Broomball players set to hit the ice for annual challenge

Amanda Jess
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NEW GLASGOW – New Glasgow is a dramatically different landscape from one of the last places Junior Duggan played broomball, but that doesn’t mean he’s any less excited about an exhibition game on Friday during the winter carnival. 

Five men from the team that won bronze at the 2004 world championship game in Corner Brook, Newfoundland will be at the exhibition game in New Glasgow on Friday. SUBMITTED 

Duggan and a player from Cape Breton travelled to Bled, Slovenia, in late October to play with a Switzerland team.

“The travel is nice,” Duggan said about why he enjoys the game he’s played for 30 years.

He thoroughly enjoyed himself in Europe this past year, despite their loss in the bronze medal game.

However, playing games locally offers benefits as well.

“We just want the game to grow,” he said, adding that it’s died off somewhat in the Maritimes.

It is celebrations like the winter carnival that keep it alive. He said Frank Proudfoot, founder of the Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge, runs a great program.

He visited the challenge last year, and refereed the kids’ game.

Duggan is part of the Tatamagouche world champion team that will take on the New Glasgow Kinsmen during the weekend events.

In 2010, he went to Austria on a co-ed team and beat a two-time winning Ontario team in the championships.

“It was a great experience.”

The team coming to Pictou County is made up of broomball veterans, all of which have been playing for anywhere from 14 to 41 years.

Other players on the team include Peter Duggan, Ross Tattrie, David Langille, Scott Gayton, Steven MacKinnon, Rob Mckellar, and Joey Cook.

This year marks the 75th anniversary for the West Side Community Centre.

After a young skater fell through the ice on the East River in 1937, a group of town leaders got together to establish a safe place in Pictou County for youth and families to skate.

The committee, chaired by New Glasgow councillor James MacLeod, raised the money and gathered volunteers in order to build the town’s first outdoor skating facility.

It continues to run due to volunteers from the community performing duties such as flooding, shoveling, chaperoning and running the canteen. 

The exhibition game between the Kinsmen and the Tatamagouche team starts at 7 p.m.

 

 

Amanda.jess@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda

 

Schedule:

 

All events at the Westside Community Centre

Friday

6 – 9 p.m. family skate, sledding, etc.

7 – 8 p.m. kinsmen vs. world champions Tatamagouche

9 p.m. fireworks and post-game reception

 

Saturday

 

8 – 10 a.m. pancake breakfast

2 – 3 p.m. A.G. Baillie vs. Acadia Street

7 – 8 p.m. Westside vs. Northend

Alternative site:

8 – 9 p.m. at the Wellness Centre

8 – 11 p.m. post game reception 

Organizations: West Side Community Centre, Westside Community Centre, Wellness Centre

Geographic location: Tatamagouche, Cape Breton, New Glasgow Slovenia Switzerland Pictou County Europe Austria Ontario East River Acadia Street

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