Memorial Cup Logo Unveiled

Shalapata-Header(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.

(L to R) Paul Krotz, OHL Director of Communications, Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens, Memorial Cup Military Coordinator Mike Akpata, and John Savage, part of the Windsor Spitfires ownership group, during the unveiling of the 2017 Memorial Cup logo in Windsor on 18 August 2016.Photo by John Skinner.

(L to R) Paul Krotz, OHL Director of Communications, Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens, Memorial Cup Military Coordinator Mike Akpata, and John Savage, part of the Windsor Spitfires ownership group, during the unveiling of the 2017 Memorial Cup logo in Windsor on 18 August 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

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.

Mike DiPietro is flanked by Gabe Vilardi (R) and Drew Dilkens during the 2017 Memorial Cup logo unveiling in Windsor on 18 August 2016.Photo by John Skinner.

Mike DiPietro is flanked by Gabe Vilardi (R) and Drew Dilkens during the 2017 Memorial Cup logo unveiling in Windsor on 18 August 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

“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.

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