Marc LeBlanc

Nantais Athletic shop now open at the Libro Centre

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Nantais Athletic Inc. newest location in the Libro Centre is now open.

The new sports shop replaces the former Canadian Tire location that had been there and is the second Nantais Sports location in the area, the other being in Windsor. The business is owned by Mike Morencie with partners Joe Cleroux and Mike Urban.

Cleroux will also help manage the new Libro Centre location and the Amherstburg resident said Nantais Sports saw a business opportunity when Canadian Tire closed its pro shop.

“We saw a very, very good business opportunity to bring a multi-season sports shop into a sports complex,” said Cleroux.

Cleroux said the Libro Centre location has “a lot to offer” and that “we like the fact they have a Miracle League diamond.” Nantais Athletic has offered baseball supplies since opening in Windsor in 1946 but is also a carrying hockey, football and other sports supplies.

“Retaining Marc LeBlanc is a major asset,” said Cleroux. “His community involvement and recognition is second to none.”

Joe Cleroux and Marc LeBlanc will be running the Nantais Athletic sports shop, now open in the Libro Centre.

LeBlanc will handle day-to-day operations in Amherstburg while Cleroux will go back and forth between the two stores.

“I can’t believe the amount of people that come in and ask for Marc,” said Cleroux.

The pro shop will be themed based on season and what sports are happening. The skate sharpening machine is back and Cleroux also noted they have a full line of football gear from Riddell available.

“We want to be involved to the extent of hosting camps and clinics for baseball, football and hockey,” he said.

Nantais Athletic also offers Under Armor apparel and Nike apparel. They will also offer supplies for such sports as broomball and pickleball.

“We are going to try and be the sports shop Amherstburg has been needing,” said Cleroux.

Cleroux added they also hope to work alongside General Amherst High School.

“We do all of their spirit wear,” he said. “Hopefully next year we’ll be selling them football and gym equipment.”

The soft opening was on Tuesday with no grand opening plans just yet. Hours had yet to be finalized as of press time, but for more information, visit www.nantaisathletic.com.

Organizers pleased with first season of Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The organizers of the Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League are pleased with their first season.

The re-branded ALHL concluded its first season under the father-daughter duo of Marc and Carly LeBlanc with the Lisa Westlake Windsor Chrysler team winning the championship in exciting fashion with three goals in the final minute of the championship game en route to a 4-2 win over The Trophy Boys.

The league had four teams this year with Team Armitage.com defeating the Dr. Carly LeBlanc D.C. Team in the third place game. In addition to being an organizer, Carly is the goalie on the team she sponsors.

“It was amazing,” Carly said of the 2017-18 ALHL season. “We couldn’t have asked for a better first season.”

Marc said it was the women playing in the league who made the league as good as it was. A total of 58 players participated this past season.

The Lisa Westlake Windsor Chrysler team celebrates their recent championship in the Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League (ALHL). Convenors Marc and Carly LeBlanc celebrated the league’s first season with them running it.

“We tried to make it fun for them,” he said.

“Everyone seemed to have a good time,” Carly added.

The LeBlancs don’t have any plans on expanding the league beyond four teams next year and Carly noted that most of the players from the recently-concluded season are likely to return for the 2018-19 season.

“There will, in fact, be a next season,” said Carly.

The ALHL ran for 25 weeks, with the first two weeks being practice weeks in order to give the experienced players a chance to get into game shape while new players get a chance to learn the finer points of the sport. It is a format they will look to continue next year.

The ALHL played their games Sunday nights on the Movati pad at the Libro Centre.

“The experienced players are always fantastic at showing the new ladies the ropes,” explained Carly. “Sportsmanship is always a key component of this league. That’s what helps it run so smoothly.”

The Trophy Boys team were the second place finishers in the Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League.

According to the ALHL’s website, the league is described as a “non-competitive hockey league for women of all ages and all skill levels to play hockey and have some fun! Our league is non-competitive, strictly non-contact, and we strive to make sure that all players are able to enjoy themselves both on and off the ice.”

The website can be found at aburgladieshockey.wordpress.com while their Facebook page is www.facebook.com/aburgladieshockey.

While there is a waiting list for women hoping to get into the league, Carly said those interested in participating next season are still invited to e-mail them at aburgladieshockey@gmail.com.

“We want to thank everyone who participated this year,” Carly added. “We’re very excited about coming back next year.”

 

Ladies hockey league getting ready to start a new season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League is gearing up for a new season and is looking for players.

The league is now being run by the father-daughter duo of Marc and Carly LeBlanc and they are aiming to have four teams and 64 players for the 2017-18 hockey season. They have been conducting in-person registration at the Libro Centre and plan another registration night Sept. 8 from 6-9 p.m.

“We’ve got a lot of players returning from the previous league,” said Carly. “We’re looking at getting four solid teams.”

Marc and Carly LeBlanc are organizing this year’s Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League.

Marc and Carly LeBlanc are organizing this year’s Amherstburg Ladies Hockey League.

The league plays Sunday nights at the Libro Centre on the Movati ice pad (Pad B) with a registration fee of $240 and a jersey deposit of an additional $25 . Registration fees help pay for such things as ice time, jerseys, referees and insurance. The ages of players range from 18 to 60.

“It’s a non-competitive, non-contact league,” said Carly. “We want everyone to come out and have as much fun as possible playing hockey.”

No experience is required, either. Marc said he approached Mike Parlette about conducting two weeks of fundamental sessions at the start of the year to teach newcomers about the basics of the game.

“He jumped on right away,” said Marc.

Carly said experienced players can use those weeks as a way to “shake off the summer cobwebs.”

The LeBlancs are confident they can fill the league.

Ladies Hockey logo

“The interest is there,” said Carly. “The word is getting out there.”

While they would eventually like to see the league grow to six teams, the plan is four for the upcoming season with a waiting list to be compiled if they surpass 64 players.

The first two weeks – Sept. 17 and Sept. 24 – will be the fundamental sessions with games beginning Oct. 1. The season should conclude by mid to late-March.

For those who can’t attend the registration in person, they can visit aburgladieshockey.wordpress.com or find them on Facebook. Anyone seeking further information can contact aburgladieshockey@gmail.com.