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Monday May 2nd, 2016

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The Windsor Spitfires will host the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

The Spitfires made a formal bid presentation on April 18th, 2016, to the Site Selection Committee comprised of five leaders in the sports industry including Paul Beeston (Former Toronto Blue Jays President & CEO), Colin Campbell (NHL Executive Vice President & Director of Hockey Operations), Jim Gregory (NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations), Gord Kirke
(OHL Legal Counsel), and Scott Moore (President, Sportsnet & NHL Properties).

“The city of Windsor and Essex County is home to some of the most passionate fans in the entire Canadian Hockey League,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “It is only fitting that an event of this magnitude be hosted in a world-class facility like the WFCU Centre in a community that embodies dedication and over 40 years of rich history in junior hockey. We are extremely proud to award the Spitfires the opportunity to host the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup and look forward to showcasing our league and the CHL’s best major junior players and teams in Windsor next May.”

The 99th edition of the MasterCard Memorial Cup will take place May 18th and 28th, 2017, at WFCU Centre, featuring the host Spitfires along with the champions of the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

2017 will mark the second time the City of Windsor will host the prestigious national championship following the 1981 event that featured three teams including the champion Cornwall Royals, the Kitchener Rangers, and the Victoria Cougars at Windsor Arena.

Members of the Spitfires and the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup Host Organizing Committee will travel to Red Deer, AB, for the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup which takes place May 19th to 29th. The OHL will be represented at the event by the winner between the London Knights and the Niagara IceDogs in the Rogers OHL Championship Series which begins Thursday night in London.

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