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Rating Nova Scotia’s 10 best NHL players

Editor’s Note: This column has been modified from the original due to a couple of factual errors. I gave myself something to occupy my free time during the holidays and it had nothing to do with a pandemic, a massive shooting or a discarded American president. I decided to make a personal ranking of the...

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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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Remembering those Thorburn moments

If you were a total stranger to this part of the world, you might be asking, where and what is Thorburn? Wikipedia, the much-used online information site that bills itself as “the free encyclopedia,” gives us a brief undated explanation of the Pictou County community. “The small rural Nova Scotia town,” it says, “has a...

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Locals shine in new book

Hugh Townsend has ‘lived his dream’ and now he’s ‘Remembering Pictou County.’ In his first book, I’ve Lived My Dream, the sports writer delights readers with stories about his meeting sports heroes, athletes like Mickey Mantle, Frank Mahovlich, Gordie Howe. In his newest and second book, titled Remembering Pictou County, Townsend provides almost 80 profiles...

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MacDonald salutes European influence

A chance meeting with Max Ivanov sent Lowell MacDonald into recall about his first encounter with European hockey and how it has influenced the NHL. MacDonald was left with the irony of having enjoyed his best years in the National Hockey League when he was a star left-winger with the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the current...

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