Category Archives: Sports & Recreation

Stittsville Minor Hockey bottle drive raises over $2,000 for Kelly family

The Stittsville Minor Hockey Association’s  bottle drive raised over $2,000 on the weekend.  The money raised will go to the Kelly family, who have an atom-aged son who is battling cancer.

The Rams thank all levels and tiers of the SMHA RAMS Hockey Family, OVSS, Stittsville RAMS Junior Hockey, parents, families, volunteers and community for supporting “#9”.

They also thank poccopazzo restaurant for donating from both of their locations and the Beer Store for helping the event run smoothly.


PHOTO: Sunset over Bandmaster Park skating rink

Chris Griffin took this photo of tonight’s sunset over the outdoor skating rink at Bandmaster Park in Fairwinds.  The rink officially opened for the season yesterday. People of all ages were outside skating on it today. Here’s a map of outdoor rinks in Stittsville.

Sunset over Bandmaster Park skating rink. Chris Griffin -
Sunset over Bandmaster Park skating rink. Photo by Chris Griffin –


Two Stittsville teams among the champions at this year’s Bell Capital Cup


(Press release from the Bell Capital Cup.)

The 16th annual Bell Capital Cup, the world’s premier atom and peewee hockey tournament, came to a successful conclusion earlier today when the final three championship games were played at Canadian Tire Centre. Continue reading


Parking reduction at GRC on Tuesday due to pool renovations

Part of the parking lot at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex will be closed on Tuesday, December 16.

Ruiter Construction will be having steel delivered for the ongoing pool renovations.  There will be a crane and two 50-foot trailers. Signage will be posted to notify clients of reduced parking for that day, according to city councillor Shad Qadri.


Sens move to downtown would create opportunity for Kanata/Stittsville, says planner

(Above: Workers install the new Canadian Tire Centre sign in August 2013.)

The lead planner of the master plan for Kanata West says that if the Sens ever move to Lebreton Flats, it could present a big opportunity for the area.

Ted Fobert is a partner with Fotenn Consultants and was the lead planner and program manager for the Kanata West Concept Plan. That plan was created in the late 1990’s to guide the development of west end of Kanata, centred around the NHL arena (now Canadian Tire Centre). Continue reading


New winter golf studio launched in Stittsville

(Above: Chris Bernard has more than 40 years of experience in the golf industry. Photo by Ron Patey

The new Chris Bernard Golf Academy Winter Studio is up and running in the heart of Stittsville.

“We’re open and welcoming golfers at 1498 Stittsville Main St. where players of all levels will be able to swing away in three hitting bays, use a state-of-the-art putting green and we will view and record swings on the latest FlightScope and V1 Swing technology,” said Bernard, who recently joined the staff at the Canadian Golf and Country Club. Continue reading


Petition to rename Palladium Drive to Alfredsson Way closes in on 2,000 signatures

Alfie's back!
“Alfie’s Back” – photo by Derek Mellon, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group. (Click for full size.)

A fan petition to rename Palladium Drive that started only five days ago already has nearly 2,000 signatures.  Organizers want to name it in honour of former Sens player Daniel Alfredsson, who retired last week. Continue reading


PHOTOS: Mount Pakenham opens for skiing this weekend

Above: Alex Weir adjusts the snow gun near the top of  a trail at Mount Pakenham. Hill workers have been busy preparing for this weekend’s opening of the ski season.

Mount Pakenham opens for skiing this weekend, 9:00am-4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Lift tickets are $18.  The ski resort is about a 30 minute drive west of Ottawa. Continue reading


Goulbourn Girls Hockey teams win gold and silver

The Goulbourn Girls Hockey teams won gold and silver in the 31st Annual Cornwall Girls Hockey tournament this past weekend

It was a huge success for the Goulburn Association.  Four of the six teams made it to Sunday playoff action.  That is outstanding, considering we are just in our third year of our program.

That is a huge testament to our development and dedication from everybody involved.

The Novice 1 team won a Silver medal finish and the Atom 2 team won a Gold medal.


PHOTOS: Stittsville Junior Rams fall to Arnprior Packers 3-1

(Above: Arnprior Packers defenseman #7 Corey Drisdelle and Stittsville Junior Rams  #19 Shane Hiley mix it up in the first period during Sunday afternoon Junior Hockey at Goublourn Recrecation Center.  Packers went on to win the game 3-1. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Thanks to Barry Gray for sending along these photos from Sunday’s Rams-Packers game.   We welcome photos and stories from the community. Please send them to Continue reading PHOTOS: Stittsville Junior Rams fall to Arnprior Packers 3-1

West Ottawa Soccer Club bolsters its coaching ranks in light of continued Club growth

(Press release from West Ottawa Soccer Club.)

The West Ottawa Soccer Club (WOSC) announced today that it has added two top caliber coaches to its technical leadership team. Mr. Traian Mateas and Mr. Kwame Telemaque will strengthen the WOSC technical staff team starting this Winter season.

