Ellis Returns To Spits, Named Captain

(WINDSOR, ON) – Head coach Bob Jones announced today that defenceman Ryan Ellis is the new captain of the Windsor Spitfires.

Entering his fourth season with the Spits, Ellis has been the backbone of the team’s defensive corps and one of the CHL’s top players.  

“The Windsor Spitfires are proud to have Ryan Ellis serve as the captain of the Windsor Spitfires for the upcoming season.  Ryan’s leadership, skills and experience will be a huge asset to our young team and in three years, he has already enjoyed one of the greatest careers in CHL history.  The accolades he has earned speak for themselves, we couldn’t think of a more deserving young man and player to lead our team.  I am very proud to have the honour of naming Ryan Ellis as captain of the Spitfires,” Jones said at a media event at the WFCU Centre.

Ellis said he’s thrilled to carry on the rich tradition of leading the Spits. 

“It’s a great honour to be captain of the Spitfires and to follow in the footsteps of Mickey Renaud and Harry Young, previous captains of our club during my career in Windsor.  I look forward to leading our young and talented team this season in the same manner both Mickey and Harry did, this is a unique opportunity for myself.  Windsor is a second home for me and I’m excited to be the new captain of the Windsor Spitfires.” 

The 19 year-old Freelton, Ont. native’s accomplishments rival those of any player in the history of the CHL. 

The former Max Kaminsky Trophy Award (2008-2009) and Bobby Smith OHL Scholastic Player of the Year (2007-2008) winner helped lead the Spitfires to their second consecutive Rogers OHL Championship and MasterCard Memorial Cup Championship in Brandon, Manitoba last season.  Two seasons ago, he was named to the 2009 Memorial MasterCard Memorial Cup All-Star Team for his outstanding play.  

Ellis led all OHL defencemen in scoring during the 2008-2009 season with 22 goals and 89 points and a whopping +52 rating. He was selected by the NHL’s Nashville Predators with the team’s first pick, 11th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
 
Last season, Ellis put up impressive numbers in an injury-shortened season, scoring 61 points in 48 games while posting a +38 rating.  Despite missing 20 games, those totals were good enough for Ellis to finish fourth in scoring among OHL defencemen. 
 
In the 2010 OHL playoffs, Ellis recorded 33 points in 19 games, including 11 multi-point games.  He also led the OHL with 30 assists and posted a league high 12 game assist streak in the playoffs.
 
Additionally, Ellis served as an assistant captain for Team Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatchewan and participated in the tournament for the second consecutive year.  He helped Canada earn a silver medal in the tournament. Ellis won gold with Team Canada at the 2009 World Juniors, and is the all-time career leading scorer amongst defencemen for Team Canada in WJHC with 15 points in 12 games.   
 
Ellis has 49 goals and 164 assists for 213 points in 168 career games with the Spitfires. He is 17 points shy of Joel Quenneville’s all-time franchise total of 229 points by a defenceman – a total he will undoubtedly eclipse this season.

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