Author: Perry Lefko

Unionville resident earns respect in motion picture industry for his versatility

Unionville resident Stephen Wallis developed an interest in writing scripts at an early age. It just took him some 30 years to turn it into a full-time career in the motion picture business. The 52-year-old has been involved in making films as a writer for 14 years. Overall, he has 14 writer credits, 11 producer credits, 10 director credits and two actor credits. He has done two films this year: Afterwards, shot February at Huntsville, and Campton Manor, shot primarily at Barrie in March. Both are fictional. Afterwards, described as a dark yet spiritual drama that follows the journey of...

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Trey Rutherford selected second overall in 2018 CFL draft

Markham’s Trey Rutherford was chosen second overall in the 2018 Canadian Football League (CFL) draft on May 3 by the Montreal Alouettes. Rutherford, who was projected as either the first or second overall selection in the pre-draft ranking system, told the Markham Review he would be happy to play for any team. While he had hoped to be signed as a free agent by the National Football League, he didn’t receive any offers and indicated he would be happy to play in the CFL. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound played at the University of Connecticut in a variety of positions on...

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Markham football player Trey Rutherford looking forward to the pro level

By Perry Lefko Trey Rutherford knows he’s going to play professional football. He’s just doesn’t know whether it will be in the United States or Canada. The 22-year-old Markham native will find out in late April if he has been drafted by the National Football League or possibly signed as a free agent. He knows the interest will definitely be strong in the Canadian Football League. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive lineman is currently rated as the second overall prospect. The CFL draft is in early May. Whatever happens, it has been an incredible journey for Rutherford, who will be...

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Travis Dermott making a big impression with the Toronto Maple Leafs

By Perry Lefko Travis Dermott is making quite an impression for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 21-year-old defenceman from Newmarket scored his first National Hockey League goal on Jan. 31 in a 5-0 victory over the New York Islanders at the Air Canada Centre. He also added an assist on a goal by fellow rookie defenceman Justin Holl, who was playing in his first NHL game. Dermott tipped in a pass from forward William Nylander to score on a play in which he had possession of the puck in the offensive zone, lost control of it and then stripped...

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Laura Stacey embraces being King Clancy’s great-granddaughter

By Perry Lefko As the great-granddaughter of King Clancy, Laura Stacey has great hockey bloodlines. And now she is about to make her family proud while she represents her country at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Stacey, a forward with the Markham Thunder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, was chosen to represent Canada in the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 9-25. Stacey joins fellow Thunder teammates Laura Fortino and Jocelyne Larocque on the 23-player roster. Fortino and Larocque, both defence players, have previous experience playing for Canada’s Olympic team. Stacey is one of several rookies chosen to play...

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