Such was evident at Fundy Geological Museum on Thursday afternoon, as friends and colleagues from far and wide came to bid a fond farewell, and offer gratitude for his service to the region and the province.
Ottawa House By-the-Sea museum was visited this week by conservator Julia Landry, for the purpose of conducting a site assessment that is necessary for many of the museum’s archival endeavours, such as grant applications.
SPRINGHILL – How did a Russian hockey player end up playing hockey in Springhill? Serendipity.
“I went to go watch a friend play at the ice rink in Sackville. She’s a goalie (with the Mount Allison Mounties),” said Dmitrii Anikin.
“I walked out of the arena and I saw a few guys standing next to a truck with the back open, and I saw a few hockey bags and I asked if they knew where I could play hockey,” he said. “They said, ‘yeah, we’re just about to go play.’ So that’s how it happened.”
That same night he went to the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill and had his first practice with the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey Leagues Cumberland County Blues.
He has practiced with them every Wednesday for most of the season and, after the Canadian Hockey Association gave him the clearance to play with the Blues, he played his first game two weeks ago.
He arrived late to his first Blues game, which was a home game against the St. Margarets Bay Ducks.
The 20-year-old attends Mount Allison University, where he’s taking his first year of commerce.
“My equipment was stuck in my residence storage and there’s about four people with key’s to storage and they were all gone,” said Anikin. “I finally reached someone by phone and I picked him up from downtown Sackville.
“We went back to residence, and they opened the storage room, and then we went straight to the game. I dressed in…