Ice Chips & Canoe Quips

Thinking about mental health

With Bell’s Let’s Talk Day coming up next week on January 29 I, along with many Canadians, have taken the idea of our mental health being every bit as important as physical health very seriously. The NHL over the last few years players have come forward to openly talk about the subject and try to remove some of the stigma and put it out into day to day conversations.

Players like Corey Hirsch, Clint Malarchuk, Connor Carrick, etc, among others have personally spoken out and teams have also had special mental health promotions for their fans. Take care of yourselves.

Good Deeds Cup finalist to be named soon

On Saturday, the regional finalists will be revealed for this year’s Good Deeds Cup. “The Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup seeks to inspire young Canadians to do good by transforming the positive values learned through hockey into Good Deeds within their communities.” It is open to peewee teams (11 and 12 year olds) along with partners at Hockey Canada, “Chevrolet’s goal is to develop hockey players on and off the ice.”

Our Manitoulin Panther peewees and the Avenue Road Ducks, a Jewish team from Toronto, did a co-entry and will all be sitting on the edges of their respective couches on Saturday night. The teams did a home and home, cultural experiences that won’t soon be forgotten. 

The Canadian Jewish News did a great article summing up this rare opportunity for the players and the altruistic acts they performed that benefitted Manitoulin Family Resources. For their good deed, the two teams held a joint food drive for MFR. The grand total raised was $6,488. In Toronto, the Ducks created a GoFundMe page and contributed $1,400, along with a van filled with non-perishable food items.

Congratulations Panthers, the Island wishes you the best of luck!

Silver Stickers!

This past weekend, January 16-19, The International Silverstick was hosted in Port Huron, Michigan, where two of Manitoulin Island’s finest female goalies were participating. Kallan Jones of Little Current, who regularly plays for the Manitoulin Panthers peewee team, was signed as an affiliate player to the Hearst Lumber Kings peewee team. She played with the Lumber Kings at the Sudbury Silverstick Tournament December of 2019 where they won the peewee A division and a chance to play at the International Silverstick. At the International Silverstick, the Hearst Lumber Kings won 2 of 3 regular games advancing them to playoffs. They won their quarterfinal against the Barrie Colts advancing them to semifinals against the Quinte West Hawks. The game went to 3 overtimes. In the end the Hearst Lumber Kings were eliminated 3 -2. 

Macie Setterington of Assiginack, who has played for the Manitoulin Panthers in the past, now plays for the Nickel City Sharks of Val Caron just outside Sudbury. Macie and the Nickel City Sharks won the Bantam A division at Sudbury Silverstick this past December 2019. This win secured them a spot at the International Silverstick in Port Huron as well. Although they did not make the playoff rounds, the Nickel City Sharks played hard and showed excellent Sportsmanship.

Winterfest sports

Besides Sportsmen, Oldtimers’ and Women’s hockey at the NEMI Rec Centre for Winterfest Weekend from January 31-February 2, the Saturday of the event, February 1, also offers Island youth some great learning opportunities. 

Instructors from Hutch Academy will be offering learn-to-downhill-ski/snowboard lessons for kids of all ages at the Manitoulin Centennial Manor tobogganing hill. There will be four one-hour sessions beginning at 11:30 am. The best part? It’s FREE, and all equipment will be provided. Just be sure to bundle up.

   Also on Saturday, at 1 pm, the Little Current Curling Club is inviting everyone to a learn-to-curl event at the curling club for Winterfest. Families are encouraged to come and learn the art of one of Canada’s favourite pastimes and how to shoot a rock. Teams will be created on-site and a fun game will be had. Beginners of all ages are invited!

The Manitoulin Nordic Ski Club is also opening its Honora Bay Freer Point cross-country and snowshoe trail up for free use all Winterfest Weekend long.

AAA News

Kohyn Eshkawkogan and Greyson Case both helped lead their Nickel City Sons minor peewee AAA team to a silver medal at the Great Lakes Cup this past weekend. Kohyn had an exceptional weekend and tallied 4 goals and 4 assists while playing solid defence. His play resulted in him being awarded MVP of the Tournament.

Dance Fever?

Zumba is a fun, fast and exciting way to exercise. It is offered in both Mindemoya and Kagawong weekly. Come out and try a night of dance, make new friends and move to the music. Tuesday nights are held at Central Manitoulin Public School at 7 pm. Kagawong sessions are Thursday evenings, 7 pm at the Community Centre. 

A good sport is good for sports.