Town lands OFSAA bid

Fort Frances has won its bid to host the OFSAA boys’ ‘AAA’/‘AAAA’ hockey championship in 2006.
The bid committee in Toronto made the decision quickly Friday morning after the bidding was completed.
Fort High principal Ian Simpson, who will serve as the banquet chairman for the tournament, was the first to get the news and quickly spread the word to the other committee members.
“They were quite impressed with the bid and the website,” said Terry Ogden, a former Muskie head coach and co-convener of the tournament with Fort High co-athletic director Greg Ste. Croix.
The website—www.muskiehockey.ca—was set up as part of the bid to show the support Fort Frances puts behind its high school hockey team as well as give information on sponsors and facilities.
That site will continue to grow and another site (www.ofsaahockey2006.ca) will be built for the tournament, with all information surrounding preparations and game results posted there.
“Now the work begins,” Ogden said.
At least 16 teams will take part in the tournament, playing games at the two arenas in the Memorial Sports Centre as well as the one in Emo. Many local businesses already are on board.
“A lot of the work we need to do is already done,” said John Pierce, who is acting as the fundraising chair for the committee.
Still, the committee plans to take its time over the next two years and plan everything precisely. And members have little doubt the community will be eager to get involved.
Fort Frances previously has hosted the all-Ontarios in 1977, 1982, and 1989—the latter year in which the Muskies won gold.
Next year’s all-Ontarios will be held in Windsor.