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Happy Thanksgiving


By Fred Wallace


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

Happy Thanksgiving.

One of my all time favorite days took place on the Friday leading into March Break in 1971.

I was in Mrs Veall's Grade 5 class at the time and when the clock struck 3:30 that particular afternoon, I bolted to the Midland Arena Gardens, which was 4 blocks from Mrs Veall's desk, to watch a High School Hockey playoff game between the Midland Saints and Banting Memorial from Alliston.

The place was packed.

After the game, I went home had dinner, and then went right back to the Gardens for an Intermediate Playoff game between the Midland Flyers & the Parry Sound Shamrocks.

The place was packed. Again.

I'm sure you're expecting me to launch into a typical " it-used-to-be-better " soliloquy.

Not really. Not today.

I got thinking about that great day & night of hockey this week after seeing the notice from Kincardine about their Hockey Day at the Davidson Centre.

Tomorrow, starting at 9 am, there will be a day-long sequence of Minor Hockey games pitting the Kinucks against their rivals, the Saugeen Shores Storm.

Later in the afternoon, the Ripley Wolves will use the Davidson Centre as their " home " arena when they face the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks in WOAA Senior play.

And then finally, tomorrow night, the Jr C Kincardine Bulldogs will host the Penetanguishene Kings in a PJHL Interlocking game.

Hockey Day in Kincardine, might not be as memorable as the MSS-Flyers doubleheader almost 50 years might be better.

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm Fred Wallace

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