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Even if you only casually check this column each week, you may realize how much I enjoy going back and recalling what my generation now appropriately refers to as our “good old days.”

Now, Toronto Maple Leaf fans, we’ve been waiting for 54 years. And that, I assure you without malice, is a very long time—a sizeable chunk of anyone’s time on this globe. But that’s the official updated time measurement since the Leafs last won a Stanley Cup championship. Let’s just call it two generations and be […]

In a time when major league baseball pitchers seldom survive complete games, it was rather amazing to see four starters throw no-hitters last month in a 15-day period. It began with John Means of the Baltimore Orioles achieving the feat, followed by Wade Miley of the Cincinnati Reds just two nights later. Then Spencer Turnbull […]

A local athlete and coach is joining Canada’s next Olympic women’s hockey mission. Kori Cheverie has been named by Hockey Canada to the coaching staff of Team Canada’s women’s team that will represent this country at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The New Glasgow native will be an assistant coach and is […]

Back in the day, it was one of Pictou County’s most successful sports achievements. Now, for those of us still around to remember, it remains one of our fondest experiences in a part of Nova Scotia that has produced many exciting champions in our lifetimes. In case you’re a young person of just 50 or […]

Family and inspiration can go hand in hand, or toe to bar, if you will. Just ask Denise Taylor who is both inspiring to others and finding her own inspiration, at her local CrossFit gym. Taylor started doing CrossFit at Clan CrossFit gym when it was located at the old Y building in New Glasgow. […]

Well, here we go. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens facing each other in a Stanley Cup series. Four to seven games that truly mean something. Just like the old days. It’s difficult to believe — even imagine — that it’s been 42 hockey years since the two old rivals met for post-season action. […]

The YMCA of Pictou County is taking over responsibility for the Johnny Miles Running Events, starting in 2022. Race director Terry Curley recently advised volunteers, partners and sponsors regarding the decision. Curley and his wife and fellow race director Carol Curley have been a familiar presence for 25 years during the four annual events: Miss […]

Every so often I’m asked if there’s a difference between writing for a weekly newspaper like The Advocate as opposed to working for a daily like The Chronicle Herald. There sure is. During my last 36 years with the provincial paper, I produced five columns every week. For the last 17 years, I’ve been submitting […]

It hasn’t been easy for any of us, day after day after day, listening to Justin Trudeau from Ottawa and Dr. Robert Strang in Halifax. At the beginning, we believed the COVID-19 pandemic might hang around for a few weeks, maybe a couple of months or more. Now we’re halfway into a 14th month, still […]

Eight more teams in the Maritime Junior Hockey League have made the decision to end their 2020-21 seasons due to COVID-19 restrictions in their respective provinces. Those teams are the Grand Falls Rapids in the Eastlink North Division and the seven teams competing in the Eastlink South: the Amherst Ramblers, Pictou County Weeks Crushers, South […]

The Pictou County Athletics Track and Field club is holding registration for their spring and summer programs on April 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Pioneer Coal Athletic Facility. Track and Field is a great way to stay active, with programs for all ages and abilities. With experienced coaching staff, all athletes are […]

The six MHL teams – including the Weeks Crushers – will not be seeing hockey action this week. The Government of Nova Scotia has asked all Nova Scotians not to travel outside their local community unless it is for essential travel, such as work, school, child care, or medical or legal appointments. Sunday’s announcement also […]

Local golf courses anticipate busy season It’s time to spruce up those golf clubs. Local golf courses and driving ranges are anticipating another busy season, with some already open and others just about to welcome the first rounds of the season. Zdravka Galic, co-owner of Glen Lovat Golf Club in New Glasgow, says new and […]

When I started my newspaper career in New Glasgow 67 years ago, I never imagined the endless number of exciting adventures I would experience — in the sports world and beyond. There were big events like the Olympics, World Series, Stanley Cup championships, Grey Cup games and Canada Games. Closer to home, there were thousands […]

Pickleball can now be enjoyed at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre. Darryl Marcott, rink manager, said the equipment has arrived and play began on Monday. Laughter and camaraderie filled the rink last Friday as several people enjoyed a preliminary few games after the equipment — paddles, net and Whiffle balls — arrived. “I had […]

The Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) has announced the All-Star and Rookie All-Star Teams for the 2020-21 season and making the cut on the Rookie All-Star Team was Weeks Crushers Landon Sim. A press release from the MHL says the 16-year-old hometown forward finished tied for fourth in team scoring with eight goals and 13 […]

