May 28, 2011
"Emotions high" for Majors overagers
By Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun
MISSISSAUGA — Michael D’Orazio and Chris DeSousa have been talking about this for a while.
For years, to be honest.
Teammates for four seasons in minor with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors overagers will end their major junior careers together in the 2011 Memorial Cup final.
“It’s kind of a surreal feeling to know that we are going to finish it in the last game possible that we could play,” D’Orazio said. “Emotions are high.”
DeSousa concurred with D’Orazio, who has been DeSousa’s roommate during the week at the Majors’ hotel.
“It’s bittersweet, knowing that regardless of the score, that’s it,” DeSousa said. “But I’m grateful. This is a one-in-a-million chance.”
The junior career of Majors defenceman Marc Cantin also has one game remaining. Ditto for the Saint John Sea Dogs’ three overagers — goalie Jacob DeSerres and forwards Mike Thomas and Michael Kirkpatrick.
“Trying not to think about that right now,” Thomas said. “It’s the last junior game in Canada this season, and I want to make sure it is a good one.”