OSHAWA, Ont. – Another Humboldt Broncos player has signed with a hockey team at an Ontario post-secondary institution.Bryce Fiske, a 20-year old defenceman from La Ronge, Sask., has committed to play hockey for the Ridgebacks at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology this September.“I’ve been fortunate to see him play four times this year and Bryce is just a winner,” said Ridgebacks head coach Curtis Hodgins, who had flown out to Saskatchewan a couple times to watch some games earlier this year.He said he liked everything he saw in Fiske.“The first thing that jumped out at me the first time I saw Bryce was what a competitor he was,” Hodgins said in an interview. “He played the game tough, he played it hard — combined with the fact that he’s an elite skater.“He has some real good skills.”Fiske was one of 13 players injured on April 6 when the Humboldt junior hockey team’s bus and a semi-trailer collided in rural Saskatchewan. Sixteen people were killed.Hodgins said they were days away from offering Fiske a spot on the team when the crash happened.Fiske, who contacted Hodgins after determining he’s ready to play this fall, has enrolled in the faculty of business and technology at the university.He wasn’t available for an interview, but told the school that he’s looking forward to fulfilling his dream of playing university hockey.“It was my goal and I’m excited to see where the future takes me,” Fiske said in the university’s news release. “I grew up in a small town and started my career in La Ronge, my hometown, and later traded to Humboldt …which are two small junior hockey towns.”Fiske said he was in a bit of shock when he landed in Toronto on Monday, but was certain he’d adjust.“I’m excited and happy to be here,” he added.Last month, another player who was injured in the crash took his first steps to getting back on the ice.Kaleb Dahlgren, a 20-year-old from Saskatoon, has committed to play university hockey for the York Lions in Toronto.He also hopes to start school this year, but has said it will depend on whether his body is ready.Dahlgren suffered a fractured skull, a puncture wound in his head, a brain injury and six broken vertebrae in his neck and back.Two other teammates were paralyzed and another two suffered brain injuries.
If you love Nicholas Sparks, here’s another reason to keep doing so: he loves helping kids.The novelist, known for tearjerker stories that sometime became tearjerker movies like “The Notebook” and “Dear John,” has created the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, which promotes learning, scholarship opportunities and cultural awareness for low-income families.In fall 2013, shoppers at Joss & Main helped give his non-profit a boost through the innovative program, “Curate for a Cause.” Sparks worked with the retailer to create a collection of furnishings that reflect his personality and literary style, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit his foundation. The Nicholas Sparks-inspired collection included items with an Americana look and feel, plus some fanciful Southern twists and touches.Along with some general items that reflect elements of his world and culture, vignettes were created that were inspired by several of his books.• “The Notebook” jumps back and forth between the decades describing the lingering attraction between Allie and Noah and the correspondence between them that begins and ends in a nursing home. The collection included architect’s desks, plush headboards, patterned chaises, and comfy, yet classy furnishings. The pieces have to be strong and functional yet contain some elements of Southern charm in the 1940s and modern day, plus colors and shades that evoke the look, feel and mood of coastal North Carolina. • “Dear John” shows how love remains strong over the years in spite of war and other forces that try to force it apart. As a collection of furnishings, think weathered coffee tables, throw pillows, and colonial-style décor – it’s sturdy, but also far from rustic. • “The Longest Ride,” Sparks’ newest book, shares the story of two families separated by time. There are secrets revealed and forgotten memories unearthed. The action moves from World War II to bull-riding arenas. The story’s rough-and-tumble elements of Western living co-mingle with more refined pursuits like art collecting, so the furnishings reflect the different times and generations. You’ll see wicker tables, cowhide rugs, leather sofas.Sparks isn’t the only celebrity who has been involved in “Curate for a Cause.” During the last few years, Joss & Main has invited other popular performers and writers to take part by coming up with their own lines of furnishings and charities close to their hearts.Actor Orlando Bloom, known for his work in “The Lord of the Rings,” “Hobbit” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchises, was involved in 2012. His charity of choice was Epidermolysis Bulloma Medical Research Foundation, which seeks a cure for a devastating genetic disorder. The pieces in this collection were a little more eclectic than Sparks’ softer hues, such as Herman Miller Eames lounge chairs, but reflected Bloom’s diverse and fantasy-oriented film background and creative imagination.Courteney Cox, star of “Friends” and “Cougar Town” also dedicated a portion of proceeds from her collection to the Epidermolysis Bulloma Medical Research Foundation. Her look was inspired by her own home, a blend of modern and classic styles. Her collection featured elegant poster beds, fun accent pieces, and bright throw pillows. She likes neutral items enhanced with a few bright splashes of color.