Tuesday Dec. 5, 2023

Nov. 23, 2023

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Upcoming events

THE CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY SINGERS present "Peace & Joy" from 7:30 p.m. at Orleans United Church, 1111 Orléans Blvd.. Come and join us for an uplifting evening filled with songs of peace and joy. This concert will feature new interpretations of traditional hymns and some newer less well known pieces that celebrate the beauty of Christmas. Bring the whole family - kids are free! Tickets available at  https://bit.ly/CCSPeaceandJoy.

STATION 71 LITE THE NITE event at 7 p. m. at the Navan Fire Station, 1246 Colonial Rd. Come out to enjoy some yummy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to Christmas carolers and watching Sparky light our Christmas tree. You can also bring a toy for the Help Santa Toy Parade.

CUMBERLAND CHRISTMAS MARKET from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at four different locations in Cumberland Village. Over 100 LOCAL ARTISANS at 4 different locations – the R. J. Kennedy Arena, the Baitun Naseer Mosque at 2620 Market St., the Lions Maple Hall at 2557 Old Montreal Rd., and the Da Artisti Studio & Gallery at 2565 Old Montreal Rd.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA FUNDRAISER hosted by the Cumberland Lions Club from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lions Maple Hall in Cumberland Village. Special activities, and gifts, for the children throughout the morning, plus a visit from Santa. Admission at the door $15 for adults and $10 for childen 12 and under. Donations will also be accepted on site for the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre's Christmas Program for families in need.

DOMAINE PERRAULT HOLIDAY MARKET from 10:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. at the Domaine Perrault Winery, 1000 Perrault Rd. just south of Navan.  Get ready to indulge in a festive atmosphere filled with local vendors, live music, kids craft station, a visit from Santa and of course, incredible wine. Whether you're searching for unique gifts or simply want to treat yourself, this event has something for everyone.

ORLÉANS HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS ART MARKET – Celebrate the festive season the Orléans way. From the Heart of Orléans, unique gift ideas are brought to you by creative, local vendors. No need to rush - the market will be open for two days, Saturday, Dec. 2 from 12 noon to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Young prospect's hockey journey takes him to British Columbia
Fred Sherwin
Oct. 10, 2023

The road to a professional hockey career can often take a few twists and turns. Such is the case for 17-year-old hockey prospect Aidan Souligny.

Aidan began his hockey journey with the Cumberland Minor Hockey Association, but his talent would soon see him join the Ottawa Jr. 67s AAA peewee team. He progressed up through the various age divisions until he was drafted by the Navan Grads Junior A team in 2021.

Navan native Aidan Souligny is playing Junior A hockey in British Columbia with the dream of one day playing in the NHL. FILE PHOTO

Unfortunately, things didn’t quite work-out with the Grads and Souligny decided to play elsewhere. A family advisor put out a few feelers to see if any teams needed a defencemen and he ended up in New Jersey playing for a U16 major midget team.

While in New Jersey he was scouted by Boston University, which happens to have one of the best Division 1 hockey programs in the United States. They expressed interest in Souligny joining the program on a full ride scholarship and he made a verbal com-mitment to go there in either 2024 or 2025.

The only question that remained was where would he play hockey this season?

Although he was drafted by the Oshawa Generals last spring, the OHL was not an option because to play there would mean losing his NCAA eligibility.

His only other option was to find a Junior A team in a competitive league where he could continue to develop as a player.

After weighing several different offers and opportunities he settled on the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in Salmon Arm, B.C. near Kelowna.

The Silverbacks finished fourth in their conference in the British Columbia Hockey League last season and made it all the way to the semi-finals in the playoffs.

The decision to play in B.C. was made on the advice of his father, his agent and Boston University which endorsed the move.

It hasn’t been the easiest of transitions, however. Salmon Arm, B.C. is a long way from Navan, Ontario where his parents live and where he grew up.

“When I played in New Jersey last winter, I was away from home, but it was only an eight hour drive. Salmon Arm is on the other side of the country,” explains Souligny. “It’s been a huge adjustment. In fact, I’m still adjusting to the lifestyle and to the hockey. It’s a lot quicker than in New Jersey.”

Souligny is also adjusting to having to study online while he’s playing hockey.

Technically, he is still enrolled at École secondaire Garneau and he does all of his courses asynchronously through the French Catholic school board.

The challenge is in maintaining his marks so he won’t lose the academic requirements to get into Boston University.

So far, it hasn’t been a problem, and as long as he keeps his eye on the prize of a Division 1 scholarship and a potential professional hockey career, he should do just fine.



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