The Me­mo­rial Cup is front and cen­tre in our weekly by the num­bers look at the OHL.

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The ap­prox­i­mate amount of time, in min­utes, it would have taken the brunettes on the Erie Ot­ters ros­ter to bleach their locks blond for the play­offs — as­sum­ing they didn’t bother to ap­ply a tint af­ter­ward.


The num­ber of points newly blond Dy­lan Strome notched en route to be­ing named the Cana­dian Hockey League player of the week. The Ot­ters for­ward reg­is­tered two goals, five as­sists and a plus-3 rat­ing in three games against the Mis­sis­sauga Steel­heads to help Erie clinch its sec­ond On­tario Hockey League cham­pi­onship and a berth in the Me­mo­rial Cup.


Day un­til the Me­mo­rial Cup kicks off in Wind­sor. The host Spit­fires open the tour­na­ment against the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League win­ners, the Saint John Sea Dogs, Fri­day.


The num­ber of games the Sea Dogs re­quired to win the QMJHL fi­nal against the Blainville-Bois­briand Ar­mada. Saint John swept the se­ries to earn its third league ti­tle in fran­chise his­tory.


The num­ber of losses the Sea Dogs suf­fered in the play­offs, which is two fewer than the Western Hockey League cham­pion Seat­tle Thun­der­birds and four fewer than the OHL Ot­ters.


On­tario born play­ers on the Sea Dogs ros­ter. Chase Ste­wart, 20, is a six-foot-three, 225-pound de­fence­man from Marathon, who started his ma­jor ju­nior ca­reer with the Sag­i­naw Spirit. He left that team mid­way through last sea­son, re­port­edly to pur­sue non-hockey op­por­tu­ni­ties — a de­ci­sion which ob­vi­ously didn’t stick.


The last year in which two U.S.-based teams ap­peared in the Me­mo­rial Cup. A decade ago, the Lewis­ton Maineiacs and the Ply­mouth Whalers en­tered the tour­na­ment as QMJHL and OHL cham­pi­ons, re­spec­tively. Two Amer­i­can teams (Port­land Win­ter Hawks and Spokane Chiefs) made it to the na­tional cham­pi­onship in 1998 and the Ot­ters and the Thun­der­birds this year.


Play­off points scored by Thun­der­birds winger Kee­gan Kole­sar — tops in the WHL. The 20-year-old Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets prospect goes into the Me­mo­rial Cup with a goal in each of his last three games and eight points in to­tal over that stretch.


Shots turned aside by Kole­sar’s team­mate Carl Stankowski, who was named the CHL’s top goalie this week. A 17-year-old rookie from Cal­gary, Stankowski posted a 3-1 record with a goals-against aver­age of 2.64 and a save per­cent­age of .909 to lead the Thun­der­birds to their first WHL ti­tle. He’s the youngest net­min­der to back­stop his team to a league

cham­pi­onship since 16-year-old Dan Black­burn won with the Koote­nay Ice in 2000.


Days the Wind­sor Spit­fires have been side­lined af­ter los­ing Game 7 of their first-round against the Lon­don Knights. The Spit­fires are the first Me­mo­rial Cup host team from the OHL to fail to make it past Round 1 since the Hamil­ton Dukes in 1990 — they failed to make the play­offs and gave up their au­to­matic berth as tour­na­ment hosts.


The num­ber of play­ers from the Hamil­ton area (along with one coach) vy­ing for the Me­mo­rial Cup. For­ward Cris­tiano DiGiac­into grew up on the East Moun­tain, while de­fence­man Austin McE­neny is from Wa­ter­down. They both play for the Spit­fires along­side for­mer Bull­dogs for­ward Adam Laishram and un­der Burling­ton na­tive Jer­rod Smith, who is an as­sis­tant coach. Erie’s Kyle Mak­si­movich was also born in Hamil­ton, but has called Oakville home since he was a kid.


The amount, in dol­lars, it costs for a sin­gle game ticket to see host Wind­sor play in the tour­na­ment — 15 bucks more than a game fea­tur­ing two of the other three teams. You can also catch all the games on Sport­snet, TVA Sports (in French) and NHL Net­work (in the U.S.).

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