In light of continued Club growth from its grassroots and recreational programming all the way to its Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) stream, adding additional technical capacity had been an important priority to the organization.

With Traian Mateas, who will assume the role of Club Head Coach for the Mini age groups from U8-U12 and Kwame Telemaque, who will take on the role as Club Technical Coach including the head coaching role for both the WOSC U13 and U14 Girls’ OPDL teams in 2015, the Club has been able to add two highly acclaimed experts to its coaching ranks led by former Canadian International Kristina Kiss as Technical Director.

Traian Mateas, who for 15 years had been a driving force behind the ascent of Capital United as one of Ottawa’s most successful Clubs at the OYSL level, will apply his coaching excellence to reinforce the creation of a complete player development pathway covering the critical golden years of learning from U8-U12 before players transition into the U13+ OPDL age groups.

Mr. Mateas played at the professional club level in Timisoara in Romania in the 70s, before embarking on his Canadian football journey in 1982. During the last 30 years, he has been coaching successfully at the Club, District, Provincial, and collegiate level, as well as running the “Soccer by Mateas School of Excellence”, while also assisting the Ontario Soccer Association as an instructor.

“It is a joy to work with innovative football minds like Kristina Kiss and her team to give the talented players under our care vastly enhanced development opportunities,” stated Mateas. “The football landscape is changing rapidly and creating development platforms that are putting the player first, this will be the recipe for our sustainable long-term success,” he added.

Kwame Telemaque, who holds a National B License, as well as a Youth Development Coaching License from the Scottish FA, most recently coached the Ottawa Fury FC’s OPDL Girls’ U13 team and acted as Ottawa Fury FC Girls’ Prospects Academy Director. He also earned coaching accolades as both past OSU Club Head Technical Coach and as the St. Anthony’s Men’s Premier Head Coach, leading that team to Provincial and National Championships.

Mr. Telemaque played at the professional level in the Belgian, Portuguese, and Irish first divisions, as well as in Canada and was a NCAA All America whilst at Felician College in 2000. Like his new colleague Traian, he also continues to be active as an OSA learning facilitator educating Coaches across the Province on Long Term Player Development.

“I am elated to join the team at WOSC to assist in the development of our promising talents and am very much looking forward to help all our athletes to take their game to the next level,” stated Telemaque. “I have built my soccer brand around focus on excellence and innovative development practices and feel  that WOSC embraces the same values in the name of football development,” he added.

Just as importantly as their work with the vast player base at WOSC, Mr. Mateas and Mr. Telemaque will also pass on their extensive football knowledge in a mentoring capacity to coaches. In that way, they will support WOSC Technical Director Kristina Kiss, herself an OSA Learning Facilitator, in pooling and passing on their expertise for the benefit of all involved.

“The excellence and leadership quality of our coaches are an absolutely critical success factor for challenging our players to be the best that they can be,” added WOSC President Brian Mason. “In Traian and Kwame, WOSC has found two top caliber experts that will help us to once again raise the bar for the benefit of all our WOSC Warriors,” he added.

Both Mr. Mateas and Mr. Telemaque have begun their work within the WOSC Winter Training Program.


West Ottawa Soccer Club announces exciting new changes to its technical leadership team

(Press release from West Ottawa Soccer Club.)

The West Ottawa Soccer Club (“WOSC) announced today that Mr. Chris Roth will join the Club as of December 1st, 2014 as its new Club Head Coach. Mr. Roth takes over for former Club Head Coach David Hannah, who has recently decided to leave the Club at the end of November to return home to Scotland.


Mr. Roth, who holds an UEFA A Coaching license from the Irish Football Association, has previously worked as Club Head Coach of the Gatineau Soccer Club, where he was responsible for the implementation of all player and coaching development programs. In that capacity he among other things developed a winter development program for the Club’s academy teams, conducted coaching clinics, and assisted in the evaluation and selection of competitive teams.

Before his time at the helm of the Gatineau Soccer Club, Mr. Roth worked as the General Manager of the Ottawa Fury FC, where he oversaw the Club’s growth to a full Youth Academy set-up. While with the Fury, Mr. Roth also acted as Head Coach for the U14, U15, and U16 Boys’ teams, coaching them successfully in the Super Y-League, as well as for the Men’s PDL, and the W1 League teams over a number of seasons. As a course instructor for the Ontario and Quebec Soccer Associations over the last decade or so, Mr. Roth has also honed and proven his extensive skill in coaching coaches.

One of his key responsibilities with WOSC will be the head coaching role of both the Club’s U13 and U14 Ontario Player Development League Boys’ teams for the 2015 season and beyond. Based on his rich coaching experience in the community club, regional, and provincial environments and his track record of nurturing talents to the next level, Mr. Roth is excellently suited for the task at hand.

