Living the dream: Randall force behind Kings sports teams for 30 years

By John DeCoste

jdecoste@kingscountynews.ca

KingsCountyNews.ca

As anyone who has ever played on one knows well, a sports team is made up of many parts, including the ones that aren’t always as noticeable.

For more than 30 years, Chris “Rocky” Randall of Kentville has been an important part of a number of local sports teams, filling a valuable role, usually as trainer or equipment manager. Many of the teams Randall has been a part of have enjoyed their share of regional and even national success.

Randall has two national championship rings earned as trainer and equipment manager of the Acadia hockey Axemen, in 1993 and 1996, and, he says, “probably should have won at least two more” over the years.

He also served as batboy for the national senior baseball champion 1985 Kentville Wildcats, who were inducted Nov. 2 into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in the team category. It was Randall‘s second Sports Hall of Fame induction. He was already a member of the Acadia Sports Hall of Fame, along with the rest of the 1993 hockey Axemen. Someday soon, the 1996 Axemen championship team may be inducted as well.Read more »

Axemen Cazzola scores for team Black

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FISU_AUS_MH_logoFREDERICTON, NB, November 8, 2013 – Team Black scored first but it was Team White that skated to a 4-2 win with two unanswered goals in the third at the AUS All Star game at the Grant Harvey Centre here.

After a first period that saw no one beat the goaltender at either end of the ice. The game took off early in the second with Team Black opening the scoring at the 3:57 mark on a goal by Lucas Bloodoff from Jordan Mayer. Black scored again at the 13:17 mark of the middle frame as Mike Cazzola took a pass from Brett Thompson to Liam Heelis and dumped it home. That gave Team Black a short lived 2-0 lead.

But less than a minute later Chris Desousa got Team White on the board converting a play from Ryan Hillier to Corey Tanaka into the first goal for White and that left White down by one when the buzzer went on the first 40 minutes of play.Read more »

Hockey Axemen improve to 6-1 with 4-3 over Huskies

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Dylan Anderson works on clearing the puck

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HALIFAX, N.S. – The CIS No. 6 ranked Axemen hockey team extended their winning streak to five with a 4-3 win over the Saint Mary’s Huskies in Halifax. The win gives Acadia a 2-0 season series lead with the remaining games against the Huskies in the second half of the season after Christmas.

A scoreless first period quickly changed in the remaining two periods when the Huskies scored first eight minutes into second frame. Parker Deighan netted the only goal of the second period for the Huskies.

Acadia’s Mike Cazzola tied the game at 12:30 in the second followed under a minute later by Scott Trask’s first goal of the regular season to give Acadia a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission.

Three minutes into the final frame, Huskie Steven Beyers tied the game at one with his fifth goal of the season. Just over a minute later, the Axemen regained the lead when Brett Thompson scored his third goal of the season, ending a six game scoring drought that began after the season opening game where Thompson scored two goals.Read more »

Thompson, Heelis, Cazzola and Gaynor named to All-Star squad

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FREDERICTON, N.B. – The Team Canada coaching staff is pleased to announce the student-athletes selected as forwards for the Tim Hortons Team Canada men’s hockey all-star game.

Returning for the first time since 1999, this year’s event will be held Friday, Nov. 8 at the new Grant-Harvey Centre in Fredericton, N.B. on the St. Thomas Tommies’ home ice, with the puck set to drop at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the game will help fund Canada’s men’s hockey team’s trip to Trentino, Italy for the 2013 FISU Winter Universiade, December 11-21.

The all-star showcase will also serve as the final identification game before Team Canada is officially selected. Following Friday’s all-star game, the 22-man team selected to represent Canada in Trentino will stay in Fredericton for an orientation camp which will take place Saturday through Monday, Nov. 12. The team will practice together on the Grant Harvey Centre’s Olympic-sized rink.Read more »

Mosher, Morin and Owens invited to All-Star Game

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FREDERICTON, N.B. – The Team Canada coaching staff is pleased to announce the student-athletes selected as goalies and defencemen for the Tim Hortons Team Canada men’s hockey all-star game.

Returning for the first time since 1999, this year’s event will be held Friday, Nov. 8 at the new Grant-Harvey Centre in Fredericton, N.B. on the St. Thomas Tommies’ home ice, with the puck set to drop at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the game will help fund Canada’s men’s hockey team’s trip to Trentino, Italy for the 2013 FISU Winter Universiade, December 11-21.

