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The Metro Toronto Wildcats football club is pretty stoked about their former OVFL All-Star and League Quarterback MVP.
[Sept 3 2006] Ryan Clutterbuck was probably one of the most valuable players to wear the Wildcat Blue and Gold and it looks like the Western Mustangs are starting to see him the same way. "Clutter" was with the Wildcats from 2002 until 2004 and was a key reason behind the turnaround of the Varsity program. In '02 Ryan played as a TE for the Cats but as anyone could see when Ryan threw the ball, he was probably the best arm on the team. His 6'6" frame made him ideal for both positions and in '03 the coaches moved him to the QB position and the rest was MTW history. He became one of the league leaders in passing that year and was a driving force behind the Cats first ever win over the Thunder and the teams quarter final appearance that year. After the season Ryan was told by the Western coaches that they again wanted to move him over to TE so when the '04 season came around Ryan and the MTW coaches agreed to play him at TE to help him develop that skill set for the Mustangs. But it was clear after a 1-3 start to that season that the QB situation was hurting the team. The staff was forced to ask Ryan to consider the move back to QB for the teams own good and much to Clutter's credit he agreed to make the move. And what a move he made. He led the team to 5 straight wins, a semi-final birth, he became an OVFL All-Star and the League Quarterback MVP - all after only 4 regular season games and 2 playoff games. He topped that performance off by winning the McKenna Wildcat Award as the best example of what we want our MTW player to be. Ryan has since become a fixture on the Mustang depth charts, first as #2 in 2004 and moving to #1 last year. Unfortunately, he suffered a fractured collar bone last year against York, but was able to come back for the playoffs. This year Clutter is back and healthy playing at 6'6 and 230 and is slated as starting TE going into the season. Talking about prototype. Ryan still has MTW in his blood and is constantly in touch sending emails in support of the Cats and watching their progress on the website. Ryan was recently featured in a spot on CISFootball.org and as you will see, we are not the only ones who have benefited from Ryans skills:

"Viewed as one to watch in 2006 by Larry Haylor, Clutterbuck rumbled and rolled to 146 yards on seven catches in 2005, his breakout year with the Mustangs. He scored his first career touchdown as a Mustang during Western’s 72-8 win over the Toronto Varsity Blues on September 11, 2004. He finished his rookie campaign with 35 yards on three catches. The Toronto native was a high school teammate of fellow Mustang , running back Nick Kordic. The duo has also played side by side in summer OVFL action with the Toronto Wildcats. Clutterbuck has the odd skill set combination of being able to play both quarterback and tight end as witnessed by him winning top quarterback honours in the OVFL in 2004."

Good luck Ryan. We will be watching!

Clutterbuck Birthday Boys

Cal Clutterbuck, a native of Welland, celebrated his 18th birthday with a hat trick, leading the Oshawa Generals hockey team to their first win in seven games, 5-3 over the Erie Otters in Ontario Hockey League action Friday.

Ryan Clutterbuck of Toronto, who turns 21 years tomorrow, scored a lone touchdown for his college football team, the University of Western Ontario Mustangs, in the Yates Cup final.

Who knows if these guys are somehow related, or not, but they seem to share some athletic abilities. Look for the Clutterbuck name on major league jerseys in the years to come.

Happy Canada Day

Canada Day was a bummer here in Halifax due to poor weather conditions. We went down to The Commons anyway though hoping for the rain to clear up (it didn't until we finally gave up and went home). Downtown we had coffee on the patio at Timothy's and watched people walking by in the rain, most of them making the best of the day!


Someone sent this snapshot to me with an email saying they were driving down the highway when they spotted this T Bird. "Maybe that's a Clutterbuck," they wondered about the license plate. "John might know." They scrambled to get a picture before the bird took off. Sure enough, that's my brother Larry Clutterbuck and his wife, Dawn, enjoying their empty nest.

Hawksley Cash

The newest Canuckabuck is Hawksley Cash, born on December 8, 2004 to Bernadette Cole and Andrew Clutterbuck in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Interesting name, eh? The hip parents wanted to name their son in honour of the late Johnny Cash, but didn't want a boy named Sue.

Like Father Like Daughter

Brianna and Brian Clutterbuck (that's me) were photographed at a family gathering by Jason Meens, who is my nephew. Jason lives in Belleville and is the editor of the Rednersville Loyalist and proprietor of the Rednersville Country Store, which has been reopened to offer antiques and collectibles.

I'm an avid collector of antiques, as well, but my business is Clutterbuck Construction, which specializes in heritage buildings and authentic restorations. I hope to spend more time on my art, too, maybe when I'm retired. When I say my art, that's not just bull, it's water buffalo, too!

These days, though, most of the artwork in our household is done by my wife, Shelly Gifford, when she's not busy being a mother to Brianna and our boy Jeremy.