View from the overpriced seats

Anybody still bitching about playoff ticket prices?   Not anyone who was there for Friday’s epic battle at the KRock Centre.   Game Two had something for everyone, the best entertainment for your hockey dollar was right here in Kingston ,  except there was no storybook ending.

4,700 fans were sitting in those overpriced seats when Kingston jumped out to a 1-0 lead just two minutes in on a powerplay goal by Connor McGlynn.    With the crowd behind them,  the Fronts couldn’t find a way to build off that early momentum.

In fact, for most of the night Kingston just didn’t play like they had all year.   More importantly,  they were missing the swagger that should come with being the best in the East and beating Niagara three of four during the regular season.

Niagara clearly looked like the top ‘Dogs,  dominating the Frontenacs for much of the night.  Early in the third period after putting two quick ones past Jeremy Helvig, they had a 5-2 lead and it looked like this one was over.  Hopes of a deep playoff run for the Frontenacs were fading by the minute.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.   Things got so bad coach Paul McFarland went back to his number one goalie Lucas Peressini.

You might remember Lucas?   A year ago Peressini was the OHL’s best goalie,  now stapled to the end of the Frontenacs bench finishing out his overage year.  There was no expectation Peressini was coming in to kickstart a comeback,  he was sent in to ‘mop up’ and save Helvig’s confidence from being completely destroyed.

But at that point the momentum changed,  and for the first time in a long time the Fronts faithful got really loud.   As loud as I have heard it for hockey at the KRock Centre.

The Kingston hockey crowd has a reputation for being pretty quiet even when they show up in big numbers.  But not on this night, they paid their money and they were going to be heard.   They didn’t wait for something to happen, several times the crowd spontaneously began chanting ‘Go Fronts Go’,  which never happens unless Rockin’ Reid is standing in front of three fans on the big screen offering them free pizza slices.  Reid was nowhere to be seen and the whole building was rocking. Cheering every hit, every scoring chance and every big play.   Yes, sitting in these vastly overpriced seats,  the home crowd had come alive and willed the Fronts to a spectacular comeback.

Feeding off the crowd Kingston rallied and scored three goals in the last ten minutes to knot it at 5-5 and force overtime.   The momentum carried over into the extra period, Fronts outshot Niagara 18-6 in OT and had chance after chance,  but could not beat Niagara goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic.  At one point Nedeljkovic went down injured,   it created a very long delay and it appeared he may not continue.  No such luck for Kingston.   Then with a 2nd overtime looming,  faceoff in the Kingston end, Niagara’s  Anthony DiFruscia beats Peressini with a wrister and just like that the night was over.

Maybe this franchise is really cursed.  On a night when they clearly deserved a much better fate the hockey Gods wouldn’t let it happen.   If the Fronts can play in St. Catharines the way they played in the last 30 minutes of Game Two this series is not over. Kingston fans seem pretty confident they will be back home for Game Five next Friday.


The Fronts make the 2nd round for the first time in almost two decades and all anyone wants to talk about is ticket prices.   That’s your worst nightmare if you’re the Fronts organization.  According to work done by our friends at CKWS-TV,  Fronts have the most expensive seats of the eight cities left in the OHL playoffs.  When you have starved your fan base of decent entertainment for two decades, why try to stick it to them when you finally get there?    They should have done ‘Throwback Thursday” for Game One and sold every seat in the place for 10 bucks  ..  Look for Helvig to be back in for Game Three Sunday  …Where would this team be without Dal Colle?  … Now that they’re getting a little attention,  why don’t the Fronts bring back some of their former players to be honoured pre-game.  A guy like Mike Moffat would be a good example.  This franchise pays no attention to its 40-plus year past.




Remembering Mike Moffat at the ’82 World Juniors

Moffat _ arriving Bruins

The World Junior Hockey Championships have become a staple for millions of Canadian hockey fans during the holiday season, as we watch Canada’s best young players battle for gold.

Things were much different in 1982, when Canada iced its first true national junior team and a goaltender from Kingston backstopped Canada to a gold medal.  Prior to 1982, the Memorial Cup champions bolstered by a few additional players had represented Canada at the tournament.

Mike Moffat, from Cambridge, ON,  was a 19 year old goaltender for the OHL’s Kingston Canadians when he made the national team, sharing the goaltending duties with Frank Caprice of the London Knights.

