provides tips on how businesses can penetrate U.S. markets
BY SYLVIA DICKENS
“Canadian businesses have
to prove they are worthy of being in the
U.S. market,” Jim Mills,
a specialist in marketing, told Rotarians last week.
“They have to know how to
get to the United States market.”
points out that the quality of Canadian products is better than that of
other countries, based on an international quality control code which
helps to guarantee that good quality products are being exported and
To get into the U.S.,
Canadian businesses need to look at their sales thrust. Owner of Curtis
Products Inc. of Toronto, the former Gananoquean explains the different
Through the direct sales
force, managers know the concentration will be on their product.
Unfortunately, this method involves greater overhead.
and sales organizations in the United States handle lines geared to the
specific industry to which Canadians are aiming.
They look at the product at
a selling, rather than at a manufacturing, level. Also, they will have
more people on the road earning commission.
“Even if the sales go up,
the return may not,” Mr. Mills
adds. “Entrepreneurs won’t take their products into the U.S. markets
unless they can make money.
“They have to give
themselves five years and consider the costs, and the thrust into the
American market must be a constant effort,” he continues. “Canadians have
to look forward to where they want to go.”
He says Canadians must go
into the U.S. markets if they expect to be successful in Canada or niche
themselves on product need.
The next, most important
point focuses on sales support material.
Promotional material used
in the Canadian market doesn’t work in the U.S.
“The U.S. is more
sophisticated,” he says. “They look for better quality promotional
packages which are required by the U.S.”
This includes glossy
full-color sales literature presented in a concise, well-organized
Of course, the promotional
package must tell the entire story.
The most effective way to
overcome missing parts of a presentation, he says, is to develop a
15-minute video on the product. Included will be facts about the product,
user testimonials, and the benefits of the product to the end user.
Point out the quality
workmanship and how the product meets all code requirements. Conclude with
“You need a quality video
for the U.S. market,” he says. “It gets the message across exactly as you
want it told.”
Customer service was high
on his list of selling features.
“I can’t say enough about
Canadian customer service,” he says. “Canada has terrible customer
service. In Canadian restaurants you feel they are doing you a favor in
serving you. In U.S. restaurants, they smile, say how are you and will do
whatever you want.
“A lot of attention has to
be put on Canadian service,” he adds. “You’ve got to make them feel
they’re dealing with the guy next door. A lot of people don’t spend enough
time training staff on customer service.”
concluded with free trade and the problems it brings.
“Duty for U.S. goods coming
to Canada is double what is for Canadian goods going into the U.S.,” he
says. “There’s a big gap there.
have to become more competitive. Automation has done a good job,” he says.
“What’s not competitive is the Canadian government.”
He says the government
tends to over-react in many situations.
For example, when one
industry had a problem with hazardous waste, the government decided all
businesses must be regulated, no matter how little it affects that
Mr. Mills adds
that Canadian manufacturers and businessmen must be more innovative than
The secret, he says, to
penetrating the U.S. market is competitiveness, better organization,
better mission statements, the development of a strong business plan, and
the ability to stick to that strategic business plan.
Perfect pie crusts are now easily achievable with the new
longer have to worry about the bubbling and shrinking problems associated
with pie making.
Fran De Lallo has baked numerous pies for her family, but
going into business for herself is a new endeavor. Formerly a secretary,
she decided one day there are better ways to earn a living instead of
working for someone else.
After raising her children, she returned to John
Abbott College in Quebec in 1979 and subsequently, to Concordia
University. Supported by her husband, John, a Pennsylvania native, she
returned to university where she earned her bachelor's degree in
"I wanted to do something new and challenging," says
Ms. De Lallo. "I became self-employed."
A grandmother of 14-month-old twins and mother of
three children, Ms. De Lallo has named her company Fasmodea Inc. She was
introduced to her first product, Pie Partners, through her husband who had
already met and become involved with the person who invented the product.
