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