Spirit send five players to NHL Camps

SAGINAW, Mich. – The Saginaw Spirit will be missing five key members of their team for the foreseeable future as goaltender Evan Cormier, right wing Cole Coskey, defenseman Marcus Crawford, center Brady Gilmour, and defenseman Keaton Middleton will take part in various NHL main camps during the month of September.

Cormier, 20, enters his fourth season with the Spirit and fifth in the Ontario Hockey League when the 2017-18 season begins. The New Jersey Devils selected Cormier in the fourth round, 105th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft. The Bowmanville, Ontario native will skate in his second main camp with the Devils organization. At the conclusion of the Spirit’s 2016-17 season, he was retained by Devils AHL affiliate in Albany, but did not appear in any games.

The New Jersey Devils will compete in the 2017 Prospects Challenge at Buffalo, New York’s HarborCenter, home of the 2017 OHL Pre-season Showcase, from Sept. 8th – 11th. Joining the Devils at the 2017 Prospects Challenge are the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Both Keaton Middleton and Cole Coskey will compete for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2017 Rookie Tournament taking place at the Ricoh Coliseum, home of their AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies, in Toronto, Ontario from Sept. 8th – 10th. Joining the Leafs in the tournament are the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens.

Middleton, 19, enters his fourth year with the Spirit and fourth in the Ontario Hockey League. The Toronto Maple Leafs selected Middleton in the fourth round, 101st overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft. Middleton is coming off of his most prolific year scoring for the Spirit, notching 18 points last season, while punishing opponents with his physical style of defense. This is Middleton’s second main camp with the Leafs.

Coskey, 18, is embarking on his third season with the Saginaw Spirit in 2017-18.  The Zion, Illinois native nearly tripled his point outpoint from his rookie season, putting up 31 points last year for the club. Though undrafted, the Leafs have extended an invitation to the dynamic winger to compete in the 2017 Rookie Tournament.

Brady Gilmour and Marcus Crawford will take part in main camp for the Detroit Red Wings, with Brady Gilmour joining the team for the 2017 NHL Prospect Tournament held at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Michigan from Sept. 8th – 12th. Joining the Red Wings at the 2017 NHL Prospect tournament are Spirit prospect Martin Necas and the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Alum Hayden Hodgson and the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, and St. Louis Blues.

Gilmour, 18, enters his third year with the Spirit in 2017-18 after being the highest scoring returner from last season’s roster (47 pts.). The Grafton, Ontario native was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the seventh round, 193rd overall, in the 2017 NHL Draft. This is the first Red Wings main camp for Gilmour.

Crawford, 20, enters his fourth season with the Spirit and fourth season in the OHL. Crawford eclipsed a career-high in points last season with 39, second on the team amongst defenseman. The Ajax, Ontario native will report to Traverse City for Detroit Red Wings main camp on Sept. 15. After NHL camps with Ottawa in 2015 and New Jersey in 2016, this will be Marcus Crawford’s third NHL camp.

Joining Gilmour and Crawford at Detroit Red Wings camp will be alumni Dylan Sadowy and Filip Hronek.

Sadowy, 21, spent nearly four seasons with the Spirit from 2012-2016. The Woodbridge, Ontario native finished his Spirit career as the team’s 12th highest scorer (152 pts.) in the team’s 16-year history. Sadowy spent the 2016-17 season split between the Toledo Walleye (ECHL) and Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL), but was a part of the Griffins Calder Cup Championship run.

Hronek, 19, was taken in the second round, 53rd overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft. Hronek led the Spirit in scoring amongst defenseman with 61 points in 59 games. The Byst, Czech Republic native finished the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins appearing in 10 games. Hronek dressed in two playoff games for the Griffins, and was, along with Sadowy, part of the 2016-17 Calder Cup Championship run.

The Spirit continue their pre-season schedule on Friday, Sept. 15 hosting the Flint Firebirds at The Dow Event Center. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.

The 2017-18 home opener is set for Sat. Sept. 23, hosting the London Knights at The Dow Event Center. For tickets and more information, call (989) 497-7747 or visit


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