There were three of us. It was early last Tuesday afternoon at a Tim Hortons in the south end of Halifax when a trio of old friends got together for the first time in several years. Oh how the stories flowed — for over two hours. Joel Jacobson and Ken Mantin came downtown from their […]

Weeks Crushers are about to begin playoffs. The Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) has announced via a press release the round-robin schedule for the Eastlink South Division, which will run April 14 to 26. The schedule for the round is structured to give teams who finished higher in the regular season, based on point percentage […]

What have I done? The Toronto Blue Jays were preparing to open the new major league baseball season last week — just as April Fool’s Day pranksters were exercising their ancient custom of nabbing victims for their worn-out jokes, hoaxes and tricks. At about the same time, I was busy getting ready for the fantasy […]

Another champion fighter from Nova Scotia’s greatest boxing era has passed on to the big squared circle in the sky. Lenny Sparks was 81. His obituary last week said he had “an amazing boxing career.” That, I’d say, was a pretty accurate assessment when you consider that he won several championships and was honoured by […]

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 […]

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 […]

When I think of excellence and people I’ve met in the hockey world, I immediately think of Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky. When I think of excellence and people I’ve known in Canadian university sports, I think of Steve Konchalski. Perfection and class. There’s no need, after all this time, to re-examine the lifetime achievements […]

TRURO – The hockey game which was postponed on January 28 between the Summerside Western Capitals and the Pictou County Weeks Crushers at the Pictou County Wellness Centre has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 14 at 3 p.m.

Some might take the phrase “hit like a girl” as an insult, but the Caldwell sisters of the Westville Boxing Club are proving it’s a compliment. The two sisters took up boxing for fun and something a bit different a little over a year ago. Initially, the pair had intended the sport to be another […]

When the shock of golf icon Tiger Woods’ car crash in Los Angeles settled in my mind last week, I was thinking of another car accident involving an athlete — one that occurred a long time ago and much closer to home. It was the fall of 1956. I was an 18-year-old freshman arriving on […]

The Weeks Crushers will not be heading to Summerside, PE, to play Mach 5. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions on Prince Edward Island, the game have been postponed. An announcement will be made when these games are rescheduled.

Though I’m well into my 67th year of writing for newspapers, I’ve always preserved time for a hobby. Nowadays — and for the past 20 years — fantasy hockey and baseball leagues have engulfed my enthusiasm in my spare time. Playing general manager, making draft picks and proposing trades with friendly and not-so-friendly foes, turns […]

When I was a kid — some 200 pounds lighter than now — everybody knew the mailman. He was that friendly guy who walked every street, in every neighbourhood, on every day of the week but Sunday, and visited every door to put letters in the mailbox. He even had time to stop and chat […]

Doctors Nova Scotia Healthy Tomorrow Foundation is urging people to get out and enjoy the winter. This group, in partnership with Recreation Nova Scotia, Hike Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Trails Federation and Nova Scotia Health Community Board, Northern Zone, invite you to participate in Winter Active Day. Organizers will be at six trailheads – including […]

Prior to the National Hockey League doubling from six to 12 franchises in 1967, professional organizations gobbled up young prospects in an archaic fashion that existed since young men first began wearing ice skates and carrying wooden sticks to frozen neighbourhood rivers and ponds. Scouts and bird-dog watchers prowled hockey rinks wherever the sport was […]

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, […]

The Maritime Junior Hockey League (MHL) is announcing several changes to the updated 2020-21 regular season schedule ahead of games resuming in Nova Scotia this weekend due to COVID-19 regulations in P.E.I. and to keep teams playing.  A press release from the league informs the following games have been postponed until a later date: January […]

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 […]

I think I’ve always been inspired by expressions of love, of life, of things we’ve achieved and savoured in this world. But it seems to come with aging. The older you get, the more you appreciate the experiences you’ve had. It’s happening to me more frequently, often when I’m not expecting it. The other day, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

I’m beginning this week’s column with some friendly advice: Embrace the 1,000 words with a wee bit of caution. Alright, the more caution, the better. My observations are expressed — free of charge, of course — with excessive optimism by an old soul who has been a card-carrying Toronto Maple Leafs fanatic for 74 years. […]

MHL hockey fans will have to wait a little longer to see a local game. The Nova Scotia government announced on Friday that the COVID-19 restrictions introduced before Christmas will be extended until 11:59 p.m. on January 24. Those rules include limiting sports practices to 25 participants without physical distancing, with games and tournaments not […]