The Pictou Advocate - Archive for Sports

By: The Pictou Advocate Newspaper  09-12-2011

Posted on November 30, 2011 Hugh Townsend

I’ll come right to the point: I think the new Wellness Centre should be the new and permanent home for the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame. They would be a perfect fit. For a county with a population of only about 40,000, it has a tremendous sports past, a history written through the years by many outstanding athletes, teams and officials. It was a wonderful achievement when the [..]

Posted on November 30, 2011

The Northumberland Regional High Nighthawks claimed their third straight tournament Sunday by capturing the 12th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament played at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium in New Glasgow. Ryan Jones posted a shutout for the Nighthawks, while teammate George Lochead returned from the injured list to sink the only goal of the gold medal game as the Nighthawks nipped the Cobequid Cougars 1-0. Assisting on the winning [..]

Posted on November 30, 2011

PICTOU – The Pictou County Atom Subway Selects dominated the 2011 Grant Thornton Early Bird Female Hockey Tournament last weekend in PEI as they won all five games, including the championship game by a 7-4 margin over Capital District from PEI. Kenzie Emery had a hat trick, while Miriah Linehan, Emma Martin, Jenna Reid and Hannah Fraser netted one goal each. Assists went to Martin, Reid, Eva Wornell, Garyn Purvis, [..]

Posted on November 30, 2011 Steve Goodwin

The Thorburn Golden Hawks were in two of the division finals Sunday at the first annual Keith MacLean invitational hockey tournament they hosted at the Ivor MacDonald Memorial Rink. The Bedford Blues won the Bantam B Division by shutting out Thorburn 8-0 Sunday in the championship game. The Blues trimmed Thorburn 6-1 in their earlier meeting Saturday. Ethan Snell scored Thorburn’s lone goal against Bedford. In their other games, the [..]

Posted on November 23, 2011

The Northumberland Nighthawks won their second boys’ high school hockey tournament when they captured the gold medal Sunday at the 20th annual Birthplace of Hockey Tournament in Windsor. Ryan Jones held the J.L. Illsley Judges from Spryfield, N.S. to two goals in Sunday’s championship game as the Nighthawks prevailed 4-2. Despite taking a series of hard hits that sent two of their players to hospital, the Nighthawks kept up the [..]

Posted on November 23, 2011 Steve Goodwin and Jeff Gunn

Canadian hockey icon Paul Henderson made Clyde Fraser’s day during a recent meeting in Truro. “It takes me back,” the New Glasgow town councillor said after meeting Henderson during his recent visit to Truro. Fraser and fellow Pictou County resident Jerry Munro travelled to Moscow to watch the final four games in the 1972 Summit Series between Canadian NHLers and members of the former Soviet Union’s national team. He discovered [..]

Posted on November 23, 2011 Steve Goodwin

November has been kind to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers. But the month’s rather easy schedule in the MHL will end Thursday when they host the Summerside Western Capitals. The game is a bookend for the Crushers, who have not suffered a regulation loss this month, their only defeat of any kind being a 2-1 overtime setback against the Caps Nov. 3 in New Glasgow. In between have been three [..]

Posted on November 23, 2011 Hugh Townsend

Ken Langille has served on the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame board of directors since its beginning in 1993, and became board chairman three years ago. Taking on the chairmanship, he succeeded his friend, the late Billy Dee, the only person to hold the position in the hall’s first 15 years. “Billy took sick,” Langille explained in a recent interview, “and he called me up one day and [..]

Posted on November 23, 2011

The Highland Tennis Association is halfway toward the goal of the $150,000 it needs to build new tennis courts. The group of local volunteers with a passion for tennis has been working over the past two years to grow the sport in Pictou County and is striving to re-introduce and develop it to the community by raising funds for a new two-court community tennis facility in Pictou. The group is [..]

Posted on November 16, 2011

It’s only a point, but there are signs the Pictou County Scotians may be turning their season around. The Scotians followed a 4-2 loss Friday in Springhill against the Cumberland County Cool Blues with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Syd Rowe Division-leading Antigonish Bulldogs Sunday in Trenton to record their first point after dropping their first 10 games in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League. The results leave the [..]

Posted on November 16, 2011

The Pictou County Crushers will host the Miramichi Timberwolves Thursday and visit the Amherst Ramblers Saturday in their MJL games after sweeping their last two league games. The Crushers downed the Campbellton Tigers 4-1 last Thursday in New Glasgow and defeated the host Bridgewater Lumberjacks 4-2 to raise their record to nine wins against four regulation losses, four overtime losses and one shootout loss. They remain in fifth place in [..]

Posted on November 16, 2011 Hugh Townsend

Ken Langille is one very busy person. And, he’s quick to explain, his telephone is just as busy. That’s because, when he’s not preoccupied with running his Mattress Shop business on Trenton Road, he wears a rather impressive number of hats in Pictou County’s volunteer sector. There are the Shriners, the Masons, the Boy Scouts, the Black Watch and the other efforts that eat into his personal time. But on [..]

