- Windsor Spitfires
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team = Windsor Spitfires
Ontario Hockey League
conference = Western
division = West
founded = 1975–76
Blue, Whiteand Red
LaSalle VipersThe Windsor Spitfires are a junior ice hockeyteam in the Ontario Hockey League. The team is based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The franchise was granted for the 1975– 1976season and revived a previous OHA Jr. A Spitfires team which moved to become the Hamilton Tiger Cubsin 1953.
The Original Spitfires in the Ontario Hockey Association played Junior A hockey from 1945 to 1953. During this period the Spitfires reached the league finals twice, and featured four future
Hockey Hall of Fameplayers. Prior to 1945 local junior hockey was divided up into the 6-team Windsor Junior Hockey League. The folding of the Spitfires occurred in 1953 as hockey interests in Windsor chose to focus their attention on the OHA Senior A Hockey League. This resulted in the founding of the Windsor Bulldogs. Eventually five former Spitfires laced up with the Bulldogs and even one, Bobby Brown, won an Allan Cupwith the team (1963). The Bulldogs folded in 1964 after one season in the International Hockey League.
The modern Windsor Spitfires started as a Junior A team which played in the
Southern Ontario Junior A Hockey Leaguefrom 1971–1975. The Spits won the 1973 Jack Oakes Trophy as league playoff champions and were regular season champions in 1974 and 1975. The Spitfires were granted entry into the OMJHL (later known as the OHL) as an expansion franchise for the 1975-76 OMJHL season, after a 22 year hiatus.
The "Spits" as they are commonly known, won their first Emms division title in 1980 and reached the OHL finals, but lost to the
Peterborough Petes. Ernie Godden set an all-time OHL record in 1980–81 scoring 87 goals. In 1984 Peter Karmanos, the founder and CEO of Compuware, bought the team and renamed them the Windsor Compuware Spitfires.
In a well executed four-year plan, Windsor won the
J. Ross Robertson Cupin 1987–88, defeating the Peterborough Petes for the OHL championship. The Compuware Spitfires won 35 of their last 36 games played, including being the first team to be undefeated in the OHL playoffs. Windsor also won 54 games and lost none, when leading after two periods. The Spitfires played in the 1988 Memorial Cuphosted in Chicoutimi, Quebec. Windsor lost in the championship game to the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Karmanos sold the team to local construction magnate
Steve Rioloafter the 1988–89 season, and the team reverted back the Windsor Spitfires name and adopted their modern logo.
Conflict and renewal
October 18, 2005, Head CoachMoe Mantha was handed a 40 game suspension and later terminated without pay, for a hazingincident that occurred aboard a bus after a pre-season game versus the London Knights. An altercation involving players Steve Downieand Akim Aliu, in which Aliu lost four teeth, led to public exposure of the compulsive hazing within the Spitfires organization. Downie was traded to the Peterborough Petes, and Aliu was traded to the Sudbury Wolves.
April 6, 2006, the Ontario Hockey League Board of Governors announced the approval of a new ownership group for the Windsor Spitfires. The group is composed of Bob Boughner, Warren Rycheland Peter Dobrich. All three men have history in Windsor with OHL hockey, and the group hopes to move the team into a new arena in the near future. Boughner will assume the roles of President and CEO of the Spitfires, Rychel will be Director of player development, and Dobrich its new Business manager.
On the afternoon of
February 18, 2008, team captain Mickey Renaud died at Windsor Regional Hospitalin the emergency roomafter collapsing at his home in Tecumseh, at the age of 19. Autopsyresults revealed that Renaud died of the heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Renaud was a 2007 draft pick of the Calgary Flames. [http://www.tsn.ca/chl/news_story/?ID=229972&hubname=] The Windsor Spitfires retired his number # 18 the following day, with banner raising held on September 25th 2008.
The Windsor Compuware Spitfires won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy, the J. Ross Robertson Cup, and were the top-ranked junior team in Canada during the 1987–88 season.
* 1988 Finalist vs. Medicine Hat Tigers
J. Ross Robertson Cup
* 1980 Finalist vs. Peterborough Petes
* 1988 Champion vs. Peterborough Petes
Hamilton Spectator Trophy
* 1987–88 102 points
Emms Trophy, Emms Division
Emms Trophy, Emms Division
SOJAHL Jack Oakes Trophy
* 1973–74 Playoff Champions
List of coaches with multiple season in parentheses.
