Spitfires’ Mitchell puts twist on tradition

KEN WEIBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:30 PM ET

BRANDON — Dale Mitchell is re-introducing his moustache to the nation.

Playoff beards are a staple for most players at the 2010 Memorial Cup and the Windsor Spitfires forward has an interesting twist on tradition that dates back to the 2008 AHL playoffs.

“I joined the Toronto Marlies for the (Calder Cup) playoffs, and they all grew moustaches, and it took them to the conference final,” Mitchell said. “Going into Windsor the following year, I thought it would be funny to do a moustache for the playoffs and change things up from my previous years of doing a full beard.”

Wouldn’t you know it, not only did the Spitfires win the OHL title, they went on to capture the first Memorial Cup in franchise history — becoming the first team to overcome an 0-2 record and go through the tiebreaker game to win it all.

Based on the success of last spring, there’s no need to guess what type of facial hair Mitchell was sporting this spring. Mitchell’s moustache has already reached legendary status, and they actually hand out fake moustaches at Spitfires playoff games.

Jones saves day

Calgary Hitmen goalie Martin Jones made the save of the tournament Saturday, sprawling to his left and throwing up a two-pad stack — complete with bicycle-kick motion — to stone Moncton Wildcats forward Devon MacAusland in the first period.

“He’s made a few like that, and he doesn’t very often have to because he’s in such good position,” said Hitmen head coach Mike Williamson.

Time change

Next Sunday’s championship game has been moved from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., partly to avoid conflict with the gold-medal game of the world championship in Germany.

ken.weibe@sunmedia.ca


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