Ice Chips and Canoe Quips

Thunder Run, flashes with new feature!

The annual, Mindemoya Thunder Fun Runs are all set for Sunday October 15th. The two runs (5K and 2K) distances all start from the J.H. Burt Memorial Arena in downtown Mindemoya. The 5K race begins at 9:30 am and the 2K distance begins at 9:45. Registration for both events will start at 9 am. This year’s bonus includes medals for each participant. There will also be refreshments and treats for sale.

The only “cost” that a runner will incur is a minimum of $20 in pledges or they can pay the $20 entry fee at registration. For a family the minimum is $50 in pledges for up to four family members participating in either race. On top of all of this there is a prize for the top pledges earned so get out there and support your local hockey community.

Pledge forms and further information can be received by emailing

Off their Rock, hockey

Aurora Ominika–Enosse who hails from Wiikwemkoong made an early and immediate impact with her North York Storm. The Storm started their pre-season schedule with back to back wins. Adding a little to her resume of a great pre-season play, Aurora sniped the game one winner. Keep up the hard work, Aurora!

Gregory Trudeau–Paquet has also accelerated his accolades. Last week, sitting in third place in NOJHL scoring, he garnered one of the NOJHL Three-Stars’ honours. Then Greg promptly leapt into first place in league points with his now first-place, French River Rapids who are a much improved squad, early this season. He sits all alone in the points’ lead by four with 15, including 7 goals and 8 assists in only 7 games!

Panther Points

The Panther Peewees have got a win under their young belts. This past Sunday the Peewees pounced on the Nickel City West Outlaws and got the victory 4 – 2! Congratulations to head coach, Steve Campbell, and his charges: Brodie Pennie, Davin Deschenes, Eli Locke, Delaney Bridgeman, Cole Stack, Jorga Peltier, Jordan Cheechoo, Lucas Wright, Jared Toope, Cole Hughson, Annie Balfe, Kal Debassige, Cameron Ramsey, Jeremy Campbell, Liam Grey and Brandon Visitor.

The Manitoulin Panthers have announced an exciting alumni game coming up this November 10! This game will be between esteemed Panther alumni against the current Espanola Express Junior “A” squad. It will take place at the NEMI Recreation Center in Little Current. The evening will feature a Remembrance Day dinner with a first seating at 4:30 pm a second seating at 5:45 pm. The game is to have the puck drop at 7 p.m. The price for dinner and game is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students and veterans. The dinner-only price is $12 for adults and the price only for the game is $10 for adults. Visit the Panther website or Facebook page for complete details.

Wasaga Beach Foam Fest

Over the summer, five adventurous Islanders took part in the annual Wasaga Beach Foamfest. Congratulations to Abbie Heins and Mom Stacey Chisholm, Regan Hutchinson, Hailey and Michelle McGIllis-Prior. The Wasaga Foamfest is a 5K family friendly obstacle course. Suited for all ages 8 and up and hosted in 25 locations across Canada and the US. Foamfest is aligned with local food banks and asks their participants to donate a food bank item. There are 22 obstacles in total, weaving through the beach, the shore and in the water. Featuring 2.5 million cubic feet of foam the world’s largest inflatable water slide, slip and slides and mucky mud pits. The Manitoulin crew reported that it was  a great experience and “we would definitely do it again!”

Skins Game Saturday

This Saturday, September 30 is the Rainbow Ridge Golf Course Skins Game. The fee is only $50! You must tee off by 2 pm. There is a special green fee of $20 plus only $10 per cart for non-passholder players. Sign up now by calling (705) 859-2990. Players can prepay skins and fees any day leading up to the event day.

In other RRGC news, Wiikwemkoong’s Ron Odjig was recently crowned the 2017 Senior Mens’ Club Champion with equal rounds of 84 to finish with the trophy in a 168 final tally.

A good sport is good for sports.