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|League||Ontario Hockey League|
–79 (Jr. B.)|
May 6, 1995 (OHL)
|Home arena||Barrie Molson Centre|
|Colours||Navy blue, yellow, red and white
|General manager||Jason Ford|
|Head coach||Dale Hawerchuk|
The Barrie Colts are a junior ice hockey team in Ontario Hockey League, based in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. There were two previous Barrie Colts team which played Junior A & B hockey in the Ontario Hockey Association, one from 1907 until 1910 and another from the 1920s to 1940s.
The first Barrie Colts played in the senior division of the OHA from 1907 until 1910, prior to the creation of junior A and B levels. One notable alumni is Gordon Meeking who played for the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey Association (NHA) and later in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA).
The Barrie Colts were revived in 1921 and played in the Ontario Hockey Association from 1921 to 1944. The club started out as a Junior-B team, then were promoted to Junior-A around the start of World War II. The Junior B Colts won the Sutherland Cup Championship in 1934–35. One of its original players was Leighton "Hap" Emms. Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Harry Lumley played for this team in 1942–43. Other NHL alumni include Ab DeMarco.
- 1 Modern Colts
- 2 Championships
- 3 Coaches
- 4 Players
- 5 Records
- 6 Yearly results
- 7 Uniforms and logos
- 8 Arenas
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The modern Barrie Colts also started out as a Junior B team. They started in the Mid-Ontario Jr.B league, then moved to the Central Junior B Hockey League in 1978 when the Mid-Ontario league folded. This version of the Junior B Colts won the Sutherland Cup Championship in 1992–93. For the next two seasons (1993–95), the Colts played at the Junior A Tier II level. The team was granted permission to join the Ontario Hockey League as an expansion franchise on May 6, 1994, starting play during the 1995–96 season.
The Colts have been very successful since their inception. Barrie has missed the playoffs one time in team history, and were the first OHL team to make the post-season in their inaugural year. The Colts won the J. Ross Robertson Cup in the 1999–2000 season, playing the seventh game on the road, defeating the Plymouth Whalers. Barrie travelled to Halifax, Nova Scotia to compete in the Memorial Cup that year, losing to the Rimouski Océanic in the championship game.
- 1995–96 OHL Season
For their inaugural season in the league, the Colts brought in legendary coach Bert Templeton to lead the upstart franchise. Jeff Cowan was named as the franchise's first captain. With a mixture of youth and experience Bert was able to lead the team to a 28–31–7 finish. The Colts became the first OHL team to make the post-season in their inaugural year. In the playoffs the Colts lost in the first round to the Kitchener Rangers. Although the Colts finished their first season in the league with a below .500 record, and lost in the first round of the playoffs, there was plenty of optimism among Barrie fans. Seventeen year olds Alexandre Volchkov (63 points), and Jan Bulis (59 points), and sixteen-year-old Daniel Tkaczuk (61 points); who was selected first overall in the 1995 OHL selection, were some of the few reasons for hope. For his efforts in taking an expansion franchise to the playoffs, coach Bert Templeton was honoured as the OHL Executive of the Year.
- 1996–97 OHL Season
The Colts were able to build upon their first year success the following season. In his second year behind the Colts bench Bert Templeton was able to lead the Barrie franchise to a 33–23–10 record for a total of 76 points; only two points back of the Kitchener Rangers for first place in the central division. Jan Bulis, newly appointed captain Daniel Tkaczuk, and Alexandre Volchkov once again led the team in scoring with 103, 93, and 82 points respectively. Aside from these three players, the Colts struggled with secondary scoring. Tough-guy Luch Nasato finished the year fourth in team scoring with 45 points and a team leading 219 penalty minutes. Once again the Colts made it to the OHL playoffs. This time they were able to beat the Owen Sound Platers four games to nothing before losing the next round to the Ottawa 67's four games to one.
- 1997–98 OHL Season
Following two years of unprecedented success on the ice, Bert Templeton was once again able to improve the young Barrie franchise. The team finished the 1997–98 year at the top of the central division with a record of 38–22–5–1 for an 82 point season. Daniel Tkaczuk once again led the team in offensive output, scoring 75 points. Tough-guy Luch Nasato also improved on the previous season's form, scoring 69 points while having a whopping 254 penalty minutes. First year player Michael Henrich and rookie Martin Skoula also added some scoring touch. In the playoffs the Colts would play their first series against division rivals Sudbury Wolves. The Colts would lose the series in six games.
- 1998–99 OHL Season
The Colt's once again began the 1998–99 season with Bert Templeton behind the bench. This would prove to be one of the Colt's best seasons. The Colts got off to a great start in the league. Daniel Tkaczuk once again led his team on and off the ice, Michael Henrich, and first year player Denis Shvidki were able to add some scoring punch. Mid-way through the season the Colts decided to make some moves and bring in players that would hopefully put them at the top of the league. In a trade with the Toronto St. Michael's Majors the Colt's management was able to bring in one of the league's top scorers in Noah, along with Mike Jefferson, and Ryan Barnes. When all the dust settled, the Colts were made up with a young group of players that could possibly make it all the way to the Memorial Cup finals. At the end of the year the Colts had an eye-popping 49–12–6–1 record for 105 points, and possessed two of the top scorers in the league. The playoffs were a disappointment. After sweeping the Owen Sound Platers in the conference qurater-finals, the Colts lost in seven games to the fourth place Oshawa Generals who had finished the season twenty points behind the Colts. Barrie goalie Brian Finley won the OHL Goaltender of the Year award as well as the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as playoff MVP. As well, high-scoring forward Sheldon Keefe won the Emms Family Award as rookie of the year.
- 1999–2000 OHL Season
During the summer of 1999 Bert Templeton stepped down as the Barrie head coach after being behind the bench for four years. He was replaced by Bill Stewart. The 1999–2000 season was successful on the ice but had many off-ice problems. There was internal dissension centering around Ryan Barnes, Shawn Cation, Mike Jefferson and Sheldon Keefe (all four had David Frost as an agent), and Coach Bill Stewart would later be suspended by the OHL when it was found out that he smuggled an imported Russian player across the Canada-United States border in the luggage compartment of the team bus.
