Alyssa Lyons, Michelle Knezovic, and Lindsay Eastwood are the ladies locked in to discussions on anything sports related, with Chiann Nobrega as the editor and producer. I became aware of this YouTube series because Lindsey Eastwood is a fantastic local hockey player.
I say local because she grew up here in Ottawa playing minor hockey, but spent the most recent years playing for Syracuse University in New York state. As their team captain I should add.
Lindsey’s dedication and enthusiasm for hockey is (and has been for years) evident to anyone that knows her or of her; her success is so well deserved. Lindsey’s parents are the quintessential hockey parents so prevalent here in Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa, known for its tightly knit hockey community. When one of our kids succeed, we are all thrilled and proud. Thanks to Facebook and other methods of social media, we can all stay updated on their progress.
I do not know much about the other women involved, but if they are anywhere near as inspirational and knowledgeable as Lindsey is, this adventure should be awesome. Find out for yourself. Lock in with the ladies to check out their weekly episodes and subscribe to their success.
The owner’s commitment to winning (or lack of) says it all. Another top player is leaving the Ottawa Senators; it was just announced minutes ago that Mark Stone was traded to the Las Vegas Knights. Stone is the third player within the last week to announce they are leaving, with Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel the two other Senator stars we would have preferred to hold onto. After all, these three players rack up the majority of the team’s points.
The (most telling) reason for Stone’s decision was the “owner’s commitment to winning” in Vegas. Without mentioning Ottawa Senator’s owner Eugene Melynk by name, Stone implied that personal relationships (or lack thereof) make the difference in the locker room and on the ice.
As well as the top three performers on the ice this season, the Senators traded Erik Karlson and Mike Hoffman recently as well. All Sens fans suspected that the Senators owner’s commitment to winning was obviously absent. These last few trades made it painfully obvious. If the owner is not willing or not able to finance these top players, why not sell the team?
I cannot wrap my head around trading an excellent player for a possible draft pick. Take Erik Karlsson for example. Opinion within the hockey world is that Karlsson is the best defenceman in the league. So, trade him to get a draft pick for someone that may be as good, someday? Sounds counterproductive to me, even for a team in “rebuild” mode. Giving away your top five players leaves your team pretty depleted.
Senator fans are quickly losing faith in their team. And what about the (predominantly) rookies and few veterans left as the dust settles? They must be absolutely deflated and discouraged with the changes.
I can picture the Senators players currently left in the dressing room, all wondering if they are back in the minor league.
The Humboldt Broncos tragedy has rocked Canadians this week. Regardless of whether you are a fan of hockey, this story cannot help but move you. The accident between a bus loaded with young hockey players and a truck loaded with peat moss was a hockey parent’s worst nightmare. The parents, families, and friends of the 15 victims of the accident are all currently living that nightmare. The rest of us can only shudder in horror imagining how unbelievably awful this past week must have (and continues to be) been for them.
Whether you live in a large city or a small town in Canada, hockey cannot help but touch your life. After all, hockey is Canada’s sport. Whether you play, watch, coach hockey, serve as team trainer or manager, your involvement in hockey means you love the sport and cannot help but get emotionally involved with your team.
The hockey community is very tight across Canada. Whether we know them personally or not, we all cheer for and keep track of our hometown kids as they grow up and follow their dream to play in the big league. We celebrate and share their victories and achievements. This week we mourn the loss of these talented, hard-working, ambitious, young athletes and the adults with them as the Humboldt Broncos team traveled together on their final hockey road trip.
As the country watches, listens, and mourns, Canadians and others around the world have stepped up to show their support for the Humboldt Broncos team. A Go Fund Me account has raised over 9 million dollars to date to help the families of the victims. Professional hockey teams and players have offered their condolences. Families are leaving hockey sticks and lights on at their front doors. Students and parents alike are wearing jerseys to school and work.
As difficult as this Humboldt Broncos tragedy has been to watch unfold, the heartfelt response has made me (even more) proud to be Canadian!
Although we Canadians have collected a record (for us) number of medals this Olympic games, we have suffered a few heartbreaking and painful Olympic firsts.
the first time the women’s curling team did not qualify for the playoff round since the inception of curling as an Olympic sport. I have to admit though, the South Korean women curlers were so impressive, cool calm and collected throughout their games.
the first time both the men’s and women’s team have missed the podium in traditional curling (although we did capture gold in mixed doubles) Again, since the inception of curling as an Olympic sport.
the first time (in five years) our women’s hockey team had to settle for a silver medal, although nothing to scoff at there. They were outplayed, although the officials could have been less biased in their calls.
