By: Steve Irving
Photo: Valerie Wutti
Tonight will be the first time the Ottawa 67’s take to the ice at Lansdowne since April 2012. The sparkling new Arena at TD Place, which once saw the likes of Denis Potvin, Bobby Smith and Logan Couture, will be electric as the 67’s open their 2014-2015 home campaign against the Niagara Ice Dogs. Both teams will be looking for their first win of the season. The 67’s look forward to returning home after a 2-year road trip playing home games at the Canadian Tire Centre but practicing elsewhere.
With an all new coaching staff and a roster with few holdovers from last year, Head Coach Jeff Brown waited a few weeks to announce who will be wearing letters this year. The announcement was made yesterday during the TSN-1200 morning show. The reigning CHL rookie of the year Travis Konecny was named captain and Brendan Bell an Alternate.
Konecny, drafted first overall in the 2013 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, led the 67’s with 70 points last season (26 goals, 44 assists) and this past summer he served as the Canadian team’s captain at the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia..
The last time these teams met downtown was in the 2012 Eastern Conference final. It turned out to be the last hockey game played at the Civic Centre before renovations and the christening of the Arena at TD Place. The only remaining IceDogs from that series are Luke Mercer and Leafs 3rd round pick Carter Verhaeghe. This year’s lineup features Billy Jenkins and Brent Moran- a couple of Ottawa boys who will be playing in front of friends and family tonight. The IceDogs are ranked 18th on the PowerPlay and have the 5th best on the PK.
Oshawa on Sunday
The 67’s and Generals will get to know each other very quickly this season. They met Oct. 3 in Oshawa with the Generals winning 3-0 and play a back-to-back home and home series this long weekend, Sunday at TD Place and then Thanksgiving Monday afternoon in Oshawa. The Generals sit second in the East division with a 4-0-1 record with the 6th ranked PowerPlay and 8th ranked the PK
Onsite Parking, Free OC Transpo
If you’re coming to either of this weekend’s home games at TD Place remember you have transportation options. The massive underground paid parking lot is now open for business and your game ticket is also a ticket to ride for free on OC Transpo.