67's eye Corel draw

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

The 67's are going to end the year with a bang -- and any other loud noise an NHL size-crowd can generate.

The team will announce today it is relocating its Dec. 30 home game against the Kingston Frontenacs to the Corel Centre, where because of the timing, it expects to attract one of the largest audiences to ever attend an Ontario Hockey League contest.

The 67's have played regular-season and playoff games at the Corel Centre before, but this time they will benefit from the NHL lockout.

67's owner Jeff Hunt yesterday said that -- along with the 7,000-8,000 tickets sold to 67's fans for the game -- he will get at least another 3,000-4,000 in group sales represented by youngsters and their families in town for the post-Christmas Bell tournament who annually take in a Senators game.

Hunt also expects to draw fans from the Kingston area and others who are in town for the holidays.

"That game is always a strong seller for us," said Hunt. "With the participants from (the Bell tournament) here, and no NHL game for them to see, the Senators felt an obligation to help fill that void. They asked us if we would consider moving the game to the Corel Centre, to help maintain that aspect of the tournament for the kids. We felt it would be a neat thing to do, and a way to help our partners."

The largest crowd to ever watch an OHL game is the 19,875 that turned out to the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit to watch the Jr. Red Wings play the Windsor Spitfires Feb. 1, 1995.

Hunt believes that, on the day before New Year's Eve, his team could fill the Corel Centre, where capacity is listed at 18,500.

"I try to sell out every game," said Hunt. "Moving this one to the Corel Centre, we hope to sell it out as well.

"I think it would really be a neat story."


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