Posted on November 16, 2011 Steve Goodwin

The North Nova Gryphons won all three games during their tip-off high school boys’ basketball tournament. The Gryphons will follow the opening of their 2011-12 boys’ Division I high school basketball season by hosting the first MAC league weekend of games Friday at the NNEC gym. The Gryphons will play Yarmouth at 5:45 p.m. and Parkview at 9:15 p.m., while other games will feature the Cobequid Cougars and Parkview at [..]

Posted on November 9, 2011 Steve Goodwin

The Albion Amateur Boxing Club’s most recent card Saturday is among many the club hopes to host as it develops its new generation of boxers, head coach Jim Worthen says. “We’re looking at February for our next card,” Worthen said Saturday at the end of the card the club hosted at the Michelin Athletic and Social Club. “We’re looking forward to more shows at home.” The card featured four boxers [..]

Posted on November 9, 2011 Steve Goodwin

A love of woodworking has resulted in a treasured likeness of the Weeks Crushers logo. Peter Boutilier, whose son Brandon plays for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers, has completed a wood carving of the familiar logo that adorns the jerseys the Crushers wear for their MHL games. Peter and his wife Wanda enjoy attending Crushers’ games and are among the fans at John Brother MacDonald Stadium for the Crushers’ game [..]

Posted on November 9, 2011 Steve Goodwin

People are starting to understand how severe head concussions can be, Dr. James McLaughlin says. The noted neurologist conducted his most recent concussion clinic Sunday in Trenton to help wind up the Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s 2011 development weekend. More than 40 people jammed the rink annex in Trenton to hear McLaughlin share information about concussions. “There is good news,” he said. “The word is getting out, the authorities [..]

Posted on November 2, 2011 Steve Goodwin

The Northumberland Regional High School male and female varsity soccer teams will contest Provincial Division II championships this week. The male Nighthawks posted two victories by identical 3-1 margins over Forrest Heights from Chester Friday and host Central Kings Saturday to advance to their provincial finals being hosted by the Hants East Tigers Thursday and Friday in Milford. Coty LeBlanc, Chad Sutherland and Nasser Silveria scored the Nighthawks’ goals against [..]

Posted on November 2, 2011 Hugh Townsend

When I wrote about Pictou County hockey rinks in this space two weeks ago, I made reference to the fact that, just days before New Glasgow Stadium officially opened in 1951, the town’s senior hockey team, then called the Bombers, had almost folded. The comment didn’t bring an angry response like Don Cherry’s did after his controversial Hockey Night in Canada commentary a few weeks ago, but it did prompt [..]

Posted on November 2, 2011 Steve Goodwin

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will try to restore their game plan in their lone MHL game this week when they host the Summerside Western Capitals Thursday in New Glasgow. Crushers’ head coach and general manager Jason Malone is looking for his charges to regain the speed and forechecking he feels the Crushers have lost in their last several games. “It’s an opportunity to get back to our speed and [..]

Posted on October 26, 2011 Steve Goodwin

Boxer Brody Blair is advancing to the middleweight boxing semifinal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, after defeating El Salvador 24-12 on points Sunday evening. The 19-year-old from Lyons Brook was scheduled to box the former Cuban Olympian Tuesday evening. The win against El Salvador has guaranteed Canada a medal in boxing. Blair got the bye in the draw and waited for the bout between El Salvador [..]

Posted on October 26, 2011 Steve Goodwin

A veteran local softball player is counting on one more chance to be part of a championship team. Jason Sanford is among players named to the men’s team that will represent Canada at the Pan American championship tournament being played in November in Hermosillo, Mexico. The top four teams from the tournament will qualify for the 2013 International Softball Federation championship in Auckland, New Zealand. “I want to qualify,” he [..]

Posted on October 26, 2011 Steve Goodwin

The schedule won’t get any easier for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers this week. The Crushers host the Bent Division rival Yarmouth Mariners Thursday and visit the Woodstock Slammers Friday in their next MHL games. “Yarmouth seems to be a thorn in our sides, so we have to get over that mental block,” Crushers’ assistant coach Jeff Green said. “They find a way to compete, but we’re in third place [..]

Posted on October 19, 2011 Steve Goodwin

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have split two games against Bent Division rivals and now test their mettle against the Meek Division leading Woodstock Slammers Thursday in New Glasgow. It’s the first of three straight home games for the Crushers, who host the Bridgewater Lumberjacks Saturday. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. The Slammers have won all their 11 games so far this season and have a wide lead over [..]

Posted on October 12, 2011

Local hockey players were among those on Nova Scotia teams contesting hockey medals Monday at the 16th Atlantic Challenge Cup in Moncton, N.B. Lane Cormier of Stellarton was selected to the province’s under-15 male, team, while Mark Vokey of Stellarton was chosen for the male U-16 team. Taylor Perry of Trenton, Carly Burrows of New Glasgow and Shaelyn MacIntyre of Pictou represented Nova Scotia on its female U-15 team. Nova [..]

Posted on October 12, 2011

The Pictou County Scotians are hoping to have ice in time to practice for their next scheduled home game Sunday against the Bay Ducks. The Scotians were to meet the winless Cumberland County Cool Blues in their next Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League game last Sunday, but the game was cancelled when the ice at the Trenton rink began melting after a pipe that’s part of the ice-making equipment broke. [..]

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