After a relatively slow start to the 1999–2000 season, the Colts were able to quickly pick up the pace, finishing with a record of 43–18–6–1 for a total of 93 points. Newly appointed team captain Sheldon Keefe led the entire OHL in scoring, winning the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy and the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy for his 48 goals and 73 assists on the season. Denis Shvidki, Mike Jefferson and Michael Henrich also finished in the top-twenty in scoring that year with 106, 87, and 86 points respectively. The Colts also received secondary scoring from the likes of rookie Blaine Down and centre Matt Dzieduszycki. In the playoffs the Colts faced the North Bay Centennials in the conference quarter finals, winning the series four games to two. In the next round they faced the Sudbury Wolves, winning that series four games to three. In their first trip to the eastern conference finals the Colts faced the Belleville Bulls whom they quickly defeated in 5 games, winning their first Bobby Orr Trophy. This meant that the Colts would face the Plymouth Whalers, a team who had won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy for finishing first in the league. The Colts defeated the Whalers in a seven game series, winning the J. Ross Robertson Cup and advancing to the Memorial Cup finals in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- Memorial Cup Finals, 2000
The Colts won the J. Ross Robertson Cup in the 1999–2000 season, playing the seventh game on the road, defeating the Plymouth Whalers. Barrie travelled to Halifax, Nova Scotia to compete in the Memorial Cup that year. In the first game of the round robin round Barrie lost to the host Halifax Mooseheads 5–2. In the second game the Colts did not fair much better, losing to the Rimouski Océanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League 7–2. One day later Barrie defeated the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League 3–2 in double overtime. This win allowed Barrie to finish ahead of Kootenay and move on to the semi-finals where they would again play the host team Halifax. Barrie stormed out of the gates defeating the host 6–3. Their final result in the tournament, however, was not the fairy-tale ending they anticipated: one day later the Colts played the Rimouski Océanic in the championship game, but were defeated with a final score of 6–2.
- 2000–01 OHL Season
Beginning in the 2000–01 season, Bud Stefanski took over a Barrie Colts team that had made it all the way to the Memorial Cup finals the previous year. No longer part of the Colts roster were players like Sheldon Keefe, Mike Jefferson, Denis Shvidki, and Michael Henrich, who led the Colts in scoring during their run to the Memorial Cup finals. Not many people expected great things from a rebuilding Colts franchise, but the Colts made it into the playoffs in seventh place with a 29–28–7–4 record. They would lose in 5 games to the Sudbury Wolves. Throughout the season, return players Blaine Down, Mike Henderson and newly appointed captain Matt Dzieduszycki led the charge on offense with 73, 68, and 63 points respectively. In addition, through the several trades that brought in Fraser Clair, Shayne Fryia, and goaltender David Chant as well as the great play of rookie Jan Platil the Colts looked to make a deep run into the playoffs the following season.
- 2001–02 OHL Season
At the start of the 2001–02 season Eric Reitz was appointed as the fifth captain in Colt's history. Once again, Blaine Down led the Colts in scoring with 61 points. Shayne Fryia, Joey Tenute, Fraser Clair, Jan Platil, Nick Lees and Eric Reitz each had 40 or more points. The rebuilt Colts team finished two points behind the Toronto St. Michael's Majors for second in the central division and second in the conference with a record of 38–19–9–2. In the playoffs, the Colts once agaian met the Sudbury Wolves, this time beating them in a five game series. The following series was played against the Belleville Bulls whom they defeated in a six game series. In the conference finals the Colts played division rival Toronto St. Michael's Majors. The Colts dominated the series, sweeping the Majors in 4 games, winning the team's second Bobby Orr Trophy. After a season of rebuilding, the Colts were off to the OHL Finals for the second time in three years. In the finals the Colts faced the Erie Otters who had finished level with the Colts in terms of points during the season. Luck ran out on the Colts, who lost in five games to the Otters. At the end of the season, captain Eric Reitz was awarded the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the league's most outstanding defenceman.
- 2002–03 OHL Season
Beginning the third year of Bud Stefanski behind the bench of the Colts, defenceman Jeremy Swanson was named as team captain. A Barrie franchise that had made it to the conference finals two of the past three seasons was in the midst of another transition year. The Colts ended the season with a record slightly above .500, finishing at 29–26–4–9 for 71 points and a seventh place finish in the eastern conference. In the playoffs the Colts would lose their first-round playoff series to the Brampton Battalion in six games. Eric Himelfarb, and Luc Chiasson who the Colts acquired in the off-season led the team in scoring with 75 and 66 points respectively. Second year Colt Nick Lees finished slightly behind Chiasson with 61 points. Throughout the season several moves were made in an effort to make the Colts a younger team. Players such as Dan Speer, and Chad Thompson were brought in, and would both remain Colts for the next few seasons.
- 2003–04 OHL Season
The 2003–04 season would be Bud Stefanski's fourth and final season behind the Colts bench. Jeremy Swanson would remain as team captain. His point total would decline to 34 points by the end of the season. Overager Cory Stillman, acquired during the off-season from the Kingston Frontenacs led the team in scoring with 59 points. Rookie centre Bryan Little finished one point behind Stillman with 58 points. At the conclusion of the season he would win the Emms Family Award as rookie of the year. He was one of nine Colt regulars who played in their rookie season that year. Third year Colt B.J. Crombeen, Mark Langdon and Barrie native Scott Hotham who was acquired from the Mississauga Ice Dogs each also scored 40 plus points. Goaltender Paulo Colaiacovo also finished with a career year .924 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.34. He would be named as the OHL goaltender of the year in the off-season. A young Colts team, finished with a record of 31–21–12–4 for 78 points; a slight improvement from the previous year. In the playoffs the Colts would dispose of the fifth place Kingston Frontenacs in five games before losing a seven game series to the second place Mississauga Ice Dogs. At the conclusion of the season he would be replaced by former Aurora Tigers head coach Marty Williamson. In his last two seasons as head coach of the Tigers he had only lost a combined eight games, winning the RBC Cup in the 2003–04 season.
