Burford pays tribute to hockey heroes

Community Oct 12, 2017 by Colleen Toms Brant News

One of Burford’s hometown heroes and the first Burford minor hockey team to win the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) championship are the newest inductees of the County of Brant Sports Hall of Fame.

The former hockey players were lauded for their on-ice prowess at the Burford Community Hall over the Thanksgiving weekend.

“It’s an honour to come back to my hometown and be honoured in such a way,” Randy Rowe said of being included in Burford’s Sports Hall of Fame. “It’s something that you never think of when you first strap on the skates.”

Rowe lived and breathed hockey during his formative years in Burford.

“I started playing when I was four here in Burford,” Rowe said. “This is where everything started and then I moved to AAA later on in my career and then I played a year with the Jr. C Paris Mounties, so I kind of always stayed in this area until I went off to OHL in Belleville.”

Rowe was drafted in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection by the Belleville Bulls and played with the team from 1997 to 2001.

During that time he attended both the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks NHL training camps; was awarded the J. Ross Robertson Cup; scored the most OHL goals — 64; was named to the Canadian Hockey League third All-Star Team and was awarded the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy for best overage player in OHL.

Rowe went on to win more awards and accolades with the AHL and ECHL while playing for the Peoria Rivermen, St. John’s Maple Leafs, Johnstown Chiefs, Springfield Falcons, Lake Erie Monsters, Charlotte Checkers, Trenton Titans, Toledo Walleyes and Dundas Real McCoys.

From 2013 to 2015 he served as assistant coach of OJHL Wellington Dukes Hockey and now spends his time as director of player development for a player agency in Belleville. He is also preparing for a first-time role as daddy in about two weeks.

Rowe offered words of encouragement to other young professional hockey hopefuls.

“It’s one of those things where you’re out in your backyard, or out in your front yard playing street hockey, and you always dream about it; sometimes if you just keep working and working you never know what could happen, it could be a living,” Rowe said.

“Just keep playing and keep working hard.”

Rob Vervaecke spoke on behalf of the 1977-78 BMHA OMHA Atom CC Championship team at the sports induction ceremony. Vervaecke was awarded Atom Division MVP that year after recording 100 goals in the season.

Other players on the team included Mike Austin, Randy Austin, Sheldon Borthwick, Allan Campbell, Mike Chmiel, Roger Gotkowski, Kevin Hall, John Hedden, Pat Kunkel, Mike Neil, Butch Ovington, Matt Shellington, Richard Takacs, Chris Tandy and Ronnie Williams along with coaches Glen Austin, Ken Borthwick and Ken Ovington.

“It seems hard to believe that 40 years ago Burford Minor Hockey accomplished something big,” Vervaecke said. “I’m proud to have been the captain of this crew.”

Vervaecke credited the coaches and team members’ parents for helping mold and support the Atom CC champions.

“These coaches were grooming us for something bigger,” he said. “You would think that three fathers volunteering were just your run-of-the-mill dads, but believe me, they knew the game and they knew the players.

“Our success just wasn't on the ice, it was also off the ice … we had a parent group that was second to none. This group of parents gelled together right from the first. In hindsight our dedication trickled down right from our parents, showing every player how they cared about each other on the team.”

The team was made up of players from throughout the county.

“We didn’t care if our pants were red, our gloves and helmets matched, we were there for one reason — to play hockey,” Vervaecke said. “Our record was around 80 games, 75 wins, four or five losses and a couple of ties.”

Nominations are being accepted for 2018 inductees in the categories of individual athlete, teams or builders of sport.

Burford pays tribute to hockey heroes

Randy Rowe and 1977-78 OMHA champions inducted

Community Oct 12, 2017 by Colleen Toms Brant News

One of Burford’s hometown heroes and the first Burford minor hockey team to win the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) championship are the newest inductees of the County of Brant Sports Hall of Fame.

The former hockey players were lauded for their on-ice prowess at the Burford Community Hall over the Thanksgiving weekend.

“It’s an honour to come back to my hometown and be honoured in such a way,” Randy Rowe said of being included in Burford’s Sports Hall of Fame. “It’s something that you never think of when you first strap on the skates.”

Rowe lived and breathed hockey during his formative years in Burford.

“I started playing when I was four here in Burford,” Rowe said. “This is where everything started and then I moved to AAA later on in my career and then I played a year with the Jr. C Paris Mounties, so I kind of always stayed in this area until I went off to OHL in Belleville.”

Rowe was drafted in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection by the Belleville Bulls and played with the team from 1997 to 2001.

During that time he attended both the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks NHL training camps; was awarded the J. Ross Robertson Cup; scored the most OHL goals — 64; was named to the Canadian Hockey League third All-Star Team and was awarded the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy for best overage player in OHL.

Rowe went on to win more awards and accolades with the AHL and ECHL while playing for the Peoria Rivermen, St. John’s Maple Leafs, Johnstown Chiefs, Springfield Falcons, Lake Erie Monsters, Charlotte Checkers, Trenton Titans, Toledo Walleyes and Dundas Real McCoys.

From 2013 to 2015 he served as assistant coach of OJHL Wellington Dukes Hockey and now spends his time as director of player development for a player agency in Belleville. He is also preparing for a first-time role as daddy in about two weeks.

Rowe offered words of encouragement to other young professional hockey hopefuls.

