MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
The Central Ontario Wolves ‘AAA’ Major Midgets were howling with joy, on the weekend after they roared to victory, in the 5th annual International Major Midget Prospect Tournament, hosted by the Toronto Titans.
Throughout the four days of competition, the Wolves showed tremendous tenacity, as they clawed their way through the field, grinding out several one-goal wins, on their undefeated run to the tournament title, with a climactic 1-0 shootout win in the finals, over the Mississauga Rebels.
“I’m extremely happy with our compete level and the relentless pursuit from our entire team,” said head coach Brad Bricknell. “Our team has been able to come together quickly, and it sure showed over the weekend. We had a lot of great performances, throughout our line-up.”
The Wolves rolled into the competition, after skating to a win in their ETA home opener. In a rematch from last season’s playoffs, the Wolves downed the Markham Waxers 3-0, at The Den in Scugog Arena, on Tuesday, Sept. 20th. Odin McGee picked up the shutout, with Sebastian Geraci chipping in with a three-point evening.
On Thursday, Sept. 22nd, the Wolves opened tournament play with a 2-1 win, against the Halton Hurricanes. Goals from Brett Benham and Jacob Traynor provided all of the offence the Wolves would need, with McGee making several timely saves to preserve the win.
On Friday, the Wolves were able to maintain their perfect record, wrapping up back-to-back wins, over the Kitchener Rangers and the host Titans.
The Wolves wrapped up round robin play, with an undefeated 3-0-1 record, on Saturday afternoon, following a 1-1 tie against the Markham Majors.
Moving onto the round of 16, the Wolves continued to show their tenacity, with a 3-2 overtime win over the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, with the winning goal coming from Brandon Benham.
The quarterfinals guaranteed that a Wolves team would be moving on, with Central Ontario matched up against the, Sudbury Nickel Capital, Wolves, host of this season’s Telus Cup National Championship tournament.
Kyle Burnett continued his strong play in net, as he turned aside several outstanding chances by Sudbury, to preserve a win, behind goals from Geraci, Brett Benham and Alex Bourre.
The London Jr. Knights loomed in the semi-finals. Throughout the game, both sides showcased tremendous defensive zone coverage, with McGee out-duelling his counterpart in the London crease, to pick up the shut-out, as Brett Benham netted the lone goal, early in the third period of a 1-0 Wolves’ win.
The hard fought win punched Central Ontario’s ticket to the championship game, where the Wolves looked to conclude their remarkable run, with a victory over the Mississauga Rebels. The contest more than lived up to its billing, with both sides submitting sensational defensive performances, with acrobatic saves from Burnett, throughout the game for Central Ontario. Finally, after three periods of regulation and overtime had solved nothing, Bourre provided the Wolves’ with a fantastic finish, netting the winning shootout goal, to give Central Ontario gold medals, at one of the premier events on the Major Midget hockey calendar.
Following a home-and-home with Whitby this week, Central Ontario will be back in action, at The Den in Scugog Arena, on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd, at 7 p.m., when they tangle with the Oshawa Minor Generals.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks were unable to muster a win, in a recent home-and-home series, against the Clarington Eagles.
Both games required overtime. The MoJacks suffered a 4-3 loss, on Thursday, Sept. 21st. The game held on Sunday, Sept. 24th ended with a 4-4 tie.
The MoJacks got on the board first, in Thursday’s game in Clarington.
Under five minutes into the first period, Graham Lamers scored, to give the MoJacks their first lead of the game. However, with just under five minutes remaining in the period, Clarington tied the game and the period ended 1-1.
Both teams would trade goals in the second and third periods.
Derek Risebrough scored both of the MoJacks’ goals in those periods, and the third frame ended with a 3-3 tie.
However, in overtime, Clarington’s Ryan Mahabir scored to give the Eagles the win.
The MoJacks looked to rebound from the overtime loss in Sunday’s game on home ice.
After the Eagles scored the only goal of the first period, the MoJacks responded in the second period.
Over a minute into the second period, Risebrough scored to tie the game. A little over two minutes later, Owen Hurtibese put one in the back of the net, to give the MoJacks the lead. Adam Turner got the lone assist on that goal. Then, less than five minutes into the period, Spencer Robinson found his way through the opposition’s defence and scored, giving the MoJacks a two goal lead.
