The 2009-10 Barrie Colts had their best season ever with 57 wins and 116 points en route to a Hamilton Spectator victory as the Ontario Hockey League’s best regular season team. The Colts made it to the Robertson Cup finals before succumbing to the mighty Windsor Spitfires.
Unfortunately, due to the cyclical nature of the Ontario Hockey League, 13 players moved on to professional jobs for the 2010-11 season and one other went the CIS university route. In 2010-11, Barrie recorded just 34 points, by far their worst season since joining the league in 1995-96.
Of the 13 that went pro, an impressive five spent at least some time in the National Hockey League during the 2010-11 regular season. Of those five, three played full seasons in the NHL. Zac Rinaldo didn’t play any NHL games during the regular season but did dress for two games in a Philadelphia Flyers jersey during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Petteri Similä was brought in from the Niagara IceDogs during the 2009-10 season but didn’t actually see any action between the pipes with the Colts. Petteri split the 2010-11 season in Finland between their junior A league, the elite SM-Liiga and the tier 2 Mestis.
T.J. Brodie played mostly with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat but did get a three game call-up with the Calgary Flames.
Nick Crawford played 76 games for the Buffalo Sabres AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates.
Alex Pietrangelo didn’t disappoint as the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Pietrangelo played 79 games with the St. Louis Blues.
Josh Brittain split his time between the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals and the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch.
Alexander Burmistrov, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, played 74 games for the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers.
Sharp-shooter Bryan Cameron played 60 games with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat and an additional six games in the ECHL with the Victoria Salmon Kings.
Kyle Clifford appeared in 76 games with the Los Angeles Kings.
Stefan Della Rovere joined Alex Pietrangelo on the St. Louis Blues for seven games while playing the rest of the season with the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen.
Alex Hutchings played the bulk of the season with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades with a one-game stint in the AHL with the Norfolk Admirals.
Matt Kennedy spent the entire season in the American Hockey League. Kennedy played eight games with the Charlotte Checkers and 57 with the Syracuse Crunch.
Luke Pither and Zac Rinaldo both played the 2010-11 season in the Philadelphia Flyers organization with their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. As mentioned above, Rinaldo made his way into two playoff games with the Flyers.
Ryan Gottschalk went the scholarly route and played for St. Mary’s in the CIS.