These disappointing Olympic firsts are a result of many things in my mind. Canada has always been respected for its curling and hockey prowess, but obviously, other teams are catching up fast. It does not help that curling teams from around the world come to Canada to compete against the best for practice on the world stage. It also does not help that many of these teams are paying Canadian curlers to coach their teams. As for hockey, the USA and Canadian women’s teams have always been neck and neck, with all other teams lagging far behind. After 4 consecutive gold medals for the Canadian women, it was time for the USA to win one. No other team even comes close, but that may change too in the years to come.
The fact that the Canadian teams mentioned were reigning and repeated gold medal holders in their respective sports put an immense amount of pressure on them. All other teams strive to knock them off the podium. The German team celebrated like they had won the gold medal after beating Team Canada in the semi-final.
The fact that no current NHL players are on the men’s Olympic hockey teams weighs in too. In previous years Canadian and USA rosters were loaded with NHL players. The NHL chose to not allow their players to participate in the Olympics this time after the IOC (International Olympic Committee) refused to pay the players’ (considerable) insurance premiums and travel costs.
Day 13of the Winter Olympics proved to be unlucky for Canadians in a few sports. However, there were a few great Olympic firsts to cheer about other days. Just as other countries are gaining respect in sports they were not historically known to medal for, Canada is too. More medals in figure skating and speed skating made up for those lost in hockey and curling in our total medal count. Here are a few of those awesome firsts:
Canada has won the most medals in speed skating since its Olympic inception.
John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes won the first gold medal in mixed doubles curling
Sebastien Toutant won the first gold in the snowboarding “big air” thriller
first time Canada has won four medals in figure skating, two gold and two bronze
first time Canada has won 29 medals at a winter games, previous record was 26
first time Canada has won the third most medals in a winter games, (previous record was 4th) 9 behind Norway, one behind Germany (we were in second until the last night of competition when Germany won two medals in bobsled) and 6 ahead of the USA.
The time change (they are 14 hours ahead of us here in EST) was a bit annoying with these winter Olympic games held in PyeongChang, a first for South Korea. Sometimes it was hard to tell what was old news and what was new. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed watching all the talented athletes.
What do the Olympics and gun control have in common? Twitter, they have Twitter in common. This exchange of tweets on Twitter was too funny (and tragically accurate) not to share!
It came after the USA women’s hockey team beat Canada in the gold medal hockey game and the USA men’s curling team beat the Canadian men’s curling team to advance to the gold medal game in the winter Olympics.
It also came after another shooting rampage in a USA school.
Chris Sedenka @ChrisSedenka
Hey @Canada, what else would you like us to beat you in today? 8:43 AM – 22 Feb 2018
Scott Morrison @scott_morrison
This reply was the BEST! Short and to the point, sad but so true. There was nothing more to be said that could improve that conversation.
Leave it to a little blue bird to get the last word in!
There is nothing worse when you go to an NHL game to support the home team and there are more (and louder) hockey fans supporting the opposing team. This happens a lot at Ottawa Senators’ home games. It is bad enough watching on TV, but when you are actually at the game it is brutal. Last night was a great example when the Senators hosted the Montreal Canadians. If you were listening to the game from a distance (not right in front of the TV) you could not tell which team scored when the commentator yelled “scores!”
I assume this bipartisan crowd phenomenon is because anyone that has moved to Ottawa for work as an adult is old enough to have grown up with another team as their favourite. On the flip side, anyone younger than 30 years of age living in Ottawa has grown up with the Senators as their home team since the Senators franchise was only revived in Ottawa in 1992, after being off the NHL radar since 1934.
I grew up in Cornwall, Ontario a small city a little over an hour east and south of Ottawa. In the sixties and seventies, if you lived in Cornwall, you either cheered for the Montreal Canadians or the Toronto Maple Leafs. The choice was predominantly based on whether you were French speaking (Montreal) or English speaking (Toronto). My father was an avid Toronto Maple Leaf fan, so we six children were too. When I moved to Ottawa and had three sons, as soon as they were old enough to love hockey and the Senators, I was a convert.
