Real McCoys returning to their roots
By Larry Robertson
DUNDAS—Dundas Real McCoys are going back to their roots for the 2017-18 Allan Cup Hockey season.
With renovations to JL Grightmire Arena taking place this season the Real McCoys essentially are going home…to Flamborough. The 1970s witnessed the birth of the Rockton Real McCoys, a team which won multiple Ontario Hockey Association championships at the Intermediate level before making the move to the Senior AAA category, where it found success as the Flamborough Real McCoys. In 1987, the franchise became Allan Cup Trophy champions as the Flamborough-Brantford Motts Clamatoes
This season, the McCoys will call the fabulous Harry Howell Arena situated at Clappison’s Corners on Highway 5 and Highway 6 in Flamborough. The arena named in honour of former New York Rangers allstar and Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman Harry Howell will accommodate more than 1,000 spectators including standing room.
“With our new home being just a 10-minute drive from the Grightmire, it will be handy for our present fans and make us available to thousands of both new and current fans,” said Dundas President and General Manager, Don Robertson. “Helping to make the move go smoothly were both local Councillors Arlene Vanderbeek and Judi Partridge. We, as an organization, are grateful that the Real McCoys tradition will continue including our charity games, which are held on many nights. Our traditional Friday night games will remain; however, there will be a new start time of 8:00 p.m.”
“This is going to be a huge undertaking for our executive to adjust to, but everything will work out just fine. They are up for the challenge,” said Robertson. “As a Flamborough native, I’m excited to be going back to where we won so many titles. I am also pleased with the response by our current sponsors and the reception we have received in Flamborough.”
Many of its special nights from past seasons will continue for Breast Cancer Awareness, the Bob Kemp Hospice, the CHML Teddy Bear Toss, the Real McCoys Food Drive, and Flamborough-Dundas Minor Hockey Night.
“To be playing out of the Harry Howell Arena is wonderful; Harry is a former Carlisle resident, a friend and Hockey Hall of Fame member. What a privilege this will be for us,” added Robertson.
He said the hockey club is happy that many of the key players are returning this year, such as ACH allstar goaltender Mike Mole and former League scoring champion, and team captain Cam Watson. The League’s best defenceman, Simon Mangos, Sheffield’s Jordan Foreman, and the 2016-17 ACH Rookie of the Year, Ben Skinner plus several others are coming back.
“We will be announcing some great new additions to our lineup shortly who will have the privilege of playing for Ron Bernacci and his coaching staff. “ An example of the esteem with which the organization is held in the playing community, the McCoys have featured 18 former National Hockey League players since the team’s formation in 2000.