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Toronto, ON - Ontario Hockey League Commissioner David Branch met with representatives of the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club to review the sanctions taken by the League against the Windsor Spitfires for violations of the League’s Player Recruitment Policy which resulted in the team having to make a payment of $400,000.00, losing three (3) first round draft selections, and two (2) second round draft selections.
During the meeting with the Commissioner the Windsor Spitfires accepted that there were certain violations of the League’s Recruitment Policy.
In recognition of the acknowledgement and the cooperation of the Windsor Spitfires, Commissioner Branch modified his earlier decision and the team will pay to the League a payment of $250,000.00 and will lose a first round draft pick in 2013, a second round draft pick in 2015 a first round draft pick in 2016 and a second round draft pick in 2017.
As a result the Windsor Spitfires will not appeal the decision.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
You’d think they’d be gloating.
You’d think they’d be spouting, “I told you so.”
Instead, they are playing their cards close to the vest.
As the hockey world still tries to wrap its collective psyche around the stunning punishment meted out Friday to the Windsor Spitfires by Ontario Hockey League commissioner Dave Branch for violations of the league’s recruitment and benefits policies, those in the U.S. college hockey fraternity, who for years have suggested that major junior clubs were skirting the rules in order to poach players bound for NCAA schools, are opting to take the high road.
The Spitfires were fined $400,000 and docked five draft picks – three first-round choices and two second-round selections between 2013-2017.
Perhaps in private, U.S. college hockey people are doing cartwheels of delight, but for public consumption, they’ve opted to hit the mute button.
via the OHL,
The Ontario Hockey League, (OHL), has levied fines totaling $400,000.00 against the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club and taken away three 1st round draft selections and two 2nd round draft selections from the Spitfires.
“In 2009 the Board of Governors of the Ontario Hockey League developed the OHL ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM which is designed to address and attempt to eliminate violations of the RULES and impose appropriate penalties if violations occur. The enforcement process is an integral part of the process to ensure integrity and fair play among the MEMBER TEAMS. One of the fundamental principles of the enforcement process is to ensure that those MEMBER TEAMS that are abiding by the rules are not disadvantaged by their commitment to compliance”, stated OHL Commissioner David Branch.
from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,
Bob Boughner has spent the past eight months moving between parallel hockey universes.
In theory, his commute requires the occasional four-hour drive, a valid passport and the patience to endure the whimsy of customs agents on either side of the Ambassador Bridge. But the separate worlds competing for Boughner’s attention are vastly contrasting and equally challenging.
On any given day, he is helping to rebuild one of the NHL’s most anonymous franchises and maintain one of North America’s most successful junior programs. His dual jobs require him make do with a modest talent pool in Columbus, while overseeing an operation in Windsor that churns out NHL lottery picks such as Taylor Hall and Cam Fowler.
Such is the double life of Boughner, the Blue Jackets assistant coach and Windsor Spitfires co-owner and president. It is a life of long hours, endless meetings and a marriage to twin devotions with a wife and four kids tossed into the mix.
via tweets from Aaron Portzline,
Multiple NHL sources say Bob Boughner will leave the Windsor Spitfires to join #CBJ coaching staff.
CBJ will make official announcement of Boughner’s hiring on Monday.
added 9:57pm, from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Bob Boughner, who has guided the Windsor Spitfires to the last two Memorial Cup trophies, will join the Blue Jackets as an assistant coach on Scott Arniel’s staff, The Dispatch has learned.
Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson and Boughner did not return messages left on their cell phones. Spitfires GM Warren Rychel would not comment. But The Dispatch has learned that an announcement is expected by the Blue Jackets on Monday.
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
Today, the Windsor Spitfires reign atop major junior hockey for the second year in succession, and many without even a glimmer of historical significance are ready to anoint them the greatest junior hockey dynasty of all time.
That, it says here, is not the case, though the argument is far from over.
This is a debate that will be years in the settling and in reality, may never be settled, taking into account all of the variables that must be considered.
