(WINDSOR, ON) – The OHL and the Windsor Spitfires unveiled the 2017 Memorial Cup logo yesterday to an attentive audience at the WFCU Arena. Central to the legacy of the trophy, the logo outwardly acknowledges its history of commemorating the Canadian soldiers who died during the First World War. In 2010, the CHL rededicated the trophy to honour all Canadians who have died in every conflict.
Incorporating the poppy reminds tournament goers and hockey fans of the ultimate sacrifice made by those fighting men, who were no older than those now competing for the trophy. The inclusion of the Lancaster Bomber is a nod to the host city of Windsor, and its association with the famous aircraft.
On hand for the unveiling was Mike Akpata, who is acting a the military coordinator for the tournament. His heartfelt speech left no doubt as to the importance of recognizing Canada’s fallen military personnel.
“The Memorial Cup in Canada, people think of it as a hockey trophy. For me, it’s not,” explained Akpata. “It is a memorialization of those young men who, during the First Word War, left their hockey careers to go an fight for country. Canadians understand the history of this country is based on self-sacrifice and this cup represents what young Canadians did.”
The 2017 Memorial Cup Tournament will take place in Windsor starting May 18. As the host city, the Windsor Spitfires will receive an automatic entry to the four-team contest. But team officials all indicate that they’re not going to coast into the tournament but, rather, earn their place.