Nearly 30 years after it took place, Fred Brathwaite recalled his trip to the Copps Coliseum rink in Hamilton May 13, 1990, like it was yesterday: “I remember walking to the arena from our hotel, and after finding out that the building was sold out, I thought to myself, ‘Thank god I don’t have to play!’ ”
Turned out he was wrong. Not only did Brathwaite play, he delivered a magnificent performance and was a central figure in one of the greatest Memorial Cup final games ever played. History shows the 1989-90 Canadian Hockey League season came down to a battle between two OHL rivals in a game played at breakneck speed by the Oshawa Generals and the Kitchener Rangers – one that required double OT to crown a winner. But there is much, much more to this story.
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