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Windsor Spitfires
Windsor Spitfires logo.png
City Windsor, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Western
Division West
Founded 1975 (1975)–76
Home arena WFCU Centre
Colours Blue, White, Red
              
General manager Canada Warren Rychel
Head coach Canada Bob Boughner
Affiliate(s) LaSalle Vipers

Website
http://www.windsorspitfires.com/

The Windsor Spitfires are a junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League. The team is based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The franchise was granted for the 1975–76 season and revived a previous OHA Jr. A Spitfires team which moved to become the Hamilton Tiger Cubs in 1953. They are the current Ontario Hockey League and Memorial Cup champions, winning both in the 2008–09 season.

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History

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 Fame players. 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 one, Bobby Brown, won an Allan Cup with 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 League from 1971–1975. The Spitfires won the 1973 Jack Oakes Trophy as league playoff champions and were regular season champions in 1974 and 1975, and 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 Cup in 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 Cup hosted in Chicoutimi, Quebec. Windsor lost in the championship game to the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Karmanos sold the team to local construction magnate Steve Riolo after the 1988–89 season, and the team reverted back the Windsor Spitfires name and adopted their modern logo.

Conflict, renewal, tragedy

Andrew Engelage looks on, wearing Spitfires throwback jersey (November 2008).

On October 18, 2005, Head Coach Moe Mantha was handed a 40 game suspension and later terminated without pay, for a hazing incident that occurred aboard a bus after a pre-season game versus the London Knights. An altercation involving players Steve Downie and 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.

On 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 Rychel and Peter Dobrich. All three men had history in Windsor with OHL hockey, and the group had expressed hope to move the team into a new arena. Boughner assumed the roles of President, CEO and head coach of the Spitfires, Rychel was named director of player development, and Dobrich the new business manager.

On February 18, 2008, team captain and Calgary Flames prospect[1] Mickey Renaud died of an undetected heart condition[2] in his Tecumseh, Ontario home. General Manager Warren Rychel referred to Renaud's death as "the biggest tragedy in Spitfire history".[3] His number was retired by both the Spitfires[4] and the Tecumseh Chiefs Junior B franchise[5] that he played on before graduating to Major Junior. Mayor Eddie Francis named a road leading to the WFCU Centre in Renaud's honour, Mickey Renaud Way.[4] At the 2009 OHL All-Star Game at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, OHL Commissioner David Branch announced that the Mickey Renaud Captain's Trophy would be awarded to the "team captain that best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice as well as hard work, passion and dedication to the game of hockey and their community" in honour of Renaud.[6]

2008–09 season

The Windsor Spitfires finished the 2008–09 season with 57 wins, 10 losses, and 1 shootout loss.[7] This marked their best season in franchise history. With the first overall record in the Ontario Hockey League the Spitfires were awarded the Hamilton Spectator Trophy.[7] The Spitfires also played their final games in the Windsor Arena.[8] The Spits were undefeated at home in the Old Barn during the 2008–09 season. Mid-season they moved to the WFCU Centre.[8] The Spitfires and their new arena played host to the 2009 All-Star Game.[9] On May 12, Goalie Andrew Engelage broke the OHL record for most wins by a goaltender in a single season with 46 with a 5-1 win over the Plymouth Whalers.[10]

