironman distance triathlons Club, sometimes in very subtle at Lake Placid and Penticton as well ways, inspire and motivate persons as competing in the Boston and of all abilities and ages to challenge New York City Marathons, but his themselves. I have learned through experience with the Escape from various members about the mental Alcatraz Triathlon was one of his side of training and competing. If you most major accomplishments. can train your mind – your muscles “The 2.4 km swim, diving off of will follow. The team spirit of group a large tour boat in the middle of training carries you across the abyss - when you may otherwise want to San Francisco Bay, near Alcatraz

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Island, was such a rush,” says St. Marseille. “The murky water was 52°F and I wondered what sea creatures may be lurking, based on the lore of Alcatraz, and the current was very strong. The San Francisco skyline from the tour boat was incredible. The bike and run were very hilly and took us around and under the Golden Gate Bridge and its namesake state park.” Currently, St. Marseille is training for the Ottawa Marathon. He encourages prospective club members to check out the club’s website. Talk to current members and get inspired, too.

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Cornwall Lunker Club Prepares for Spring and Summer Fishing Seasons


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he Cornwall Lunker Club held their March meeting at the Cornwall Armoury on March 15.

The membership is looking forward to their 2017 Cornwall Lunker Club Walleye Classic to be held on May 27th and the 2017 Cornwall Lunker Club MultiSpecies Derby on August 27th.

While sights were set on what lies ahead towards spring and summer fishing, members spoke about their representation at the Alexandria Ice Fishing Derby on February 18. Six members participated in the event; however few fish were caught unfortunately. As the ice slowly melted away from local waterways in March, the group was planning to help fishtagging programs, and planned to observe the St. Lawrence River

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The club meets once a month and also participates in local initiatives including river clean-up projects, demonstrations, and other nature outings. Last year the club proudly help remove 12 tonnes of waste from local waterways. The club always welcomes new members. Contact Joe Arthur for more information at 613-360-0316.

Nicolas Plourde is Heading to Spain for the Soccer Experience of a Lifetime By Molly Kett


hirteen-year-old Nicolas Plourde, player on the under-13 male Seaway Valley Blazer Soccer Team, has recently been given the opportunity to attend a soccer tournament in Barcelona, Spain. Plourde has been playing soccer since he was four, with the Seaway Valley Soccer Club and the Cornwall Indoor Soccer League. Plourde is extremely passionate about the sport, and he’s been working hard to improve year by year. His training has allowed him to play for the Blazer competitive team though the Seaway Valley Soccer Club. His dedication and passion for the sport is incredibly impressive. “What I most enjoy about soccer is being part of a team who uses a ball with their feet to try and win a game. Many sports have the use of a ball such as baseball and football however, soccer is the only sport that allows me to use my feet while working as a team,” says Plourde. “I really enjoy playing with a soccer ball which is probably why I own so many.” Plourde’s ability to constantly push to improve is no doubt what landed

him this unique experience. He has recently been attending the newly founded FC Barcelona Academy in Ottawa as additional training, on top of the time being spent with the Seaway Valley Blazer Team. Part of this academy is the international tournament, taking place in Barcelona this April 10th. Barcelona academies from around the world will gather here, to compete. “I feel happy and excited and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to play against players from all over the world,” says Plourde. “Playing where Lionel Messi plays is a dream come true.” Yvon Plourde is very proud and excited for Nicolas to have this experience. “I’ve always told him that to succeed at anything in life you must work hard and be dedicated. This philosophy is something that he applies regularly every day and as a result his skill level is continually improving,” says Yvon. “It will be such a treat to not only see Nicolas play in Europe against players from all over the world but to also see the Barcelona team play.  Both my sons will get an opportunity to experience something I did when I was younger,

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which is to see how passionate people are in Europe about soccer. Seeing Lionel Messi and Neymar play will be something very special but most of all seeing Nicolas playing in Barcelona against players from various nationalities and enjoying himself will be the best treat of all.” After this European tournament, Plourde’s goal is to continue to see success in his soccer career and help

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others improve on their skill sets through coaching.

“My overall goal is to be able to become a soccer coach so I can pass on all the training I received to others so that players in Canada can continue to get better,” says Plourde. Young Plourde will be a great representative of the local Cornwall athletic community across the pond.


