By Fred Wallace
Tomorrow night in the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre, the Midland Flyers will host the Huntsville Otters in a PJHL Carruthers Division game.
The significance of the Flyers-Otters game is that it surrounds the celebrations of Midland's 40 consecutive years in Junior C Hockey.
Midland has had Junior C teams through the years. the most notable being the 1954 Red Wings coached by Roy Conacher who won the Ontario Championship.
But Junior C in the town was an on again-off again proposal until 1978.
In 1978, as part of Midland's 100th birthday, the Junior Centennials were formed and since then, through good years and bad, there's always been a Jr C team in the town.
I'm somewhat proud to have been a part of that first Centennial team 40 years ago.
The first game the team played was a 6-3 loss at home to the Parry Sound Shamrocks on October 13th.
It took 2 weeks and 5 games, but the first-ever Centennial victory was October 28th...ironically against Huntsville, the same community that's in Midland tomorrow night for the 40th anniversary.
The most successful Midland Jr C clubs were in the mid 1980's when Ross McConnell coached the Centennials to a berth in the Ontario Final against Belle River in 1985, and then followed a year later with another Georgian Bay title.
Members of the Midland Junior C teams; Centennials, Thunder & Flyers, through the years are expected to be in Midland tomorrow night as part of the 40th year celebration.
I'll be in Midland too, but I'm going to skip the festivities.....my Mom is having a big party, she turns 90 tomorrow.