In the first round of the playoffs, the Spitfires walked all over the Owen Sound Attack, taking the series in four games.[11] In the next round, the Spits found the Plymouth Whalers to be a more formidable opponent. After trading off road wins, then trading off home wins, the Spits took Games 5 and 6 to clinch the series.[12] In the Western Conference final, the Spits played their arch nemesis the London Knights. Led by John Tavares, the Knights were a tough opponent. Every game in the series went to overtime, but the Spitfires were victorious and won the series 4-games-to-1 to earn a berth to the OHL Final and take the Wayne Gretzky Trophy as Conference champions.[13] The OHL Final began with a 10-1 victory for the Spitfires over the Eastern Conference's Brampton Battalion. The series became much tighter from there as the Spits took Game 2 5-3. The Battalion fought back in Game 3, winning 4-2. Game 4 belonged to the Spitfires as they took a 4-1 win and a 3-1 series lead. Game 5 was a tight affair, as the Spitfires took a 1-0 lead midway through the second period on the power play. Brampton tied the game up late in the third period to force overtime. At 2:09 of the first overtime period, Taylor Hall scored on the power play to win the Spitfires their second J. Ross Robertson Cup as league champions and a berth into the 2009 Memorial Cup.[14] The victory was the Spitfires' first league title since the 1987–88 OHL season and marked their second time playing for the Memorial Cup.[15] On May 9, Mayor of Windsor Eddie Francis awarded the team with the Key to the City in honour of their achievement.[16]

At the 2009 Memorial Cup, the Spitfires dropped their first two games in Rimouski 3-2 in overtime to the Drummondville Voltigeurs and 5-4 to the Rimouski Océanic.[17] In a do-or-die game, the Spitfires won the final game of the round robin 2-1 over the Kelowna Rockets to gain entry to the tie-breaker game.[18] In the tie-breaker, Windsor defeated the hometown Océanic 6-4 powered by a third period natural hat-trick by Dale Mitchell.[19] The tournament semi-final was between the Spitfires and the Voltigeurs. The Spitfires blew an early 2-0 lead, but won 3-2 in overtime of a goal by Adam Henrique[20] to become the second team ever to play in the Memorial Cup final after playing in the tie-breaker game.[21] In the final, the Spitfires again played the Rockets. The Spitfires scored on their first three shots and cruised to a 4-1 win to take their first ever Memorial Cup championship. Their victory marked the first time a team started with two losses in the Memorial Cup round robin and came back to win the championship.[22] The feat also marks the first time that a team has survived the Memorial Cup tie-breaker game to win the championship.[23] The Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy was awarded to Taylor Hall as Memorial Cup playoffs most valuable player. Both Ryan Ellis and Hall were elected to the tournament's All-Star Team.[24] Throughout the Memorial Cup tournament, the Spitfires hung Mickey Renaud's jersey on their bench and the championship was won in Renaud's memory.[24]

In the aftermath of the championship, the team was met at the Windsor Airport by a large contingent of local fans and was addressed by Mayor Eddie Francis.[25] It was announced that the road to the new WFCU Centre would be renamed Memorial Cup Drive in honour of the victory.[26]

Championships

Spitfires salute fans in Windsor Arena as Oshawa Generals look on (November 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.

Memorial Cup

  • 1988 Finalist vs. Medicine Hat Tigers
  • 2009 Champion vs. Kelowna Rockets

J. Ross Robertson Cup

  • 1980 Finalist vs. Peterborough Petes
  • 1988 Champion vs. Peterborough Petes
  • 2009 Champion vs. Brampton Battalion

Emms Division Playoff Champions

  • 1979 2nd place in Round Robin
  • 1980 Champion vs. Brantford Alexanders
  • 1986 Finalist vs. Guelph Platers
  • 1987 Finalist vs. North Bay Centennials
  • 1988 Champion vs. Hamilton Steelhawks

Wayne Gretzky Trophy West Conference Champions

  • 2002 Finalist vs. Erie Otters
  • 2009 Champion vs. London Knights

Hamilton Spectator Trophy

  • 1987–88 102 points
  • 2008–09 115 points

Emms Trophy Emms Division Champions

  • 1979-80 73 points
  • 1987-88 102 points

Bumbacco Trophy West Division Champions

  • 2008–09 115 points

SOJAHL Regular Season Champions

  • 1973-74 86 points
  • 1974-75 85 points

SOJAHL Jack Oakes Trophy

  • 1974 Champion vs. Chatham Maroons
  • 1975 Finalist vs. Guelph CMC's

OHA Jr. A Frank L. Buckland Trophy

  • 1974 Finalist vs. Wexford Raiders

Coaches

List of coaches with multiple seasons in parentheses.