The Eagles scored, to cut the MoJacks lead to 1 about a minute and a half later, but with six minutes left in the period, Kody Fruhner scored a power play goal, and the second period ended with the MoJacks on top 4-2.
However, that lead didn’t last, as Clarington scored two goals in the third period minutes apart, to tie the game.
Lack of discipline nearly cost the MoJacks the game, as they were assessed 24 minutes in penalties in the third period. However, they escaped the period with a tie game.
Both goaltenders stopped all shots they faced in overtime, and the game ended with a 4-4 tie.
After the game, MoJacks assistant coach Patrick Jobb told The Standard that undisciplined play cost the MoJacks the chance to win the game.
“Just a slow start. We were undisciplined, didn’t get a chance to come back,” he said. “We’ve got to stay out of the penalty box. Even though they got a couple quick ones, all the penalties prevented us from coming back.”
Despite having achieved just one win in their first four games, Jobb said there are aspects of the way the team has played that he has liked.
“We’re playing hard, we just need to get a full 60 minutes together, a full game,” he said. “We’re having five minute periods, where we’re not showing up. At the start of the third today for example, and that’s cost us a few points.”
The MoJacks will be in action next, against North Kawartha, on Saturday, Sept. 30th, at 7:25 p.m., in Apsley. Their next home game, at Scugog Arena, is Sunday, Oct. 1st against Lakefield, at 2:25 p.m.
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The Lindsay Muskies played a rare Tuesday morning game, as part of the Governor’s Showcase in Buffalo, against the Burlington Cougars. A late third period rally came up just short for the Muskies, as Burlington won the game by a score of 6-4.
The Cougars may have taken advantage of the fact the Muskies had travelled quite a distance to be playing in a 10:15 a.m. start, compared to the relatively short distance from Burlington, as Drew Goupille got the Cougars on the board just 1:51 into the match. The assists on that goal, the only one of the first period, went to Nick Guinta and Matthew Galli.
In the second, the Cougars looked to run away with the game, scoring four goals in thirteen minutes, to open up a 5-0 lead. First it was Mitchell Morrison from Brandon Bastasin and Josh Leblanc, at 2:07 on a power play. Then, at 8:09, it was Dennis Golovatchev from Curtis Anderson and Galli. Zac Elson made it 4-0, at 12:59, from Matt Goeree and Michael Boushy, then another power play goal, at 15:10, was scored by Josiah Degazon from Bastasin and Morrison.
The Muskies finally got on the board, when newly acquired defenseman Brandon Carr-Ansah scored his 3rd of the season, at 16:01, from Ryan Smith and Brock Traill.
In the third, it was Burlington that struck first, when Michael Miele scored, at 2:11, from Golovatchev and Galli. Then the Muskies seemed to get rolling. Erich Roeder scored his 1st of the year, an unassisted, and short handed goal, at 11:17. At 15:57, Noah Dollo notched his 1st of the year from Cam Robinson and Roeder, then, at 17:07, Brock Traill made it interesting, at 6-4 on his 1st, from Brendan Tomilson, but that’s as close as Lindsay would get on this day.
The next game for the Muskies is Wednesday night, at the showcase, as they take on the hometown Buffalo Jr. Sabres.
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The Lindsay Muskies are currently finishing up training camp and getting set for the 2017/18 OJHL season. All of the preseason games are now wrapped up, and the team will have a week full of practice before the season opener, at home on Friday night when they host Orangeville.
The Muskies finished the preseason exhibition games with a record of 1 win, 1 regulation loss, 1 overtime loss, 1 double overtime loss, and 1 tie.
The team will be looking to improve upon last year’s record of 14-36-0-1. They remained in the playoff hunt until the last couple of weeks, but eventually fell short.
Head Coach Dan West and Assistant Coach Jon Campbell were happy with the training camp overall, when I last spoke with them after the team’s final preseason game, a 3-1 win over the Stouffville Spirit.
“It was nice to wrap up the preseason with a win”, said West. “The kids battled hard all through camp, and there are still things to work on, but it’s nice to see things coming together”.
