Download the Official @OHLBarrieColts App! #OHL

Yesterday the Barrie Colts announced the launch of the Official Barrie Colts app! The app features things you would expect from a team app from player info to scores to breaking news! (No cats, yet..)

The App also includes a Colts Rewards program. Basically, collect points by going to games, community events and much more! Collected points can be redeemed for game tickets, concession items, a shutout from the Official Twitter account to a chance to have dinner with head coach Dale Hawerchuk!

For a list of rewards, how to download the app and more, visit the official page here.

OHL Announces Pre-Season Schedule. Barrie Colts have 6 games. #OHL

Today the OHL announced the pre-season games that have been scheduled for the upcoming 2016-16 season. Of the 44 games, Barrie has 6 pre-season games. The first two games are away games and then they will return to Barrie for the remaining 4 games on the schedule before kicking of the regular season on the road.

Here is a look at the Colts pre-season schedule!

Friday, September 2 Barrie vs. Niagara 7:00 (at Thorold)
Sunday, September 4 Barrie at @ Owen Sound 2:00
Monday, September 5 Niagara @ Barrie 6:00
Thursday, September 8 Owen Sound @ Barrie 7:30
Saturday, September 10 Peterborough at @ Barrie 7:30
Tuesday, September 13 Sudbury at @ Barrie 7:30

For the complete list of OHL pre-season games, visit the Official OHL website here

Michael Webster signs with WBS Penguins. #AHL #OHL

It was announced that former Barrie Colts captain, Michael Webster has signed a contract with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League. The contract is for the 2016-17 season.

Webster is coming off his best OHL season with the Barrie Colts which saw him set a career high for goals with 9 and assists with 35 for a total of 44 points. Over 4 seasons he totalled 18 goals and 77 assists for a total of 95 points in 254 regular season games played.

In his final season, he helped the Colts reach the OHL Eastern Conference Finals until he got a 10 game suspension for a questionable hit in their series with Niagara. Here is a post we did on that. In 54 playoff games, Webster got 15 assists and totalled 17 points.

His leadership grew over the time he spent here which is why his captaincy being named after former captain Joseph Blandisi joined the Devils organisation after his over age year was a no brainer. Webster, not only developed off of the ice but as his point totals show, he really found his grove over the years getting four times the point production in his final season compared to his rookie year.

His captaincy with the Colts ended with him winning the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy which is awarded to the OHL captain who exemplifies leadership on and off the ice.  He was nominated two times for the OHL’s Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy for outstanding community service. Locally over his 4 seasons in Barrie he raised about $50,000 dollars for causes. $21,000 of that came this past season which he helped raise for the March Mullet Foundation who helps raise awareness and educate on mental health issues. He also dedicated time weekly to LIFT which is a program to help young teens. He could easily be found all over Barrie doing great things for great causes, oh and at certain sandwich shop having his picture taken while eating some of the best food the city has to offer!

He also was #TeamWebster on Rogers TV show, Barrie Fantasy Hockey League which saw him, former teammate Brandon Prophet as well as members of the Colts media and a few others (me.. Yeah, I won.) in a NHL fantasy league. Being on the show, I got the chance to film and hang out with him and he really was a nice guy. A good sense of humour and was kind.

Webster will no doubt be a great addition to the Baby Penguins and we would like to wish our captain the best of luck!

For your viewing pleasure, here are some of the shops we put together of Webster over the years!

Barrie Colts trade Julius Nattinen to Windsor Spitfires. #OHL

It was announced that the Barrie Colts made a trade that wold see forward Julius Nattinen as well as a 12th round pick in 2017 to the Windsor Spitfires for defenceman Kyle Auger and a 2nd round (GUE) and a 4th round (FLINT) picks in 2017.

