Thursday, 18 December 2014, 8:11 pm

Hero off the ice: A new book from Theo Fleury

By DAVID CHERNISH
Staff Writer
Warning: This article contains strong content and curse words.
Theo Fleury. Submitted Photo.“Don’t quit before the miracle, enjoy life,” is a saying ex-National Hockey League (NHL) player Theo Fleury signs in each book he autographs, which is a perfect explanation of his post-hockey life.
His co-writer, Kim Barthel, of the book Conversations with a Rattlesnake, joined Fleury on day 36 of the book tour that started in Kingston, Ont. on Nov. 3.
“It has been an incredible month,” Fleury said.
Barthel is an expert in the field of science of occupational therapy and neurobiology as well as a therapist.
The tour isn’t you eavesdropping on a therapist-client conversation, but one on the issues around sexual abuse, as well as drug and alcohol abuse.
In the 2003 NHL off-season, Fleury decided to hang up the skates after the NHL handed him a suspension for violating its substance abuse program.
“Once I...

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Remembering the sultan of squash

By CHRIS PERRELLI
Staff Writer
The 2014 Women’s National Squash Team Championships are taking place this week at the White Oaks Resort and Spa. While this is a time of excitement for Squash Canada and the White Oaks, it is also a time of remembrance for the man who made this event possible.
Mark Sachvie, president of Squash Ontario, passed away suddenly last November from a fatal heart attack. He was widely recognized throughout Canada as one of the most influential builders of the game of squash and played a major role in bringing the Women’s National Team Championships to Niagara-on-the-Lake.
He hosted over 220 squash tournaments during his tenure including 10 Canadian Junior Opens, two Canadian Junior Squash Championships, two Canadian Squash Championships and 43 Provincial Championships.
When it comes to Sachvie’s legacy, the term “passion” is never too far behind his name.
“His passion just spread, and that translated to all the kids,”...

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Humber Hawks out-jousted by Knights

By DAVID CHERNISH
Staff Writer
Middle Blocker Aaron Vanderlugt spikes the ball over the net and records a point for his team. PHOTO BY LUCA GUARDARIThe Niagara Knights men’s volleyball team is back! The team handed the Humber Hawks (7-1), their first loss with a final match score of 3-2, quickly becoming a team to be feared.
The Knights have played solid volleyball over their past three games.
The team hosted have seen them play solid volleyball, sweeping Kingston’s Conestoga Condors in three straight sets (25-13), (25-22) and (25-18). Setter and Athlete of the Week Steven Stone recorded 38 assists and tied for the team led in digs with nine. Outside hitter Nathan Snippe led the team in kills with 12 and points with 16.
“Conestoga is a young team that works very hard and have shown this season when they get some momentum they can go on some runs,” head coach Nathan Groenveld said. 
“We took that away with our consistent ability to put the ball away, and side out.”
Other notable statistics; middle blocker Aaron...

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Hawks prey on Knights, remain undefeated

By DAVID CHERNISH
Staff Writer
Knights forward Miranda Ross turns away a layup attempt by a Humber Hawks player in a Nov. 20 game at the Welland Athletic Centre. PHOTO BY DAVID CHERNISHThe women’s basketball team has played great basketball, but its 4-4 record states otherwise.
The Knights tipped off against the Humber Hawks (8-1) at Niagara on Nov. 20. The team played a resilient first half, keeping pace with the number 1 seeded team in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) West division thanks to 16 first-half points by rookie forward Courtney McPherson.
“I am very proud of the girls and how they hung in,” head coach Mike Beccaria said. “I think it shows that we can play with the best teams in the league. We stayed with them but just had a couple of lapses.”
“During the Humber game I felt like that was one of our best games,” McPherson said. “We really came together as a team and stayed in the game. We played a hard 30 minutes and just ran out of steam in the fourth quarter.”
McPherson was...

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Memories on ice

By LUCA GUARDARI
Staff Writer
Welland Minor Hockey Association Midget league teams pose after playing in the first annual Julia Turner Charity game in 2012. SUBMITTED PHOTOWear purple and honour the memory of Julia Turner in a fun-filled hockey game.
On Dec. 16 the third annual Julia Turner Hockey Night in Welland will be held at the Welland arena.
The game honours Julia Turner, an influential girl who passed away from brain cancer almost three years ago.
It will feature Welland Minor Hockey Midget Teams and Turner’s old friends in an exhibition game.
Turner used to work at the arena on Sunday nights and would always watch her friends play hockey.
Melaney Turner, 21, sees this special event as “a fantastic way” to remember her sister and the “wonderful” person she was.
“The game is so close to the anniversary of her death, it’s so nice to see her old friends come together every year at the arena and play hockey in her memory; they even wear purple, her favourite colour.”
Melaney is grateful at how the Welland community has...

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Knights aim to learn from losses

By JOSH THOMAS
Staff Writer
Nicole Shoonderwoerd of the Niagara Knights goes up for a kill against the Sheridan Bruins.  PHOTO BY Thakurjit SagguThe women’s volleyball team is in need of a bounce back game after dropping back-to-back contests to the Sheridan Bruins of Oakville, Ont., and the Humber Hawks of Toronto.
The Knights went into Sheridan with an undefeated 6-0 record and a ton of confidence. The two teams traded blows throughout the first four sets but Sheridan came out on fire in the fifth set and the Knights came out flat. Sheridan took the set 15-6 and handed the Knights their first loss.
The loss couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Knights as they had the powerhouse Humber Hawks visiting from Toronto just four days later.
The Hawks have enjoyed a lot of success recently. They are the provincial champions seven years running. They haven’t lost a set all season and they haven’t lost a regular season match in a staggering 66 matches.
The Knights, however, believe they are...

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Winning streak ends for Niagara College's women's volleyball team

By THAKURJIT SAGGU
Staff Writer
Number 12 Maddison Morgan unleashes a serve.  She led the team with 16 points.All good things must come to an end. The women’s volleyball team’s undefeated streak halted against the Sheridan Bruins (6-2), of Oakville.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” said Head Coach Joey Martins. “I thought our game plan was on point with what they did. I just don’t feel that our offensive game plan was executing the way it should have been.”
In a game that looked winnable for the Knights (6-1), they were unable to adapt to the superior blocking of the Bruins, and unable to block as efficiently on their own end.
“Our girls need to look at the block and look where the open options are and play it accordingly,” said middle blocker Alexandria Botelho.
Despite having a good game, Botelho wasn’t satisfied because the team did not win.
“I thought I played well, but any accomplishments of mine doesn’t account for us...

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