What will the chant be?

By Curtis J Phillips

O’ Canada. USA. USA. USA. What will the chant be?

Torn between who to cheer for when Canada’s women’s hockey team meets Team USA at the Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia?

Canadian pride, naturally, has the Maple Leaf winning. But sometimes, when you have personal contact with people, you tend to cheer for them.

I do not personally know anyone on the Canadian women’s Olympic hockey team.

Sure, I may have interviewed a few of the players over the years, but I am not one of those people who takes photos of themselves with a celebrity they meet for a few seconds and then refer to them later as friends.

But it is through my own twin sister, Kathleen, who has resided in Grand Forks, North Dakota since the late 1970s’, that I have watched twin sisters Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux since they were little tykes all the way up to being stars on Team USA women’s hockey. They have been part of two world championship teams and a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Games held in Vancouver.

All three Lamoureux boys also went on to play hockey at a high level.

Kathleen has been friends with their mother Linda Lamoureux for many years as they both trained for various marathons, including the Boston Marathon.

Keeping with the Olympics, we have a few CBC reporters at these games that started their careers in Fort McMurray and they include Mark Connolly doing play-by-play for sledding events and Mitch Peacock for freestyle.

Congrats to Fort McMurray’s Graeme Killick who finished 45th out of a field of 68 at the men’s 30-kilometre skiathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Killick, 24, clocked a time of 1:13:16.1.

Remember the Olympics is not about winning the medal but competing and doing your personal best. If a medal does come your way….great.

When the proposed new 7,000 seat (or whatever the final capacity is) opens, one sport, or perhaps even franchise, we might see finding a home is indoor football. There are several professional leagues that may fit the bill for travel purposes including the Arena Football League, Indoor Football League or Legends Football League.

Kind of taken aback that the famous Babe Ruth autographed baseball, the one in which he wrote to an injured and hospitalized 11 year-old named Johnny Sylvester, “I’ll knock a homer for Wednesday’s game” and then went out and smacked three homers for the New York Yankees, only went for $250,641.

My ballpark quote was at $450,000 to $500,000 as a previous Babe Ruth autographed ball had sold for $388,000 and had nowhere the same historical significance behind it. Someone got a good deal.

Hard to believe that local hockey hero Dan Stewart is in his 11th year of professional hockey. He is now in year three playing for the Fifer Flyers in England. Older brother Bobby lasted eight years in the semi-pros where he racked up incredible numbers along with several championships.

The Fife Flyers by the way are the oldest professional hockey team in the United Kingdom being established in 1938.

Hype is starting to build for the Grand Slam of Curling National event to be held March 12-16, 2014 at MacDonald Island Park.

Catch you on the rebound.