Ice Chips & Canoe Quips

New Year, same problem!

All of our collective wishes and resolutions were no match for COVID’s evil offspring, Omicron! Before Christmas, sanctioned hockey became limited to skills practices in Northern Ontario—no games, no contact. Now with this week’s announcements, hockey players and parents alike are not exactly sure how the newly released modified Stage 2 will affect that. “It’s almost like a mini, off-season,” commented local hockey parent always on the pulse of sports, Kevin Eshkawkogan.

His son Kohyn suffered a pretty serious concussion on December 12 and has been making steady progress and has recently been cleared to skate without contact. Best of luck navigating concussion management team.

Resolution Run?

The Running Room’s annual Resolution Run has been a way over the years for many people to “start the New Year off on the right foot by establishing or maintaining an active lifestyle with this great event.” Of course, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation, they have decided that the 2021/2022 The Brick Resolution Run will continue as a virtual event in Canada this year. If you had already registered for the event, your registration will automatically be transferred to the virtual event.

The virtual experience can never match the experience of running shoulder to shoulder with other kindred spirits, but at least with the virtual version you can plan and organize your run/walk for the most convenient or hospitable day. For more information visit: 

Roque named to US Olympic team

Congratulations to Abby Roque of Wahnapitae First Nation on being named to the US Women’s Olympic hockey team! She is the daughter of former NCAA coach and Leaf scout Jim Roque. Her teammate and soon to be a four-time Olympian, Hilary Knight once said of Abby Roque, “I think she’s going to be the best player in the world, plain and simple.” Knight recently passed Cammi Granato as the all-time greatest American world championship scorer, so she should know! 

Of course, nearby Olympic opponent Rebecca Johnston of Sudbury will be trying to ruin Abby’s debut and improve on Canada’s overall international winning record including 11 gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championships and four Olympic gold medals.

Dance the winter away too!

In December I mentioned Candice Irwin and her Body Stories Dance Instruction class as they had just completed their second session of dance classes for the school year across three communities (Little Current, Mindemoya and Manitowaning) and had over 80 students participate in dance this fall. They’re currently getting ready for their winter dance session which will start the first week of February (COVID depending). 

Dancers put a great deal of time and effort into their art and unfortunately, don’t always get the recognition they deserve here. The following are some of the students missing from that column: Bella Ferguson-Van Horne, Alina Lefebvre, Waaskone Cleland, Emma Souliere, Isadora Cleland and Ally-Anna Lefebvre. Hats off to this crew and everyone who has had the courage to even just get out and try dance.

Get well, Jeff!

If you have been at a running race on Manitoulin, you likely have run across Wiikwemkoong’s Jeff Eshkawkogan. If you had, he would be smiling or laughing or leading his students in a choreographed song for the audience; likely all three. Jeff is recovering from a serious fight with COVID which had him on a ventilator in the ICU. He is now recovering back on Manitoulin. Get well, soon, Jeff!

A good sport is good for sports.