Sports

EMHA Peewee LL – Bourgeois Motors (Ford)
The Peewee LL team has had a busy start to the 2018/19 hockey season.  As a team they are starting to come together nicely, playing hard, improving their skills while learning new skills and player positions.  These Coyotes, mixed with seasoned veterans, returning team mates, and relatively new players to the game have been facing many challenging opponents and have demonstrated the art of determination by not backing down and never giving up.  They are looking forward to an upcoming tournament in Port Colborne to show off their teamwork, sportsmanship, and ability to have fun both on and off the ice.
The Peewee LL team and fans would like to give a special thanks and show of appreciation to the team’s sponsor, Bourgeois Motors in Midland for their support!
The team consists of two amazing goalies, Raegan Burns and Cameron DuPuis that have been defended by Quintin Shaw, Koston McClung, Rowen Forigo, Chase Salway, Ryder O’Connor, and Keegan Fralick.  The forwards offence has been provided by Grayson Alexander, Tyler Shaw, Jacob Haw, Brodie McTavish, Ethan Leddy, Kyson Osborne, Wyatt Aldred, Keegan Hummerlink, and Lily Hammer.  We are looking forward to a fully recovered Noah Johnston joining the team soon.  The coaching staff with the honour of sharing their knowledge while teaching a respect for the game with the team are Coach Ian Osborne, Coach Trevor Hammer, Trainer Roger Forigo and Manger Rafe O’Connor.
Go Coyotes, Go!

Sports with Patrick Townes
There are currently 31 teams in the National Hockey League, soon to be 32 teams.  Technically, a team should win the Stanley Cup every 31 years.  For all the Toronto Maple Leaf fans out there, I will let you do the math.  When I listen to Brian Burke on the radio, he commonly refers to this timeline and reiterates that an opportunity to win a championship does not happen on a regular basis; or may not even happen at all for some players during their career.  The main message is when you have an opportunity to win now, take it.  
Brian Burke was the General Manager for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks when the team won the Stanley Cup in 2007.  He recognized that this team had the tools to win now.  The team was composed of young stars – Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf; steady veterans – Teamu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer; and a decent goaltender in Jean-Sebastien Giguere.  Burke added Chris Pronger via a trade, who was built for the playoffs.  Burke did not think beyond 2007. He had a chance to win, and he took it.  
The Toronto Maple Leafs paid William Nylander, arguably the sixth best player on the team, a lot of money to return to the ice this season.  It is extremely difficult to predict how this move will affect future contracts for Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner; but we can all agree it can only make it more difficult, especially with looming offer sheets from potential suitors for these highly skilled players.  The team still has payroll for this season, if only Chris Pronger was still playing.  
A lot of hockey fans are of the opinion that players should sign contracts worth less money in order to facilitate a chance to win.  At the end of the day, this is their job, and a player may only have a short window to make money in their career.  How important is winning a Stanley Cup when you make more than $7,000,000 a year – I will never know.  
Garrett Wilson, from Elmvale is with the Pittsburgh Penguins as of Monday. In nine games, he is a plus 2 and has recorded one assist. The 107th pick overall by Florida in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft is getting a chance with the big club because of a slow start and injuries.
Trevor Ritchie, also from Elmvale, is now the general manager and co-coach of the Elliot Lake Wildcats of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. The Wildcats have a record of 11-18-1-2 as of Monday.
Curling: The Elmvale Curling Club will be hosting the annual Global Controls Group Men’s Cash Spiel from January 24th to 27th.  A total of 12 high level teams will compete over the weekend for a chance at the title.  First prize for the cash spiel is $2,400 and a monetary donation is also given to the local food bank.  Thank you to the sponsors who have continually contributed to this event year after year.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
Baseball: Free agent frenzy has begun.  Some of the big stars should sign before the end of the year.  My prediction is that the Blue Jays sign pitcher Trevor Cahill to fill a rotation spot.  The Cardinals may be a surprise team who adds depth this offseason, following the trade for Paul Goldschmidt.  The Phillies will add at least one big ticket player.  
Local Sports: Tyler Turner operates Springwater Lanes in Elmvale.  In Tyler’s Monday Night Match-Play League he bowled a score of 418.  A perfect game is a score of 450.  
Quote of the Day: “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer” – John Madden.