Windsor, Ont. – While only one of the four Chicago Blackhawks’ prospects who competed for the Memorial Cup exited as a champion, each of the four skaters shined for their respective teams, combining for six goals, 13 assists and 19 points throughout the tournament.
Graham Knott (4GP, 3g-1a-4pts), Chicago’s 2015 second-round selection, netted the equalizer in the Memorial Cup victory over the Erie Otters in the championship game on Sunday. Knott scored the power-play goal at 14:53 with a perfect setup from Gabriel Vilardi. The back and forth scoring ended when the Spitfires potted a goal with five minutes left in the third period, sealing the win and giving the Windsor Spitfires their third Memorial Cup in club history.
Alex DeBrincat (5GP, 2g-8a-10pts), Chicago’s 2016 second-round pick, and the Erie Otters fell just short of being the Memorial Cup champion. DeBrincat led the tournament with eight assists, including a pair of three-helper efforts, and fininshed ranked third overall in total points.
Matthew Highmore (4GP, 0g-3a-3pts), Nathan Noel (4GP, 1g-1a-2pts) and the Saint John Sea Dogs ended the Memorial Cup in third place. Highmore, a 2017 draft pick by Chicago, had two assists in the Sea Dogs’ 7-0 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Noel, Chicago’s 2016 fourth-round draft pick, picked up his helped in the second period of the Sea Dogs’ lone victory during the tournament.
All four players have signed entry-level contracts with the Blackhawks.
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