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Sometimes it's interesting to hear what people who are not around the OHL that much think of their experiences when they visit the Ontario Hockey League. I just heard from a colleague who made the trek from Rhode Island to OHL turf this past weekend....
Joe Tasca works in radio in Providence, RI, home of the Boston Bruins AHL-affiliate. He made an Ontario Hockey League trip this past weekend and gave me an update on what he experienced.
October 30: Guelph at Niagara
The Niagara game was fun. I understand the need for new arenas, but for an American who is surrounded by massive arenas not designed for hockey, I particularly enjoy a small town rink like Gatecliff because, quite frankly, it's a hockey arena with a hockey atmosphere.
Scott Fletcher showed me a lot. He was poised with the puck and I like the fact that he brings some much-needed sandpaper to that lineup. He'll definitely be a nice fit in Providence next year.
October 31: Plymouth at London
The London game was somewhat of a disappointment. I wanted to see Aliu play, and the fact that he got booted in Windsor the night before was a real downer. I do have to admit, though, the atmosphere in London is definitely reminiscent of an NHL game. It's a unique experience for junior hockey. Having said that, I'd rather see a game in St. Catharines any day.
Note: For Saturday night's game Joe was deciding between heading to Belleville or Peterborough. He was considering the strong team in Belleville this year versus the great community atmosphere he'd heard about in Peterborough (not to say Belleville does not have good atmosphere either). He e-mailed me before the trip to ask which of the two he should go to. Being from Peterborough it was pretty obvious which one I'd send him to.
November 1: Brampton at Peterborough
I have to tip my hat to you because Peterborough was the class of the trip. We met some great people, and the arena is the best I've visited thus far for junior hockey as far as intimacy and atmosphere are concerned. The Hall of Fame is definitely a nice touch. Plus, I got to chat with Scott Bowman, as the 1959 TPT Petes were honored before the game. I'd like to make it back to town when the team is more formidable.
I await my referral fee from Peterborough & The Kawartha Tourism.
As always, comments, questions, travel arrangements, etc.
Nice that he enjoyed his trip and got a good mixture of games in. On Friday night I too had plans to meet up with a couple of fans from Brampton. They had never been out to many rinks and wanted to see some in the West. I upgraded their tickets from nosebleed to lower bowl so they could really enjoy it.
Their stories about Brampton games makes you appreciate things a lot more.
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