The Hawkesbury Hawks made the playoffs this season for the first time in three years - and over the last few weeks, the team has thus far proved its worth in arenas across eastern Ontario.
The Hawks surprised both spectators and their opponents in the opening round of the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) playoffs, by defeating the Carleton Place Canadians in sweeping fashion - four straight games.
The Vankleek Hill Cougars may have made an early exit in the first round of the 2011-2012 National Capital Junior Hockey League playoffs, but their season officially came to an end on Saturday, March 31, as the team was celebrated during an awards banquet held at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre.
After finishing the regular season with a five-game losing streak, the Vankleek Hill Cougars are looking to turn things around as they enter the first round of the National Capital Junior Hockey League playoffs.
The Cougars suffered a disheartening amount of injuries late in the season, relates head coach Marc Berniqué, which forced the team to play the better part of their final five games with a very limited roster.
While the National Capital Junior Hockey League was on hiatus over the holiday season, the Vankleek Hill Cougars coaching staff was busy behind the scenes making a variety of changes.
Perhaps the biggest change to the Cougars roster is the lack of the team's top point getter, Pier-Olivier Poulin, who requested his release from the team in order to pursue a future with the Alexandria Glens of the Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey League.
The Vankleek Hill Cougars rang in the new year with a convincing 5-1 victory over the North Dundas Rockets. Cougars head coach Marc Berniqué was content with his team's performance in their defensive zone throughout the game and was proud to see his team play some inspired hockey.
"Our guys played more inspired hockey and were able to put together a good 60 minutes of hockey," he said.
Updated with soundslide featuring interview with Bruins coach Claude Julien.
It certainly wasn't their usual practice rink, but local hockey fans and students were thrilled to see the Boston Bruins arrive for a morning skate at the Canadian International Hockey Academy in Rockland on Friday, December 16.
Council members approved a recommendation from the township's recreation director on Wednesday, December 14, to renew the arena canteen contract for another three years and compensate its operator for lost revenue in late September.
The $1,000 credit was requested by the operator as the arena's ice was delayed this season because of two banquets held for the International Plowing Match.
"In a normal year, the ice would have been ready on September 8 and this year it was ready on October 5," explained recreation director Janis Renwick.
It's no longer just the pediatricians and the sports physicians.
The words of federal politicians, coaches, league executives and former professional hockey players are joining the chorus of voices calling for a need to address concussions in hockey.
From the NHL to your local junior hockey league, the number of identified concussions is unarguably on the rise - and these injuries are not necessarily the result of a fight or a hit to the head. But whatever the reason, according to those leading the cry for change, something has to be done - now.