Owen Sound Attack

Arena Name: Bayshore Community Centre, J. D. MacArthur Arena
Capacity: 3,500 (2,983 seated)
Built: 1983
Address: 1900 3rd Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario, N4K 2L2
Telephone No: (519) 371-7452 OR 1-866-5-ATTACK
Ice Surface Size: Regulation
Franchise Date: 1989-90
OHL Championships: 1, in 2010-11
Memorial Cup Championships: None
Colours: Black, Gold, Red & White
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Unofficial Site: Electric Ice Message Board
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J. D. MacArthur Arena
Bayshore Community Centre
What's the Arena Like?
Although Owen Sound is not the most isolated city in the CHL, the trip there sure makes it feel like it. It is the only city in the OHL not served by a four-lane expressway, and so getting to town involves making the trip through picturesque small towns and winding blacktop through the hilly heart of Grey County. The town itself is a small and pretty one nestled around the mouth of Owen Sound harbour, with the magnificent blue of the Sound itself stretching out into Georgian Bay. It's filled with well-preserved brown brick buildings and is located in a natural valley. Heading north out of town on the east side of the sound is the Bayshore Community Centre, a white building with a big neon sign announcing its presence in the heart of a residential neighbourhood.

No arena in the OHL enjoys a prettier setting than the J.D. MacArthur Arena in Owen Sound. Located right on the shore of Georgian Bay, the unmistakable sea air filters through the arena grounds in the spring and fall. The arena is set on parkland and there is a playground overlooking the bayshore just outside the building. You can clearly see across the Sound to the other side, and it is a beautiful sight, especially while lit up at night.

The Harry Lumley Bayshore Memorial Community Centre complex is a building which was recently renovated, and looks new from the outside. The front of the building is brilliant white and says "Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre" in big blue and neon letters on the front. Once inside, the ticket booth and the team store is all new, as is the front stairs which take you up into the rink. The store is decent-sized and there is a lot of interesting Attack gear available. Once upstairs you discover the older part of the building. The concourse area is at the top of the seats and includes various concession stands and the "Snack Attack" grill, which is a larger concession with a bigger selection. There are TV's hanging from the ceiling, but they're not necessary as you can see the action from anywhere on the concourse. As such, the TV's often show other sporting events; other hockey games and baseball and such.

The seating area is all made up of older seats which are all red and older-style molded plastic reminiscent of a beach chair or something. They're surprisingly comfortable and there is a ton of leg room. There are private suites hanging from the ceiling all the way down the one side of the rink; the view must be incredible from them as they seem to hang right over the ice. The press box is on the other side, and in one corner there is what appears to be a "party suite" which has a large capacity and looked a-rockin'. The score clock is old and has no room for player numbers in the penalty slot, but it has no burned-out bulbs and is well-maintained. There are two LCD boards on opposite sides of the redline which are functional without being intrusive. The sound system is relatively new but only of about average quality, but at least it's not ridiculously loud. The announcer is excellent, and Owen Sound's small-town feel is complimented by a lot of country music in the stoppages. It may not be my bag but it's a perfect compliment to the rural atmosphere. All of the colours in the arena are dark, mostly dark brown and navy and black. Many new arenas are done in ugly pastels so to see an old barn with dark colours was nice. It makes the brilliant white of the ice stand out even more. The walls of the arena are steel and other metals which is odd - there's not a lot of drywall or concrete around. The place feels in places like it was built on the cheap, but that's not a slight at all - it just adds to the "community rink" atmosphere.

The building's old main entrance, behind section H, is still there. When you go down the old main stairs you see the Owen Sound sports hall of fame which has a ton of pictures and memorabilia, and championship banners from Owen Sound's hockey teams dating back to 1924! There is also a reception hall (there was a wedding reception on once when we were there) and various other meeting rooms which remind you that the arena is only one part of the community centre complex. You can also leave the arena during the intermission for a stroll along the bay shore, which is a great way to calm down if Joe Park is the referee.

Atmosphere is good and the fans are incredible. They cheer well and while they aren't the league's loudest, they're surely in the top 10. In spite of this, the noise is all "good" noise and they're all incredibly polite and charming. I was very, very impressed by the warm reception they gave us.

Overall, the town of Owen Sound is pretty and the arena is a grand old barn with some new facilities. If they could just do something about the stupid logo and the "Attack" name then there would be nothing at all to complain about. Well, I wouldn't mind it if they built a 400-series highway up there too - I've made the late night drive home in a raging snowstorm, and it's not pleasant. Owen Sound is the OHL's smallest city, but the city and region both support the team well. The journey to town feels more epic than it is, and the city, people and arena waiting at the other end all make it more than worth returing time and time again. The "community" feeling of the OHL is gradually being lost as the league becomes a bigger and bigger business, but there are still a few places left that you really get the feeling of being in a place where the whole town of people come out once a week to support the local six. More than anywhere else in the league, Owen Sound feels like such a place, and that feeling alone makes it a great and worthwhile trip for any visitor.
Future Developments
There are no plans to renovate or replace the Bayshore Community Centre.
What Is It Like For Away Fans?
Owen Sound's fans are awesome! They always give us among the best receptions we've ever received on the road, and I have never heard one negative comment from anyone, not even from kids. Many people came up to talk to us and wanted to know about London's arena and the team. In all of the years I've been running this site, I've never heard anything from anyone to suggest that Owen Sound fans are anything but small-town classy, and that's exactly what you'll find if you make the trip.