Momentum did seem to build nicely as the camp wore on. The team fell 5-0 in the opener to Cobourg, in a game where only one returning player was dressed for the match. Later in the week, they battled the same Cougars to a 4-3 overtime loss. Game three was a 4-3 double overtime loss, in Pickering, followed by a 2-2 tie with the same Panthers, in a return match. The team then picked up a 3-1 come from behind win, over Stouffville in the final match.
While the team did have some players from last season move on , including last year’s Captain Cam Lamport, who landed a spot at Royal Military College in Kingston, there are a number of returning players, who’ll be leaned upon for more leadership with another year under their belt. There will also be as many as 10 new faces on the team.
The goaltending looked good in the preseason. Tyler Richardson, who joined the team late last season, picked up the win in the last game, while Blake Curran, who played last year with the Peterborough AAA Midget squad, looked good in the games he appeared in as well.
SCUGOG: Three more members will be inducted into the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame, during the 11th annual ceremony, being held on Thursday, November 9th.
This year’s crop of inductees includes: Neil Malcolm, in the builder category; Equestrian Eventing athlete, Michele Mueller; and the OMHA 1976 - 1977 Beare Motors Bantam “C” championship team.
As previously reported by The Standard, Mike Wilson, known as the ‘Ultimate Leafs fan', will be the special guest speaker for the event.
Doors will open for the ceremony at 6 p.m., and the official ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.
The Scugog Sports Hall of Fame Committee was officially established in 2007. The community is invited to visit the Sports Hall of Fame area, in the Scugog Shores Heritage Centre and Archives.
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A new era of Uxbridge Bruins hockey got off to a winning start, on Friday night, with the Bruins skating to a 7-4 victory, in their home opener matched up, against the rival Port Perry MoJacks in a Battle of North Durham.
The win was the first, as a junior hockey head coach, for new Bruins bench boss Rob Acton, hired this summer, after two productive seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Junior ‘A’ Stouffville Spirit.
“All in all, it was an ideal start,” Acton told The Standard following the game, which was attended by nearly 200 raucous fans. “Personally, it was nice to start this new stage of my career with a win, but it was even greater for the team. There are always things to work on, and areas for improvement, but that’s a really good club we just beat and a great start to our year.”
A former Bruin himself, Acton added, he is fortunate to be behind the bench for a team with veteran players, in several key positions. This year Uxbridge returns both goaltenders from last season, Jake Joosten and Ryan McConkney, who picked up the win on Friday night. As well, the team boasts a deep and experienced corps of defencemen, led by returnees Kyle Spataro, Adam Bartholomew and Cristian Giorgio, as well as Tom Sheedy and Thomas Swift, who have returned to the fold after a season away from the Den.
“Defence is going to be a huge part of our game,” added Acton. “You try to build from the net out, and it’s a great problem for a coach to have two very capable guys sharing the crease. And, having those vets on the blue line takes some of the pressure off of our rookie forwards. Maybe they’re not gripping their sticks nearly as tightly, knowing that they’ve got those solid guys playing behind them. Having that depth makes it easier for everyone.”
Up front, while the Bruins do boast several new faces, it is a strong core of returning forwards that will be charged with carrying the offence. The top five scorers from last season’s team return this year, including: Damien Heinle, Derek Dolan, Aiden Reilly, Rob Freckelton and Simon Feig.
“We’re going to use speed to our advantage. That’s the way that I grew up playing, and it plays to one of our big strengths,” explained Acton. “We’re going to bring lots of pressure to create turnovers, and capitalize by playing an aggressive game.”
The enthusiasm at both ends of the ice was on display in Friday evening’s Battle of North Durham, with both sides showcasing special teams prowess early. Each side netted a pair of powerplay goals in the opening period, with Port Perry leading 3-2 after 20 minutes, with Uxbridge’s goals from Feig and Kieran Beaudoin.
Bruins rookie, Michael Rennie knotted things just 16 seconds into the second, and Feig would add his second of the night to give the Bruins a brief advantage, before the MoJacks equalized near the midway point of the stanza, to leave the game square at 4-4 through 40 minutes of action.
