The Wait Is Over: 67’s Open 2021-22 Training Camp Thursday
The Ottawa 67’s last took to the ice for an Ontario Hockey League game on March 10, 2020, extending their winning streak to seven games with a 9-1 win over the Niagara IceDogs. Ottawa was comfortably sitting in the OHL’s top spot and were a Robertson Cup favourite before the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly ended the 2019-2020 season.
It has been a long road home, with the cancellation of the 2020-2021 campaign extending the layoff, but after 18 months, the 67’s are finally set to return to the ice when this year’s training camp begins on Thursday, September 2.
The 2021-2022 edition of the 67’s will have something of a new look, both on the ice and behind the bench. That includes the arrival of head coach Dave Cameron who takes over from Andre Tourigny, the latter having turned his impressive run as OHL bench boss into a head coaching gig with the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes. Cameron returns to the OHL – where he coached for 10 seasons between 1998 and 2011 – after two years in Austria with the Vienna Capitals, and brings a world-class pedigree to the organization, not to mention an emphatic endorsement from Tourigny himself.
On the ice, Ottawa boasts plenty of returning talent, including 2021 Nashville Predators draft pick Jack Matier, Calgary Flames selection Jack Beck, Cameron Tolnai, and Adam Varga, as well as St. Louis Blues prospect Will Cranley in goal. The Barber Poles will also welcome a new crop of young talent, such as this year’s 12th overall pick – and local product – Christopher Barlas.
Camp officially kicks off Thursday when players will report to The Arena at TD Place to undergo fitness testing and medicals before lacing up for their first on-ice sessions that evening. The 67’s will also play four intrasquad games over the weekend. Full training camp rosters will be released Friday morning:
Friday, September 3:
Team Red vs Team Black – 9am-11am EDT
Team White vs Team Black – 3pm-5pm EDT
Saturday, September 4:
Team White vs Team Red – 10am-12pm EDT
Ottawa 67’s Red vs Ottawa 67’s White – 5pm-7pm EDT
While this year’s training camp will not be open to the public, 67’s fans won’t miss a minute of the action, with all intrasquad games being streamed live on Twitch, and live updates provided on Ottawa 67’s social media channels.
The Barber Poles will kick off their preseason schedule on Monday, September 6, when they visit Peterborough to take on the Petes, and play five more games before opening up the regular season against the Frontenacs in Kingston on October 8.
The 67’s full preseason and regular season schedules can be found here.
Visit ottawa67s.com/join-us-2021-22 for Club 67’s Season-Seat Membership information. Single-game tickets are on sale soon!
Ottawa 67’s Training Camp presented by TD.