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Friday, September 11, 2015

Remembering the 1973 Terriers

Orillia | by Ken Hashizume  

Reunion of 1973 Allan Cup Champions will begin Friday and continue till Sunday.

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There is a reunion of the 1973 Allan Cup Champions, Orillia Terriers.

It starts Friday with a charity golf tournament and a welcome dinner at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club.

On Saturday, there is a meet and greet with players on the team at the Couchiching Golf Club in the morning, a boat cruise on Lake Couchiching in the afternoon, and a buffet dinner at the Royal Canadian Legion in the evening.

The reunion wraps up on Sunday with a breakfast at Barnfield Recreation Centre.

Former Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant General Manager Bill Watters will be the guest speaker at the welcome dinner.

Watters says the Allan Cup was one of the most prestigious and sought after trophies in sports.

He says it kind of lost its luster in the 70s but it was major accomplishment for a team from Orillia.

Watters says the 1973 team was put together by Joe Kane and Bill McGill with nine players from Toronto and local players making up the rest of the team.

He says they would face the St. Boniface Mohawks that year to win the Allan Cup two years after losing to the Spokane Jets for the championship.

Watters says he was at the game and remembers sitting in the stands next to Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr.

He says another Hall of Famer -- Maple Leaf great Dave Keon -- was also in the stands watching his brother Jim play for the Terriers but was incognito and no one recognized him.

Most of the players from that 1973 Allan Cup winning team will be in Orillia for the reunion.




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