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Family memories for a lifetime

We Have Lived In Stirling For Just Under 5 Years. We Were Quick To Be Involved And Treated Like We Were Raised In Stirling. The Whole Community Is So Welcoming And Supportive Of Each Other. We Fell In Love With Our Community When Our Daughter Started Kindergarten. I Was So Impressed With The Teachers, Parents, Volunteers And Students In This Small Town. I Had The Pleasure Of Volunteering In The School Occasionally While My Daughter Was In Grade 1 And Then For 2 Years (Every Other Day) When My Son Started Kindergarten. It Was One Of The Most Amazing Experiences I’ve Had As A Parent. My Daughter Easily Made Friends And Was Included In Community Events Quickly. One Of Her First Birthday Party Invites Was To The Arena For A Skating Party! A Skating Party- Who Has These? Stirling Does! This Was The First We Had Ever Done This. I … Continue reading

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What Stirling Hockey Means to My Dad

Stirling is Hockeyville, my dad sure thinks it is. I remember as a child my dad would talk my mom into allowing him to take us to the rink on Henry Street to give her some “free time”. This is where the “Blues” first started to roll. The 1976 Juvenile team us perhaps as good a team as Stirling had ever had and were eventually crowned OMHA champs. Then the move to the new arena. My dad felt this was a major move for the small town and wanted to help. I remember the radio-thon to fundraise money; he donated and challenged his co-workers to match the contribution. Then the opening night, the arena was open for hockey. He was so happy to see the rink open for business. For many years, each Friday night he could be found standing at the edge of the boards cheering for the locals … Continue reading

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Browny’s for Hockeyville

I have played hockey since the age of 5, but did not play in Stirling until I was playing Intermediate at 21 years of age – and I am still playing in Stirling today. I’ve met a lot of great people and made a lot of great friends over the years, but cannot imagine not being a part of the Stirling community. The community spirit in our little town is amazing, its very obvious when our hockey teams make the playoffs, the arena is packed. It’s the place to be, even when your own kids are grown up and gone, you go to cheer on the next group of kids playing the great game of hockey. Helping coach my kids hockey teams and connecting with their friends through hockey has been a great experience. When a young man who you helped to coach at age 15 and is now in … Continue reading

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Home of the Blues

There is nothing like small town hockey. Stirling Ontario is the prime definition of what small town hockey is all about. Its about waking up when you are 5 years old and going to play Timbits at 7:00 in the morning. Its about donning the sacred Blues jersey and representing your hometown on a Friday night in the playoffs, with the arena packed to the rafters. Stirling breathes hockey and bleeds blue. As I write this now, I am sitting in my res room at University, and to be completely honest, I miss that little town with the big heart. From the small town feel, to skating out in the playoffs on a Friday night with the ol’ siren roaring, this small town has touched me in a way no words can describe. It has taught me how to skate, what is right and wrong, and how to live in … Continue reading

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Ashley Solmes – Stirling Hockeyville 2012

As a young child, I spent a great deal of time at the Stirling Arena, either watching my Dad’s Sunday night “Peter Puck” league games or faithfully supporting the children of family friends who played on several of the Stirling Blues teams. Being a kid, I was running up the stairs at the rink much too quickly one Sunday night, causing me to trip and fall, smashing my lip off of one of the benches in the stands. To this day, I still possess a small scar above my lip which reminds me of that incident. However, the scar will always remind me, not only of my fall, but also of the Stirling Arena itself. It’s undoubtedly impossible to list all of the great things about the Stirling community, but it is possible to realize that all of these things have been derived from the support and love Stirling citizens … Continue reading

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A Welcoming Town

Hello Kraft Hockyville, My name is Samantha Gough and I am 19 years old. Being born and raised in Stirling I have come to realize that hockey is what our town is based around. Although I have never played hockey myself, many of my nights have been spent at the arena either meeting up with friends to watch my fellow classmates play hockey, school dances in the upstairs lions club, public skating or just stopping in to say hello. The Stirling arena is a place where all are welcome to watch a game of hockey and participate in the frequent 50/50 draws. One of my favorite things about our town is how friendly the people here are and welcoming to those from other towns. Stirling is the type of town where everyone is bound to get along and have a good time whatever the occasion. There are so many great … Continue reading

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Happy Young Hockey Player

When I was 6ish, my parents had divorced and I lived with my Mom and my Dad moved to Toronto. About the same time I discovered I had a very large love of the game of hockey. I was never able to play organized hockey because my family could not afford either the equipment or the registration fees. A few years later, my mother’s boyfriend (who played hockey in Stirling) invited me to accompany him to his rec league games. After a while the team allowed me to play but I needed some equipment. Someone graciously donated some to me and I got to play a handful of games. What a thrill! And all of this happened in the town of Stirling. This is why Stirling will always be HOCKEYVILLE to me. Forever. Thank you to the old boys from Stirling. Small gesture but it meant the world to me. … Continue reading

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Stirling has the heart!!

As a child I spent many weekends at the arena watching the Blues!! Now that I have grown up I often watch my niece and nephew play in Stirling. I think Stirling is a great town and a great place for Hockeyville. If any town deserves it, it is Stirling, they defiantly have the heart for it!!! By: Theresa Moore Age: 31

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Stirling should be Hockeyville 2012

May I quote a very famous hockey player who once said “Wouldn’t it be amazing if…….” the Village with the big Heart was to be named Kraft Hockeyville 2012! Although I do not live there, I have come to realize that Stirling is a very welcoming close knit, community. One which has tremendous family values that are centered around the home and the community center. No one, child or adult, is left out due to his or her stature in life. I am proud to say that my wife and I, including our five grandchildren have been accepted and treated as one of their own. This tradition has been going on for generations; you can see pictures of fathers in their playing days and what they accomplished, who are now giving back to the community through coaching/managing the new generation who are chasing an elusive hockey dream. This determination goes … Continue reading

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Hockey in Stirling

Harold and Sandra Douglas would like to congratulate Stirling Minor Hockey on their hockeyville entry. Sandra and I lived in Stirling on Henry Street across from the old arena from 1964 to 1972. I helped coach minor hockey along with Gary Mason. (Just a little note: I coached Brian Cooke, Matt’s father). We wish Stirling all the best in their endeavor. By: Harold and Sandra Douglas Age: 69

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