April 9, 2023 at 8:03 am
The local hockey league is celebrating a major milestone.
Last week, the Bothwell Men’s Hockey League celebrated its 50th anniversary.
“The league began with the opening of Bothwell Arena in 1973,” said league executive Jordan Bray. “That was before my time, so 50 years is quite an achievement.”
According to Bray, the league started out as men’s hockey, but over the years, the league has gone from strength to strength. The league currently has 104 players, 8 goalkeepers, and a total of 8 teams.
“We’ve tried to keep it as constant as possible, really honoring the tradition and the origins of the league,” Bray said. “Most of the players in the league are basically players who finished their junior careers, some college players and a couple of former Canadian Hockey League players.”
On Friday, the league received a surprise message from Canadian hockey commentator Bob McKenzie.
Father Bob, aka Bobby Margarita, had something special to say about the kids. https://t.co/cZJM8BL46Y. @TSNBobMcKenzie
— Bothwell Men’s Hockey (@bmhlcup) March 31, 2023
“Bob put together an amazingly long message to the boys involved congratulating us on our 50th anniversary,” Bray said. “We literally took 50 themes and did our best work.”
When asked what the league stands for, Bray said it stands for the Bothwell community and the people who have worked so hard to make the league what it is today.
“It’s a very eclectic mix, but there’s a lot of talent,” Bray said. “It’s so cool to see it all come together.”
The Braves recently celebrated their 50th ice hockey season as champions.