The Canadian teams making it exciting

The National Hockey League, like everything else that matters in our world, couldn’t escape when COVID-19 swept across North America just over a year ago. The pandemic took on the 100-year-old league at centre ice and won. The repercussions disrupted the 2019-20 season far more than even a world war could 80 years earlier. It...

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The NHL goalie who didn’t come to town

Behind the scenes, in the manager’s office at New Glasgow Stadium, a potent coup for the New Glasgow Rangers and their Pictou County fans appeared imminent. Being present during negotiations, I was convinced the necessary elements were in place to have a pretentious signing by the local Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League club. A goaltender,...

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Both father and son shone in their roles

The difference between the “almost right word” and the “right word” is really a large matter. It’s especially true when writing is your profession and passion. I can’t, however, take credit for piecing together those 16 words. That advice came from 19th century American writer and humorist Mark Twain, creator of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry...

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Flash: the lesson has been learned

I had an English teacher at New Glasgow High School who used to tell me that a day without learning something is a day lost. I’ve tried to live by her advice ever since. Just this past week, while I was researching for a column I hope to write during the holiday season, I got...

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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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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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Face masks, fantasy and a homeless team

The thermometer beside my desk was telling me the outdoor temperature was far too high and the indoor conditions were just as bad. The humidity, outside and inside, was beyond unbearable. My neighbours, still scared to death because of COVID-19, were doing what they’ve been doing for over four months — staying out of sight....

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Next question: Will Keefe last long?

When you’ve written thousands of columns like I have through the years, there’s a scenario that’s bound to occur once in a while. Someone asks, innocently, if I ever run out of subjects to discuss. Yes, I do. I faced that situation in just the last few days. It was the evening before my deadline...

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‘This is what it’s all about’

Take it from me — one of the benefits of a lifetime in journalism is the fun and excitement you experience along the way. For that, I’m forever grateful. In how many occupations do you get to meet Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip — not once, but twice in a few days? Or meet and...

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Y hosts Ron MacLean at 50th birthday bash: Peace Medals presented

It was a special time on Monday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre as Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean was welcomed to join the Pictou County YMCA’s 50th breakfast birthday bash. Peace awards were presented in three categories as part of YMCA Peace Week, while MacLean saluted those who contribute to communities while regaling...

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