Mike McCann – 1989 – Coach / Team Official of the Year


It does not overstate the case to say that Mike McCann put Barrie junior hockey back on the map after a long period of mediocrity. Mike’s tenure as Head Coach of the Jr.”B” Barrie Colts began with the acquisition of the club by the Barrie Minor Hockey Association. In his first season, 1981-82, he took the team from 11th to 6th place. In 1982-83 the Colts finished 4th, and McCann was named the Central Ontario Jr.”B” League’s Coach of the Year. He turned the coaching reins over to Paul Regan and Glen Richardson in 1983-84, when they finished 3rd, but returned behind the bench for 1984-85. The Colts won their first Central League Championship, and Mike was named Coach of the Year for the second time. The Colts were league finalists both of the next two seasons, before winning their second Central title in 1987-88. During the six years of Mike’s tenure as Head Coach, the Colts appeared in the finals five times, winning two champion­ships, and were semi-finalists in the only other year he handled the team. He has sent countless players to US college scholar­ships and Major Junior teams, and has at least three former play­ers currently performing in the N.H.L. During the last two seasons, Mike has served the Colts as General Manager, with responsibilities chiefly in the player personnel field. The Colts have repeated as Central Champions both years. Between 1970 and 1981, Mike coached Barrie Minor Hockey Association rep teams from the Atom to the Midget level, winning innumerable championships, including the 1971-72 Peewee Little N.H.L. title, the 1977 Quebec Peewee Tournament “A” Division title, and the 1978-79 OMHA Minor Midget Championship. Mike has served on the B.M.H.A. Executive for many years, and in 1974 received the B.M.H.A. Award. Mike McCann is a teacher at Eastview Secondary School. When there was no volunteer for the 1989-90 Senior Boys’ basket­ball team at Eastvjew, Mike undertook that additional responsibil­ity, rather than see the boys with no team on which to play.

Other nominees for the 1989 Coach/Team Official of the Year were:

Alec Ovenden gained a reputation for having one of the keenest hockey minds in the Barrie Minor Hockey Associa­tion. Ovenden is deeply dedicated to the boys with which he becomes involved. He has coached basically the same hockey team  since 1983-84, when the boys were Minor Atoms, through their 1989-90 Major Bantam season. Al’s teams are always over-achievers, and the improvement of each of his players, as well as the team’s performances in York-Simcoe play­offs, is a source of pride to the Association. For three seasons (1987-88 through 1989-90), Ovenden has served as the Head Coach of the Barrie Minor Hockey Associa­tion. In addition to his BMHA commitments, in 1989-90, Al was an Assistant Coach with the Barrie Colts, Central Ontario Jr.”B” Champions. Those who know Ovenden agree that he has a tremendous ability to teach the game of hockey to young players.

Peter LeBarron had a very busy hockey year during the 1989-90 season. In addition to serving on the Executive of the Barrie Minor Hockey Association, he served as the President of the Barrie Colts Jr.”B” Hockey Club, and coached the Major Peewee “AAA” team, regular season Champions of the Central “AAA League. Peter moved to Barrie from Orillia about 15 years ago, and has been active in Barrie hockey and baseball ever since. He is currently completing. his second year as President of the Colts, on whose Executive Board he has sat for four years. Peter has served on the Barrie Minor Hockey Association Executive for ten years, during which time he acted as the BMHA Minor Tournament Registrar four times. He has filled Coach, Manager and Trainer positions with BMHA teams from the Minor Atom to Major Peewee level (both “A” and “AAA”), and has coached summer hockey for five years at the same age groups of the Georgian Bay Selects organization. He is the President of the Barrie Minor Baseball Associ­ation, on whose Executive he has served for seven years. He has been Convenor of the BMBA Tournament five times, and has coached most age groups of baseball at both the representative and house league competitive levels.

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