Auger, who is 17 played in 28 games with the Spits last season would put up 1 goal and 2 assists over that time. No doubt that Barrie is looking to add some point production on the blue line and the team seems confident that Kyle can do that.
Nattinen finished last season with the Colts with 22 goals and 49 assists for a total of 71 points. Though that was enough to make him 3rd on the team for points, many seem to feel that he never fit in with the team. At times, he showed greatness but then he would go unnoticed for the next few games.
Though Natti did show signs of skill, he really disappeared in the playoffs. Whether because he wasn't happy or what, this trade sides a fresh start moving forward and maybe a Memorial Cup run could give Nattinen the motivation to carry his effort beyond the regular season.

We would like to wish Nattinen the best of luck in Windsor and we happily welcom Kyle Auger to Barrie!

Barrie Colts to host London Knights in the 2016-17 Home Opener! #OHL

It was announced today that the Barrie Colts would host the Memorial Cup Champion, London Knights on Saturday, October the 1st. The game will be the third of the Colts 2016-17 regular season. They will make their season opener on the road when they face-off against the Kingston Frontenacs at the K-Rock Centre. That game is scheduled for Friday, September the 23rd. The second game of the season is set to take place Sunday, September the 25th at TD Place when they face the Ottawa 67's.

Barrie faced London twice this past regular season and lost both meetings. No doubt the team would love to start the season off with some revenge over the OHL Champions.

Keep an eye open because we expect the full schedule to be posted soon and we will be sure to share all the details.

So be excited because we have some Barrie Colts hockey back in Barrie in 101, days!

New Logo and a look at some older looks. #OHL #Colts

New logo.
Some of you may have seen on social media, or even at the top of the sire that we have recently changed out logo. Not a huge change, just something a little different. We hope that you like it as much as we do!

How does the new logo hold up against some of our other ones? We are sure you remember this one.. You know, the one we used shortly after launch until pretty much yesterday..
Not a huge change really when you see the logos so close. We had several variations of this logo whether it be a pink ribbon behind the font for breast cancer awareness or this 'American Horror Story" themed one we used for Halloween. 
For some of you OLD TIMERS! (or those who have been with us for the couple years since launch, you might remember these logos. 
Well this was our first logo.. Which lasted a couple weeks before we changed it to this. 
This logo lasted a couple days...

Anyway, woo! New logo. We hope you enjoy it. Now lets all make fun of all the old logos while we sit here and wait for the Colts season to start. 4

4 Barrie Colts named to OHL 2015-16 All-Star Teams. #OHL

Yesterday the OHL announced from Toronto the 2015-16 All-Star teams and 4 Barrie Colts players earned spots.

OHL All-Star teams are selected by a vote among OHL General Managers. Voting is broken down like this; Players are voted for by position and players who receive a first place vote earn 5 points, second place earns 3 and first gets 1 point. For defensemen, the top two picks get 5 points, the third and fourth selections get 3 points, while the fifth and sixth earn 1 point each.

Rasmus Andersson and Mackenzie Blackwood both cracked spots on the first team. Andersson got 61 points in voting which was the second most among defensemen. Last year, Andersson made the second team. Blackwood was named the first goalie with 49 points.

Kevin Labanc and Andrew Mangiapane both made the second team. Labanc was just edged out by London Knights forward Mitch Marner (who earned 71 points in voting) but his 69 total points were two shy to crack that top team. Andrew Mangiapane got 49 points.

Congratulations to our guys on a great season and making this list! Here is how all 3 teams look after the final vote! HEY MAN, YOU'RE ALLSTARS! 
If you are 100 like me, you might get this.
First Team All-Stars:
C – Christian Dvorak (London Knights) 62
LW – Matthew Tkachuk (London Knights) 56
RW – Mitch Marner (London Knights) 71 – voted 1st team in 2014-15
D – Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires) 64
D – Rasmus Andersson (Barrie Colts) 61 – voted 2nd team in 2014-15
G – Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts) 49

Coach – Kris Knoblauch (Erie Otters) 73

Second Team All-Stars:

C – Mike Amadio (North Bay Battalion) 61
LW – Andrew Mangiapane (Barrie Colts) 46
RW – Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts) 69

D – Travis Dermott (Erie Otters) 50
D – Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia Sting) 42 – voted 3rd team in 2014-15
G – Devin Williams (Erie Otters) 47
Coach – Rocky Thompson (Windsor Spitfires) 36

Third Team All-Stars:
C – Dylan Strome (Erie Otters) 51 – voted 2nd team in 2014-15
LW – Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads) 34
RW – Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters) 22 – voted 2nd team in 2014-15
D – Olli Juolevi (London Knights) 38
D – Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs) 37
G – Alex Nedeljkovic (Niagara IceDogs) 46 – voted 3rd team in 2014-15, 1st team in 2013-14
Coach – Mike Van Ryn (Kitchener Rangers) 22


Today is our second anniversary as a blog and we wanted to thank you for helping us get to this point!

