Din Thomas: Life is Growth and Creativity

Rod LaRocque

The UFC’s Legendary Din Thomas Life is Creativity and Growth  Author : Din Thomas Editor : Jennifer J. Lacelle  Date : September 16, 2021   There comes a time in everyone’s life when they must make a decision. Fight… or flight. Being a small person, coming in at a height of 5’9” and one of his last weigh-ins at 144-lbs, Din Thomas decided that rather than fear his safety he would become one of the fighters he’d watched on television growing up.   “When I saw the first UFC [Ultimate Fighting Championships] in 1993, I was like, ‘I gotta do this,’” Thomas...

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Theo Fleury

The Health of the Matter The Health of the Matter Author : Theo Fleury Editor: Jennifer J. Lacelle Date : August 9, 2021   There are going to be experiences, good and bad, that shape people and recreate them into entirely different people. These defining moments leave lasting impressions emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally.   It isn’t addiction that leads to mental illness, it’s the other way around. A concept that Theo Fleury, former NHL star, says is often confused and that the cause of mental illness is trauma. Fleury is now in the position to advocate on behalf of victims, though...

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Bryan Trottier: Taking the NHL by Storm

Rod LaRocque

Taking the NHL by Storm Author : Bryan Trottier  Editor : Jennifer J. Lacelle  Date : June 15, 2021   The small, quant town of Val Marie, Saskatchewan is the typical Canadian village with under 200 residents. Their primary economical resources are ranching, farming and tourism, but it’s famous for two primary reasons. One: the nearby Grasslands Provincial Park, a place to see some of Canada’s rarest wildlife in it’s 700 square kilometers. Two: seven-time winner of the Stanley Cup, Bryan Trottier.   He was born in Val Marie on July 17, 1956 to Buzz and Mary. Trottier’s father is of Cree-Métis...

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Twists and Turns in Life

Rod LaRocque

Twists and Turns in Life Author/Editor: Jennifer J. Lacelle Date : April 22, 2021 The saying “fifteen minutes of fame” is applicable to most people who hit the spotlight like a brilliant flash of light before flickering out like a sparkler at the end of the rod, leaving fans wondering: “what in the world happened to them?”   This would not be the case for NHL player, Ron Duguay. He earned his claim to fame over the years, which he attributes to hard work, dedication and the consistent push to do the best he can at whatever he decides to do.   Duguay...

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Once in a Lifetime

Rod LaRocque

Once in a lifetime Author/Editor: Jennifer J. Lacelle Date : March 11, 2021 The moment you can walk there’s a pair of skates put on your feet. It’s cold outside, because Quebec City is often chilly with lots of snow, which means it’s time to play ice hockey. Of course, the first pair of skates a child receives isn’t a size ten adult, NHL grade—though parents have hopes and dreams of such.   What children first receive and learn to skate with are a pair of double-bladed skates. That is to say, there’s two blades along the front and two along...

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Building a Professional Triathlete

Rod LaRocque

Building a Professional Triathlete Author :  Kelly Louiseize Editor : Jennifer J. Lacelle Date : May 26, 2021 It’s pouring rain and cold enough to turn to wet snow. Kyle Jones’ body is screaming to shut down. Those are the days that separate the winner from the contender, says one of Canada’s best triathletes for over a decade.   Kyle spent the last 12 years traveling the world competing and winning three national championships, medaling at multiple world cup events and representing Canada at the London Olympic Games in 2012. “It’s the perseverance in those low moments when the training is tough....

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Where Are They Now?

Rod LaRocque

Where are they now? Author/Editor: Jennifer J. Lacelle Date : February 22, 2021  What does it take to play sports professionally? Skill, ability, persistence, and motivation are several factors when it comes to many areas of life, but especially so in professional sports. Sometimes, a player’s size is also a factor.   For NHL legend Dennis Maruk his size and height were obstacles in the eyes of others when it came to being drafted and signed into the NHL. He needed to be persistent in proving himself as an outstanding athlete if he ever had hopes to play in the “big man’s...

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East Coast Surf’s Up!

Rod LaRocque

East Coast Surf’s Up! Author : Kelly Louiseize  Editor : Jennifer J. Lacelle  Date : May 3, 2021 Summer is here and vacation time is around the corner. For those wanting to scale it down to perhaps a more affordable getaway, Point Michaud may be a great destination. But leave your cell phone behind. There is no Internet access on the shores of this Cape Breton three-kilometer sandy beach.   What you will find however, are hundreds of tourists and residents who come each year to surf. That’s right, surf’s up! The wind driven swells can reach as high as 10...

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