Fans are a very important element to the environment and atmosphere with the Peterborough Petes. They bring energy and excitement to the arenas on game nights, follow our team updates on social media and keep up to date on everything Petes. As important as our fans are to the Petes organization, they also contribute to the broader Peterborough community in a variety of ways. From coaching with local badminton clubs to captaining a Special Olympics bowling team, our fans are truly one of a kind and enrich the Peterborough community, inside and outside the rink. Let’s take a look at some of our community leaders and their various routines on game night!
Lionel Ownsworth: Lionel has been a member of the Peterborough Petes community since the team arrived in town during the late 1960s. He vividly remembers the construction of the Peterborough Memorial Center and has witnessed many incredible sports moments in the building over the years. Lionel’s game-day routine is relatively structured: golf in the morning, dinner with his wife, and afterward, Petes game at the PMC. In his spare time, Lionel coaches approximately 65 athletes at the local badminton club, helping train the next generation of badminton athletes.
Catherine Weiss: Catherine, or better known as the bra swinger, is considered the Petes superfan! She frequently sits in the family section and has been an avid fan of the team for decades. Whenever a goal is scored by the Petes, Catherine swings around a maroon bra in celebration. Catherine’s tradition is well known among the Petes community and elevated the atmosphere inside the arena whenever a goal is scored. Catherine is one of our fans that enrich the experience for everyone in the Petes community!
David Jones and Jeffrey Boulet: David and Jeffrey have been in attendance for nearly every Petes game over the past 5 years. This duo is always loud and proud in the stands, regardless of the score. Their game day routine is the same every week, starting with dinner at a local restaurant followed by going to the PMC for pre-game warmups, showing their support for the maroon and white as the Petes are preparing for their game. David serves as the team chaplain, a unique role that amplifies his experience with the Petes. Jeffrey has interests in a variety of sports and is the captain of his Special Olympics bowling team in Peterborough.
Pete Dalliday: Pete is the play-by-play announcer for the Peterborough Petes and has worked over 1,500 games, ultimately becoming the voice of the team! His love for the team started as a child when his father would bring him to practices and games. Pete’s favourite element of the Petes community is the fan engagement and atmosphere at the Peterborough Memorial Center. He loves being a part of the crowd and cheering on the maroon and white on Thursday nights with fellow Petes fans. Pete’s routine on a game day involves carpooling with long-term Petes fan and friend, Lorraine Wagner. Why Lorraine? She has only ever missed one Petes game since their inaugural season!
Petes have an astounding fanbase and provide value to both the organization and the surrounding community in numerous ways. We are proud to have such outstanding members of society come to Peterborough Memorial Center and support the Peterborough Petes!
Make sure to grab your tickets for the upcoming OHL season! Get them here: https://tickets.memorialcentre.ca/Online/default.asp