In the early 1990’s, there was no better team in the Ontario Hockey League than the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. In 1990-91 and 1991-92, the Greyhounds won the Robertson Cup as the Ontario Hockey League playoff champions. In both those seasons, they were unsuccessful at the Memorial Cup.
In 1992-93, Sault Ste. Marie lost to the Peterborough Petes in the Robertson Cup final but went to the Memorial Cup anyway as the host city. This time, the Greyhounds won the big prize, becoming Memorial Cup champions.
Eighteen years later, four of those players on that Memorial Cup winning team are still actively playing in the world of professional hockey. Three have moved on to coaching positions.
Ralph Intranuovo was the MVP of the 1993 Memorial Cup. He, along with Drew Bannister, were named to the tournament All-Star Team. Intranuovo played the 2010-11 season in Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey su Ghiaccio (LIHG) with HC Asiago.
Steve Sullivan is currently a member of the Nashville Predators in the NHL. Sullivan has been sidelined with a groin injury for a good portion of the year.
Jeff Toms is playing in Switzerland’s National League A with Geneve-Servette. He played in the Spengler Cup for the team this past holiday season. After finishing fifth in the twelve team league this season, Geneve was ousted by EV Zug in the first round of the playoffs in six games.
Drew Bannister (stay tuned tomorrow as we go more indepth with Drew) was a two-time Memorial Cup tournament All-Star. Bannister is playing for the Hull Stingrays of Great Britain’s Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).
As for those who have moved to behind the bench, one is in the AHL and two are in the OHL. Rick Kowalsky is the head coach of the AHL’s Albany Devils. David Matsos is an assistant coach with the Windsor Spitfires. Dan Cloutier is a goaltending coach for the Barrie Colts.