- 2004–05 OHL Season
The franchise celebrated its 10th anniversary in the OHL in 2004–05. The race for the central division title was close the entire year. By the end of the season the difference between first and fourth place was only four points. The Colts finished second in the central division; three points behind leaders Mississauga IceDogs, and one point ahead of Brampton Battalion and Sudbury Wolves. Second year player Bryan Little continued to build upon the success of his rookie season, scoring 36 goals and 32 assists for a total of 68 points. Third year Colt Hunter Tremblay was not that far behind, scoring a total of 62 points. Filling out the Colts offence were the likes of Travis Fuller, Dan Speer, and B.J. Crombeen. Rookie defencemen Andrew Marshall, Nathan Martine, Todd Perry, and Nick Plastino, along with local brothers Andrew Hotham, and Scott Hotham would protect the Colts goal all season. Throughout the season, the Colts would make trades that brought in guys like high scoring overager Rob Hisey from the Erie Otters, young role players like Mike Roelofsen and Daniel Lombardi, and a proven goalie in Dan LaCosta. Heading into the playoffs the Colts would look to have plenty of promise for the both the present, as well as the future. In the playoffs that year the Colts lost a disappointing first round series to the eventual Memorial Cup semi-finalist Ottawa 67's.
- 2005–06 OHL Season
Bryan Little was named the 8th team captain in the Colts history to begin the 2005–06 season. He not only led the team off the ice but on the ice as well, scoring a career high 109 points. Hunter Tremblay finished second in team scoring with 77 points. He was closely followed by forward Ryan Hamilton (72 points), defenceman Andrew Marshall (66 points), and rookie Vladimir Nikiforov (55 points) who each enjoyed career seasons. This offensive punch combined with the stellar defence lead by Nick Plastino, and Todd Perry, solid goaltending play by Dan LaCosta and moves that brought in high scoring defenceman David Pszenyczny, helped the Colts end the season with a 43–21–1–3 record totaling 90 points. The Colts finished 1 point behind division rivals Brampton Battalion, and 9 points behind Peterborough Petes for third in the eastern conference. In the playoffs the Colts quickly disposed of the Toronto St. Michael's Majors and Brampton Battalion in four games and five games respectively before losing to the eventual OHL champions Peterborough Petes in five game eastern conference final series.
On April 7, 2006, the Ontario Hockey League announced the approval of the transfer of 46% interest in the team, with Howie Campbell as the new majority owner of the franchise. Campbell is a partner in Superior Electric Supply (SESCO). James Massie is a minor partner in ownership, and also owns Georgian International.
On May 16, 2006 the Barrie Colts announced the resignation of the team's general manager, Mike McCann.disambiguation needed During McCann's 25 year tenure with the team, he has also been director of player personnel, and a head scout. Mike McCann has also been inducted into the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame.
- 2006–07 OHL Season
The 2006–07 season was a great one for the Colts. The team finished with a 48–19–0–1 record; winning their third Emms Trophy for the best record in the central division as well as the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Colts were led by their captain Bryan Little who scored a total of 41 goals and 66 assists for a team leading 107 points. He was selected to represent Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Under 20 Championships held in Sweden that year. Hunter Tremblay (89 points), Richard Clune (78 points), and Kris Spare (51 points), each enjoyed career years. Making their OHL and Colts debuts this year was forward Alex Hutchings, future captains Tomas Marcinko, and Stefan Della Rovere, defencemen Brian Lashoff and Ryan Gottschalk, and goaltender Michael Hutchinson. These players would prove to be the core of the Colts team for the next four years. Also added to the roster were forwards Cory McGillis, and T.J. Battani, as well as defenceman Mike Weber. Although finishing top in their conference, the playoffs were a disappointment for the Colts who, after defeating Brampton Battalion in four games, were swept by the sixth place Sudbury Wolves in the conference semi-finals.
- 2007–08 OHL Season
The 2007–08 season saw a return of Junior B Colts alumnus Drake Berehowsky to the team. This time as assistant coach. He left the team at the end of the 2008–09 season. The Colts season was an average one. They would finish with a 28–34–3–3 record; good for seventh in the Eastern Conference. Second year forward Alex Hutchings lead the Colts in offence throughout the year, finishing with a team high 54 points. Several other forwards including Tomas Marcinko, Cory McGillis, Stefan Della Rovere, and rookie Daniel Michalsky would add to the Colts offence. Throughout the year, several trades were made, sending goaltender Andrew Perugini, and high-scoring forward Vladimir Nikiforov away, while bringing in many new faces including Colt Kennedy, Ryan Berard, Andrew Clouthier, and future captain Dalton Prout. Goaltender Peter Di Salvo, defenceman Stephen Gaskin, Marcus Pepe as well as forward Kyle Clifford all made their debut for the Colts this year, becoming the core of a Colts team for many years to come. In the playoffs the Colts would again meet Brampton Battalion, this time sweeping them in a four game playoff series. In the conference semi-finals the Colts would lose a quick series to the Belville Bulls 4 games to 1.
- 2008–09 OHL Season
The 2008–09 season was an average one for the Colts. The team began the season with two proven goaltenders in Peter Di Salvo and Michael Hutchinson. Joining these two goalies were a mixture of 2nd and 3rd year players such as Alex Hutchings, Stefan Della Rovere, Kyle Clifford, Dalton Prout, and Ryan Gottschalk as well as a group of rookies with plenty of promise. Included in this group were Darren Archibald, Michael Sgarbossa, Ryan O'Connor, Stephen Gaskin and Colin Behenna; all of which would prove to be valuable assests both this year and in the future. The Colts made a few trades throughout the season and before the deadline, sending away the likes of Mitch Lebar, Marcus Pepe, Cory McGillis, Colt Kennedy, and Brian Lashoff in exchange for tough guy Peter Stevens, and goal scorers Josh Brittain, and Taylor Carnevale. The Colts would finish a disappointing 5th in the Eastern Conference with a 30–33–3–2 record. In the playoffs the Colts lost in the first round, falling in five games to the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors. At the end of 2008–09 season the Colts traded goaltender Michael Hutchinson to the London Knights in exchange for four draft picks which would later be traded for proven players during the next season's championship run.
