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More Than Just Hockey ‘Pre-game’ Hosts: Ron MacLean and Tara Slone.

More Than Just Hockey ‘Pre-game’ Hosts: Ron MacLean and Tara Slone

Anyone alive, who watches hockey, will instantly know who Ron MacLean is. If you are a fan of Rogers Hometown Hockey, then Tara Slone also has one of those most recognizable faces in the game. So, when this pair decides to visit your city for the weekend, why not track them down and ask them a few questions.
“I wish I was 30 years old again,” Ron MacLean jokes when he thinks of the weekend commitment he and Slone embarked on three years ago. As he did in Cornwall, sometimes he arrives for Friday events not associated to HTH and then returns to Toronto to anchor HNIC and Coach’s Corner with Don Cherry on Saturday night. Then, it’s up early Sunday morning; head back to the weekend venue in a town, city, or remote outpost and co-host the telecast of the Sunday evening Rogers Sportsnet Hometown Hockey network game.


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Closing Big Ben: A Personal Perspective.

Closing Big Ben: A Personal Perspective.

With Cornwall City Council voting to discontinue funding for Big Ben, the community will be losing its only official local venue for downhill skiing and snowboarding.

For Christian Cousineau, the loss of the ski hill will mark the end of a personal era. “I’ve been snowboarding since I was 16,” he says, “and that’s about 29 years.” Cousineau, born and raised in Cornwall, learned to snowboard at Big Ben, and so have his children. Maxim, 8, and Sophie, 6, have each been hitting the slopes with their father since they were 18 months old.

Cousineau, who is also an instructor at the hill, is a competitive snowboarder who does slope style and bank slalom competitions for fun. As an instructor, he has seen thousands of Cornwall and area kids learn the fundamentals of skiing and boarding at Big Ben. “The facilities are used lots,” he says.

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Local Athletes Attend RBC Olympic Training Event.

Local Athletes Attend RBC Olympic Training Event.

Six local young athletes attended the RBC Training Ground event held at Queen’s University in Kingston on March 24th 2018. RBC Training Ground is a national program created in partnership with RBC, CBC, and the Canadian Olympic Committee with the purpose of identifying and supporting the next generation of high performance athletes in Canada.

These six young female athletes tested their power, their speed, their strength, and their endurance in front of top coaches and sports officials in Canada.

It was truly a wonderful experience to see my daughter compete with other athletes with similar goals.

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An Interview with James Blanchard.

An Interview with James Blanchard.

James Blanchard has been deeply involved in athletics for most of his life. He began playing lacrosse when he was five years old and continued to play up until his last year of eligibility, age twenty-one.

Blanchard played his minor lacrosse with the Cornwall Minor Lacrosse Association under the same three coaches throughout; Rick Fillion, Jack Ruest and his father Perry Blanchard. His junior career was split between two teams; the Junior B Cornwall Celtics and the Junior B Akwesasne Indians.

“Growing up, I recall taking weekend road trips with my father and some buddies a few times a summer to go check out lacrosse games in the Toronto Area. Watching these games allowed me to learn a vast majority of my lacrosse knowledge I have today,” says Blanchard.

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Wall of Heroes Newest Addition to Hall of Fame - Thom Racine.

Wall of Heroes Newest Addition to Hall of Fame - Thom Racine.

new light is shining on Cornwall’s athletic heritage, and it has never looked better.

The Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame is putting the finishing touches on a major renovation with includes new exhibits, new lights, and a new presence in the Civic Complex.

“The time was right to refresh our exhibits and shine the light on some incredible achievements by Cornwall athletes that date from today back to the 1800s,” says Thom Racine, president of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

The major change is the By Bob Peters development of a Wall of Heroes that profiles 48 different athletes from several different sports. Each athlete is featured with a poster that includes a photo and a brief description of their accomplishments. The posters line the main concourse at the Complex and include past and present stars such as Tony Luis, Jenna Flannigan, Christina Julien, and Moe “The Toe” Racine.

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Dean McIntire: Helping for the Love
of the Game.

Dean McIntire: Helping for the Love of the Game

Dean McIntyre has been the trainer and equipment manager with the Cornwall Colts since Ian MacInnis has been at the helm of the club. He figures that’s about twelve years or so. Every one of those years has been a labour of love, as McIntyre is a volunteer. “I like helping out,” he says. McIntyre is a modest man.

Ten years retired from a highlevel management position in animal disease research, McIntyre brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his position with the Colts. His credentials include a position with Jeff Carter and the Akwesasne Wolves (from ’97 to 99 and his first real hockey “job”) and a stint with the Ontario Hockey Academy.

McIntyre has seen a lot of action during his time with the Colts. Some of his fondest memories with the franchise include the time his son spent with the team. “That was the time when Matt Verdone and Jesse Winchester played,” he says. “They were a great group of kids.”

“I like working with youth. It keeps me connected to the younger generation,” he says. “I can give the kids advice about their hockey careers. My son has been through it.” Dean McIntyre’s son, Jeffery, played for the Colts and is now a professional firefighter.

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Local Hockey Star Pete Piquette by Ellery Maloney

Local Hockey Star Pete Piquette

Ellery Maloney, recently spoke with Sports Energy News to remember his friend Pete Piquette. Piquette was a local hockey goaltender in the 1940’s and 50’s who saw great success in his hockey career, landing him a spot in the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame. Maloney says he’s known Pete and his wife Betty for most of his life.

“We both played hockey, we were both goaltenders on separate teams. We’ve been such close friends since our early teens,” says Maloney. “We were in each other’s wedding parties as well.”

Pete Piquette was an exceptional good goaltender and he started his junior hockey with the Cornwall Community Sports Club. Piquette was soon called to play with the Oshawa Generals Jr. A team in the OHA, (Currently OHL). Maloney recalls one of the highlights of Piquette’s time with the Generals was his encounter with George Armstrong, an All-Star player with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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