From Korea to local rinks

Lyle Carter
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Many things caught my attention while watching a peewee house league hockey game recently at the sportsplex in Brookfield.
First and foremost the players on both teams, the Brookfield Elks of the South Colchester Minor Hockey Association and the West Colchester Cobras of the West Colchester Minor Hockey Association, appeared to be having lots of fun.
With Brandon Elliot scoring two goals and single markers coming off the sticks of Liam Bourgeau, Adam Graham, Anthony Rae, Jared Nickerson and Marty Wilson, the Elks won the game 7-0.
Fort Ellis product Dale Sheppard recorded the shutout while Debert netminder J.D. Robichaud turned in an outstanding performance in defeat. Robichaud appeared to perform magic time and time again to take several goals away from the opposition.
Also of interest was watching the play of No. 3 on defence for Brookfield.
"I am from Seoul, South Korea," Minseok Kang told me later. "My teammates call me 'Minnie.' What I really enjoy about ice hockey is the speed, the quick movement of the puck and how we play together as a team."
Kary Elliott, the well-liked coach of the Brookfield Elks and the winner of the Ron Moore Award as coach of the year in South Colchester in 2007-2008, shared a few thoughts.
"Minnie came out during our early practices. I was told he had only been on skates a few times in his life but couldn't wait to play hockey. It's been incredible.
"Parents of the other players, my wife Teresa and I, no one can believe how he has improved overall. Minnie can skate backwards, he can stop and start quickly and his hockey sense stands out."
Kang, 12, told me that he had not played sports in South Korea.
"I kicked a soccer ball around some with my friends. That was about all," he said.
The exchange student, who lives with Guy Wheeler and family in Princeport, was introduced to ball hockey at Deuville's Rink last summer and had only been on the ice through family skating before joining the Elliott-coached Brookfield Elks last fall. Welcome to local rinks, Minnie!
Look for quite a number of female athletes to be singled out next Friday night when 'the Clyke athletes of Truro,' are honoured at the Marigold Cultural Centre.
A tribute to excellence in sport, presented by the Colchester County Sport Hall of Fame, fittingly takes into account the contributions and sports achievements by the Clykes and close relatives.
Margie Clyke, a daughter of Walter 'Simmonds' Clyke and Georgina 'Dot' Clyke, was an outstanding all-around athlete who participated in basketball, volleyball and track and field while attending school. She would star later in softball as a second baseman and as a catcher in local women's leagues.
In broomball, playing along side Joyce Halverson, Candice Tattrie, Kathy Lynds and Cathie MacNeil, Margie went to the Canadian broomball championships in 1978.
Evelyn (Clyke) Borden and Geraldine Clyke spent 10 years or more knocking down the pins at local bowling lanes.
Myra Clyke, Shirley (Clyke) Mahar, Cleo (Clyke) Maxwell and Bonnie (Clyke) Jordan all played basketball with the Truro Trotters coached by the legendary Charles 'Snooky' Tynes during the early 1950s.
Lisa Clyke, Wendy Clyke, Susan Clyke, Vicki Clyke, Zina Clyke, Geneva Clyke, Dianna Clyke, Charlene (Clyke) Jacklyn, Geraldine (Borden) Wright, Shelley Borden and Roxanne Borden all took part in local sports.
In more recent years, Sondra Borden, a 2009 Truro Sport Heritage Society award winner, made the track team while attending Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Chantal Paris, another amazing local athlete, has gone on to university where she is a member of the St. Francis Xavier track team. Chantal's younger sister, Shakara, is a remarkable participant in basketball, volleyball, soccer and track and field.
Rachel Wright, a brilliant 14-year-old athlete who attends Central Colchester Junior High School, also comes to mind as do others.
Excitement was definitely in the air prior to Game 4 of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League playoff series between the Truro Bearcats and the Pictou County Weeks Crushers scheduled for last night in New Glasgow.
Truro, virtue of its 4-1 win at Colchester Legion Stadium Wednesday night, were leading the best-of-seven series 2-1 heading into the scheduled match-up on John Brother MacDonald Stadium ice.
For this writer, it was a good feeling, as members of the 'old guy's club,' Maurice Nelson and Keith Fisher, spelled out plans for the three of us to leave Brookfield at 5 p.m. Friday.
Regardless of age, there's nothing like a good playoff hockey series.
Anticipation was high for another exciting, fast-paced game and the three of us were picking the Bearcats to take control of the series.

Lyle Carter is a Brookfield resident and former NHL hockey player

Organizations: South Colchester Minor Hockey Association, West Colchester Minor Hockey Association, Marigold Cultural Centre Colchester County Sport Hall Truro Sport Heritage Society Coppin State University Central Colchester Junior High School Maritime Junior A Hockey League NHL

Geographic location: Brookfield, Korea, South Korea Seoul Princeport Baltimore, Maryland Pictou County New Glasgow Colchester Legion Stadium

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