Charlie Bath, an orphan, was raised by the
Franciscan Fathers in Northern England. At16 years of age, Mr. Bath joined
the British Merchant Marine where world travel enhanced his culinary
After emigrating to Canada, he became an
accomplished baker and used his own kitchen as a testing ground for many
recipes and cooking utensils. Eventually, he invented Pie Partners which
he took to world-renowned cook, Mme Jehane Benoit in 1987.
"It cooks a crust under, as well as on top, to
super perfection," says Ms. De Lallo. "The word 'failure' cannot be
applied to this pie plate."
Pie Partners attempts to overcome the attitude that
some people do and some people don't have the skill for pastry making. It
is geared for domestic bakers, pastry makers, bakers and chefs – everyone
from novice to professional.
Made of quality aluminum, Pie Partners is produced
by Crown Custom Metal Spinning Inc. of Concord, Ontario.
The two piece pie plate is designed for fast,
simple pie shell creation and guarantees superb, golden, crispier crusts
with little or no shrinkage. Pie Partners also prevents the pie shell from
bubbling and rising unevenly.
The dough is spread across the bottom portion of
the pie plate. A second section with its hole design is placed inside the
bottom plate and pressed down creating raised bumps in the dough. The
plate is then placed in the oven until the pie crust is baked.
Several crusts can be made ahead of time and frozen
for use in pies which require pre-baked crusts such as lemon meringue,
chocolate cream, raisin nut, strawberry, rhubarb custard and blueberry
lemon or for meal pies such as quiche.
The result is golden, crispier crusts for the busy
Pie Partners is a totally Canadian product, from
invention to manufacture to distribution.
"We're currently looking at local establishments to
carry the product," she says. "Already, it's being distributed in
Trinity House: bed and
breakfast rates high
By Sylvia Dickens
Gananoque can be proud of
its entrepreneurs Jacques O’Shea and Brad Garside,
owners of Trinity House.
In 1988, these two
Torontonians bought an historic home at 90 Stone St. S., turned it into a
country inn and already have received acclaim by the Minister of State and
the Canadian and American automobile associations.
When the inn opened in
1989, the Ministry of Tourism brought in two French journalists
representing Tourism France. Consequently, Trinity House was selected as
“one of the preferred choices for accommodation in the Great Lakes.”
Most recently, Trinity
House was added to the Gananoque section of the book, Waterside
Escapes—Great Getaways by
Lake, River and Sea by Betsy
Wittemann and Nancy Webster.
It was also featured this month in a travel issue of the impressive
Country Home magazine.
The article states that
guests like Trinity House because its proprietors are willing to go the
It elaborates on the
“sumptuous surroundings and tempting fare” and explains that the
proprietors will also suggest routes for antiquing or bicycle jaunts, or
show the way to the nearest nature trail.
During its short existence,
this popular bed and bistro has created summer jobs for four local
students, has promoted local business, and has attracted countrywide
business people and tourists. Mr. Garside and Mr. O’Shea
also hosted Spanish royalty this past May.
What makes the inn so
Recognized by Heritage
Canada as an historic country inn, and licensed by the Ministry
of Tourism, Trinity House is more than just another inn.
It incorporates six regal
suites with their luxury towels and linen, and elegant
chandelier-and-tablecloth dining downstairs beside a magnificent marble
The rich interior echoes of
bygone days with its original wainscotting, unusual three-dimensional
ceiling medallions, cornice molding, stairway banister, stained glass
window, and sea foam colored walls.
In its days of grandeur in
1859, the building was erected and occupied by Dr. E.L.
Atkinson who also founded St. Lawrence Steel and Wire in 1886.
“We’ve made all attempts to
bring the house to the 1859 era as it could have been,” says Mr. Garside.
“We’ve maintained the historic integrity of the house while adding modern
An “art gallery with
international flair” adorns the dining room walls and occupies a large
section of the basement, adding to the inn’s uniqueness.
“We’re shipping art all
over the world,” says Mr. O’Shea of
the work of local artists that is displayed in the gallery. “It’s going to
Mexico, Japan, Texas and Europe.”