It was Moffat who played the crucial games; he got the start against the Soviet Union in a Boxing Day game in Winnipeg that was televised nationally on CTV.  Both teams were undefeated, but Canada embarrassed the Soviets 7-0 and Moffat got the shutout.

The gold medal game saw Canada play Czechoslovakia in Rochester, Minnesota, there was no TV coverage of the final and it was only heard on CBC radio.  Canada had won its first six games; the Czechs were 5-and-1.

With Moffat back in goal, Canada trailed 2-1 after forty minutes,  General Manager Sherry Bassin went into the Canadian dressing room during the second intermission waving a gold medal he had borrowed, telling them, “If you don’t win the third period, you will only be able to tell people you were 20 minutes away from being world champions.”

Canada scored two quick goals to take the lead in the third, Czechoslovakia tied it and it ended 3-3, giving Canada the gold.

Kingston’s Scott Arniel was one of the offensive stars of the tournament for Canada,  scoring 5 goals and collecting 11 points over the seven games, tying for third in team scoring.  Arniel split the 81-82 season between the Cornwall Royals and Winnipeg Jets.

As the Canadian players lined up for the national anthem to celebrate the gold medal win, the anthem never played.  So the players sang O’ Canada a cappella, in what has now become a tradition when Canada wins the tournament.

Moffat was unbeaten in 4 games with a 1.75 goals against average.  He was named to the tournament all-star team and chosen as the outstanding goaltender,   ahead of the USA’s John Vanbeisbrouck,  who went on to be an NHL star.  Within a couple days, Moffat was back in Kingston.

Every player on that Canadian team would go on to play in the NHL.  When Kingston was eliminated from the playoffs;  Moffat was called up by the Boston Bruins (he was a 7th round pick of the Bruins in the 1980 NHL draft) and played two of the final regular season games.   When the playoffs began,  to his surprise Moffat was named the starting goaltender by Bruins coach Gerry Cheevers.  Leaving veteran Rogie Vachon, in his 16th and final NHL season, watching the rookie and Marco Baron  – who had played 44 games for the Bruins that season – on the bench.

Moffat led the Bruins to 4-game sweep over Buffalo in the first round and was the talk of the hockey world.  In the next round, Boston went seven games against Quebec, Moffat was outstanding but the Bruins lost game seven 2-1.

It appeared Moffat had earned the right to be the Bruins goalie of the future, but that summer Boston acquired veteran Pete Peeters from Philadelphia and he would win the Vezina trophy the next season.   Moffat was never able to win back the Bruins job, played just 19 games in Boston over three seasons and was gone from the NHL by age 22.

He later confessed he found being an NHL goaltender very stressful; suffering through terrible pre-game nerves, chronic headaches and insomnia.

He gave up on hockey, returned to school at Wilfred Laurier University and ultimately ended up back in Kingston in the late 80’s , where he worked for several years at the local Rona store and played forward in a Kingston men’s hockey league.

Now 53, he lives in Toronto, still plays pickup hockey and works as an outside sale rep for Rona Lumber Supply.

But, there was a time three decades ago, when Mike Moffat was briefly the hottest goaltender in hockey.




Big Expectations for Dal Colle

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photo by Aaron Bell

Michael Dal  Colle woke up New Year’s day to a new beginning after sleep walking through the first half of the OHL season in Oshawa.   If he doesn’t know it already,  #71  will find out quickly he is Kingston’s new white knight;   joining a franchise with more playoff baggage than terminal one at Pearson International airport over the holidays.

Dal Colle knows he is here for one reason,  to lead the Frontenacs to an extended playoff run and erase almost 20 years of futility in KTown.   He has the pedigree to do it,  a first round pick of the NY Islanders (5th overall in the 2014 NHL draft,  right behind Sam Bennett) , he led Oshawa to the Memorial Cup last spring and I was in Quebec City to witness part of it.

Dal Colle is an elite player,  a difference maker,   the kind of player you need to win in the post-season.

In last year’s OHL playoffs he had 31 points.

To put that in perspective,  it  would have put him among the Frontenacs top ten scorers during the entire 68 game regular season.

But he hasn’t been that player this season.

After back to back  39 and 42 goal seasons, Dal Colle has looked very ordinary,  scoring just 8 goals for a Generals team that is a shadow of last year’s Memorial Cup team.   The New York Islanders are likely more thrilled with this move than Kingston is, having spent a high first round pick to get a player who has really struggled this season when he should be one of the league’s leading scorers.

