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Welcome To The 2009- 2010 Season!
        Welcome to the first edition of The Cougar. Your official source for up-to-
        date information on your Cobourg Cougars. You can find The Cougar on
        our website and can ask for it at home games.
                                                                                                           December, 2009




Board Of Governors Welcome

The Board of Governors of the Cougars is proud of the many changes that have been made to the organization over the
past two years. The launch of "The Cougar", our new electronic newsletter, is intended to connect our club with its fans
and the community in a way that is reflective of our club's core values and will hopefully stimulate higher levels of interest
in our club. We are fortunate to have Taylor Cunningham, a local high school student, work with us in developing and
overseeing this key initiative.

The Cougars are a community-based junior hockey club with a strong core of committed volunteers. As a club, we are
committed to providing a responsible and sustainable platform geared to giving its players every opportunity to develop
their skills so they can progess to higher levels within hockey, while at all times remaining highly connected with the
community.

In addition to providing live pay-per-view broadcasting of all its home games over the Internet, the Cougars have recently
moved onto twitter and now maintain a blog, all of which is accessible through our web site www.cobourgcougars.com.
Local residents and recent university graduates, namely Andrew Flay and Ken Peterson, have been instrumental in
helping to get the Cougars onto twitter and in establishing the blogs.

While these are small steps to be sure, they are symbolic of an organization that is organically improving day by day and
is one that is committed to achieving a high degree of excellence in all that it does as an organization. The cumulative
impact of these changes has placed the Cougars as an organization at the forefront of junior "A" hockey in Ontario -
changes that will allow us to continue to thrive well into the future.

We are excited by the ongoing work of our General Manager and Head Coach, Wayne Marchment. As the team readies
itself for playing out of its new home in Cobourg's state of the art rec centre, which will be completed in 2011, our team is
currently young and dynamic. Notwithstanding its youthful orientation, we very much look forward to witnessing a lot of
exciting hockey this season, hopefully taking us again this year to the playoffs.

It takes a lot of people to run an organization like the Cougars and we are grateful for all the support we have from the
community- it is clear that the concept of volunteerism is alive and well and indeed is well-understood by those fortunate
enough to live in and around Cobourg.                                                                        Pater hoc
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Finally, we also want to specifically thank the local High Schools for supporting us by helping us to locate students
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interested in securing their volunteer hours. Dawn Clapperton from St. Mary's found us three new volunteers, and Sam
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Cavanaugh from CDCI West found Taylor to volunteer with us. Most of all we'd like to say "Thank You", to the fans for
coming to as many games as possible to support the Cobourg Cougars. See you at the game.
 Cougars In The Community
The Cobourg Cougars have been very busy helping out in our
community. Recently our players spent an entire morning playing
Ball Hockey with the Cobourg Alliance Church. On November 21st
the team was on the ice to support the Skate for Cancer, and they
still had time to take part in the stringing of lights in Victoria Park.
Being on this team means that contribution doesn't end when you
step off the ice! In addition to the activites that contribute to the
community, the team pays special attention to our future Cougars.
The Cougars also help out on the ice, whether it's a Cobourg Minor
Hockey League practice or helping Pete Briand with his Skills
Development Clinics. On Saturday, October 24th, the Cougars held               Pictured Above: #6 Jesse Brunt, #17 Dakota
the annual Cougar Day at the Cobourg Public Library. The Cougars               Brooks and #10 Brooks Behling of the
helped check-out patrons, shelf material as well as sign autographs            Cobourg Cougars shared a story with two
                                                                               Cougar fans.
and read stories to the children. The kids had a lot of fun hanging
out with the Cougars for the day.


    Meet The Head Coach/ General Manager
                                  "A large part of what we do for our players is to help them advance
                                  in their hockey careers and to achieve their educational goals.
                                  From that point of view we have been very successful in recent
                                  years. As I'm sure you have noticed, a lot of last year's players
                                  have moved on. Players such as Patrick Jobb who was awarded a
                                  scholarship from Plattsburg State, Matt Singleton at State
                                  University of New York, Matt Miller at Potsdam Bears in New York
                                  and Mathieu Cadieux at Quinnipiac University. Mathieu was in the
                                  North American top 20 goalies for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. In
                                  addition to scholarships, we atrracted the attention of many
                                  professional scouts and two of last years players are playing for
                                  the OHL, Brandon Morris for the Kitchener Rangers and Anton
                                  Zupancic for Sarnia Sting. While we're proud of our past,
 we are excited by the future, and this years team will undoubtedly follow and hopefully build on
 last year's accomplishments. We have a dynamic group with lots of talent and hard working
 devotion. Our boys have had ups and downs so far, but have been getting to know each other
 and starting to gel as a team. We have found stability in the net and have been able to create a
 lot of offence of our own. We have the strength of family working with family; two sets of brothers
 on the team and you will find my family very involved at all home games, in the arena to welcome
 our fans and the community. There are 32 games and the tide is turning; if we can string a few
 victories together we will make the playoffs. We always appreciate fan support. So, all you
 hockey fans come out and support your Cobourg Cougars. Feel free to yell and cheer 'Go
 Cougars Go!', and any of you kids that have a favorite player, why not make a poster and show
 us your support. In conclusion, we look forward to an exciting season of great hockey."


 WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE COBOURG COMMUNITY AND HOCKEY NEWS
 Congratulations to the major Atom 'AA' Cougars of the Cobourg Minor Hockey League for their win in the Kingston Area Hockey
 Association Tournament, and dear to our hearts we found one of our owners Marc Mercier, Assistant Trainer and his son Alex
 Mercier doing an outstanding job in the net.

 Also in Cobourg Hockey News...
 Cobourg Regional Silver Stick Qualifier December 27th – 29th
 Come on out and support your local teams!
 www.cobourgsilverstick.ca
                                                                             Special Nights!
 Sponsor Showcase                                                            West Northumberland Girls Hockey Night
 Kelly's Homelike Inn has been a longstanding                                on December 7th.
 supporter and sponsor of The Cobourg Cougars.                               Any girl wearing her WNGHA jersey and
                                                                             any coach wearing his/her WNGHA jacket
 Sponsoring the team since its inception Gordon Kelly Sr.                    and brings a non-perishable food item will
 played for the first Cobourg junior hockey team.                             get in for free.
 Since those early days Kelly's has continued to faithfully
 contribute to the Cougars and still uphold that tradition                   CCHL night on Monday December 14th.
 today. As we take the time to reflect on our hockey                          Any player wearing his/her CCHL jersey
 legacy, we are proud of our past achievements yet excited                   and any coach wearing his/her CCHL jacket
 for what the future will bring. This is never more evident                  with a non-perishable item will get in for
 than when we look at the next generation of hockey                          free.
 players who will travel in the footsteps of Cougars who
 have gone before them. Carrying on the tradition for the                    Bring your copy of the Newsletter on
 Kelly family is young Logan Kelly, playing for the Novice                   December 14th and a non-perishable food
 Cobourg Cougars Rep Team, waiting, and no doubt                             item and answer the question: What was
 practicing hard to write his own chapter in the Kelly                       the final score of the December 7th game?
 family's hockey story. It is the loyalty and commitment of
 sponsors such as the Kelly Family that have helped to
 carry the Cobourg Cougars through generations of fun
 and exciting hockey. We look forward to sitting with Gord
 Sr. to hear about his stories sometime in the not too
 distant future. Until then, if you're in the mood for some
 Cobourg Cougars history you may just find the pictures
 and the stories hanging on the wall at Kelly's where the
 door is always open to welcome you. We thank them for
 their ongoing sponsorship.

Players Profile
Matt Diminie (#16) and James Diminie (#11)
  For this year’s first player profile we will be discussing two players who are very important to the Cougars’ on-ice success this year
but also an integral part of the team’s connection to the community – Matt and James Diminie. They were seemingly destined to
become Cobourg Cougars seeing as their father, Mark, was a Cougar himself and so were three of their uncles, Todd, Jason and
Steve. Their mother is from Quebec, which was the driving force behind their enrolment in French Immersion at C. R. Gummow.
Matt, born February 23, 1989, went to C.D.C.I. East while James, born April 27, 1990, went to St. Mary’s. Matt has graduated from
Trillium college as a firefighter but wants to continue playing hockey before he starts that career. In a similar vein, James aspires to
get into policing, underscoring the Diminie family’s dedication to making a difference in their community.

         The boys both started skating as soon as they could stand and hockey has always been a central part of their lives. Matt, a
lifelong winger, started in House League before moving on to Novice Rep hockey. That same year James also began to play Novice
Rep and the brothers played on the same team for a few seasons. After moving on from Novice hockey the brothers wouldn’t play
together until they joined the Cougars four years ago, following in the footsteps of their father and uncles, who also work to serve the
community in the field of Policing and Fire Protection.

