Cornwall has a rich history of sporting excellence across a wide range of sports and athletics. From pivotal figures such as Newsy Lalonde to the Memorial Cup Champion Cornwall Royals to modern day heroes such as Olympian Lori Dupuis, Cornwall has earned a reputation as one of Canada's leading sports communities.
Perhaps the very first "superstar" of early professional hockey, Edouard "Newsy" Lalonde excelled in both hockey and lacrosse. He gained the nickname "Newsy", due to his job working at the local Standard newspaper. Newsy scored the first-ever goal for the Montreal Canadiens and helped the team win their first Stanley Cup in 1916. He would score in each of the first six NHL games, earning a share of an NHL record with Cy Denney and Joe Malone to establish an NHL record that would go unmatched for nearly 90 years. Click here for more information about Newsy.
Recognized as a pioneer for women's hockey in Canada and abroad, Lori Dupuis was a key member of Team Canada and the national women's hockey effort in the mid 1990's. Lori and her teammates won three World Championships (2000,1999,1997), and in 1998 won the silver medal in the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. In 2002, 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. Click here for more information about Lori.
Cornwall Black Sox
The Cornwall Black Sox delivered Cornwall's first national baseball title in 2009, a week after being crowned Ontario Champions. The team represented Canada at the Senior League Baseball World Series in Maine that year. Senior League Baseball is a division of Little League Baseball for players ages 14 through 16.
The Cornwall Royals were one of Canada's most successful Junior teams, winning the Memorial Cup three times (1972, 1980, 1981). The Cornwall Royals graduated 55 players to the National Hockey League, including famous alumni Doug Gilmour, Billy Smith, Dale Hawerchuk and Marc Crawford. Mayor Bob Kilger coached the Royals as well. Click here for more information about the Royals.
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