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Follow Us on TwitterIn his lifetime, Chris Savard has spent time as both an elected official and a hot air balloon pilot. As such, FULL OF HOT AIR seemed to be an appropriate name for this column. Savard will provide his thoughts on a number of topics including hockey on this site, as well as politics and local issues on His opinion combined with $1.60 will buy you a medium coffee at Tim's! You can email him at

Hometown Hockey NHL Playoff Pool - Join Today
Hometown Hockey NHL Playoff Pool - Join Today

Apr. 13, 2014: It is that time of year again. It is time for the NHL Playoffs, where 16 teams compete for the Stanley Cup, poolies across the globe try to win some dough and the Toronto Maple Leafs work on their golf game. It is a tough time of year for us Leaf fans. When my Dad was alive, he enjoyed running a playoff pool each season. Since his passing in 2008, his tradition has continued and we are ready to launch the 18th Annual Hometown Hockey Playoff Pool. FULL STORY

Spits reload at OHL Priority Selection draft
Spits reload at OHL Priority Selection draft

Apr. 5, 2014: The Windsor Spitfires have selected defenceman Logan Stanley with the 12th overall pick in the first round of today’s Ontario Hockey League Draft. Stanley is 6 foot 6, weighs 209 pounds and last played for the Waterloo Wolves. In the second round with the 26th pick overall, the Spits picked up LW Daniil Verity from the North York Rangers. With the final pick in the second round (40th overall), Windsor added centre Clayton Keller from Shattuck St. Mary’s. FULL STORY

Last time Red Wings missed playoffs, Bush Sr. and Mulroney were in office
Last time Red Wings missed playoffs, Bush Sr. and Mulroney were in office

Mar. 22, 2014: The Detroit Red Wings are in tough to keep their streak alive. If the playoffs started this morning Mike Babcock’s team would have been on the outside looking in for the first time since the 1989-90 season. At the time of this writing, they are sitting in the second wild card spot. To put into perspective how long the streak has been, Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. were the American Presidents during that season, Brian Mulroney was the Canadian Prime Minister and Sergei Makarov was the NHL Rookie of the Year. FULL STORY

2014 Olympic Hockey Pool - ENTER NOW!
2014 Olympic Hockey Pool - ENTER NOW!

Feb. 8, 2014: The success of the Cornwall Fantasy Hockey League, lead to the birth of Murph's Fantasy Hockey League in 2003 and the Windsor Fantasy Hockey League in 2013. During each Olympic year, my Dad conducted an Olympic Hockey Pool, to make watching the games even more fun. We hope you will join we hope us for our 2014 Olympics Hockey Pool from Sochi Russia. FULL STORY

Phaneuf already!  Locking up Dion for seven years is good for Maple Leafs
Phaneuf already! Locking up Dion for seven years is good for Maple Leafs

Jan. 1, 2014: The Toronto Maple Leafs recently signed captain Dion Phaneuf to a seven year, $49 million deal and there are many that think General Manager Dave Nonis made a mistake. This deal works out to a cap hit of $7.0 million per year, only marginally larger than his current $6.5 annual impact. I, for one, believe this is a good deal for the Buds. FULL STORY

SNAPSHOT - Typhoons Conquer Jay Peak
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SNAPSHOT - Typhoons Conquer Jay Peak

Dec. 19, 2013: The Cornwall PeeWee A Typhoons travelled South of the border to Jay Peak, Vermont to participate in the Annual Green Mountain Avalanche U12 “A” Girls hockey tournament. The Typhoons were undefeated and returned to Canada as Tournament Champions. The Coaching staff would like to thank the parents and family members for making this weekend possible for the girls. FULL STORY

Waterfront Tank Farm debacle falls on Lauzon’s feet
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Waterfront Tank Farm debacle falls on Lauzon’s feet

Dec. 11, 2013: There are many people in the City of Cornwall who have expressed displeasure in the Federal Government's decision to re-institute a tank farm along Cornwall's waterfront. As this story unfolds and more manure hits the fan, fingers are pointing in many directions. Interestingly, MP Guy Lauzon seems to have the least amount of fingers pointing towards him and his government which I find surprising. FULL STORY

