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Attack Hat Trick ?


By Fred Wallace


Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off The Wire "

The Memorial Cup Tournament begins tonight with the host Windsor Spitfires facing the St John Sea Dogs.

The other two entries, the OHL Champion Erie Otters and Western League Champion Seattle Thunderbirds meet tomorrow afternoon.

Locally, fans of the Owen Sound Attack will be focused on the tournament Banquet where the annual Canadian Hockey League awards will be presented.

While it's extremely rare for one squad to garner 3 awards, Owen Sound has a solid shot at the trifecta with Coach Ryan McGill, netminder Michael McNiven and forward Nick Suzuki all finalists.

McGill is up for CHL Coach of the Year after leading the Attack to a franchise record season in terms of wins, points and several other categories.

McNiven is a contender for CHL goaltender of the year after a highly successful season that saw him establish numerous franchise records - and keep in mind through the years, Owen Sound has had a half dozen remarkable netminders

And Suzuki, who won't turn 18 until mid-August, is up for the CHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player after he put up 96 points and incurred just 5 minors over the year.

So while Erie, Windsor, St John & Seattle battle for the Memorial Cup over the next week, the Owen Sound Attack could be significant winners in terms of year-end awards.

I'm Fred Wallace

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