ONTARIO SOUTH DOWN: A Hockey David vs. Goliath

The Ontario South Selects was a spring/summer ice hockey team in the mid to late '80's. The team was made up of the biggest and best 1973 born players in Southern Ontario compiled and coached by Mike Rice. The entire 1989 summer roster was highly touted for the 1990 Ontario Hockey League draft and in that summer, the team had gone undefeated in … Continue reading ONTARIO SOUTH DOWN: A Hockey David vs. Goliath

2018 Olympic Winter Games: Inside The South Korean Men’s Ice Hockey Team

Ice Hockey is underway at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games with the women's preliminary round already in swing and the men's prelims starting tomorrow (Feb. 14th) with Group B action. The Republic of Korea will have a team in the tournament for the first time in the nation's history, and will open against the Czech Republic on Thursday. What's … Continue reading 2018 Olympic Winter Games: Inside The South Korean Men’s Ice Hockey Team

Being Like Mike: MSG, Mouth Guards and the ’86 Mets

Chatham-Kent's all time best and favorite sports writer Mike Bennett was recently inducted into the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame and when I heard the news, many memories of "Benny" came flooding back through my mind. His writing career was recently chronicled in a nice article by Mark Malone of the Chatham Daily News. Whenever … Continue reading Being Like Mike: MSG, Mouth Guards and the ’86 Mets

Golden Acres Hockey School: The Giffin’s, Post Camp Games and Gretzky Grief

Golden Acres Hockey School 2.0 is set to go next week and I can't help but encourage kids from all ages and areas of Ontario to get a spot as soon as they can. The 2.0 version of the hockey day camp was resurrected by Director and former NHL player Todd Warriner last year and offers an … Continue reading Golden Acres Hockey School: The Giffin’s, Post Camp Games and Gretzky Grief

Reunion Solidifies Bond For Chatham ’87 Peewees

"Are you sure you know where his house is?" my wife Christina asked as we came rolling up to Talbot Trail. "Of course. I've been there many times," I answered surely. Even if I didn't know where I was going, the electric, kinetic, bonding energy would surely pull me there. We were on our way … Continue reading Reunion Solidifies Bond For Chatham ’87 Peewees

2017 NHL Playoffs True or False?

The first round of the 2017 NHL Playoffs is over and in many ways, it seemed like an episode of the Twilight Zone with all the surprises, twists and turns. Once again, the second season has flipped the script on the many ways, truths and conclusions drawn out by the 82-game regular season. None of … Continue reading 2017 NHL Playoffs True or False?

The UFC Going The Way of Boxing

Let's imagine a future hockey world where the following scenario faces us; It is the year 2025, and the NHL is winding down it's season. The regular season is long over and the standings have been decided. The 16 teams that made the playoffs have all played off in the last month and a half and the final … Continue reading The UFC Going The Way of Boxing

The Top 15 Chatham Jr. Maroons of All Time

  A 519 Feature by Dwight Wakabayashi The Chatham Jr. Maroons are a storied junior ice hockey franchise that was founded in 1959 in the town of Chatham, Ontario Canada. The Sr. version of the team goes back even further, to the early 1920's and 30's. The existence of the franchise has bonded a community … Continue reading The Top 15 Chatham Jr. Maroons of All Time