Windsor Spitfires Leadership Group Named
Will Cuylle was named team captain, with Wyatt Johnston, Pasquale Zito, Daniel D’Amico, Grayson Ladd and Louka Henault all serving as assistant captains. The appointment of the players was announced by the club in a statement issued earlier this month.
A hulking 6’4”, 210-lb. left-winger from Toronto who is currently in his third season with the Spitfires, Cuylle rejoined the team in early October after attending the training camp of the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers, who selected him in the second round, 60th overall, of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
Cuylle joined the Spitfires in a blockbuster trade with the Peterborough Petes in September of 2018. Cuylle, who had refused to report to Peterborough, was acquired for six draft choices by then-Spitfire general manager Warren Rychel.
Cuylle has scored a goal and added two assists in the Spitfires’ first four games so far. His loan marker was the game winner in overtime in the team’s only win so far and came against the Sting in Sarnia.
Johnston, a centre who was the Spitfires first round pick, 19th overall in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, returned to Windsor this fall from the training camp of the Dallas Stars, who nabbed him in the first round, 23rdh overall, in the NHL Draft this past summer. Unlike the other assistant captains, who will serve in the role either during home or road games exclusively, Johnston will serve during all games this season.
Zito, who is also a centre and is now in his second season in Windsor, was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the sixth round last summer, will wear the AC on his jersey during the Spitfires games at the WFCU Centre this season.
As the Spitfires three overage (last season of junior hockey eligibility) players, Ladd and Henault, both defencemen and D’Amico, a left-winger, will serve as assistant captains during the club’s road games. Henault rejoined the Spitfires last week after attending the training camp of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks and that team’s American Hockey League (AHL) farm club, the San Diego Gulls
Spits pull off trade
The Spitfires have completed their first trade of the young OHL season. 2002-born defenceman Nathan Ribau was acquired on October 19 from the Sudbury Wolves along with a third round pick in the 2025 OHL Priority Selection in exchange for 2002-born defenceman Dylan Robinson. Ribau was expected to make his Spitfire debut in the team’s home game against the Owen Sound Attack at the WFCU Centre on October 21.
Enjoy OHL Saves of the Week ending October 19, 2021.