Photo Richard Mahoney

Members of the Tri-City Griffons board of directors: referee in chief Christine

Brunet, treasurer Kelly Lefebvre, president PierreDesjardins, vice-presidents

JohnGaspar, AlainSéguin, Eric Leroux and registrarNathalieBrunette.

Hockey fusion creates Griffons



Sometimes, birds and cats can get along after all.

The proof is the creation of the Tri-City Griffons, the result of an off-season move

aimed at ensuring the survival of B level hockey in the district. Slumping numbers have

prompted the Hawkesbury, Vankleek Hill and St-Isidore minor hockey associations

to merge their B level programs. The teams’ new logo, portraying a cat with wings and

a bird’s head, reflects the merger of the Hawkesbury Hawks, the Vankleek Hill Cougars

and the St-Isidore Eagles. Fusions are also taking place in Casselman, Embrun,

Rockland and Clarence. Because of declining registrations, the organizations have

difficulty forming teams. The merger will bring together about 130 players in atom to

midget divisions. The new format ought to ensure the longevity of B level hockey, and

provide players with more opportunity to play. Replacing the Paul-Guy Lalonde

League, the new 16-team circuit will play 30 games, compared to 24 now. Tryouts are

set for September while the Griffons start their new season October 9. The priority for

organizers now is money. That is why they are seeking sponsors. A $2,500 contribution

secures the donor’s name will be displayed on players’ sweaters. Call treasurer Kelly

Lefebvre (613-677-0122) or president Pierre Desjardins (613-679-1307) for more



The winner of the Play & Win local business address scramble in the June 1st and 8th edition of The Express is Danielle Russell from Grenville-sur-la-Rouge. The draw was done by Marie-France Sauvé (secretary- receptionist), Marie-Eve Mercier and Natalie Lanthier (Tribune-Express, sales representatives) and Nicole Pilon (sales secretary). As well, the winner for the local merchance participant is Xplornet on Highway 34. Winners received a pair of tickets to the Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez concert on July 15th at the Bell Center.

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