By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
I wanted to applaud the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks for their pro-active measure last week.
Prior to their WOAA Senior Hockey Playoff series with the Durham Thundercats, the Winterhawks via Twitter fired off a directive to their fans, to all fans, pertaining to what is and what isn't appropriate behavior at the Plex.
The initiative was sparked by a nasty incident a year ago when the same two clubs faced each other in the playoffs and the desire was to avoid anything remotely similar from transpiring this year.
Good for the Winterhawks for taking such a stance, and let's be perfectly clear, I sincerely doubt Saugeen Shores is the only community that needs a re-evaluation of what proper fan conduct is.
Remarkably, the tweet for the Winterhawks came only days after a very rational discussion I had with an acquaintance while we were at Owen Sound Fitness.
The man had taken his 8 year old son to see the Attack & Guelph play a tight OHL contest at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore on January 27th and while he admired the intensity of the game, he was also bothered by the behaviour by a segment of the " adults " around him and his boy.
Again, the Bayshore isn't the only OHL centre where one or more people can cross a line and hinder total fan enjoyment, but as the Winterhawks have illustrated, steps to monitor and correct are needed. Everywhere.
I'm Fred Wallace