Outside the inn, a
semi-private verandah makes for cool summer lunches while a backyard deck
provides the ideal environment for that special get-together for guests of
In the off season, much of
their business comes from getaway weekends by residents of Toronto and
Ottawa, and Christmas is soon booked solid, but many locals are unaware of
the inn’s accessibility.
“A lot of people don’t
realize we’re open to the public for dining,” says Mr. Garside.
Heading into the third
season, this will be the first summer they’ve been open for summer evening
“It’s a bistro—not as
formal as other dining facilities. It’s European style. Casual elegance
and sophistication,” adds Mr. Garside.
“Wear up-casual,” he says. “The days of jacket and tie are gone.”
Rather than the usual
buffet, overnight guests receive full silver service in the morning to the
music of Frank Mills—hot muffins or other fresh baked goods, tea, juice,
and fresh fruit.
The rest of the day, the
music of Guy Lombardo
adds to the calming atmosphere.
Already, these two
gentlemen have shown a flair for the hospitality trade, this being the
first time they’ve owned this type of establishment. Mr. O’Shea left a job as labor
relations manager with the government and Mr. Garside was senior
technologist at George Brown
College prior to moving to Gananoque three years ago.
“We thought it would be an
interesting career change,” says Mr. O’Shea.
“We never considered the hours. We thought it would be quieter than
Toronto, but it’s exactly the opposite. We’re on our feet 17 hours per
Mr. O’Shea and Mr. Garside
continue to make improvements to their establishment and to the service
Take the Road to
by Sylvia Dickens
Anyone from ages ten to 110 can participate in this unique
Armchair orienteering can
be a preview to adventure running, or it can remain an indoor activity.
But that’s only part of what makes it unique.
Little athletic ability is
necessary. If you can walk, you can orienteer. The cost is minimal. It
provides an opportunity to make friends. It’s healthful. It’s a sport that
involves the entire family. It’s educational. And it’s entertaining.
“It’s fun,” says
12-year-old Kevin Armstrong
who has been orienteering for one year. “You have to make decisions and be
oriented all the time because you have to choose which route to take.”
Like the North American
Indians and other early civilizations, orienteers make their way through
the wilderness using land formations as guides. In the late 1800s, the
Swedes or the Swiss (there’s some ongoing argument as to which country was
responsible) transformed these skills into a sport called orienteering.
Winnie Stott, organizer of
the Aurora orienteering club, Forest Adventures of York, has added another
dimension to the sport and called it armchair orienteering.
Beginning January 13,
she’ll provide evenings of fun for members. Participants will study
different topographical maps then, through a question and answer session,
everyone will learn how to read the contours, land formations, distances
Using her book, Armchair
Orienteering, youngsters and adults can work through multiple choice
questions on map reading. A series of slides will show orienteers going
through an outdoor course while discussions will provide an insight into
what they’re thinking. Puzzles and scaled-down models of map sections will
assist the learning process.
“It’s designed to get
everyone comfortable with maps,” says Stott.
“Then, we go night
orienteering to walk the roads at Seneca
College using flashlights. In the spring, it will evolve into
In winter, many people
prefer to stay indoors where it’s warm, but there are others who are
willing to brave the elements. In fact, some participants see it as a
pleasant way to while away the winter.
“I like orienteering a
lot,” says Armstrong. “It’s really challenging and physically demanding. I
feel good when I’ve done well on the course, but it’s too cold in winter.
Our next real meet starts around May, but it will be better if I start in
February to practice,”
“You can see the land
better in winter,” Stott points out, “and it’s great for skiing and
hiking. Orienteering is an intellectual stimulation and the map gives it
her husband, and their two boys are recent addicts.
“I just love it,” she says.
“We started last year as wayfarers, walking the trails. It took a long
time at first because our youngest, who’s seven, wanted to look at every
twig and acorn. Our eldest, who’s nearly ten, has gone on to read maps.”
“Anyone can do it,” she
continues. “You don’t need to know how to read a compass. And you don’t
have to be that athletic. I have a bad back, so I can’t run. But I have
just as much fun.”
