Although the only guarantee we can count on right now is that there are no guarantees, the Baycats are priming for baseball this summer.
The Intercounty Baseball League club is selling season tickets online. And that comes with a promise of entry for season ticketholders into all 18 home games this season, while maintaining capacity rules. The team released a statement on Instagram earlier this week.
“Without knowing all aspects of COVID protocols, we are limiting the number of fans entering Coates Stadium to 250 at this time. These season tickets will be included in the maximum of 250.”
According to the post, season ticket holders will be admitted to home games 15 minutes prior to first pitch. Walk ups are permitted to attend. But only after season ticket holders have been seated. The Baycats have put these processes in place to follow provincial and local Covid measures for entering and keeping distancing at the park.
If the season is cancelled, season ticket holders will get a full refund.
The ‘cats home opener is Thursday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Coates Stadium in Barrie.
Remember, like 1000 years ago, when we had live hockey in town?
It’s been a tough, non-sporting year in Barrie. And even though we at least have the NHL back, there is no substitute for the electric energy of being in the building when the puck drops.
There will be a day soon when we can all gather at the Sadlon arena again to watch the Colts. For now, we can re-live the glory days on YouTube and through podcasts. Moreover, we can look back on a brief history of the OHL club we call the Colts.
A Brief History of the Barrie Colts
The first version of the Barrie Colts goes way back to the early 20th century, playing in the junior division of the OHA from 1907 until 1910. Among the notable alumni from the early days is Gordon Meeking, who played for the Ottawa Senators. (Another team that folded and eventually came back)
The Colts were resurrected in 1921 and played in the Ontario Hockey Association until 1944. In fact, there was another local team at the time, the Barrie Flyers, who played in the old Dunlop arena until 1960.
The Colts started as a Junior-B team, then were promoted to Junior-A around the start of World War II. The Junior B Colts won the Sutherland Cup Championship in 1934–35. Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Harry Lumley played for this team around this time.
Modern Version Of The Colts
The modern Barrie Colts began as a Junior C team in the Georgia Bay league. In 1970 they moved up to Junior B hockey in the Mid-Ontario Jr. B league, then transferred to the Central Junior B Hockey League in 1978 when the Mid-Ontario league folded.
This version of the Junior B Colts won the Sutherland Cup (OHA chamionship) in 1992–93. For the next few seasons, the Colts played at the Junior A Tier II level. They were finally granted permission to join the Ontario Hockey League as an expansion franchise on May 6, 1994.
As fans here know, the Colts have been very successful since their modern inception. Barrie was the first OHL team to make the post-season in their inaugural year, and has never missed the playoffs in team history. By far the best season in the modern era was 1999-2000, when the Colts won the OHL playoff championship over the Plymouth Whalers. The team competed in the Memorial Cup in Halifax that year, losing to the Rimouski Oceanic. (Yeah, we’re still bitter about it too)
Besides some of the previously mentioned players, the Colts have seen several high end prospects play their way up to the NHL.
Aaron Ekblad, Defenseman
Called the “tower of power” Ekblad skated in 175 games as a member of the Colts from 2011 to 2014. Over his 3 seasons he racked up 40 goals, 76 assists, and 116 points. Ekblad is now a member of the Florida Panthers and is often mentioned as a potential rearguard for Team Canada’s 2022 Olympic squad.
Mark Scheifele, Center
Mark Scheifele, quite simply, was a monster when he played for the Colts. The current Winnipeg Jet scored a ridiculous 84 goals, 133 assists, and 217 points, in just 158 games with the club. He’s a top 10 NHL scorer and a lock to make Team Canada in 2022.
Bryan Little, Center
Little was drafted 12th overall in 2005 and carved out a terrific NHL career with the Atlanta Thrashers and the Winnipeg Jets. While here in Barrie, he collected 342 points in 247 games played.
And even though the Colts can’t play on the ice, you can still support them! The team is providing daily meals for delivery or pickup from the Horsepower Grill.
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Daily Meal Deal Delivers For the Staff Of The Team
NEWS RELEASE BARRIE COLTS ************************* With the start of the Ontario Hockey League season delayed from the proposed Feb. 4 start date, the Barrie Colts have created a Daily Meal Deal in order to generate some revenue to help cover costs and keep key staff employed.
Each day, starting today, Monday to Friday, the Colts are doing a different meal special that you can pick up or have delivered. You’ll get a full dinner along with your favourite beverage for $17.50 per meal. Each dinner will be a delicious, home-cooked meal. You can also add a bottle of wine or a beer brand from Labatt.
Included in the meal deal are offers worth over $25 from some of the Colts partners. These include Topper’s Pizza, Danny’s Fish and Chips, Boston Pizza, Cora’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Firehouse Subs. And for each dinner for 4, you’ll also get a $10 Colts Gift Card. That card can be used toward game day tickets or toward the cost of your season tickets if you are a season ticket holder.
