MHL announces 40-game regular season for 2020-21

The Maritime Junior Hockey League’s Board of Governors have approved a modified 40-game schedule for the 2020-21 regular season during a meeting Wednesday night. “Thank you to the Board of Governors, MHL Executive, Return to Play Committee, and team staff for their work in getting us to a point where we can bring hockey back...

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What Pictou County was like in 1954

I was a pretty excited teenager when the Evening News arrived at our home in New Glasgow on Oct. 21, 1954. Sixty-six years ago today. I flipped to the sports section and there, in front of my eyes, was a story about a high school rugby game the previous day between New Glasgow and Stellarton....

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The evening Leo Parent outpitched Drabowsky

I was so fortunate, in the early years of my life, to spend nine summers watching the very best baseball ever played in Nova Scotia. In my early teens, sitting in the stands, I saw Pictou County’s beloved Stellarton Albions winning three consecutive Halifax and District Baseball League championships, a feat never matched by any...

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Leafs once again turn to Antigonish

I’ve been told, on more than one occasion, that I live the words of the late Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter Gene MacLellan in his hit Turn Back the Pages of Time. Maybe the interpretation does fit. I certainly believe the old saying that, the older you get, the more your mind turns back the calendar....

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A quality person like his mom and dad

If you were to ask me about Dallas Stars interim head coach Rick Bowness, the first pronouncement I’d make is that he’s a quality person just like his mom and dad before him. In my mind, they’ve been a sports-loving family I’ve admired for a very long time. They don’t come much finer. And it’s...

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Crushers return to the ice Oct. 4

Truro – For the first time since the 2019-20 season was abruptly cut short due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March, teams in the Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) are preparing to return to the ice. The 2020-21 exhibition season begins Sunday, September 20th in Campbellton as the Tigers host the Grand...

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Steve Goodwin is an Advocate asset

I never forget the details of how the middle part of October unfolded in 2014. My column was about Steve Goodwin, the long-time Advocate reporter who was being inducted into the media section of the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame that weekend. It was my intention to attend the ceremonies in Westville that...

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WearWell Bombers U15 Major training camp begins

WearWell Bombers U15 Major have announced training camp sessions that began today. All players need to be at the rink at 130 Monday September 7. Half will be on the ice at a time, the other half will be doing an off-ice fitness test and then we will switch. Times and players for ice times...

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MHL moves start of 2020-21 season to October 30

The Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) has announced that the start of the 2020-21 regular season will be moved from October 2 to October 30. The decision was made during a recent meeting of the Board of Governors in Moncton due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as questions surrounding attendance and a normal...

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Together, two of us in media 132 years

This is the tale of two kids born in New Glasgow in 1938 who began school during the last days of the Second World War. They weren’t in the same neighbourhood but they were linked in many ways. Their lives — later their careers — parallelled one another, move by move, like combatants in a...

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