While the Saginaw Spirit reached the OHL Playoffs for an 11th straight season in 2015-16, an early exit at the hands of the mighty Erie Otters left something to be desired.“We want to show the Western Conference what we have this season,” said second-year Spirit general manager Dave Drinkill.YP advertisers receive higher placement in the default ordering of search results and may appear in sponsored listings on the top, side, or bottom of the search results page.
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Mitchell Stephens missed a large portion of the 2015-16 season with a broken foot before representing Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
While he’s likely to miss the better part of a month once again on World Junior duty, a healthy Stephens is a big X-factor.
We know his goal is to make the World Junior Team and we wish him nothing but the best in that pursuit.” Under new coaching, the Spirit are likely to see a considerable change to the way they play the game.
Carbery developed a reputation during his time in the ECHL for valuing responsible defensive play.
Those changes, paired with a mature core of veterans and recent additions in C. Garcia and Detroit Red Wings prospect Filip Hronek to the blue line, certainly provide the Spirit with the ammunition to make some noise in the Western Conference.
Like any team, a large part of their success will hinge on their stars.
Former Saginaw City Councilman Larry Coulouris dies "This is a huge loss for our city," Saginaw Mayor Dennis Browning said in response to the news.
Browning had served alongside Coulouris on City Council since 2009.
“When you look at his past teams, they don’t give up a lot of shots, they always held team defence in high esteem and they had the number one penalty kill in the league the last two years in a row,” said Drinkill.
“With strong goaltending, a capable blue line and improved defensive awareness, we’re going to see a big change and we feel that will translate into success for the Saginaw Spirit.” 2015-16 Record: 24-36-5-3 (4th West Division) Head Coach: Spencer Carbery (1st season) Key additions: Filip Hronek, C. Garcia, Max Grondin, Damien Giroux, Cameron Lamour, Gianluca Fuoco, Brock Hill, Kyle Bollers Notable graduates: Connor Brown, Blake Clarke, Artem Artemov, Will Petschenig Leading scorer: Matthew Kreis* (65 GP, 17-24–41) Leading scorer (defencemen): Marcus Crawford (66 GP, 2-32–34) Leading scorer (rookie): Markus Niemelainen (65 GP, 1-26–27) Leading goaltender: Evan Cormier (58 GP, 21-27-4-3, 3.72 GAA, .890 SV%, 1 SO) Fast Fact: The Spirit have recorded at least 200 goals for in each of the past 11 seasons dating back to 2005-06, also making the playoffs in each of those seasons.
These are a few of the things Larry Coulouris valued most highly.