First off I want to introduce myself as a new writer here on Out of Left Field. I currently write for a Canadian soccer blog called The Canadian Stretford End where I cover everything Canadian soccer and Man. United. Aside from following soccer I also watch a lot of Queens Football, and Kingston Frontenacs games. As Don Cherry would say "He's a good ol' Kingston boy." On second thought Don Cherry would not approve of the soccer.
Last season was one of the worst in recent memory for the Frontenacs finishing second last in the OHL, but as the new season creeps around the corner I have the first Mavety story of the year.
On Saturday, I went to the K-Rock Centre to pick up season tickets for the Frontenacs. I've been a long-time fan, but never actually bought season tickets so going to pick up tickets in April was a first for me. The Fronts were hosting an open house where people were allowed to go into the arena pick out seats they liked and buy them at the front desk.
When I walked in I was greeted by a woman who talked to me for a bit about buying seasons seats, and a minute later I was in the arena scouting out my favourite seats. After a few more trips back to this woman running the ticket office and back into the arena finding seats that weren't taken I finally found what I wanted.
So I filled out a form with contact information and such (the advertising ploy the Fronts are using this year is "The Gilmour Era: Be a Part of It"). Then I went to pay for my tickets, and on the way out I had a few questions for the woman I had originally been talking to. She was very helpful and answered everything I needed to know. Finally she said, "If you have any more questions you can reach me here."
She handed me her business card and the first think that popped out to me was the name, Brenda Mavety. The administrator for the Frontenacs is life-long GM/ex-coach, Larry Mavety's relative.
I'm pretty sure that tells you everything you need to know about the Frontenacs and their sad history, along with a seemingly bleak future. It has almost come to the point that it is redundant saying this, but until something changes with the ownership and overall set-up this hockey club will remain a perennial loser.
So here's to another year with the Frontenacs not so different from the rest, while many people all across Ontario will be enjoying lengthy playoff runs, next April I will once again be inside an empty K-Rock Centre talking to some relative of our good friend Larry Mavety.
(Neate chips in: The second Mavety story of the day: The Belleville Bulls' Mike Murphy, the Kingston minor hockey product whom the Frontenacs passed on twice in the OHL draft, was named the league's top goalie today, for the second season in a row today. Granted, Murphy's Bulls are done for the season and the goalie whom Mavety took 44 picks ahead of him in the 2005 draft, Daryl Borden, is still playing ... for Brantford in the Ontario Junior B championship. Huzzah!