OFSAA host site to be decided in spring

Everybody crossing their fingers for Fort Frances to win the right to host the 2005 all-Ontario boys’ high school hockey championships, relax—for about four months.
Fort High principal Ian Simpson, who is spearheading the bid to bring the event back here for the first time since the Muskies won it all in 1989, said the original November date to announce the winning location has been bumped back to this spring by the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA).
But no matter when the decision is made, Simpson warned the odds of Fort Frances securing the tournament in 2005 are getting higher all the time.
“Another school from another region of the province has entered the mix, which makes it three schools now making bids,” said Simpson, without elaborating.
“The problem is with the number of provincial championships scheduled to be held in other sports in Northwestern Ontario in 2004,” he noted. “OFSAA may decide to split things up and put the hockey tournament in another part of the province.”
Simpson added the chances may be better for Fort Frances to go after the 2006 tournament, but insisted the local bid committee will give everything it has to still make 2005 a reality.
The Muskies have won three all-Ontario titles in 1986, 1989, and 2001.