The Bruins would pull away in the third period though, with Matthew Hunter connecting just over six minutes into the frame, and Dolan providing a two-goal cushion with five minutes remaining. After several sensational saves by McConkney kept the MoJacks’ frantic offensive push at bay, late in the game, Feig sealed the win, firing his hat trick goal into an empty net, with less than a minute remaining.
- The Bruins were back in action, on Tuesday night in Lakefield (after The Standard’s press deadline).
- This Friday, Sept. 22nd, the Bruins will hit the road for the only time this season, when they trek to Keswick, to square off against the Georgina Ice at 7:30 p.m.
- The next home game, at the Den, comes on Friday, Sept. 29th, when the North Kawartha Knights visit Uxbridge, for a 7:45 p.m. tilt.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks started their 2017-18 PJHL season with a win and a loss.
The MoJacks opened their season at Uxbridge Arena, on Friday, September 15th, with a 7-4 loss to the Bruins. However, they rebounded with an 8-1 victory, on home ice against the Little Britain Merchants, on Sunday, September 17th.
It didn’t take the MoJacks long to get on the board in Friday’s season opener. Just over three minutes into the first period, Tyler Giamov scored the MoJacks’ first goal of the season, capitalizing on an early power play. However, just under three minutes later, the Bruins would tie it up with a power play goal from Simon Feig, and then a goal, a little over a minute after that from Kieran Beaudoin, gave the Bruins their first lead of the game.
Penalties to the Bruins’ Cole Bremner and Thomas Sheedy, over halfway into the period, gave the MoJacks a two man advantage, which they capitalized on, with a goal from Kody Fruher to tie the game up. The MoJacks would later add a power play goal from Spencer Robinson, and the first period ended with the MoJacks on top 3-2.
But that lead quickly disappeared as just 16 seconds into the second period; Michael Rennie’s shot beat MoJack goaltender Shawn Mabley, and the game was once again tied.
The game heated up from there, as under five minutes into the period, Uxbridge’s Rennie and Port Perry’s Luke Wyatt fought. Both were given five minute fighting majors and game misconducts.
Then, eight and a half minutes into the second frame, Uxbridge’s Feig, found himself behind the defence and scored his second of the game.
However, later on, on the power play, MoJacks’ Brady Martin received a perfect pass from Derek Risebrough and put the puck past Bruins goaltender Ryan McConkey. Another assist on that goal went to Graham Lamers. The period ended with a 4-4 tie.
The Bruins were the only team to score in the third period, tallying three times, including an empty net goal, to give them a 7-4 victory.
The MoJacks were back in action, on Sunday afternoon at Scugog Arena, for a match-up with the Little Britain Merchants.
After a scoreless first period, the MoJacks’ offence erupted for five goals in the second period. Less than a minute in, Martin put a shot on goal that slipped past the Merchants’ goaltender, to give the MoJacks a 1-0 lead. Then, almost eight and a half minutes into the period, Austin Mackie slid a perfect pass in front of the net to Owen Hurtibese, who scored, to extend the MoJacks’ lead to two. The Merchants would cut that lead to one almost a minute later, but the MoJacks scored three more times in the period, to give them a 5-1 lead going into the third. Goal scorers were Josh Dickson, Lamers and Risebrough.
The MoJacks padded their lead in the third period, with two more goals, from Lamers and Martin’s second goal of the game. MoJacks’ goaltender, Corey Kuypers stopped all seven shots he faced in the third. Overall, he stopped 23 of 24 shots he faced. The MoJacks won the game 8-1.
Following the game, MoJacks head coach Tom Boyle said the message coming into Sunday’s game, following the loss to Uxbridge, was to play a full 60 minute game.
“We needed to be ready to go from the drop of the puck until the last whistle. That was the message, and I think the boys delivered pretty well on that. We played a solid game from start to finish,” he said.
Boyle also praised the performance of goaltender Corey Kuypers.
“I thought Corey Kuypers had a great game, made some key saves early in the game,” he said. “Obviously, teams build momentum off of scoring goals, and I thought he did a great job on coming up with some key saves early, and obviously when we get a lead, a little bit of the pressure is off.”