- 2009–10 OHL Season
In 2009–10 Brad Brown and David Bell joined the coaching team, along with powerplay coach Frank Carnevale.
In 2009–10 the Barrie Colts celebrated their 15th season in the OHL. The Colts attempted to make a run at the Memorial Cup by bringing in proven goal scorers like Bryan Cameron and Luke Pither. They also upgraded their defence by bringing in Nick Crawford, TJ Brodie and St. Louis Blues draftpick Alex Pietrangelo. Role players like Zac Rinaldo, Matt Kennedy, and goalie Mavric Parks were also traded for before the deadline. All of these trades seemed to have paid dividends as the Colts had a 22 game win-streak, and finished the regular season with an unprecedented record of 57–9–0–2, for a total of 116 points. Bryan Cameron scored a franchise record 53 goals and the team captured their fourth Emms Trophy for finishing first in the Central Division, and also the franchises first Hamilton Spectator Trophy for finishing first overall in the OHL. Beginning the 2009–10 playoffs the Colts quickly defeated the Sudbury Wolves 4–0 in the Conference Quarter-Finals, before sweeping the Brampton Battalion in the Conference Semi-Finals. In the Conference Finals the Colts finally met some stiff competition but were still able to defeat the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 4–1 and win the Bobby Orr Trophy. In the J. Ross Robertson Cup finals the Barrie Colts hosted the defending Memorial Cup Champions Windsor Spitfires who the Colts had defeated both times the two teams met in the regular season. The Colts never looked on top of their game, making uncharacteristic defensive mistakes. The Colts were defeated in four games bringing an end to one of the best OHL seasons in history.
- 22 Game Winning Streak
In the 2009 – 2010 season, the Barrie Colts, were successful in winning 22 consecutive games. During their streak, which extended from October 24 when they beat Brampton Battalion 3–1, until December 31 when they lost to Owen Sound Attack 6–4, the Colts scored 122 goals while allowing a mere 44. The offense was quite balanced throughout the winning streak, with 21 players getting at least a point; 7 of whom had 20 or more points each. Alex Hutchings led the Colts offense with 17 goals and 14 assists for a total of 31 points. Three players on the Colts roster scored 29 points; Bryan Cameron (19 goals, 10 assists), Darren Archibald (15 goals, 14 assists), and Luke Pither (12 goals, 17 assists). They were followed closely by Nick Crawford (5 goals, 19 assists), Taylor Carnavale (9 goals, 14 assists) and Aleksandr Burmistrov (6 goals, 14 assists) as the Colts top scorers. Although captain Stefan Della Rovere, missed the last few games while attending the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, still managed to score 18 points during the streak. In net, Peter Di Salvo managed 17 wins, while back-up Dalton McGrath won 5. Following their incredible run, the Barrie Colts managed to move into second place in the OHL standings, behind the Windsor Spitfires, and third in the BMO CHL MasterCard Rankings behind the first place Saint John Sea Dogs and Windsor Spitfires. Their recent string of success places the franchise amongst the best in OHL history.
- Top Ranking in the Country
On February 24, 2010 the Canadian Hockey League announced the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for week 23 of the 2009–10 season. For the first time in team history the Barrie Colts claimed top spot, moving ahead of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Colts would remain in top spot until the end of the season, finishing with a league best record of 57–9–0–2.
- 2010–11 OHL Season
At the end of the 2009–10 season, the Colts and Marty Williamson parted ways. Dale Hawerchuk was named as the new Colts coach for 2010–11 season. The 2010–11 team was a much different one from the previous year. Dalton Prout was named the 11th captain in franchise history. He was joined by Stephen Gaskin, Peter Di Salvo, Darren Archibald, Taylor Carnevale, and Colin Behenna as the few returning players from the 2009–10 playoff run. Also returning, were the likes of Zach Hall, Mitch Bennett, Dean Pawlaczuk, and David Mazurek who each only played a handful of games the previous season. This meant that the Colts started the year with 5 rookie defencemen, 7 rookie forwards and a rookie back-up goaltender. David Mazurek, Dean Pawlczuk, and Chris Wiggin were released soon after the start of the season, and players such as Aleksandr Burmistrov and Kyle Clifford made their respective NHL teams. After a 4–22–1–1 last place start to the season the Colts traded Peter Di Salvo, Darren Archibald, Taylor Carnevale, Stephen Gaskin, and captain Dalton Prout before the trade deadline in an effort to make the Colts a younger team. This left Colin Behenna, Zach Hall, and Mitch Bennett as the only players left from the previous year's championship run. In return the Colts received 17 year old goalies John Chartrand and Josh Malecki as well as 17 year old defenceman Alex Lepkowski, and 17 year old power forward Eric Locke, effectively beginning the rebuilding process. The team finished with 15 wins and missed the playoffs for the first time since they joined the OHL. After missing the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, and finishing last overall in the OHL, the Colts were given the first overall draft pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection. Hawerchuk used the pick to select defenceman Aaron Ekblad, a 15 year old phenom whom recently became the second player to be granted exceptional status by the CHL.