When orienteers begin the
outdoor portion of the sport, they are taken to a site for which maps are
provided. The area is for orienteers to locate orange and white control
signs scattered throughout the forest. At each spot, they punch a card to
prove they’ve found all the controls, then report back to camp as fast as
“A novice would do well on
the white course,” says Stott, “because few skills are necessary there.”
During Christmas, the controls were candy canes, gingerbread cookies and
“The kids really had a good
time,” says Bradstock. “It was much like an Easter egg hunt. It’s too bad
more kids aren’t involved. The thing is to make it a game and make it
As the person develops the
ability to match land formations to the special orienteering map, he or
she can move up to a more involved route. Although compass skills are
necessary, using one can add to the thrill of finding the speediest route
to the finish line.
Doing well on the trail
brings more than the satisfaction of feeling refreshed and fit.
“Last year, I won a first
place ribbon,” says
for having the best course time. “I usually go about three kilometers each
Not finishing first should
not be a concern, however.
“It may take one person two
hours to run a trail, but another may do it in less,” says Bill Stott,
husband and member of the Forest Adventurers of York. “A novice might
complete the white course in 20 minutes, while someone else may take half
an hour or more. The fun is in participating.
“Some people fear getting
lost,” he adds, “but we’ve never had any problems. Besides, everyone is
clocked in before they hit the trail, so it’s soon discovered if anyone’s
missing. Then, a search party would go out to find them or anyone who
might have been injured.
“Yes, I got lost a few
times, admits Armstrong, “and went right off the map. I was kind of mad at
myself for getting lost. Frustrated, really. But I just backtracked and
picked up the trail again.”
The real emphasis is that
it’s a family thing.
“You can go at any age, any
level,” says Ms. Stott.
“Orienteering isn’t something you send the kids to. You meet other
families, make friends from all walks of life. Our kids are now pen pals
with a Swedish family.”
The Stott family expect to
continue their wilderness hikes for many years to come.
Tracking treasure in
by Sylvia Dickens
That’s the thrill of geocaching, a new pastime that’s sweeping North
America and is currently active in 177 countries. Entire families have
discovered the many pleasures and rewards of this leisure activity.
can do this,” Brian Mlynek told himself after his first few outings. One
year later, he and his five-year-old daughter, Emily, have racked up 67
finds in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.
brother and I feel that we have been introduced to some very unique areas…
places we never knew about,” says John Fudalik of New York State who has
logged 711 finds, including one of his favorites—a multi-cache that
involved a tour of Toronto Island.
a Global Positioning System (GPS) to download coordinates from satellites,
participants are searching specific locations in cities, parks and the
country for caches that have been hidden by other participants. These
caches contain treasures such as novelty items, small toys, coins, puzzles
and much more. Virtual caches lead geocachers to spectacular scenery,
history markers and other landmarks.
not the treasure,” says Mr. Mlynek, who goes by the name DirtRunner. “It’s
an end to a means. It’s a good excuse to get away from everything.”
Admittedly goal-oriented, he says he needs a “reason” to go to the park,
and geocaching provides it.
Competition, challenge and adventure are among the most common reasons
people of all ages and fitness levels are participating in this
increasingly popular sport. Although the focus of geocaching is to find
the cache with the aid of a GPS, often the real reward is the unexpected
landmarks that not only please the eye; they inform and educate.
Spiderkid’s mom and her male friend got involved after he stumbled over a
cache while walking the dog in his favorite park a year ago. Inside the
box was information on geocaching and the name of a web site. After
researching the site, they decided it would be an ideal activity for them
and their children, who range in age from three years to 13 years, and
their three dogs.
an adventure and it’s fun with the kids,” says Teresa Samuel of Toronto,
Ontario. She adds that it provides an incentive for the children to get
out for a walk in the local parks. Her 8-year-old son James, who goes by
the name Spiderkid, is a keen participant and has hidden several of his
own caches for people to find.