Ontario Auditor General recommends assistance for children with Autism
Ontario Auditor General recommends assistance for children with Autism

Dec. 10, 2013: Today, Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk released her 2013 Annual Report and her findings are consistent with the reality that families like ours live everyday - much progress has been made in relation to autism awareness and funding, but much more is required. Tristan will likely receive IBI services sooner than most in the Province, but he will still miss the optimal four year target. FULL STORY

Harbour not a place to return Storage Tanks - MP Lauzon needs to answer
Harbour not a place to return Storage Tanks - MP Lauzon needs to answer

Dec. 5, 2013: I received a disturbing email tonight from a good friend, former Councillor Chuck Charlebois. It is very disappointing to learn that the Federal Government is reinstituting this oil tank farm use on the City's beautiful waterfront. Sadly, it is being reported on that both Mayor Bob Kilger and MP Guy Lauzon were “not aware of anything going on there”. FULL STORY

Our Town, Our Team - Storm Reloaded
Our Town, Our Team - Storm Reloaded

Dec. 4, 2013: As a relative newcomer to Windsor, I was excited for the beginning of last year's Windsor Spitfires season. All indications pointed to them having a solid year in 2012-13, but the true focus was on making a run to host and win the Memorial Cup this year. The team tagline was fittingly - Reloaded! Kerby Rychel and Nick Ebert have been traded to the Guelph Storm. FULL STORY

11Spits Rychel one of 25 invited to National Junior Team selection camp
12Bag of Pucks – Simmonds in Edmonton would be a steal for Oilers
13Spitfires Alumni - Ellis now paired with Jones in Nashville
14Tonight’s Three Stars – The NHL makes itself look like a joke
15Bag of Pucks - Reimer practices, a fit in Edmonton?
16Carlyle – Obviously, I made a mistake
17Randy Carlyle is to blame for Gong Show against Sabres
18SNAPSHOT -  Bears Trestman following in footsteps of Halas
19Williamstown native Ming named Assistant Captain of Kitchener Rangers
20Jonathan Bernier – Welcome under the microscope!
21Eastman raising funds with Bike for United Way
22Chicago Bears Post Game - Lovie and Urlacher are missed
23SNAPSHOT - A first look at Alfredsson in a Detroit jersey
24Appointing Marignani is the wisest choice for Windsor City Council
25Canadian doctors believe NHL too complacent on violence issues in hockey
26SNAPSHOT - Belted Kingfisher on our dock
27SNAPSHOT - Egrets, Herons and our kayaks
28SNAPSHOT - Turtles sunning on Lake St. Clair
29SNAPSHOT - American Goldfinch in the garden
30What’s in a number?  A listing of new numbers for NHL players
31Avalanche Star Matt Duchene and his random act of kindness
32Unscientific Study – Top Ten most popular NHL teams
33Phaneuf invited to Team Canada Orientation Camp
34Blackhawks, Bruins could learn lesson from Maple Leafs, no need to Bieber-proof
35SNAPSHOT - Lightning in Stoney Point
36SNAPSHOT - The quest for Gar Pike on Lake St. Clair
37Trading away Phaneuf would be a mistake for the Maple Leafs
38Twitter - Roenick goes off on Kovalchuk
39Reports suggest that Alfredsson will join the Detroit Red Wings
40With Horcoff gone, will Yakupov switch to number 10?
41Lecavalier to wear number 44 with the Montreal Canadiens?
42Happy Saturday - Things you may not have known
43Bag of Pucks - Best of luck to Kerby Rychel
44Quenneville or Julien will add another piece to the storied past of the Windsor Spitfires
45Bag of Pucks - Dallas Stars release new uniforms
46SNAPSHOT - Common Merganser on Lake St. Clair
47Emery drops the ball, Urlacher should still be a Bear
48SNAPSHOT - Red-Bellied Woodpecker comes for a visit
49Eggs, prosciutto and Downy Woodpeckers!
50Kadri has paid his dues, top nine job is now his

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