We have been treated to some fantastic play this past season by coach Drew Bannister, his staff and every one of the players that put on the Ontario Hockey League jersey of the Soo Greyhounds.
I am so proud to say I am a Greyhound alumni!
These guys coached and played their hearts out for our great city. Yes they came up a tad short but not because they didn’t do everything possible to win! That is hockey, that is life!
Greyhound staff and players should hold their heads high, there have been a lot of us who have tried and never reached their heights! You will all look back after the pain fades and know you have learned some great life lessons that you will take with you wherever you go!
It is a very exciting time for our great game in Sault Ste Marie as one of our own, Kyle Dubas, has just been named the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. How great is that!
We should also celebrate and cheer on Paul Maurice, another Soo boy, for the amazing the job that he has done in Winnipeg as head coach of the Jets. Awesome stuff!
Let’s look at what’s right about our hockey and continue to work to improve our youth hockey together. Our coach mentorship program is excited about a summer of helping!
The glass is more than half full, Saultites!!
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of an ongoing series of columns written for Hockey News North by retired National Hockey League player and coach Craig Hartsburg. Hartsburg retired from the game in 2016 after an eventful 27-year coaching career that included 19 seasons in the NHL and successful stints in the Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League. As a player, Hartsburg had a world-class career as an all-star defenseman with both the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL and the erstwhile Minnesota North Stars of the NHL. He was captain of the Greyhounds for two of his three OHL seasons and was captain of the North Stars for seven of his 10 NHL seasons.