The Frontenacs are banking on a change in scenery and new linemates will help Dal Colle regain his previous form,  after being cut for the second straight year by Canada’s World Junior team.

As a rental player he didn’t come cheap.

Kingston gives up their first round pick in 2015, Robbie Burt,  along with two second round picks and two third round picks.  Back in November the Fronts acquired 19 year old defenceman Stephen Desrochers from Oshawa, giving them 2 key pieces from a Memorial Cup winning team,  but they also parted with a lot of their future;  10 draft picks ( two are conditional) to get two final year players.

This is the second straight year Kingston GM Doug Gilmour has traded away his first round draft pick.  Robbie Burt could be an elite player in 2 or 3 years and Dal  Colle will be a distant memory.

Dealing your first round pick every year likely doesn’t sit well with your scouting staff and is no recipe for long term success.  Last year they traded their top pick, defenceman Reagan O’Grady, to Sudbury.  And of course who can forget in 2011 top pick Max Domi refused to come to Kingston and was traded to London.  But in his 8th year in Kingston and with zero playoff series wins to show for it,   for Dougie G the future is right now.

Ask  Blue Jays fans whether they were upset when Toronto  traded away most of its top prospects  last summer ,  in return for a memorable playoff run after 20 plus years of being a mediocre .500 team.

It’s long overdue for Kingston to be bold and to make a run.

They already have four elite players in their lineup; Peressini,   Crouse, Watson and McKeown.  Add Dal Colle to the mix and now there are no excuses for not going deep in the playoffs this spring.

The Fronts are saddled with the baggage that comes from their last playoff win dating back to after the ice storm in ’98.

They have mortgaged the future and the time is now.

Mr. Dal Colle,  welcome to Kingston,  now just win us a friggin’ playoff series.





Hulton Back On An Island

Jim Hulton is back on an island.  The Wolfe Island native has landed in Prince Edward Island, hired as the new head coach of the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.  It’s been a long road back to the Canadian Hockey League, since Hulton was ‘voted off the island’ by the Kingston Frontenacs in 2006 following an 81-point season and a first round playoff exit.

That was the worst decision on a very long list of bad decisions for a Frontenacs organization that hasn’t won a playoff round since 1998.  

After being fired by the Fronts,  Hulton spent a year coaching at Royal Military College,  a season back in the OHL working alongside Dave Cameron and the Mississauga Icedogs, followed by a 3-year stint in the NHL as an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers.

He came back home to Kingston and was out of hockey for a couple of seasons,  before moving to Nebraska and leaving his family behind in 2013 to coach the Tri-City Storm of the United States Junior Hockey League.  

Hulton was named coach and GM in Tri-City , and for the first time in his career actually had input on the players he got to coach.  The first year they finished under .500, but this past season they tacked on an extra 20 regular season wins and people began to take notice.

You knew it was only a matter of time before an opportunity opened back up for him in the CHL.  The Frontenacs should have hired him back as coach and GM, but that would have involved admitting a previous mistake and you know that doesn’t happen here.  So as the Fronts continue upon their merry little trek to oblivion, Jim Hulton packs up again and heads to the Maritimes to an Islanders team that looks like it has some pieces.

Neate Sager in a post on Yahoo Sports, points out the Islanders have two second round NHL draft picks and a goalie on Team Canada’s radar for the World Juniors. The team posted a 35-28-1-4 record this past season and won a playoff round for the first time since 2004.

Almost 70 candidates applied for the job, but GM Grant Sonier told The Guardian newspaper in PEI he wanted Hulton, “He is a motivator, a teacher, and a guy that we think can bring this team to the next level. We’re really elated to get him.”

Just over a decade ago, after being fired by the Montreal Canadiens, Alain Vigneault went to PEI to relaunch his coaching career in the ‘Q’.

Hulton will feel right at home in PEI, they’re his kind of people, and on-ice success will be sure to follow.

The Real Cost Of A Losing Team

In the month of May the only thing you can see at Kingston’s Rogers KRock Centre are the monster trucks,  if you want to see OHL hockey you have to go to Oshawa.   So we did,  hitting the 401 on Mother’s Day weekend to see Game 2 of the OHL finals and Erie’s phenom Connor McDavid.

