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.
EDDIE BUSH TO PLAY HOST TO MONTREAL CANADIENS TRAINING CAMP
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.