  • 1970–73 – Jerry Serviss
  • 1973–75Wayne Maxner
  • 1975–76 – Doug Johnston & Wayne Maxner
  • 1976–80 – Wayne Maxner (8)
  • 1980–81 – Ron Harris & Ron Carroll
  • 1981–82Marcel Pronovost (2)
  • 1982–83 – Marcel Pronovost, Doug Imrie, John Becanic
  • 1983–84 – Bob Boucher, Terry McConnell, Wayne Maxner
  • 1984–85 – Mark Craig
  • 1985–86Tom Webster (8)
  • 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)
  • 1997–98Vern 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
  • 2005–06Moe Mantha, Jr., Bill Bowler & D.J. Smith (interim co-coaches)
  • 2006–presentBob Boughner

Players

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 Arbour as coach.

Retired numbers

Honoured numbers

Award winners

NHL alumni

SOJHL Spitfires 1971–1975
Modern Spitfires 1975–present

Current roster

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Acquired NHL rights Place of birth
31 Canada Troy Passingham L Free Agent Free Agent Mississauga, Ontario
33 Germany Philipp Grubauer L Trade BELV 2010 Eligible 2010 Rosenheim, Germany
34 Canada Michael Nishi L 2009 OHL Draft Eligible 2011 Toronto, Ontario
Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Acquired NHL rights Place of birth
6 Canada Ryan Ellis R 2007 OHL Draft NSH 2009 Freelton, Ontario
8 United States Craig Duininck R 2009 OHL Draft Eligible in 2011 St. Cloud, Minnesota
11 Canada Marc Cantin L Trade BELV 2010 Free Agent Omemee, Ontario
24 United States Cam Fowler L 2008 OHL Draft Eligible in 2010 Farmington Hills, Michigan
27 United States Saverio Posa L 2008 OHL Draft Eligible in 2011 Grand Blanc, Michigan
51 Canada Mark Cundari L 2007 OHL Draft STL 2008 Woodbridge, Ontario
55 Canada Harry Young (OA) R Trade GUE 2006 NJ 2008 Tecumseh, Ontario
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Position Acquired NHL rights Place of birth
4 Canada Taylor Hall L C 2007 OHL Draft Eligible 2010 Kingston, Ontario
7 Canada Adam Wallace L LW 2007 OHL Draft Free Agent Woodstock, Ontario
10 Canada Stephen Johnston L C Trade BELV 2010 DET 2008 Guelph, ON
14 Canada Adam Henrique L C 2006 OHL Draft NJ 2008 Burford, Ontario
19 Canada Zack Kassian R RW Trade PET 2010 BUF 2009 LaSalle, Ontario
26 United States Kenny Ryan R RW 2007 OHL Draft TOR 2009 Farmington Hills, Michigan
29 Canada Derek Lanoue R RW 2007 OHL Draft Free Agent Belle River, Ontario
44 Canada Justin Shugg L LW Trade OSH 2008 Eligible in 2010 Niagara Falls, Ontario
64 Canada Greg Nemisz R C 2006 OHL Draft CGY 2008 Courtice, Ontario
67 Canada Eric Wellwood L LW 2006 OHL Draft PHI 2009 Oldcastle, Ontario
70 Canada James Woodcroft L LW Undrafted Free Agent Milton, Ontario
71 Canada Dale Mitchell (OA) L C Trade OSH 2008 TOR 2007 Mississauga, Ontario
73 Canada Michael Whaley L C 2009 OHL Draft Eligible in 2011 London, Ontario
77 Canada Scott Timmins (OA) L C Trade KIT 2009 FLA 2009 Hamilton, Ontario

