Great ad­di­tion

Johnny Con­roy Memo­rial In­vi­ta­tional — great for rac­ing

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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.”

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Karter Re­nouf is an ex­cit­ing rst-year for­ward with the Truro Bearcats ju­nior A hockey club.

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Can’t you tell that Joe Ni­chol­son, left, Della Con­roy and Chelsea Neil just en­joyed an ex­cit­ing har­ness race at Truro Race­way?

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