By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
The Owen Sound Attack host the Guelph Storm in a very rare Tuesday night Ontario Hockey League game at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre.
I know you're expecting a mini rant along the lines of " how come Owen Sound has to go to Guelph on Friday nights every stinking year, yet the Storm seldom come to Owen Sound for a Saturday night contest ?
But we'll save that for another day.......
Tonight is a night to celebrate Owen Sound's OHL past as former Plater defender Scott Walker will be honoured with a banner raising ceremony.
Walker played just 2 seasons in Owen Sound but they were eventful for him, and for the Platers.
After a non-playoff season in 1991, Walker was selected in the 6th round, # 85 overall, or put another way, 84 picks after his Cambridge teammate and good friend Todd Harvey went first overall to Detroit.
You can debate whether Harvey or Walker had the better hockey career at Junior and Pro.
What you can't deny was how effective the Plater power play was in those years, when simplicity won the day. Walker would retrieve an icing, push ahead and then get up to full speed and bolt into the opposition end. No need for breakouts, no need for passes, just straight ahead jets.
And you also can't deny the numbers that Walker put up in his 2 seasons in Owen Sound, especially in the 1992-93 season.
He scored 23 goals and picked up 91 points, both of which remain as franchise records for a defenceman....yeah, I know he took a few shifts at forward, but very few.
Even more impressive to me is the 68 assists he accumulated that season.
Yes, he had Andrew Brunette, Jim Brown, Jason MacDonald etc to dish to, but in more than 3 decades, only 2 players have ever put up more helpers in a season; Brunette who had 100 that season and Grayden Reid at 74.
Think of the great players and play makers who have been in Owen Sound through the course of time and you get a sense of how good Scott Walker was and how much the banner tonight is deserved.
Game time for the Storm & Attack is 7 pm.
I;m Fred Wallace