By Doug Kennedy
To be where he is after a rough past is amazing. The majority of the population in Ontario are Leaf fans. The name David Frost is no longer part of his life. After this split, he was welcomed in Pembroke where he owned the Junior A team. It was not a warm reception until he proved Frost was not part of his life. He got off to a great start with the Leafs but he has just hit his first bump in the road, losing five of six games.
Keefe was a good player in the OHL but you always read about Frosts’ interference, leading to many trades. I remember watching him play Halifax at a Memorial Cup I went to with Norm MacArther. After a great six- year run in Pembroke, current Leaf manager Kyle Dubai hired him to coach the Sault Saint Marie Greyhounds. After four really good years in the Sault, he followed Dubai to Toronto, where he coached the Marlins, the last four years leading them to a championship.
As a player, he refused to shake the hand of David Branch when they won the OHL championship. In his first professional season, he refused a demotion and was suspended. He ended his playing career in the American League in San Antonio. It was while playing there that he met his wife.
It seemed to turn around for him in these years. You must read Bob Mackenzie’s stories about Keefe. It truly is an amazing story for him to be a coach in the NHL. It will be interesting to see how this story ends. I am not a Leafs fan, but it is hard not to cheer for him because of his life story.
The Bulldogs defeated the top two teams on the road this past week.
Last Wednesday night in Mount Forest, Mike Fiegehen scored three goals and also had two assists. Jarred Fossold had a goal and an assist. Logan Freiberger had a goal and two helpers. Kent Ribey had two assists and Jacob Traynor had one helper. Sunday afternoon in Wingham, the Bulldogs scored two goals in the last 10 minutes of the game, and Logan Swanton scored in overtime to seal the win. Brady Stewart assisted on the OT goal. Brett Burrows scored on the power play from Bryce McFadden and Jake Fair scored with seven minutes left, to tie the game. Sean Andrés picked up both wins in net for the Bulldogs. The Saturday night game against Walkerton was cancelled, and was rescheduled for Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in Kincardine.