Generally it’s years earlier than a Peterborough Pete returns to the Memorial Centre after their closing recreation with the storied OHL franchise.
Nevertheless, in latest Petes alumnus Tyler Rollo’s situation, a digital reunion with the maroon and white has come inside just a few years since departing from the staff. Rollo was traded to the London Knights in his overage season of 2017-18.
“I used to be really drafted to Barrie and I used to be reduce from Barrie for my first two years. Peterborough got here as much as me and requested me if I needed to signal with them. It was out of the blue,” mentioned Rollo.
The Burlington native was drafted to the Colts in 2014 and performed for the Oakville Blades of the OJHL for the next two seasons. In 2016, on the tail finish of a powerful season with the Blades, the Petes acquired Rollo to decorate for the ultimate three video games late that season.
Rollo would go on to play for the Petes all through the complete 2016-17 season alongside the likes of Cole Fraser, Matt Spencer and Kyle Jenkins.
In reflecting upon his time within the Patch, Rollo factors to the time he spent along with his billets, the Farace household, and the 2017 convention closing as his fondest moments.
“The Faraces are superior. I nonetheless hang around with them to today and the blokes too. We had an excellent group. We simply had a blast and that’s the reason we had been profitable a lot,” mentioned Rollo.
“(The Faraces) handled me like their very own child. The dad, Joe, is hilarious. They’d do something to assist me. They revered me and had good guidelines.”
In trying again on different robust relationships he fashioned whereas in Peterborough, Rollo cites former Petes ahead Jonathan Ang as a teammate he shared a selected bond with.
“We frolicked virtually day-after-day. I nonetheless hang around with him now. He’s fairly near me homewise,” mentioned Rollo.
Though he was a part of one of many Petes’ most profitable seasons in latest historical past Rollo, like many who play junior hockey, confronted the inevitable at first of the 2017-18 season: A commerce and transfer to a brand new metropolis.
“It was powerful getting traded particularly due to my billet household,” he mentioned. “I imply it was probably not an enormous shock. There was a scenario with the quantity of OAs coming again and it occurred to be London.
“My billet household there was tremendous good as nicely. Peterborough had a hometown really feel the place London was extra of a metropolis. Very completely different groups however they’re the most effective groups I might have performed for. ”
Rollo completed his OHL profession with the Knights in 2018 and continued his hockey journey as a varsity Badger at Brock College.
“I knew the coach coming in Brock, Marty Williamson, and I had heard nice issues about him. Once I got here in this system was on the rise and I seemed ahead to that. Plus my mother went to Brock and it was near residence too,” mentioned Rollo
“I knew this system was on the rise and we had been speculated to be fairly good and I believe we’ve got lived as much as that.”
In evaluating the on ice product and competitors between the OHL and OUA, Rollo insists the 2 leagues are comparable.
“Skillwise it’s in all probability the identical. I imply, you don’t have your first-round draft picks however I believe it’s just about the identical speedwise and talent,” he mentioned.
When he isn’t on the ice the Petes alumnus is within the lecture corridor (or for this college 12 months on Zoom) studying the enterprise of sport by way of Brock’s nationally acknowledged SPMA program.
“It’s fascinating. You don’t see what they (the enterprise operations division) goes by way of if you end up a participant. A few of the processes you don’t actually take into consideration.”
Though he’s nonetheless ironing out his plans following college, Rollo anticipates that hockey will proceed to information his path.
“I wish to nonetheless play hockey. I would go over to Europe for a bit. We are going to see when the time comes,” Rollo mentioned. “I might see myself scouting, I really like watching that one underdog child come out of nowhere and make a reputation for himself so if I could possibly be the man that helped him by way of his path that might be superior.”
Within the meantime, the previous Pete continues to be tightly linked along with his hockey alma mater popping out victorious within the Petes most up-to-date e-sports event that featured present gamers and alumni competing in opposition to one another in EA Sports activities’ NHL20. He continues to go to the Raise Lock Metropolis and the Farace household throughout his time without work and serves as a casual ambassador to the Petes.