Green vividly re­mem­bers his­toric Petes goal

Petes hon­our­ing 1979 Me­mo­rial Cup win­ning team dur­ing Alumni Home­com­ing

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Direc­tor mike.davies @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

Many things have faded from Gary Green’s mem­ory over the past 40 years but he can re­call Bob At­twell’s over­time goal in the 1979 Me­mo­rial Cup fi­nal as if it were yes­ter­day.

The most sig­nif­i­cant goal in the Petes’ 64 sea­sons se­cured the Petes their lone Me­mo­rial Cup ti­tle against the Bran­don Wheat Kings in Ver­dun, Que.

“I re­mem­ber every­thing vividly,” Green said.

Bran­don had the high­est scor­ing line In ju­nior hockey his­tory, at the time, with fu­ture NHL play­ers Ray Al­li­son, Lau­rie Boschman and Brian Propp and de­fence­man Brad McCrim­mon.

“They were one hell of a team,” Green said.

“We re­ally had out­played them which is hard to do with that team. We were try­ing to wear them down be­cause they used a pretty short bench. I know there was some frus­tra­tion when we came into the dress­ing room af­ter reg­u­la­tion. I re­call hav­ing to be rather de­mand­ing at get­ting the fo­cus back be­cause they were frus­trated they hadn’t al­ready won the game. They cer­tainly did re­cap­ture their fo­cus.”

All but a hand­ful of play­ers and staff from that 1979 team will be in at­ten­dance at the in­au­gu­ral Petes Home­com­ing Week­end this week­end. The 40th an­niver­sary of the 1979 team will be high­lighted in a pre-game cer­e­mony prior to the Petes host­ing the Wind­sor Spit­fires at 7:05 p.m. Satur­day.

Fans can also min­gle with alumni from 6 to 7 p.m. Fri­day at a Petesa Party in the PMC Pub and Grill. Fans are in­vited to stay to watch the Petes road game against the Oshawa Gen­er­als.

Green said Car­men Cirella and cap­tain Chris Ha­lyk spear­headed through so­cial me­dia and email an ef­fort to re­con­nect the 1979 group two years ago. A num­ber of them turned out to play golf to­gether in Mil­ton and they now com­mu­ni­cate reg­u­larly on­line.

“We were busy with our work lives and rais­ing fam­i­lies and kids and have a tough enough time mak­ing all that work. If friends aren’t next door or nearby you tend to lose touch,” Green said. “What’s hap­pened is our group has started com­mu­ni­cat­ing with each other.”

They en­joyed their golf out­ing so much they pledged to keep in con­tact. They also started plan­ning a 40th an­niver­sary.

Green said the only peo­ple not ex­pected to at­tend are the late Mark Reeds, Billy Gard­ner, who has hockey com­mit­ments in Chicago, Dave Beckon, Larry Floyd and the late Frank Gur­ney who was as­sis­tant trainer. They were even tracked down Fin­nish play­ers Anssi Me­lametsa and Veli-Pekka Kin­nunen.

“We’ve lost Reedsy and Frank Gur­ney and ev­ery mem­ber of our ex­ec­u­tive is gone,” Green said.

“If we wait un­til 50 we know there will be more on that list. We de­cided to cel­e­brate it while we are still of sound mind and body to do so.”

Once they ap­proached the Petes Green said it grew into a full alumni home­com­ing.

“It’s re­ally been fun,” Green said.

“As I said to the guys back in 1979, there is that old say­ing ‘Win to­gether and walk to­gether for­ever.’ That’s how we feel.”

It’s spe­cial since it’s the club’s only Me­mo­rial Cup but Green says they’d be quite happy to share the hon­our with an­other Petes team.

“We haven’t been able to get that Cup back again, which we’re not happy about,” said Green, with a chuckle.

“We don’t want to be the only Petes team to win a Cup and we sure hope one does soon.”

MICHAEL LEA EX­AM­INER FILE PHOTO

Bobby At­twell scores the win­ning goal in over­time to crown the Peter­bor­ough Petes as the 1979 Me­mo­rial Cup cham­pi­ons.

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