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By Fred Wallace

 During the hockey season this year, I got a note that told me two former Owen Sound Greys, Mark Henderson & Dan Haylow, had teamed up to coach the Okanagan Minor Midget AAA squad that won their 10 team league in British Columbia.

 

Almost 30 years ago, Henderson & Haylow were members of a very good Greys team that was coached by Dave McComb

 

Henderson who was 18 when the season started would score 26 times for the Greys who tied the Waterloo Siskins for 2nd in the regular season with a record 34-13 & 1.

 

Keep in mind that among those Henderson was competing against would be Todd Harvey in Cambridge, Chris Gratton at Brantford & Chris Pronger out of Stratford.

 

Mark Henderson also made his Ontario Hockey League debut that season being called up for a game by the brand new Owen Sound Platers.

 

Haylow who had returned to Owen Sound in 1989 had a memorable final season in the Midwestern Junior B League, leading the league in scoring with 45 goals and 143 points.

 

On the final night of the regular season in a game against Listowel, Haylow produced his 143rd point which was significant because it established a new league and OHA record, bypassing Ed Olczyk who had set the mark at Stratford earlier in the decade and was playing that season for the Toronto Maple Leafs

 

Ironically, while there was much celebration in Owen Sound for the Haylow record, it was quickly pointed out by hockey people in Chatham that Brian Wiseman of the Micmacs finished the year with 147 points for the OHA scoring record. 

 

Close to 30 years later, Henderson & Haylow were on the same bench, likely hoping they had players of the calibre of the 1990 Owen Sound Greys.


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