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Lo­cal week­end games in­clude hockey and hoops

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Fred MacDon­ald Con­do­lences Har­ness rac­ing Fred MacDon­ald’s col­umn ap­pears ev­ery Satur­day in The Guardian. He can be reached at fid­dlers­facts@hot­mail.com.

Sports fans across the Is­land are in for a spe­cial week­end, es­pe­cially for puck and hoop fans.

The Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders play a rare 3 p.m. game to­day with Ri­mouski in town as part of Hockey Day in P.E.I., which in­cludes the Char­lot­te­town pee­wee AA Ab­bies in ac­tion at 12:45 p.m. against Pow­nal.

Pop­u­lar wrestler Kow­boy Mike Hughes and the stars of Red Rock Wrestling are part of the en­ter­tain­ment as they strut their stuff at 5:45 p.m. in the trade cen­tre.

The UPEI Pan­thers in­vade the Eastlink Cen­tre at 7 p.m. to tangle with the Dal­housie Tigers in univer­sity men’s hockey play.

The NBA is mak­ing a rare of­fi­cial visit to Char­lot­te­town as exToronto Rap­tors star Jerome (Junk­yard Dog) Wil­liams will be here as part of the 14-city NBA tour, which in­cludes a three­p­oint con­test and a dunk com­pe­ti­tion to­day at 3 and 6 p.m. at UPEI.

The NBA Cares na­tion­wide tour has clin­ics, com­pe­ti­tions in 14 Cana­dian cities and it’s a chance for some play­ers to win an all-ex­penses-paid trip to the NBA all-star game in Toronto.

Tonight, Saint Mary’s plays UPEI at 6 (women) and 8 (men) p.m. in key univer­sity ac­tion.

The Is­land Storm (2-3) plays the Saint John Mill Rats (3-2) here Sun­day at 2 p.m. at Eastlink Cen­tre in Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League of Canada ac­tion. The teams play tonight in Saint John, N.B.

The Mill Rats lost a 108-105 thriller to the Storm last week, so they’ll be look­ing to even the score.

The Storm pro­vides tremen­dous en­ter­tain­ment and with pop­u­lar re­turnees like Mike Martin, Nick Evans, Billy Rush and Rashad Whack, plus new­com­ers like guards Mal­colm Grant and Gary Gib­son and for­wards Brent Jen­nings and Brian Ad­di­son.

Mike (Gavin) Duffy may not be a name fa­mil­iar with a great many sports fans but for those of us who grew up with him and en­joyed his com­pan­ion­ship, he was not hard to like.

He had his mo­ments in the sports scene and was a top mi­nor hockey player in his day, play­ing on the Birch­wood school team with child­hood friend Barry Doyle in the early 1960s. Mike of­ten said with a smile he knew his buddy Doyle, now a re­tired On­tario po­lice of­fi­cer, would make it as a traf­fic cop as that’s the way he played de­fence.

Duffy also cov­ered the out­field with BIS and the Sports­man’s Club in the old city fast­ball league. He was with­out a doubt the most pas­sion­ate of Toronto Maple Leafs fans.

Sadly, he passed away sud­denly New Year’s Day. My con­do­lences to his sons Shaughn and Tony, brothers Roger, Jimmy, Richard, Mary, Vir­ginia, Cathy and all con­nected to this gen­tle­man.

Live har­ness rac­ing con­tin­ues to­day at 12:30 p.m. at the city track with a 14-dash card. The $2,350 open mares goes in Race 11 with Brian and Lil­lian Lad­ner’s Best Risque and Sam on the out­side in the six-horse field.

The har­ness rac­ing com­mu­nity is deeply sad­dened by the ter­ri­ble fire at Classy Lane in On­tario that claimed 43 horses. I heard top trainer Ben Wal­lace speak­ing and he was dev­as­tated with the loss of his en­tire sta­ble.

Yonkers is back in ac­tion af­ter a two-week break and the top class tonight goes for $24,000 with Aslan, the favourite.

The Mead­ow­lands gets un­der­way at 6:35 p.m. as Bet­ter Than You and Doc­tor Butch tangle in the $25,000 pre­ferred class.

Lo­cal owner Don MacRae took two to On­tario this past week and Sil­ver­hill Blaze, who won here in 1:59 two weeks ago, is in ac­tion this week­end at Wood­bine.

At Pom­pano, Arthur Blue Chip (Wally Hen­nessey) was beaten by a nose in Sun­day’s $12,000 open pace by Blue­hour­power in 1:51:2.

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