The North Dundas Rockets welcomed the the Club des Patineurs (CP) of Meyrin to the Chesterville Arena on Fri., Dec. 29, as part of a goodwill tour for the Swiss-based team. The CP of Meyrin began their Canadian tour the previous day when they were welcomed by the Gatineau Hull-Volant at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau. It was a very even match but the Swiss team came out on top with a 6-5 in overtime. This has been a first for the NCJHL and the Rockets. There was a crowd of between 250-300 who braved the cold to come see the spectacle. The Rockets impressed their hometown fans with a 9-5 victory. Celebrating the ceremonial puck drop were (front from left) Rockets Captain Bryden Van Kessel, dropping the puck was Special Sponsor Dan Pettigrew (owner of Foodland in Winchester) and Captain of the CP of Meyrin, Bastien Marechal. Back from left are Doug Padbury (Winchester Lions Club), Ian McRae (President of the National Capital Hockey League-NCJHL). John Cinnamon (Winchester Lions Club), Township of North Dundas Councillors Al Armstrong, Tony Frasier and John Thompson; Hubert Seguin (Vice President of the NCJHL), Jim Powell (NCJHL Director-at-Large), Richard Gravelle (Organizer), and Aron Sherrer (Sponsor). See Sports section for the full story.   O’Donohue photo

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