OHL hockey re­turns to the Corn­wall Civic Com­plex

Seaway News - - Sports - NICK SEE­BRUCH ni­cholas.see­bruch@tc.tc SHAWNA O’NEILL shawna.oneill@tc.tc

CORN­WALL, On­tario - For the first time in 25 years, OHL hockey was once again played on the ice at the Ed Lumley Arena in the Corn­wall Civic Com­plex.

The Ot­tawa 67s faced off against the Kingston Fron­te­nacs in a game that had peo­ple lined up in front of the ticket box and out the door, even well after the puck had dropped.

Open­ing the game with the cer­e­mo­nial puck drop was for­mer OHL coach Brian Kill­rea and Corn­wall’s own Derek Grant.

Kill­rea re­mem­bered play­ing against Corn­wall’s OHL team, the Corn­wall Roy­als when he coached the 67s.

“The Roy­als were al­ways a good and com- pe­t­i­tive team,” Kill­rea re­mem­bered.

Kill­rea felt that given the right amount of ef­fort, that OHL hockey could re­turn to Corn­wall.

“It’s gonna take some­one with en­thu­si­asm to knock down the bar­ri­ers to bring­ing a team here,” he said.

In the crowd for the game were many fans wear­ing old Corn­wall Roy­als jer­seys and wav­ing Roy­als flags.

On the ice, The 67s won a hard fought ex­hi­bi­tion game against the Fron­te­nacs, win­ning 3-2 in an over­time shootout.

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