A big thank you for the Dundas Hockeyville crowd

Dundas Real McCoys will say a special thank you on Friday, Jan. 14 to Leslie Watson and Barry Forth, the co-chairs of the Gotta Be Dundas Kraft Hockeyville Committee that began and finished Dundas’ quest to be Hockeyville 2010.

That night the McCoys will resume their 2010-11 Major League Hockey schedule at home when they face the Norwood Vipers at the JL Grightmire Arena at 7:45 p.m. This Friday (Jan. 7), the McCoys, with a re-configured line-up, will play their first game of 2011 against the Brantford Blast at the Brantford Community Centre. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Selected from the more than 12,500 submissions, the community of fewer than 25,000 people received the NHL pre-season game and $100,000 in arena upgrades plus a visit from Hockey Night in Canada.

The Gotta Be Dundas volunteers will be the guests of the Real McCoy’s and Com/Choice Realty for the event, and Forth and Watson will be the recipients of a gift from the community.

“Without question these two people need to be recognized and there is no better place to do that than at the arena,” said Real McCoys’ president and general manager, Don Robertson.

“Leslie’s idea, and Barry’s drive and creativity showed us all what it takes to showcase and galvanize a community through their passion and determination. We should all be proud of them.”

Their work concluded on Tuesday, Sept. 28 with a National hockey League pre-season game between the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators at the JL Grightmire Arena, home to the Real McCoys.

The Jan.14 game will be the first one at home for the new-look McCoys since the Christmas Break when Dundas and Norwood played a nail biter in the Grightmire. The Vipers won in a shootout, 5-4. The kids of the community were the real winners with a visit from Santa and hundreds of stuffed animals that littered the ice during the annual Teddy Bear Toss. The Annual Christmas Food Drive, which was also based at the arena, was a tremendous success for the community.

“We used the Christmas Break to make some changes to the hockey club – changes I think will position us better to be more competitive on a nightly basis. The changes aren’t complete at this point, but they should be before we return home on Jan. 14,” said Robertson.

“Some of the changes we had little choice to make and some just needed to be done.”