Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford is congratulating Dryden’s Roly Miles, northwestern Ontario’s latest national champion, as well as two local hockey heroes.

Rickford notes Dryden was host to the 2022 Canadian PPC National Championships earlier this month with competitors from across Canada and Europe.

The national Precision Pistol Competition, also known as Police Pistol Combat, is a shooting sport focusing on precision shooting from a variety of stances, including standing, kneeling, sitting and prone at varying distances.

Dryden’s Roly Miles once again set new records on his way to winning the national championships in all three categories. He also retained his titles from the 2021 event as well as 2020’s championship wins.

“Roly Miles is a shooting legend. This guy just wins. He’s just a nice guy and a pro with a handgun,” said Rickford, in an interview with the Q Morning Show.

Miles is the only shooter in PPC history to have the number one ranking in all 3 championship disciplines; revolver, pistol and open (optical). He’s a multiple world champion and won silver at the 2019 world championships.

Rickford also took time to highlight the achievements of Eagle Lake First Nation’s Daimon Gardner and Kenora’s Jeff Richards.

Gardner was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the third round of the 2022 NHL draft last week, while Richards, a former member of the Lakehead Thunderwolves, has been named to Lakehead Athletic’s Wall of Fame.

“Daimon Gardner is going to try to crack the Vancouver Canuck lineup. Nice to see someone from Kenora-Rainy River in the NHL Entry Draft,” says the Minister. “And what a community leader Jeff has been. Great to see his name go up permanently at Lakehead University’s Wall of Fame.”

“We’ve got a lot to brag about this week. These guys should be congratulated for their commitment and for representing us in northwestern Ontario,” adds Rickford.

Gardner has committed to the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL for the upcoming season before he heads to the NCAA’s Clarkson University in New York for 2023-24. Richards, ‘the Kenora Komet’ is second in all-time scoring for Lakehead, which will hold an induction ceremony in October.