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Team: Saginaw Spirit
Year Founded: 2002
City Represented: Saginaw, Mich.
Head Coach: Chris Lazary
Assistant Coaching Staff: Jesse Messier (Assistant Coach), Jared Nightingale (Associate Coach), A.J. Walczak (Goaltending Coach), Andrew Plate (Athletic Trainer)
Saginaw Spirit TicketsThe Saginaw Spirit has consistently been one of the top-ranked junior hockey teams in the Western Conference leg of the Ontario Hockey League. With such accomplishments, it should come as no surprise that young players on this team, aged 16 to 20, have used it as a pipeline to bigger and better things in the world of hockey. In fact, for each year of the Spirit’s existence — and even going back somewhat before 2002 to when the team was still known as the North Bay Centennials — it has been able to get at least one of its players drafted to the NHL. Perhaps strangely for a team in a Canadian hockey league, it is based out of Saginaw, Mich., though the team has a prior history in North Bay, Ontario and Saginaw is very close to the Canadian border. Get your Saginaw Spirit tickets at StubHub today.
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Who are some of the players on the roster of the Saginaw Spirit?Some noteworthy players include goalies Marshall Frappier and Tristan Lennox; defensemen Roberto Mancini, Mitchell Smith and Ilya Solovyov; and forwards Josh Bloom, Davis Codd, Sebastian Bulvos, Ryan Suzuki and Jake Goldowski. Mancini, Smith, Bloom, Codd and Bulvos are all also in their rookie seasons of professional play.
What is the Saginaw Spirit's schedule?For all junior hockey teams, the season typically runs from late September of one year to March of the following year. Throughout 2020, some of the Saginaw Spirit’s games are scheduled as follows. First, on March 12, the Spirit has an away game against the Windsor Spitfires. Then, on March 13, the Spirit has a home game against the Erie Otters. On the following day, there is another home game against the Sarnia Sting. After that, on March 18 and 20, 2020, the Spirit will play two away games — first against the Flint Firebirds and then against the Soo Greyhounds. The Spirit’s final game of the regular 2019-2020 will be a home game against the Windsor Spitfires on March 21, 2020.
In which arenas does the Saginaw Spirit play its games?Home base for the Saginaw Spirit is the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Mich., an enormous 25,000-square-foot arena that can seat up to 7,600 people and hosts everything from rock concerts to Monster Jam and the Harlem Globetrotters when not hosting the Saginaw Spirit. Settings for away games vary depending on whom the Spirit happens to be matched up against, but they can include places like the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint, Mich., the WFCU Centre and the Erie Insurance Arena.
Is the Saginaw Spirit involved in any historic junior hockey rivalries?The Spirit’s major rivals are its fellow Michigander team from the OHL, the Flint Firebirds. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (or Soo Greyhounds) are the Spirit’s other major rivals within the Ontario Hockey League.
What are some other teams that fans of the Saginaw Spirit might enjoy watching?Besides keeping an eye on the Spirit’s two chief OHL rivals, the Flint Firebirds">Flint Firebirds and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, fans of the Spirit would probably want to keep a close watch on the Ontario Hockey League in general, especially teams from the Western Conference like the London Knights, Kitchener Rangers, Windsor Spitfires and Guelph Storm.
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