Hockey is more than just a game; it’s a way of life. This sentiment rings true for hockey fans across North America and around the world. From the passionate fans in Canada to the dedicated followers in the United States, hockey transcends borders and brings people together like no other sport. And when it comes to minor hockey, there is no place quite like Ottawa, home to the Ottawa 67’s.
The Ottawa 67’s are a junior ice hockey team that plays in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The team has a long and storied history, dating back to the late 1960s. Over the years, the 67’s have seen many peaks and valleys, but their unwavering dedication to the game has made them a beloved and respected team by hockey enthusiasts everywhere.
As with any team, the regular season and the playoffs paint two very different pictures. Let’s take a closer look at the Ottawa 67’s performance in the regular season and playoffs and what makes them a force to be reckoned with in the world of hockey.
Regular Season Success
The regular season is a crucial period for any hockey team. It is where teams build chemistry, work out any kinks, and position themselves for a strong playoff showing. The Ottawa 67’s have consistently performed well during the regular season, with many successful seasons under their belt.
In the 2019–2020 season, the 67’s finished at the top of the OHL Eastern Conference standings with a record of 50-11-1. This was an impressive feat, given the strong competition within the league. Led by talented players like Marco Rossi, a top prospect in the 2020 NHL Draft, and goalie Cedrick Andree, the 67’s dominated on both ends of the ice.
But the road to winning the regular season is not an easy one. It takes hard work, determination, and a strong team dynamic. According to head coach André Tourigny, successful teams need to have leaders who understand the challenges and embrace the opportunity to be successful.
The Ottawa 67’s are no stranger to success, having won the OHL’s Hamilton Spectator Trophy for best regular-season record five times in their history. Their consistent performance and strong team dynamic have earned them a loyal fan base and a reputation as one of the top teams in the OHL.
While the regular season may lay the foundation for success, it is the playoffs that truly define a team. The Ottawa 67’s have had their share of ups and downs in the playoffs, but they have always been a formidable opponent.
In the 2019–2020 playoffs, the 67’s were favorites to go all the way and capture the J. Ross Robertson Cup, the OHL championship trophy. Unfortunately, their playoff run was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down the league and ultimately canceled the playoffs.
But past playoff performances have shown the resilience and determination of the Ottawa 67’s. In the 1998–1999 season, the 67’s won their first and only OHL championship, defeating the Belleville Bulls in a thrilling seven-game series.
Their most recent playoff success came in the 2018–2019 season, where they made it to the OHL finals but fell to the Guelph Storm in six games. Despite the loss, the 67’s showed their grit and determination in their playoff run, giving fans hope for the future.
The Road Ahead
Hockey is a sport of highs and lows, of triumphs and challenges. And the Ottawa 67’s have experienced it all throughout their history. As they look ahead to the 2020–2021 season, the 67’s have their sights set on bringing home the J. Ross Robertson Cup and making their fans proud.
With a strong core of returning players and a few key additions, the 67’s are poised for another successful season. And while there may be challenges along the way, the passion and support of their fans will undoubtedly be there every step of the way.
The minor hockey scene in Ottawa is unlike any other, and the Ottawa 67’s are a big part of that. Whether you are a die-hard fan or a casual observer, there is something special about watching the 67’s play. So, let’s continue to cheer them on and see where the journey takes us.