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and Junior Canadiens captain Rejean Houle. A half century later

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Just 15 minutes and eight seconds into the first ever game at the brand new, and not quite completed, Ottawa Civic Centre, Pierre Jarry stole the puck and brought more than 9,000 fans, all of them dressed in their Sunday best, out of their seats with the first ever goal in the building.

And the rest, they say, is history.

“I think that’s how I got my nickname ‘Pistol Pete’ because the next thing I knew that’s who I was _ ‘Pistol Pete’,” said the now 68-year-old Jarry, the first ever Ottawa 67’s superstar, who electrified the building its first year scoring 36 goals on a team that managed just 102 all season.

Jarry will be back on Civic Centre ice Friday night, marking 50 years to the night of that first game Dec. 29, 1967 against the powerhouse Montreal Junior Canadiens.

He will take the place of then Ottawa Mayor Don Reid who, on opening night, dropped the puck for the ceremonial face off between 67’s youngster Bob Fawcett, an Ottawa native, and Junior Canadiens captain Rejean Houle.

A half century later, it will be Jarry on the carpet at centre-ice dropping the puck between 67’s captain Travis Barron and Oshawa Generals captain Jack Studnicka, brother of former 67 Sam, all this after the 67’s franchise introduces its all-time “Top 50” of 50 seasons.

Though the club won’t be rating its top 50, Jarry certainly merits Top 10 consideration overall and top of the list among the most colourful.

“All I remember is the good times,” said Jarry, who also became the first 40-goal scorer in 67’s history with 41 in 1968-69 before the New York Rangers selected him in the first round (12th overall) in the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft.

“I lived in Alta Vista and we had a lot of fun on and off the ice,” continued Jarry, who came back to Ottawa for a 67’s reunion at a golf tournament in August and then again in September to mark the franchise’s first decade.

Jarry hadn’t been in the Civic Centre since his final game in the spring of 1969 and quickly reconnected with former teammates, including the 67’s first franchise goalie Gary Doyle, of Smiths Falls, and defenceman Jim Nahrgang, both fellow originals.

“The rink didn’t look the same as 50 years ago, but then all arenas have changed so much,” said Jarry. “But I went around looking at pictures of the old teams with Doyle and Nahrgang and we stopped at one and just stared at Gary’s goalie equipment and I said ‘holy shit Gary, it looks like you were wearing just underwear’ and we laughed.”

Jarry is a consummate story-teller.

For example, if things had happened just a little differently on his hockey travels, Jarry may well have suited up for the visiting Junior Canadiens on opening night.

Or worse still, even after Jarry chose to be part of the original Ottawa 67’s over the powerhouse Junior Canadiens, Jarry’s roster spot on that first edition of 67’s almost went to a youngster and fellow Montrealer Claude Piche out of training camp.

“That first year, I think the 67’s were allowed just one Frenchie _ I mean a guy (already carded) from Quebec,” joked Jarry.
“I had heard coming into the last two pre-season games, Piche was ahead of me and he was going to be the one.

“Well something happened in those last two games and I was the one. And things turned out pretty good.”

Pretty good is 344 NHL games, 117 NHL goals and a lifetime of memories.

As for Piche, he never did play a single game for the 67’s, not to mention the NHL, and his last known hockey stop was with the Roanoke (VA) Valley Rebels in 1975-76 in the long defunct Southern Hockey League.

That opening night, it mattered little that the 67’s blew a 3-1 lead in the final two minutes when Arthur Quoquochi, Paul Lessard and Andre Gaudette (empty net) scored in a span of 1:01 where later it was found that the clock wasn’t working and the teams played longer than they should have.

“If there was a way to lose a game, we found it,” recalled Doyle.

As for Jarry, if he has one regret, it’s that the NHL Hall of Fame have never saw fit to enshrine him.

“I have to be the only player in the history of hockey to have never, ever drank a single beer in his life,” joked Jarry. “Not one.

“I think that should qualify me.”


Players on worst-ever 67’s were trouble off-ice

There will never be another team like the original 1967-68 Ottawa 67’s. And that’s not a bad thing.

That club’s six-win season ranks as the worst ever, 10 worse than the 16 wins compiled in two other forgettable seasons in the 51-year history of the franchise.

Still, that 67’s team had characters, and they had fun, and they also had bar-none the greatest 67 in history in a 14-year-old Denis Potvin.

“We liked to go to the ‘Chaud’ . . . I mean a lot,” said the 67’s original superstar and entertainment director Pierre Jarry in reference to the famed nightclub, The Chaudiere Club Rose Room on the Upper Aylmer Road.

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