When you a get a taste of junior hockey played at its highest level,  you understand just how much we’ve been cheated in Kingston.

The price Kingston fans have paid for supporting a team that has never been competitive.

Oshawa fans call themselves ‘Gens Army’, a sea of red sweaters and shirts fill the GM Centre even during warm up.   Outside there is a a buzz and it’s not just from the small beer garden setup near the main entrance.  There doesn’t appear to be anywhere nearby you’d want to have a beer before the game, to say downtown Oshawa is not very nice, would be an understatement.  I asked one fan where we’d find, “the nice part of Oshawa?”   He thought for a moment and replied, ‘Whitby.”

I was thinking how much better this would be in Kingston.  Parties in the square with live bands and a really big beer garden before and after the game.  Not to mention our unique local pubs and restaurants overflowing, try finding that in downtown Oshawa.

But because the Frontenacs never win, Kingston misses out.

Kingston has bid twice to host the Memorial Cup and never got past the stage where the CHL selection committee just rolled its collective eyes and said. “Kingston, really, you’re kidding right?”

We’ve got everything we need to host the tournament,  except for a team, which is the most important aspect of the bid.

We also have something no other city has,  the history.    Kingston hockey pioneer Captain James T. Sutherland founded the Memorial Cup here in 1919,  after two local hockey heroes died overseas;  George Richardson and Scotty Davidson.   Sadly, the tournament has never come ‘home’ .

In fact,  it’s pretty cocky (or delusional) to submit a bid and expect to host the Memorial Cup when you haven’t won a single playoff series since 1998.  And you wonder why, when they show up the OHL Board of Governors meetings, no one takes Kingston seriously.    Thank God for Sudbury, or we’d be the OHL’s permanent punchline.

A few years ago I co-chaired Kingston’s bid to host the RBC Cup,  Canada’s Tier 2 hockey championships.     We had a great organizing committee and an exceptional bid.     What we didn’t have was a decent rink.     The RBC Cup is played at the same time as the OHL Finals,  and the Kingston Frontenacs wouldn’t give up their home rink.   Just in case they happened to be playing for an OHL title.

Now,  I know what you’re thinking,  like any other sane hockey fan,  pigs will fly before that happens.

Doesn’t seem to matter to them,  so we go to Calgary to present our bid to Hockey Canada and we’re forced to pitch the Memorial Centre as our home rink for the tournament.

Try doing that with a straight face.

The suits at Hockey Canada are looking at us funny and ask,  ” don’t you have a brand new rink downtown?”

Sure we do,  we just can’t use it.  It’s sitting there empty, waiting for the Fronts to get to an OHL Final.  Its been over 40 years and we’re still waiting.

Not only does the ineptitude of those on Tragically Run Way prevent Kingston hockey fans from ever enjoying an OHL Final or Memorial Cup,  they shut the door on other potential hockey events; including the RBC Cup.  Apparently,  it’s written somewhere in their lease.

I suggest you get to an OHL Final or a Memorial Cup,  the experience should make you a lot more vocal about the wreck of the Kingston Fronteancs and what it has really cost us as a community.

Fans in Oshawa  think they’ve been shortchanged.    During intermission,  I overhear one conversation among Oshawa fans saying, ” we haven’t won a Memorial Cup since 1990,  it’s been a long time.”

I look up at the banners and it reminds me Oshawa won 4 OHL titles between 1983 and 1997.   I mention Kingston’s little 17-year playoff drought and they look at me like it can’t be for real.   One of them asks,  ‘Doesn’t Doug Gilmour run that team?”  I nod my head and he replies, “I thought he’d do better than that”.    Exactly.

In Oshawa, three rows from ice level,  you see the intensity and the price the players pay to get here.  The importance of every single shift,  the dogged determination,  players on both sides throwing themselves to block shots and finishing bone crunching checks.  Things you don’t see at a game in January.

I watch and think to myself, how the hell did Kingston beat Oshawa six times this season?  It just doesn’t seem possible.

On this night, Oshawa’s grinders come through, shutting down McDavid and the raucous fans in Oshawa see their Gens take a 2-0 series lead.

GM just announced a couple weeks ago they’re slashing another 1,000 jobs this year at the Oshawa plant.  Another tough blow to the gut for this city, but on this night,  everyone is feeling good.

