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Decades ago, when I was getting my feet wet in my chosen career and attending Stanley Cup games in Toronto, a veteran columnist sitting beside me in the Maple Leaf Gardens press box told me there are many “up times” but also many “down times” in the sports writing profession.

When I was stickhandling through my files in preparation for last week’s column on the late Tic Williams, I was reminded over and over how much I enjoyed the final few seasons of the long-standing APC Senior Hockey League.

I was asked recently if I would provide a letter of support for a sports volunteer who is being nominated for induction into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.


Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and her co-owned mount All In combined recently to set a new Canadian record while helping the Canadian dressage team to seventh place overall in Nations’ Cup team competition at CHIO Aachen, Germany.

All across North America—and Nova Scotia is certainly no exception—the early days of autumn are the most exciting part of the year for sports fans.


Scotia Ball Park’s 50th anniversary has people scouring for as much information as they can to help them celebrate the milestone.

As a young kid growing up in the years just after the Second World War, I maintained the old belief that most of us—or at least many of us—had a favourite relative we looked up to during that impressionable stage in our lives.

Regardless of where you roam, you create many valuable friendships when you’ve spent your entire life in the sports fraternity.

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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 […]