However, when I moved to Ottawa and had three sons, as soon as they were old enough to love hockey and the Senators, I was a convert. It is hard not to get caught up in the excitement of a local team, especially as we live 5 minutes from the Canadian Tire Center, the arena the Senators call home.
This post is in response toa challenge fromOpinionated Man for bloggers to talk about their hometowns…
Kanata has a population of approximately 102,000 people. It is the western suburb of Ottawa which is Canada’s capital city. Ottawa has a population of approximately 885,000 people, including those in Kanata. The name Kanata means village or settlement in the Iroquois language. The name Canada is derived from the word Kanata. Apparently settlers first heard the word Kanata and misspelled it when naming Canada.
Kanata is a great place to live as it is relatively quiet without the hustle and bustle of downtown Ottawa, but still close enough (20 minute drive) to the big city to enjoy it when and if you wish to. Kanata is well known in the technology sector, often referred to as the Silicon Valley of the north.
Kanata residents are proud to be the home of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL) Ottawa is definitely a hockey town, with thousands of minor and junior hockey teams on the ice from September to April. Curling is also a popular winter sport here in Canada, especially amongst my family members. In the summer months residents enjoy playing soccer, tennis, golf, baseball, lacrosse and more. As the mother of three boys, my life does seem to revolve around sports.
We have four seasons here in Ottawa, each lasting three months on the calendar, but blending together much more gradually. For example, we had snow here and lots of it well before the calendar said it was winter and are now waiting impatiently for spring to show its face.
I am the proud owner of a landscaping company calledGARDENS4U so spend most of my time working in other peoples’ gardens. I’m sure you probably guessed my passion for gardening from the pictures I have included. In the off season (which has been incredibly long this year) I work on the website for the company and write. My blog is the main venue for writing, but I have been dabbling in freelanced writing too this winter.
I hope you enjoyed a peek into my life here in Kanata (Ottawa), Ontario, Canada.
Something stinks in Kanata and for once it is not the Carp dump. Last Thursday (Nov 13th), Earl of March (EOM) played AY Jackson (AY) in a high school hockey game that would decide which team made the playoffs. These high school teams are cross town rivals with many of the players playing together on competitive and house league teams within KMHA for many years. Most have respect for the abilities of the others, and everyone knew it would be an exciting game. Many of these players had turned down the chance to play competitive hockey at higher levels so they could play high school hockey with and against their friends during their last year of high school. The fans were out in full force, including a human sized mascot representing each team. It is most unfortunate that the rival match did not get resolved on the hockey rink as it should have. Instead, the National Capital Secondary School Athletic Association (NCSSAA) chose to protect a referee’s poor decision made because of an overreaction in a heated discussion.
The role of the referee in a hockey game is to supervise the action on the ice, not to control the outcome of a game. The referee in question made several calls that the EOM coach repeatedly requested clarification of. The official would not approach the EOM bench, but was quick to go to the AY bench to clarify any questions they had. When AY scored to tie the game at 1 goal each, the referee finally approached the EOM bench. This was after the referee had placed the wrong EOM player in the penalty box, but would not allow the assistant captain on the ice at the time to tell him so, had not blown his whistle when a pile up (in a non- contact game) occurred at the EOM net (although he did many times at the opposing net) resulting in the tying goal. Upon approaching the EOM bench, the referee and coach exchanged words and the ref indicated that he was assigning a gross misconduct to the coach. From the many written reports from the boys on the bench, their coach did not use foul language or did not threaten the referee in any way. He certainly did not commit a “travesty of the game” as should be necessary for a gross misconduct call. The coach explained that he could not leave the game as he was the only coach on the bench. His understanding at that point was that he worked out the difference of opinion with the referee, promising to keep quiet if the game was to continue.
Continue it did, resulting in a 4-1 victory for EOM. This score was evident on the scoreboard and on the game sheet that was signed off by both officials as being accurate. All fans agreed it was a hard fought, well deserved victory for EOM. The coach apologized to the referee once again at the end of the game, receiving no warning or indication of a forfeit. As a matter of fact, the gross misconduct was never recorded on the game sheet. However, after the game, the referee filed an independent report including the gross misconduct for the EOM coach and calling the game a forfeit.
