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A Brief History of the Barrie Colts

A Brief History of the Barrie Colts

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

Early Days

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)


Impressive Alumni

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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Support the Colts With A Meal Out!

Daily Meal Deal Delivers For the Staff Of The Team

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 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.

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The Weekender: 5 Things To Do in Barrie

The Weekender: 5 Things To Do in Barrie



Daylight savings returns this Sunday to confuse and abuse our sleeping schedules.

As such, you’d be be advised to cram in as much stuff as you can before Sunday afternoon, just to be sure there’s no leftover minutes.

As per, there are plenty of happenings and gatherings for you to take part in this weekend in Barrie. Hit the headline on each to learn more!


The Weekender: 5 Things To Do in Barrie


Shatter It! International Women’s Day

Chillz Lounge and Soaring Finances hosts this Women’s Day celebration, with focus on women in business.

The night includes a custom mocktail called Shattered Glass, a full app menu, as well as
swag Bags & door Prizes.

A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Because I’m a Girl.


Snowshoe Under Moonlight

There’s only a few weeks left to take in a 2km guided moonlight snowshoe through the forest at Horseshoe.

The resort offers these winter walks through March as long as weather permits, so this could be one of the last weekends. Afterwards, warm up by the fire while you roast marshmallows and sip on some hot chocolate.


See The Colts

With only 3 home games left in the regular season, this Saturday is the second last weekend game at the BMC. There’s always a ton of fun in game, with giveaways and draws. And it’s the perfect excuse to have pizza and hot dogs for dinner.


Throw Some Axes

Ya know what goes together like Post Malone and strippers? Axe Throwing and Booze! We can’t do much about hooking you up with the former, but the latter is available right here in Barrie.

Bullseye Axe Throwing is on King street and offers you and a group the chance to throw the Eff out of Axes in a fun environment. They’ve got coaches on site to help make sure you hit the mark and not accidentally hit the wall…or your date.


Group Sing-Along @ City Hall

Caswell Community Choirs takes over the rotunda on Saturday to jam in as many singers as legally possible for a rendition of Here Comes The Sun.

Designed to kick the crap out of the last days of winter, it’s totally free to attend.

If you haven’t checked out the Choir before, this is the perfect opportunity to take in the full awesomeness. Someone take video!!


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6 Things You Have To Do in Barrie Before Winter is Gone

5 Things You Have To Do in Barrie Before Winter is Gone


Winter in Barrie is almost over (praise be) but the final mile is always the longest. And with storm level snow coming this week, we are in definite need of some distractions from the ice and wind over the next few weeks.

Luckily there are plenty of events, places and happenings to check out before Spring arrives on March 19th.


6 Things You Have To Do in Barrie Before Winter is Gone



The 1km loop skate trail is open Tuesdays and Thursdays every weekend while the weather permits. It takes the skaters around the heritage buildings and through the scenic forest path surrounding the museum. Grab a hot chocolate, load up the fam jam and glide through the trail before it melts.



Horseshoe Resort and Snow Valley are just a few of the nearby locales where you can rent snow shoes and traverse the snowy wilderness. You can make a weekend out of it at both and try your hand (or foot) at skiing while you’re there, with hills and trails for both downhill and cross country.



Be honest…one of your #lifegoals is to stand behind a dog sled and yell “mush!” at the top of your lungs. (No judgement)

You can experience this unique winter adventure and explore Barrie’s snowy countryside on pristine trails through local kennels, including Winddrift. During the tours there is time to stop and enjoy the scenery, as well as warm drinks and snacks along the way. If you do the full day experience, you’ll be treated to a hot chili lunch.



The boys of winter are creeping up in the standings and there are still a few home games left before the season wraps. The in game experience is always amazing, and includes lots of giveaways.



If you haven’t already, grab a java from one of the great local cafes and take a stroll through downtown. The festival of lights around Heritage park goes until the end of winter, and you can end off the walk with a warm up at outdoor fire pits.


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Social Recap: The Week That Was in Barrie Nov. 18th

5 Things To Do For Halloween in Barrie

All The Good (And Occasional) Bad of What Went Down in Barrie Last Week

There are three certainties in life…



Social media.

And if you are tweeting, posting and talking about Barrie on social media, we want to hear from you! Every week we will do a quick recap of the week that was in Barrie based on your pics, posts and videos.

Whether it’s concerts, store openings, foodie reviews, feelgood stories, fun facts about Barrie, even bizarre bird formations over the marina, we want to share it.

Here’s what went down in Barrie last week…


If you’re a podcast junkie and a Colts fan, you probably know about Very Barrie Colts, one of Barrie’s premier sources of Colts talk. This week they went retro gaming to recap a scrap from Saturday’s game. Classic!



Laffy Taffy made a triumphant return to the stage on Sunday night. PLAY! Hosted a cavalcade of comedians for the first of their stand up series, including a couple of twiners. Seriously, wardrobe coordinate next time guys!


There’s only one Mandalorian, uh, we mean…Jeeves Edwards


You know you’ve got the right guy at the top when he shows up to support The Sally Anne. WTG Mayor Jeff!

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