I felt obligated to write an article about my hometown team since it seems nobody in the Canadian media seems willing to mention their great accomplishments this year.
This all started when I turned on Sportcentre tonight and watched the highlights of the London Knights hosting the Windsor Spitfires. They never show many CHL highlights, so I didn’t expect much. First, they showed two goals by John Tavares and then a decent cross-ice pass to end his three-point night and that was it.
So, what’s the big deal, you may ask? The game ended 6-3 for the Spits. Now, I know TSN only shows what people want to see, the CHL’s point leader and first overall pick at this year’s draft, and I’m in no way taking anything away from his amazing play, but I couldn’t believe they didn’t once mention the Spitfires and their remarkable season.
There was no mention that the Windsor Spitfires are currently the best junior team in Canada with 105 points. The second-closest team in the OHL is actually the Knights with 83 points. There was no mention that just two seasons ago the Spitfires went 18-43 with a measly 43 points, and last year set the record for the largest single-season turnaround in CHL history, with a 51-point difference.
The Windsor Spitfires established a team record Thursday night, winning their 51st game of the season, surpassing the single season total set by the 1987-88 Compuware Spitfires. So with nine games remaining on the schedule, the Spitfires need to win eight of those to eclipse the OHL’s single-season point record set by the Knights' Memorial Cup winning team in 2004.