Plans are being laid to
celebrate two Sarnia Bees championship
squads next winter.
Bob Williamson, general
manager of the Sarnia Legionnaires,
unveiled that news along with other
ideas the local Jr. 'B' hockey club is
exploring during a meeting earlier this
week to discuss a possible alumni
If an alumni association
is set up it will be for anyone
connected with the team, which has been
known over the years as the Sailors,
Legionnaires, Bees, Steeplejacks and
"Sarnia has a rich
history, we have two guys in the Hockey
Hall of Fame who played Jr. 'B' hockey
in Sarnia,” Williamson said, referring
to Phil Esposito and Dino Ciccarelli.
In addition, 23 other
graduates of the club have played major
league hockey, including former NHL
stars Pat Stapleton and Tony McKegney.
Noting the team has won
a huge number of championships (16
Western Jr. 'B' titles and seven
Sutherland Cups as all-Ontario champs),
Williamson said the Legionnaires will
resume hanging championship banners in
the Sarnia Arena next winter.
In recent years, he
noted, nights have been held to honour
championship squads from the 1950s and
'60s. They included two Sarnia Sailors
teams and five Legionnaire clubs.
This coming season, the
1973 and 1974 Sarnia Bees will be
The '73 Bees were
Ontario champs, while the '74 club won
the Western Jr. 'B' crown.
There are also plans to
erect six trophy cases in the Sarnia
Arena lobby to display items from all
six decades of Sarnia Jr. 'B' hockey.
Williams said an alumni
golf tournament may also be a
possibility, along with old-timer hockey
games and other events.