By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
A week ago, when the National Hockey League suspended their operations and the Ontario Hockey League, among others, followed suit, there was a visitor to the CFOS location.
Brad Wilcox popped in to show me the research and outline of a book he's writing called " Too Far Back In The Bush ".
The title is in reference to a remark decades ago by a prominent Toronto journalist as it pertained to the Meaford Knights Hockey Club and their desire to compete in Ontario Senior Hockey.
With an armload of newspaper articles, interview notes and a binder full of other sources, Brad Wilcox is in the process of tying it all together to tell the story of Meaford Hockey with a spotlight on the 1957-58 Championship season.
Before Brad & I got talking about the book, we spent some time discussing hockey in Midland as he at one point was a sports reporter for the old Midland Free Press and documented the heyday of Midland Hockey when the Intermediate Flyers were a big deal in the town and then were recreated in 1972 and became the Junior B Flyers who had a lengthy rivalry with the old Owen Sound Greys.
The stories we shared, the stories we remembered, the stories that have been updated through the years and the stories that have been blurred through the passage of time typify hockey as we know it and hockey as we knew in Midland, in Meaford, and in more than a thousand communities across the country.
" Too Far Back In The Bush " from author Brad Wilcox, look for it soon.
I'm Fred Wallace