her friend, Allan Walker, geocaching fits with his interests in the
outdoors and hiking. They both enjoy the challenge of being first to find
newly placed caches. Like last winter when they slogged through a blizzard
in the middle of the night to find a new cache near Peterborough, Ontario.
we saw footprints in the snow, we figured someone beat us to it,” he says,
“but it wasn’t a geocacher.” Arriving back home at 1:00 a.m., they were
first to log the find on the geocaching web site.
of their favorite caches was a spud hunt. A series of caches, called a
multi-cache, used parts of the Mr. Potato Head toy. The first cache held
six torsos, the next cache had five legs, the next had four mouths and so
on. The last cache contained one final piece to complete the figure. Only
the first person to the end could win this competition. This cache offered
the challenge of locating each cache with the GPS, as well as a race to
truly unique cache that caught their attention was one that operated like
a used car lot, where people brought toy cars to exchange for different
Allwalk’s 13-year-old son, Calvin, enjoys geocaching too. Being a coin
collector, he often finds them in caches. The most unusual are Canadian
coins minted to celebrate confederation in 1967. One features a rabbit,
another a fish, and another a cougar. He also has found quarters from
Indiana and subway tokens from New York City.
Locating a cache using a GPS sounds easy, but obstacles such as tall
trees, high cliffs and overhead bridges can deflect the satellite signal.
DirtRunner was tested when he tried to locate a cache that had been hidden
under a bridge. An added challenge is the GPS reading, which cannot be 100
per cent accurate, and is usually off by at least 10 meters depending on
outing is different,” he says. His most memorable took him and his
daughter to the top of a cliff with an amazing view across a ravine. “It
was a wonderful trip.” Another cache took him up and down hills, ending at
a site that overlooked a snow-covered valley.
caches are unique in their own rite. Virtual caches direct seekers to
things such as signs that contain clues to a quiz. At a multi-level cache
last winter, DirtRunner shivered in the icy wind while trying to solve a
jigsaw puzzle in order to get the coordinates to the next cache.
Travel bugs add another fun dimension to the sport.
aren’t the pesky insects that irritate. Travel bugs are numbered metal
strips that are given a specific destination by the travel bug owner.
DirtRunner attached a toy figurine to one, called it The Professor, and
posted it on the geocaching web site, asking that it find its way to The
Forbidden City in China. He dropped it into one of his own caches on
September 24 and it arrived in China in January. It had traveled 11,107
miles in approximately four months.
out geocaching near Whitby, Ontario recently, DirtRunner found the School
Bus Travel Bug. When he looked it up on the web site, he discovered that
it had been launched in Pennsylvania, was destined for Newfoundland, and
had traveled 476 miles so far.
Fudalik of New York State has been an avid geocacher since its inception
approximately five years ago. He enjoys the hunt, the walks and the
hiking. One cache that stands out for him was near a waterfall that has a
natural gas leak behind it and is lit in a grotto.
specialized or theme caches he’s found include paperback books, Irish
items, a CD music exchange, red items, and Christmas things.
brother collects foreign coins, and we find quite a lot of these, too,” he
Fudalik has posted a virtual cache that provides a tour of his hometown of
Honeoye Falls, New York. Geocachers travel to about 20 locations in the
village and complete a crossword puzzle that’s on the geocache web site to
arrive at the final answer.
Another virtual takes geocachers to a unique geological landmark. Drivers
park their vehicle on the hill and instead of rolling down as expected, it
is drawn uphill, similar to Magnetic Hill in New Brunswick.
Allwalk and Teresa enjoy a variety of caches. Recently, one with a history
theme took them to a local cemetery where they learned about an important
event in Toronto’s history. A geological oddity was a virtual cache that
led them to a science display illustrating the earth’s plate movements.
would a geocacher want to make his experience complete?
Allwalk and Teresa say their most ideal cache would take them to
beautiful, new and interesting spots they’d not discover otherwise.
DirtRunner’s ultimate cache would be a multi-cache leading to a master
cache that contained a bigger prize.
