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An Afternoon in Parry Sound


By Fred Wallace

 Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".

One of the neat excursions for the Owen Sound Attack on their annual Northern trip to Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury and North Bay was a lunch stop in Parry Sound.

Not just lunch in Parry Sound, but rather lunch at the Charles W. Stockey Centre which is the home of the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame.

The Centre and the Hall are located on Georgian Bay with a gorgeous view upwards to the rock that serves as the foundation for the town and a view outwards to the islands and waterways on that side of the Bay.

The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame is loaded with stats, facts and memorabilia from Bobby Orr's remarkable hockey career which began on the Sequin River in the town, moved on to the Oshawa Generals, climaxed with the Boston Bruins and then, far too soon, concluded when after a handful of games with the Chicago Blackhawks he tearfully understood his bettered knees would no longer allow him to be the greatest player in the history of the sport.

Along with the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, the Charles W. Stockey Centre is also a concert venue for the community.

Tom Cochrane who golfs out of Parry Sound has performed there, Michelle Wright and other notable Canadian performers have made a stop and the word is the acoustics are terrific.

And finally, the Centre and the Hall also host an annual " Celebrating Youth " Awards Night which is designed to recognize young leaders in athletics and active living in the West Parry Sound region.

For our visit the hour went quickly, and quite enjoyably, even if one of the lads honestly asked whether Bobby Orr was a defenceman or a forward.

Whether you're a fan of Bobby Orr, the Bruins, hockey, or not, I recommend a visit to the Charles W. Stockey Centre home of the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame.


I'm Fred Wallace




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