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Swedish Team Visit is an Annual Affair By Jordan Todd

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or the twelfth straight year, a young hockey team from Sweden will be coming to visit and stay with the Seaway Valley Minor Bantam AA team.

In 2006, Lars-Ove Haraldsson was asked to put together a trip for the young players in his small Swedish town. Cornwall came up because he had been there before to visit friends who were playing, and he had met some good people here.

“I figured this was a good place,” says Haraldsson. “It’s not too far from Montreal, it’s close to Ottawa, you can jump on a train or a bus to Toronto. It’s also not too big of a city, it’s kind of like our city in Sweden, so the kids get a glimpse of everyday life in a city that is very much similar to ours.”

they’ll be going to school with their host to get a taste of what everyday life is like in Canada. The Swedes all speak very good English. Obviously, they’ll also be practising and playing hockey with their hosts as well. “We just want to let the kids just hang out,” says Haraldsson. “They play street hockey, they jump on a trampoline, they play golf, they do whatever. That’s what it all comes down to. The kids sit down and chat and get to know each other.”

The trips tend to create lasting connections between the kids. The hosts will already have been talking to their visitors through social media in the weeks leading up to the trip. Mark Desnoyers, President of the Seaway Valley Minor Hockey Association, says that when all the kids have to say Skate Cornwall/Patinage Cornwall Figure Skate Club would like to The Swedish kids will goodbye, you really see the congratulate the following figure skaters for representing our club and connections they’ve formed. on a job well done at the InterClub Athens competition that was held be coming for five nights in January. Pictured are: Standing: Anthony Macdonald; L-R: Sarah and staying with the kids in “When they leave, it’s quite Photo Submitted Cornwall. Lots of the Swedish Marleau, Fiona Laplante  an awesome sight to see,” he kids have family coming, but says. “They’re all standing they’ll be staying at a hotel. there basically crying because The trip is about much more their friend’s leaving. They see than just hockey. The first day them for six days. It’s funny that the Swedish team is here, how quickly they bond.”

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he CharLan Varsity Girls Hockey Team recently defended their title as SD & G Champions, making it three in a row. To win the title, CharLan prevailed in three hardfought, tight games, defeating North Dundas, St. Joe’s, and La Citadelle, all by 2-1 scores The team then travelled to EOSSAA where they lost 4-0 in the final game to École secondaire catholique L’Escale, a school from Rockland, who went on to win gold at OFSAA. The girls were honoured at the Colts final regular season game between the first and second periods.

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Cornwall’s LeGallais Stars on National Stage

Arts program at Mount Allison University, was instrumental in the Mounties success in 2016-17. The 6-foot guard was named the ACAA Rookie of the Year.

By Rodney Wilson CCAA Communications


hile local students were enjoying March Break last week, former Holy Trinity basketball player Thomas LeGallais was busy starring on the national stage.

During the regular season, he averaged 17.6 points per game (3rd in ACAA) for Mount Allison, which finished second overall in the conference with a 17-4 record. LeGallais started all 21 games for the Mounties, averaging 28.5 minutes per game. He led the conference with 139 free throws made and ranked fourth overall in assists.

The Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School alumnus is the starting guard for the Mount Allison Mounties, who competed in the 2017 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Basketball National Championship at Holland College in Charlottetown, PE from March 15-18.

LeGallais graduated from Holy Trinity in 2015 after leading the Falcons to the EOSSAA “A” Championship. He was named the Most Valuable Player for the Senior Boys’ team an unprecedented three times.

“It’s been an awesome experience, you almost feel like a celebrity,” said LeGallais, after his Mounties fell 88-75 to the SAIT Trojans in their second game of the tournament. The Cornwall native scored 20 points and had nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals in the contest and was named the team’s Player of the Game. At the beginning of the Championship, LeGallais got the opportunity to pose with the National Basketball Association’s Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, which was on display at the CCAA AllCanadian banquet. While the Mounties went 0-3 at the CCAA National Championship, it was an invaluable experience for LeGallais, who spent last season in North Carolina at prep school. “At the start of the year, we didn’t really have high expectations, but once we got going, we started realizing more and more just how much potential we had,” said LeGallais. “We may not have gotten a win


“We are really proud of Thomas’ success,” said David McCabe, LeGallais’ senior basketball coach at Holy Trinity. “He has worked hard to achieve it.”

