67’s set to kick off 50th anniversary season Sunday
The Ottawa 67’s will begin their campaign to Ontario Hockey League (OHL) glory Sunday in what will be the beginning of a year-long celebration of the team’s 50th anniversary.
The team has come a far way since its first ever OHL game when they were blasted 9-0 to the Niagara Falls Flyers on October 6, 1967. And despite notching just six games into the win column, compared to their 45 losses in their first year, it only took five more seasons to reach the OHL finals.
The 67’s have since gone on to win three OHL championships and two Memorial Cup titles – all of them under legendary bench boss Brian Kilrea. The team has produced over 100 NHL players including San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture, Calgary Flames Centre Sean Monahan, and Ottawa Senators defenseman Codi Ceci.
“We have much to celebrate and plenty to be excited for,” said Jeff Hunt, 67’s Governor. “The moments, memories and players over the past five decades will be remembered during this 50th anniversary season and we hope we’ll inspire the next generation of junior hockey talents to become our players of the future.”
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The celebrations begin Sunday night at TD Place when the Erie Otters float into town for the team’s home opener in the Glebe. The 67’s will be honouring a decade of hockey history at five separate home games this season – from the Denis Potvin era to the Travis Konecny era and beyond, starting with 1967-77 on Sunday.
Each decade will be commemorated through a legacy project inside the Arena at TD Place that will be unveiled at each anniversary game. The team will also celebrate its first-ever game played inside the Civic Centre (now TD Place) on Dec. 29 and a 67’s Prospects Game on March 19. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Sunday night. Click here for tickets.
Ottawa 67’s 50th Anniversary Games
- Sunday, September 24: Home Opener & Celebration of 1967-77
- Friday, October 20: Celebration of 1977-87
- Friday, November 10: Celebration of 1987-97
- Friday, December 29: Inaugural Game Celebration
- January 27: Celebration of 1997-2007
- Saturday, February 10: Celebration of 2007-2017
- Saturday, March 10: Prospects Game – the next generation