Hockey: OUA-OHL puck showcase long time in the waiting

There has been some tire-kicking over holding an event where a city's OHL and CIS hockey team would hold a doubleheader: The Winsor Lancers and major junior hockey's Spitfires are finally making it happen:
"The Scholastic Showcase, presented by the Investor Group, is an event designed to promote the ongoing partnership in education between the Lancers and Spitfires as well as the academic scholarship program in place between the OHL and OUA.

On Sunday, Jan. 24, the OHL will kick-off back-to-back games at the WFCU Centre with a match-up between the Windsor Spitfires and the Niagara Ice Dogs at 2 p.m. The OUA will follow as the University of Windsor Lancers are set to host the York Lions at 4:30 p.m.

" ... 'We are very pleased to be able to announce the first ever OHL/OUA Scholastic Showcase set to take place in Windsor later this month,' commented OHL Commissioner David Branch. 'This year alone, the Ontario Hockey League and its teams will provide our highest number of academic scholarships ever. We believe our OHL Scholarship Program allows our players to achieve the best of both worlds when it comes to hockey and academic goals and this event will certainly help to showcase that fact.' "
Hopefully, more CIS schools will follow the OUA and Lancers' lead. Six of seven Canada West teams share their city with the Western Hockey league (the Manitoba Bisons don't have that benefit, but they could easily move a home game down the highway to Brandon). Eleven of the 19 OUA teams, not counting those in the GTA, have a major junior team team in their city, along with 4-of-8 in the AUS.

Spitfires and Lancers announce inaugural OHL/OUA scholastic showcase (press release)
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1 comment:

  1. This is an interesting move by Windsor. It's obvious to this observer that the Lancers aren't content to a middle of the pack OUA team. They do have some history, winning the Queens Cup in 1997?