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ORLÉANS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 6 and 7 and from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 in the Centrum Blvd. Festival Plaza. Presented by Orléans Festivals and the Heart of Orléans BIA featuring craft beer from 29 different craft brewers. Food vendors will include Orléans own Meatings BBQ. Live music all three days. For more information visit

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ presented by the Ottawa School of Theatre at the Shenkman Arts Centre. This is an all ages production. Showtimes June 7 at 7 p.m. and June 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets $17.50 for adults and $12.50 for children and students. For more information visit

ORLÉANS OUTDOOR MARKET from 12 noon to 6 p.m. in the Ray Frield Centre parking lot on Tenth Line Road. Come meet local vendors and artians from across the east end.

4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Shenkman Arts Centre on Centrum Blvd. Food trucks, music, live perfomances, dancing and hands on activities for the whole family.

CARIVIBE BLOCK PARTY from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Orléans Festival Plaza on Centrum Blvd. featuring an All-Star International D.J. Lineup, Caribbean food, dancers and the Kids Carnival Village. Visit the Latin Street Party stage and enjoy Bachata, Kizomba, Salsa Romantica and Latin Dance Workshops, brought to you by A.S.A Dance Production. Advance tickets $15.00. Kids 12 and under FREE. Tickets can be purchased by visiting


(Posted 9:30 p.m., March 15)
Bradley Cup a pewter link to Navan's hockey past

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

J.T. Bradley Country Convenience Store owner John Bradley holds the 92-year-old Bradley Cup that will be contested at the Navan Memorial Arena On March 24. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Six east end hockey teams will soon be lacing up their skates to compete for a trophy that dates back to the mid-1920s and raise a few dollars for a local charity.

The Bradley Cup was established in 1926 by John Thomas Bradley and put up as a challenge thrown out by the Navan Hockey Club to a rival club in Vars.

Navan’s star player at the time was Wally Kilrea who would go on to play nine seasons in the NHL with the Philadelphia Quakers, New York Americans, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Maroons and Detroit Red Wings.

Another member of that team was Nelson Kennedy who passed away in 2010 at the age of 101.

Before he died, Kennedy conducted an interview with during which he spoke about his recollections of that very first challenge cup which was a two game, home-and-home series.

Both teams put up $100 before the series started, winner take all. The first game was played on an outdoor rink on Trim Road across from where The New Oak Tree furniture store now stands.

In the 1920s, most teams still played with seven members a side – including a rover – and there were no substitutes. If a player got injured, the team simply played a man short.

The first game in the 1926 Bradley Cup challenge ended in a 0-0 tie.

When neither team was able to score in regulation during the second game in Vars, the game went into overtime.

“I scored the winning goal in double overtime,” Kennedy recalled during the 2010 interview. “The game took 90 minutes to play. Everyone was dog tired.”

The players ended up splitting the $100 seven ways.

“It was good money back then. I don’t remember what I did with my share,” said Kennedy.

The Bradley Cup was offered up twice more before the start of WWII. In 1929, it was won by a team from Cumberland Village. It was recaptured by Navan four years later and sat in the J.T. Bradley and Sons store until 1948 when it was dusted off for a rematch between Navan and Cumberland.

Bradley Cup originator John Thomas Bradley holds up the trophy (circa 1926). Photo provided

The top line on the Navan team was made up of Eric Smith, Harold Poaps and Shawn Nelson. The second line featured brothers Basil, Bill and Ken McFadden. The third line included Lorne Bradley and Syd Smith, while Mervin Dagg and Lloyd Morrison played on defence. The coach was Eldon Kinsella.

Denis Huneault had to play in net for Navan while their regular goaltender Garret Rivington recovered from Rheumatic fever.

Eric Smith ended up on the team entirely by accident. After returning home from the war, he enrolled at Queen’s University in September 1946. He was barely there a month when he decided to “pack it in” and return to Navan where he was immediately recruited to play on the hockey team.

Smith recalls the Navan team hardly lost any games at all before taking on Cumberland for the Bradley Cup.

The first game was played on the old outdoor rink on Trim Road which would end up getting replaced by the town’s first indoor arena a year later.

According to Smith, a couple of hundred people came out to watch the game which Navan ended up winning 8-0 thanks to a five goal effort by Smith himself.

“They were some ticked off I tell ya. I know that, because it took us forever to play the second game in Cumberland,” says Smith.

The second game in the home-and-home series was eventually played in mid-March in the old Cumberland Arena. To give you an idea of the ice conditions, Smith was given a penalty for splashing an opposing player.

“It was terrible, there was water all over the place. One of their players was trying to get the puck and I thought, ‘If you’re going to get the puck then you’re going to get wet’,” says Smith.

Cumberland ended up winning the game 1-0, but Navan won the Cup based on the aggregate score of 8-1.

After the French Hill Hockey Club won the Cup in 1959, it was retired indefinitely and sat on a shelf in J.T. Bradley’s County Convenience Store until store owner John Bradley dusted it off in 2016 for a tournament to celebrate the trophy’s 90th anniversary and raise money for the Hannah Billings Foundation.

It was contested again last year and the Cup will be up for grabs again this weekend at the Navan Memorial Arena.

The six senior men’s teams that will be competing the Cup will be representing Navan, Vars, Sarsfield, Cumberland, Hammond and Orléans, Each team will play three games and the top two teams will play for the privilege of having their names added to the trophy.

Spectators will be asked to pay a nominal admission fee to go toward the Foundation. There will also be a cash bar, a lunch and a spaghetti supper.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)




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