ESSO Cup Tournament Action

Images from this weeks ESSO Cup taking place at Gateway Arena in Stoney Creek. Six WHA teams from across Canada are taking part in the week long tournament. The championship games take place Saturday with the bronze medal game at 12:00 noon and the gold medal game at 4:00pm.

Hamilton,  Ontario , April 22 2014, Edmonton Thunder  goalie  Tracie Kikuchi looks dejected as members of the Moncton Rockets celebrate their secong first period goal during Esso Cup round robin action at Gateway Arena in Stoney Creek Tuesday afternoon. Moncton won the game 5-4. Cathie Coward /Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton, Ontario , April 22 2014, Edmonton Thunder goalie Tracie Kikuchi looks dejected as members of the Moncton Rockets celebrate their secong first period goal during Esso Cup round robin action at Gateway Arena in Stoney Creek Tuesday afternoon. Moncton won the game 5-4. Cathie Coward /Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, April 22,2014, Stoney Creek Sabres #8 Emily Calligan makes sure the puck is secured deep in the the back of the Sudbury net past goalie Danika Lefrancois  and Sudbury forward Stephanie Legault during second period action at the Esso Cup. The Sabres led the Lady Wolves 2-1 at the end of the second period. Cathie Coward / Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, April 22,2014, Stoney Creek Sabres #8 Emily Calligan makes sure the puck is secured deep in the the back of the Sudbury net past goalie Danika Lefrancois and Sudbury forward Stephanie Legault during second period action at the Esso Cup. The Sabres led the Lady Wolves 2-1 at the end of the second period. Cathie Coward / Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, April 22,2014, Stoney Creek Sabres Claire Merrick hits the ice after being tripped by Sudbury's Jamie Ricci on route to the Sudbury net during send period action at the Esso Cup Tuesday night. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, April 22,2014, Stoney Creek Sabres Claire Merrick hits the ice after being tripped by Sudbury’s Jamie Ricci on route to the Sudbury net during send period action at the Esso Cup Tuesday night. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, April 22,2014, Canadian Olympic Womens Hockey gold medalist Laura Fortino dropped by the Esso Cup Tuesday evening meeting young players, signing autographs and posing for photos - she is seen here with Sarah Rabak age 10 who plays for the Ancaster Avalanche Atom hockey team. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, April 22,2014, Canadian Olympic Womens Hockey gold medalist Laura Fortino dropped by the Esso Cup Tuesday evening meeting young players, signing autographs and posing for photos – she is seen here with Sarah Rabak age 10 who plays for the Ancaster Avalanche Atom hockey team. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

High School Soccer St Thomas More vs Brebeuf

Hamilton Ontario, April 22,2014, Santiago Velesquez of St Jean deBrebeuf and Tevin Mutuga of St Thomas More battle for the ball on the sideline during Catholic High School boys senior soccer action at St Thomas More TUesday. St Thomas More won the game 1-0. Cathie Coward / Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, April 22,2014, Santiago Velesquez of St Jean deBrebeuf and Tevin Mutuga of St Thomas More battle for the ball on the sideline during Catholic High School boys senior soccer action at St Thomas More TUesday. St Thomas More won the game 1-0. Cathie Coward / Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton,  Ontario, April 22,2014 Kuda Nyrienda and Nick Hinds from St Jean de Brebeuf and Peter Nikolica of St Thomas More,right, eye up a lose ball during Catholic High School Senior boys soccer action at St Thomas More Tuesday . Cathie Coward / HamiltonSpectator

Hamilton, Ontario, April 22,2014 Kuda Nyrienda and Nick Hinds from St Jean de Brebeuf and Peter Nikolica of St Thomas More,right, eye up a lose ball during Catholic High School Senior boys soccer action at St Thomas More Tuesday . Cathie Coward / HamiltonSpectator

Hamilton Ontario, April 22,2014, Left to right -Jacob Zivolak of St Thomas More, Kuda Nyrienda and Nick Hinds from St Jean de Brebeuf and Peter Nikolica of St Thomas More eye up a lose ball during Catholic High School Senior boys soccer action at St Thomas More Tuesday . Cathie Coward / HamiltonSpectator

Hamilton Ontario, April 22,2014, Left to right -Jacob Zivolak of St Thomas More, Kuda Nyrienda and Nick Hinds from St Jean de Brebeuf and Peter Nikolica of St Thomas More eye up a lose ball during Catholic High School Senior boys soccer action at St Thomas More Tuesday . Cathie Coward / HamiltonSpectator