- 2011–12 OHL Season
Dale Hawerchuk began his second season as coach of the Barrie Colts with several trades. Sent packing were players such as Josh Malecki and John Chartrand in goal, Tyler Mort, Brandon Devlin, Mackenzie Braid, and Kyler Nixon on defence, as well as Mitch Bennett and Petr Beranek on forward. In exchange, the Colts acquired a couple of experienced defencemen in Reid McNeil, and Dereck Hartwick and Ivan Telegin and Gregg Sutch on forward. Several rookies made their debut this season including goalie Alex Fotinos, defencemen Aaron Ekblad, Alex Yuill and Jonathan Laser, as well as forwards Brendan Bell and Josh MacDonald. Forward Mark Scheifele began the season with the Winnipeg Jets, scoring a goal in the seven games he started in before being sent back to Barrie. In Scheifele's absence, the Colts top line of Colin Behenna, Zach Hall, and Tanner Pearson lit the lamp several times. After approximately one month in the season all three forwards were in the top five in league scoring, with Tanner Pearson leading for the majority of the year. Because of his good start to the season Tanner Pearson was selected to play in the CHL Top Prospects Game alongside fellow Colt Mark Scheifele. The two players would later play together in the IIHF U20 World Junior Championship. Daniel Erlich, Anthony Camara and former Colt Ryan O'Connor were traded for during the season, both having an immediate impact. Goalie Clint Windsor and forward Eric Locke were sent packing after a sub-par beginning to the season. The Colts would finish 3rd in the conference and faced a tough Mississauga squad in the first round. The Colts took care of the Majors in 6 games, and would face the 2nd seed Ottawa 67's in the second round. After the Colts built a commanding 3–1 series lead, injuries to forwards Tanner Pearson, Zach Hall, Steven Beyers, Gregg Sutch, and Ivan Telegin in game 7, as well as defencemen Ryan O'Connor, and Alex Yuill would eventually take their toll. The Colts would lose the next 3 games (including game 7 in overtime), ending the season for the CHL's most improved team.
- 2012–13 OHL Season
The Barrie Colts would begin the season without the previous season's top scorers Tanner Pearson and Ivan Telegin who would play the season in the AHL. Overage defenceman Ryan O'Connor was named team captain. With the likes of Mark Scheifele, Anthony Camara, Steven Beyers, Zach Hall, and former London Knight Andreas Athanasiou, the Colts would continue to pack an offensive punch. Leading the way on defence were returnees Alex Yuill, Johnathan Laser, Aaron Ekblad, and Alex Lepkowski. Overager Mathias Neiderberger was stellar all year in goal. With this crop of experienced players, as well as a handful of rookies to fill in the gaps, the Colts would quickly take the top spot in the Eastern Conference; a position they would hold for the majority of the season. The Colts would also be ranked amongst the CHL Top Ten teams for most of the year as well. Throughout the season, many Colts would say goodbye through trades. Included in this group were Brendan Bell, Sammu Markula, Dylan Smoskowitz, and the Colts 2012 first round draft pick Brendan Perlini. In exchange they would receive many draft picks as well as defencman Jake Dotchin, and forwards Devon Rymarchuk, and Mitchell Theoret in the hopes that the Colts could make a run deep into the playoffs. Over the Christmas Break, sophomore defenceman Aaron Ekblad would captain Team Ontario's Under 17 squad, and both Anthony Camara, and Mark Scheifele would make Team Canada's Under 20 team. Scheifele would soon after be recalled to the NHL after the lockout was settled. He would remain with the Winnipeg Jets until early February when he was returned to the OHL. The Colts would lock down the 2nd place seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the playoffs. After quickly beating the 7th seed Kingston Frontenacs and 3rd seed Oshawa Generals 4 games to 0 a piece, the Colts would meet the first place Belleville Bulls in the conference finals. The Colts would need 7 games to beat Belleville for a trip to the OHL Championships. No one gave the Colts a chance at winning this series as they would play the defending champions London Knights. After 4 games, the Colts would lead the series 3 games to 1. At this point, injuries to Mark Scheifele and suspensions (10 games for Ryan O'Connor, 5 games for Anthony Camara, and 5 games for Jake Dotchin) would catch up with the Colts. London would win game 5 at home and game 6 in Barrie in thrilling fashion. In game 6 London would hold a 4–0 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the third period. The Colts stormed back to score 4 goals before losing in overtime. In game 7 Barrie headed back to London where the game was tied 2–2 in the dying seconds of the third period. A miscommunication between the Colts players lead to a turnover, and a London goal with 0.1 seconds remaining on the clock to deny the Colts a trip to the Memorial Cup. To add insult to injury, London was awarded the 2014 Memorial Cup early the next day; a tournament that Barrie also had a solid bid for.
- 2013–14 OHL Season
Despite losing the likes of leading scorers Mark Scheifele, Anthony Camara, Steven Beyers, Alex Lepkowski, Ryan O'Connor, and Mathias Neiderberger the Colts began the season as Eastern Conference favourites. Aaron Ekblad was named as team captain, and was expected to carry much of the defensive load. The season began slowly for the Colts, losing many of their opening games. After a few trades which sent goaltender Alex Fotinos and forward Josh MacDonald to Windsor and Peterborough respectively, the Colts found their stride, vaulting to near the top of the conference in November. Rookies forwards Matthew Kreis, Andrew Mangiapane, Cordell James, and Kevin Labanc, as well as rookie defenceman Josh Carrick, and Mackenzie Blackwood in goal each received plenty of ice time in this run which helped the Colts reach the top of their division. The middle of the season saw the Colts settle into the middle of the Eastern Conference standings. Rookie forward Matthew Kreis represented team Ontario in the World U17 Challenge, and captain Aaron Ekblad shouldered much of Team Canada's defensive load at the IIHF World Mens U20 Championship in Malmo, Sweden. Moves before the trade deadline sent Eric Bradford to the Ottawa 67's, Dylan Corson to Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and defenceman Alex Yuill to the Belleville Bulls in exchange for forwards Nick Patorious (Sault. Ste Marie), Garrett Hooey (Belleville), and Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa) as well as defenceman Mac Clutsam (Sault Ste. Marie).
