Park could be named af­ter Still­man

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - JA­SON BAIN Ex­am­iner Staff Writer ja­son.bain @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

A Northcrest Ward park could soon be re­named in hon­our of two-time, con­sec­u­tive Stan­ley Cup cham­pion and city na­tive Cory Still­man.

The are­nas, parks and re­cre­ation ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee will dis­cuss a re­quest to re­name Olym­pus Park as Still­man Park at its Tues­day meet­ing.

If ap­proved, the staff-rec­om­mended change – which would still have to be en­dorsed by coun­cil – would cost about $600 to change the park sign.

That money would come from the al­ready-ap­proved park bench and sign cap­i­tal bud­get, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by re­cre­ation divi­sion co-or­di­na­tor Rob Anderson.

Still­man, who has coached the On­tario Hockey League’s (OHL) Sud­bury Wolves since last May, is also a co-owner of Fire­house Subs on Lans­downe Street West.

Steve Terry, who ob­tained per­mis­sion to pro­ceed with the pro­posal from the Still­man fam­ily, made the re­quest in a March 21 let­ter to the city.

The Still­man fam­ily home, where he was raised, is lo­cated on ad­ja­cent Olym­pus Av­enue and for many years through­out the 1970s, his fam­ily built and main­tained the skat­ing rink in the park bor­dered by Royal Drive.

It was there that he learned the ba­sic skat­ing and hockey skills that would even­tu­ally lead to a suc­cess­ful OHL ca­reer (19901993) with the Wind­sor Spit­fires and Peter­bor­ough Petes be­fore a 19-year Na­tional Hockey League ca­reer that ended in 2011, Terry wrote.

Still­man’s suc­cess – in­clud­ing cup wins in Tampa Bay in 2004 and Carolina in 2005 – brought recog­ni­tion to his home­town.

Af­ter his ca­reer, he re­turned to Peter­bor­ough, where he con­tin­ues to be sup­port­ive of youth sports, Terry stated.

He is now head coach of the OHL’s Sud­bury Wolves.

There is no sig­nif­i­cance to the park’s name, which stemmed from its prox­im­ity to Olym­pus Av­enue, Terry wrote.

The city’s nam­ing pol­icy states that parks should be named af­ter those who have con­trib­uted to pub­lic life and the well-be­ing of the city.

Cit­i­zens who have re­ceived Peter Robin­son Awards, Path­way of Fame or Sports Hall of Fame recog­ni­tion can au­to­mat­i­cally be con­sid­ered. Still­man was in­ducted into the Peter­boro­r­ough and District Sports Hall of Fame in 2014, Terry noted.

City staff sought in­put from area res­i­dents to de­ter­mine the level of neigh­bour­hood sup­port for the pro­posed change, Anderson wrote.

Some 111 no­tices were hand­de­liv­ered March 9 to those within 120 me­tres of the park, pro­vid­ing back­ground and invit­ing feed­back.

Of the 15 re­sponses re­ceived, 13 were highly sup­port­ive, one was com­pletely op­posed and an­other did not in­di­cate a pref­er­ence, Anderson wrote.

Com­ments in op­po­si­tion pointed out that Still­man hasn’t lived near the park for years, that the move could cre­ate con­tro­versy among other no­table ath­letes or peo­ple and that there is more to the com­mu­nity than the sport of hockey and its play­ers, for ex­am­ple.

NOTES: Cory Still­man has three chil­dren with wife Mara – Madi­son, Chase and Ri­ley, who signed an en­try-level con­tract with the Florida Pan­thers early last month.… Still­man was a sixth over­all pick of Cal­gary in 1992.… The are­nas parks and re­cre­ation ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee meet­ing be­gins at 5:30 p.m. in the au­di­to­rium at City Hall.

JES­SICA NYZNIK EX­AM­INER

For­mer NHL player and OHL Sud­bury Wolves head coach Cory Still­man at the open­ing of his Fire­house Subs shop on Lans­downe St. W. on Nov. 6.

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