Ice Chips & Canoe Quips

We are all on the same team!

Despite a Northern Ontario wide mandate that ensured all participants were fully vaccinated, for the third year in a row COVID has iced organized hockey. While the provincial lockdown had closed arenas and put the hockey season on hold, this week marks the return to play as the province has eased restriction. A welcome relief as players and coaches had returned to the roots of the game yet again, scraping off patches of ice on lakes and ponds to play shinny where and when they can. 

One of the life lessons learned playing a team sport is the importance of doing your part, performing your role in support of the players on your team in order to achieve the team goals. Success requires all hands pulling in the same direction. If you love hockey, respect the lessons the game imparts and care for the kids who are losing their third season, despite doing everything in their power just so they can play. 

Scientists and medical officials around the world have collectively explained to us told us the way out of this pandemic now for two years. The plan still needs more people to step up to make sure this new freedom stays with us. Please help out, if you can. 

Curling opportunities in Prov!

Did you ever wonder what it’s like to throw a curling rock? The Providence Bay curling club will be hosting a ‘Learn to Curl’ experience this Friday, February 6 from 7 to 9 pm. This free session will allow you to sample a possible new pastime and introduce you to their club. Learn to throw a rock with a balanced delivery, sweep and play this authentically Canadian sport. All you need to do is bring a clean pair of shoes and dress and layers they will provide the rest.

The more involved ‘Adult Learn to Curl’ program will still follow, at a later date. The club asks that you please take a moment to register and let them know you will be joining them. For more information contact Mark at 705-869-7844 or Please note that proof of vaccination and identification will be required to enter the curling club. Masks are required unless you are on the ice.

Still with the club, league curling has already started again on Monday, January 31 with all new curlers welcome! They offer several different options for your curling wants. There is afternoon curling Mondays and Wednesdays. Please contact Pat/Angus McDonald at 705-377-7404 or to register 

Evening curling takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm. Contact David McDermid at 705-377-4668 to register 

Curffle is Tuesday and or Thursday afternoons or even Wednesday evening depending on interest. Message their Facebook page or contact Angela Johnston at 705-377-7960 or to register. The same proof of vaccination requirements apply as above. Membership fees are just $75 to curl once a week and $100 to curl two times per week.

Ice oval in Providence Bay!

If you want to take a break from curling, it is always a beautiful day for a skate. The oval is in Providence in tip top condition! Open daily from 11 am to 10 pm.

Winterfest cancelled!

It is with sad news that the Little Current Lions Club’s storied Winterfest Weekend hockey tournament added its voice to the many cancellation announcements in recent weeks. 

“With case counts continue using to rise, and with current restrictions in place, the Lions had no choice but to cancel Winterfest but hope to be back for next year, and hopefully before that, with our Haweater ball tournament,” says Lion President Bruce Burnett.


The Hypo–Half, or the Hypothermic Half Marathon, is once again going to be of the virtual version. The 21km distance can be completed over the month of February. The latest Running Room event has all of their details on their main website or why not visit the Sudbury Rocks Running Club page that includes event dates and results from past years.  


Our sincere condolences go out to the Bondy/Odjig families on the passing of the Wiky Wizard, Cliffy Bondy. Those of a certain age all knew the name Cliffy when he burst onto the Minor Hockey scene in the 1970s and 1980s. His fluid skating and mesmerizing puck-handing were outstanding while his goal scoring was second to none. He launched many an accurate shot into the nets of teams that I coached. Though I hated to lose it was impossible to not admire how he did it. What great patience he displayed He played with many good players who will miss his ready smile and upbeat personality. Two of these in particular were ‘AAA’ linemates Kirk and Timmy Peltier. The trio were instrumental on the Sudbury Burgess Powertrain Midgets and helped the team rise to national prominence in 1987 as they won the Central Region at the time called the Air Canada Cup to decide the best under-18 hockey team in the country. Cliffy and the Wiky boys got Sudbury into the playoffs but missed the finals. Baa maa pii, Cliffy.

A good sport is good for sports