The Peterborough Petes and the Ottawa 67’s have long been bitter rivals in the Ontario Hockey League. It’s ironic that two alumni from each team have come together to lead the Sheffield Steelers of the United Kingdom’s EIHL.
Representing the Petes are goaltender Andrew Verner and defenseman Kevin Bolibruck. The 67’s grads are Jonathan Zion on defense and on forward, second in team scoring, Joe Talbot.
Andrew Verner had a three year stint with the Petes starting way back in 1989-90. Originally drafted in the 2nd round by the Edmonton Oilers in 1991, Andrew moved to Europe for the 1995-96 season and has never gone back to play in North America. His career has taken him to Austria, Finland, Sweden, Germany and finally to Great Britain where he’s been for the past two seasons.
Kevin Bolibruck was a blueliner for the Petes from 1994-95 to 1996-97. Highlighting his OHL career was playing for the league champions in 1995-96. The Petes would go on to lose in the final game of the Memorial Cup that season on home ice. Drafted deep down the list by the Oilers, Kevin played two seasons with their AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, for two seasons before spending the next three with four different AHL teams. Bolibruck made the move to Europe for the 2003-04 season and has spent time in Finland, Germany and Italy before ending up in Great Britain for this season.
Jonathan Zion wore an Ottawa 67 jersey from 1997-98 to 2001-02 and was part of the Memorial Cup winning team in 1999. A 4th round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1999, Zion never played in the Leafs system and spent five seasons spread over 10 different teams in the North American minors before heading to Finland midway through the 2005-06 season. He has made stops in Austria and Denmark before landing in Great Britain.
Joe Talbot was a 67 for four seasons from 1997-98 to 2000-01. Like Jonathan Zion, Joe was part of the 1999 Memorial Cup winning team in Ottawa. Joe has been an offensive leader for the Sheffield Steelers since landing there in 2007-08. Click here to read a recent article about Joe on the Sheffield Steelers team blog.
To see each player’s profile page on the team’s official website, click on their names below:
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