Pictou Advocate sports

Why the old APC survived so long

There’s a question that keeps being asked in emails from readers or during conversations with acquaintances or total strangers. How do I keep finding new column ideas after writing for so many years? The longevity reference just makes me smile. Sometimes I get a subject in a rather peculiar way. It happened again for this...

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Pictou’s Town Hockey League

By Vincent Joyce For The Advocate A long, long time ago Pictou had one of the greatest Town Hockey Leagues, the same as all other towns. Hugh Townsend, a great sports writer, once wrote, “You could pick a hockey team from every corner in Pictou.” This league was made up of six very competitive teams...

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He let his play do the talking

There were two bits of information — call it gossip if you like — that I wanted before I began writing this week’s column. Though my files on Pictou County sports people are pretty extensive, I knew I didn’t have the answers and realized a folder-by-folder search wouldn’t be much help. Instead, I phoned 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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Hockey Scotias turned senior

The name Trenton Scotias — so familiar in local softball and hockey circles in the 1950s — has been one of my favourites, even after all this time. For several reasons. The first summertime assignment I received from Evening News sports editor Ricky Fraser was to cover the senior softball Scotias. That was in 1954,...

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