Thursday, October 25, 2012

It's been awhile

It probably goes without saying that there really hasn't been all that much news on the Senators front, what with the chances of there even being a season this year looking pretty slim right now (and what a great way to mark the end of the 20th anniversary of the franchise and potential last year for our beloved captain).

However, I do actually have some Ottawa hockey news to relate because last night I went to an Ottawa 67's game.

For those who don't know, the 67's (so named because the team was formed in the Canadian centennial year, 1967) are a team in the Ontario Hockey League.  When I was young, I went to many of their games at the Ottawa Civic Centre.  However, once the Senators were on the scene this didn't happen as often, mostly due to the fact that I live in the west end of Ottawa and so the Palladium/Corel Centre/Scotiabank Place was much easier to get to.

This year, however, the 67's are playing at the Scotiabank Place while the Civic Centre is renovated (this is the first of two seasons in which this will happen).  What this means is that suddenly they have a huge venue in which to celebrate being the best hockey game in town.

The game last night was great fun.  I was there mostly because my mother's choir, the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers, were performing the national anthem but afterwards we got to watch some great hockey.  While the 67's ultimately lost 4-3 in a shootout, they put forth a great effort and it was especially nice to get to see the captain, and Sens' draft pick, Cody Ceci in action.  Plus it was just a fun, especially for the many children in attendance (of particular note were the children who got to dance around with the cheerleaders and even borrow a few pompoms).

It was a good crowd but there was still lots of seats available and it would be great to see the attendance numbers increase.  So if you're in the Ottawa area and hurting for NHL hockey, I definitely recommend checking some OHL games out and getting a glimpse into the future of professional hockey.