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By Fred Wallace

OHL Well Represented In Memorial Cup Final



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

Maybe it was the fact the Memorial Cup was staged in Ontario this year, but it just seemed there was a heightened interest in the proceedings from corners of the province that generally could care less about the Championship Tournament, or the OHL, once their team is dusted.

Not so this year, or so it seemed.

I'm not sure if this explains it or not, but one of the factors that drew outside interest was the number of transplants playing on the two OHL entries, Erie and Windsor, who advanced to the Championship Game.

By my count, the Otters had five players in the Championship Game who started elsewhere in the OHL while Windsor came in with 9, or virtually half their lineup.

Using an approach, I also found it remarkable that while Windsor and Erie were at the big show, players from 12 other markets previously in their career were playing for the title.

Even more remarkable, I found it interesting that 9 of the 10 Eastern Conference teams had alumni, castoffs, traded assets competing for the Cup.

Only the North Bay Battalion were without a player connection to any of the 40 who dressed for the Final.

Perhaps if the Eastern Conference teams held on to many of these players, they would have been at the Memorial Cup rather than once again watching Western teams clash for the championship.

I'm Fred Wallace

Erie Otters

30 Murdaca ( Saginaw, Mississauga )
33 Timpano ( Sudbury )

2 Byrne
6 Sambrook
7 Girhiny
9 Maksimovich
12 DeBrincat
14 Cernak
15 Pettit
17 T Raddysh
19 Strome
21 Fellows
22 Cirelli ( Oshawa FA )
24 D Raddysh
25 Fergus
27 Lodnia
37 Foegele ( Kingston )
39 Poddubnyi
47 Headrick
49 Lizotte ( Peterborough, Barrie )

Windsor Spitfires

32 Culina
64 DiPietro

5 McEneny
10 Addison ( Saginaw, Ottawa )
13 Vilardi
17 Stanley
19 Laishram ( Hamilton )
21 Brown ( Niagara DNR )
25 Nattinen ( Barrie )
26 Purboo
27 McCool ( Niagara )
28 Nother ( London )
31 Sergachev
37 Knott ( Niagara )
51 Chatfield
61 Boka
74 Day ( Mississauga )
91 Luchuk
96 DiGiacinto
97 Bracco ( Kitchener )

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