The all-star showcase will also serve as the final identification game before Team Canada is officially selected. Following Friday’s all-star game, the 22-man team selected to represent Canada in Trentino will remain in Fredericton for an orientation camp which will take place Saturday through Monday, Nov. 12. The team will practice together on the Grant Harvey Centre’s Olympic-sized rink.Read more »

Gaynor leads Axemen in win over Saint Mary’s with two goals

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WOLFVILLE, N.S. – Veteran forward and the Subway First Star of the Game, Joe Gaynor, scored both of the Axemen’s goals, which was enough to defeat the defending AUS champion Saint Mary’s Huskies 2-1. Evan Mosher stopped 26 shots and was named the third star in the victory.

The CIS No. 8 ranked Axemen have now won 4 straight games, improving to 5-1-0 on the season.

The Axemen opened the scoring in the first, with Joe Gaynor as the recipient of a beautiful end-to-end rush by second year forward Dylan Anderson, sliding a pass across crease for a wide-open cage. The entire period was dominated by the Axemen outshooting their opponents a lopsided 20-5.Read more »

Heelis scores second hat-trick in three games

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Leo Jenner has opportunity to score in the second

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WOLFVILLE, N.S. – Acadia captain Liam Heelis has had the hot stick of late, scoring eight goals in his last three games including a trio tonight against the Dalhousie Tigers.

A third year forward, Heelis did something rare in modern hockey, scoring three straight beginning in the second period, for a natural hat trick. His dominating play led the Axemen to a convincing 5-0 victory over the winless Dalhousie Tigers and was given the game’s first star on a unusual Wednesday night match up.

Rookie goaltender Brandon Glover recorded his first win of the season in fashion, stopping all 27 shots he faced including numerous acrobatic saves. He was awarded the third star for his brilliant performance.Read more »

Axemen hand UPEI first loss, with a 2-1 win

photo_2015046_resize_articleThe Acadia Axemen made it a perfect road trip, as they followed up a road win Friday night at St Thomas, with a 2-1 road win at UPEI.

The Axemen improved their record to 3-1 on the season, handing UPEI, also 3-1, their first loss of the season.

Acadia opened up the scoring midway through the first period, with the red hot Liam Heelis, scoring his 4th goal of the weekend, with Alex Beaton adding an assist on the goal.

UPEI tied things up early in the second on a goal by Dana Fraser; Jordan Mayer picked up the helper.

That score held through two periods, until 7:58 of the third when Joe Gaynor scored a shorthanded marker to cap the scoring.Read more »

Axemen Down St Thomas 7-2 for First Road Win in Young Season

HockeyAxemanwithnewAchangedcopyThe Acadia Axemen had their first road test Friday night, hitting the road

to take on the St Thomas Tommies in Fredericton, NB, and skated away with a 7-2 victory.

STU took the early lead in the first periodl on a goal from Brendan Childerley, but Liam Heelis replied before the end of the first with a shorthanded marker.

The second period was a deadlock until 13:48 when Michael Clarke put the Axemen up 2-1, but the lead didn’t last long as STU scored on the powerplay on a goal by Colin Martin.

With the teams squared up at two going into the third, it was all Acadia from there as they went on to score five unanswered goals, including three on the powerplay.Read more »

Hockey Axeman Travis Gibbons is one of Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s top eight Academic All-Canadians for the 2012-13 season.

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gibbons2931Hockey Axeman Travis Gibbons is one of Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s top eight Academic All-Canadians for the 2012-13 season.

The third-year player from London, Ont., is studying kinesiology and has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average in the first two years of his degree program. A two-time CIS Academic All-Canadian and member of the Dean’s List, he was Acadia’s most decorated male student-athlete in 2012-13.

Following a five-year OHL career with the Guelph Storm and the Ottawa 67’s, Gibbons played in 49 of 56 conference games over his first two university hockey campaigns. The intense defenceman chipped in three goals each season as he helped the Axemen to back-to-back playoff appearances.

Gibbons’ has been a recipient of Acadia’s Randy Ferris Award for community service for his volunteer work with the Terry Fox Run, the S.M.I.L.E. program, Kinderskills and Acadia Minor Hockey, as well as Parkwood Hospital back home in London.Read more »