Penticton Vees coach and general manager Fred Harbinson can say, with earnest, that he's now played a part in two of the most extraordinary winning streaks set in the British Columbia Hockey League.
The Vees, North America's No. 1-ranked Junior A hockey program, broke a 22-year-old league record on Tuesday when it notched its 30th straight win. It was a moment the fifth-year coach will always remember, particular since Harbinson played against the team that had held the previous mark of 29 consecutive triumphs -- the 1989-90 New Westminster Royals.
"I was playing for the Calgary Canucks in the Alberta Junior Hockey League in that 1989-90 season and remember going up against New West and losing and it's something, as an athlete, that you always look back on and it sticks with you," Harbinson told NHL.com. "When we started climbing and people began asking what the record was, I knew all along. I knew the team that had it and, as we got closer, our whole organization and our town got excited.