LeGallais, pictured with CCAA All-Canadian Ian Tevis of the Red Deer Kings, was named Mount Allison’s Player of the Game vs. the SAIT Trojans on Friday, March 17 at Holland College in Charlottetown, PE.  Photo Submitted here but we still feel like we’ve come a long way from the start of the year.” The CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship consists of five conference champions from across Canada (Pacific Western Athletic Association, Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference, Ontario

Whistle Stops The “Team” has just completed Issue # 53, and as always, I would like to thank Lynn (Graphic Design), Margo (Editor), Lionel (Sales), Bernadette (Website); our writers, Todd, Molly, Victoria, Thom, Micaela; our editorial columnists, Jim, Jorge, Dave, Jordan; 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 # 53 Plan to attend the Seaway Valley vs Kungälv Sweden Minor Bantam hockey game at the Benson Centre on Friday April 12th, 11:00 am. Quite remarkable, this game is the 12th annual game between the two teams. This game builds friendships and lasting memories each year. Kudos to the organizers. Cornwall Wildcats’ spring registration is ongoing. They

Colleges Athletic Association, Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec, and Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association), two wildcards, and the host team. The Mounties qualified for the first time in program history. LeGallais, who is taking a Bachelor of

For LeGallais, the hard work is finally paying off. “I’ve been working hard putting up shots every day since Grade 10, so it’s nice to get accredited for something I feel I’ve worked hard at for a really long time,” he said. And an unexpected trip to the CCAA National Championship in his very first season has equipped the youngster with experience he’ll hope to build upon in the coming seasons. “At Nationals, there’s a lot more lights, a lot more hype, and a lot more media,” said LeGallais. “So, having this experience in my first year, it’s a really good eye opener for me to know what to expect hopefully in the next couple of years.”

are also looking for coaches for various levels in their program. For more information check out their website Another date to remember is April 15th. Hometown Sports Hero, local pro boxer Tony “Lightning” Luis makes his debut in his hometown. Ronnie Robidoux, another local pro boxer is also on the card. Congrats to the Midget AAA Colts on winning the HEO Midget AAA crown. Should be a great playoff series between the Colts and Ottawa Junior Senators. Let’s get to the games and cheer on our team. Lion’s Club members are hard at work organizing the annual Awards Banquet which is held each May. Winners never Quit, and Quitters Never Win, Signing out

Until next Month Mike Piquette, Publisher


April 2017 Issue #53

Akwesasne Hockey Teams Bring Home Gold from Mississauga Tournament

to Chippewas of Rama. The Bantam Girls Akwesasne Wild he Akwesasne Wild tyke was edged 1-0 by Batchewana in and novice teams were goldtheir title match. medal champions at the 2017 In all there were 11 teams Little Native Hockey League championships March 16th at representing Akwesasne at the event. While most, if not all, of Mississauga’s Iceland Arena. the players are local; these teams The tyke squad defeated Garden are select squads and they are put River 14-6 to claim their gold together specifically for the Little medals in the tyke competitive Native Hockey League event. division while the novice Wild Players are generally spread defeated the Lake Helen Jr. out among other teams in other Braves 5-3 to claim theirs in the associations during the winter novice recreation group. The season. tykes came out on top among a “I think this is an amazing grouping of 26 teams while the novice squad was the best out of opportunity for all aboriginal kids,” said Alex White Jesmer one 29. of the hockey moms involved in Akwesasne was wellAkwesasne’s entries. “It’s once a represented on Championship year that they’re able to all come Day, March 16th, at Mississauga’s together and play hockey. It’s a Iceland Arena. The Akwesasne total Canadian thing. There’s a Wild Atom Girls team fell 2-1 lot of heart that goes into each to Delaware in the A final. The game and you can see it.” Peewee Competitive Akwesasne Jesmer’s son Peyton won gold Wild lost to AOK Eagles 4-2 in their A final. The Bantam with the tyke squad while Wyatt Recreational Akwesasne won with the novice team. Wolves fell in their A final 6-0 “It was the most rewarding By Todd Anderson


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Former NHL head coach Ted Nolan and his son, Carolina Hurricanes’ draft pick Brandon Nolan, meet with players from the Akwesasne Wild during the Little Native Hockey League tournament in Mississauga in Photo Submitted March.

feeling, all the time spent at the arena paid off,” she said of the teams’ success. “The smile and look on their faces made Garrett and I so proud. I truly couldn’t be happier for them. Next year our daughter will be playing as well. So we can’t wait.”

