Fronts get first look

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

Fans of the Kingston Frontenacs will be the first to watch John Tavares compete in a meaningful Ontario Hockey League game.

Tavares and the Oshawa Generals will open their 2005-06 regular season on Sept. 23 at Kingston. Tavares last month was the first pick overall in the OHL draft after the league deemed him an "exceptional" player, thereby making eligible to be drafted. Tavares will be 15 on Sept. 20.

"Finally things are settling down and I can get back to my normal life," Tavares, who is playing Junior A lacrosse for Mississauga this summer, said recently. "I can't wait to get started up (at training camp) with the Generals."

Tavares' first home game will be Oct. 7, when the Gens play host to their arch-rival, the Peterborough Petes. Tavares is viewed as a franchise player and he will be the centrepiece as the Gens build toward bidding for the 2008 Memorial Cup. Ground-breaking ceremonies for the Gens' new rink are slated for Wednesday afternoon.

The St. Michael's Majors and Mississauga IceDogs open the season in the same building on Sept. 23 when the Majors play host at St. Mike's Arena. Also that night, the Brampton Battalion opens at home versus the Barrie Colts.

The full OHL schedule -- the first game features the Plymouth Whalers visiting the Saginaw Spirit on Sept. 21 -- will be released by the league next week.


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