Outstanding effort from all 16 boys who won the Cougar Cup this past weekend.
The Gloucester Cougar Cup tournament ran from January 27 to 29th and included hockey teams from all over Ontario and Quebec. The weekend hosted some very close and exciting games for the Stittsville Peewee team that led them into the semi-finals on Sunday. Continue reading →
Despite Tysen Lefebvre’s physical challenges, the 15-year-old has never backed down from achieving his goals. These days, he’s seeing an all-too familiar Canadian dream come true. Lefebvre has Pfeiffer Syndrome Type 2, a rare genetic disorder that affects his skull, facial features and limbs. Continue reading →
(PHOTO: The City is proposing changing the name of Bell Memorial Park on Stittsville Main Street “W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park”. This photo is from the opening ceremonies for the park in October 2015.)
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The City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting online public consultations on several naming proposals, including several parks in Stittsville and two nearby rinks in Kanata South, The deadline for submitting comments online is December 18, 2016. Continue reading →
More than 50 players, prospects and alumni to participate in fan press conferences, autograph sessions, intra-squad game and more.
The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today additional details for the team’s annual Fan Fest, which will take place this Sunday, Sept. 25, at Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr). The event will feature four unique fan press conferences, two team practices, a Senators’ intra-squad game, autograph sessions, interactive games and entertainment throughout the arena.
(ABOVE: Councillor Shad Qadri took some time out to speak with the boys following the game.)
The SKM Software Stingers of Stittsville participated in the Play On! tournament on July 9 and 10 at Canadian Tire Centre. They competed in the U8 recreational division, finishing first out of eight teams in the preliminary round. They made it all the way to the finals, losing a close, but hard-played game 8-6. The team also won the best jerseys of the tournament award, with each player receiving a PlayOn Gongshow hat.
Mark Yakabuski, 42, suffered a freak accident while golfing, resulting in a serious spinal injury. The father of three is an active member of the Stittsville community and for the past ten years has tirelessly offered his time and energy to the Stittsville Minor Hockey Association.
In a motion for Council consideration at its meeting of May 23, 2007, Councillor Doucet recommended that ball hockey on residential streets be permissible, as long as the free flow of traffic is maintained, and that staff consult with the public concerning what other child-friendly, community-friendly activities could be considered as acceptable public uses of city sidewalks and streets. Continue reading →
This week, the matter of street hockey and road safety has been hotly discussed via social media.
Please allow me to preface this week’s “Councillor’s View”: I love hockey. On quiet days in the office, you can often find me donning my Ottawa Senator’s jersey. I reflect quite warmly on my days as a youth growing up in Ottawa playing broomball and ball hockey on quiet residential streets. They were some of my best memories.
And as Chair of the Ottawa Public Board of Health, supporting healthy active lifestyles for youth is just as important to me as the policies aimed at ensuring the physical safety of children in the City of Ottawa. Continue reading →
The Razorbacks had a strong season with 22 wins, 8 losses, and 2 ties. The playoff run was tough, however the team pulled together with a couple of late period comebacks which helped earn them a trip to the finals. Continue reading →
Garth Brooks runs a ball hockey camp at Sacred Heart High School. Image via CTV Ottawa.
Country music superstar Garth Brooks ran a ball hockey camp inside the Sacred Heart high school gymnasium on Saturday morning. He was joined by Chris Phillips from the Ottawa Senators and Sens alumni Shean Donovan. Continue reading →
A rough hit during a hockey game resulted in a stroke less than 24 hours later for one Sacred Heart Student.
Ben Harford, 17, was discharged from CHEO last Wednesday following a one week stay. He said on Saturday he is in high spirits and feels fine, save a few headaches.
“There’s no permanent damage,” he said, “… Back about a day ago I got all my vision back, that was the last thing that was holding me back.”
“When I was playing hockey, my head got hit in a funny direction,” he recounted,” And a little artery in the back of my head got cut … I didn’t know it at the time but there was a blood clot forming in the back of my head.”
Hockey coaches and hockey experts agree “this type of season is truly special”. These boys have accomplished something so rare and remarkable that they may never do it again as athletes. Continue reading →
The father of a teenage hockey player who was injured in November during a game in Ottawa hopes that criminal charges laid against the teen who hit his son will encourage other players to think about their on-ice behaviour.
“I hope that when players see this, and when they’re about to do something that’s outside the norm of hockey, they think twice about it and they take the time to think that there’s consequences for their actions,” said Tim Sheehan.
Police charged an Ottawa teen with assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm after an incident during a Nov. 8, 2015, major midget game in the Ottawa community of Stittsville.
The Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena turns 45 years old this month.
The first skate was on the evening of January 16, 1971, the result of a massive community effort to raise funds and literally raise the building itself. Stittsville’s first indoor arena was financed entirely by the community, with no help from the municipality. Barbara Bottriell tells the story of the rink in her book Stittsville: A Sense of Place:
“…in the Fall of Centennial year, a group of adult hockey players got together and decided that Stittsville needed an arena and that they were going to build one themselves. They acquired a piece of land beside Alexander Grove sometime during the winter of 1968, and began their fundraising activities in the Spring.”
By the end of 1968 they had raised $25,000 and volunteers went to work clearing the land with chainsaws, dropping by after work or on weekends.
“The cleared the land, stumped it, put in the footings and four feet of crushed stone before the contractor started in 1970. The contractor framed the building and put the roof and then the volunteers began their work again, putting up the siding on the outside and the cement blocks inside. They put polyethtylene over the crushed stone and flooded the surface, even working on Christmas Eve to prepare the ice surface for the new year.”
On January 16, 1971, the committee members – including Ian Colpitts and Sterling Warner – went for a skate on the new ice, but aside from the rink, four walls and a roof, there wasn’t much more to the arena. There was no seating and only temporary dressing rooms. Fundraising continued while they finished the building. (Warner died in 2000; Colpitts died in 2012.)
The building was named after Johnny Leroux in 2011. Leroux has been involved in local sports for years, including as a coach and referee for local hockey and baseball teams. He continues to be an active member of the Stittsville Legion and can often be seen in the stands at the arena that bears his name.
Photographer Barry Gray dropped by recently to snap some photos of the old barn.
We’d love to hear from our readers: Were you part of the fundraising and efforts to build the rink? Do you have any favourite memories from playing hockey there? Add a comment below or send us a link at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Front row (lying down) left to right: William MacNeil, Luke Yelle. Second row, left to right: Evan Moo, Tyler Hannah, Cameron Stone, Grady Lowthian, Patrick Bonini, Austin Sykes, Christopher Perron. Third row, left to right: Eric Exley, Sam Booker, Thomas Wainwright, Erik Wilson, Wei-Wei Fan-Saschenbrecker. Back row, left to right: Assistant Coach Marc Hannah, Head Coach Rob Stone, Assistant Coach Mark Wilson, Trainer Frank Wainwright. Missing from photo: Conner Howard.
The Stittsville Aces took home gold from the St. Isidore Peewee House B tournament last weekend with a decisive 6-1 victory over the Cornwall Colts to win the championship game.
The team started the day with a 7-0 win over Montreal’s MWH Knights and followed up with an intense game against the Canterbury Bulldozers that was decided in overtime with Stittsville’s Thomas Wainwright scoring the game winner. Continue reading →