"We are in receipt of the decision by the Ontario Hockey League regarding the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club and completely deny all accusations that have been put forward.
It is the team’s position that there is no evidence to support this decision, nor did the league follow due process or its own rules regarding procedural fairness in the making of this decision.
We will pursue all avenues of appeal regarding the decision made by the Commissioner, David Branch.
We are proud members of the Ontario Hockey League and will be vigorously defending the well-deserved and established reputation of our hockey club as an exemplary organization both on and off the ice, through the appropriate appeal process.
We will have no further comment until the appeal process is complete, in which we are confident will result in this decision being overturned."
General Manager Warren Rychel has signed defencemen Patrick Sanvido and Graeme Brown to standard OHL contracts.
Both players were drafted in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection.
Sanvido (6'5, 215 pounds) was taken in the second round, 41st overall, from the Guelph Storm Minor Midgets, with Brown (6', 175 pounds) going four picks later, 45th overall, from the Kingston Junior Frontenacs.
“We welcome both these young men to the Spitfire organization,” Rychel said. “They both have a bright future with our club.”
Both Sanvido and Brown attended Hockey Canada's Under-17 Provincial Camp in Cornwall last month.
Both will be on the ice when training camp begins on August 28th.
Sanvido and Brown will attend St. Anne High School starting next month.
Several members of the 2009 and 2010 Windsor Spitfires Memorial Cup Championship clubs and many other former Spitfires will be in the city this weekend for a pair of fundraising events in support of Tecumseh Minor Hockey, as the Spitfires and Johnny Shotz Restaurant & Sports Bar team up to host an alumni hockey game and golf tournament.
WHO: Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, Cam Fowler, Greg Nemisz, Eric and Kyle Wellwood, Steve Ott, Mike Weber, Zack Kassian and many more will lace 'em up along with Bob Boughner, Warren Rychel, Dave Matsos and DJ Smith.
WHEN & WHERE: Saturday July 28th from 6 to 7:30 at Tecumseh Arena.
WHO: Assortment of Spitfire Alumni, coaches and management
WHEN & WHERE: Sunday, July 29th - Shotgun start @1PM @ Fox Glen Golf Club, 7525 Howard Avenue, McGregor, ON.
All proceeds from both events to Tecumseh Minor Hockey
Spitfires Assistant Coach DJ Smith has been named the new Head Coach of the Oshawa Generals.
Smith spent seven years as an Assistant Coach with the Spitfires and was a key component of the club's back-to-back MasterCard Memorial Cup championships.
DJ also played four seasons with the Spitfires and captained the team during the 1996-1997 season. J
“On behalf of the ownership group, I'd like to wish DJ all the best in Oshawa,” said Spitfires President and Head Coach Bob Boughner. “He will be missed on a day-to-day basis. DJ has worked extremely hard to get to this point, and is very deserving of the chance to be an Ontario Hockey League head coach. As an organization, we have always tried to develop our staff in the same way we develop our team. And DJ is a prime example of that strength and the successes we have enjoyed. DJ is not only a great coach, but a great friend. He will do an outstanding job for the Generals.”
Boughner said the remaining coaching staff of himself, Associate Coach Bob Jones and Assistant Coach Dave Matsos will move on as is.
“We'll continue on with the three of us behind the bench. As much as we will miss DJ back there, we are looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead this season.” Smith
Spitfires defenceman Patrick Sieloff was chosen by the Calgary Flames in the 2nd round, 42nd overall at the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh today.
A graduate of the United States National Team Development Program, Sieloff signed with the Spitfires back on May 28th. His rights were acquired in the trade that sent Jack Campbell to the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds on November 2nd.
The 6'1, 200-pound native of Ann Arbor, Michigan served as an assistant captain on the USA's gold medal winning team at the 2012 World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic.
MORE SPITFIRES PICKED
JOHNSON SELECTED 90TH OVERALL AT THE 2012 NHL DRAFT
Spitfires winger Ben Johnson was chosen by the New Jersey Devils in the 3rd round, 90th overall at the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh today.
The 6'0, 185-pound native of Calumet, Michigan had an outstanding rookie season in 2011-2012. Johnson played in all 68 games, totalling 18 goals and 20 assists, while playing in all situations.
Johnson signed as a free agent with the Spitfires in May of 2011.
VAIL SELECTED 94TH OVERALL AT THE 2012 NHL DRAFT
Spitfires centre Brady Vail was chosen by the Montreal Canadiens in the 4th round, 94th overall at the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh today.
The 6'1, 195-pound native of Palm City, Florida had a breakout season in 2011-2012. In 68 games, Vail had 22 goals and added 30 assists, with a +1 rating, while playing a significant defensive role.
Vail was originally Windsor's 4th round selection in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection.
The Windsor Spitfires
are pleased to announce that General Manager Warren Rychel has named their
head scout Terry Doran as Assistant General Manager of the hockey club.
In addition to overseeing the scouting staff, Doran will immediately
assume the role of Assistant G.M.
“Terry has been a key factor in our club’s success through his draft
abilities and his knowledge of the league,” said Rychel. “He’s a big part of
what we’ve done and what we’re working toward in the future.