* 1970–73 – Jerry Serviss
* 1973–75 –
* 1975–76 – Doug Johnston &
* 1976–80 – Wayne Maxner (8)
* 1980–81 – Ron Harris & Ron Carroll
* 1981–82 –
* 1982–83 – Marcel Pronovost, Doug Imrie, John Becanic
* 1983–84 – Bob Boucher, Terry McConnell, Wayne Maxner
* 1984–85 – Mark Craig
* 1985–86 –
* 1986–87 – Tom Webster,
Jim Rutherford, Tony McDonald
* 1987–89 – Tom Webster (8)
* 1989–91 – Brad Smith (3)
* 1991–92 – Brad Smith, Wayne Maxner, Dave Prpich (3)
* 1992–93 – Wayne Maxner, Kevin McIntosh
* 1993–94 – Shane Parker
* 1994–95 – Mike Kelly (5)
* 1995–96 – Mike Kelly & Paul Gillis
* 1996–97 – Paul Gillis (2)
* 1997–98 –
Vern Stenlund, Dave Prpich, Tony Curtale
* 1998–99 – Tony Curtale (2) & Dave Prpich
* 1999–02 – Tom Webster (8)
* 2002–03 – Tom Webster & Mike Kelly
* 2003–04 – Steve Smith & Mike Kelly
* 2004–05 – Mike Kelly
* 2005–06 –
Moe Mantha, Jr., Bill Bowler & D.J. Smith (interim co-coaches)
* 2006–present –
There have been over 100 alumni of the OHA & OHL Junior A Spitfires who have graduated to play in the
National Hockey League. Four of those alumni have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Those are: Glenn Hall, Marcel Pronovost, Terry Sawchuk, and Al Arbouras coach. Retired numbers
* # 9 –
* # 15 –
* # 18 –
* # 23 – Scott Miller
* # 4 –
* # 6 –
* # 11 –
* 1980–81 – Ernie Godden
Red Tilson TrophyOHL Most Outstanding Player
* 1987–88 – Darrin Shannon
CHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Bobby Smith TrophyOHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Max Kaminsky TrophyOHL Most Outstanding Defenceman
* 1990–91 – Cory Stillman
Emms Family AwardOHL Rookie of the Year.
* 1991–92 – Todd Warriner
CHL Top Draft Prospect Award
* 1994–95 – Bill Bowler
Leo Lalonde Memorial TrophyOHL Overage Player of the Year.
* 1996–97 – Peter Sarno
Emms Family AwardOHL Rookie of the Year.
* 1997–98 – Peter Sarno
Eddie Powers Memorial TrophyOHL Scoring Champion
* 2000–01 – Jason Spezza
CHL Top Draft Prospect Award
* 2002–03 – Kyle Wellwood
CHL Sportsman of the Year, William Hanley TrophyOHL Most Sportsmanlike Player.
* 2007–08 – Bob Boughner
Matt Leyden TrophyOHL Coach of the Year, CHL Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award
* 2007–08 – Taylor Hall
Emms Family AwardOHL Rookie of the Year, CHL Rookie of the Year
* 2007–08 – Ryan Ellis
Bobby Smith TrophyOHL Scholastic Player of the Year
:SOJHL Spitfires 1971–1975
:Modern Spitfires 1975–Present
D. J. Smith
*1973–74 Won Jack Oakes Trophy as SOJAHL Champions.
Wexford Raidersin OHA Championship 4 games to 3.
*1975–76 Out of playoffs.
*1976–77 Defeated Kitchener Rangers 3 games to 0 in first round.
Lost to St. Catharines Fincups 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
*1977–78 Lost to Hamilton Fincups 9 points to 3 in quarter-finals.
*1978–79 Lost to London Knights in a 9 games series in quarter-finals. Series protested and both teams moved on.
Eliminated in semi-final round-robin vs. Niagara Falls Flyers and London Knights.
*1979–80 Defeated Niagara Falls Flyers 4 games to 1 in quarter-finals.
Defeated Brantford Alexanders 4 games to 3 in semi-finals.
Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 0 in finals.
*1980–81 Defeated Brantford Alexanders 8 points to 4 in division semi-finals.
