Sarnia reopening two ice arenas next week

Journal Staff Sarnia is preparing to reopen two arenas March 1. Progressive Auto Sales Arena and Clearwater Arena were both expected to open on Monday with the focus of getting youth back on the ice, city staff said. Unless another full lockdown is ordered, Clearwater would stay open until March 28, when ice from both… Read more »

Rees signs NHL contract with Carolina Hurricanes

Journal Staff A Sarnia Sting forward is now a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. Jamieson Rees has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL club. “Jamieson is a skilled center with strong playmaking ability,” said Hurricane’s GM Don Waddell. “He made major strides in his development last season, and we’re looking forward to his… Read more »

Marinaro wins another gold, but future events uncertain

Troy Shantz When Sarnia’s Michael Marinaro and partner Kirsten Moore-Towers won gold at the Skate Canada Challenge on Jan. 9, they did it with a videotaped routine recorded a month earlier. “It was definitely difficult without having the judges there, the audience there, even the other competitors there,” Marinaro, 29, said the virtual competition. “It… Read more »

Simon takes his school-of-hard-knocks teaching online

Troy Shantz Neither contracting COVID-19 nor the death of his son has slowed Aamjiwnaang’s Jason Simon and his mission to support indigenous youth. The former NHL forward has toured Canada and some U.S. states for almost four years, sharing his personal story with thousands of kids and community members. With the latest COVID-19 restrictions in… Read more »

Sting, Legionnaires’ seasons delayed again

Hockey in Sarnia has been delayed again due to COVID-19. The Ontario Hockey League announced today that the 2021 season will be put on hold following  Premier Ford’s announcement of a province-wide shut down in the province beginning Boxing Day. The OHL season was scheduled to begin Feb. 4, with training camps kicking off in… Read more »

Sting forward missed cut for Team Canada roster

Journal Staff Sarnia Sting forward Jamieson Rees was one of the final cuts at Canada’s national junior team selection camp in Alberta. The 19-year-old centre potted three goals at the selection camp but was among the last nine players cut from Canada’s 25-man roster. Rees had 18 goals and 43 assists for 61 points in… Read more »

Skaters test out Sarnia’s new artificial ice surface

Troy Shantz Sarnia’s Valley Axe has converted two of its target throwing ranges into 20-foot by 30-foot artificial ice pads this fall in an effort to attract a new audience. The synthetic “ice” surface, called Glice, can be used for hockey training or recreational skating, said co-owner Bo Tait. Its maintenance includes cleaning the snow-like… Read more »

Free public skating has been a bit hit, city says

Journal Staff The return of free public skating has been a “phenomenal” success with the number of registered participants growing daily, City Hall says. Since it began at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena on Nov. 10 the program has expanded from seven to 21 weekly time slots for adult, family, open and parent-tot skating. And… Read more »

Low local virus rate draws basketballers to Lambton

Troy Shantz Sarnia’s relatively low COVID-19 case count is having an unexpected and positive impact on Lambton College’s basketball program. As many as five new recruits will join the men’s squad in the new year, many of them drawn because restrictions in larger cities have shut down their basketball leagues and practices, said coach James… Read more »