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Kalmikov hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps

Brooklyn Kalmikov’s hometown is Terrebonne, Que., but he has both salt water and hockey running through his veins.

The 16-year-old winger was born in St. John’s, N.L. His father, Ukrainian forward Konstantin Kalmikov, was a third-round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1996 and played for the club’s former American Hockey League affiliate, the St. John’s Maple Leafs. At the age of five, Brooklyn moved to Quebec, where his mother, Isabelle, is from originally.

“We’re pretty much a hockey family, we live for that,” said Brooklyn. “We have it in our blood. It’s our passion. I love the sport, so I’ll do my best to get to higher levels.”

His father had a long career in pro hockey, starting with the Maple Leafs farm club. He also skated in the former International Hockey League, the ECHL, and in various pro leagues overseas, hanging up his skates following the 2011-12 season.

“After the games, he texts me and says what I can do better to help me with my game and what I did good, too,” said Brooklyn. “He helps me a lot.”

Kalmikov is looking to forge his own path forward in his hockey career. He was selected in the first round, No. 15 overall, by the Screaming Eagles in the 2017 draft and from there set out to get stronger in order to crack Cape Breton’s roster in his first training camp. He not only made the team, but was one of only three 16-year-olds to make the cut. He joins fellow 2017 first-rounder Noah Laaouan and second-rounder Ryan Francis.

“I just want to work hard every game, every shift and help the team win, do my best and do what I can do,” said Kalmikov, who has three assists in his first 10 games in the QMJHL.

The Screaming Eagles have back-to-back home games starting tonight when they host the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Thursday, they’ll face the Shawinigan Cataractes. Puck drop for both is 7 p.m. at Centre 200.

Cape Breton recently split a home-and-home series with the Halifax Mooseheads, and hopes to rebound from a 9-5 setback on Saturday to their provincial rivals.

“We had a hard game the last one,” said Kalmikov, who enjoyed his first experience with the Battle of Nova Scotia. “We just want to bounce back from the last game and get a win (tonight).”

After their mid-week homestand, the Screaming Eagles hit the road to play the Saint John Sea Dogs on Sunday at Harbour Station.

On Twitter: @cbpost_sports


Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

Record: 6-5-0-0, 12 points

Streak: 0-1-0-0

Last 10: 5-5-0-0

Top three scorers: Drake Batherson (8 goals, 6 assists, 14 points), Egor Sokolov (5 goals, 4 assists, 9 points), Jordan Ty Fournier (5 goals, 3 assists, 8 points)

Chicoutimi Saguenéens

Record: 3-5-1-0, 7 points

Streak: 1-0-0-0

Last 10: 3-5-1-0

Top three scorers: Olivier Galipeau (5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points), Kevin Klima (5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points), Félix-Antoine Marcotty (5 goals, 4 assists, 9 points)

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles rookie forward Brooklyn Kalmikov has three assists in his first 10 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games. T.J. Colello/Cape Breton Post

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Popular sport goes airborne in #Sydney #CapeBreton

Disc golf course to be unveiled at Rotary Park

SYDNEY, N.S. - Imagine throwing a Frisbee with precision into a large, loosely woven metal basket and you’ll have a vague idea of what it’s like to play disc golf.

In recent years, there have been a number of disc golf facilities popping up around the province, including a nine-hole spread to be unveiled next week at Rotary Park in Sydney.

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is now in the process of constructing what will be the first public course in the region.

CBRM recreation co-ordinator Jonathan Penny said the municipality was approached in regards to creating a disc golf facility by course designer and sport enthusiast Ben Smith of Pugwash.

“He’s super passionate,” said Penny. “This guy was such an ambassador that I felt like if I jumped on board his ship that we would totally sail to where we needed to be and not sink.”

According to its professional association, disc golf is played like traditional ball golf but with flying discs instead of balls and clubs. One point is counted each time the disc is thrown and when a penalty is incurred. The goal is to play each hole in the fewest strokes possible. The player with the lowest total strokes for the entire course wins.

Much like a golfer uses a variety of clubs for different swings, disc golfers use a selection of discs to help them control the speed and path of their shot.

“I think it’s really cool,” said Penny. “I like to golf and I’ve played ultimate Frisbee when I was living in Halifax and there was a pretty big following there.

“I really like the fact that it’s something that bridges all those generational gaps, so a grandchild, a parent and a grandparent — and even their dog — can go out for the afternoon and play together.”

While green fees and equipment for traditional golf can be pricey, Penny said there is virtually no cost to disc golf.

The municipality has ordered a shipment of discs and is in the planning phase of creating a free loan program available through the Cape Breton Regional Library.

With the creation of the course, which shares a space with an off-leash dog park and leads into the Green Link Trail system, Penny said the site becomes a multi-faceted recreational area for residents and visitors of all ages.

