The Petes and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds got to know each other well in the 1992-93 season.
Peterborough was the CHL’s number-one ranked team all season with a powerhouse lineup which included the high scoring trio of Jason Dawe, Mike Harding and David Roche, future NHL stars Chris Pronger and Cory Stillman and Canadian national junior team captain Brent Tully.
It was a major disappointment when the Petes, who finished first overall, lost a Super Series against Sault Ste. Marie for the right to host the Memorial Cup. The Soo won the series 4-0. Petes’ coach Dick Todd said the loss of captain Geordie Kinnear to a broken ankle was a factor in the loss.
The Petes would reach the Memorial Cup by avenging the loss to the Soo with a 4-1 victory in the OHL final.
The Petes once again reached the final after beating Laval twice and Swift Current. Their only round-robin loss was 7-3 to the Soo. The Petes suffered a disappointing 4-2 loss in the final to the Greyhounds before a raucous Soo crowd.
Harding said the crowd was a major factor in the final. It was the Greyhounds third consecutive trip to the Memorial Cup and the franchise’s first win.
“We played a good hockey team,” Harding said. “I think we were fairly even but they had some experience at the Memorial Cup and I think that helped them when it came to that final game.”