To reach the gold medal game the tykes defeated Garden River 21-7 and Moose Cree Scrappers 13-2 before falling to the Walpole Island Hawks 7-6. In the round-robin, the novice Wild beat Six Nations Sting 10-0, CMO United 8-2, and Atikameksheng Stingers 8-0. In the quarter-finals the Wild

defeated Chippewas of Nawash 2-1. In the semi-finals Akwesasne edged the Moose Cree Thunder Chiefs 5-4.

In all there were 200 teams at the event featuring 2500 players. The event has grown substantially since its debut in 1971 when 17 teams participated in the inaugural event held in Manitoulin Island. Former NHL stars Stan Jonathan, Reggie Leach, Fred Sasakamoose, Jonathan Cheechoo, as well as former NHL coach of the year Ted Nolan and his son Brandon, a Carolina Hurricanes’ draft pick, attended this year’s event.  

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The Akwesasne Wild novice team captured the gold medal at the Little Native Hockey League tournament in Mississauga in March. Pictured front from left are Fisher Smart, Dash Adams, Treven Seymour, Aiden Durant, Taeys Benedict, Wade Francis, and Anastasia Terrance. Middle row from left are Thayer Thompson, Wyatt Thompson, Houston Johnson, Karonhiakwas Bova, Tehohahiio Pyke, Kayden Thompson, Awenniserahthe Mitchell, and Cruz Lazore. Back row from left are David Francis, Justin Durant, and Head Coach Elliott Lazore. Photo Submitted


The Akwesasne Wild Tykes captured the gold medal at the Little Native Hockey League tournament in Mississauga in March. Pictured in front row from left are Van Mitchell, Peyton Thompson, Max Garrow, and Devin Burns. Middle row from left are Tyten Wylie, Colten Benedict, Lilli White, Colin Durant, Royce Delormier, Hohnegewas Mitchell, Kamry Thompson. In back from left are coaches Krissy Thompson and Samantha Philips. Photo Submitted

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OHA Prep Team Wins Hamilton HSSC Showcase Tournament

In no particular order, Peter Toth, Jake Howis, Liam Danskin, Aron Sarmiento, Ben Solder, Morgan Clarke Pizzo, Julien Chau, Ross Cowan, Owen Haiek, Cedric Beck, Clemente Espinosse, Ruairi Lockerbie, Rais Francis, Aaron Lyon, Sandro Grannass, Korbinian Lutz, Tim Uhrig, Jason Hill. Photo Submitted Coaches Jay McNeil and Josh Laderoute

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The Games are over,

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

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


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

Coach of the Falcons, Calumets, and Colts for ten years; Ray then moved to the states where he would spend the rest of his life in hockey. Ray was GM of the Washington Presidents - Eastern Hockey League in 59-60, then the New Jersey Larks the following season. Miron managed Knoxville in 1962, 63, 64, and 65. In 1964, Miron joined the Toronto Maple Leaf organization, managing its affiliate teams in Tulsa, Okla. then Oklahoma City through 1976. It didn’t end there. An audit of Ray’s life in hockey would fill several Sports Energy pages. Thirty more years would follow which included being GM of the Colorado Rockies. Ray was awarded the NHL’s 2004 Lester Patrick Trophy – an award given to those who provided outstanding service to hockey in the United States. So really, the fact is, you do not have to be from Cornwall to remember the Cornwall Sports

Cornwall Falcons in white, signal a goal vs the Rideaus (Smiths Fall) as the jubilant fans shoehorned into Photo Submitted the community arena celebrate.

Hall of Fame (1969) member.

