Dear 67’s Fans:
It is strange to be writing a note about the upcoming season when, by now, we’d usually be more than a month into it. Typically, when the leaves start crunching under our feet, the players have returned from NHL camp, everyone is comfortably settled in at Blyth Academy, Universities and billet homes in Ottawa and our team is starting to gel.
There is still much uncertainty on what it will look like in the building because most of that will depend on the progression of the COVID virus in the coming weeks. I can assure you that our guest services and building operations staff have worked closely with public health officials and the OHL to develop multiple “return to play” protocols. The 67’s are very thankful for their shared expertise over the last few months. We will be ready for whatever situation we are faced with, once we get the green light to play.
You probably know that our coach, André Tourigny (The Bear), is Head Coach of the Canadian World Junior Team this year. He’ll be inside a safety bubble in Edmonton with Team Canada and the competition throughout December running up to the championship final on January 5th. Two of our players, Graeme Clarke and Jack Quinn, are in the running for spots on the roster as is Equipment Manager Chris “Hammy” Hamilton. 67’s Assistant GM and Director of Scouting Jan Egert will return in his role as Video Coach with the Swiss National Team in Edmonton. That is great representation for the 67’s. We wish them the very best!
Over the last few month’s our players have been focusing on their training in their respective hometowns across the province. We have been in constant communication with them, providing support, encouragement, leadership training and team building exercises. The players are focused on getting back and their perseverance and dedication has been inspiring. We have received commitments from some of our young players and will look to make formal announcements in the days leading up to training camp. It is always a fun stage of the season to see those new players competing against our returning veterans.
Thank you for supporting the 67’s through these crazy times. I promise you, when the puck finally drops, we will be ready, on the ice, in the stands and on the concourses. We will prioritize health and safety, continuing our goal of assembling the best possible team to give you and your friends and family something to cheer about. Hopefully, you and yours are well and we’ll soon be back at TD Place cheering-on the 67’s.
See you soon.
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