“It’s one of those things where you’re out in your backyard, or out in your front yard playing street hockey, and you always dream about it; sometimes if you just keep working and working you never know what could happen, it could be a living,” Rowe said.

“Just keep playing and keep working hard.”

Rob Vervaecke spoke on behalf of the 1977-78 BMHA OMHA Atom CC Championship team at the sports induction ceremony. Vervaecke was awarded Atom Division MVP that year after recording 100 goals in the season.

Other players on the team included Mike Austin, Randy Austin, Sheldon Borthwick, Allan Campbell, Mike Chmiel, Roger Gotkowski, Kevin Hall, John Hedden, Pat Kunkel, Mike Neil, Butch Ovington, Matt Shellington, Richard Takacs, Chris Tandy and Ronnie Williams along with coaches Glen Austin, Ken Borthwick and Ken Ovington.

“It seems hard to believe that 40 years ago Burford Minor Hockey accomplished something big,” Vervaecke said. “I’m proud to have been the captain of this crew.”

Vervaecke credited the coaches and team members’ parents for helping mold and support the Atom CC champions.

“These coaches were grooming us for something bigger,” he said. “You would think that three fathers volunteering were just your run-of-the-mill dads, but believe me, they knew the game and they knew the players.

“Our success just wasn't on the ice, it was also off the ice … we had a parent group that was second to none. This group of parents gelled together right from the first. In hindsight our dedication trickled down right from our parents, showing every player how they cared about each other on the team.”

The team was made up of players from throughout the county.

“We didn’t care if our pants were red, our gloves and helmets matched, we were there for one reason — to play hockey,” Vervaecke said. “Our record was around 80 games, 75 wins, four or five losses and a couple of ties.”

Nominations are being accepted for 2018 inductees in the categories of individual athlete, teams or builders of sport.

Burford pays tribute to hockey heroes

Randy Rowe and 1977-78 OMHA champions inducted

Community Oct 12, 2017 by Colleen Toms Brant News

One of Burford’s hometown heroes and the first Burford minor hockey team to win the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) championship are the newest inductees of the County of Brant Sports Hall of Fame.

The former hockey players were lauded for their on-ice prowess at the Burford Community Hall over the Thanksgiving weekend.

“It’s an honour to come back to my hometown and be honoured in such a way,” Randy Rowe said of being included in Burford’s Sports Hall of Fame. “It’s something that you never think of when you first strap on the skates.”

Rowe lived and breathed hockey during his formative years in Burford.

“I started playing when I was four here in Burford,” Rowe said. “This is where everything started and then I moved to AAA later on in my career and then I played a year with the Jr. C Paris Mounties, so I kind of always stayed in this area until I went off to OHL in Belleville.”

Rowe was drafted in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection by the Belleville Bulls and played with the team from 1997 to 2001.

During that time he attended both the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks NHL training camps; was awarded the J. Ross Robertson Cup; scored the most OHL goals — 64; was named to the Canadian Hockey League third All-Star Team and was awarded the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy for best overage player in OHL.

Rowe went on to win more awards and accolades with the AHL and ECHL while playing for the Peoria Rivermen, St. John’s Maple Leafs, Johnstown Chiefs, Springfield Falcons, Lake Erie Monsters, Charlotte Checkers, Trenton Titans, Toledo Walleyes and Dundas Real McCoys.

From 2013 to 2015 he served as assistant coach of OJHL Wellington Dukes Hockey and now spends his time as director of player development for a player agency in Belleville. He is also preparing for a first-time role as daddy in about two weeks.

Rowe offered words of encouragement to other young professional hockey hopefuls.

“It’s one of those things where you’re out in your backyard, or out in your front yard playing street hockey, and you always dream about it; sometimes if you just keep working and working you never know what could happen, it could be a living,” Rowe said.

“Just keep playing and keep working hard.”

Rob Vervaecke spoke on behalf of the 1977-78 BMHA OMHA Atom CC Championship team at the sports induction ceremony. Vervaecke was awarded Atom Division MVP that year after recording 100 goals in the season.

Other players on the team included Mike Austin, Randy Austin, Sheldon Borthwick, Allan Campbell, Mike Chmiel, Roger Gotkowski, Kevin Hall, John Hedden, Pat Kunkel, Mike Neil, Butch Ovington, Matt Shellington, Richard Takacs, Chris Tandy and Ronnie Williams along with coaches Glen Austin, Ken Borthwick and Ken Ovington.

“It seems hard to believe that 40 years ago Burford Minor Hockey accomplished something big,” Vervaecke said. “I’m proud to have been the captain of this crew.”

Vervaecke credited the coaches and team members’ parents for helping mold and support the Atom CC champions.

“These coaches were grooming us for something bigger,” he said. “You would think that three fathers volunteering were just your run-of-the-mill dads, but believe me, they knew the game and they knew the players.

“Our success just wasn't on the ice, it was also off the ice … we had a parent group that was second to none. This group of parents gelled together right from the first. In hindsight our dedication trickled down right from our parents, showing every player how they cared about each other on the team.”

The team was made up of players from throughout the county.

“We didn’t care if our pants were red, our gloves and helmets matched, we were there for one reason — to play hockey,” Vervaecke said. “Our record was around 80 games, 75 wins, four or five losses and a couple of ties.”

Nominations are being accepted for 2018 inductees in the categories of individual athlete, teams or builders of sport.