It is a rivalry that started long before there was major junior hockey in either city. The dislike – fans might use a stronger word – between the sporting cities of Kingston and Belleville has been raging for years.
It goes back to the old senior hockey days, and the big Junior B battles that spilled over into baseball as well.
“There were some pretty intense games back then,” said Larry Mavety.
No one is probably as well versed in the hockey rivalry between the two cities as Mavety, now 72, who served as general manager and head coach for both the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs and Belleville Bulls at various times during the course of his legendary hockey career. He was there for the early days of the Belleville Bulls, back in 1979, as head coach of the Tier II junior club before the team joined the OHL.
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