MORRISBURG — Ottawa Senators forwards Nick Paul and Mark Stone, along with recently retired defenceman Chris Phillips, made their expected impact at Morrisburg’s Canadian Tire outlet yesterday (Aug. 30).
They were the big draw for autograph seekers as the local NHL team’s Aug. 22-31 ‘Hometown Tour’ series caravan pulled in as scheduled for three-and-a-half hours at the store parking lot. The place was temporarily transformed with a faux inflatable hockey rink and other Senator’s-related games of skill.
During the stop, the Senators recognized four lifeguards from Iroquois beach as “Hometown Heroes” contest winners along with Cornwall Police Constable Jeff Lalonde. The officer has spearheaded Crafting a Cure — an annual brewery-themed fundraiser that has so far generated over $45,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation over its last four editions. Lifeguards Maiah Horne, 16, Quinn Horne, 17, Dylan Picotte, 17, and Sophia Currier, 18, came to the aid of a pilot whose plane crashed into the water near the beach where they worked this summer.
After the Morrisburg visit, the tour left for Brockville and concluded today with stops in Smiths Falls and Kanata.