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The Legend of Larmand


By Fred Wallace

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


The latest in a series of nostalgia golf events goes today at Cobble Beach Golf Resort.

Two childhood friends; Mike Abram and Craig Watson, are returning for a 2nd consecutive year of golf overlooking the expanse of Georgian Bay from the fairways and greens at Cobble Beach.

Trust me, Mike & Craig enjoyed the round in 2019, and for this year they're scheduled to bring another name-from-the-past; Kelly Larmand.

Kelly is an interesting story.

He grew up in Penetanguishene and was accomplished in Minor Baseball as a catcher and especially as a defenceman in Minor Hockey on some pretty good Penetang teams.

However, around 1974 he moved to Victoria Harbour, which meant his territorial rights now belonged to Midland Minor Hockey.

In January of 1975 as a member of the Midland Junior Civitan Bantams, Kelly Larmand scored a hat trick in the opening game of the International Silver Stick at Port Huron, Michigan in a 5-0 win over Akron, Ohio.

While Midland was eliminated in the semifinal that year, Kelly, on the strength of his hat trick, was named as one of the 2 defencemen on the Tournament All Star team.

Remarkably, two years later in Sarnia in the opening game of the International Midget Silver Stick Tournament, Kelly scored another hat trick from the point in a 6-5 overtime win over Toledo, Ohio.

If Kelly Larmand had have played his entire career against teams from Ohio, I'm certain he would have been an National Hockey League All Star.

That's one of the stories and angles I'm sure we'll talk about today at Cobble Beach Golf Resort.


I'm Fred Wallace

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