Fudalik and his brother, Larry, have taken geocaching to the next stage
and have developed seminars, complete with overheads, that they present to
hiking groups in their area. During their talk, they relate some of their
adventures in geocaching.
were hoping that the purchase of a GPS unit could add a little more to the
outdoor walk these folks take,” he says.
Geocaching can be as easy or as difficult as anyone could want, from the
easiest that are suitable for children to find at their local parkette, to
extreme caches such as one in a volcano in Ethiopia and four in
get more information, geocache listings can be found on several web sites
that are dedicated to the sport. One of the biggest sites is
www.geocaching.com or search for 'geocaching' in your favorite browser.
Memberhip is free and even on days you can't get out, you can enjoy the
postings of others who have taken up the challenge.
Liona Boyd strums up a storm
to an appreciative audience
BY SYLVIA DICKENS
Captivating — the best word
to aptly describe Liona Boyd’s performance to a packed
Church Monday evening.
The award-winning classical
guitarist held the audience spellbound for two hours as she strummed,
plucked, picked and slapped her acoustical guitar to deliver music by such
well-known writers as Claude DeBussy, Eric Satie and
Her program included
Chinatown, a lively tune by
Richard Fortin which she delivered with emphasis using a
variety of ear-pleasing techniques. The audience was quick to respond with
It set the tone for the
evening as she continued to win the hearts of her onlookers.
Morning Sun Dance was
lively and inspiring. La Gitane gave ample opportunity for her delicate
strumming emphasized by heavy chording to this Spanish piece.
Each selection was stirring
During renditions of such
pieces as her own Serenade for Summer, some onlookers shook their heads in
amazement at her ability to interpret the music with consummate skill.
The beautiful sounds she
was able to create with her guitar drew smiles and rounds of applause from
her admirers. By intermission, their applause brought the house down.
As Ms. Boyd
played Lullaby from San Ysidro Suite during the second half of the
program, some people closed their eyes to capture the soothing music while
others sat with their gazes transfixed on her agile fingers.
Often during her concert,
the only sound that could be heard in the stifling church building,
despite programs being fanned was her resonating guitar.
At one point in the last
half of the performance, Ms. Boyd proclaimed, “The last time
I was ever this hot on stage was when I played
The understanding audience laughed.
She continued to win her
audience as the end drew near. Then, when she bowed over her guitar for
the last time, thanked her audience and left the stage, the standing
ovation brought her back for an encore.
To the delight of
onlookers, she performed the beautiful Recuerdos by De la Alhambra.
Later, fans lined up for
her autograph which she kindly gave with her winning smile and friendly
By 11 p.m., the church was empty.
Still ahead of Ms. Boyd was a long drive back to
Toronto, yet she graciously took a moment to pose for this
Wednesday, she would be
heading on to her next performance in Nova Scotia and St. Pierre Michelon.
Fans of Ms. Boyd will
be glad to know she’s releasing her new record of contemporary music in
October entitled, Dancing on the Edge.
England-born, Ms. Boyd has won worldwide acclaim for her innovative and pleasing
works which embrace not only classical style, but also pop, Latin and soft
A whole new world opened up
for Ms. Boyd when
she was 14 years old and her parents granted her request for a guitar for
Christmas. Since then, she’s never looked back.
She mastered the instrument
after she heard English guitarist, Julian Bream, and received tutoring
from Eli Kassner
and private artists like Narcisco Yepes, Andres Segovia and Alirio Diaz.
Ms. Boyd completed her Bachelor of
Music Degree in Performance at the
of Toronto where she graduated with honors and won first prize in the
Canadian National Music Competition.
After completing two years
of private study with Alexandre Lagoya in Paris, she returned to North
America and recorded her first album. Her debut at Carnegie Hall received
rave reviews and the New York Times praised her “flair for brilliance.”
This First Lady of the
Guitar has played private concerts to dozens of world leaders including
the British Royal Family, the King and Queen of Spain, the President of
the United States, the Prime Ministers of Canada and Britain, the
Chancellor of Germany as well as at NATO and Summit Conferences.
