Author: Perry Lefko

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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York firefighter Amber Bowman wins Dr. Oz Next Great Trainer competition

By Perry Lefko Dreams do come true. Just ask high-performance athlete/firefighter Amber Bowman. As a young girl, Amber had a dream to perform on a world stage in sports and go on to inspire and motivate others to live a healthy, fit life. She also dreamed of one day being on Oprah Winfrey’s show. Now that is all happening. The Innisfil native, who currently lives in Caledon and is a firefighter for York Region at a station in Aurora, has been selected as Dr. Memhet Oz’s Next Great Trainer. Last August, at Salt Lake City, while at a convention...

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Canadian International Autoshow gearing up for 45th edition

By Perry Lefko The Canadian International Autoshow, gearing up for its 45th edition, has a new company headquarters in Richmond Hill after moving from Markham last September. Canada’s largest consumer car show, takes place Feb. 16-25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. “We try to provide the total automotive experience for consumers,” says Jason Campbell, who is in his fourth year as general manager of the show. “Basically it’s more than just the 1,000 new cars and light trucks that are available. We, more than any other auto show in North America, focus on the feature presentations. We have six...

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