Leahy fam­ily and friends head­ing to Pe­tes game to cheer on one of their own

Ni­a­gara IceDogs rookie is a mem­ber of tal­ented, mu­si­cal Lake­field clan

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - MIKE DAVIES EX­AM­INER SPORTS DIREC­TOR [email protected]­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

As a mem­ber of one of Canada’s most fa­mous mu­si­cal fam­i­lies it’s no sur­prise Ni­a­gara IceDogs rookie Isaac En­right’s tal­ents aren’t lim­ited to the ice.

His mother, Agnes, is one of 11 sib­lings from Lake­field’s renowned Leahy fam­ily. As a young­ster Isaac was in­tro­duced to piano and dance and grav­i­tated to­ward ac­cor­dion. Also from a large fam­ily of eight sib­lings, Isaac’s real pas­sion, as it has be­come for the fam­ily’s five boys, be­came hockey.

The Leahy fam­ily will be well rep­re­sented Thurs­day night when En­right makes his first OHL visit to the Me­mo­rial Cen­tre to face the Peter­bor­ough Pe­tes.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to at least ex­pose them to mu­sic be­cause it was such a big part of our lives,” said Agnes. “What they choose to do with that ul­ti­mately be­comes what they choose to do with it.”

Agnes and her hus­band, Mark En­right, who runs a high­way con­struc­tion busi­ness in the Ot­tawa area called Bon­nechere Ex­ca­vat­ing Inc., live in Cob­den, Mark’s home­town, in the Ot­tawa Val­ley. They also ex­posed their chil­dren to sports. Isaac first picked up a hockey stick at age four.

“We got him in­volved on a recre­ational level,” said Agnes. “Sport of any kind build good char­ac­ter and hockey hap­pened to be what they seemed in­ter­ested in.”

Grow­ing up on a dairy farm, Mark never played mi­nor hockey but he loved the sport.

“We would play on ev­ery patch of ice,” Mark said. “There was a lit­tle out­door rink not far from where we grew up and we’d play there con­stantly. I’ve been a fan all my life, but I can’t claim the tal­ent.”

Isaac started in Cob­den’s Muskrat mi­nor hockey pro­gram and in pee­wee joined the Ot­tawa Val­ley Ti­tans. In mi­nor midget he was a team­mate of Pe­tes rookie Ma­son McTav­ish on the Pem­broke Lum­ber Kings U18s.

Agnes said there are par­al­lels be­tween ex­cel­lence in mu­sic and sports.

“If you want to be good at any­thing you re­ally have to put time in and get se­ri­ous about it,” she said. “That choice was left to Isaac.”

And he put in the work.

He was se­lected to Team On­tario for the Canada Win­ter Games in Fe­bru­ary. He was Ni­a­gara’s first-round draft pick in April. He just re­turned from rep­re­sent­ing Canada at the World U17 Hockey Chal­lenge.

“He’s been so for­tu­nate to have amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties come his way,” said Agnes. “He’s worked hard. We’re very proud of him. Where it goes from here is re­ally up to him.”

While Isaac never lived in the Peter­bor­ough area Thurs­day will be a spe­cial night for the fam­ily.

“There are a lot of sup­port­ive fam­ily and friends in the area, and I’m sure there will be a good turnout,” said Agnes.

NOTES: Nick Robert­son will not re­turn this week­end as his bro­ken fin­ger heals, said Pe­tes coach Rob Wil­son. Matt McNa­mara could re­turn from a lower body in­jury, said Wil­son. The Pe­tes also wel­come Ma­son McTav­ish and J.R. Avon back from the World U17 Hockey Chal­lenge. The Pe­tes also visit the Bar­rie Colts on Satur­day night. McTav­ish prac­tised this week with Se­myon Der-Ar­guch­int­sev and Liam Kirk. Avon was with Max Grondin and Cameron But­ler.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Peter­bor­ough’s J.R. Avon is tied up by Ni­a­gara IceDogs de­fence­man Isaac En­right as goalie Tucker Ty­nan cov­ers up the puck dur­ing OHL pre-sea­son ac­tion on Sept. 14 at the Ca­van Mon­aghan Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. En­right was se­lected to Team On­tario for the Canada Win­ter Games.

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