Looking Back At A Young Hockey Team
It was a long season for the Ottawa 67’s with many of their players earning their stripes with the Barber Poles. There has been a lot of highlights, memories, and milestones to look back on, some are bigger than others, but are nonetheless notable.
In a 7-0 blowout win against the Oshawa Generals on March 10, 2017, the 67’s took home their 1700 win since being founded in the 1967-68 season. Just eight days after that milestone was reached, another personal milestone was achieved in the career of Head Coach Jeff Brown. On March 18, the 67’s toppled the Oshawa Generals 5-2 to give him his 100th career win in his third season with Ottawa.
If that wasn’t enough, one player, in particular, reigned supreme this season, topping the Eastern Conference in points scored. Russian-native Artur Tyanulin put up 85 points this season and is the first 67’s player to lead the East in points since current Los Angeles Kings’ forward Tyler Toffoli. Other notable mentions are Austen Keating, who practically doubled his points from last season with 63, and Noel Hoefenmayer who jumped from five points in 2015-16 to 40 this year.
The 67’s backline played extremely well considering the average age of them, with three being only 17 and four of their defenseman are in their rookie season.
When it comes to sports outside of varsity, it can be difficult to field players that are from the team’s hometown. But the 67’s were lucky enough to have achieved this sporting seven players that are from Ottawa, or close to.
Most notable of these hometown heroes are Patrick White, who put up 49 points this year, Mathieu Foget who scored 33 points in 32 games this season, and Tye Felhaber who netted 31 points this season.
The 67’s are looking forward to next season and are expecting bigger and better results, with one of the youngest teams in the league coming in with even more experience, and an urge to fight and win.