The puck drops here

Zander Rising gets a word of encouragement from former NHLer Jason Simon at the Sarnia Arena last week. The Aamjiwnaang First Nation members were part of a game of shinny played to launch a countdown to this year’s Little Native League Hockey tournament. Aamjiwnaang is hosting the 48th annual tournament sponsored by Hydro One in… Read more »

City native and Legionnaire signs with Sarnia Sting

The Sarnia Sting have added a little more local talent to its roster. Sarnia native Nolan DeGurse signed a standard player agreement last week and was scheduled to make his debut Jan. 18 when the Sting hosted the Erie Otters. DeGurse has played the past two seasons with the Junior B Sarnia Legionnaires, where he… Read more »

St. Patrick’s wins Lambton-Kent swimming championships

Journal Staff Swimmers from St. Patrick’s High School dominated the pool last week at the Lambton Kent secondary school swimming championships. The Fighting Irish won the overall team title as well as the overall girls and overall boys titles at the Sarnia YMCA pool on Jan. 17. About 90 swimmers from six Lambton-Kent schools participated… Read more »

Northern extends basketball streak

The Northern Collegiate junior boys’ basketball squad extended its win streak to three last week. The division leading Vikings trounced Ursuline College of Chatham 59-25, while St. Patrick’s fell to Chatham-Kent 51-47. The winless Fighting Irish will face Northern following the exam break on Feb. 5.

Special Olympians ready to host regional basketball tourney

Tara Jeffrey Some 100 athletes from across the region are expected to showcase their skills at Sarnia’s first-ever Special Olympics basketball tournament this month. “We’ve gone to a couple of tournaments in other communities, and just decided we wanted to hold our own here,” said Tana Manchester, community coordinator of Special Olympics Sarnia, which provides… Read more »

Sting deal forward Adam Ruzicka to Wolves

One of the Sarnia Sting’s top forwards has been dealt to Sudbury. Nineteen-year-old Adam Ruzicka went to the Wolves in exchange for three draft picks, the Sting announced last week. The Slovakia native was a 2016 second round pick and spent two seasons in Sarnia, recording 72 goals and 83 assists. Ruzicka was a fourth-round… Read more »

Instructional tennis program for kids about to launch

Troy Shantz An innovative and affordable program that teaches children the game of tennis is about to start in Sarnia. ‘Tennis for Kids’ is tailored to players aged five to 10 and offers a step-by-step progression to learn the skills and rules. The first of two, five-week sessions starts Jan. 26. “They get immediate success,… Read more »

Perreault wins rookie of the month honours

Sarnia Sting forward Jacob Perreault was named the Ontario Hockey League’s rookie of the month in December. The 16-year-old son of former NHLer Yanic Perreault had nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in 10 games last month. Perreault leads the league in rookie scoring with 35 points over 33 games. He stood third… Read more »