- 1999–2000—Finalists vs. Rimouski Océanic
J. Ross Robertson Cup Ontario Hockey League Championship
- 1999–2000—Champions vs. Plymouth Whalers
- 2001–02—Finalists vs. Erie Otters
- 2009–10—Finalists vs. Windsor Spitfires
- 2012–13—Finalists vs. London Knights
Bobby Orr Trophy Eastern Conference Championship
- 1999–2000—Champions vs. Belleville Bulls
- 2001–02—Champions vs. Toronto St. Michael's Majors
- 2005–06—Finalists vs. Peterborough Petes
- 2009–10—Champions vs. Mississauga St. Michael's Majors
- 2012–13—Champions vs. Belleville Bulls
Emms Trophy Central Division title
- 1998–99—105 Points (First in Eastern Conference)
- 1999–2000—93 Points (First in Eastern Conference)
- 2006–07—97 Points (First in Eastern Conference)
- 2009–10—116 Points (First in OHL)
- 2012–13—92 Points (Second in Eastern Conference)
Hamilton Spectator Trophy Best Record in the League
- 2009–10,—116 Points
(Finishing with a 57–9–0–2 record. #1 in Canada for the final four weeks of the season)
- OHA Jr. B
Sutherland Cup Junior 'B' Championship
- 1934–35 and 1992–93
Division Titles Central Junior 'B'
- 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1992–93
The legendary Bert Templeton was the first coach for the OHL Colts. Templeton was awarded the OHL Executive of the Year in 1995–96 for his role as general manager. Templeton built the inaugural team of the Barrie Colts, who became the first OHL expansion franchise to make the playoffs in its first season.
List of coaches with multiple seasons in parentheses.
- 1995–99 – Bert Templeton (4)
- 1999–2000 – Bill Stewart
- 2000–04 – Bud Stefanski (4)
- 2004–2010 – Marty Williamson (6)
- 2010–present – Dale Hawerchuk (4)
For a complete list of Barrie Colts Draft picks see Barrie Colts Draft Picks.
- 1995 – Daniel Tkaczuk Jack Ferguson Award (First Overall Priority Selection)
- 1998–99 – Brian Finley OHL Goaltender of the Year, Wayne Gretzky 99 Award (Playoffs MVP)
- 1998–99 – Sheldon Keefe Emms Family Award (Rookie of the Year)
- 1999–2000 – Sheldon Keefe Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy (Scoring Champion), Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy (Top Scoring Right Winger)
- 2000 – Eric Reitz and Sheldon Keefe (Memorial Cup All-Star Team)
- 2001–02 – Eric Reitz Max Kaminsky Trophy (Most Outstanding Defenceman)
- 2003–04 – Paulo Colaiacovo OHL Goaltender of the Year
- 2003–04 – Bryan Little Emms Family Award (Rookie of the Year)
- 2009–10 – Bryan Cameron Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy (Overage Player of the Year)
- 2011 – Aaron Ekblad Jack Ferguson Award (First Overall Priority Selection—granted exceptional status)
- 2011–12 – Aaron Ekblad Emms Family Award (Rookie of the Year)
|Year||Nationality||Player||Games Played||Goals/Goals Against||Assists/Save %||Points||PIM||Place|
|2010||Stefan Della Rovere||6||3||3||6||8||Silver|
|2009||Stefan Della Rovere||6||1||1||2||26||Gold|
Played in the NHL **
There have been 31 players who were drafted by the National Hockey League while playing for the Colts.
|Year—Pick #||Nationality||Player||Height||Weight||Position||NHL team|
|2012—30||Tanner Pearson||6'0"||192||Forward||Los Angeles Kings|
|2011—7||Mark Scheifele**||6'3"||175||Forward||Winnipeg Jets|
|2011—137||Alex Lepkowski||6'4"||212||Defence||Buffalo Sabres|
|2010—8||Alexander Burmistrov **||6'0"||170||Forward||Atlanta Thrashers|
|2010—154||Dalton Prout **||6'3"||223||Defence||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|2009—35||Kyle Clifford **||6'2"||210||Forward||Los Angeles Kings|
|2009—93||Alex Hutchings||5'10"||179||Forward||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|2008—77||Michael Hutchinson||6'3"||192||Goalie||Boston Bruins|
|2008—204||Stefan Della Rovere **||5'11"||200||Forward||Washington Capitals|
|2006—12||Bryan Little **||5'10"||190||Forward||Winnipeg Jets|
|2003—54||B.J. Crombeen **||6'2"||212||Forward||Dallas Stars|
|2002—169||Jeremy Swanson||6'0"||208||Defence||Florida Panthers|
|2001—218||Jan Platil||6"2"||209||Defence||Ottawa Senators|
|2000—93||Tim Branham||6'2"||195||Defence||Vancouver Canucks|
|2000—135||Mike Danton **||5'9"||190||Forward||New Jersey Devils|
|2000—170||Eric Reitz **||6'1"||215||Defence||Minnesota Wild|
|1999—6||Brian Finley **||6'3"||181||Goalie||Nashville Predators|
|1999—12||Denis Shvidki **||6'2"||212||Forward||Florida Panthers|
|1999—47||Sheldon Keefe **||5'11"||185||Forward||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|1999—61||Ed Hill||6'2"||215||Defence||Nashville Predators|
|1999—95||Andre Lakos||6'6"||240||Defence||New Jersey Devils|
|1999—185||Scott Cameron||6'0"||180||Forward||New Jersey Devils|
|1998—13||Michael Henrich||6'2"||209||Forward||Edmonton Oilers|
|1998—17||Martin Skoula **||6'3"||226||Defence||Colorado Avalanche|
|1998—151||Adam DeLeeuw||6'1"||225||Forward||Detroit Red Wings|
|1997—6||Daniel Tkaczuk **||6'1"||189||Forward||Calgary Flames|
|1997—74||Nick Smith **||6'2"||190||Forward||Florida Panthers|
|1997—155||Keith Delaney||6'0"||194||Forward||Florida Panthers|
|1997—189||Jeff McKercher||6'0"||210||Defence||Dallas Stars|
|1996—4||Alexandre Volchkov **||6'1"||194||Forward||Washington Capitals|
|1996—43||Jan Bulis **||6'0"||194||Forward||Washington Capitals|
There have been 3 players who have signed as free agents in the National Hockey League while playing for the Colts.
|2010||Bryan Cameron||5'10"||183||Forward||Calgary Flames|
|2010||Luke Pither||6'0"||194||Forward||Philadelphia Flyers|
|2007||Brian Lashoff||6'3"||204||Defence||Detroit Red Wings|
There are 42 Barrie Colts alumni who have played in the National Hockey League: 33 from the OHL Colts, and 11 from the Junior B Colts.
