1977 Brantford Alexanders

1977 Brantford AlexandersThe Brantford Alexanders played a strong season in 1977/78. After finishing off a strong regular season, they moved onto the playoffs. A best of nine games series format was used during the first round, which at the time, was unusual. Brantford faced off against Thunder Bay first and won five games to one, moving on to the next round of the league playoffs. The finals for the league championship were played against the Barrie Flyers. This was a heated series as it took seven out of the possible nine games to conclude. Thankfully, Brantford edged out the win and took the league championship.

Feeling very confident after their league win, the Brantford Alexanders moved on to the Provincial championship. The Ontario title series was played against the Continental League Champs in Woodstock. Brantford defeated Woodstock claiming the Provincial Championship title, which secured their place in the Eastern Canada Final. The Eastern Canada Finals were played against St. Johns in a best of five series. Brantford came home victorious after winning the Eastern Canada Final. 

As soon as the Brantford Alexanders returned, they began to compete for the Allan cup Senior A Championship on home ice. The Allan Cup Series was played against a team from Spokane Washington which were no match for Brantford as they defeated Spokane in four games to one.

The 1977-78 season boasted a star studded roster of ex “NHLer’s” like Gerry Gray, Jack Egers, Fred Speck, and Steve Atkinson.

1977 Brantford Alexanders Sr. A Allan Cup Champions Roster

Management/Coaches:
Peter Ham (Mgr), John McMillan (Coach), Bob Markovich (Sponsor), Ken Whittaker (Trainer), Wade Speck (Stick Boy), Glen Kelley (Equipment Mgr.), Chester Armstrong (Trainer), Dr. David Carll

Players:
Fred Speck, John Grofton, Gerry Gray, Jim Thompson, Corby Adams, Dennis McLean, Ken Southwick, John Held, Guy Smithm Danny O’Donahue, Rick Bince, Bob Roselle, Jack Egers, Steve Degurse