The MoJacks are next in action, on Thursday, Sept. 21st, at 7:20 p.m., against the Clarington Eagles at the Garnet B. Rickard Complex, in Bowmanville.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Since it opened, on Tuesday, August 1st, Blackstock Motorsports has, for the most part, been picking up where Asselstine Country left off.
The Suzuki and Yamaha ATV, snowmobile, and motorcycle dealer is owned by Josh Michaud and his father Jim.
Josh Michaud explained, to The Standard, why they decided to purchase the former Asselstine Country building.
"We've been enthusiasts our whole life. I raced bikes when I was young, and then growing up, I enjoyed riding bikes and four-wheelers and quads and sleds, whatever I could get my hands on,” he said. “Then I went away for school and did my business program. My dad had retired from the previous company he owned, and then we decided to move back and buy a farm that is just 3 km up the road. We saw this become available in April, and my father [and I] discussed [the possibility of buying the place] and decided it would be a good idea.”
He also spoke about what people can expect from Blackstock Motorsports.
"New product, more product, a fast service. We are trying to keep the small town feeling. I'm happy to say that the whole staff stayed on,” he said. "We are still certified for Suzuki and Yamaha, but with brand new products, some used products that we take in. Our Yamaha lineup consists of mostly Grizzlies, Kodiak 450s, YZ250s, YZ125s, pretty much your whole motocross lineup. We've brought in a lot of kid's snowmobiles, trying to bring a good line of products out for kids. As well, just your day to day parts and service. We are still making that a big part, because it is a good money maker for us and keeps Yamaha products on the road.”
Josh elaborated on the repair service they provide.
"We try not to deal with too many outsider bikes, like Kawasaki and stuff. If you want just a service on it, that's not too bad, but as far as ordering parts for other bikes, other than Yamaha and Suzuki, it makes it very difficult.”
Josh said having “ a loyal clientele base” already established has made the transition easier for them.
"All we really need to do is keep the business running,” he said.
He added that his father has been an integral part of the business.
"He knows the ins and outs of running a business, so that's where his major key part is. He's been an advertising monster, as far as Blackstock Motorsports goes,” he said. “He's just been diving back into the business world. It's been 10 years since he's been in a business, so it was funny to watch him get the rust off, but he was successful in that process. He's got that old generation work ethic, where you just don't stop working. Even when you are off work, you are still working."
Blackstock Motorsports will be holding a grand opening party all day at the store, on Saturday, October 14th.
Blackstock Motorsports is located at 3580 Byers Rd. in Blackstock.
For more information, they can be contacted at 905-986-4437.
WALLY NESBITT Special to The Standard
Calling it a personal ‘long time goal’, Uxbridge resident, Jason Hathaway made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut, at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, over the Labour Day weekend.
Coming off of back-to-back wins, in the APC Late Model series, on September 3rd, Hathaway joined fellow Canadian drivers, Alex Tagliani, DJ Kennington and Gary Klutt, in the 32 truck field, for the 64 lap Chevrolet Silverado 250.
“It’s taken a long time to get in one of these (trucks),” stated Hathaway. “We decided last year, when they were here, that we’d look for a truck ride for this race. It’s hard to find a team with an extra truck, but we were able to hook up with Bolen Motorsports to get into their ride.”
The late breaking arrangement meant that Hathaway only had a seat-fitting session prior to the event, and was not introduced to his No. 66 Kubota/ Choko/ Williamson Uxbridge Silverado until the CTMP pits opened on Saturday.
Said Hathaway, following his inaugural practice session, “It’s a decent piece, the truck is probably a little better than me right now. But we’ve made gains every time we got in it. This is actually Bolen’s short track truck, not a true road course truck.”
He continued, “This is a lot different that my Pinty’s series car, more horsepower, better brakes, but the radial tires are really something to get used to, the truck tends to roll over a lot more.”
Starting the 250-kilometre race from the outside of the 11th row, Hathaway picked up positions and comfortably ran in mid-pack. During the end-of-second-stage yellow flag period, he found himself circulating in sixth place, due to a strategy call. However, once the running order was sorted out, following pit stops, Hathaway maintained a safe pace, and ultimately took the checkered flag in a respectable 15th place; one position in arrears of fellow Pinty’s Series competitor DJ Kennington.
