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Wings honor newly minted Memorial champs

Windsor Spitfires welcomed to Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena

Wednesday, 05.27.2009 / 11:53 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Wings honor newly minted Memorial champs
Spitfires GM Warren Rychel, who spent nine NHL seasons with five different teams, hugs the Memorial Cup after Windsor's improbable march to the title. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz)
DETROIT – One day after a raucous rally and parade through town, the Windsor Spitfires – the newly crowned Memorial Cup champions – will be recognized by the Red Wings during Game 5 of the Western Conference finals at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday.

“This is a total honor when the best organization in pro sports invites us over,” Windsor
general manager Warren Rychel said. “This is an incredible invite from Mr. (Mike) Ilitch, Jimmy
Devellano and Kenny Holland. Our kids can’t get over their fast enough.”

The Red Wings, who will face the Chicago Blackhawks at 7:30 p.m. EDT, are one win away from returning to the Stanley Cup finals for the second consecutive season.

The Spitfires are the only team in the 91-year history of the Memorial Cup to win the title after losing the first two games of the tournament. Windsor dropped games to Drummondville (3-2, OT) and Rimouski (5-4) before making their improbable comeback.

Windsor then posted consecutive wins over Kelowna (2-1), Rimouski (6-4), Drummondville (3-2, OT) to advance to last Sunday’s championship game against Kelowna.

In the championship, the Spitfires jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first period behind goals by center Adam Henrique, right wing Dale Mitchell and defenseman Rob Kwiet. Defenseman Ryan Ellis added an insurance goal in the second.

“This has been great,” Rychel said. “It’s really been unbelievable.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80