|Years Played||Birthplace||Player||Height||Weight||Position||Regular Season Games Played||Goals||Assists||Points||Penalty Minutes||Playoff Games Played||Goals||Assists||Points||Penalty Minutes|
|1990–2006||Toronto, Ontario||Drake Berehowsky||6'2"||211||Defence||549||37||112||149||848||22||1||3||4||30|
|1986–2004||Barrie, Ontario||Shayne Corson||6'2"||208||Left Wing||1156||273||420||693||2357||140||38||49||87||291|
|1994–2005||Barrie, Ontario||Bruce Gardiner||6'1"||185||Centre||312||34||54||88||263||21||1||4||5||8|
|1982–1986||Cambridge, Ontario||Mike Hoffman||Left Wing||9||1||3||4||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|1997–2012||Barrie, Ontario||John Madden||5’11"||190||Centre||898||165||183||348||219||141||21||22||43||26|
|1995–1997||Toronto, Ontario||Mike Prokopec||6'2"||190||Right Wing||15||0||0||0||11||0||0||0||0||0|
|1994–2011||North Bay, Ontario||Craig Rivet||6'2"||220||Defence||923||50||186||237||1171||69||4||19||23||69|
|1989–2005||Barrie, Ontario||Darren Rumble||6'1"||210||Defence||193||10||26||36||216||0||0||0||0||0|
|1989–2000||Barrie, Ontario||Darrin Shannon||6'2"||205||Left Wing||506||87||163||250||344||45||7||10||17||38|
|1988–2004||Barrie, Ontario||Darryl Shannon||6'2"||208||Defence||544||28||111||139||523||29||4||7||11||16|
|1990–2000||Aurora, Ontario||Shayne Stevenson||6'1"||190||Centre||27||0||2||2||35||0||0||0||0||0|
- As of the end of the 2011–12 NHL Season
|Years Played||Birthplace||Player||Height||Weight||Position||Regular Season Games Played||Goals||Assists||Points||Penalty Minutes||Playoff Games Played||Goals||Assists||Points||Penalty Minutes|
|2003–04||Dunnville, Ontario||Ryan Barnes||6'1"||220||Left Wing||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2003–08||Schomberg, Ontario||Darryl Bootland||6'2"||204||Right Wing||32||1||2||3||85||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010–present||Chatham, Ontario||T.J. Brodie||6'1"||180||Defence||3||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|1996–2004||Dunnville, Ontario||Brad Brown||6'3"||218||Defence||330||2||27||29||747||11||0||0||0||16|
|1997–2007||Pardubice, Czech Republic||Jan Bulis||6'0"||209||Centre||552||96||149||245||268||35||3||3||6||14|
|2010–present||Kazan, Russia||Aleksandr Burmistrov||6'1"||180||Centre||74||6||14||20||27||0||0||0||0||0|
|1996–2008||Scarborough, Ontario||Jeff Cowan||6'2"||205||Left Wing||413||47||34||81||695||10||2||0||2||22|
|2010–present||Ayr, Ontario||Kyle Clifford||6'2"||207||Left Wing||76||7||7||14||141||6||3||2||5||7|
|2007–present||Toronto, Ontario||Richard Clune||5'11"||201||Left Wing||14||0||2||2||26||4||0||0||0||5|
|2005–present||Denver, USA||B.J. Crombeen||6'2"||212||Right Wing||248||26||27||53||509||9||0||0||0||12|
|2000–2004||Scarborough, Ontario||Mike Danton||5'9"||190||Centre||87||9||5||14||182||5||1||0||1||2|
|2010–present||Richmond Hill, Ontario||Stefan Della Rovere||5'11"||196||Left Wing||7||0||0||0||11||0||0||0||0||0|
|2002–2007||Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario||Brian Finley||6'3"||201||Goaltender||3||0|
|2006–present||Welland, Ontario||Daniel Girardi||6'2"||215||Defence||360||24||87||111||165||32||0||3||3||16|
|2008-2012||Huntsville, Ontario||Andrew Cooke||6'2"||217||Defence||270||43||80||123||350||35||15||30||45||20|
|2012–present||Oshawa, Ontario||Ryan Hamilton||6'2"||219||Left Wing||2||0||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2000–2003||Brampton, Ontario||Sheldon Keefe||5'11"||185||Right Wing||125||12||12||24||78||0||0||0||0||0|
|2007–present||Labrador City, Newfoundland||Dan LaCosta||6'1"||186||Goaltender||4||0|
|2013–present||Albany, NY||Brian Lashoff||6'3"||208||Defence|
|2007–present||Edmonton, Alberta||Bryan Little||5'11"||185||Right Wing||282||68||81||149||95||0||0||0||0||0|
|1999–2000||Owen Sound, Ontario||Mike Minard||6'3"||225||Goaltender||1||0|
|2008–2009||Litvinov, Czech Republic||Jakub Petruzalek||5'10"||176||Right Wing||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2008–present||King City, Ontario||Alex Pietrangelo||6'4"||207||Defence||96||12||34||46||27||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011–present||Lasalle, Ontario||Dalton Prout||6'3"||219||Defence||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2005–2009||Detroit, USA||Eric Reitz||6'1"||222||Defence||48||1||1||2||69||2||0||0||0||0|
|2010–present||Hamilton, Ontario||Zac Rinaldo||5'11"||180||Left Wing||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||12|
|2011–present||Kitchener, Ontario||Mark Scheifele||6'3"||175||Centre||7||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2000–2004||Kharkov, Ukraine||Denis Shvidki||6'2"||212||Right Wing||76||11||14||25||30||0||0||0||0||0|
|1999–2010||Litomerice, Czech Republic||Martin Skoula||6'3"||226||Defence||776||44||152||196||328||83||1||13||14||22|
|2001–2002||Hamilton, Ontario||Nick Smith||6'2"||190||Centre||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2005–2006||Hamilton, Ontario||Joey Tenute||5'10"||192||Centre||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2001–2002||Toronto, Ontario||Daniel Tkaczuk||6'1"||189||Centre||19||4||7||11||14||0||0||0||0||0|
|1999–2000||Moscow, Russia||Alexandre Volchkov||6'1"||194||Left Wing||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2007–present||Pittsburgh, USA||Mike Weber||6'2"||199||Defence||81||4||16||20||102||7||0||1||1||6|
List of captains with multiple seasons in parentheses.