“It was a pretty steep learning curve, just trying to figure out how the truck felt and how to adapt my driving to what it would give me. This thing is fast; you really get to where you’re going in a hurry! Overall, the experience was a lot of fun,” said Hathaway in a post-race interview.
Guaranteeing himself a photo-op result, the powerplant in Hathaway’s ride exploded, just as he crossed the finish line, a massive oil cloud trailing behind the No. 66 Chevrolet, as it passed beneath the starter’s stand.
“They said the motor would last the whole race. It did, but not a foot further!”
The 2017 edition of the Chevrolet Silverado 250 was won by 19-year-old Austin Cindric, following a last lap, turn five, Dump’N’Run, on race leader Kaz Grala. Of the Canadian drivers: Kennington finished in 14th spot; Alex Tagliani bounced back from a pit road incident, to take the checkers in 19th place, one lap down to the leaders; while Gary Klutt saw his day end with ten laps remaining, due to a suspension failure on his No. 49 Chevy.
In other local NASCAR news, Kevin Lacroix led 40 of 51 laps, to capture the win over Alex Tagliani and Andrew Ranger, in the Total Quartz 200, the 11th race of 13, on the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series tour. It was Lacroix’s fourth win of the season, and leaves the driver of the No. 74 Dodge just 26 points behind leader Alex Labbe, with races remaining on the ovals of Autodrome St-Eustache and Jukasa.
NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHAS: People will be taking to the streets in North Durham and the Kawartha Lakes, this Sunday, Sept. 17th, for the annual Terry Fox Run fundraiser.
As usual, participants can choose to walk, run or bike in any edition of the fundraiser.
The Port Perry gathering will begin at the fairgrounds, located at 15835 Old Simcoe Rd. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. There will be a welcome, introduction of Terry’s Team members, and then an aerobic warmup at 9 a.m. Participants can choose a 1, 5 or 10 km course.
Since it came to the area 24 years ago, the Port Perry community run and the school editions have raised a total of $1,067,813. Last year, the schools raised a total of $17,931 and the community run raised $33,219. 457 people took part in the community Terry Fox Run at the fairgrounds last year.
Organizer Elizabeth McArthur told The Standard, she hopes to see about 500 people at this year’s event, but stressed that she doesn’t like to set a specific participation goal.
“We are very careful not to put out a goal, because it undermines the people that are there [participating],” she said. “I would like to see it continue to grow and expand.”
Once again, Ms. McArthur hopes to raise $1 from every resident of Scugog Township.
“That was Terry’s goal. His request was that every Canadian give $1 to his Marathon of Hope,” she said. “Our ultimate goal is to raise as much as we can because that money goes to innovative cancer research.”
In addition, Ms. McArthur said, the number of Terry Team members, at the local community event, has been increasing over the years.
"It takes courage to put on that red shirt and say to the community 'I am a cancer survivor and research works,” she said.
Despite the fact there are not cures for all types of cancers yet, Ms. McArthur stressed, the money donated from the annual fundraiser is making a difference.
“Survival rates from many cancers have increased dramatically,” she said. “[Researchers] are learning more and more all the time.”
The Uxbridge edition of the fundraiser will meet at the Bandshell, in Uxbridge’s Elgin Park, using the entrance off of Main St.
Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m., and then the run will leave the park at 9 a.m. Participants can choose a 2.5, 5 or 10 km course. Last year, the community run and the school fundraisers raised a total of $28,000. Since the community run came to Uxbridge, the community has raised a total of $460,816 for cancer research.“It’s a small community, and for us to be able to raise $20,000 in a morning, it’s a good feeling that that money is going to cancer research,” organizer Maggie Ferraro told The Standard.
She also stressed, 82 cents of every dollar goes directly to research.
The Lindsay edition of the Terry Fox Run will meet at the Lindsay Recreation Centre. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the run will begin at 10 a.m. Participants can choose a 1, 5 or 10 km course. The course is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
For more information on the annual Marathon of Hope, and to find a run site in your area, go on-line to www.terryfox.org.