Delayed Dundas Arena renovations are frustrating those shut out of the rink!

It’s devastaing to hockey programs!


Dundas Valley Sports News

The City of Hamilton’s website says renovations to the J.L. Grightmire Arena in Dundas will be done in time for a January 2019 reopening, but user groups say there is “no evidence” that will prove to be true.

SPORTS 06:04 PM by Scott Radley  The Hamilton Spectator

 

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The J.L. Grightmire Arena is Dundas is still under renovation, forcing hockey teams and figure skaters to find other ice. - Barry Gray , The Hamilton Spectator 

First it was supposed to be ready for September. Then October. Then November. Now January, though some have been told to expect March. Which, if true, would be right at the end of the winter sports season, meaning it would be fully usable by next September.

If you're thinking, "Gee, that sounds frustrating," you're about one per cent of the way to understanding what user groups of the J.L. Grightmire Arena in Dundas are feeling today.

"The way it's unfolded has been disgraceful," says Dundas Real McCoys president Don Robertson.

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Blues move into a tie for third place!

Split the week!


Dundas Jr Blues

The Blues are now tied in third place after a win and a loss last week. Home at Olympic Arena the Blues hit double digits beating Hespeler Shamrocks 10-3.  Connor Noonan led the Blues with 3 goals and 2 assists, Patrick Vulgan had 2 goals and 2 assists while Will Thomas had 4 assists. Bill Stewart, Stephen Bell, Brady Bannon, Matt Wright and Chris Cudek were the other goals scorers.
The following night in Grimsby the PeachKings beat the Blues 7-4 in a game where the shots were pretty well even with the play back and forth the entire 60 minutes. The score didn’t indicate the game. Jamison Buck scored twice while Vulgan and Noonan also scored.  The game got rough in the third period when a line brawl broke out with each team having three players ejected from the game, which resulted in suspensions. This will leave the Blues short handed for their three games this week.
The Blues host the Port Dover Sailors this Thursday at 8:20pm then head to Dunnville on Friday to take on the Mudcats, then are in Port Dover on Sunday afternoon.

Last Game Summary

McCoys Win!


Real McCoys

Cam Watson scored twice as the Dundas Real McCoys edged the Hamilton Steelhawks 5-4 in Allan Cup Hockey action Friday night in the Harry Howell Arena. The victory was the third of the season for Dundas. Next action is Friday, December 14th at 7:30 pm in the Howell arena.

It was a good effort by both teams that have a natural rivalry, a back and forth affair with both goalkeepers coming up big, Hamilton outshot Dundas 45-36 but as usual, Mike Mole came up big in the McCoys net.

Dustin Alcock, Phil Brewer and Darren Haydar completed the Dundas scoring.

McCoys come up short!

In a shootout


Real McCoys

 Left to right: Simon Mangos, Paul Polillo and Charlie Stephens     Photos by Paul Wright Photography

It was a high scoring affair on Friday night at the Harry Howell Arena against the Whitby Dunlops. Unfortunately for the home side, Whitby scored twice in the final 4:15 of regulations to escape with a 9 - 8 win. Eight different McCoys had a multi point game on Friday night with Simon Mangos notching 2 goals and 2 assists. Charlie Stephens also has 2 goals and added an assist while Guy Polillo added 2 goals.

Blues earn 5 of a possible 6 points this past week!

Blues happy to be coming back to Dundas!


Dundas Jr Blues

The Blues played some good hockey this past week earning 5 of a possible 6 points. It started in Glanbrook on Wednesday night against the 1st place Rangers. With the Blues down 2-1 half way through the 3rd period Dan Attridge set up Chris Cudek to tie up the game and force OT.  After the Blues rang one off the post the Rangers came down the ice and scored the winner.  Jeff McDonough scored the other goal for the Blues.
The next night at Chedoke Arena the Blues outplayed the Hagersville Hawks beating them 4-1. Goal scorers for the Blues were Cudek, Brady Bannon, Stephen Bell and Colin Kijowski.  Jake Fleming got the win in goal.
Saturday night the Blues traveled to Hespeler to take on the Shamrocks and laid a thumping on them winning 7-1. Cudek led the way with 2 goals while one each went to Bell, McDonough, Bannon, Brandon Waterhouse and Patrick Vulgan. Connor Ogg earned the win in goal for the Blues.

Starting this week the Blues will play the remainder of their home games at Olympic Arena, the team is happy to be back playing in Dundas. This Thursday the Niagara Riverhawks are in town, game time is 8:20pm.

Art Samson runaway choice for Dundas Valley sports field honour

Retired principal and councillor takes naming survey’s top three spots


Dundas Valley Sports News

Some people simply suggested Art Samson. Others were more specific, proposing Art Samson Field or Art Samson Track.