The Windsor Spitfires are happy to announce that General Manager Warren Rychel has signed forward Joshua Ho-Sang and forward Ryan Verbeek to OHL contracts and scholarship packages.
Rychel made Ho-Sang (5'11”, 160lb.) the 5th overall pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection after he starred with the Toronto Marlboros during the 2011-2012 season scoring 31 goals and 48 assists for 79 points.
Verbeek (6’0”, 185lb.) was selected in the 3rd round, 47th overall. During the 2011-2012 season Verbeek scored 20 goals and 10 assists with 49 penalty minutes for the Lambton Jr. Sting.
“We’re very proud to welcome two quality young players like Josh and Ryan to the Spitfires family,” said Rychel. “I expect to see great things from both of these players and I’m excited to have them join our hockey club.”
Spitfires Pick Joshua Ho-Sang 5th Overall, 17 Players Selected by Spits in
2012 OHL Priority Selection, Presented by State Farm
With the fifth overall pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection presented by State Farm, the Spitfires have selected Joshua Ho-Sang from the GTHL's Toronto Marlboros.
Ho-Sang had a dynamic season with the Marlboros in 2011-2012, scoring 31 times and adding 48 assists for 79 points.
He's a 5'11", 160-pound right centre from Thornhill, Ontario, with a fantastic skill set.
With their second-round pick, 41st overall, the Spitfires selected defenceman Patrick Sanvido of the Guelph Minor Midgets. Sanvido is 6'5" and 215 pounds, with exceptional upside.
The Spits went back to the blueline at #45, taking smooth-skating, 6', 175 pound defenceman Graeme Brown.
With their second third-round pick, #47, the Spits grabbed a skilled forward with rich hockey bloodlines in Ryan Verbeek of the Lambton Jr Sting. In 39 games last season, Verbeek scored 20 goals and added 10 assists with 49 penalty minutes.
With the #76 pick in the fourth round, GM Warren Rychel selected highly-touted prospect Nick Schmaltz of the Chicago Mission Under-16s. A native of Verona, Wisconsin, Schmaltz may be a longshot to join the club, as he is headed to the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL.
The Spits went for a 1995 forward known to be aggressive on the forecheck in Culver U16's Jack Billings. A solid. 5'10", 180-pound two-way player and a good skater. In 33 games last season, Billings had 26 goals and 50 points.
MORRISON GOES #139
Bennett Morrison became the third d-man taken by the Spitfires when he was selected in the 7th round, 139th overall. He's a 1996-born, 6'3 and 190-pound product of the GTHL's Mississauga Rebels.
CAMERON HUGHES GOES #148
Our 8th round selection is Ottawa Junior Senators left winger Cameron Hughes. He's 6'2 and 170 pounds. In 28 games last season, Hughes had 7 goals and 7 assists along with 68 penalty minutes.
BELPEDIO GOES #168
Our second selection from the Culver U16s is our ninth-round pick, defenceman Louis Belpedio. He's described by one of our scouts as a kid with a 'high compete level that blocks shots with abandon'. In 26 games last season, the 5'10, 165-pound blueliner had 8 goals and 12 assists along with 36 penalty minutes.
COBHAM GOES #188
Our 10th round selection is Chris Cobham: a 6'1", 170-pound winger that scored 23 goals in 51 games with the Toronto Young Nats last season.
JARED LESLIE GOES #208
The Spits dipped into the local pool for the first time on the day, selecting Jared Leslie from the Sun County Panthers in the 11th round. The 5'8, 155-pound winger put up 14 goals and 20 assists in 45 games last season.
RYKER KILLINS GOES #228
Quite possibly the best name in the draft. Killins, a 5'10, 155-pound defenceman is our 12th round selection. In 33 games, Killins scored a goal and added 10 assists with 58 penalty minutes.
ROBBIE DEMONTIS GOES #247
Demontis is our first of two picks in the 13th round. He's a 5'7", 135-pound winger that put up 38 points in 42 games for the GTHL's Vaughan Kings last season.
ANTHONY KOTSOVOS GOES #261
Kotsovos played for the London Knights Gold team in 2011-2012. At 5'11, 171 pounds, he had five goals and 18 assists and 71 penalty minutes in 37 games played.
ADAM BAUGHMAN GOES #268
The Spits hope to have found a late gem in Baughman, a 6'2, 175-pound defenceman that played 15 games with the Chicago Mission U16s last season.
CHRISTOPHER DODERO GOES #275
Dodero is a 5'9, 169-pound winger that put up 17 goals and 34 assists in 25 games last season with the CYA U16s.
ROBERT BYCKOWSKI #284
A 6'1, 195-pound defenceman, Byckowski put up 7G, 10 A in 33 games played for the Toronto Red Wings last season.
Kerby Rychel has been named to Team Canada's entry at the IIHF Under-18 World Championships.
It's the second straight year Rychel will play in a major international tournament. Last January, he led Team Ontario to a Gold Medal at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg.
This time around, he heads a list of 10 OHL players that will represent Canada on the world stage.
