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The Myth(s)


By Fred Wallace

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


There are many historic myths and untruths about hockey in Owen Sound.

The two most common sentiments are;

1) " the ice surface at the JD McArthur Arena is small "

& 2) " you can't get an education in Owen Sound ".

Let's deal with the ice surface.

It's listed as " regulation " in some places or 200 feet long by 85 feet wide in other publications, the same as almost every OHL arena, the same size of ice surface you'll find at the Scotiabank Centre, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

So bothered were city officials by the constant reference to the ice surface being " small ", I understand at one point they brought at a laser measuring device and the result was........200 feet by 85 feet.

Next, the education......

In my view, the claim was always b%ll$&*t, and I found it extremely insulting especially to the Bluewater Board of Education, and to the teachers and staff at the former West Hill Secondary School and the current Owen Sound District Secondary School.

My belief is getting an education is shared through equal efforts from the student, ( maybe more so )  in conjunction with the various educators.

A quick check of the Ivan Tennant Award for the top high school student in the Ontario Hockey League shows an Attack player has won, or shared, the award for the past three seasons; consecutive wins for Mack Guzda and most recently Logan LeSage.

For the record, at Owen Sound District Secondary School this year Logan LeSage had an average of 98% in his Grade 12 studies.

There are other sentiments about OHL Hockey in Owen Sound that may or may not be true, but the existing myths about ice surface size and educational opportunities are totally inaccurate.


I'm Fred Wallace

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