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Newfoundland and Labrador’s professional sports brand – The Newfoundland Growlers – has expanded to include basketball, becoming the 10th franchise in the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL), and the 2022 season is on!
It’s game day and the excitement builds at Memorial University’s Field House in St. John’s. Deacon Sports

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*Originally published in our May 29-June 4, 2022 issue
At one recent Newfoundland Growlers hockey game, announcer Chris Ballard paused to welcome some newcomers to our province who had also been invited to the game that night. 
Following the formal introduction, those gathered to cheer on the home team stood

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hile it certainly has its challenges, this job comes with many perks. One of the coolest? Getting the chance to meet and converse with some of the best this province has ever produced in the world of sports, and make no mistake, I’ve shamelessly ‘fan girled’ over many. 
Paralympic swimming

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First published April, 2022
Glenn Stanford reflects on his 30 year involvement with professional hockey in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador
When Glenn Stanford stood on the ice at the Mary Brown’s Centre at the Growers Game against the Cincinnati Cyclones in early April, he drew a standing ovation.

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Nathan Noel
Nathan Noel is proud to be playing professional hockey in his home province. He says he is “really feeling the love” from the fans.  

“I think there’s a lot of support for our hometown guys on the team and for guys who have been here in

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Matteo Pietroniro
Matteo Pietroniro was born in Boise, Idaho, but the game of hockey has kept him well travelled. As for his stint with the Newfoundland Growlers? “So far so good,” he said with a laugh.  “You got to go to the hockey so you travel around everywhere but I

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Marcus Power
 Marcus Power doesn’t miss a beat. He’s excited for the playoffs and it shows.  “It’s exciting this time of year and it’s really fun to be a part of it. And we’re just hoping we can bring the (Kelly) Cup home again this year.” 
Power has been playing

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Orrin Centazzo
Orrin Centazzo has ‘it,’ whatever that ‘it’ is. The player from Marwayne, Alberta has been a hit with young hockey fans since day one and can often be found interacting – like handing over a puck or playing rock, paper, scissors – with kids at the plexiglass divider

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Todd Skirving: #15
Todd Skirving may have been born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, but after three seasons (one not played because of COVID) with the Growlers, he’s embraced Newfoundland as his home.  “This is kind of a second home to me. My heart’s here, so I like to think I’m

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NHLer and former St. John’s Maple Leaf Kyle Wellwood shares his thoughts on hockey in NL, reflecting on the time he spent playing in this province 
Kyle Wellwood and his brother Eric Wellwood have an interesting connection to both hockey and Newfoundland. 
While Eric is the current coach of the

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Dean MacDonald of Deacon Sports & Entertainment (DSE), the parent company of the
Newfoundland Growlers Hockey Club, talks provincial pride, local players, people who come to the games, and what a win feels like after ‘takin’ the lumber’
The Newfoundland Growlers become the 10th franchise of the Canadian Elite

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I knew the colours of hockey before I knew the game. That’s to say, what drew me in as a youngster was the flash  and vibrancy of the uniforms, the gonzo flamboyance and energy of the mascots, and the overwhelming pageantry of the presentation. 
Before I knew Gretzky, Lemieux or

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