2008-09 was a historic year for the Windsor Spitfires as the Ontario Hockey League team won their second Robertson Cup since joining the league in 1975 and becoming Memorial Cup champions for the first time ever.
The Spitfires finished first overall with 115 points. Taylor Hall and Ryan Ellis finished sixth and seventh in the race for the Eddie Powers Trophy. Andrew Engelage had the third best goals against average in the OHL at 2.35. Ryan Ellis won the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the top defenseman and Taylor Hall won the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the MVP in the playoffs.
In the run to the Robertson Cup finals, Windsor swept the Owen Sound Attack in the opening round. In the West Conference semi-finals, the Spitfires took out the Plymouth Whalers in six. The London Knights fell in five games in the conference finals and the Brampton Battalion lost out in the same number of games in the final series.
The Memorial Cup was held in Rimouski, Quebec and hosted by the Rimouski Oceanic. Windsor finished the round robin with a 1-2 record. After beating the host team in a tie breaker, the Spitfires beat the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the semi-final before beating the Kelowna Rockets in the final to be crowned champions.
Fifteen players that played in the playoffs for the Spitfires in 2008-09 were actively playing professional hockey in 2011-12.
Taylor Hall played with Windsor from 2007-08 to 2009-10. 2011-12 team: Edmonton Oilers – NHL.
Ryan Ellis played with Windsor from 2007-08 to 2010-11. 2011-12 teams: Milwaukee Admirals – AHL, Nashville Predators – NHL.
Greg Nemisz played with the Spitfires from 2006-07 to 2009-10. 2011-12 teams: Abbotsford Heat – AHL, Calgary Flames – NHL.
Dale Mitchell played in the OHL from 2005-06 to 2009-10 with the Oshawa Generals and Windsor. 2011-12 teams – Reading Royals – ECHL, Toronto Marlies – AHL, Syracuse Crunch – AHL.
Rob Kwiet played in the OHL from 2005-06 to 2008-09 with the St. Michael’s Majors and Windsor. 2011-12 teams: Reading Royals – ECHL, Stockton Thunder – ECHL.
Andrei Loktionov played just 2008-09 with Windsor. 2011-12 teams: Manchester Monarchs – AHL, Los Angeles Kings – NHL.
Adam Henrique played with Windsor from 2006-07 to 2009-10. 2011-12 teams: Albany Devils – AHL, New Jersey Devils – NHL.
Eric Wellwood played with Windsor from 2006-07 to 2009-10. 2011-12 teams: Adirondack Phantoms – AHL, Philadelphia Flyers – NHL.
Justin Shugg played in the OHL from 2007-08 to 2010-11 with the Oshawa Generals, Windsor and the Mississauga Majors. 2011-12 teams: Florida Everblades – ECHL, Charlotte Checkers – AHL. An updated article on this player can be found here: Justin Shugg
Mark Cundari played with Windsor from 2006-07 to 2009-10. 2011-12 team: Peoria Rivermen – AHL.
Scott Timmins played in the OHL from 2006-07 to 2009-10 with the Kitchener Rangers and Windsor. 2011-12 team: San Antonio Rampage – AHL.
Lane MacDermid played in the OHL from 2006-07 to 2008-09 with the Owen Sound Attack and Windsor. 2011-12 teams: Providence Bruins – AHL, Boston Bruins – NHL.
Jesse Blacker played in the OHL from 2007-08 to 2010-11 with Windsor and Owen Sound. 2011-12 team: Toronto Marlies – AHL.
Harry Young played in the OHL from 2005-06 to 2009-10 with the Guelph Storm and Windsor. 2011-12 teams: Albany Devils – AHL, Kalamazoo Wings – ECHL.
Andrew Engelage played with Windsor from 2006-07 to 2008-09. 2011-12 team: Utah Grizzlies – ECHL.