"It's a huge honour to be named to play in this tournament," Rychel told windsorspitfires.com. "I'm excited to play and to represent Canada."
Rychel, 17, enjoyed a banner season with the Spitfires in 2011-2012, scoring 41 goals and leading the team in points with 74.
The tournament will be held April 12th to 22nd in Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic.
Congratulations to Kerby, and best of luck to him and the rest of Team Canada in the tournament.
Parker Construction Most Valuable Player Award – Kerby Rychel
The Parker Construction Most Valuable Player Award is presented annually to the player who is most valuable to the team in all aspects of the game including offensively, defensively, and on special teams.
Spifires Player of the Year Award – Saverio Posa
The Player of the Year Award is presented annually to the player who contributes the most to his team throughout the regular season.
Playoff MVP Award
The Playoff MVP Award is presented annually to the player who is most valuable to his team in all aspects of the game during the playoffs.
Leading Goal Scorer – Kerby Rychel (41 goals)The Leading Goal Scorer is presented annually to the player with the most goals scored as a member of the Spitfires at the conclusion of the regular season. Kuhnhackl scored 39 goals in 63 regular season games for the Spits.
WFCU Leading Point Scorer Award – Kerby Rychel (74 points)
The WFCU Leading Point Scorer Award is presented annually to the player who leads the team in points scored as a member of the Spitfires at the conclusion of the regular season.
William McAgy Leading Scoring Defenceman – Nick Ebert
The William McAgy Leading Scoring Defenceman award goes to the Spitfire defenceman who concludes the regular season as the Spitfires leading scorer in points by a defenceman.
Rookie Scoring Leader of the Year – Ben Johnson (38 points)
The Rookie Scoring Leader of the Year award is presented annually to the Spitfire rookie that concludes the regular season with the most points.
Tim Hortons Best Defenceman – Saverio Posa
The Tim Hortons Best Defenceman award is presented annually to the defenseman who throughout the regular season demonstrates the greatest all around ability both offensively and defensively.
Phoenix Jewelers Rookie of the Year – Ben Johnson
The Hiram Walker and Sons Rookie of the Year award is presented annually to the Spitfire rookie who demonstrates the greatest all around ability each game throughout the regular season.
Scott Miller Award – Ty Bilcke
The Scott Miller Award is presented to the player who shows the most on and off ice commitment to the team throughout the regular season.
This award was named in honour of Scott Miller, who was rewarded for his commitment to the Windsor Spitfires organization, becoming the first player to have his number (23) retired by the Spitfires in team history. He played for the Spitfires from 1972 to 1976 and served as the team’s Captain from 1975-1976.
Paul Maurice Award for Determination and Dedication to the Organization – John Laporte/Dennis Gignac
The Paul Maurice Award is presented annually to a staff member of the Windsor Spitfires organization who has demonstrated the most dedication and commitment to the team.
This award was named in Paul Maurice’s honour as he played for the Spitfires from 1984 to 1988 and won an OHL Championship with the team in his final season (1987-1988).
Maurice was captain of the team in 87-88 and as an overager, he gave up his captaincy and spot on the roster so the Spitfires could acquire overage goaltender Pat Jablonski in the middle of season, solidifying the team’s goaltending position in what proved to be a banner year for the Spits.
Maurice served as an assistant coach with the Spitfires for the remainder of this season and used this opportunity to start his successful career as a head coach in the OHL and NHL from the 1993-1994 season to the present time. He currently serves as the Head Coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Jake Pollen Hardest Working Spitfire of the Year – Brady Vail
The Jake Pollen Hardest Working Spitfire is presented annually to the player whose hard work in the gym, community and on the ice has helped the organization become better both on and off ice.
Pollen, who passed away in March of 2011, served as a dressing room attendant with the Spitfires for 20 seasons, retiring in 2009. His dedication to the Spitfires in each of these seasons remains unquestioned. The Windsor Spitfires established this award a few seasons prior to his retirement from the team and will continue to hand it out annually in his honour.
McDonald's Best Defensive Defenceman – Saverio Posa
The McDonald's Best Defensive Defenceman is awarded to the defenseman who is best on the team in his own end of the ice.
Peter Thomson of Sunlife Financial Academic Achievement Award – Ben Johnson
The Peter Thomson of Sunlife Financial Academic Achievement award is awarded annually to the Spitfire Player who achieves the highest academic standard on the team.
Windsor Essex County Real Estate Board Most Improved Player – Jordan Maletta/Adam Bateman
The Windsor Essex County Real Estate Board Most Improved Player award is presented annually to the player whose efforts on and off ice, from training camp to the conclusion of the regular season, has helped him become a better overall player.
Devonshire Cup Most Underrated Player – Michael Clarke
The Devonshire Cup Award is awarded annually to the player who is most underrated and is more valuable to the team than one realizes.
Jason Bennett Award for Community Service – John Cullen
The Jason Bennett Award for Community Service is presented annually to the player who attends the most community based events during the 2010-11 season. Jason Bennett, a Windsorite and fervent Spitfire supporter was tragically killed when he was struck by a drunk driver at 10 years age in Windsor. The Spitfires organization renamed their award for community service in his honour.
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