The Saginaw Spirit hosted their annual rookie camp this past weekend, with the team welcoming returning prospects, the newest crop of draftees and touted free agents to the Great Lakes Bay Region. The prospects participated in on-ice drills, off-ice training, physical conditioning tests and more in their bid to secure an invite to the team’s fall training camp and for a shot at making the 2011-2012 edition of the Saginaw Spirit.
Sunday morning the prospects hit the ice in the annual Blue-White scrimmage at the Bay County Civic Arena, with Team Blue edged out Team White by a score of 8-7.
Team Blue saw scoring from multiple skaters, with 2011 second round pick Sam Povorozniouk posting a hat trick and forward Ray Huether notching two goals. Saginaw’s 2011 first round pick Nick Moutrey tallied a goal and an assist, and along with single goal scorers Mattheson Iacopelli and Max Farrill rounded out Team Blue scoring. Robbie Payne had three helpers and Nolan Villaeu added two assists.
Team White’s offense was led by forwards Gavin Burbach and Jimmy Lodge, both with two goals in the game. Spirit forward Justin Kea and prospect Alex Morgan each posted a goal for in the effort, with Troy Crema notching a goal and an assist. Returning blueliner Dalton Young tallied three helpers for Team White.
G JAKE THEUT
G JAKE PATERSON
F NICK MOUTREY
F SAM POVOROZNIOUK
F JOSH PACE
F LUKE NOGARD
F MAX FARRILL
F RAY HUETHER
F MATTHESON IACOPELLI
F ROBBIE PAYNE
F MATT LEMASURIER
F JIMMY PEPLINSKI
D BRETT SELDON
D JACOB RINGUETTE
D NICHOLAS HIRST
D RAMON LOPEZ
D NOLAN VILLAEU
G LUCAS PERESSINI
G GEORGE ARGIROPOULOS
F TERRY TRAFFORD
F JIMMY LODGE
F TROY CREMA
F ALEX MORGAN
F JUSTIN KEA
F RYLEE MCKINNON
F JOHN FARKAS
F NICK BINGAMAN
F GAVIN BURBACH
F RYAN TUFFIN
D ALEX SMITH
D DALTON YOUNG
D JOSH MILLER
D AJ KAPCHUCK
D HAYDEN HANSEN
The Saginaw Spirit also held their annual season awards banquet during game, presented by your local Meijer Stores. Players and Spirit season ticket holders got together at Heritage High School Saturday night to celebrate the successes of the 2010-2011 season that saw several stand out performances and the team’s first ever OHL West Division title. The night saw several players earn awards for the on-ice and off-ice accomplishments.
Spirit captain Jordan Szwarz was recognized with two awards, earning the team’s Most Valuable Player award and the Heart and Soul award. Szwarz became the team’s third all-time leading scorer with 204 career OHL points since he joined the team in the 2007-2008 season.
Forward Josh Shalla took home the Leading Scorer award, with a single season team record of 47 goals on the season including four goals against the Windsor Spitfires on November 27 to set a new team record for most goals scored in a single game.
The Spirit also recognized Terry and Mary Klein of St. Charles with the 2010-2011 Glenn Geer Fan Appreciation award, given to a fan that exemplifies energy and passion for supporting the Spirit.
2010-2011 Saginaw Spirit team awards
Most Valuable Player – Jordan Szwarz
Leading Scorer Award – Josh Shalla
Rookie of the Year – Brandon Saad
Most Improved – Brad Walch
Best Defenseman – Ryan O’Connor
Heart and Soul Award – Jordan Szwarz
Wren Blair Leadership Award – Dalton Prout
Fan Favorite Award as presented by season ticket holder Mike Albertson – Vincent Trocheck
Community Service Award – John McFarland
Heritage High School Academic Award – Brandon Saad
Northwood University Academic Award – Josh Shalla
Glenn Geer Fan Appreciation Award – Terry and Mary Klein of St. Charles
Get your season Tickets! The Saginaw Spirit will be celebrating ten years of Spirit hockey in the Great Lakes Bay Region next season, and fans are invited to join in on the excitement! Season tickets for the 2011-2012 season are on sale now, with full season plans starting at $386 per seat! For more information contact the Spirit at 989-497-7747 or visit the Spirit store at 5789 State Street in Saginaw.