The Barber Poles’ Legacy: A look at retired 67’s names and numbers
One of the biggest accolades that a player can receive is having their number being retired. The team acknowledges the immense contribution that that player has given by retiring the number and hanging up the jersey high in the stadium also reminds everyone about that special individual.
This Friday, the Ottawa 67’s will be honouring Brian Campbell by retiring his No. 44 jersey. You can read about his illustrious career highlights here.
We take a look at the other legends of the game who have been honoured by the 67’s by having their jersey numbers retired.
Denis Potvin: Jersey No. 7
Denis Potvin wore No. 7 during his five years with the 67’s, from 1968 to 1973. He played 254 regular season games with the 67’s, scoring 329 points (95 goals, 234 assists). He won the Max Kaminsky Trophy for the league’s best defenseman twice, making him just one of the three players in OHL history to do achieve that feat.
After his stint with the 67’s, Potvin was picked by the New York Islanders during the 1973 NHL Draft. The 6-foot defenceman carried forward the impressive form he showed in his junior career over into the NHL. In his first NHL season he won the Calder Trophy as the league’s Rookie of the Year. He won the Stanley Cup four times with Islanders and was awarded the Norris Trophy (NHL’s best defenseman) three times. He retired in 1988 after racking up 1052 points (310 goals, 742 assists) over 1060 games. He was the first NHL defenseman to reach 300 goals and 1000 career points.
This legend was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and is the only 67’s player in that list.
Doug Wilson: Jersey No. 7
Doug Wilson was another player who wore No. 7 during his playing days with the 67’s. A defenseman like Potvin, Wilson played for the 67’s for three years, from 1974 to 1977. During that time, he scored 254 points (80 goals, 174 assists). In his final year, Wilson put on a strong performance in the playoffs, scoring 24 points, helping the 67’s claim the Robertson Cup Championship for the first time ever.
He was picked by the Chicago Blackhawks at the 1977 NHL Draft (sixth overall). During his NHL career, Wilson played over 1000 games, scoring 827 points (237 goals, 590 assists). He was team captain for the San Jose Sharks during the final two years of his career. He was awarded the prestigious Norris Trophy in 1981-82. He has been picked for eight NHL All-Star Games. He was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
Wilson retired in 1993 and moved into to management. He joined the Sharks’ management team in 1998. In 2003, Wilson was appointed the General Manager of the Sharks and has been in that post since.
Peter Lee: Jersey No. 14
Peter Lee had a stellar career with the Ottawa 67’s. Wearing No. 14, Lee played for five years with the Barber Poles from 1971 to 1976. He scored an astounding 213 goals during his OHL career – a record that stood for 33 long years before John Tavares broke it in 2009. He is the greatest all-time scorer in the history of the 67’s.
In his final year with the 67’s, Lee produced some magical numbers on the ice. In the 66 games that he played, he scored 81 goals and provided 80 assists. Only four players in the history of the OHL have managed to score 80 goals in a season. He was awarded the Red Tilson Trophy (OHL MVP) and was also named the CHL Player of the year for those impressive numbers.
It was the Montreal Canadiens who selected Lee at the 1976 NHL Draft (12th overall) but he never ended up playing for them. He played 431 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins for six seasons from 1977 to 1983. He had 245 points in his NHL career.
After his playing days in the NHL, Lee moved to Germany where he played for more than a decade scoring 340 goals in 450 games. He returned to the 67’s as a coach during the 1994-95 season and returned to Germany after the one-year stint. After continuing to play for another four years, Lee retired in 1997. He was then appointed the head coach of Germany’s Eisbären Berlin (1997 to 2000) and since 2005, Lee has been the CEO of the team. He was inducted into the German Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.
Bobby Smith: Jersey No. 15
The three years that Bobby Smith played with the 67’s produced records that still stand today. Smith donned the No. 15 jersey for the 67’s from 1975 to 1978 and ended up with 385 points (158 goals, 227 assists). During his third season, Smith scorched the ice, producing 123 assists and scoring 192 points – records that are yet to be broken almost 40 years later.
He was awarded the Red Tilson Trophy and voted the CHL Player of the Year for the entire Canadian Hockey League. He has also been a recipient of the George Parsons Trophy for sportsmanship in 1977.
He was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in 1978 (first overall) and won the Calder Trophy (NHL rookie of the year) that season. He spent 15 years in the NHL, playing over 1000 games, scoring 1036 points and winning the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986. Smith was the one who scored the winning goal.
After his playing career, he joined as the general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes from 1996 until 2000. Currently, he’s the majority owner of the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
To commemorate this legend’s achievements, the OHL awards the Bobby Smith Trophy (Scholastic Player of the Year) to a young player who exhibits a good combination of academic and playing excellence.