Team records

Team records for a single season
Statistic Total Season
Most points 115 2008–09
Most wins 57 2008–09
Most goals for 396 1987–88
Least goals for 201 2003–04
Least goals against 171 2008–09
Most goals against 470 1975–76
Least losses/OTL/SL 11 2008–09
Individual player records for a single season
Statistic Player Total Season
Most goals Ernie Godden 87 1980–81
Most assists Bill Bowler 102 1994–95
Most points Ernie Godden 153 1980–81
Most points, rookie Cory Stillman 101 1990–91
Most goals, rookie Taylor Hall 45 2007–08
Most points, defenceman Joel Quenneville 103 1977–78
Most wins, goalie Andrew Engelage 46 2008–09
Best GAA, goalie Andrew Engelage 2.35 2008–09
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played


Season-by-season results

Regular season

  • (1975–84, 1989–present) Windsor Spitfires
  • (1984–89) Windsor Compuware Spitfires

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1971–72 56 21 32 3 - - 45 0.402 220 266 5th SOJAHL
1972–73 60 30 21 9 - - 69 0.575 286 273 3rd SOJAHL
1973–74 62 39 15 8 - - 86 0.694 379 242 1st SOJAHL
1974–75 60 40 15 5 - - 85 0.708 320 207 1st SOJAHL
1975–76 66 12 50 4 - - 28 0.212 251 470 6th Emms
1976–77 66 21 37 8 - - 50 0.379 294 386 5th Emms
1977–78 68 36 24 8 - - 80 0.588 338 289 2nd Emms
1978–79 68 32 35 1 - - 65 0.478 323 322 3rd Emms
1979–80 68 36 31 1 - - 73 0.537 323 344 1st Emms
1980–81 68 33 33 2 - - 68 0.500 322 337 2nd Emms
1981–82 68 22 42 4 - - 48 0.353 269 343 6th Emms
1982–83 70 19 50 1 - - 39 0.279 289 394 6th Emms
1983–84 70 22 46 2 - - 46 0.329 280 379 6th Emms
1984–85 66 28 35 3 - - 59 0.447 267 301 5th Emms
1985–86 66 34 26 6 - - 74 0.561 280 259 3rd Emms
1986–87 66 36 25 5 - - 77 0.583 287 249 3rd Emms
1987–88 66 50 14 2 - - 102 0.773 396 215 1st Emms
1988–89 66 25 37 4 - - 54 0.409 272 321 5th Emms
1989–90 66 17 41 8 - - 42 0.318 233 341 8th Emms
1990–91 66 33 29 4 - - 70 0.530 307 279 4th Emms
1991–92 66 25 33 8 - - 58 0.439 272 316 5th Emms
1992–93 66 19 42 5 - - 43 0.326 240 343 8th Emms
1993–94 66 25 36 5 - - 55 0.417 253 298 7th Emms
1994–95 66 41 22 3 - - 85 0.644 303 232 2nd Western
1995–96 66 21 41 4 - - 46 0.348 256 312 4th Western
1996–97 66 29 29 8 - - 66 0.500 303 285 3rd Western
1997–98 66 19 42 5 - - 43 0.326 261 340 6th Western
1998–99 68 23 39 6 - - 52 0.382 203 294 5th West
1999–00 68 35 30 2 1 - 73 0.529 213 231 4th West
2000–01 68 34 22 8 4 - 80 0.559 257 221 2nd West
2001–02 68 33 24 6 5 - 77 0.529 253 229 3rd West
2002–03 68 37 25 5 1 - 80 0.581 259 221 3rd West
2003–04 68 27 30 3 8 - 65 0.419 201 219 3rd West
2004–05 68 26 29 6 7 - 65 0.426 223 253 3rd West
2005–06 68 32 29 - 3 4 71 0.522 247 253 3rd West
2006–07 68 18 43 - 2 5 43 0.316 209 311 5th West
2007–08 68 41 15 - 7 5 94 0.691 279 205 2nd West
2008–09 68 57 10 - 0 1 115 0.846 311 171 1st West
2009–10 68 50 12 - 1 5 106 0.779 331 203 1st West

