Twelve months ago, the NHL was sputtering after the lengthy lockout, and fans were in an ugly mood. Now we are basking in the glow of what happened in Sochi, and dreaming of a Jets playoff run.
We may be stuck in a deep freeze, but now is the time to plan that summer sea kayaking holiday. While many look to the west coast for this, there’s a hidden gem much closer to home.
For 43 of the 45 years Festival du Voyageur has been around, the jigging contest has thrilled and amused audiences, and Saturday’s competition was no exception.
I decided to show Canadian pride by venturing out of my man cave to find sanctuary at a public venue to watch the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Men’s Gold Medal Hockey game.
The annual beard growing contest has been a favourite of Festival du Voyageur goers for 32 years. More than 70 people entered this year’s contest that included beards of all sizes and shapes.
Predicting the future will always be a risky business it seems. Twelve months ago, who would have been psychic enough to predict all the strange and unusual events that have transpired?
The leg wrestling, voyageur wrestling, pillow fight, tug of war and log sawing are some of the competitions featured in the Games which have been a part of Festival du Voyageur for 38 years.
Journalists work years without getting to the Olympics, yet Kyle Jahns went from intern to Olympic reporter in one year. He chalks it up to networking, knowledge of a niche topic and luck.
This year’s Actif Epica ultra-marathon demanded that all contestants dig deep and draw from their intestinal fortitude. Pushing the limits for all involved was the teaching lesson of the day.
When it comes to abusive and violent hockey parents, a zero tolerance or one strike policy is needed. A parent who throws a punch would forfeit the privilege for their kid to play hockey for the season.