Sunday, January 8, 2017

Saginaw Spirit (OHL, 2016-17)

2016-17 Regular Season
Spirit vs. Kitchener Rangers
     Hard to believe, this is the fifteenth season of Saginaw Spirit hockey. The Spirit are the longest-lasting team to ever play in Saginaw, with the next-oldest team being the IHL's Gears (1972-83). The Spirit's principal owner is still Dick Garber, but he has been joined by investors Brandon Bordeaux, Detroit Red Wings and Tigers executive Jimmy Devellano and former Wings goalie Chris Osgood. The Spirt have yet another new coach behind the bench: former ECHL coach Spencer Carbery.
     The Spirit got off to a horrendous start to the year, winning just 3 games out of 15, but have rebounded to get back into the playoff chase. This program was from the Saturday, November 26th game against the Kitchener Rangers. The Rangers won, 4-1, in front of 2,812 at Dow Event Center.
     This is a compact program, similar in dimensions to the Prowlers program. However, it's 87 pages thick, all on glossy paper and all in color. Most of the Spirit players and their billet families were photographed and included on several pages. Each team in the West Division is given their own full-page bio, and there's a Q&A section with Coach Carbery. Red Wings prospect Filip Hronek has a feature article as well. Local advertisements include Saginaw Valley State University, the Great Lakes Loons, the Temple Theater and United Way of Saginaw County.

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