Despite painful crash, local champ eager to race again

Troy Shantz Sarnia’s Will Hornblower was forced to sit out the first stop of the Canadian Sport Bike series last month following a brutal crash at Grand Bend Motorplex. The defending Canadian champion is recovering from a fractured sternum and ribs, concussion, and stage-three shoulder separation after being thrown thrown from his 600cc motorcycle on… Read more »

Derek Drouin not attending Tokyo Games

Journal Staff Two-time Olympic hero Derek Drouin is not at the Tokyo Games. The Corunna native and 2016 high jump gold medalist in Rio decided to skip the Olympic trials after a rigorous competitive schedule in Europe this spring took a toll. “Unfortunately my body hasn’t recovered during my two-week quarantine the way we hoped… Read more »

Sarnia’s Julia Greenshields off to the Tokyo Olympics

Julia Greenshields

Troy Shantz It was just a five-minute phone call, but one in which Sarnia’s Julia Greenshields realized a decade-long dream. The former Sarnia Saints rugby player had been officially invited to represent Canada at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games this month. “It didn’t quite hit me right away. They just said, ‘Everyone clear your schedule,’”… Read more »

Sarnia Brigade returns to baseball action this weekend

Journal Staff The Sarnia Brigade are ready to return to the field. With a new name and logo, the former Sarnia Braves team will head north to take on Kincardine in a double-header July 11. The Brigade are the defending Ontario AAA champions and have added four new players to the roster. Joining the squad… Read more »

Gaudreau’s heroics on big stage not lost on NHL scouts

Troy Shantz It was 40 seconds Ben Gaudreau will never forget. With the clock ticking and the Russians pressuring in the final game of the IIHF U-18 World Hockey Championships, the 18-year-old netminder was simply counting down the seconds. “Knowing this was coming true and that we were going to win that game… that was… Read more »

Bluewater Granfondo going virtual this year

Journal Staff The Bluewater International Granfondo is scrapping its in-person event due to ongoing pandemic restrictions and will instead hold a virtual ride this year. Organizers said cyclists can complete chosen distances from July 26 to Aug. 1 and record their ride with the Strava cycling app. Organizers will determine participation results. Riders have a… Read more »

Sting make history drafting female player

Journal Staff The Sarnia Sting made hockey history recently by drafting a female player. Taya Currie of Parkhill, Ont. became the first female ever drafted by an Ontario Hockey League team when Sarnia claimed her in Round 14 with the 267th pick. “It was indescribable,” Currie, 16, told the CBC. The 5-foot-7 netminder played for… Read more »

Derian Hatcher stepping down as Sting head coach

Journal Staff Sarnia Sting co-owner and governor Derian Hatcher is stepping down as the hockey team’s head coach. In five seasons as bench boss, the former NHL defenceman and Stanley Cup winner led the Sting to two record-winning seasons and captured the team’s first division title since 2008. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working… Read more »

Sarnia Arena to renamed after hockey great Pat Stapleton

Journal Staff City council has agreed to rename Sarnia Arena after a local hockey hero. Sarnia native Pat Stapleton was an NHL all-star, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, and a key member of the famed Team Canada that won the 1972 summit against the Soviet Union. City staff said it would cost about $30,000 to… Read more »