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Hockey Night in Collingwood is now in the record books! Congratulations to the Mike Jackson Collingwood Blues for winning the OJHL title Friday night, April 28th, at home in the sold out Eddie Bush Memorial Arena. It took overtime for the Blues to win 2-1 over the Trenton Golden Hawks, taking the best-of-seven Nutrafarms Championship Series four games to one. Mark McIntosh scored both goals for the Blues, including the game and series winner at 2:53 of overtime. Collingwood’s stand-out goaltender Noah Pak was named the OJHL playoff MVP.
The champion Collingwood Blues will now move on to battle for the Centennial Cup with their first game May 11th in Portage la Prairie against the Manitoba champions. The Centennial Cup National Championship tournament will be held from May 11th to 21st. From Alberta to the Maritimes, 118 teams from across the CJHL began the season hoping to earn a spot in the Portage La Prairie Centennial Cup tournament. Now it is down to 9 champions from across Canada/the CJHL to battle it out for the Centennial Cup. Go Blues Go!
2023 Centennial Cup | National Junior A Hockey Championship (hockeycanada.ca)
LOOKING BACK IN COLLINGWOOD HOCKEY HISTORY: There hasn’t been this much excitement surrounding junior hockey in Collingwood since the mid 1970’s. The Collingwood Junior “B” Blues the Mid-Ontario Junior B League, captured the league title in 1975-76 and advanced through the Ontario playdowns including winning an exciting series against the Waterloo Siskins to move on to the Sutherland Cup provincial final against the St. Marys Lincolns of the Western Junior B Hockey League. St. Marys won the hard fought series four games to three. The Blues were coached that season by the man for whom the downtown arena is now named after. Eddie Bush didn’t finish the year behind the bench however. He was called away to coach the Kansas City Scouts of the NHL for 32 games during their second and final season in 1975–76. Long time Collingwood junior hockey coach “Jeep” Jackson (father of current Blues named sponsor and former member of the Junior “B” Blues Mike Jackson) returned as coach and took the team all the way to game 7 of the provincial final.