The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks announced plans to honour Port Elgin’s junior hockey history during an upcoming game.
The Bears competed in the Central Jr. C Hockey League and later Grey-Bruce Jr. C Hockey League from 1976 until 1989 and this season marks the 40th anniversary of the 1979-80 Bears team that won the Central Jr. C championship.
“The Bears remain near-and-dear to many hockey fans in town, even 30 years after they played their last game,” said Winterhawks’ President Gord Lamont, a former Bears’ coach and manager. “This seemed like the right time to recognize the Bears, and specifically, their championship team.”
Many Bears alumni will be in attendance for the game, including members of the 1980 championship team, who will be recognized during a pre-game ceremony.
The Bears were a successful junior program, graduating two players to the NHL, Paul MacDermid [1979/80] and Louie DeBrusk [1986/87]. The retro jerseys that will be worn by the Winterhawks players will be sold through silent auction during the game, with selected jerseys to be live auctioned at the conclusion of the game. A portion of the proceeds from the game will be donated to a charitable cause.
The puck drops at an earlier start time, 7:00 p.m., as the Winterhawks go for a valuable two points as they continue to battle for 1st place in the WOAA Sr. Hockey League standings.