Meals Will Help Keep Key Staff
“We look forward to seeing fans at the rink as soon as we can, but at this point we have no idea when that will be. So, we decided to start the Daily Meal Deal in order to try to generate some revenue to help cover the costs of keeping our key staff. Each day will be a different home cooked meal prepared by our Food and Beverage Manager, Sean Kehoe, who is a Red Seal Chef. We have also partnered with a few of our restaurant sponsors in order to deliver even more value and to help them as much as we can during these difficult times. The pandemic has hit many businesses very hard and we are doing what we can to keep people employed and help local businesses. ” – Howie Campbell, President of the Barrie Colts.
Meals can be ordered on the Colts website at www.barriecolts.com or by calling 705-333-8027. You can pick up at the Colts Centre rink (formerly the BMC) at the front doors of the Horsepower Sports Bar and BBQ Grill from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, or you can have your meal(s) delivered for a flat fee of $20.
Let’s face it… winter is not everyone’s cup of mead. When it arrived on Monday, with news of another lockdown, we could hear the collective groans all over town.
BUT! Even in lockdown, you can break free of the icy induced despair. The season in Barrie brings cold weather events and experiences suitable for your entire clan. Hit the links on each event for more!
The Uptown Theatre closed it’s door earlier this year, but the BFF will continue to show it’s programming online
Virtual Cinema will bring thought provoking international films to town every month, that can be rented for viewing at home. And you can get caught up on previous rentals that have been uploaded as well.
There’s also city hall and the community centres if carving fresh ice is more your jam. Most rinks and outdoor parks remain open, but you should always check in advance for any restrictions.
PODCAST IT UP
If hanging by the fire is on your list for this winter, might we recommend curling up with a good podcast? Of course we’ve got a variety of audio entertainment, but there are a plethora of equally cool local pods.
True crime junkies should have a listen to Whereabouts Unknown, hosted by local private investigator Ellen White. The ongoing series shines a spotlight on the stories of the missing and murdered in Canada, particularly cases from around the region.
Sequel Talk with local filmmaker Mitch Graszat is a pop culture-savvy chat where guests dream up imaginary sequels and talk about em! Recent episodes include bad ideas for classic movies like Heathers and the Princess Bride. And it’s not limited to just movies. Mitch and company also speculate on what could have been with classic songs and TV shows.
TAKE THE 4X4 CHALLENGE
Did you miss Mayor Jeff’s red zone challenge? The Challenge is simple!
The latest restrictions will last 4 weeks (or more). So, for the next four weeks, the challenge is to do these 4 things each week (4 x 4): 1. Donate to a Barrie Charity 2. Order take out for pickup from a Barrie restaurant 3. Buy something from a Barrie shop/service 4. Reach out to someone in Barrie. Post the 4 things you did with the hashtag #Barrie4x4Challenge
“Education is the passport to the future” said… someone much brighter than us. But you can put yourself on the path to recognizing or even saying profound quotes like that via the many adult education options in Barrie.
Georgian College has a number of evening and continuing education classes beginning in January, including online learning.
There’s also College Boreal, which provides full courses in French and Spanish as a second language.
What did you think of our 5 Things To Do This Winter in Barrie? Did we miss anything cool? Let us know! We are always on the lookout for events in Barrie, virtual or otherwise, to add to our events calendar.
HAVE YOU BEEN STRUGGLING WITH UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS THIS YEAR?
Do you have anyone on your list that already seems to have everything? We are sure you do – and we have been doing our research to find the ultimate gift for you!
A real gem that we have “Uncovered” is Linx Kitchen & Social golf memberships. A membership at this very prestigious club in Barrie has it all covered. There are two membership options to choose from, the Linx Club or Corporate Membership.
Unlike other golf memberships, the Linx membership is shareable allowing you to bring clients, family and friends at no extra cost.
Linx are recognized as having the best simulators in Barrie – The Award-winning Golfzon Vision with moving swing plate, smart auto-tee, multi surface hitting mats, and featuring 190 world-class courses to choose from!! You can literally play your own tour and golf a different course every week.
The membership works out to as little as $20 per hour, and if you purchase a membership before December 31, you can receive a free 10-hour Golf Pass which you can give to someone else as a gift or keep yourself.
Plus members and non-members alike can enjoy Linx Kitchen & Social’s delectable menu created by their red seal chef in one of Barrie’s most elegant and spacious fine dining spaces.
LINX MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS:
Best Simulators in Town
Shareable Memberships: As a member, you have the option to share your golf time with a client, family member or friend, at no extra cost, or you can gift time to clients or friends.
Golf: 52 weeks a year, with 4 hours of golf each week, which allows for four rounds of 18 holes if you don’t share with anyone.
Member privileges which include Priority bookings – 14 days in advance, free golf club storage, and Restaurant reservation priority
Thinking about the Corporate membership? With the Corporate Membership, you have access to one of Barrie’s coolest conference rooms with their Executive Suite featuring a private meeting space, and golf simulator located right in the Executive Suite to seal the deal.
Living in Barrie through the winter months it’s so lovely to be able to dress up and enjoy so much all under one roof! Thanks to the owners, Jason and Candice, Barrie now has the Ultimate Golf and Dining experience in town!
Linx Kitchen & Social is “The Place to Be” in Barrie!
Check them out!
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