Ms. Boyd has
participated in numerous fundraisers and charity concerts for causes she
believes in and continues to take her music to appreciative audiences
McCauley shocks local scouts, makes game M.V.P.
BY SYLVIA DICKENS
If Alyn McCauley is drafted into the O.H.L in June, he can
be playing in the N.H.L. by 1995, says Voyageurs coach Jim White.
“The scouts were all impressed with him,” he says. “There’s
a strong possibility he’ll be the first player taken in the O.H.L. draft.
“If he continues to improve, I cannot see him playing in the O.H.L. more
than one year,” he adds.
Mr. McCauley impressed O.H.L. and N.H.L. scouts last
Wednesday when he played in the Metro Junior “A” Allstar Classic in
Toronto. With three goals and one assist, he earned the Most Valuable
Player Award of the game and on his team, the Bauer Allstars. They
defeated the Fullan Allstars 9-2.
The 5-ft. 11-in., 184 lb. Centre says the game left him on
a two-hour high, knowing he’d met, even surpassed, his own high standards.
“I was on such a high from the game, I didn’t blink until
we stopped to eat in Trenton,” he says.
Today, the excitement returns whenever he discusses the
game which, it appears, is the turning point in his career.
The game, he says, began at a fast pace but he had little
difficulty keeping up.
“It seems we were all over them,” he says. “They couldn’t
get anything started. All we needed was a spark and we were off.”
Although laid back during the trip to Toronto, he admits to
some nervousness when he first arrived at the rink, knowing the scouts
would be there. Ten minutes on the ice and the nervousness subsided.
“It was great. I got a goal right away,” he says. “It
calmed my nerves and relaxed me.
“A player who is nervous doesn’t make good decisions,” he
The first goal came around the mid point of the first
period. Throughout the game, the Fullan Allstars played three goaltenders.
The first one let in Mr. McCauley’s goal.
“He played extremely well,” Mr. McCauley admits. “I only
had one chance at him. The second goalie I caught off guard.”
A team mate chipped him the puck and he chipped it into the
net on a power play. In the third period, he got an assist to top his
The biggest lesson for Mr. McCauley was realizing he can
play at the Allstar level.
“I was happy just to keep up with them,” he says. “But it
was better than I ever dreamed. Better than I ever wanted. I was in a
daze, It was unbelievable. I was glad I had my family there to share it
He says playing the Allstars raised his game to a different
level which forced him to play better, more consistently. When it was
over, he was all energy and enthusiasm.
“I knew there would be a lot of physical stuff in the
game,” he continues. “It normally tires you out by the second period. But
most players were trying to show off their scoring skills. That’s why we
got a score of 9-2.”
Mr. McCauley went into the game determined to do the best
he could. This he achieved by “letting it flow.”
He says he didn’t do anything differently, but says one of
his team mates compared him to Wayne Gretzky.
“It was weird during the first and second periods,” he
explains. “One player kept pointing at me and laughing. Later, he said he
thought I was Gretzky because the puck kept coming to me. Many of the
other players couldn’t believe I scored three goals.
His parents, Donna and Dan, couldn’t be happier with their
“We’re really proud,” says his father. “He’s worked really
hard. A lot of credit goes to his coach, Rick Small.”
Voyageurs coach Jim White says it’s great to have a player
with Mr. McCauley’s capabilities.
“When you watch him, it’s hard to believe he’s only 15,” he
says. “He does so many things well that a lot of 20-year-olds can’t. And
he does them instinctively. He sees the ice well. What sets him apart is
the things he can do with the puck at top speeds. Other players slow down,
but he keeps up the speed.
“It’s his greatest attribute,” he adds. “He’s a dominant
player. Don Cherry is always pumping Kingston players. In a few years,
Alyn McCauley is going to put Gananoque on the map.”
When Mr. McCauley gets drafted, he’ll be making history.
“He’ll be the youngest drafted under-age. For an under-age
player to go number one overall, that’s really something,” Mr. White
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