24 Facts About Windsor Spitfires


Windsor Spitfires are a Canadian junior ice hockey team in the Ontario Hockey League.

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The name Spitfires was chosen to honour the 417 Combat Support Squadron, a Royal Canadian Air Force squadron nicknamed "City of Windsor" established during World War II in England, and used the Supermarine Spitfire fighter aircraft.

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The Spitfires folded in 1953 as hockey interests in Windsor chose to focus their attention on the OHA Senior A Hockey League, which resulted in the founding of the Windsor Bulldogs.

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Windsor Spitfires finished their first season with a record of 21 wins, 32 losses, and 3 ties.

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The Windsor Spitfires lost the next four games to the Maroons to end their season.

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The Windsor Spitfires were now in the hunt for the 1974 Centennial Cup, the National Championship of Tier II Junior A hockey.

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The Windsor Spitfires' had pumped $200,000 into the arena over the past two years, so the league overlooked the surface size despite taking issue with it in their 1974 rejection of the Windsor Spitfires' expansion bid.

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Boughner assumed the roles of President, CEO and head coach of the Windsor Spitfires, Rychel was named director of player development, and Dobrich the new business manager.

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Windsor Spitfires's number was retired by both the Spitfires and the Tecumseh Chiefs Junior B franchise that he played on before graduating to Major Junior.

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Every game in the series went to overtime, but the Windsor 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.

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For being the top team in their division, the Windsor Spitfires were awarded their second straight Bumbacco Trophy.

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Windsor Spitfires sent six players to the 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

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However, the Windsor Spitfires went on to become the third team in Ontario Hockey League history to come back from a three-game deficit to win a playoff series, beating Rangers in each of the next four games to win the conference championship and the Wayne Gretzky Trophy.

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In May, the Windsor Spitfires traveled to Brandon, Manitoba for the 2010 Memorial Cup.

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The Windsor Spitfires have engaged in a massive overhaul involving many trades.

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Windsor Spitfires finished the exhibition schedule with 4 wins 1 loss and 1 tie.

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The Windsor Spitfires reached the Conference Final for the third consecutive year.

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The Windsor Spitfires claimed innocence to the recruitment violations and plan to appeal the decision.

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Windsor Spitfires was selected as the host city for the 99th Memorial Cup championship, who won the right to host the tournament over undisclosed competition.

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Over 100 alumni of the OHA and OHL Junior A Windsor Spitfires have graduated to play in the National Hockey League.

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Windsor Spitfires worked with the Ontario Hockey League and Reebok - official supplier of uniforms to the OHL - in finalizing the new uniform.

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The Windsor 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.

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The Windsor Spitfires Arena, nicknamed "The Barn, " was the oldest operating facility in the Canadian Hockey League.

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On television, Spitfires games are broadcast by YourTV Windsor, a community channel carried on Cogeco's cable system in Windsor.

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