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  • Spitfires Advance to Memorial Cup Finals

    Spitfires Advance to Memorial Cup Finals

    When HockeyNow published its Memorial Cup issue last week, we did a panel where four of us made our predictions for the tournament results. Three of us picked the Spitfires to finish last, with one of us figuring them for third. 

    by Kristopher Bras
    Posted May 25, 2017

  • Surging Spitfires Reach Memorial Cup Final with 4-2 Win Against Erie

    Surging Spitfires Reach Memorial Cup Final with 4-2 Win Against Erie

    The Windsor Spitfires are one win away from a storybook ending at the Mastercard Memorial Cup. While the junior hockey world questioned what they’d be able to do coming out of a six-week layoff after they were eliminated in the first round of the OHL playoffs, the Memorial Cup hosts have defied most expectations by defeating all three league champions in the round-robin.

    by Iain Colpitts
    Posted May 25, 2017

  • Windsor’s Vilardi and DiPietro headline Memorial Cup’s NHL Draft Prospects

    Windsor’s Vilardi and DiPietro headline Memorial Cup’s NHL Draft Prospects

    Michael DiPietro is more of the extrovert while his Windsor Spitfires teammate Gabe Vilardi seems more subdued.  But they’re both all business during the Mastercard Memorial Cup as the Spitfires aim to book their ticket to the final with a win over the Erie Otters in a battle of two undefeated teams to conclude the round-robin.

    by Iain Colpitts
    Posted May 24, 2017

  • Sea Dogs Bounce Back in Dominant Fashion in Memorial Cup Must-Win Game

    Sea Dogs Bounce Back in Dominant Fashion in Memorial Cup Must-Win Game

    There’s a good chance the head coaches of the Saint John Sea Dogs and Seattle Thunderbirds gave somewhat of the same pre-game pep talk prior to their pivotal round robin game at the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

    by Mike Beasley
    Posted May 24, 2017

  • Otters Continue OHL Dominance with Record-Setting Night at Memorial Cup

    Otters Continue OHL Dominance with Record-Setting Night at Memorial Cup

    Dylan Strome couldn’t help but interrupt a reporter’s question after he was notified of the OHL’s recent dominance at the Mastercard Memorial Cup.

    by Iain Colpitts
    Posted May 23, 2017

  • Goalie Switch May Be in Order as Seattle Faces Elimination at Memorial Cup

    Goalie Switch May Be in Order as Seattle Faces Elimination at Memorial Cup

    Entering the Mastercard Memorial Cup, the Seattle Thunderbirds’ No. 1 goalie spot was Carl Stankowski’s to lose. That in itself is pretty remarkable since he started this season as a true 16-year-old rookie and was thrown into the fire through the entire WHL playoffs as he replaced injured starter Rylan Toth and backed the Thunderbirds to their first ever WHL championship.

    by Iain Colpitts
    Posted May 23, 2017

  • Team Canada Captains Lead Junior Clubs into Memorial Cup

    Team Canada Captains Lead Junior Clubs into Memorial Cup

    Maybe it’s a coincidence that Dylan Strome, Mathew Barzal and Thomas Chabot are all at the Mastercard Memorial Cup playing prominent roles for their teams.

    by Iain Colpitts
    Posted May 22, 2017

  • Thunderbirds Falter Against Memorial Cup Host Spitfires

    Thunderbirds Falter Against Memorial Cup Host Spitfires

    The Seattle Thunderbirds are up against the brink for the first time in more than a year. The Memorial Cup host Windsor Spitfires truly had their way with the WHL champions Sunday at the WFCU Centre, sending the Thunderbirds to the bottom of the standings while placing themselves firmly on top.

    by Ryan McCracken
    Posted May 22, 2017

  • Sean Day Coming Into His Own with the Spitfires

    Sean Day Coming Into His Own with the Spitfires

    Sean Day has truly benefited from a change of scenery with the Mastercard Memorial Cup host Windsor Spitfires. In three seasons with the Mississauga Steelheads, it was clear that he had a lot of talent, but he struggled to find his identity as a defenceman and faced a lot of scrutiny from many who didn’t feel he lived up to the “exceptional status” label he was given in 2013.

    by Iain Colpitts
    Posted May 21, 2017

  • T-Birds Rookie Stankowski Stands Out Despite Memorial Cup Loss

    T-Birds Rookie Stankowski Stands Out Despite Memorial Cup Loss

    Carl Stankowski continues to be the story for the Seattle Thunderbirds. The T-Birds left the WFCU Centre with a 4-2 loss to the OHL champion Erie Otters in the first all-American Memorial Cup matchup since 2007, but Stankowski was the reason Seattle stayed in the conversation until the final buzzer.

    by Ryan McCracken
    Posted May 21, 2017

  • Windsor Spitfires Surprise in 2017 Memorial Cup Opener

    Windsor Spitfires Surprise in 2017 Memorial Cup Opener

    Judging from the Windsor Spitfires performance on opening night of the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup, their 44 day layoff from the CHL postseason suited them just fine. On April 4, Windsor was eliminated from the OHL playoffs after losing in seven games to the London Knights.

     

    by Mike Beasley
    Posted May 20, 2017

  • HockeyNow 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup Preview

    HockeyNow 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup Preview

    After 68 games (72 in the WHL), four playoff rounds, countless hours spent at practices and on the bus, it all comes down to this. The Erie Otters, Saint John Sea Dogs and Seattle Thunderbirds all captured championships in their respective leagues and will push a little further through four to six games in an effort to claim junior hockey supremacy at the Memorial Cup.

    by Iain Colpitts
    Posted May 18, 2017

  • ISS Top 30 2017 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings for May

    ISS Top 30 2017 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings for May

    Robert Thomas has inched his way up the rankings all year and finds himself in the top 25 with just over a month to draft day. Moving 43 spots since December where he debuted at #64, the London Knights high-scoring forward has made the steady rise to now sit at #21. 

    Steve Seto
    Posted May 17, 2017

  • 2017 Memorial Cup: Don’t Count Out Underdog Spits

    2017 Memorial Cup: Don’t Count Out Underdog Spits

    The Windsor Spitfires are underdogs at this year’s Memorial Cup, but the team has plenty of weapons at its disposal – and a tank full of gas. The City of Windsor last hosted the Memorial Cup in 1981, back when it was held in neutral cities. Since the format was restructured in 1983, the Spitfires have played in the tournament three times – advancing to the final on each occasion. They won twice, in 2009 and 2010. 

    by Kristopher Bras
    Posted May 17, 2017


 

    

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