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! 

Random ones

Barrie Colts captain Michael Webster Suspended 10 Games. (with poll) #OHL

Today the Ontario Hockey League has announced that Barrie Colts captain Michael Webster would be suspended for 10 games following his hit in Game 3 which resulted in a match penalty. For those of you who have missed the hit, here is a look.
Here is what the official OHL site said with the news of the suspension.
The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of a review of two separate incidents which occurred in the playoff game played in St. Catharines on the 25th of April, 2016, involving the Niagara IceDogs and the visiting Barrie Colts Hockey Club.
The first incident reviewed was a checking to the head infraction involving player Michael Webster of the Barrie Colts Hockey Club.
Based on such review, it is the position of the League that player Michael Webster shall be suspended for ten (10) games effective immediately. 
The video attached indicated that they went with 10 games because the league suggests the "Player left his feet", "Contact with head" and there was an "injury on the play". Lets break that down if we can.

First, the "player leaves his feet" part. This is always something, at all levels gets looked at. Did Webster leave his feet? He absolutely did! But, did he before contact was made?

I would like to think the OHL has better technology to review plays than my cellphone but I was able to capture this screen shot of initial contact. Blurry? Yeah, but contact is made and it appears Webster still had 1 foot on the ice, contact was then made and the impact caused Webster to leave the ground. I am sure some of you are saying "the picture is blurry, you can't go by that". And that might be true, but I think it is pretty close to call and if you are uncertain, you are basically assuming and I don't think the league should be handing out suspensions (especially this long, in the playoffs) unless they are certain about something. It is safe to say that this could be debated.

Lets look at the second part. "Contact with head".

Okay, players should not be hitting each other in the head, but the Niagara player was extending to make contact with the puck moments before Webster made contact with him. If you look at the video, Webster established position and was committed to make a hit. With the player extending himself as he did, there was nowhere for Webster to even do anything but make contact. I think the fact that Webster glided through the hit instead of skating into was overlooked.

Players are taught at a young age to be aware of yourself and to keep your head up. With no last moment attempt to hit the puck out of the zone, this would have been a shoulder on shoulder collision and I am sure both players would have been fine.

Last part, "injury on the play"

You NEVER like seeing players get hurt, but why is this a factor? Should the only factor be intent? You hit 10 players in the head the same way and not everyone of them will respond the same.  I have always been a strong believer that injury should not be a deciding factor in suspension because it has more to do with the player who is hits durability and less to do with the contact made by a player in review. This mindset also allows for players to "milk" hits knowing it will be considered if there is a review.  No part of me thinks this is the case in this situation but players dive to draw calls. It is silly to think they wouldn't/don't on plays like these.

A factor left out here, is the old repeat offender rule that is considered in player hearings. That should no doubt be considered. So, how does a player with no history get 10 games as a first "offender"?

What are your thoughts? Was 10 games fair or do you feel this is a heavy suspension for a play that wasn't that bad?

Is the Webster 10 game suspension the right call?


Barrie Colts on Classic NHL Cards.

Here is our page with all the 'Barrie Colts on Classic NHL Cards" linked in one post. We will continue to add to this series so be sure to check every once in while!

Are there any old Cards you remember that you would like to see in this series? Be sure to let us know on social media or in the comments and we will see what we can do!

Each section has a link to the original post so click the link above each picture to see each complete series.

1989-90 O-Pee-Chee.

1990-91 Pro-Set.

1971-72 O-Pee-Chee.

Barrie Colts on 1989-90 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Cards. #OHL #NHL

For those of you who are regulars here and used to our nonsensical style of "blogging" you know we enjoy putting current Barrie Colts players on classic NHL hockey cards. If you have not seen our previous posts and are curious, here is a set of Colts on 90-91 Pro-Set and on 71-72 O-Pee-Chee cards.

This time around we decided to go back to O-Pee-Chee but chose a card that might be a little more familiar in most of our minds. This time we decided to go with the 89-90 O-Pee-Chee set. Here is the cards and enjoy!

What are your favourite hockey cards? Maybe we will try putting Colts on those cards. Let us know what you want to see on our Facebook Page or on Twitter!