|from Spitfires\’ website|
The OHL\’s Windsor Spitfires have won the 99th annual MasterCard Memorial Cup, after beating the Erie Otters by a score of 4-3.
The Spitfires were the underdogs, but upset the Otters, who were the other OHL team in the tournament. The WHL\’s Seattle Thunderbirds and the QMJHL\’s Saint John Sea Dogs also competed, but fell short.
This is the 3rd Memorial Cup in nine years for Windsor. After the game, most of the Spitfires\’ team told the National Post the feeling of winning the trophy. \”Words can\’t describe the way I\’m feeling right now. I\’m so happy with our outcome. It\’s crazy. We were underdogs, we embraced it, and I\’m so happy and grateful,\” Spitfires goalie Mikey DiPietro told the post.
Some Spitfires will be leaving the club next year to join their NHL teams, if they were drafted. Some notable prospects on the Spitfires are the Ottawa Senators\’ Logan Brown, the Chicago Blackhawks\’ Graham Knott, the Toronto Maple Leafs Jeremy Bracco, the Anaheim Ducks\’ Julius Nattinen, the Arizona Coyotes\’ Christian Fischer, the Winnipeg Jets\’ Logan Stanley, the Montreal Canadiens\’ Mikhail Sergachev and the New York Rangers\’ Sean Day.
Also, Spitfires center Gabriel Vilardi is projected to be a top five pick in this year\’s draft. Many expect the Colorado Avalanche to draft him at number four.