Playoffs

  • 1971–72 Out of playoffs.
  • 1972–73 Defeated Niagara Falls Flyers 4 games to 3 in quarter-final.
    Lost to Guelph CMC's 4 games to 0 in semi-final.
  • 1973–74 Defeated Detroit Jr. Red Wings 4 games to 0 in semi-final.
    Defeated Chatham Maroons 4 games to 1 in final. SOJHL CHAMPIONS
    Lost to Wexford Raiders 4 games to 3 in Eastern Centennial Cup quarter-final.
  • 1974–75 Defeated Detroit Jr. Red Wings 4 games to 1 in semi-final.
    Lost to Guelph CMC's 4 games to 3 with 1 tie in final.
  • 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.
  • 2008–09 Defeated Owen Sound Attack 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals.
    Defeated London Knights 4 games to 1 in conference finals.
    Defeated Brampton Battalion 4 games to 1 in finals. OHL CHAMPIONS
    Finished Memorial Cup round-robin in fourth place
    Defeated Rimouski Océanic 6–4 in tiebreaker.
    Defeated Drummondville Voltigeurs 3–2 (OT) in semifinal.
    Defeated the Kelowna Rockets 4-1 in the Memorial Cup final. MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPIONS

Uniforms and logos

The new logo features an aggressive, stylized WWII Spitfire aircraft set against clouds on a red, white and blue shield with the word "Spitfires" emblazoned prominently in the forefront. The logo preserves the team's primary colours of red and blue, but uses richer, more vibrant hues and adds silver and yellow as secondary colours.

The Spitfires worked with the Ontario Hockey League and Reebok - official supplier of uniforms to the OHL - in finalizing the new uniform. The new jerseys sport shoulder patches featuring the vintage Spitfire plane encircled by a gold laurel wreath and containing the number 18 to commemorate former Spitfires captain Mickey Renaud. Both the primary logo and shoulder patch designs were collaborations by Marcello Fontana and Shane Potvin, both senior art directors at Hargreaves Stewart.

The Windsor Spitfires use white jerseys on the road until Christmas and at home in the new year and the red jerseys 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.

Windsor Spitfires (SOJHL).png Old spitfires logo.png Compuware spitfires.png Spitfires third logo.jpg Windsor Spitfires logo.svg Windsor Spitfires logo.png
Original Spitfires logo (1975–1984) SOJHL Spitfires logo (1971–1975) Compuware Spitfires logo (1984–1989) Third logo Spitfires logo (1989 – December 2008) Current Spitfires logo (2009–)

Arena

The Spitfires play home games at the new WFCU Centre, which was originally announced on October 7, 2006, and was built to be ready for the 2008–09 OHL season.[27] The first game at the new arena was held on December 11, resulting in a 4-0 loss to the Belleville Bulls.

The Spitfires formerly played at 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 Wings of the NHL prior 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 Cup in 1981. On December 4, 2008, the Windsor Spitfires played their last game at "The Barn" against the Guelph Storm, winning 2-1.[28] In the 12 games the Spitfires played at The Barn for the 2008-09 season, the Spitfires were perfect with 12 wins and no losses. Their first home loss of the season took place in their first game at the WFCU Centre.

See also

References

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  3. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2008/02/18/mickey-renaud.html
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  6. ^ http://ontariohockeyleague.com/ontario-hockey-league-to-present-annual-award-in-honour-of-mickey-renaud-p127548
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  12. ^ http://www.windsorstar.com/travel/canada/Series+breaks+Plymouth+jinx/1488676/story.html
  13. ^ http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1535770
  14. ^ http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/Junior/2009/05/08/9402156-cp.html Taylor Hall scores in overtime as Windsor beats Brampton to claim OHL crown
  15. ^ http://communities.canada.com/windsorstar/blogs/duffersdabbles/archive/2009/02/03/spitfires-recall-their-1987-88-title.aspx
  16. ^ http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3821330
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  19. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2009/05/21/sp-spitfires-oceanic-cup.html
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  28. ^ http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/story.html?id=5d38c915-2207-4b64-bcea-7a635c1e0a6b

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