Ottawa 67s owner guarantees win and fun at Sunday’s home opener in the Glebe
Ottawa 67s Governor Jeff Hunt has taken a play out of Mark Messier’s book this weekend when he guaranteed a win Sunday at the 67s home opener vs. Barrie.
“I guarantee you we will win this game and I guarantee you that the whole family will have fun,” said Hunt on the team’s website. “We have an expanded family fun zone on the concourse and a talented young team on the ice. I can hardly wait.”
The squad made good in their season opener Thursday night in Peterborough, winning 5-3 over the Pete’s despite missing key veterans Jacob Middleton, Travis Barron and Sasha Chmelevski, who are all away at NHL rookie camps or a USA Prospects game in Chmelevski’s case.
“If we win, it’s good coaching, if we lose, it’s bad players,” joked Ottawa 67s head coach Jeff Brown before Thursday’s win.
The 67s are leading a youth core into this season with three 16-year-old players, seven 17-year-olds and just seven players who are 19 or 20. One of those young guns trying to crack the roster is Kody Clark, the son of former Toronto Maple Leafs star Wendel Clark.
Despite the team’s lack of experience, Brown is excited to see them develop under the Barber polls’ banner and he won’t be throwing in the towel anytime soon.
“It would be great to take the next step,” said Brown, referring to improving the 67s playoff record, as they had early exits in the first round the past two seasons. They haven’t won a post-season series since 2012.
“Even though we have a lot of young guys on the team, I still feel like we can be competitive.”
The key to season success this year, according to Brown, lies all on the back end. Strong defensive play and solid goaltending will be integral to any success the young squad has this year. He isn’t worried about generating offence, even with the loss of stars Travis Konecny, drafted by The Philadelphia Flyers last year and Dante Salituro, who signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“We are really excited about the future here,” he added.
The future already looks bright with a big win in Peterborough last night and a “guaranteed win,” this Sunday at TD Place Arena for the home-opener.
We will just have to wait and see if Hunt get on the ice and nets a hat trick like Messier did when guaranteed a game six win over New Jersey in 1994. Top shelf, Hunt.
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