25 Years of Owen Sound Attack hockey
This upcoming season marks the 25th anniversary of the Owen Sound hockey being part of the OHL. Originating in 1989, the Attack play their home games out of J.D. McArthur Arena which is inside the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.
The Holdy family owned former OHL team, the Guelph Platers and decided to move them down south to Owen Sound for the 1989-90 season. Owen Sound kept the Platers name up until the year 2000. At that point the Holdy family decided to sell the franchise to any buyer across Ontario. If it wasn’t for a group of local business men, the Owen Sound Platers was nearly the Cornwall Platers out of Cornwall, Ontario. However, as history shows, everyone banded together to keep the Platers in Owen Sound. A name change was held to form the modern sounding Owen Sound Attack. They won their first J. Ross Robinson Cup in 2011 to become Ontario Hockey League champions.
Owen Sound has a few notable NHL alumni that has gone through their ranks. A notable one is Dan Snyder, a former Attack captain who had his number 14 retired by the team after Snyder died from injuries suffered in a car accident in 2003 while he was just beginning his NHL career with the Atlanta Thrashers. In case you’ve lived under a rock for the past little while, current NHLer Dany Heatley was at the wheel.
Other Attack NHL alumni include Sean Avery, Kevin Weekes, Paul Bissonnette, Bobby Ryan and Wayne Simmonds just to name a few. Their current roster include World Junior Team Canada goaltender Jordan Binnington and former Ottawa 67 Cody Ceci.
Here’s to another 25 years of Owen Sound hockey.