Lost to Kitchener Rangers 9 points to 1 in division finals.
*1981–82 Defeated Niagara Falls Flyers 6 points to 4 in first round.
Lost to Kitchener Rangers 8 poins to 0 in quarter-finals.
*1982–83 Lost to North Bay Centennials 6 points to 0 in first round.
*1983–84 Lost to S.S.Marie Greyhounds 6 points to 0 in first round.
*1984–85 Lost to London Knights 8 poins to 0 in first round.
*1985–86 Defeated Kitchener Rangers 8 points to 2 in first round.
Finished quarter-final round robin vs Guelph Platers and North Bay Centennials in second place (4 points).
Lost to Guelph Platers 8 points to 4 in semi-finals.
*1986–87 Defeated S.S.Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in first round.
Defeated Hamilton Steelhawks 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
Lost to North Bay Centennials 4 games to 2 in semi-finals.
*1987–88 Defeated Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 0 in first round.
Earned bye through quarter-finals. 1st place in Emms division.
Defeated Hamilton Steelhawks 4 games to 0 in semi-finals.
Defeated Peterborough Petes 4 games to 0 in finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
Finished Memorial Cup round-robin in first place, earned berth in finals.
Lost to Medicine Hat Tigers 7–6 in championship game.
*1988–89 Lost to Niagara Falls Thunder 4 games to 0 in first round.
*1989–90 Out of playoffs.
*1990–91 Defeated London Knights 4 games to 3 in first round.
Lost to Niagara Falls Thunder 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
*1991–92 Lost to Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 3 in first round.
*1992–93 Out of playoffs.
*1993–94 Lost to S.S.Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 0 in division quarter-finals.
*1994–95 Defeated Sarnia Sting 4 games to 0 in division quarter-finals.
Lost to Sudbury Wolves 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
*1995–96 Lost to Detroit Whalers 4 games to 3 in division quarter-finals.
*1996–97 Lost to Sarnia Sting 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
*1997–98 Out of playoffs.
*1998–99 Defeated Kitchener Rangers 2–1 in 8th place tiebreaker.
Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
*1999–00 Defeated Sarnia Sting 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
*2000–01 Defeated Owen Sound Attack 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
*2001–02 Defeated S.S.Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
Defeated Guelph Storm 4 games to 1 in conference semi-finals.
Lost to Erie Otters 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
*2002–03 Lost to London Knights 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
*2003–04 Lost to London Knights 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
*2004–05 Defeated S.S.Marie Greyhounds 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
Lost to London Knights 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
*2005–06 Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
*2006–07 Out of playoffs.
*2007–08 Lost to Sarnia Sting 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
Uniforms and logos
The Windsor Spitfires use jerseys in the white, red & blue colours with the current logo (top of page), with the white jerseys being used on the road until the Christmas and at home in the new year and the red jerseys being used at home until Christmas and on the road in the new year. The Spitfires briefly used a third jersey featuring a white, red and green colour scheme and an alternate logo featuring an airplane flying in front of the
Ambassador Bridge. When the team was also known as the Compuware Spitfires the team's colours were brown and orange, with a logo featuring a Spitfire airplane. The original Spitfires logo featured a maple leaf. Third Logo Compuware Spitfires Logo Original Spitfires Logo SOJHL Spitfires Logo
The Spitfires play home games at the
Windsor Arena, built in 1924 in downtown Windsor, Ontario. The arena was originally known as the "Border Cities Arena" and was once home to the Detroit Red Wingsof the NHLprior to 1927. The Windsor Arena, nicknamed "The Barn," is the oldest operating facility in the Canadian Hockey League. It hosted the OHL All-Star game in 1978, and the Memorial Cupin 1981.
:Capacity = 4,400:Ice Size = 195'×80'
* [http://www.ohlarenaguide.com/spitfires.htm Windsor Arena] - The OHL Arena & Travel Guide
The Spitfires announced on October 7, 2006 that a new arena has been approved by city council to be ready for the 2008–09 OHL season. [http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/news/?sub=&id=2419]
List of ice hockey teams in Ontario
* [http://www.windsorspitfires.com/ www.windsorspitfires.com] Official web site
* [http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/ Ontario Hockey League] Official web site
* [http://www.chl.ca/ Canadian Hockey League] Official web site
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