OHL 20 in 20 Season Preview: Windsor Spitfires
The defending Mastercard Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires return with a younger group eager to carry on the winning tradition left to them by a large graduating class.
2016-17 Record: 41-19-5-3 (2nd West Division)
Head Coach: Trevor Letowski (1st season/4th OHL season)
Key additions: Nathan Staios, Kirill Kozhevnikov, Lev Starikov, Luke Kutkevicius, Mathew MacDougall, Louka Henault, William Sirman, Daniel D’Amico, Jordan Frasca
Notable graduates: Jalen Chatfield, Jeremiah Addison, Cristiano DiGiacinto, Jeremy Bracco, Sean Day^, Mikhail Sergachev^, Logan Brown^, Graham Knott, Julius Nattinen, Adam Laishram, Hayden McCool, Daniel Robertson, Mario Culina
Leading scorer: Gabriel Vilardi* (49 GP, 29-32–61)
Leading scorer (defencemen): Austin McEneny* (60 GP, 1-17–18)
Leading scorer (rookie): Cole Purboo (68 GP, 11-6–17)
Leading goaltender: Michael DiPietro (51 GP, 30-12-4-2, 2.35 GAA, .917 SV%, 6 SO)
Quick Hit: Windsor’s Mastercard Memorial Cup title last spring also marked the franchise’s 12th consecutive victory at the national championship to tie an event record
#OHLOpeningWeek schedule: Thurs. Sept. 21 vs. SAG, Fri. Sept. 22 at LDN, Sun. Sept. 24 vs. GUE
* – among returning players
^ – possible graduates
This month ontariohockeyleague.com will feature one team each day in advance of the 2017-18 season which begins Thursday September 21. See more from the OHL 20 in 20 series.