Pictou Advocate sports

For two prospects, it was game over

It’s often been said that luck and fate are the same thing. For two young hockey players who grew up in New Glasgow’s south end — a quarter of a century apart — it was clearly fate that intervened in their lives and dreams. In both cases, it ended their chances of having professional careers,...

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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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The Stadium

For 70 years, the New Glasgow stadium stood as probably the most influential sports palace in northeastern Nova Scotia for thousands of Pictonians, particularly the youth of the town. For the stadium, as we knew it in the 50s, 60s and 70s, before it became the John Brother MacDonald Stadium, to honour the memory of...

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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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A major reward to Colin White

I love a story like Colin White’s. The New Glasgow hockey defenceman did something no Pictou County hockey player ever did before him. He played on two Stanley Cup championship teams. For the record, he helped the New Jersey Devils win the coveted silverware in the 1999-2000 season. Then he did it a second time...

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