Sports schedules 2/16/18

Maritime Hockey League
Amherst Ramblers vs Truro Bearcats, 7 p.m. (RECC)
Pictou County Weeks Crushers vs South Shore Lumberjacks, 7 p.m. (Lunenburg County Life Style Centre)
St. Stephen Aces vs Edmundston Blizzard, 7:30 p.m. (Centre Jean Daigle)
Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners vs Campbellton Tigers, 7:30 pm (Campbellton Memorial Civic Centre)
Valley Jr. A Wildcats vs Woodstock Slammers, 7:30 pm (AYR Motor Centre)

Philadelphia at Columbus, 8 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Carolina, 8:30 p.m.
Colorado at Winnipeg, 9 p.m.
St. Louis at Dallas, 9:30 p.m.

All-Star Weeked at Los Angeles
Team World vs. Team USA, 10 p.m.

Public encouraged to support deserving award recipients

The public is invited to attend the annual Truro Sports Heritage Society Awards Dinner Sunday, March 4 at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel.  The event will recognize the many outstanding 2017 athletic achievements by local athletes and teams as well as deserving coaches and volunteers.  Athletes of various ages from 12 to 93 will be honoured from a wide variety of sporting activities and backgrounds.

Hosting the event will be Bruce Rainnie, the well-known former CBC TV commentator and sports announcer.  This past year Bruce became the Executive Director  for the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.  Recently Bruce travelled to Korea where he again took on the challenge of providing CBC TV Olympic sports action coverage in the Pyeongchang ‎Olympics.  Bruce will speak at the awards dinner about his experience of covering the Olympics and the various interesting experiences he has had with athletes and competitions from around the globe.

Tickets are $25 for students and $40 for adults.  The deadline for ordering tickets is February 27.  Tables of ten are available for group purchase.  Groups that would like to sit together are encouraged to make the arrangements as soon as possible as the event usually sells out.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Sara at 1-902-957-0084 or

Over the coming weeks, the award nominees will be featured below.

Special Merit Award - Diane "Dede" Hayden (nee Smith)

Born in New Brunswick in 1938, Dede moved to Truro in 1973 with her husband Richard and four children. Dede is no stranger to the sports/active lifestyle scene.  She is a graduate of the first Physical Education class at the University of New Brunswick in 1960, where she captained the UNB women's basketball team. Dede graduated from Teachers College, and taught physical education in NB, and NS. She was also Athletic Director at Mt Allison University. Following her move to Truro, she worked for the NS Teachers College. She was a certified coach and referee for basketball and field hockey in an era dominated by men. Dede has always lived an active lifestyle playing basketball, broomball, curling, squash, and tennis through the years. She and her husband nurtured the love of sport in their four children, and saw all of them participate in Canadian University Basketball. 

Today, she continues to model life-long learning through physical activity by playing tennis 4-5 times per week, and is frequently found in the stands as a fan supporting not only her own family, but many others in their athletic endeavours. The Truro Tennis Community is proud to nominate Dede for this special Merit award to recognize how Dede sets a great example for all regarding the important role that sports and recreation can play in our lives.


This group of young players had a fantastic summer of 2017, not only in terms of success on the field, but also in forming friendships and having fun off the field.  The team competed in regular league play in the Highland District Soccer League, as well as two tournaments, and finished the season hosting the provincial tournament.  Their record at the end of regular season play was an impressive 13 wins with 1 tie to capture both the league title and the regional title. 

During the season, the team traveled to the Valley to compete in the largest all female tournament in Eastern Canada, the Gunn Baldursson Memorial Tournament.   The team played 5 games, winning all 5 to come away with the gold medal, which led to one of the highlights of the season, for the girls anyway, soaking their coach with none other than bright blue ice cold Gatorade!  In the Bruce Wagner tournament, the team went through round robin, but lost in the semi-final to the eventual tournament champions.  The girls bounced back in the consolation game to come away with the bronze medal.  At the provincial tournament, the team fought hard but came up just short in the semi-final game losing 1-0 in the final minute of play.  Again, the girls shook off the loss and came back to win the bronze medal.

Their overall record for the season 24 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie.  A quote from the coach, “having coached the core of this team for the past 3 years I quickly learned it was not all about winning, but more about forming the close friendships and memories while having fun.”  Also this from a parent of one of the players, “it was my daughter’s first year playing competitive soccer, she never gave up, and the support she received from the coach was positive and encouraging. I can’t tell you as a new parent to competitive soccer how great it was and what a positive experience my daughter enjoyed.”  Congratulations to the U13 Riders on their nomination.  

Contact:   Don Cameron