- 1995–96 – Shawn Frappier
- 1995–96 – Jeff Cowan (1)
- 1996–99 – Daniel Tkaczuk (3)
- 1999–2000 – Sheldon Keefe (1)
- 2000–01 – Matt Dzieduszycki (1)
- 2001–02 – Eric Reitz (1)
- 2002–04 – Jeremy Swanson (2)
- 2004–05 – B.J. Crombeen (1)
- 2005–07 – Bryan Little (2)
- 2007–08 – Tomas Marcinko (1)
- 2008–10 – Stefan Della Rovere (2)
- 2010–11 – Dalton Prout (1)
- 2011-12 - Colin Behenna (1)
- 2011–13 – Ryan O'Connor (1)
- 2013-14 - Aaron Ekblad (1)
For a complete list of Barrie Colts yearly roster and stats see Barrie Colts All-time Roster.
Updated September 28, 2013.1
The longest playoff game in Barrie Colts history lasted 118 minutes, and 5 seconds, on March 28, 2009 at the Barrie Molson Centre. The Mississauga St. Michael's Majors defeated the Barrie Colts 4 to 3 in the third overtime of game five of the eastern conference quarter-finals and ended the series with the triple overtime goal.
|Team records for a single season|
|Best Win %||0.853||2009–10|
|Worst Win %||0.250||2010–11|
|Most goals for||343||1998–99|
|Least goals for||196||2003–04|
|Most goals against||352||2010–11|
|Least goals against||171||2003–04|
|Longest Winning Streak||22||2009–10|
|Longest Losing Streak||15||2010–11|
As of March 16, 2014
Note: In order to be included in this table, the player played the entire season for the Barrie Colts.
Note: Goalies must have played a minimum 1500 minutes.
As of March 16, 2014
Note: Pts = Points; G = Goals; A = Assists; PIM = Penalty Minutes; GP = Games Played.
For a complete list of Barrie Colts games and results see Barrie Colts Schedule and Results.
- 196x–78 Mid-Ontario Junior B League
- 1978–93 Central Junior B League
- 1993–95 OPJHL Junior A
- 1995–Present OHL
Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss
- 1969–70 Defeated Woodstock Navy-Vets 4-games-to-3 for George S. Dudley Trophy Super "C" Championship
- 1992–93 Defeated Kitchener Dutchmen 4-games-to-none for Sutherland Cup
- 1995–96 Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 3 in division quarter-finals.
- 1996–97 Defeated Owen Sound Platers 4 games to 0 in division quarter-finals.
Lost to Ottawa 67's 4 games to 1 in quarter-finals..
- 1997–98 Lost to Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 2 in division quarter-finals.
- 1998–99 Defeated Kingston Frontenacs 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to Oshawa Generals 4 games to 3 in conference semi-finals.
- 1999–2000 Defeated North Bay Centennials 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
Defeated Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 3 in conference semi-finals.
Defeated Belleville Bulls 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
Defeated Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 3 in finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
Finished Memorial Cup round-robin in third place (1 win, 2 losses).
Defeated Halifax Mooseheads 6–3 in semi-final game.
Lost to Rimouski Oceanic 6–2 in championship game.
- 2000–01 Lost to Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2001–02 Defeated Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Defeated Belleville Bulls 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals.
Defeated St. Michael's Majors 4 games to 0 in conference finals.
Lost to Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in finals.
- 2002–03 Lost to Brampton Battalion 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2003–04 Defeated Kingston Frontenacs 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to Mississauga IceDogs 4 games to 3 in conference semi-finals.
- 2004–05 Lost to Ottawa 67's 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2005–06 Defeated St. Michael's Majors 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
Defeated Brampton Battalion 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
- 2006–07 Defeated Brampton Battalion 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
- 2007–08 Defeated Brampton Battalion 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
- 2008–09 Lost to Mississauga Majors 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
- 2009–10 Defeated Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
Defeated Brampton Battalion 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
Defeated Mississauga St.Michaels Majors 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
Lost to Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 0 in Finals.
- 2010–11 Did not qualify.
- 2011–12 Defeated Mississauga St. Michaels Majors 4 games to 2 in the conference quarter-finals.
Lost to Ottawa 67's 4 games to 3 in conference semi-finals.
- 2012–13 Defeated Kingston Frontenacs 4 games to 0 in the conference quarter-finals.
Defeated Oshawa Generals 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
Defeated Belleville Bullis 4 games to 3 in the conference finals.
Lost to London Knights 4 games to 3 in Finals.
- 2013–14 Defeated Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 1 in the conference quarter-finals.
Lost to North Bay Battalion 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals.
The Barrie Colts logo displays an angry horse holding a hockeystick, surrounded by a horseshoe. The Colts colours are red, white, navy blue & gold. The home uniforms are a white background, with red, navy blue and gold trim. The away uniforms are a navy blue background, with red, white & gold trim. Barrie also briefly used a third jersey which was a red background, with white, navy blue & gold trim.
For the 2007–08 season, the Colts have worn a new third jersey. It has a navy blue blackground with white, red and gold trim along the bottom, with the word "Colts" diagonally across the front. For the 2009–10 season the colts will be wearing the Rbk Edge uniforms with a new template.
The Barrie Colts played at the Barrie Arena during their tenure in the Junior B days and Junior A Tier II days, and also for a portion of their inaugural OHL season until their new arena was completed. The Barrie Arena was located in downtown Barrie and was formerly home to the Barrie Flyers OHA team from 1945–1960 and other senior hockey teams. The Arena was torn down in 2008.
Barrie Molson Centre was completed during the early portion of the 1995–96 season. The layout of the arena served as a blueprint for many new OHL arenas built shortly thereafter. There is a Horsepower restaurant located at the west end of the arena. The Barrie Molson Centre is located near the southern entrance of Park Place, close to Highway 400.
- Capacity = 4,195
- Ice Size = 200' x 85'
Arena profiles from "The OHL Arena & Travel Guide"
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