With a revitalized roster and a group of promising young prospects, the Saginaw Spirit want to be a presence in the West Division under head coach Troy Smith.
2016-17 Record: 27-32-7-2 (5th West Division)
Head Coach: Troy Smith (1st season/3rd OHL season)
Key additions: Nicholas Porco, Blade Jenkins, Caleb Everett, Tom Bappert, Aidan Prueter, Duncan Penman
Notable graduates: Filip Hronek, Markus Niemelainen, Kris Bennett, C.J. Garcia, Hayden Hodgson
Leading scorer: Brady Gilmour* (65 GP, 26-21–47)
Leading scorer (defencemen): Marcus Crawford* (60 GP, 6-33–39)
Leading scorer (rookie): Damien Giroux (53 GP, 8-17–25)
Leading goaltender: Evan Cormier (49 GP, 23-19-5-2, 3.23 GAA, .899 SV%, 2 SO)
Quick Hit: Marcus Crawford’s five assists on Jan. 29 at SAR are the most by a Spirit player since Vincent Trocheck on Mar. 4, 2012 at WSR.
#OHLOpeningWeek schedule: Thurs. Sept. 21 at WSR, Sat. Sept. 23 vs. LDN
* – among returning players
^ – possible graduate
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