The capturing of the Ontario Hockey League's Bobby Orr Trophy by the Barrie Colts is truly impressive.
The Colts won the OHL Eastern Conference Championship in 7 games over Belleville, on the road, overcoming overlapping suspensions, playing with a lineup far below 100 percent healthy and still managed to eliminate a veteran Belleville team.
I like the Colts, I like the ex-Attackers there, I like the coaching and management and I've met the owner once, and I'm happy for them.
But......................what comes next won't be pretty.....
See if you can spot the trend;
2006 Peterborough ( a deserving champion, certainly, but they did beat a London team that was playing their 17 year old backup in goal; Steve Mason )
2009 & 2010 Windsor
2011 The Attack
& last year, London.
In life, in business and in sports, the trend is your friend.
And the trend of Western Conference based OHL Champions should continue from my perspective.
As impressive as they were in eliminating Belleville to get to the OHL Final, if Barrie wins this series, it will be truly staggering.
I'm Fred Wallace
Wind: E 5 km/h
Date: 9:00 PM EST Saturday 20 December 2014