Either way, the retired principal and councillor emerged as the runaway favourite in an online survey on naming Dundas Valley Secondary School’s new track and field after taking the top three spots among 10 suggested monikers.

It made the decision easy for Hamilton public school board trustees, who unanimously approved a volunteer naming committee’s recommendation to go with Art Samson Track and Field at their final meeting of the 2014-18 term.

Samson, 79, said he knew his name was up for consideration after reading a June story in the Dundas Star Newson departing trustee Greg Van Geffen’s support for the recognition, but it’s still a surprise.

I’m really flattered and honoured that they would do that for me because certainly it wasn’t in my expectations at all. — Art Samson

Retired principal and Dundas town councillor Art Samson was the clear favourite in an online survey on naming choices for Dundas Valley Secondary School’s new $1.25-million sports field, expected to open in the spring. - Hamilton Spectator file photo

 

 

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McLaren shines with three goals

Blues split week, one win one loss


Dundas Jr Blues

The Blues played two games this week, winning one and losing one. 
On Saturday night in Niagara it was Scotty McLaren’s three goals that led the Blues to a 5-4 win over the Niagara Riverhawks. Jeff McDonough and Dan Attridge scored the other goals for the Blues.  Connor Ogg got the win in goal blocking 43 shots, while the Blues pelted the Niagara net with 49 shots.
Earlier in the week at Chedoke the Blues lost to first place Glanbrook Rangers 6-3 with the Rangers final goal into an empty net.  McDonough, Brady Bannon and Connor Fillon scored the Blues goals.
The Blues have a busy week they are in Glanbrook on Wednesday night, then at Chedoke for a home game against Hagersville Hawks on Thursday at 7pm, then finish the week in Hespeler on Saturday night against the Shamrocks.
The Blues will be happy to move back to Olympic Arena in Dundas for the remainder of the season starting December 1st.

McCoys Gearing Up!!!

Dundas Set To Blast Opponents


Real McCoys

 Dundas Real McCoys President and General Manager Don Robertson is tired of losing one goal games and is set to unleash some high octane fire power on his opponents when former Bratford Blast Jason Williams takes to the ice at home on Friday, November 30th.  

Williams, a native of London won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2001-2002 and a Spengler Cup with Team Canada in 2012-2013. The 38 year old right wing and centreman played 455 games in the National Hockey League scoring 94 goals and assisting on 133 others for 227 points.  

He was acquired by Dundas in the Brantford player dispersal draft on September 19th along with the rights to Charlie Stephens, Derek Foam, Jeffery Caister, Shane Terry and Braden Roberts.

The next action for the McCoys is Friday, November 23rd in Hamilton where they play the Steelhawks at 7:30 p, at the Dave Andreychuk Arena. Saturday night they travel to the Gateway Ice Centre for a re-match with the Generals at 7:00 pm.

Last Friday, Stoney Creek Generals, Rob Hisey bounced a shot off Real McCoys goalkeeper Mike Mole to earn a 5-4 victory for his club. It marked the third consecutive time that the McCoys lost by the same score.

Good week for the Blues.

Organization looking forward to moving back to town!


Dundas Jr Blues

The Blues had a good week winning both games. It started at home on Thursday when the Blues hosted the Hespeler Shamrocks, which saw the game starting late because of poor traveling conditions due to snow.  When all was done the Blues skated to a 7-2 win over the Shamrocks.
The next night the Blues headed to Dunnville with a short bench to take on the Jr Mudcats. After falling behind 1-0 the Blues woke up scoring five straight goals for a big 5-1 win.

The Blues play Niagara Riverhawks at Olympic Arena 7:30pm this Sunday Nov 18th which is the first of a three game week. Come out and cheer on your local junior team.

Special note: As of December 1st the Blues organization is thankful the team will be back playing and practicing out of Olympic Arena for the remainder of the season.  It’s been a tough two months bouncing all over not really having a home.

LOCAL HEROES Recognizing Hamilton’s amateur athletes and teams

TEAM OF THE WEEK: DUNDAS VALLEY MIDGET GIRLS


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  The Dundas Valley midget girls cross country team completed an outstanding season, with three major accomplishments.

   The team led Dundas Valley to the overall Hamilton team title by finishing first; their secondplace finish at SOSSA led to the school’s first overall girls’ championship, and last week they finished 11th in the province at the OFSAA cross       country championships at the Christie Conservation Area, the highest finish of all Hamilton schools.

 

  The Dundas Valley midget girls cross country team: From left, Hildy Zalepa, Cara Sealey, Emma Due, Emma Norris, Quincy Rotsaert-Smith and Sarah Merry.