Jeff Blay, Special to The Standard

Jeff Blay is a graduate of Niagara College's journalism print program. He interned with the Ontario Hockey League's Niagara IceDogs in the Media Relations department for two seasons followed by The Hockey News magazine. He started his journalism career working at the Peace River Record-Gazette in Peace River, Alberta, before returning to the Niagara region to write for the Thorold Niagara News. Jeff also covers the Thorold Jr. B Blackhawks on Thursday nights for the St. Catharines Standard.


The Thorold Blackhawks defeated the Pelham Pirates in Golden Horseshoe hockey action Wednesday night.

Blackhawks get past Pirates

It’s fitting Kyle Langdon is starting his junior hockey career with the Thorold Blackhawks.

Caledonia blanked the Thorold Blackhawks 4-0.

Hawks fall to Corvairs

It was either a careless penalty or a questionable call. Either way, it proved costly for the Thorold Blackhawks Monday in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League playoff action.

Thorold Junior B Blackhawks

Hawks eliminate Avs

Brendan Polasek’s elevated play has come at an opportune time for the Thorold Blackhawks.

Hawks blank Avs

Chris Goulet is counted upon to be a leader on the Thorold Blackhawks, and he delivered big time Thursday night.

Thorold Junior B Blackhawks

Thorold tops Fort Erie

Kyle Tanev might have scored his most significant goal as a member of the Thorold Blackhawks.

Falcons rally past Hawks

It was nothing short of a playoff-like atmosphere in this season’s final Battle of Burleigh Hill matchup.

Hawks top Regals

Francesco Gigliotti can attest to the old saying that good things come to those who wait.

Thorold Fire Chief Chris Halliday speaks at a fire services review public meeting held at the Nick Basciano Centre in Thorold on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (JEFF BLAY/Thorold Niagara News)

Residents weigh in on Thorold fire services review

Thorold residents aren’t sure of the best route to cut back spending on the city’s fire services, but they’re certainly firm in avoiding a merger with St. Catharines.