The Generals are no stranger of the Memorial Cup. Not only does the team hold the record for the most Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Championship wins with 13, they’ve also won the Memorial Cup four times in franchise history. This year marks the first time the Generals have been back at the tournament since 1997, when the team lost in the semi-finals. Prior to that, the last time the Gens brought the Memorial Cup trophy back to Oshawa was in 1990. The Champion team consisted of one of Oshawa’s most memorable players, Eric Lindros, who led the team with nine points in just four games. While they have the opportunity to snap a 25 year Memorial Cup drought for Oshawa, the Generals can also crack a five-year drought for the OHL. The last OHL team to capture the trophy was in 2010 by the Windsor Spitfires. Oddly enough, current Generals coach DJ Smith was an Assistant Coach of the 2010 Champions, while current Assistant Coach Eric Wellwood, was on the winning team’s roster. A win this year would mark the fifth Memorial Cup title for the franchise.
The boys in red will have another shot at capturing the Cup this year, in the four-team round robin tournament. They’re up against the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), and the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. On the Generals roster, Cole Cassels and Michael Dal Colle, who have tallied 31 points each in the postseason, will likely be back on the scoresheet in the tournament. However, the depth of the team with lines like Anthony Cirelli, Brent Pedersen and Matt Mistele, will be a big advantage for Oshawa. Kenny Appleby is an obvious asset to the team, with a goals-against average of 2.24 in the 2015 playoffs. With their depth and strong defensive play, along with the Memorial Cup experience from players like Dakota Mermis as well as experienced coaches, the Generals can hopefully capture one of the most prestigious trophies in the sport.
Fans watching from home can catch all the action on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, Pacific and Sportsnet 590 The Fan. For in-game updates, fans can also follow along on our Twitter feed @Oshawa_Generals.
- Saturday, May 23 @ 4:30p.m.
- Sunday, May 24 @ 4:30p.m.
- Tuesday, May 26 @ 7:05p.m.