      Both boys are eager to continue playing hockey wherever they can. They hope to play at a North American University like
dozens of other Cougars alumni but they are also considering playing in a European League – maybe even on the same team!

        They have great attitude and hockey skill and we wish them great success in attaining scholarships so that they can pursue
their dreams. The community looks forward to the day when they continue their local family legacy as both plan to coach and
motivate the next generation of Cobourg’s hockey players. When asked “What message do you have for the children?” they
completed each other’s sentences and said “Don’t give up. If it’s what you want to do, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do
it.” Essentially: Work Hard, Have Fun and Listen to the Coach on the Ice.

       Best of luck boys!
                                                                             Special Nights!
 Sponsor Showcase                                                            West Northumberland Girls Hockey Night on
 Kelly's Homelike Inn has been a longstanding                                December 7th.
 supporter and sponsor of The Cobourg Cougars.                               Any girl wearing her WNGHA jersey and any
                                                                             coach wearing his/her WNGHA jacket and
 Sponsoring the team since its inception Gordon Kelly Sr.                    brings a non-perishable food item will get in
 played for the first Cobourg junior hockey team.                             for free.
 Since those early days Kelly's has continued to faithfully
 contribute to the Cougars and still uphold that tradition                   CCHL night on Monday December 14th.
 today. As we take the time to reflect on our hockey                          Any player wearing his/her CCHL jersey and
 legacy, we are proud of our past achievements yet excited                   any coach wearing his/her CCHL jacket with a
 for what the future will bring. This is never more evident                  non-perishable item will get in for free.
 than when we look at the next generation of hockey
 players who will travel in the footsteps of Cougars who                     Bring your copy of the Newsletter on
 have gone before them. Carrying on the tradition for the                    December 14th and a non-perishable food
 Kelly family is young Logan Kelly, playing for the Novice                   item and answer the question: What was the
 Cobourg Cougars Rep Team, waiting, and no doubt                             final score of the December 7th game? and
 practicing hard to write his own chapter in the Kelly                       you will recieve a 1.00 off your entrance fee.
 family's hockey story. It is the loyalty and commitment of
 sponsors such as the Kelly Family that have helped to
 carry the Cobourg Cougars through generations of fun
 and exciting hockey. We look forward to sitting with Gord
 Sr. to hear about his stories sometime in the not too
 distant future. Until then, if you're in the mood for some
 Cobourg Cougars history you may just find the pictures
 and the stories hanging on the wall at Kelly's where the
 door is always open to welcome you. We thank them for
 their ongoing sponsorship.

Players Profile
Matt Diminie (#16) and James Diminie (#11)
  For this year’s first player profile we will be discussing two players who are very important to the Cougars’ on-ice success this year
but also an integral part of the team’s connection to the community – Matt and James Diminie. They were seemingly destined to
become Cobourg Cougars seeing as their father, Mark, was a Cougar himself and so were three of their uncles, Todd, Jason and
Steve. Their mother is from Quebec, which was the driving force behind their enrolment in French Immersion at C. R. Gummow.
Matt, born February 23, 1989, went to C.D.C.I. East while James, born April 27, 1990, went to St. Mary’s. Matt has graduated from
Trillium college as a firefighter but wants to continue playing hockey before he starts that career. In a similar vein, James aspires to
get into policing, underscoring the Diminie family’s dedication to making a difference in their community.

         The boys both started skating as soon as they could stand and hockey has always been a central part of their lives. Matt, a
lifelong winger, started in House League before moving on to Novice Rep hockey. That same year James also began to play Novice
Rep and the brothers played on the same team for a few seasons. After moving on from Novice hockey the brothers wouldn’t play
together until they joined the Cougars four years ago, following in the footsteps of their father and uncles, who also work to serve the
community in the field of Policing and Fire Protection.

      Both boys are eager to continue playing hockey wherever they can. They hope to play at a North American University like
dozens of other Cougars alumni but they are also considering playing in a European League – maybe even on the same team!

        They have great attitude and hockey skill and we wish them great success in attaining scholarships so that they can pursue
their dreams. The community looks forward to the day when they continue their local family legacy as both plan to coach and
motivate the next generation of Cobourg’s hockey players. When asked “What message do you have for the children?” they
completed each other’s sentences and said “Don’t give up. If it’s what you want to do, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do
it.” Essentially: Work Hard, Have Fun and Listen to the Coach on the Ice.

       Best of luck boys!

				
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