Something Just Clicked With The Express

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express held a press conference yesterday at the Holiday Inn in which they allowed fans and media to ask candid questions and get honest answers.

Chris Mendes, the team’s general manager, started off dedicating their championship efforts to Victor Morris (who formerly wore jersey #5). He acknowledged Vic as still being a part of their team and thanked all the players that were ever a part of the Express as their efforts helped get them to this point.

Bob Bellacicco said that Chris Commons #22 had been known as the silent killer. He asked what changed in the last game to make him more aggressive? Chris said the scoring that he does is for his team and his brothers. "I don’t think about myself when I’m scoring. I score for the Windsor Express; to put the team in a better position." If the game requires that he comes out and be more aggressive, that’s what he strives to do. After being asked about going to the playoffs, Commons remarked that they have been in the playoffs for the last 3 weeks.

Greg Surmacz #33 told a Blackburn reporter, "Mid-Season something just clicked. Finally having the right pieces in place obviously helped as well and just guys getting healthy at the right time and coming together. We all sat down and said our common goal for the season was to make it to the playoffs." 

Eddy Smith #23 was asked if he hated London. With a huge smile on his face, he responded, "I love London. The fans and their signs helped me to better my game last week." He said every player brings something different to the game and he always brings his light-hearted smile.

As a rookie, Kevin Loiselle #10 spoke about his defensive game. "I came in and wasn’t doing well at the beginning and I just started focusing on playing defense and grabbing rebounds when I saw that the team needed it. Unfortunately Greg went down and I had to step into some big shoes. I knew I was ready to step up to the plate. I came in and showed it. I’m just happy to be here and be a big part of the team. It has been a great experience. I make a lot of mistakes but, I’m just trying to hustle."

Eric Parker #40 was on the starting roster for the Express, left and has now returned. He said his experience has been one of overcoming adversity and paralleled that to the experience of the team itself. He had to fight for a position on the roster against guys that were completely healthy. "My hard work and our hard work has allowed us to get to this point and have a chance to win the championship."

Royal Church, friend and supporter of the Windsor Express announced that Dartis Willis, owner and CEO, is now one of three finalists for WESPY’s Executive of the Year Award.

Come watch the Windsor Express fight to keep the 3rd seed in the playoffs Friday against St.John Millrats and Saturday against the Oshawa Power. Tip-off both nights is 7PM.

Get On Board with the Express, you will enjoy the ride.


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