“WOSC is pleased to have been able to recruit a soccer expert like Chris, who brings a breadth and depth of soccer development experience to the Club,” stated TD Kristina Kiss. “Based on his global soccer knowledge and thorough local appreciation of the opportunities and challenges within our Ontario soccer community, he will be able to help us continue to move the Club forward.”

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build something special at WOSC and help the Club attain its vision of becoming the foremost development Club in Ontario and across Canada in the coming years,” stated Chris Roth. “The Club has a tremendous team in place including TD Kristina Kiss and Traian Mateas. I am looking forward to working with them very closely and taking the Club to the next level,” he added.

Notwithstanding the excitement about being able to add another high quality coach to the WOSC technical leadership team, WOSC is also very grateful for what outgoing Club Head Coach David Hannah has brought to the organization.

“We very much appreciate David’s efforts during his tenure with the Club, especially his leadership of our U13 Boys’ OPDL program and the initiative he brought to our coach mentorship programs,” stated WOSC CEO Bjorn Osieck. “It is unfortunate to see him go and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours in soccer.”

“I would like to thank all members of the WOSC family for their support over the last year and wish the Club all the best going forward,” added David Hannah.


Ottawa Senators and Canadian Tire Centre host recruitment fair

Monday, Nov. 3 2014, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and Canadian Tire Centre want your help in creating raving fans for life! We are a welcoming workplace and look forward to strengthening our team with you for the up-coming season.

WHERE: Canadian Tire Centre, Dodge VIP Entrance (Gate 2), Emperor Rooms

Please bring several copies of your resume and 3 work-related references.



  • Custodial


  • Security
  • Ushers/ Ticket Takers


  • Cashiers
  • Lot Attendants
  • Valet Drivers


  • Game Day and Event Retail Associates
  • Program Vendors
  • Silent Auctioneers


  • Tournament Timekeepers
  • Tournament Services
  • Skating Instructors (Sparty Learn2Skate)
  • Hockey Instructors (Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs)


  • Concession Cashiers
  • Host/ Hostesses
  • Kitchen Attendant/ Dishwashers
  • Servers
  • Line/ Prep Cooks


UPDATE: GRC pool repairs begin, completion scheduled for June 2015

City councillor Shad Qadri provided the following update on the Goulbourn Rec Centre pool repairs in his weekly newsletter this week.

The pool was shut down in October 2013 after workers found mould, leaks and rust in the structure.  At the end of August, the completion date was targeted for late May 2015, but that date has now been pushed back another month.

Funding was approved and in an effort to ensure obtaining qualified and experienced contractors, a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFQ) for General Contractors was issued on the week on July 22nd. Evaluation of the proposals occurred in early August. Any proposal that achieved a minimum 70% score was invited to submit a bid.   Four Firms were selected to be invited to submit tenders.

Tender Schedule: Contract documents were completed by mid August 2014. The Project was tendered to the four pre-qualified bidders on Thursday August 28th 2014 with the close of tender on September 24th. The lowest responsive bidder was Ruiter Construction. The construction costs, together with project soft costs, was over budget, leading to value engineering reductions with the low bidder during the 2 week period following tender close. The construction contract was awarded in early October on budget.

The project kick off meeting was held October 8th, 2014. Ruiter Construction has mobilized on site and are currently preparing shop drawings, schedule, ordering materials, issuing sub-contractor purchase orders, etc. Construction work on site started Monday October 20th, 2014.

After the kick off meeting, the pool basin was filled and pool systems were started up to confirm that all systems were operating properly. The onus is now on the contractor to return these systems in good working order at the completion of the project.

The revised contractual Substantial Completion date is June 26th, 2015. The critical path of the work is the new exterior curtain wall system – shop drawings, ordering, demolition (of old), installation (of new). The City is working with the contractor to advance that completion date without compromising quality or cost of the project.

(An earlier version of this article stated that the pool originally closed in December 2013 for repairs. It in fact closed in October 2013.)


Stittsville couple opens pool supply shop on Stittsville Main

Scott and Angie Jessiman, owners of 4 Season Pool & Spa
Scott and Angie Jessiman, owners of 4 Season Pool & Spa


Bucket of cholorine with your double-double?

Scott and Angie Jessiman opened a pool supply and services company at the end of swimming season in a retail plaza on Stittsville Main Street.  They’re confident the business will take off, thanks to a large concentration of backyard pools and hot tubs in the area — and a prime location next to some high-traffic stores. Continue reading


Good luck to 9 Run Run participants (and good luck to Stittsville drivers too!)

Around 1,750 people are participating in today’s 9 Run Run event. It’s a running event that doubles as a fundraiser for The Daron Fund at the Royal Ottawa Hospital and includes a half marathon, 10k, and 2k races.  (You can read more about the event here.)

A heads up to Stittsville drivers: there several road closures on Saturday around Abbott, Stittsville Main, West Ridge, Fernbank and more. A full list of closures is here… Continue reading