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Statement from Spirit President and Managing Partner, OHL Chairman of the Board of Governors Craig Goslin

STATEMENT FROM SPIRIT PRESIDENT AND MANAGING PARTNER, CHAIRMAN OF OHL BOARD OF GOVERNORS CRAIG GOSLIN

Based on all of the advice and intelligence that we have received; the league has regretfully decided to end the 2019-2020 OHL season. This decision was painful and was several days in the making. As disappointed as we are, this decision was made with the health and welfare of our players, coaches, staff and fans as the highest priority.

When the day comes when we get the COVID-19 virus checked, OHL Hockey in Saginaw and in all of the home-town communities of our great league will be back, stronger and better than ever before. Next season, when the all clear is given, we will plan on celebrating with our players, coaches, Spirit fans and community, the outstanding results and accomplishments of the 2019-2020 Saginaw Spirit.

We have great appreciation and respect for our players, coaches, management and staff that put their hearts and souls into creating a championship contender this season in Saginaw.  Having won the last seven games and going 19-5-1 in the last 25, most in the hockey community felt that your Spirit team was in position to contend to win the OHL Championship and compete in the Kia Memorial Cup.  We recognize the tremendous commitment that the players and coaches displayed this season to this end and stand with gratitude and honor a job very well done.

To our fans, we appreciate you and your passion for Saginaw Spirit Hockey.  You are the best fans we could ever expect to have. Throughout history, OHL Hockey in our hometown communities has been there to help in the recovery process of events when it’s apparent and necessary.  We are committed to be a major ingredient to the post-isolation plans to normalize our lives in Riverfront Saginaw and the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Next season, we will plan to shine bright as a beacon of hope, even as together, we are likely to go through a few months of some very challenging times.   In the meantime, look after each other, your family, friends and neighbors and we will see you at The Dow in the not too distant future.

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