A trip to the Memorial Cup is clearly in their sights, that’ll pickup everyone’s spirits in this town.

Take the Brooms to the Fronts Front Office



The little whimper you heard on Barrack Street a couple of weeks ago was the end of another season for the Kingston Frontenacs.  Going down 4-and-out to the North Bay Battalion, scoring a measly 4 goals doing it.   Sam Bennett turned out to be a real difference maker huh?

Kids in Kingston are graduating high school this year who weren’t born when the Fronts last won a playoff series.  That’s an entire generation that has no idea the OHL playoffs last more than one round.  My 7-year-old son, who loves Bennett, still keeps telling me that he wants an Oshawa Generals sweater.

What do you expect when your last playoff win was in 1998.   In a league where 16 of 20 teams make the flippin’ playoffs each year, that’s not easy to do.  Just look across town to the Kingston Voyageurs,  where they are enjoying another extended playoff run and have now won 18 playoff rounds (and counting) since 2009 – including a trip to the national finals.

When was Kingston’s last trip to a Memorial Cup?  Oh, that was in 1926.  How quickly we forget. The star of the team was George Patterson, the following season he scored the first goal in Maple Leafs history.  You can look it up.

The Frontenacs front office will tell you they are meeting or exceeding many of their goals.  Attendance is up, corporate sponsorships have increased,  they’ve done a good job helping local charities & engaging community groups, including minor hockey. Yep, they all deserve a pat on the back.

Best of all, they will tell you fans are just looking for a fun night out.  As long as they are entertained, who really cares if the home team wins?  I feel the same way when I watch my son play,  but it’s the Church Athletic League.

How has this dragged on for almost two decades?

Because we’ve allowed it.

Kingston’s core fans have continued to support their team despite broken promises, partially-executed long-term plans, short-term fixes, half-hearted efforts, hiring the wrong people, offering a long list of excuses and doing pretty much everything on the cheap.

We never demanded a winner. So we never got one.

We never held anybody accountable,  so that’s why nobody is.

See the problem here?

How can you change that culture, when those who created it are still in charge? You can’t.

When they renamed lower Barrack Street, with apologies to The Hip, they should have called it, ‘Easy Street’.

Come to Kingston. Summer camp for the  OHL.   No pressure.  Have fun.  Cut corners.  No one cares if you don’t win.  It won’t help your career, but what teenager doesn’t gravitate towards the path of least resistance.

If you play in Kingston and rise above all that, (here’s to you Erik Gudbranson) then you’re a pretty special player and you’ve got really good outside influences.

For the fans, the most loyal and patient in Canada,  you should expect every 3rd or 4th year the local side will win a playoff round or two. Seems to work that way most everywhere else.

Remember ‘Building the Blueprint’?  It’s what every good team does, they just don’t build a marketing campaign around it like it’s some brand new idea.  And Kingston’s execution of the ‘Blueprint’?  About the same as their power play versus the Battalion.

I was there the night the first puck was dropped in 1973,  like too many others I have been a witness to this train wreck ever since. I will go on record as saying there should only be one goal for this organization.

Win a friggin’ playoff series. It’s been 17 years.

I don’t need any catchy slogans, mascots, kiss-cams or silly races during the intermissions.  The real entertainment should be provided when the game clock is running.  Not when it’s stopped.

The one constant during the longest running gong show in the OHL is the ownership.  Some will say we’re fortunate to have local owners.  But most knowledgeable hockey fans will tell you nothing changes on the ice until there is a change in ownership

Would you rather have a team that never wins … or no team at all?  Let me ponder that one for a moment and I’ll get back to you.

Okay, doesn’t matter. This team is going nowhere and neither are the Springer’s.

What if we all agreed to make a pact; we won’t buy another ticket until they win a playoff round.  My guess is they’d still play 5 more years in an empty rink before putting up the For Sale sign.

Imagine Rockin’ Reid screaming “Rock Solid Hockey” to a sea of empty seats, clutching a fistful of coupons for free pizza slices.  That my friends is what is now called ‘in-game entertainment’. As for the slogan, ‘Rock Solid Hockey’,  let’s put that to bed until we’re playing for something meaningful.  Agreed?

We could lobby the OHL Board of Governors to institute the new ‘ Kingston rule’. If you don’t win a single playoff series in a decade, the league revokes your franchise.

