War strikes home for the city’s hockey academy

Claude McIntosh – Mac’s Reflections

A brutal war thousands of miles away has struck the Cornwall-based Ontario Hockey Academy (OHA) with the death of a former student from Ukraine, another victim of the senseless Russian invasion.

Daniil Chochua, a 26-year-old Ukrainian soldier, was killed on August 4 when he was hit by shrapnel during a rocket attack on his hometown.

He was among the school’s first students, one of many young foreign men and women who pursued their hockey dreams at the academy.

“Just when you think you are so far removed from the problems of the world, you receive (this) devastating news,” posted on Facebook Kim Lascelle, who with her husband Giles co-founded the academy.

“He was loved by all of us. We are heartbroken.

She described Daniil as a fun-loving young man and one of my “most memorable students”.

“I will always cherish my (Ukraine) cap (which he gave to me).”

Several of his former OHA teammates took to Facebook.

Damien Dangueurger called him “the funniest teammate I’ve ever had”.

For Jamie Campbell, he was a “real character” who was “loved by all of us”.

“The world is a little less bright without him.”

Sam Gagnon said he was one of his “funniest and best teammates.” “

Daniil’s young widow said her husband had fond memories of his time at the academy and in Cornwall. She designed an OHA ring that her father gave her on her 25th birthday.e birthday.

DOUBLE SPEECH: Aaron Rodgers, the Hall of Fame-bound QB of the Green Bay Packers, protested the COVID-19 vaccine because he didn’t want to be injected with a “dangerous” chemical. Meanwhile, he recently told the New York Post that while on a trip to Peru he experimented with the hallucinogenic drug DMT and had a “happy experience”. There is a long list of side effects that include psychosis, mood swings, panic attacks, seizures, and heart problems. … Another pro with a double standard is German Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel. When he’s not burning gallons of high-octane petroleum on the racetrack, he’s calling for an end to fossil fuels.

HERE AND THERE: I was never a big fan of the National Basketball Association (NBA), but I counted the late Celtics great Bill Russell as one of my heroes, not so much for what he did on the court , which was huge, but for his involvement in the civil rights movement. . In 1961, he refused to play in an all-star game after a restaurant in Kentucky refused to seat him and three of his black teammates… Cornwall-born Peter Gatien of the famed New York nightclub York, was in town last week to shoot a segment for a documentary. … On June 2, there were two institutional (COVID-19) outbreaks in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit area. By Monday, the number had risen to 20. And as of last August, there were no COVID-19 patients in area hospitals. On Monday, there were 20, including two in intensive care.

IN THE MIRROR:

A recount conducted on August 14, 1962 in the county court chamber under the watchful eye of Judge George Brennan confirms that Liberal candidate Lucien Lamoureux, town attorney, is the new MP for Stormont.

On election night, Lamoureux had a margin of 70 votes. But a recount three days later reduced the margin to 65 votes. The margin of 70 votes was restored in the rare judicial recount demanded by the Conservative team.

It was the tightest federal or provincial election in local riding history.

Lamoureux would be re-elected twice before breaking his ties with the Liberal Party to run as independent Speaker of the House. He retired in 1974 and became an ambassador.

ALSO IN AUGUST 1962: Two masked bandits robbed the Martintown branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia and made off with $4,000 in cash taken from cash registers. After one of the men fired a warning shot, employees and customers were ordered to lie face down. The loot could have been a lot more. The bank manager, a gun to his head, was opening the safe when the lookout outside the bank in the getaway car alerted them that someone was approaching the bank. … The first commercial caustic soda terminal in Canada was opened at Iroquois Chemicals in the west end of the city. … Royal Canadian Legion Branch 297’s membership campaign has reached 1,000. The branch aimed to add at least 700 more members by the end of the year. … Peter Green, former food and beverage manager at the Lord Simcoe Hotel in Toronto, was the new manager of the Cornwallis Hotel. .. For the third year in a row, there would be no Labor Day parade in Cornwall. Cornwall and District Labor Council chairman George Harrop said with double-digit unemployment workers were in no mood to celebrate. … The former principal of St. Lawrence High School, Rémi Lalonde, has been appointed professor of physics at Laval University in Quebec.

The Texaco gas station on Second Street West, wedged between the Bank of Nova Scotia and the Cornwallis Hotel, was demolished and replaced with a parking lot. The property belonged to Zeller’s. … Faulty wiring has been blamed for a fire that destroyed a four-room house in central Osnabruck. … Additions to the city’s schools pushed the value of July building permits to $2.3 million. The additions accounted for $1.9 million. … With an average of 84% on 13 13th grade departmental exams, St. Lawrence High School student Helen Neill led all graduates in the city. Karen Doyle, also of SLHS, had 78.5% on eight articles.

INFORMATION: This chain of department stores with deep roots in Canada was sold to Walmart in 1994.

ANSWER TO TRIVIA: A 1960s fitness test of Cornwall Primary School pupils showed that 25% failed to meet the national basic level of physical fitness for primary school children.

QUOTE : “Life would be infinitely happier if we could be born at 80 and gradually approach 18.” -Mark Twain

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