Barrie Colts prepare for next step

  Just days after the end of a rebuilding season, the Barrie Colts have shaken up the local hockey landscape, making significant announcements over the weekend.

   The Colts were at the priority selection draft for the 2019-20 OHL season.

 The team welcomed 6'1" defenceman Brandt Clarke with its first-round pick (4th overall).  He played with the Don Mills Flyers, and accumulated 113 points last season, as the team captured the OHL Cup over the Toronto Red Wings.

     Clarke was the third Flyer selected in the first four picks.

 The Colts also announced it had resigned Head Coach Dale Hawerchuk to a four-year contract extension. Entering his 9th season, the NHL Hall of Famer is the longest-serving head coach in the team’s history with 612 games behind the bench with a 305-269-38 record.

Furthermore,  with Junior hockey returning to Collingwood, and the Collingwood Colts set to play their inaugural season at the Eddie Bush Arena, the coaching and management staff was introduced at the draft.  The team named Greg Johnston as head coach, Nick Rica as associate coach, and Dermot Anderson as general manager.

    The new Junior A team will act as a 'farm club' of sorts for the Barrie Colts, allowing them to call up players.   For more on this story, from CTV News Barrie, click HERE.