The Peterborough Petes Hockey Club is proud of the community it resides in and relishes any opportunity help those in the community. That includes providing local hockey players with opportunities in the OHL and beyond. One very deserving local that got an opportunity with the Petes was Dave Currie, who played goalie for three full seasons with the Maroon and White between 2000 and 2003.
“I grew up in Peterborough and I grew up watching the Petes and I really think there is no better way to play in the OHL than to play in your home town. OHL hockey can be tough because you’re a young kid leaving home, so to play in front of my friends and family was just unbelievable,” said Currie.
Currie played 126 games over three seasons posting a goals against average of 3.00 and a save percentage of .908 with 56 wins and 10 shutouts in his time as Pete. However, Currie might be remembered for the young man he was off the ice as he was a nominee for the now named Dan Snyder Trophy each full year in Peterborough. The Dan Snyder award recognizes the OHL player who best demonstrates involvement and selflessness within the community.
“I enjoy the idea of being able to help out in the community. When I played [in Peterborough] it was the same idea – it’s just nice to give back,” Currie said.
Currie’s humanitarian ways are still evident because after his hockey career was over he returned to Peterborough to become a police offer in the area.
“There are absolutely transferrables from my time in the OHL to being a cop now. It’s interesting a lot of Police Officers are former athletes and there is a good handful of former OHL players that are now cops. I think athletes embrace a team atmosphere as well as having the ability to work well and connect with others,” Currie said. “I had some family members that are cops in the area like my sister and my uncle, so it runs in the family a little bit. I wanted to be in a position where I could be involved in the community similarly to my time with the Petes.”
Dave Currie is still an adamant fan of the Petes and catches “more than a handful” of games each year. He still attends team events and functions and the Peterborough Petes Hockey Club is proud to have him as part of the family.