Fortunately, somebody hinted worn by the ’47 Falcons; however Through the wonders of the that I might be interested in some they did not play against a team named Rideaus until 1953. internet and social media, I of these memories. received a message one day A little over a month ago, a While there are not many action last year from a lady named box arrived and it was filled with pictures in Ray’s treasures, the Cindy. She lived in Oklahoma. scrap books and photos that bring community arena was jammed Now, strange ladies sending me to life the late forties and early for this game against the Rideaus. messages is not that unusual, but fifties’ sporting life in Cornwall, Photo was likely taken by a local Cindy Hosler had a connection to a grand era of senior hockey in press photographer that night. this area. this area. Thanks Cindy. The memories Cindy is Ray Miron’s daughter I am presently going through you provided will have me and she had just been home to the pictures and thought it might searching for more of your dad’s bury her father. Upon returning be neat to bring back a memory history. When I opened that to Oklahoma, she faced the task this month from those heady days of going through her father’s from a long time ago. The picture box, it truly was like Christmas memories. attached matches the uniforms morning. dable Reloa a C rd

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April 2017 Issue #53

Dean Swift: Following His Bliss By Lorna Foreman


ailing is great, but it’s a totally different adventure to build your own boat and then sail it. That is what Dean Swift of Cornwall did.  In his very small back yard he constructed his 25’ sailing vessel, Lucky Linda.  Barely able to squeeze it down his driveway several years ago, he embarked on his ongoing odyssey.  The first stage was to Halifax, then the Azores, and on to Portugal.  His book “So You Want to Build a Boat” chronicles one part of his adventure.  His other two books “Driven” and “83 Days to Weather” tell of the different experiences he had while finally ending up in Portugal.  No doubt there will be a fourth after this next trip. I have known Dean for many years and I both envy him and scratch my head wondering if he is nuts. He is setting out on the most demanding stage of his journey.  Along with his First Mate, Serge Latullipe they headed to Portugal to make sure Lucky Linda is seaworthy and

prepare her for launch.

I just heard from Dean.  They are presently in Portimao on the south coast of Portugal; an area known as the Algarve.  Already he is complaining - it is sunny, 22C, and the beer costs $1.50 at the local watering hole. Life is tough Dean. Dean and Serge have checked out Lucky Linda and all is in order.  Now,  he told me, comes  the heavy work preparing her for the long voyage.  Plans are to leave sometime

Dean Swift

Lucky Linda, Dean’s 25’ sailboat, is being readied for the next stage of her interesting life.  There is always a strong relationship between crew and vessel unlike any other.  Having built it himself, Dean is intimate Photo Submitted with all her idiosyncrasies.

First Mate Serge Latullipe is fondly named “Pirate Jorge” by Photo Submitted the locals. 

in April and head to Morocco and were needed and what adventures beyond. they encounter on the trip. So stay There will be a monthly update tuned and share Dean and Serge’s on the boat’s progress - how they adventure through this newspaper.  are making out - what preparations Bon Voyage Dean and Serge.













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South Stormont Novice Selects Honour Coaches By Micaela Wylie Arbic


odney Wilson knows that winning isn’t always the key to success. As assistant coach of the South Stormont Novice Rep Selects, this season was the first year the league had a competitive novice team. Despite a winless season, each member of the team learned valuable lessons. Each of the coaching staff was presented with plaques at the yearend banquet, highlighting what each coach taught each of the 12 players. “For me, coaching is more than

just X’s and O’s, especially when working with seven and eight-yearolds. The biggest part of coaching, especially at this age, is connecting with the kids and building them up, not just as hockey players but as young people,” Wilson said. “The team competed in a very strong division, but each player improved tremendously throughout the season; where they had good success in tournament and exhibition play.” One season accomplishment for the boys was winning their home tournament. “We pulled our goalie late in the game and scored with 8.8 seconds left in the third period to send

the game into overtime,” Wilson said. There, they beat Clarence-Rockland 5-4, claiming the B Division title of The SSMHA Novice Invitational. Wilson has been involved in the South Stormont Minor Hockey Association (SSMHA) for four years. In addition to coaching his novice team, he worked with the Own The Ice program as well as the Akwesasne Jr. B Wolves.

Coach Rodney Wilson proudly displays the plaque presented to him.

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