Dundas Blues kick off 60th year with return home and to original name

Executive excited with return to Grightmire, now 'best hockey arena in Hamilton'


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Dundas Blues president Steve Aglor outside J.L. Grightmire Arena eight months ago, as ongoing delays forced user groups out for a second season. The team is now preparing for its 60th season, back in its upgraded home rink. - Craig Campbell/Metroland

 

 

After two years of instability, the Dundas Blues Junior Hockey Club will renew itself with a return to its original name and its upgraded home in J.L. Grightmire Arena, in time for the club’s 60th anniversary.

To top it off this season, Blues president and past player Steve Aglor will officially be inducted into the Dundas Sports Wall of Fame - which will finally make its permanent home in the new second storey of Grightmire Arena’s addition.

The Blues maintain a two-year-old partnership with the Hamilton Huskies. Mike Spadafora, general manager of both organizations, asked Aglor what he thought about changing the team’s name back to Dundas Blues from Hamilton Huskies Junior Blues - after one season.

“I’ve had a big smile on my face ever since,” Aglor said.

Spadafora said the highly anticipated return to J.L. Grightmire Arena this September after two difficult seasons away, and the 60th anniversary, were key reasons for a step back on last season’s name change. The City of Hamilton has taken over part of the arena from the contractor and just a couple of projects remainto be completed.

“Feedback I’ve received convinced me the team should be called the Dundas Blues,” he said. “The partnership won’t change.”

Aglor said the only reason the six-decade old club is able to return to the refurbished and improved arena on Market Street is that very partnership which started two seasons ago.

Aglor and Spadafora agreed the completed facility will be the best hockey arena in Hamilton, and across its entire junior league.

“Everything will be top notch,” Aglor said.

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Dundas J.L.Grightmire Arena reaches partial occupancy


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City of Hamilton public works staff say the municipality took over part of J.L. Grightmire Arena from contractor Century Group at the end of April and removed most of the construction fence surrounding the Market Street construction site as the project finally achieved partial occupancy.

City spokesperson Jacqueline Durlov said the city and contractor are now working together to complete the long-delayed addition and renovation project. Completion is now nine months past the original Sept. 7, 2018, deadline.

“The contractor’s work will be complete on site by end of June, at which time the city will completely take over the site to finish up some minor works leading up to ice-making and fall 2019 hockey,” Durlov said.

Among the work still required is installation of a new flood-proof Zamboni door required by Hamilton Conservation Authority and new concrete stairs and wheelchair ramp in the area between the arena and Garstin Centre for the Arts building.

“The contractor’s work will be complete on site by end of June." — Jacqueline Durlov

Durlov said the new flood-proof barriers arrived on-site several weeks ago and both key remaining jobs are scheduled to be completed by the end of June, but apparently aren’t required for occupancy and won’t delay reopening the arena.

Flood proofing the arena’s Zamboni entrance, either by raising the entire structure at considerable cost or finding a waterproof door, was a major early stumbling block to the original expansion and renovation application more than five years ago.

  

Peter Lloyd of Dundas Little Theatre said the organization has not heard when the new concrete steps and wheelchair ramp will be completed.

The group lost access to its main public entrance for the entire past seasonand part of the previous season.

  

“I seem to remember that the ramp has to be finished before we can open the (main) doors again,” Lloyd said.

The project tender stated that concrete stair and ramp work was to be completed by July 31, 2018.

Dundas' historic sports legacy helped build community

Historical society hosts talks on town's baseball, hockey, soccer


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Kerry McNamara, a member of the Dundas Museum & Archives board of directors, displays an historic baseball bat that is part of the museum's collection during the Dundas Valley Historical Society's presentation Sports: A lasting legacy,Oct 2017. - Craig Campbell

Sports have left — and continue to build — a lasting legacy in Dundas, even for those who don't directly participate.

From the Dundas Real McCoys, who brought the eyes of the nation to the Valley Town when the Sr. A hockey team won the Allan Cup national championship in their home arena and also donate to charity on every game night, and the powerhouse Dundas United Soccer Club of the 1980s — who paid their own way to a national championship final in Victoria while celebrating the camaraderie and skill of the game, to the Dundas Chiefs Baseball Club and little league baseball — who helped build new baseball infrastructure that would introduce future generations to the game, Dundas' history is filled with fascinating sports stories.

A small cross-section of those legacies were shared by some who have played a role in that long legacy last Thursday evening at Dundas Valley Historical Society's Sports: A Lasting Legacy presentation at Dundas Museum and Archives.

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Dundas Dynamo Girls U10

Division 2 Gold!


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The Dundas Dynamo Girls U10 team won gold in Division 2 at the recent Ontario Cup Championships in Guelph. They beat Canada Elite 34 - 30 in the final.

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Pictured from left to right are: 

Front row - Lilly Gerard, Carys Hilson, Luella Hillman and Daphne Waddington.

Back Row - assistant Coach Peyton Baker, Jocelyn Sherbino, Natalie Portwood, Olivia McCulloch, Meara Quinlan , Quinn Reid, Ayalah Kirat, Lily Pepper, Allie Thomaidis and Coach Lisa Baker. 

Season Wrap-up

Dundas looking to return home


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The Dundas Real McCoys, after a two-year absence, are coming home to the J.L. Grightmire Arena for the 2019-20 Allan Cup Hockey season. The staff of the Harry Howell Arena went out of their way to accomodate the requests and desires of the staff of the Real McCoys. In spite of the staffs' efforts, the Howell Arena never did quite feel like home.

Cautious optimism now fills the air as the McCoys prepare for their return to the Grightmire Arena, and a return to their past good fortunes. "Our goalie, Mike Mole gave us a chance to win every game. I don't make excuses, but there are reasons that we aren't still playing." said Don Robertson, Real McCoys President and General Manager.

"We played six games in eight days with three of those games in the playoffs. Nathan Longpre was hit in the face with a puck, Dan Lapointe missed game 5 with a broken finger and several players missed games because of the flu, of all things."

"The Generals are a deep quality hockey club, and we needed all hands on deck to beat them, and we knew that. We competed well in four games, but that was not good enough. One unfortunate thing was that Ron Bernacci and I built our team to play out of the Grightmire for playoffs, on the smaller ice surface, and we all know how that worked out."

"We want to thank our hockey staff for the extra effory they put in, being in the Harry Howell again this season as well as the Howell Areana staff. Our executive is made up of absolutely great people, and like our sponsors, they have stayed with us during two difficult years."

"I want to ensure our loyal fans, and the ones who took a couple of years off, that we will have a very competative hockey club next season when we get back to the newly renovated J L Grighmire Arena. We will have a great core coming back, and will add to that group to take another shot at winning another Allan Cup Trophy." Roberston added.

 

Blues eliminated from playoffs!

Left everything on the ice!


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The Blues were eliminated from the playoffs last night by the Glanbrook Rangers by the score of 2-1 in overtime.  
The Blues short handed due to injuries left every ounce of energy they had on the ice.  Jake Fleming once again in net came up with some big saves giving his team the chance to win. Then with just over 3 minutes gone in overtime the Blues season came to an end.  
It also marks the end of junior hockey for the three overage players, defenceman Jamieson Buck and Carter Franks and forward Colin Kijowski. 
The Blues would like to thank the fans and sponsors who have stuck with them playing out of Olympic Arena and other rinks this past season.  They look forward to their support again next season when they will be back in JLGrightmire Arena. 

Work for next season starts today!!!