Switching gears to major junior hockey. Sunday night, Windsor Spitfires defeated Erie Otters 4-3 in the Memorial Cup finals. This years Memorial Cup tournament brought to light many interesting points that are worthy of discussion. First of all, the level of talent in the Memorial Cup is, was, and always will be incredible. Don’t be surprised to see tournament point leaders and teammates Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat, and Taylor Raddysh all playing at the pro level next season, among others.
Every season we see handfuls of Memorial Cup players participate in their final junior hockey game before leaping to the NHL. After all, they’re the best of the best, right? Dylan Strome disagrees, and he may have a point…
Strome on Mem Cup: "It's the same as World Juniors. You have a shootout to decide a world champ. Here you have 3 league champs and a host."
— Tim Pigulski (@tpigulski) May 29, 2017
Is it really fair that Windsor was beaten out in the first round of the OHL playoffs then still ended up in the Memorial Cup finals? Ultimately, Windsor won the tournament and were crowned champions.
Now for the real reason you’re here… Troy Timpano loses his cool after the loss and launches his stick at the cameraman.
Unhappy Erie Otters goalie throws stick at camera going past bench after falling in Memorial Cup final pic.twitter.com/1sw3SWNxur
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) May 29, 2017
He later took to Twitter to apologize. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that his stick was broken and he was trying to throw it in the direction of the closest Integral Hockey franchisee/distributor… stranger things have happened.
2017 Memorial Cup Champions: Windsor Spitfires