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Sudbury Rocks!

Although results are not available at press time, thanks to social media I am able to congratulate some local runners who ran to stay fit and raise money to help fight cancer for the Virtual Sudbury Rocks Race weekend. Lee Ann Dokum did the virtual (21.1km) half-marathon. Doing their part, running the 10km event were Pamela Manitowabi, Sarah Odjig, Shannon Manitowabi, Sheila Madahbee and Jeanette Bondy who completed theirs along the traditional Wiky Road Race route on Sunday. Meanwhile, over in Sudbury was Ramona Shawana, running along her own path.

Wiky Road Race addition!

In the list of Wiky Road Race 10km racers, I missed Lee Ann Dokum. Sorry, Lee Ann! Similarly, what I didn’t mention last week was the absolutely astounding number of congratulatory posts made to the runners and walkers. Social media messages came from those who did not run and many also came from their fellow athletes. The running community supports their own! Hats off to you all.

Jamie Leach launches book!

Jamie, the son of Reggie “the Riverton Rifle” Leach has just released a book titled ‘Journeyman: The Story of NHL Right Winger.’ It goes from his minor hockey days, through his back-to-back Stanley Cup wins with the Pittsburgh Penguins (1991/92) to his after-NHL life and his current venture as the founder of Shoot to Score, a hockey and life-skills training company.

When asked what he would say to youngsters and what is needed he replied, “The one thing we try to instill in them is that we know it’s hard. We know when these young people leave their homes we understand how tough it is to leave that comfort zone. One thing we try to instill in them is don’t give it two or three days. Give it a really good try.” ‘Journeyman: The Story of NHL Right Winger, Jamie Leach’ can be ordered through

Skating and hockey in Wiikwemkoong!

Thanks once again to Wiky’s Organizer Bunny Gerry Baibomcowai who has put together another season of RHL 4-on-4 hockey every Wednesday from 8 to 9 pm at just $10 for players, but goalies are free! There is also free skating from 6 to 7:30 pm.

NOJHL players invited to take part in Nipissing study

In a press release from the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Leagues (NOJHL), players who played last year are being asked to take part in a study. J.J. Johnson is the head trainer and equipment manager of the NOJHL’s Powassan Voodoos, and is also actively continuing his education with a project focused on player safety.

In pursuit of his Master of Science in Kinesiology Degree from Nipissing University, Johnson is presently heading up a project investigating mouth guard and throat protector compliance of Junior A hockey players in Northern Ontario. The endeavor is under the supervision of Dr. Kristina Karvinen, of the university. This hockey-related research study is a first of its kind offered by the university, as it relates to the involvement of players from the NOJHL.

With that, skaters who were at least 16 years of age (either a forward or defenseman) and who was a full-time rostered player on any of the 12 member teams in the NOJHL during the 2019-2020 campaign are eligible.

The research involves participating in an online survey that takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. As an offer of gratitude for participating, all respondents will be given the option to enter a draw to win one of three $50 gift cards. 

This project coincides with a school and athletic department that sees Nipissing offer both men’s and women’s hockey, who compete in the OUA and U Sports.  

Last season saw over 250 skaters compete in the NOJHL, so input provided by league skaters from 2019-20 for this project can be a tremendous resource. Players interested in taking part in the survey can do so by contacting Johnson at:

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