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Stittsville Peewee C1 Ice Hawks win Cougar Cup tourney

(Photo by:  Stephanie J Roberston)

 

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


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Minor Atom Stittsville Rams take gold at Bell Capital Cup

(ABOVE: The Rams players celebrate their 1-0 win as the final horn sounds.)

(Photos & text via Stittsville Rams)

​The Minor Atom Stittsville Rams competitive hockey team competed in the Bell Capital Cup hockey tournament over the Christmas holidays between 29 and 31 December and found success.

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LINKED: Special apparatus helps teen with rare genetic disorder realize hockey dream

Great story from the Ottawa Citizen about Stittsville’s Tysen Lefebvre:

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


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City seeks feedback on new commemorative park names

(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.)

(via City of Ottawa)

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


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Additional details for Sunday’s Sens Fan Fest released

(via Ottawa Senators)

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.

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Successful tourney for SKM Software Stingers at Play On

(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.

SKM Software Stingers receiving their Finalist Medals (rleft to right: Jamie Charlebois, Matthew Mines, London Knight, Brian Kirkwood, Ramsey Stretch, Andrew Zapp, Drew Morris)
SKM Software Stingers receiving their Finalist Medals (left to right: Jamie Charlebois, Matthew Mines, London Knight, Brian Kirkwood, Ramsey Stretch, Andrew Zapp, Drew Morris)

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#YakStrong fundraiser brings in over $150,000

(PHOTO: Mark and April Yakabuski and with their three boys.)

The June 25 fundraising event for Stittsville’s Yakabuski family raised over $150,000, organizer Jennifer McGahan announced this weekend.

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.

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Fundraiser on June 25 to help Yakabuski family #YakStrong

(PHOTO: Mark and April Yakabuski and with their three boys.)

Sometimes life can change in the blink of an eye. Such was the case for the Yakabuski family last month.

As many of you in the community may have heard Mark Yakabuski, 42, suffered a freak accident while golfing that resulted in a serious spinal injury. Continue reading


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More about what the law says on street hockey

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

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


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FOR THE RECORD: Qadri on road hockey and traffic safety

A letter to residents from Councillor Shad Qadri.

Dear residents,

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


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LINKED: Garth Brooks runs a ball hockey clinic at Sacred Heart

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


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LINKED: Sacred Heart student recovers from stroke after hockey hit

Here’s a story from Devyn Barrie at Stittsvegas:

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.”

Full story here…


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CBC: Dad of injured hockey player hopes criminal charges make players ‘think twice’

From CBC Ottawa:

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.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Johnny Leroux Arena turns 45 years old

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.)

Tens of thousands of dollars were raised by a variety of individuals and community groups over several years as the building continued to be developed.  (John Curry wrote a detailed summary of fundraising efforts and arena costs in the Stittsville News a few years back.)

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 feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca

Plaque inside the arena recognizing Sterling Warner and Ian Colpits, who were instrumental in the community fundraising and contruction of the arena. Barry Gray (for StittsvilleCentral)
Plaque inside the arena recognizing Sterling Warner and Ian Colpitts, who were instrumental in the community fundraising and construction of the arena.
Trophy display case in the lobby of the arena. Barry Gray (for StittsvilleCentral)
Trophy display case in the lobby of the arena.
The arena ice surface, just cleaned ready for skating. Barry Gray (for StittsvilleCentral)
The arena ice surface, just cleaned ready for skating.
Rams hockey jacket in the display case honouring Johnny Leroux who the arena is now named after. Barry Gray (for StittsvilleCentral)
A Stittsville Rams hockey jacket in the display case honouring Johnny Leroux, who the arena is now named after.

Banners inside the arena. Barry Gray (for StittsvilleCentral)

Banners inside the arena. Barry Gray (for StittsvilleCentral)

Plaque inside the arena for Charles Fraser, the first arena manager. Barry Gray (for StittsvilleCentral)
Plaque inside the arena honouring Charles Fraser, the first and long-time arena manager.

Lobby of the arena. Barry Gray (for StittsvilleCentral)

Lobby of the arena. Barry Gray (for StittsvilleCentral)

The first skate happened at the Stittsville arena on January 16, 1971 with no fanfare or ribbon cutting. Over 200 people showed up that evening. Barry Gray (for StittsvilleCentral)
The first skate happened at the Stittsville arena on January 16, 1971 with no fanfare or ribbon cutting. Over 200 people showed up that evening. Barry Gray (for StittsvilleCentral)

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Stittsville Aces bring home the gold

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


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