Rotary Park’s disc golf course will open Wednesday, Oct. 25 with public sessions from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. An official opening will take place at 11 a.m. Restrooms are not available on site and patrons are encouraged to dress for the weather.

Penny said Smith will also be on site to demonstrate proper throwing techniques, rules of the game and to give park patrons the opportunity to play the course with a professional guide.

The high-flying sport of disc golf will be among the latest public offerings in Sydney when a nine-hole course opens next week at Rotary Park. STOCK IMAGE

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#Lingan’s #CapeBreton Doug Petrie had passions for baseball and #hockey

John White | Cape Breton Sports Scrapbook

According to old-time newspaper clippings and comments from those who knew him, the late Doug Petrie could run like a deer on the baseball field and was a speed merchant in the hockey rink. Moreover, those sources declare that he was as decent a human being as there was anywhere. Sadly, a tragic auto accident in mid-August of 1950, at Arnold’s Bridge on Highway 28 in South Bar, claimed his life. He was just 27 years old.

Originally from Lingan, Petrie later lived in nearby New Waterford, and his passions were baseball and hockey. During the 1940s, he played centrefield for a number of teams, including the Lingan Hustlers, as well as three Cape Breton Colliery League clubs — the Dominion Hawks, the New Waterford Athletics and the New Waterford Dodgers. He pitched a bit, and was good at it, however, centrefield was where he loved to be.

“Dougie wasn’t too fussy for pitching. He’d rather play the outfield. He was so gosh darn fast that centrefield was the place for him. He could cover a lot of ground and knew what he was doing. When the ball was hit, he knew just where to go.”

Those were the words of the late Leno Bresolin whom I talked with a number of years ago about Petrie. A coal miner, baseball player and contemporary, Bresolin, as his comments suggested, thought highly of his friend’s baseball skills.

Doug’s brother, Lionel, also deceased, and the original owner of Lionel’s Golf Centre located in Gardiner Mines, was a teammate of his brother on many occasions. “He was so good with the glove that he could have made it to the big leagues,” said Lionel during a discussion I had with him a decade or more ago.

Of course, during winter, a good portion of Doug Petrie’s time was spent on the ice with a hockey stick in hand. A right-winger, he participated at the junior and senior levels during the 1940s and teamed up with a couple of pretty good players — left-winger Mel Gadd and centreman Leo Fahey. The trio became known as The Kid Line, one of the finest on the island at the time, and they contributed largely to a couple of pretty good New Waterford senior teams — the Strands and the Bruins. According to reports, the threesome finished one-two-three respectively in the 1945-46 Cape Breton Senior Hockey League’s scoring race.

“Dougie was a finesse hockey player with speed. Mel was fast, too. And Fahey was a real good playmaker,” remembered Bresolin, as he described The Kid Line. “The three of them were young and they could fly.”

The Strands captured the Cape Breton Senior Hockey League title in 1946, thus becoming the first and only New Waterford team to do so. They met the Sydney Millionaires in the league final and defeated them 5-4 in the third and deciding game of the series. And what a lengthy contest it was.

“Yes, that was the long, long game,” remembered Bresolin. “It went until something like one o’clock in the morning.”

Tied at three at the end of regulation, the first extra stanza was a full 10-minute affair, as opposed to the current custom of sudden-death. The Strands scored early as Petrie’s shot found the back of the net on a pass from Gadd at the 1:35 mark. As time progressed, it appeared as though New Waterford was in control. However, late in the frame, Gadd was sent to the penalty box, and shortly afterward, with just 1:25 showing on the time clock, Sydney’s Law Power — from Johnnie LeBlanc on the power play — tied it at four, and that’s how the period ended.

From there the game went into sudden-death. And they played, and they played, and they played: 20, 40, 60, 80 minutes of extra time elapsed, and finally, the end came. The local newspaper of the day’s version of the winning goal went like this: “Leo Fahey’s rebound, with assists going to Doug Petrie and Mel Gadd, hit pay territory after two exhausted squads had gruelled through more than an hour and one half of overtime play — the final count, 5-4 New Waterford.”

Besides being an outstanding athlete, Petrie was well respected in the community. Consider the following quote from former Canadian senator and writer Al Graham’s piece that appeared in the local press shortly after Petrie’s death: “He was everybody’s friend, and everybody was his friend. In every department of athletics in which he took part, in every circle he came in contact with, his worth and popularity were attested to by his friends and fellow competitors. His name will always command respect and admiration.”

Said Bresolin when we spoke back then, “Dougie loved sports. He was also easy to get along with, and he was helpful. That was his way.”

Indeed, Leno Bresolin, Al Graham and scores of others had the utmost respect for Doug Petrie.

Doug Petrie and the Lingan Hustlers of 1941/1942. (Photos courtesy of Allister Mackenzie)

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