The Ottawa 67’s today unveiled a portion of the Brian Kilrea Legacy Wall, a 300’ mural in The Arena at TD Place depicting the legendary 67’s coach and 67’s players/teams from over the years to celebrate the team’s 50th anniversary. The team also announced plans to honour one of their all-time greatest players, defenseman Brian Campbell, by retiring #44 which he wore during his 4 seasons with the 67’s in the 1990’s.
“Brian was the top player in the Canadian Hockey League and he led us to our Memorial Cup championship in 1999,” said Jeff Hunt, Governor of the 67’s. “He went on to become a 4-time NHL all-star and won a Stanley Cup during his 17 pro seasons and now that he’s retired from the NHL, we felt the time was right to pay tribute to his career with a jersey retirement at our home game on Friday, November 3rd.”
“As for ‘Killer,’ he’s written 67’s history in all 5 decades of the franchise,” said Hunt. “The winningest coach in the CHL, 2 Memorial Cups, the face of the franchise, a Hockey Hall of Famer, a community leader … Brian Kilrea is an Ottawa icon. They even named the CHL Coach of the Year award after him! We wanted to do something special to honour Brian and make sure future generations of players and fans understand all he did to build our franchise and make it great. A legacy wall in the arena seemed like the perfect way to do it.”
50% of the legacy wall, located on the north arena concourse between Gates 2 and 3, was unveiled at today’s media event. The remainder will be visible for fans at the team’s home opener against the Erie Otters this Sunday (Sept. 24) at 7:00 PM. That game will also pay tribute to the first decade of the franchise (1967-77) and feature a return home for several players from that era including Pierre Jarry, Blake Dunlop and Brian McSheffrey. Players will be available for autographs during the first intermission.
Over the course of the 2017-18 season, which begins with a road game in Barrie this evening, the 67’s will host other special games to honour teams and players from the other decades of the franchise. There’s also a game on December 29th, which marks 50 years to the day since the first game was played in their home area, then called the Ottawa Civic Centre.
“That’s going to be another great night,” said Hunt. “We’ve tracked down some amazing images and video of that 1967 game and I know fans will enjoy hearing the story of how it all came together. And the guy who scored our first goal in the building, Pierre Jarry, will be here for the home opener.”
Here are the dates for the 67’s signature anniversary games:
September 24: Home Opener/Celebrating 1967-77
October 20: Celebrating 1977-87
November 3: Brian Campbell jersey retirement
November 10: Celebrating 1987-97
December 29: Anniversary of First Game at Civic Centre
January 27: Celebrating 1997-07
February 10: Celebrating 2007-17
The 67’s open their 50th anniversary season tonight against the Barrie Colts at 7:30 p.m. Following a stop in Mississauga on Friday, the 67’s will ready for their home opener on Sunday at 7 p.m. against the defending OHL champions, Erie Otters, as the celebrations of the 50th anniversary season begin.
67’s single-game tickets start at $12 and are available at Ottawa67s.com/Single-Game-Tickets, by calling 613.232.6767 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place. All minor hockey players part of the 67’s Prospect Program get in for FREE. For more information on the 67’s Prospect Program click here.