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Canadian Champions

Canadian Champions

Athletes – John Broderick – Corbett & Cyril Denenny – David Dorman – Lori Dupuis – Edouard Newsy Lalonde – Duncan McNaughton – Moe Racine

Teams – Cornwall Black Sox Baseball – Cornwall Royals Memorial Cup 1972 – 1980 – 1981 – Bill Dickie Senior Men’s Curling 1995

Cornwall Royals – 1971-72 – 1979-80 – 1980-81

When it comes to our Canadian Champions, the beloved Cornwall Royals will always stand on top of the champions ladder. The team won three Memorial Cup Championships in ten years. The first one 1971-72, came only three years into their existence in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. By the end of the decade the Royals put back to back national championships together 1979-80 and 1980-81. Those three Memorial Cups in ten seasons solidified the hockey teams lore in the seaway city and that historic run, which included many great seasons, forged competitive, if not bitter rivalries with the Castor de Sherbrooke and Remparts de Quebec. Mention junior hockey in Cornwall and the fans who watched them play at the friendly confines of the Water Street arena and later the brand new Cornwall Civic Complex (1976) will surely crack a bitter smile. The team is long gone (1992) but their legacy remains as one of the most dominant junior hockey teams of the 1970’s.

Royals vs Remparts Water Street Arena ca 1970s.

Lori Ann Dupuis

Lori Dupuis always wondered where hockey might take her, she played at a time when young girls usually started showing up on boys teams because they just loved to play. Then, as fate played a hand on her future, she developed at the right time and can be recognized as a true pioneer for women’s hockey in Canada and abroad. Lori played with University of Toronto Blues from 1991 to 1997, serving as captain for three years. She was a four-time OWIAA gold medalist and nominated as University of Toronto’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1996 and in 1997. It was then on to the Brampton Thunder of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). While in Toronto, Lori caught the eye of Canada’s national women’s team when suddenly there was a glimmer of hope that women’s hockey would arrive on the Olympic stage at Nagano, Japan in 1998. As a member of the silver medal winning Team Canada in 1998, Lori played in her 100th National Women’s Team game on January 6, 2002 vs USA. Four years later, Lori and her Team Canada team mates faced off against arch rivals Team USA for the gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. This time the results were reversed and Team Canada won the gold medal making Lori Dupuis an Olympic Champion. An inspiration throughout her journey, Lori Dupuis is also a three time world champion, a local hockey legend and the CSHOF is proud to call her so. Lori was inducted into the CSHOF in 2000.

#12 looks for a pass wearing the nations colours.

David Dorman

“Dave” Dorman’s interest in sports and in particular track and field and his specialties were high jump and long jump. A tremendous athlete during the early 1960s, Dave set an EOSSA long jump record at a meet in Kingston of 6.6 meters. He followed that establishing a Canadian Schoolboy high jump record of 6 feet 3 inches at an event in Montreal. Continuing his track and field competition while attending McMaster and the Royal Military College led to first place finishes in the Canadian Decathlon Championship in 67 and 68. His 1967 Championship resulted in a place on the Pan Am Games team and Dave had a fourth place finish in Winnipeg. He continued organizing and coaching track and field in Cornwall which resulted in the formation of the Canadian Legion Track and Field club in the Cornwall area. Dave was inducted into the CSHOF in 1994.

Dave shown proudly displaying the Cornwall Cougars logo.

Cornwall’s Senior Men’s Canadian Curling Champions

In 1995 Cornwall’s Senior men’s curling team followed their Ontario senior men’s championship by winning the Canadian Seniors Championship at the Thistle-St. Andrews Curling Club in St. John New Brunswick. The team skipped by Bill Dickie started the week 3-3 and went on to win their last five games of the round robin to finish 8-3. Saskatchewan finished on top with a  9-2 record forcing Dickie’s rink into a one game showdown with Manitoba which also finished 8-3. Heading to the ninth end, Manitoba lead 6-4 setting the stage for Cornwall to find a way to score 2 and tie. In the tenth end they would take a steal of one eliminating Manitoba and setting up a championship final against Saskatchewan.

Again, the Dickie rink trailed as the game entered the final two ends, but rallied to take the lead with two in the ninth and stole two more in the tenth to win 7-4 and give Cornwall’s Bill Dickie, George Dolejsi, Keith MacGregor and Thom Pritchard the coveted national championship. All four curlers ranked top four in curling percentages over the round robin with Dickie, Dolejsi and MacGregor finishing second in their respective categories. Glen Mawhinney was the teams fifth and played in two of the games.

