Santa pays a visit to BPSN
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Merry Christmas to all of BPSN’s fine readers.
For something a little different, BPSN has decided to play Santa and give some local coaches and players in the wonderful world of sports some well-deserved Christmas presents.
Santa never forgets those who are nice, and even those who are a little naughty from time to time!
Conor Timmins, defenceman for Team Canada: A nice, shiny gold medal from the 2018 World Junior Championships in Buffalo.
Brian MacIssac, basketball coach at Eden High School and unabashed Toronto Blue Jays fan: A personally autographed picture of Jays skipper John Gibbons. “To Brian, thanks for being my biggest fan. Love Gibby!”
Marty Williamson, interim coach of the Brock Badgers men’s hockey team: A five-year contract as head coach of the Badgers.
Carter Krawchuk, local baseball phenom: A full ride scholarship to the school of his choice.
Billy Burke, Jr., head coach, Niagara IceDogs: A copy of the best-seller “How to Raise a Child and coach an OHL team at the same time.”
Brock Badgers men’s basketball team: A national championship.
Murray Nystrom, former Brock Badgers men’s hockey coach: A job behind the bench somewhere as well as a new Boston Red Sox cap.
Steve Ludzik, Jr., scout Montreal Canadiens/Niagara IceDogs: A new GPS after his old one died of overuse from being on the road every night.
Terry Masterson, former long-time coach of the Niagara Falls Canucks and current coach of the Niagara Whalers: A new three-piece suit.
Rob Hubbert, former coach/GM of several Golden Horseshoe teams: A clean bill of health and St. Catharines Falcons jersey to add to his collection.
Pelham Panthers: A new, under-budget arena ready for training camp next year.
Larry Miller, retired high school basketball coach: Season tickets for the Niagara River Lions.
St. Catharines Athletics: A return to the glory years and a Minto Cup.
Stephen Dhillon, goaltender Niagara IceDogs: An NHL contract.
Frank Pietrangelo, coach/owner Niagara Falls Canucks and former NHL goaltender: A star on the Pittsburgh Penguins Walk of Fame.
Joey Burke, general manager of the Niagara IceDogs: An over-age sniper for a mid-round draft pick at the trade deadline.
Scott Barnes, coach/owner Thorold Blackhawks: A space heater for the bench at the frigid Thorold Arena.
Steve Clark, Your TV broadcaster for the Niagara IceDogs: A copy of The Four Horseman wrestling DVD. A best seller!
Chris Johnstone, long-time junior B coach: A new Chicago Cubs jacket, Argos Grey Cup ring, Toronto Maple Leafs jersey and a win for his Cleveland Browns.
Frank Girhiny, coach/GM St. Catharines Falcons: A Christian Girhiny autographed stick from the Erie Otters.
To all of our readers and supporters: Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a prosperous 2018.
Bernie and Bill