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67's believe they can be 'elite,' as 2018-19 season gets underway

Team owner Jeff Hunt says Ottawa has been one of the best junior hockey markets in the country before, and thinks the team will be good enough to regain that status. 
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The Ottawa 67's Sasha Chmelevski scores the lone goal of the shootout. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

As the Ottawa 67s get set to kick off their 51st season, the team's owner is marking a major milestone and feeling pretty good about the state of his team.

It's been 20 years since Jeff Hunt became the owner of the 67's.

"I've got some [past] players coming in for the game on Friday night, that, I met them as teenagers and now they're pushing 40 and they've got two or three kids," Hunt told Mark Sutcliffe on Ottawa Today.

Listen to the full conversation with Jeff Hunt:

The owner admits, the franchise has seen its ups and downs in recent years, not unlike like many businesses, but he believes Ottawa will once again be considered an elite junior hockey market in 2018-2019.

"It has been that way many times in the history of the 67's, and if you look back at why and when we were successful, we had a great product," he explained.

The 67's begin their season Friday night at TD Place, hosting the Mississauga Steelheads at 7 p.m. They'll also be in action Sunday afternoon at home, against Peterborough.

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