After a stirring ceremony honouring Dave Keon, the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors continued their recent hot streak on the ice.
Cory Bureau scored twice to lead Mississauga to a 7-4 victory over the Kingston Frontenacs on Sunday afternoon in the Ontario Hockey League.
Prior to the start of the game, the Majors honoured Keon in a 30-minute ceremony that included retiring his No. 9 jersey - making him the first player franchise history to have his number retired.
"This is pretty special," said the 68-year-old Keon, who, after graduating from the Majors in 1960, went on to a 23-year professional career that included 15 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also played six seasons with three teams in the now-defunct World Hockey Association.
"There were a lot of great guys who played for St. Mike's," noted Keon as he listed such legends as Red Kelly, Ted Lindsay, Frank Mahovlich and Tim Horton. "Being the first guy to have his sweater retired is really a thrill and I can't thank the Majors enough for this day. This is pretty special."
Elsewhere in the OHL on Sunday, it was: Guelph 2 Kitchener 0; Oshawa 5 Peterborough 4; London 5 Sarnia 2; Ottawa 3 Sault Ste. Marie 2; Brampton 9 Niagara 2; and Windsor 4 Erie 2.
At Mississauga, Ont., Mayor Hazel McCallion, OHL commissioner David Branch and team owner Eugene Melnyk were among those who paid tribute to Keon, who now lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
"You brought a profound and positive influence to our game," Branch said of Keon, who was given three standing ovations from the crowd of 2,708, many of whom weren't born when Keon started his career with the Majors.
"Being at St. Mike's was a very special time in my life," Keon told reporters after watching his jersey raised to the rafters at the Hershey Centre. "You were expected to act in a courteous way and be a credit to the school and yourself. It wasn't all about hockey. Education was a big part of it too. I think we all maintained those values as we got older."
Keon scored 73 goals and added 97 assists in three seasons with St. Mike's. He was regarded as the most gentlemanly player of his time in the NHL and twice won the Lady Byng Trophy as the least penalized player and captured the Calder Trophy as the top NHL rookie in 1961. He had 396 goals and added 590 assists in 1,296 NHL games. He also played 301 games in the WHA, scoring 102 goals and 189 assists.
Keon was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.
And with Keon looking on from a private suite, Bureau led the Majors (15-14-1-1) to their third win in a row. Blake Parlett, Riley Brace, Jared Gomes, Casey Cizikas and Mike Pelech had one each.
Ethan Werek had a pair of goals for the Frontenacs (7-21-4-2), who lost their third in a row. Bobby Mignardi and Kelly Geoffrey scored one apiece.
Storm 2 Rangers 0
At Kitchener, Ont., Thomas McCollum turned aside 23 shots for his third shutout of the season as Guelph silenced the Rangers.
Matt Kennedy and Michael Latta scored for the Storm (18-12-2-2).
Parker Van Buskirk made 27 saves for the Rangers (13-16-1-1), who have lost six straight.
Generals 5 Petes 4
At Oshawa, Ont., Neil Conway made 37 saves and three more in a shootout as the Generals defeated Peterborough after letting a 4-1 lead slip away.
Andy Andreoff led the Generals (16-13-0-4) with a goal and an assist, while Parnham, James DeLory and Robert Kousal also scored.
Sergey Korostin, Adam Sedlak, Pat Daley and Zack Kassian replied for the Petes (15-18-0-2).
Knights 5 Sting 2
At London, Ont., Jason Wilson scored a pair of power-play goals and added one while shorthanded as the Knights topped Sarnia.
John Carlson had a goal and three assists while Justin Taylor added a single as London (24-7-0-1) won for the 13th time in its past 15 games.
Ben O'Quinn and Jordan Hill answered for the Sting (15-15-2-2).
67's 3 Greyhounds 2
At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Anthony Nigro scored the winner with 4:18 left in the third period to lift Ottawa over the Greyhounds.
Thomas Nesbitt added two goals for the 67's (18-14-0-2).
Michael Quesnele and Tomas Rachunek replied for the Greyhounds (14-17-1-1).
Battalion 9 IceDogs 2
At Brampton, Ont., Scott Tanski had two goals and two assists to help the Battalion trounce Niagara.
Evgeni Grachev also scored a pair with Sam Nyberg, Stephon Thorne, Kyle Decoste and Josh Shalla adding goals for the Battalion (22-10-1).
Andrew Merrett and Thomas Middup replied for IceDogs (12-14-8).
Spitfires 4 Otters 1
At Windsor, Ont., Dale Mitchell scored twice and added an assist as the Spitfires beat Erie.
Adam Henrique and Conor O'Donnell added singles for Windsor (28-4-0-1).
Zack Torquato had the lone goal for the Otters (14-17-2-0).