There are many parts of this fiasco that should have been considered in the decision to forfeit the game:
-Why did the game continue if the referee felt so threatened or insulted? Instead he told the coach they were “good to go” and the game continued. He continued to report goals and penalties to the score/time keeper for recording on the game sheet. He did not mention the fact that he was planning to recommend a forfeit on a separate form to any of the coaches or players, during or after the game when all of the coaches, officials and players shook hands.
-Why were the coaches and players of both teams as well as the convenor not informed of this decision until much later when a 2-0 score for AY (probably should have read 2-0 for the referee) was questioned and assumed to be a typo on a website that displays results? Even then, there was no indication of a forfeit! Was the high and mighty NCSSAA athletic coordinator sitting waiting for the “shit to hit the fan” instead of notifying the coaches and convenor? When was he planning on telling the teams involved?
-What is the function of the game sheet if not to record details of the game including penalties and score? It is understandable that a separate report be filed if there is insufficient room on the game sheet for penalties incurred, or if an incident occurs after the game sheet has been signed off and separated for disposition to both teams. Why bother having a game sheet or scoreboard if their recordings are not to be considered accurate reflections of the game? A separate report should never overrule the statistics reported on the game sheet.
That is exactly what happened. The separate report was filed by the referee and the game forfeited by EOM, although no one thought to notify the EOM team. EOM players did not know they “lost” until the next morning. I’m sure AY players finding out they won was a much happier scene; they certainly had no reason to believe that they won before that. Obviously the EOM boys were and continue to be heartbroken. I hope the “powers that be” involved in this mess slept well these past few nights, comfortable in the fact that their cowardly and unjust actions had the potential to rock the world of the innocent EOM players.
Five days later an appeal was finally heard by the NCSSAA board, although I had the sick feeling in my stomach that was telling me it was simply a formality and no justice would be served. The decision that EOM forfeited the game due to a gross misconduct incurred by their coach was upheld. I guess I was hoping in my heart that the wrong would be righted, even though I had warned my son that it probably would not happen.
I think the saddest part of this story is the fact that a bigger person, either the referee or the NCSSAA athletic coordinator, could have and should have acknowledged that many mistakes were made, all based on an overreaction to an innocent request for an explanation of a penalty call.
There are those that may argue that referees decisions must be upheld. I understand the predicament of the officials. They do get yelled at a lot, but if they want to be a hockey official at this level of the game, they should develop thicker skins. Again, their role is to supervise the action on the ice, not to control the outcome of the game, especially such an important game. Perhaps the money saved on printing game sheets and running the score boards could be used on training the officials to handle these situations more effectively.
Another argument raised was that the AY boys would be upset if the ruling was overturned. At the risk of repeating myself, at no time could the AY boys have felt that they had won the game Thursday. If fact, I hear many of them do not even want to play in the playoffs due to such a hollow victory over many of their friends.
Then there is the argument of the ugly history involved between AY and EOM fans and players. Why should the players and coaches this year be tarred with the same brush? Just because of a brawl years ago, that none of these players or coaches participated in, the referee should feel intimidated and throw a coach out for requesting an explanation? I think not.
As parents we teach our children to face up to our mistakes so they can be rectified as soon as possible. In this case, the mistakes could have been easily rectified by reversing the forfeit before the playoffs begin. There were two chances for this to happen; you failed twice Mr NCSSAA athletic coordinator.
The only travesty committed was one of justice. Everyone that attended the game knew who won, well maybe except for the referee and the NCSSAA athletic coordinator.
I am very proud of our Canadian women today! The Canadian women’s hockey team overcame a 2-0 goal deficit in the third period to force overtime against the USA team and then scored again to win the Olympic GOLD medal. Marie-Philip Poulin scored both the tying goal and the game winning overtime goal for team Canada.
Earlier today, Jennifer Jones’ curling team beat Sweden in the championship final to win gold as well. This game was a nail biter too, with Sweden having a chance to tie the score or go ahead in the ninth end. Instead, Jones and the Canadian women’s team stole two points to head into the tenth end with a three point lead that Sweden could not rally from. As she threw her first rock in the tenth end, a smile lit Jennifer Jones’ face as she (and we) knew she was about to make the easy take out shot to run the Swedes out of rocks and win the gold medal.