By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".
It seems we're never that far away from hockey.
Last week, Owen Sound Attack alumni made the news on 3 different levels in one day;
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed former Attack captain Garrett Wilson.
The Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League signed Trent Bourque who was an overage with the team last year.
And Jake Dotchin, another former Attack defender, reached a settlement through the NHLPA with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
You look at those three names in the middle of the summer and you get vivid flashbacks.
The image of Garrett Wilson holding the Robertson Cup will last forever.
For me, his greatest moment was busting his tail on a Friday night in May of 2011 to get back onside in overtime in Game 3 of the Championship against Mississauga which allowed Matt Petgrave to cross the line onside and score the game winner and, arguably, turn the OHL Championship Series around
The image of Trent Bourque comes from a game at Sudbury on March 4, 2016 where coach Ryan McGill was so angry with his group in the 2nd period of a game, he shortened the bench to just 10 players and every other shift trotted out Liam Dunda at center with rookie defender Sean Durzi on one wing and Bourque, a defenceman on the other.
Remarkably, that ramshackle line produced 3 goals and the Attack came from behind to win 5-3.
And Jake Dotchin, that's a remarkable story too.
In 2013, there was no room for the 18 year old defender on the Owen Sound blueline and he was dealt to Barrie.
Of the 7 defenders that remained with the Attack after the trade deadline, only Cody Ceci has played more games in the NHL than Jake Dotchin.
In fact with 103 NHL games to his credit, Dotchin has played more than twice as many games in the NHL as any of the other 6 who remained with Owen Sound that season.
Wilson. Bourque. Dotchin. Warm hockey memories in warm weather.
I'm Fred Wallace