The Windsor Spitfires today announced that the team will retire Mickey Renaud‘s #18 in a special pre-game ceremony prior to the commencement of the Spitfires regular season home opening game at Windsor Arena on Thursday, September 25th, 2008 versus the Sarnia Sting. Game time is set for 7:05 pm. The Windsor Spitfires encourage all fans attending the game to be in their seats for 6:50 p.m.
Only three other Spitfire jerseys have ever been retired, #9 worn by Adam Graves, #15 worn by Ernie Godden, and #23 worn by Scott Miller. Three other Spitfire jerseys have also been honoured including #4 Marcel Pronovost, #6 Joel Quenneville and #11 Gord Haidy.
The Windsor Spitfires will also be handing out specially made posters to Spitfire fans honouring Mickey Renaud‘s career with the team following the conclusion of the game.
“Mickey meant a great deal to us as a person and as a hockey player. Mickey’s heart, selfless nature, character, leadership and determination are traits that will forever mark this team and we will strive to have all of our players model themselves after him. His impact on the local area was also tremendous and Mickey touched the lives of many people. The retirement of Mickey’s #18 will recognize all that he meant to the Windsor Spitfires and the community. We were very fortunate to have him with us and his memory will live in our hearts forever,” said Windsor Spitfires President and Head Coach Bob Boughner.
More details regarding the retirement ceremony will be provided to the public in the weeks to come.