In 2010 the Barrie Colts named Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk the new head coach.
The Colts were in a rebuilding year when Hawerchuk stepped behind the bench going 15-49-2-2 in the 2010-11 season. After finishing last place the Barrie Colts have risen as a top contender in the Ontario Hockey League much to the dedication of head coach Dale Hawerchuk.
“Its great for Dale to get his 100th win. I have been apart of this team with him right from the start and know how passionate he is, Dale is one of the most dedicated coaches I have ever seen,” said Assistant Coach Todd Miller.
On Thursday September 19th in the season opener the Barrie Colts skated to a 7-4 victory over the visiting Saginaw Spirit, giving Hawerchuk his 100th win in just three years.
“Dale deserves a lot of credit for doing his homework and I won’t be surprised if he gets another 100 wins here soon. He is in rinks, he knows every player in the drafts, every player in the league and not many coaches know as much as he does. Even just the way that he talks to the kids, he is a player’s coach and his door is always open and I think that has gone a long way for these players. We are lucky to have a coach like Dale here in Barrie with all the knowledge he has and even for myself, learning from him has been unbelievable,” added Miller.
In the past two seasons the Barrie Colts have posted a 22-13 post-season record, and came one win away from a birth to the Memorial Cup final.
Not only have the Colts’ seen a difference in the win column, but also their specialty teams as they have finished 2nd and 1st respectively in power play percentage amongst the OHL since 2011.
“You can see a huge difference in the team since Dale took over. He has brought in the types of players he wants and the character kids that you need for a winning team. Players want to play for him, he is on their side and he is not the type to yell and scream, he is just a guy who wants the most out of each and every guy in that locker room. Dale gives everyone a chance,” said Miller.
With 18 returning players from last year’s Eastern Conference Championship team, look for the Barrie Colts and head coach Dale Hawerchuk to make another run for the OHL title in 2014.
The Colts’ are back in action this Thursday September 26th when Owen Sound Attack head to the Barrie Molson Centre. Puck drop is 7:30 click here for tickets.