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Coal Bowl 2014 - Divisions

   Sandy Burns Division

Breton Education Centre 
   Kensington High School
   Carpenter High School
   Hants East Rural High
Ecole Secondaire Roger Comtois 

   Michael "Spike" MacKinnon Division

   Riverview High School
   St. Mark High School 
Charlottetown Rural High
   Cabot High School 
   Central Kings High School




 Sandy Burns



Growing up in New Waterford, Sandy Burns was notably one of the town’s finest all-around athletes. The second son of sports enthusiasts, the late Theresa and Sandy Burns, he received his early education at St. Agnes Elementary School prior to graduating from Breton Education Centre in 1973.

An avid athlete, Sandy excelled in all sports that not only included hockey and baseball, but his greatest passion, being on the soccer field. Sandy was a member of the Breton Education Centre Division AAA High School soccer team that captured the Nova Scotia title in 1972, as well as a member of the New Waterford (Mount Carmel) Senior Strands who won the Nova Scotia Challenge Cup in 1973, a league known today as the Premier Division. This team was honored during Coal Bowl 2008 and as a result of their achievement was recently inducted into the New Waterford Sports Hall of Fame. One of Sandy’s most memorable feats was being a member of the Nova Scotia Provincial Soccer team that competed in the Canada Games in 1973. Sandy was one of two from Cape Breton to the make the team from over 230 players vying for a position. The team played in Bermuda prior to representing the province in Burnaby, BC. As a former coach recently conveyed to the family, “Sandy was one of the finest athletes he had the privilege of coaching. There was nothing ever asked of him that he wouldn’t do. Always keen to better himself. The ultimate team player” Sandy would humbly admit he was only a small part of the bigger picture.

Sandy continued his athletic career after high school and went on to attend Dalhousie University where he played an integral role as a member of the Dalhousie Tigers Soccer team who captured consecutive AUS titles in 1974, 75 and 76.

In December of 2011, Sandy accompanied the Breton boys soccer team on a trip to England and France. He was thrilled to tour Old Trafford Stadium, home of Manchester United, and privileged to have been chosen, along with a traveling companion, to carry the Barclay’s banner onto the field prior to the Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Everton.

Sandy’s baseball career started at a very early age when he shared the role of batboy with his older brother Billy for the New Waterford Giants who won the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball Championship in 1959. Sandy was also a member of the New Waterford Bantam Baseball team, winning the Nova Scotia title in 1967. He would later play senior baseball for the Steel Kings and Sydney Sooners. Sandy’s hockey career awarded him a provincial title in 1969 as a member of the New Waterford Jets Midget Hockey team and he will be remembered as a renowned goaltender while a member of the Breton Education Centre high school hockey team.

A humble and true gentleman, Sandy was deeply honored to be recognized by Coal Bowl for his athletic accomplishments. On January 3rd of this year, at 59 years of age, Sandy died after a courageous battle with cancer. He would be extremely proud to have his wife, Cathy, her daughter, Katelyn, his son Jeff, daughter Natalie and siblings, Billy, Brenda, and Melanie share in this honor. It was also Sandy’s hope that his legacy and love of sports lives on in the lives of his grandsons, Jacob and Blake. It is with great respect that the Coal Bowl Board of Directors name Sandy Burns a Division Chairperson of 2014.






Michael "Spike" MacKinnon



Growing up in New Waterford Michael “Spike” MacKinnon was a member of a number of championship baseball and basketball teams. Although he excelled in both sports, baseball was the one in which he thrived.

 Spike was a left handed pitcher and started his career playing for New Waterford’s Midget Baseball team. While with this team, he played a key role in the two Nova Scotia Championships they won. Spike then moved up to play for the New Waterford Juniors and in 1957 this team won both the Cape Breton and Nova Scotia Championships with Spike being the winning pitcher in both series. In 1958 Spike made the jump to Senior ball, playing for the New Waterford Giants from 1958 to 1965. The Giants went on to win two Maritime Championships in 1959 and 1965. 

 The highlight of Spike’s baseball career came in 1957 when he was scouted by the Milwaukee Braves and invited to attend their rookie camp in Waycross, Georgia. Spike spent three weeks with the team at training camp and was offered a contract to play for their Rookie League team in Nebraska. Although he was honored to be offered the contract, Spike thoughtfully declined.

 Spike’s love of sports was also demonstrated on the hardwood. From 1958 to 1970 he played basketball with the New Waterford Strands Senior Basketball Team. During this time the team won seven Nova Scotia Championships and five Maritime Titles.

 Spike maintained his commitment to sports and to his community even after his playing days were behind him. He was a member of the New Waterford Minor Baseball Association and coached baseball for two years. He served as manager of the New Waterford Junior Jets Hockey Team from 1976-1980 and was a charter member of the New Waterford Kinsmen.

 Spike resides in New Waterford with his wife Lucille (MacKenzie). He and Lucille have three children, Paula Deruelle, Lisa MacKinnon and Keith MacKinnon. His dedication to sports can still be seen in the athletic accomplishments of his five grandchildren, Jeffrey, Mitchell, and Justin Deruelle and Devon and Kaliegh Muir.

 It is with great pleasure that the Coal Bowl Board of Directors names Michael “Spike” MacKinnon as a 2014 Division Chair.





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