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Foote praised the efforts of George Shunock, now the Hounds governor, and several other local businessmen, who rallied community support, matched the $1 million total, purchased the club and kept it in the Sault.

He came here in 1988 as a gangly teenager.

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A 1988, second round (21st overall) draft pick from the Brooklin Whitby midgets, Foote won an OHL championship with the Hounds in 1991, before helping the Colorado Avalanche secure Stanley Cup championships in 1996 and 2001.

there. I have a lot of people to thank."

Prior to the start of the 1989 1990 season, the Hounds ownership group, which included Sault native Phil Esposito, was prepared to sell the franchise for $1 million to the Compuware Corp., which planned to move the team to Detroit.

The club finished the 1989 1990 campaign with an 18 42 6 mark third last in the OHL's overall standings.

"Bob Boughner also played big minutes against Lindros and I remember (winger) Tony Iob getting under his skin as well," Foote recalled. "There was all this hype about the guy who didn't want to come here. I took it personally when he didn't want to play here. And I was so motivated to play against him."

"It's definitely in the top achievements in my career. It's a great honour," said Foote. "I'm still so overwhelmed. That's where it all started for me."

Boughner, Foote and Tiley would become cornerstones of the 1990 1991 championship team.

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The six foot two, 226 pound defenceman also won a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics and was a member of Team Canada's World Cup championship squad in 2004.

And left as a man.

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And led by head coach Ted Nolan and assistant Dan Flynn, the Hounds roared to a 42 21 3 mark, second in the league's overall standings.

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the following season.

Sherry Bassin was hired as director of hockey operations and shrewdly dealt no show, first overall draft selection Eric Lindros for an impressive combination of players and draft picks, along with $80,000 cash.

Foote also has spoke of what Nolan meant to him, and the respect he has for the Hounds then coach.

"He (Mallette) held us accountable," Foote, a Toronto native, said. "Guys like him and (Sault native) Bobby Jones kept Buy Adidas All Star

But the team had strong leadership, Foote remembers, and a determination to get better.

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"We started from scratch," he said of the 1988 89 campaign, a season in which the Hounds registered a 21 43 2 (wins, losses, ties) record, last in the Emms Division.

He praised former NHLer Troy Mallette, saying the Hounds first round draft choice (and first overall in the OHL) in 1986 was an outstanding leader for the young players who would eventually form the nucleus of an OHL champion.

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With Foote often matched very successfully against Lindros in the league finals, the Soo stopped the Oshawa Generals in six games to win the second OHL title in franchise history.

With the Hounds facing the Windsor Spitfires Saturday, Boughner, the Spits head coach, Jones, an associate coach, and former teammate David Matsos, a Spits assistant coach, will all be in attendance.

Adam Foote, Adidas Basketball Shoes 2017 Black whose No. 5 Soo Greyhounds jersey will be retired Saturday, believes his three years in Sault Ste. Marie prepared him for a sterling 19 year career in the NHL.

Along with Foote, three other defencemen, including eventual Hounds captain Bob Boughner, would be plucked from the 1988 draft pool.

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Boughner was taken by the Greyhounds with the sixth overall selection that year while Dan Ferguson was a third round choice and Brad Tiley was grabbed in Round 4.

5 Hounds jersey to be retired

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you grounded."

"I'm grateful for being there. Playing in the OHL (Ontario Hockey League) is as close to pro as you can get without it being pro," the 40 year old Foote said Thursday, from his Denver, Colo., home. "I'm grateful for my time being Cheap Adidas Climacool Shoes

To have his Greyhounds number lifted to the rafters, joining those of Wayne Gretzky (99), Ron Francis (10), Craig Hartsburg (4) and John Vanbiesbrouck (1), he said, ranks up there with his greatest thrills in sports.

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And last in the entire league.

Foote estimates he hasn't been in the Sault since attending the wedding of former Greyhound teammate Denny Lambert "about 15 years ago," he said.

Foote, who's expected to arrive in the Sault tonight with wife Jennifer and sons Callan, who's 13, and 11 year old Nolan, spoke of his early days with the Hounds and how he close he became with his teammates, coaches and fans in the city.

"Ted Nolan was definitely a player's coach and he taught me a lot. He prepared me to be a good pro," said Foote. "He was great for me and Boogie (Boughner) was the right choice to be our captain."

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