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Chris Cochrane

Chris Cochrane is a longtime columnist focusing on the Nova Scotia sports scene.

CHRIS COCHRANE: Tribute to boxer Dave Downey designed to help a community

CHRIS COCHRANE: Tribute to boxer Dave Downey designed to help a community

Halifax boxing icon Dave Downey is looking forward to a special Friday night celebration at Casino Nova Scotia, where friends and fans can come together to pay tribute to the man who made the Canadian middleweight boxing title his own personal property in the late 1960s and through most of the 1970s.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Nova Scotia teams have a knack for national upsets

CHRIS COCHRANE: Nova Scotia teams have a knack for national upsets

Over the years it’s too often been easy to dismiss Nova Scotia teams in national competition as mere fodder for the clubs from larger Canadian provinces. It’s an understandable habit.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Now is the time for the Blue Jays brass to be smart

CHRIS COCHRANE: Now is the time for the Blue Jays brass to be smart

The fun ride, at least for this year, is ending prematurely for the Toronto Blue Jays and their millions of fans across Canada. Rebuilding is a delicate balance and here's some ideas about how the team could go about it.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Debate is good for the Sport Hall of Fame

CHRIS COCHRANE: Debate is good for the Sport Hall of Fame

Hockey superstar Sidney Crosby, sure, but what about big-league ballplayer Vince Horsman, boxers Clyde Gray and Art Hafey, and harness racing driver Billy O'Donnell? When a Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame panel chose the top 25 athletes in the province's history — soon to be reduced to 15 — there were at least eight names that shouldn't have been overlooked.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Why Midgley’s selection makes sense

CHRIS COCHRANE: Why Midgley’s selection makes sense

The Halifax Mooseheads didn’t waste any time naming assistant coach Jim Midgley as the team’s new head coach, after former Mooseheads bench boss Andre Tourigny recently vaulted to the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Why don’t violent sports better protect the athletes?

CHRIS COCHRANE: Why don’t violent sports better protect the athletes?

Hockey isn’t the only sport steeped in gratuitous violence and danger that appears to too casually put the health of its athletes at risk.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Legitimacy of Halifax pro soccer plan gets a boost

CHRIS COCHRANE: Legitimacy of Halifax pro soccer plan gets a boost

The weekend announcement that Canada Soccer has officially endorsed the proposed Canadian Premier League is good news for the Halifax group attempting to gain a franchise in the league scheduled to begin play in 2018.
CHRIS COCHRANE: NHL blows another opportunity to be tough on head shots

CHRIS COCHRANE: NHL blows another opportunity to be tough on head shots

'The NHL talks a great game about protecting players,' says Cochrane, 'but at some point it has to back up that tough talk with meaningful penalties.'
CHRIS COCHRANE: Why N.S. boxer Custio Clayton was wise to move to Montreal

CHRIS COCHRANE: Why N.S. boxer Custio Clayton was wise to move to Montreal

When young amateur boxers are looking to make the jump to the pro ranks, they are often vulnerable to the advice of various insiders all too willing to offer up self-serving guidance. But 2012 Olympic star Custio Clayton, unlike many boxers, had options.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Hockey Nova Scotia all about the growth of opportunities

CHRIS COCHRANE: Hockey Nova Scotia all about the growth of opportunities

By any measurement, Hockey Nova Scotia can look back over the past few months with a sense of accomplishment.