Johnny Conroy Memorial Invitational — great for racing
Karter Renouf is all about helping his new team succeed. The 18-year-old from Ontario has fit right into the Bearcats lineup and has made an immediate impact.
Playing his rst regular-season Maritime Junior Hockey League home game last Saturday night, Truro Bearcats newcomer Karter Renouf came up with a good performance.
The South Porcupine, Ont., product, played with a lot of grit — he hustled, checked well and picked up two assists as the Bearcats edged St. Stephen County Aces 5-3.
“Karter Renouf was our first recruit this summer,” coach Shawn Evans said. “Karter was found by Jamie Barbour, one of our coaches. We’re really happy to have Karter, we think we have a real good hockey player for the next few seasons. Karter reported in great condition, he’s a guy who spends a lot of time in the gym, he should be a great addition to our hockey club.”
Renouf said he was contacted by Barbour, who thought the young player would be good t in Truro.
“Barbs got in touch with me, we talked and I was very excited to come to the Truro training camp — I wanted to be a Bearcat.”
A solid right-winger, the 18-year-old Renouf stands vefoot-10 and 182 pounds. Last season, he played with Waterloo Siskins of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.
“From what I’ve seen so far, this
Maritime league is a very, very good league,” said Renouf. “Every team can really move the puck and they play good-structured hockey. I have found it a big help the linemates I’ve got to play with, veterans like Campbell Pickard, Dylan Burton and Cameron MacLeod,
these guys have been a big help to me.”
With regard to conditioning, Renouf said time in the gym is time well spent.
“I feel if I can be in the gym working towards my hockey goal, that’s the place to be. I really want to better myself and I realize I’m going to have to work for it. I enjoy working out in the gym.”
With a big weekend of hockey only a couple days o , things were lightened up and I asked Renouf a couple light questions.
“My favourite hobby is shing, trolling for pickerel. My favourite food would be deep fried pickerel and chicken. My favourite way to pass time is in the gym lifting weights and working out. I’m not a big television fan.”
Renouf played in the Porcupine Minor Hockey Association at age ve. Before playing junior last season, he spent the 2015-16 season with Timmons Majors in major midget hockey. A graduate of Roland Mitchener High School — Renouf now attends Nova Scotia Community College. He is taking math and biology courses.
Tonight at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, Truro Bearcats host Valley Wildcats. The opening faceo is 7 p.m.
What a performance last Sunday at Truro Raceway as the eight-year-old gelding Adkins Hanover jetted to victory for driver Ryan Ellis.
With a large crowd on hand to watch the annual Johnny Conroy Memorial Invitational, the son of Western Ideal left from Post 2 and with Ellis at the controls, he led at all stations with a 27.2 rst quarter, they were by the half in 55.4, the three-quarter mile station in 1:24.2 – nishing the mile in a very brisk 1:54.2.
His Boy Elroy, with Bernard McCallum, got up for second while Carracci Hanover and Darren Crowe nished third in the day’s $7,500 feature.
“It was a very exciting race, the fans were right in it,” Della Conroy, of Hilden, said. “A fast race like that and it was such a good
eld of horses, you could feel the excitement.”
Della is the daughter of the great horseman Johnny Conroy, in who’s memory the race is run.
“I have such good memories of being a kid around the track with my parents. I played with a tricycle right around here, this racetrack was my play ground. My brother John (Conroy) and his family and I try to get here each year, John happens to be away this year.”
During Johnny Conroy’s outstanding 40-year career, his horses set numerous records while he captured many driving championships and important race victories.
“I thought it was a real good day of harness racing,” Joe Nicholson, the general manager of the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission, said. “e fans seemed to enjoy it, the weather cooperated and there were some great nishes. We still have a few fall features coming up, the fall race schedule calls for Sunday afternoon racing.”
Karter Renouf is an exciting rst-year forward with the Truro Bearcats junior A hockey club.
Can’t you tell that Joe Nicholson, left, Della Conroy and Chelsea Neil just enjoyed an exciting harness race at Truro Raceway?