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Big Day Downtown: Choose Your Own Adventure

Big Day Downtown logoSo it is that time of year again. NO not back to school. It’s time for the Big Day Downtown.

I’ve been selected once again to highlight some of the great things that can be done in downtown Halifax. Every year there’s a twist, and this year is no different. Instead of allowing me to spend $150 however I want (read place $150 on red at Casino Nova Scotia roulette), the Halifax Downtown Business Commission wants to know what you think I should do with the money.

So, whatcha got?

But here’s a little info that I hope will frame you thinking. First something practical; I need a haircut. Badly. the flow is shifting to a flon’t. I am not someone that can get grow my hair out and it look alright. It just swirls around and upward like the topping of a hairy cupcake. Yeah! Sorry for the mental image. I suppose you could help me choose where, but I have been wanting to check out Sailor Bup’s Barbershop.

Really beyond that I am open to suggestions. I have a wife and two small kids, so ways to include them are welcome. My wife has a birthday coming up shortly and our anniversary in right around the corner. Now both those events take place after the September 12th deadline for the Big Day Downtown campaign. But if there are some creative ideas in that direction, I suppose gift cards could be purchased… loophole

My kids are two years old and five months. The older guy loves truck and climbing on things and the younger guy likes to put things in his mouth. The latter could be particularly unpalatable for suggestions downtown. Frankly these guys love most things we take them to, as long as we get outside.

Or of course you could choose that I could selfish. Since I am mainly into sports, checking out the new HFX Sports Bar could be pretty cool.

So I am all ears. I will take your ideas into consideration when planning my #BIGDAYDOWNTOWN.

As for the blog, it has been too long since I’ve been active here. That is going to change. I have a great post I have worked on for a while. It has just been the thing called life (see two small children above) and an actual day job.

Stay Tuned!

Cabot Cliffs is Set to Go Ahead

Inverness golf Cape Breton

View from behind the future second hole of Cabot Cliffs

Indications are very positive now that Cabot Cliffs, proposed sister course to the successful Cabot Links, will be built. There were early suggestions that the building of a second course would be tied to certain benchmarks being met by the links course in its first fully operational season. Whether those goals were reached or not now seems to be a moot point. The feedback has been nothing short of glowing for Cabot Links and therefore it will be joined by a second course in the near future.

This is great news for Inverness County, Cape Breton. Work to bring a golf course to the area has been ongoing for years and there had been a number of failed attempts over that time. Cabot Links has been a great addition to the Cape Breton golf landscape and has garnered international attention for its beautifully traditional links design, rarely seen outside of the UK.

Here’s an excerpt from the Golf Digest piece:

from Where’s Matty G? Golf Digest blog

Mike Keiser made it official on a flight from Nova Scotia to Chicago last Thursday: There will be a second course at Cabot Links, the Cape Breton Island resort he co-owns with Ben Cowan-Dewar, and Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw will design it.

With rough plans on the empty middle seat between them, Keiser, in the aisle, and Coore, on the window, discussed the routing of Cabot Cliffs, a 200-acre course to be built on a 600-acre piece of land a few miles north of Cabot Links, which opened to solid reviews in June. The owner of Bandon Dunes and the builders of Bandon Trails and Bandon Preserve have the “dilemma” of a lot of options, but one thing was sure: This is happening.

They’ve cleared the land that will hold the 18th green and a nearby clubhouse, both of which will overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Some small political and land-acquisition hurdles remain, but with the cooperation of the Canadian government (which is keenly interested in tourism and jobs), Keiser’s financial support and record of success, Cowan-Dewar’s determination and Coore/Crenshaw’s reputation, don’t be surprised if there’s preview play by the end of 2014. “Today, every issue has a solution,” says Keiser, 68, who believes it takes at least two courses for a resort to be considered a true golf destination.

As he told Coore when they deplaned in Chicago, “I think we’re on to something big here.”

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Been Too Long: Summer Sports Round-Up

Hockey Canada World Junior Evaluation challengeI have not been on the blog for a loooooong time. The biggest reason is the fact that there is a new Highly Touted prospect in my farm system. We have begun his development for multiple sports already. While he has shown promising skills in most of the majors sports (hockey, baseball, soccer, etc.), he has demonstrated a prodigious aptitude toward Jai Alai. Not bad for a month old.

While I am doing more work in the areas of player development, I need to get back to the blog. So here’s some of the things going on in the local sports scene: Read More…

Fucale Named First Star of the Week

Mooseheads Goalie Fucale wins QMJHL First Star of the Week

Halifax Mooseheads rookie netminder, Zachary Fucale earned the Q First Star of the Week (photo credit: Richard Lafortune)

Zachary Fucale, Jonathan Huberdeau and Jonathan Brunelle were named today the TELUS three stars of the week for the period spanning February 6th to the 12th.

Halifax Mooseheads 16 year-old goaltender Zachary Fucale has been named the QMJHL first star after a very busy week during which he made 143 saves in four games, an average of 34 shots per game for a saves percentage of .958. Wednesday, the netminder was named the second star of the game after blocking 35 shots against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Friday, in a 4-1 win versus the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, he was named the first star of the game after having turned aside 32 pucks. The next day, his team suffered a loss at the hands of the surging Shawinigan Cataractes, but Fucale only allowed 3 goals on 41 shots whilst his teammates were limited to 17 shots on goal. Finally, on Sunday, in a 2-1 shootout win over the Victoriaville Tigres, he registered 32 saves against one of the most dangerous offensive units in the Q and was named the game’s first star.

Fucale has really exemplified the Halifax Mooseheads team this season. Expected to an improved team this year, the Mooseheads have surpassed the expectations of many. Since taking over the starting job from injured Anthony Terenzio, Fucale has had a heavy workload. Many might have expected such a heavy load to be too much for a rookie goaltender, but earning first star honours during a long road trip late in the year is proving that to be false. It will be interesting to see if Fucale will get any break leading into the playoffs or whether coach Ducharme will ride him till the end.

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Ryan and Frk Named to Top Prospects Game

Halifax Mooseheads forwards Marty Frk and Andrew Ryan selected to 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Frk and Ryan will compete with the best draft eligible players from the CHL (photo credit: Richard Lafortune)

The good news just keeps coming for the Halifax Mooseheads. Not long after it was announced that the Herd had cracked a spot in the CHL Top 10 rankings, two Moose were selected to compete in the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Prospera Place in Kelowna, BC, on February 1st.

Both Ryan and Frk have been slowed by injuries in this their draft eligible year. Frk, considered to be a consensus first rounder, returned to the Mooseheads in the past week from a preseason concussion. He was the leading scorer for Halifax last year and recorded his his first goal of this season Sunday against the Saint John Sea Dog.

Ryan is a pleasant surprise to be named to the team. Ryan is certainly a talent player with a tantilizing combination of size and skill. He was mentioned on the NHL Central Scouting’s list of top 25 skaters from the QMJHL, but not ranked due to his limited viewing. Perhaps it came into play that scouts wanted to see more of Rayn, and the Top Prospects game offers a great opportuity to do so against his peers.

On the flip side, teammate Luca Ciampini was listed as 25th on that same ranking, but has not been invited. Ciampini had a promising start to the year while playing on a line with Nathan MacKinnon and Darcy Ashley, but has struggled of late. He had 16 points in the first 17 games, but has managed only four points in the last 16 games.

The Complete 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters: Read More…