Over the past couple of years we have seen this blog grow visually as well as in size!

Remember when we were young? Look how we used to look?
And some of our backgrounds were pretty... well..

Though some of our visuals have changed, one thing has remained the same and that is we offer the best cat head/players on the internet!

We are not done growing and we hope that you will help us grow further! We are looking for contributors! If you would like to join us, here is how!

Thank you for supporting us here at the blog, when we were on Rogers TV for #BFHL and for all the shares and likes! We look forward to many more years of growth and interaction with you all! And sincerely, thank you!

Our favourite Barrie Colts themed photoshops from the 2015-16 season! #OHL

Another season in the books and the A Very Barrie Colts Blog staff (ryan) will get some blogging holidays. And by holidays, we mean he will sit at the computer waiting for OHL/Colts things to write about.

This was a great season not only for the Colts, but for us at the blog. From getting the chance to appear (and win) on Rogers TV's new show 'Barrie Fantasy Hockey League' to getting opportunities to write for our friends at The Dock, we have been presented with opportunities that we are truly humbled by and VERY grateful for. Without all of you who read, share, like, comment, critique, troll and follow, we probably would never have gotten these chances so thank you!

Last year we did a "Photoshops of the past season" post that was a lot of fun and seemed to do very well with readers so we thought as a thank you, we would do it again! We won't put all the pictures from some of the categories to prevent this post from being too big, but we have provided links in case you want to see more! Also, note that this is a year removed from our last post from last season featuring the photoshops from the previous year...

Thank you again to all of you and here is hoping for a great off season and a BArrie Colts team that is ready to go all the way! GO COLTS!

Ekblad for Calder

There wasn't really a post for this but we made a bunch of these and put them all over social media. The cookie one was just for fun. Oh and by the way, he won.. 

Goon 2

Goon 2 filmed parts at the Barrie Molson Centre. We did a post looking at how the movie would look if it featured Barrie Colts' players. Check it out here

NASA Lucky Charms Planet

Nasa released pictures of Pluto which may or may not be a planet. Image were released showing there was what appeared to be a heart on the Planet/weird floating space rock. We saw that as an opportunity for a fun post. Check it out here! 

Charlie Horse Minion trip to Hearst

On our annual trip to Hearst, Ontario we took many pictures. With the Minions being popular at the time, we made a post that featured our pictures taken with what we called the "Charlie Horse Minion". Silly post? Maybe.. Stupid? Probably! But it was a lot of fun. Check it out here!

Colts on Classic Video Games

We love video games.. We did a post that included Barrie Colts players in classic video games. Check it out here!

Back to the Future Day

There was a day, and it was in the future, but it was in a movie so it wasn't a real day yet. Until it actually happened. The future might not have looked like the movies made us think it would but our photoshops on Back to the Future day were SPOT ON! Check them out here! 

Classic Christmas Movies starring Colts

Christmas time we wanted to see what Colts might look like on classic movie posters. I don't think anyone was disappointed. Check it out here! 

Colts on Classic Hockey video games

 Remember we said we liked video games? Well we also did a post with Barrie Colts on classic hockey video games. Check it out here!

Colts on Valentine's Day E-Cards

For the second year straight we mad Valentines E-Cards featuring Barrie Colts players. Check it out here!

Colts on Classic NHL Cards

We started putting Barrie Colts on classic NHL cards. This was pretty popular and ended up having 3 different posts this year and is one we are already planning on continuing moving forward. Check out all the collections here! 

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