Look at what happened to the poor Belleville Bulls.  Packing up for Palookaville (Hamilton ON) after going to two Memorial Cups and most years playing pretty competitive hockey in the Friendly City.

Yes folks, a generation of ineptitude in Kingston needs to end.

It’s been 7 years in Kingston for Doug Gilmour. He didn’t last that long with the Leafs in the heyday of his NHL career. In junior hockey that’s a long time, when the ‘cycle’ is 3 years to go from worst to first.

If you charted it,  the ‘trajectory’ of the Gilmour-era makes a hard right turn and goes straight east.  In the medical profession it’s called ”flatlining”.  That leads to life support.  You know where this is headed right?

Gilmour came here as ‘favour’ to Larry Mavety. Prior coaching experience wasn’t a consideration. The OHL is a tough league when you are running a bench for the first time. You tend to get your head handed to you on a plate, which is exactly what happened. The cynics said maybe it was just a marketing ploy to put some extra bums in the seats (raise your hands). Or just a brief stopover on the way to an NHL assistant coaching gig.

I have never doubted Dougie’s good intentions. He wanted to help his hometown team. How much time and effort was he willing to put in? That’s another story.

After 3 years behind the bench Gilmour made himself the GM. It’s not a glamorous job if you do it right. Lots of bus trips and too many nights on the road watching minor hockey. It helps cut down on travel when you live in the GTA. It’s a little easier to get to those Marlies games. But it’s still not work most hockey icons want to do.

One of Gilmour’s contemporaries, Dale Hawerchuk, inherited a mess in Barrie 5 years ago. They only won 15 games that first year. But 2 years later they played in the OHL Final. Now its six playoff series wins in 4 years. Did I mention he also coached Tier 2 in Aurora before jumping to the OHL? Sounds like a guy who works at it and takes this stuff seriously.

We could also look at Dale Hunter’s record in London since 2002, but that just wouldn’t be fair.

There was a huge red flag in 2011 when Gilmour’s buddy, Tie Domi, refused to send his kid here to play. When Tie Domi doesn’t want to chance it,  your franchise has big problems.

Gilmour has done some good things. He rebuilt the scouting staff and its improved.  But it’s not rocket science when you’re picking in the top eight most years. Drafting your own kids Dougie? That never looks good.

Bringing in Todd Gill seemed like a smart move. He had success coaching Tier 2 in Brockville, but after 3 mediocre years and a stunning playoff collapse against Peterborough in 2014, Gill was fired. It was the right move.

Hiring a 28-year-old rookie head coach to replace Gill and not bothering to interview more experienced, interested candidates. That one is real questionable. Paul McFarland might turn out to be a good coach. But in the playoffs going up against Stan Butler he was clearly overmatched.

Who really is calling the shots in the Fronts front office? Is it Darren Keilly? Or is it Gilmour on his cell phone from Toronto? And if you’re not at practice everyday and on those road trips, what do you really know about your team? Do you think the players or the coaches ever ask the same question?  If they do, how can that be good for the organization?

So let’s just spitball a couple of ‘what if’s’.  What if we hired an experienced GM?  Someone who has built a winner in junior hockey.   What if he lived here, was around the team all the time at home and on the road. What if he really got his hands dirty and did everything you needed to do to win.

What if he told the owner this was no longer about giving the fans a nice night out. Success will now be measured by playoff wins. Nothing less is acceptable.

What if he raised the bar for the whole organization, rather than just coming in and stepping over it?

A new GM should know successful teams like North Bay and Oshawa are built with size, speed & skill.  Kingston has skill, but not enough size.  That was painfully obvious the past 2 playoff years when opponents took liberties with the under-sized Bennett.

Why couldn’t someone with Gilmour’s experience as a player not see it?

Like many before him, Gilmour is another example that great players don’t necessarily make great coaches or GM’s.  Sometimes the hardest part is just admitting it.

Don’t you think Gretzky would like those lost years back that he spent coaching in the desert?

Dougie always found a way to get it done as a player. But this requires a much different skillset.  And total commitment.

It’s best for everyone if we just turn the page. I’d rather have the extra wins in April, than the rock star GM.

Whoever said, “you can never go home”, I think he was on to something.

Mark Potter covered the Kingston Frontenacs as a broadcaster for 30 years.  The Fronts never cared much for his opinions  back then either.