Troops honour Centennials alumni at the Gardens

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Several members of the 1994 OHL champion North Bay Centennials were in attendance at the Memorial Gardens on Thursday as the North Bay Battalion honoured the city’s OHL alumni prior to puckdrop.

Seven members of the late Bert Templeton’s championship team were present including Brad Brown, Damien Bloye, Mike Burman, Steve McLaren, Brian Stagg as well as goaltenders Scott Roche and Sandy Allan. They were on hand to witness the raising of their 1994 Championship banner to the heights of the Memorial Gardens prior to conducting a ceremonial puck drop.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of North Bay’s one and only OHL Championship, one that came on a Game 7 overtime winner from Jason Campeau against the Detroit Jr. Red Wings on May 11, 1994.

The J. Ross Robertson Cup was in the building on Thursday as fans took the opportunity to get a photo taken with the OHL’s Championship prize.

The Centennials, who began play in the 1982-83 season, became the Saginaw Spirit in 2002.

The Battalion went on to defeat the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1 decked out in Centennials black and gold as Justin Brazeau became the first North Bay OHL player to score 60 goals in a season since the Centennials’ Vitali Yachmenev last did so in 1993-94.

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