Knighthawk says:
Fans aren't intimidating at all.

How To Get There

From Hwy 6/10, go north into Owen Sound. Turn left (West) at 10th Street East. Turn right (North) at 3rd Avenue East. Continue North on 3rd Avenue East to Bayshore. The arena is on your left.

From Hwy 21, follow the route into town and turn left on Third Ave. The rink will be on your left.

Parking is on-site and free.
Inside the J. D. MacArthur Arena
Harry Lumley Arena
Franchise History
The Guelph Platers joined the OHL in 1982-83 as an expansion team, owned by the Holody family. The name "Platers" came from the fact that the Holodys had made their money with an electroplating factory. The team didn't survive in Guelph, though, and in 1989-90 the Owen Sound Platers were born. In 2000 the Holodys sold their stake in the team to local investors, and the new ownership renamed the team the Attack.
Retired Numbers
14 Dan Snyder
Local Rivals
The closest OHL cities to Owen Sound are Guelph, Barrie, and Kitchener. London is also a rival.

About the City

By Owen Sounder CHL Watcher:

Owen Sound, the OHL's smallest host city, is a hub city of approximately 22,000 at the junction of highways 21, 26, 6, and 10. It serves a region stretching from Tobermory to the southwest and east corners of Grey and Bruce counties. It boasts one of the best natural harbours on the Great Lakes, which was first visited by Europeans when Samuel de Champlain arrived in 1616. Captain William F. Owen surveyed the harbour in 1815. The first European settlement was established at Boyd's Wharf in 1842 on the site of the Bayshore Community Centre, home of the Owen Sound Attack. By 1851, the village of Sydenham became known as the town of Owen Sound, and was incorporated as a city in 1920. The port city was built on lumber, furniture manufacturing, shipbuilding, cement-making, and east-west passenger and material movement. By 1920, the area was virtually logged out, and in 1959, when the St. Lawrence Seaway opened, another of the city's advantages came to an end.

There are currently a number of industrial employers here. Owen Sound, being a service town for the area, has a number of regional and government services such as the regional hospital, government offices, and police services, as well as the jail, superior court, college, regional library, museums, and many professional offices. The local newspaper and three radio stations are also long time employers and great supporters of our town. Owen Sound's post-secondary situation is limited. The campus of Georgian College is quite small and its offerings are few.

Most of the older buildings in Owen Sound are of red brick due to a 1923 ruling prohibiting the construction of frame buildings to reduce the threat from fire. Owen Sound has been recognised for its beauty, culture and liveability by numerous organisations. "The Scenic City" has been well nicknamed as it is filled with beautiful parks and gardens and straddles a valley created by the Niagara Escarpment at the mouths of the Sydenham and Potawattomi rivers, looking out on Georgian Bay.

The requirement for bridges to cross the river and the city's hub status creates an ongoing traffic problem, particularly downtown. The city could be considered 'old-fashioned', but this little town is beginning to come around (being dragged kicking and screaming all the way). Owen Sound has a 65-store mall, and a greater density of big-box and chain stores than most cities of a similar size. The city has countered this with downtown revitalisation and beautification projects. One benefit of slow change is careful town planning. There are only a few areas that could use some work. There is virtually no major crime.

Historical or famous people from the area include WWI flying ace Billy Bishop, the second-greatest Allied ace of the war, who was one of three Victoria Cross winners memorialised in Owen Sound. Nellie Mooney McClung, the writer and women's rights activist, was born on a farm near Chatsworth. Native leader Nahnebahwequay (Catherine Sutton)'s gravesite and the remaining foundation of her family home are in Sarawak Township. Canadian painter Tom Thomson, who inspired the famous "Group of Seven", was raised in Leith. The Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery is in Owen Sound. Renowned surgeon Dr. Norman Bethune was born in Gravenhurst but was a resident of Owen Sound. Hall of Fame goalie, Vezina Trophy winner and former Barrie Colt Harry Lumley was signed by the Detroit Red Wings at the age of 15 and played in the NHL at just 17.

Owen Sound is a great spot to play in the outdoors. It is a great base of access for snowmobiling, fishing, skiing, sailing, power boating, beach bumming, camping, swimming, bird watching, spelunking, para-sailing, biking, scuba diving, hunting, hiking, scenic touring, etc. (Although, if you're hiking, watch out for the hunters - you might want to wear bright colours! ;o) If you're looking for team sports there is always hockey in the winter, and lacrosse, soccer, and ball in the summer. There is a great tradition in Owen Sound for junior hockey. The Owen Sound Greys were the very first hockey club to win the Memorial Cup twice. Owen Sound has been home to national and provincial senior hockey champions, and junior and senior lacrosse champions. Owen Sound also boasted one of Canada's premiere fastball teams until very recently, winners of many national and international titles. For more on sports visit the new sports hall of fame while you're at the Bayshore Community Centre.

For more information about Owen Sound, visit Owen Sound tourism.


If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at email and I'll update the guide.

Copyright Kevin Jordan 2002-07.
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Last Revised: November 25, 2007