Barrie Colts head coach Dale Hawerchuk is the latest member of the Ontario Hockey League’s 300-win club.
The Hockey Hall of Fame inductee was behind the bench for Barrie’s 3-1 win over the Mississauga Steelheads on Feb. 2, becoming the 19 coach in league history to collect 300 wins.
Hawerchuk recently surpassed former Windsor Spitfires coaches Tom Webster (295) and Bob Boughner (282) on the league’s all-time list.
The winningest coach in club history, Hawerchuk is in his ninth season with the Colts and owns a career coaching record of 300-256-21-16 for a winning percentage of .537.
In his ninth season with the team, Hawerchuk has led Barrie to four Central Division titles (2013, 2015, 2016, 2018) and one Eastern Conference crown (2013).
He has contributed to the development of current NHLers Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers), Tanner Pearson (Los Angeles Kings), Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets) and Kevin Labanc (San Jose Sharks).
Hawerchuk played 16 seasons in the NHL and was Winnipeg’s all-time leading scorer. The five-time NHL all-star also played for Buffalo, St. Louis and Philadelphia.
It’s been quite the past few days for Barrie goaltender Jet Greaves.
The Canadian Hockey League named the rookie the CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending Feb. 3.
The 17-year-old went 1-0-0-1 record, while recording a 1.45 goals against average and .971 save percentage. Greaves posted back-to-back 50-save efforts.
On the road Feb. 1 in London, he was named the game’s second star and helped the Colts gain a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Knights . The following night he received first-star honours in leading Barrie to a 3-1 win over Mississauga.
The Cambridge native, who was selected in the third round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, has a 5-6-1 record, while posting a 2.81 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 16 games this season.
Colts forward Peter Fleming was also recognized this week for his work in the classroom. The rookie was named the OHL Central Division Academic Player of the Month for January.
The 17-year-old, Barrie’s sixth-round pick in 2017, is maintaining an 84 per cent average in his Grade 12 studies.
“Peter’s plan is to attend university and complete an engineering degree,” Colts academic advisor Chris Cudmore said. “He’s currently excelling in university level biology, physics and co-op program and is looking forward to second semester challenges in chemistry and math.
The six-foot-two, 167-pound native of London has two goals and two assists in 39 games this season.
photo: Colts head coach Dale Hawerchuk collected his 300-win behind the bench in Barrie’s 3-1 victory over the Mississauga Steelheads on Feb. 2, at the Barrie Molson Centre. Hawerchuk is only the 19 coach in league history to do so. Terry Wilson/OHL Images