Former St. Marys Lincolns’ centre Jack Valiquette was recently in St. Marys with the Maple Leafs Alumni. He serves as the on-ice referee with the Alumni, who played a charity hockey game against the local Volunteer Firefighters to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy research.
Valiquette was just 16 when he played for the Lincs back in the 1972-73 season. In an interview, he told the Journal Argus that he can’t believe it was 40 years ago that he was in St. Marys.
“I remember playing with (goalie) Dennis Thorpe, and Rick Fifield was on my line,” the 57-year-old Valiquette recalled. “I have a lot of fond memories with the Lincolns and had a lot of fun here.
“It’s just a great community here in St. Marys. I’m from a small town (Aylmer) and I really enjoyed it here. The Lincolns’ organization has always been great. I have great memories.”
In his one season with the Barry Hearn-coached Lincolns, Valiquette scored 47 goals in 42 games. The next season, as a first-round draft pick of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, he led the Ontario Hockey League in scoring with 135 points in 69 games. He was then selected by the Leafs, 13th overall, in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft.
Valiquette spent three seasons with the Maple Leafs, then joined the Colorado Rockies.
--A moment of silence was held prior to last Friday night’s Lincolns-Predators’ game for St. Marys resident Cohen Frayne, 2½, who tragically passed away last week. A nephew of Lincs’ assistant coach Jared Frayne, Cohen attended St. Marys Early Learning Centre.
The Lincolns’ players wore black arm bands and had CF sticks on their helmets in Cohen’s memory. Lincs thank Thames Printing for the memorial stickers and Simply Sew for the arm bands.
--Lambton Shores Predators recently traded two 20-year-old veterans--forward Adam Arseneault and defenceman Tanner Ferguson--to Chatham Maroons.
In return, Preds received Matthew Kenney, a 17-year-old forward from London. In the deal, Predators are also expected to get one or two more players from the Maroons this season.
Chatham’s coach is Mark Davis. Arseneault and Ferguson both played for Davis last season when he coached Lambton Shores.
Arseneault, a big winger from Wyoming, was named Western Conference MVP last season after scoring 43 goals and collecting 79 points for the Predators.
--Former Lincolns’ centre Brady Wiffen (2010-12) has been “red hot” and is leading Trenton Golden Hawks in scoring.
In 15 Provincial Tier II Jr. ‘A’ games, Wiffen has 13 goals, 22 points and 22 penalty minutes. Three of his goals have come on powerplays, and he has two game winners.
In a five-game stretch from Oct. 11 to 20, the 19-year-old St. Marys native clicked for eight goals and 12 points. He fired a hat trick against Whitby on Oct. 18, and collected five points against Pickering on Oct. 20.
“When Brady is on his game, he is dominant and tonight was one of those nights,” coach Jerome Dupont said on the Hawks’ website following the Whitby game.
Going into Tuesday’s game against Milton, Trenton was 10-5 in the OJHL’s East Division standings.