Comparing sporting eras is never an exact science. In junior hockey, it is especially daunting.
Some of the best junior teams of all time were assembled during the sponsorship years, when NHL teams had working agreements with junior clubs and supplied them with prospects from across the country.
from the CP at CBC,
The Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires returned home Monday to a hero’s welcome and a “parade of champions” celebrated by thousands of adoring fans in the city’s core.
The Spitfires became the first team since the 1994-95 Kamloops Blazers to win their second straight Canadian Hockey League title with a 9-1 rout of the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday. Windsor, which made history last spring by becoming the first team ever to win the title after dropping the first two games of the event, took a decidedly different road to the title this time around, finishing the season on a 12-game winning streak, including four straight wins in the Memorial Cup.
Riding two to a car, players rode down the Ouellette Avenue parade route before joining fans for a rally at Dieppe Gardens, located on the bank of the Detroit River.
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Keyed by a relentless offensive effort, the Windsor Spitfires made history, winning their second straight Memorial Cup title with a 9-1 victory against the host Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday at Westman Place.
Taylor Hall, NHL Central Scouting’s second-rated North American prospect for the 2010 Entry Draft, had a goal and 2 assists to finish as the tournament’s leading scorer with 5 goals and 9 points. He became the first player in the 92-year history of Canada’s national junior championship tournament to win consecutive MVP awards.
The Spitfires also became the eighth team ever to win back-to-back titles, and the first since the Kamloops Blazers in 1994-95.
from the CP via TSN,
The Windsor Spitfires are Memorial Cup champions.
Adam Henrique, Dale Mitchell and Rob Kwiet scored in the first seven minutes of a 4-1 win over the Kelowna Rockets in the final Sunday.
continue for game recap…
added 7:25pm, from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
If there was one Canadian municipality that needed a pick-me-up or a reason to party, that would be Windsor.
The city has been slapped in the face by the failing economy and a slumping auto industry. But a bunch of teenagers has given the demoralized citizens of Windsor a temporary reprieve from the doom and gloom with the border town’s first major junior hockey championship.
from Michael Grange of the Globe and Mail,
There’s a party going on outside the Windsor Spitfires’ crisp new arena, with music and beer and chants of “Go Spits Go.”
The celebration carries on inside. The Spitfires are in the Ontario Hockey League final, on a roll that has them favoured to reach the Memorial Cup for the first time in 21 years, and for three periods of hockey at least, life is good in Windsor.
Afterward, not so much.
“People have a lot on their minds right now,” says Rick Young, whose son Harry is the Spitfires’ captain, a rugged defenceman playing major junior in his hometown. “People are worried about their jobs, about their pensions. You go to a Spitfires game or you talk about hockey, and it’s a relief.”
From the Windsor Spitfires,
The Windsor Spitfire family sadly announces the passing of team captain Mickey Renaud at approximately Noon today.
“Windsor Spitfire Captain Mickey Renaud suddenly collapsed at his Tecumseh home and was transported to Windsor Regional Hospital with absent vital signs. All attempts were made at resuscitation and were unsuccessful at the emergency room,” commented Windsor Spitfires Team Physican Dr. Roy Diklich.
“This is the biggest tragedy in Spitfire history. Words alone cannot describe our pain at this time,” said Windsor Spitfires Vice-President and General Manager Warren Rychel.
*Renaud was a 5th round draft pick for the Calgary Flames in 2007
added 4:25pm, The Calgary Flames have issued the following statement,
It is with sadness and deep regret that we share the news of the passing of Flames prospect and Windsor Spitfires team captain, Mickey Renaud. Mickey died suddenly this morning at his home in Tecumseh, Ontario.
The Calgary Flames pass along our condolences to the Renaud family, Mickey’s father Mark, mother Jane, sister Penny and brother Remy. Additionally, we express our deepest sympathy to the entire Windsor Spitfires organization; Mickey’s teammates, coaches and staff.
CALGARY FLAMES HOCKEY CLUB
added 6:20pm ET, More on Renaud’s short career from the CP.