Hamilton Ontario, April 22,2014, Tevin Mutuga of St Thomas More, left,  and      of St Jean de Brebeuf try not to collide during Catholic High School senior boys action at St Thomas More Tuesday afternoon. Cathie Coward / Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, April 22,2014, Tevin Mutuga of St Thomas More, left, and of St Jean de Brebeuf try not to collide during Catholic High School senior boys action at St Thomas More Tuesday afternoon. Cathie Coward / Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, April 22,2014, St Jean de Brebeuf 's Claudia Krupicz is on her toes as she takes on StThomas More's Shannon Connolly in Catholic High School senior girls soccer action Tuesday at St Thomas More. The game ended in a 0-0 score. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton Ontario, April 22,2014, St Jean de Brebeuf ‘s Claudia Krupicz is on her toes as she takes on StThomas More’s Shannon Connolly in Catholic High School senior girls soccer action Tuesday at St Thomas More. The game ended in a 0-0 score. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Jillian Michaels in Burlington

Personal trainer Jillian Michaels of Biggest Looser fame was at GoodLife Fitness at Burlington Mall Tuesday night as part of several stops in Canada to introduce her new workout routine.

Reporter Amy Kenny writes about taking her class in Friday The Spectator.

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Saltfleet Takes the Title

The girls from Saltfleet high school took on their opponents from Ancaster high school at Chedoke Arena in the Division 1 girls hockey championship Monday afternoon. The Ancaster girls were game, but Saltfleet used their speed and solid goaltending to emerge with a 3-0 win. Here’s a look at the action.  – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February  24,  2014 - HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 24, 2014 – HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February  24,  2014 - HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 24, 2014 – HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February  24,  2014 - HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 24, 2014 – HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February  24,  2014 - HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 24, 2014 – HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February  24,  2014 - HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 24, 2014 – HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February  24,  2014 - HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 24, 2014 – HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February  24,  2014 - HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 24, 2014 – HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February  24,  2014 - HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 24, 2014 – HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February  24,  2014 - HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 24, 2014 – HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February  24,  2014 - HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 24, 2014 – HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February  24,  2014 - HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 24, 2014 – HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February  24,  2014 - HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 24, 2014 – HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February  24,  2014 - HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 24, 2014 – HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February  24,  2014 - HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Monday, February 24, 2014 – HWDSB division 1 girls hockey final between Ancaster and Saltfleet. Saltfleet claimed the crown, winning 3-0. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Faster, Higher, Stronger

A fitting motto for Olympic athletes, but also applicable for many other athletes on a lesser scale. And a large number of those athletes gathered at First Ontario Centre in Hamilton Friday for the high school portion of the Hamilton Indoor Games. 450 athletes representing 25 schools across the area competed in a variety of track and field events. At 89 years, it is not only the oldest track meet in North America, but also one of the few opportunities for these athletes to compete during the winter months. Here’s a look at some of the action. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February  21,  2014 - The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Ben Freemantle, centre, from Sacred Heart, runs a heat event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 21, 2014 – The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Ben Freemantle, centre, from Sacred Heart, runs a heat event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February  21,  2014 - The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Avneet Walia cheers on his teammates during a race.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 21, 2014 – The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Avneet Walia cheers on his teammates during a race. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February  21,  2014 - The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Joseph Deshawn from St. Jean de Brebeuf competes in the 4x100m relay. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 21, 2014 – The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Joseph Deshawn from St. Jean de Brebeuf competes in the 4x100m relay. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February  21,  2014 - The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. SJB's Kristen Davidson races to the finish line during a relay heat with Fey Enuiyin from Henry Carr. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 21, 2014 – The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. SJB’s Kristen Davidson races to the finish line during a relay heat with Fey Enuiyin from Henry Carr. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February  21,  2014 - The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Ngige Gordon  frm Marshall McLuhan competes in the long jump event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 21, 2014 – The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Ngige Gordon frm Marshall McLuhan competes in the long jump event. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February  21,  2014 - The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Officials measure the height on the high jump bar. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 21, 2014 – The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Officials measure the height on the high jump bar. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February  21,  2014 - The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Sarah Donoff takes baton in hand during a relay.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 21, 2014 – The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Sarah Donoff takes baton in hand during a relay. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February  21,  2014 - The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Baton in hand, a runner waits for the starting gun. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 21, 2014 – The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Baton in hand, a runner waits for the starting gun. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February  21,  2014 - The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Runners jostle for position as the starting gun sounds. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 21, 2014 – The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Runners jostle for position as the starting gun sounds. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February  21,  2014 - The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Rasheed Gurley from Marshall McLuhan clears the bar during midget girls high jump. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Friday, February 21, 2014 – The 89th Hamilton Indoor Games, featuring 450 athletes from 25 area high schools competing in a variety of track and field events. Rasheed Gurley from Marshall McLuhan clears the bar during midget girls high jump. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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