Postcard Memories is a weekly series of historic postcard views and photos submitted by Marcel Rousseau. Some were previously published by the Orillia Museum of Art and History and in the book Postcard Memories Orillia. You can take a trip down memory lane with us each Saturday morning!
Tonight, two architects of the Orillia Terriers - Don Stoutt and Bill McGill - will be inducted into Orillia's Sports Hall of Fame.
To celebrate that, today we harken back to the glory days of the Terriers, when young hockey fans had to be removed from the rafters of the Orillia Community Centre as the local team chased the Allan Cup championship during the playoffs in Orillia that memorable spring of 1973.
The Orillia Terriers originated as the Orillia Pepsis in 1966, but changed their name to the Terriers in 1969.
The Terriers won the OHA Senior A playoff title in 1970 and 1973 and went on to win the Allan Cup in 1973 by beating the St. Boniface Mohawks in a best-of-seven series in Orillia.
It was standing room only at the Community Centre with the Terriers winning four games out of five, bringing the Allan Cup to Orillia.
The Allan Cup champs as shown are:
Front Row: John Louis Levasseur, Mike Draper “A”, Doug Kelcher (Coach), Don Stoutt (President), Al Beausoleil (Manager), Tom Polanic “C”, Grant Moore “A”, John McWilliams.
Centre Row: Gary Milroy, Jim Keon, Ron Clarke, Jim O’Brien, Clare Alexander, Gary Marsh and Ernie Miller.
Back Row: Raymond Hollywood (Stick Boy), Billy Harris (Assistant Trainer), Ray Dupont, Garrie Vaughan, George Vail, Charlie Cipolla, Peter Lemay, (Trainer) Absent: Henry Montieith.
They were 'champions' all of them, with several players going on to play pro hockey in later years.