Maurice “Moe the Toe” Racine

Moe Racine played basketball very well, but when he stepped onto the football field at St. Lawrence High School in 1953, he would begin a twenty-one year journey which would see Moe with hall of fame inductions in his home town in 1968, his adopted home of Ottawa in 1984 and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2014. His four National Championships, winning the Grey Cup as a member of the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1960 – 1968 – 1969 and 1973 are the most (tied) Grey Cup wins recorded as a member of the Ottawa franchise. While Moe carved out a career as the teams right tackle for 17 years, he began handling kickoffs and place kicking duties in 1960. Moe’s kicking started as something to do after practice and along the way, he picked up an iconic nick name while handling the kicking duties in Ottawa for seven years. After a last second game winning field goal (Oct. 1962) in Montreal, his teammates chanted “Moe the Toe” and that would stick and follow Moe the rest of his life. A CFL legend of the O-line in Ottawa, Moe was proud to call Cornwall home.   

Carrying the ball as a fullback during his final season at St. Lawrence, fall of 1957 – #42 was a load to handle.

Duncan McNaughton

The only son of a civil engineer and a teacher, Duncan McNaughton was born in Cornwall in 1910. His parents moved to Vancouver where Duncan became an outstanding track and field star at the University of California (UCLA) and one of the pioneers of the sport in Canada during the early Olympic Games. During the 1932 summer games in Los Angeles and competing against his UCLA teammate and life long friend Bob Van Osdel, Duncan soared to new heights beating his rival to win the Olympic High Jump gold medal. He was the first Canadian man to win the event which held for 94 years until 2016, when Canadian Derek Drouin won the Men’s High Jump Gold in Brazil.

Duncan McNaughton goes up and over to win the 1932 Olympic Men’s High Jump Gold Medal in Los Angeles.

John Broderick

1908 Olympic Lacrosse Champion and gold medalist John Charles Broderick was born in Cornwall on June 5, 1875. A gifted athlete, John learned and played lacrosse for years. He was a prominent lacrosse star and was a member of the Cornwall Lacrosse Club of the early 1900’s. He rubbed shoulders with the great Newsy Lalonde and Cy Denneny. In 1908, by virtue of his amateur status, John was recruited to play for Team Canada at the Olympic Games in London. Four future Canadian Sports Hall of Fame lacrosse players would make up part of the talented team. The gold medal game was played October 24th and after trailing 1-0, John scored the second Canadian goal of the game and they never trailed again winning the one game show down 14-10. It would be Canada’s second straight gold medal and their last, as the sport never made another official appearance at the games.

Now a Broderick family heirloom, pictured is John’s 1908 Olympic Gold Medal for Lacrosse.

Edouard “Newsy” Lalonde

In 1905, Newsy made his debut playing professional hockey in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan as part of an original franchise in the new rebel International Hockey League. The IHL is known historically as being the first professional circuit in North America. By 1907, Lalonde joined the Toronto club of the newly formed Ontario Professional Hockey League. The Toronto squad captured the inaugural OPHL crown that year, but lost out to the Montreal Wanderers in the Stanley Cup challenge. Lalonde played a second year in Toronto before moving closer to his roots to suit up for the newly formed Montreal Canadiens National Hockey Association franchise in 1910. Partway through the season, he was traded to the Renfrew Millionaires and on March 11, 1910, he scored nine goals in one game, an NHA record that was never beaten, only equaled by Tommy Smith. He also won the league’s inaugural scoring title. In 1913 he returned to les Canadiens and his offensive prowess was a significant factor behind the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title in 1915-16. As good as there were on the lacrosse fields of his era, Newsy was an early Canadian sporting great and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1950, the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1965 and posthumously into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1984.

While holding out for a better deal with ‘Les Canadiens’ in 1915, Montreal’s La Presse published this comical sketch.

Corbett and Cyril Denenny

Cyril Joseph Denenny was born December 23, 1891, younger brother Corbett Charles “Corb” Denneny, January 25, 1894. While their legendary careers are well documented, it is interesting to note that between them they totalled 475 regular season points during their careers and won an astounding seven (7) Stanley Cups between them. (Cy winning five of them) All of this was recorded between WWI and the Second World War. They currently rank in the top thirty of all time brother combinations.

Corb on the left and Cy on the right pictured in their Toronto and Ottawa uniforms.

“Pop Shoppe” 1980 and 1982 Senior Men’s Canadian Broom Ball Champions

Going back in history, the city of Cornwall and area has produced tremendous broom ball players and subsequently, great teams. The early 1980s proved to be heady times for the local Pop Shoppe team. Led by strong leadership, fierce competitiveness and several future CSHOF inductees, the city continued to promote its strong broom ball heritage when team captured two Canadian championships in three years.

Shown wearing their Ontario representative green jerseys in Saskatoon at the 1980 championships and Pop Shoppe host colours in Cornwall, 1982.

Cornwall Black Sox – 2009 Senior League Canadian Champions

It all came together, timely hitting, stellar pitching when it counted most. The summer of 2009 energized Cornwall’s baseball community while following the run put together by the Black Sox.

Presently Under Construction Dec 2023

Presently Under Construction Dec 2023

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