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Thursday, Apr. 25, 2019
Rocket Richard in Sudbury - in December of 1979!
by Randy Pascal

This Week in Sports looks back at December 15th - 28th, 1979

Sporting a roster that includes some of the greatest names in the sport of hockey, the Montreal Canadiens Alumni were in town for a charity hockey game against the Northern Ontario NHL Oldtimers.

The lineup for "les Habitants" features the likes of Henri Richard, Andre Pronovost, Ken Mosdell, Jean-Guy Gendron, Leon Rochefort and J-C Tremblay while the locals countered with Noel Price, Jim Pappin, Jerry Toppazzini, Billy Harris, Gerry Foley, Larry Keenan and Roger Cote.

Maurice "Rocket" Richard served as referee alongside the legendary Red Storey, while Sam Rothchild was entrusted with the drop of the ceremonial opening faceoff.


With head coach Gerry Lougheed at the helm, the Marymount Regals captured the city and northern Ontario senior girls basketball championships, finishing 5th in a field of 18 teams at provincials.

This impressive collection of talent included Sandra Shane, Kathy Vannier, Elyse Clements, Daina Petrenas, Lorna Hearty, Philomena Szabo, Laura Gallo, Stephanie Scappatura, Lynn Borgogelli, Susan Nordman, Debbie Recollet and Linda Leon.


Defensive zone coverage was left wanting Friday night at the Sudbury Arena as the Ottawa 67's left town with an 8-7 win over the Sudbury Wolves.

Coniston native Jim Fox joined teammates Yvan Joly and Jay Fraser in scoring two goals apiece for the winners, with Moe Lemay and Doug Smith rounding out the scoring.

Wayne Groleau countered with two of his own in a losing cause, with Frank Perkins, Randy Hillier, Peter Reed, John Kirk and Dan Frawley netting one goal each for Sudbury.


Local athletes continue to shine away from home, including a pair of young ladies at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. A graduate of Lasalle Secondary, Sandra Passi has represented her post-secondary institution in both field hockey and curling, while Tracy Duggan of Lively has earned a starting berth on the women's basketball team.

A second year science student, Duggan was selected largely on the basis of her "speed and aggressiveness", according to a media release from the school. Meanwhile, Lasalle graduate Brad Munt has quickly made a name for himself as a member of the Mount Allison football team.

The team's rookie of the year in his freshman season, Munt was offensive captain this fall, averaging 3.6 yards per carry as a fullback with the Mounties.


Trailing 6-5 entering the third period, the Sudbury North Stars stormed back with four unanswered goals to chalk up a 9-6 victory over the Nickel Centre Native Sons in Northern Ontario Hockey Association Jr "A" Tier II action at the Carmichael Arena.

Wes Stillar, Dan Roy and Ken Gazdic led the way with two goals each, with Rick Dawe, Keith Grenke and John Melanson rounding out the scoring.

Dan Comin answered with a two-goal effort of his own in a losing cause, with single markers for the Sons coming from Gaston Gauthier, Tim Boyer, Blaine Lamothe and Brian Jokat.


Local hockey fans are being treated to an international flavour over the holidays as the Marsta RA-73 hockey club make the trek to Sudbury for a troika of games.

The Swedish crew will battle the Sudbury Regional Police Association Midgets on December 28th at Cambrian Arena, heading out to Hanmer to face the Valley East Andre Barbe Ltd Midgets the next day and closing out with a head to head matchup with the Garson Falcons on the 30th.

Situated on the shores of Lake Malaren, Marsta is located between Stockholm and the university town of Uppsala. The RA-73 contingent are representing the Roseresberg Arlanda Hockey Club, part of one of the city's most active sports clubs.


A total of 79 teams have gathered for the 10th Annual Red Hamill Silver Stick Tournament, with countless local squads enjoying success on day one of the competition.

The midgets and atoms were busy at the Bell Grove Arena as the Sudbury Midas Kings "AAA" Atoms bounced the Soo Atoms 6-1, largely on the strength of a four-goal performance from Guy Mongeon.

Robbie Demers scored twice and Bert Kemp registered the shutout as the Levack Taylor Kings blanked the Capreol Hawks Midgets 4-0. Play opened up with an Atom "AA" encounter as the Valley East Miracle Mart whipped Sudbury Steel 8-2.

Pat O'Gorman picked up a hat trick for the winners, with Dean St Marseille chipping in with two goals of his own. Norm Beaudry, Rock Allen and Richard Bertrand rounding out the attack while Rod Lefebvre and Luc Lafantaisie responded for Sudbury.

Over at the Carmichael Arena, a pair of goals off the stick of Jean Boisvenue paced Scott's Colonels to a 4-2 win over the Pembroke Kings in Peewee "AA" play.

A very balanced attack led Toppazzini over Moore's Esso 5-2 in the Peewee "A" division as Marc Chartier, Darren Niemi, Philip Della Vedove, Marc Grenier and Leonard Samuels blinked the red light for the winners.

Brian Jermyn and Roger Salvatore replied in a losing cause. In a bantam "AA" encounter, Lady Luck smiled on the Sudbury Red Wings, posting a 3-2 win over Sudbury Steel despite the latter controlling much of the play.

Jamie Hall, Rod Taylor and Mark Bradley tallied once each for the winners, with John MacQueen and Mike Scott hitting the mark for Sudbury Steel.

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