Canadiens In My Old Neck Of The Woods

An article from Collingwood that just happened to be in the Orillia Packet and Times, from my old home town. I used to be a Packet and Times paper boy. I also played many minor hockey games at the old barn in Collingwood, 40 miles from Orillia, when I was a smallish-yet-shifty right winger for Byers Bulldozers. Out dads would help with the driving and my dad was the slowest driver of them all. It was embarrassing.


 By Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin

The Eddie Bush Memorial Arena will be the last training stop for the Montreal Canadiens before beginning their 2011-2012 regular season.

The team will be visiting the region Monday, Oct. 3rd until Wednesday, Oct. 5th for a training camp on Collingwood ice. While the practices will be closed to the public, the region can expect great media coverage as a result of being selected as the host location, according to a news release from the municipality issued Wednesday afternoon.

The purpose of this training session is to provide a private, focused, team-building opportunity for the Canadiens prior to their regular season start against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, Oct. 6th.

According to town officials, residents are already showing their support for the visiting Habs while having fun brewing up age-old rivalries with their Leaf-loving neighbours. Loyalties aside, residents and municipal officials alike are eager to showcase the region’s historic charm, cultural spaces and natural beauty to the visiting NHL franchise.

14 thoughts on “Canadiens In My Old Neck Of The Woods”

  1. You would have loved my aunt. I don’t think she knows what a gas pedal is. She is a “slow-motion” woman to the extreme. You remember Tim Conway’s “Old Man” character on the Carol Burnette show? That’s my aunt.

  2. Darth, I’m pretty sure I get behind your aunt every day on the highway leading to my work here. Too many drivers here all drive like they’re on smack. Ten kms or more below the speed limit . I have friends from Ontario who used to live in Powell River years ago and they still talk about the slow drivers. My dad would have fit in perfectly here.

  3. Dennis, this is sure sign that your former area is hosting the Canadiens. The Cup will travel to Montreal in 2012.

  4. Yes, Diane. You speak the truth. Collingwood, Orillia, Habs, 2012. It’s like saying John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

  5. We do win the Cup? I shall be one broke man next summer. The amount of money I’ll spend on Cup merchandise will be disgusting…but I’ll love every little bit of it.

  6. Dennis, don’t get me started there. 🙂

    I’ve been there a few times and I’ve been good. I started a shrine his summer and I don’t have much yet, but I’m slowly building it up. There’s a great Plante figure coming out this month (a PK one is coming out soon as well). I’ll pick those up, but if I go to ebay I’m probably going to get myself into trouble.

    But is it ever tempting. I may just go there now.

  7. Darth, please let me know if you hear when the Plante figuring comes out. Then I can start bugging our little Walmart to get it in.

  8. I also went to ebay and put a bid on two tickets to the Habs/Bruins pre-season game. I couldn’t help it. Hopefully I’ll win them, they’re down really low!

  9. If I win them I’m taking a ton of pictures!

    As for those figures, they do have others (on ebay and elsewhere).

    I have Guy Lafleur and The Rocket (he has two versions out) and Carey Price. Jean B has one but it’s rare now so you’ll have to pay more. Saku has one, Ryder (!), Kovalev, Tanguay, even Gomez (ewwwww).

    There is a large scale Patrick Roy one (on ebay) as well.

  10. Darth, I have the big Patrick Roy one, still in the box. I have a Rocket one too. But right now I’m focused on the Jacques Plante.

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