The name 'Marcel' embossed on Bill St. Croix's darts shirt isn't a nickname.
St. Croix, a native of St. Mary's Bay who is competing for Team Canada at the 2013 World Darts Federation World Cup this week in St. John's, was a late addition to the Canadian team, replacing Quebec native Marcel Simard and while he had an opportunity to change the shirt he decided to keep it, and for good reason.
He said he got the call to replace Simard late Saturday night, just days before the opening of the tournament in St. John's.
Bill St. Croix
"Marcel is a great player, but he had to back out because his wife is very sick and had to go in for major surgery," explained St. Croix, adding that the National Darts Federation of Canada didn't have time to make him a new shirt.
"They offered to try and fix the name, but I decided to keep it on. I'm going to give it to Marcel when I go to play in Quebec in January," St. Croix explained.
"They told me after that they are going to get a couple of new ones made for me later."
St. Croix said if The Telegram printed a story about the shirt he wanted to let everyone know that his thoughts and prayers, as well as the rest of the Canadian team, were with Marcel and his wife.
St. Croix and his doubles teammate Troy Hanlon, who is also from St. Mary's Bay, lost 4-1 to South Africa in the top 16 round Thursday. South Africa then went on to beat England's top team.
"We shot well, but just missed our big doubles," said Hanlon. "Canada is still in good shape for a medal."
Hanlon goes up against Robert Wagner from Norway at 12:15 today.
All event finals are scheduled for Saturday.
For statistical information on the tournament go to dartswdf.com