Roof replacement under way at Sarnia’s twin arena

Journal Staff The section of roof at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena that protects the restaurant and luxury suites will be replaced this year at cost of $500,000, the city says. The roof covering the main ice surface on which the Sarnia Sting play is scheduled for replacement in 2022. Completing the entire roof, which… Read more »

This summer’s Granfondo proceeding as planned

Journal Staff This region’s largest cycling event is still expected to take place this summer. After a one-year pandemic hiatus, organizers of the 2021 Bluewater International Granfondo say they are optimistic the Aug. 1 ride will roll out as planned. Riders who registered for 2020 and didn’t request a refund will have their entry transferred… Read more »

Petition to rename Sarnia Arena headed to council

Journal Staff More than 2,000 people signed a petition to rename the Sarnia Arena after Pat “Whitey” Stapleton. Stapleton was the first Sarnian to play full-time in the NHL. He started with the Boston Bruins in 1961 and played most of his career with the Chicago Blackhawks. In eight seasons in Chicago he was a… Read more »

A cleaner sheet of ice at Sarnia Arena

Journal Staff Sarnia is getting its first electric Zamboni. The ice-resurfacing machine, which will go into service at the Sarnia Arena when it reopens, will eliminate the need for propane and help the city reduce greenhouse gases emissions, staff says. The Zamboni is powered by a lithium-ion battery and was purchased for $135,590 through a… Read more »

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 »