David Paglia and Ryan Harvey celebrate Paglia’s goal during the Spirit’s 6-1 win over the Mississauga Chargers at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Mississauga Oct. 3. (Photo by Kevin Raposo / OJHL Images)
The Stouffville Spirit will host its inaugural Organ Donor Awareness Night in honour of former team videographer Steve Mitchell Oct. 19.
The team will raise awareness for the Trillium Gift of Life Network and funds for the University Health Network Foundation that evening.
Steve, who is scheduled to take part in the ceremonial faceoff before the game, had a heart transplant at UHN’s Munk Centre four years ago. He requested the Spirit donate funds raised during its 50/50 draw to the foundation. The donation will include proceeds from the first three home games in October.
During the game, Trillium Gift of Life Network volunteers, including other organ recipients, will be spreading the word regarding organ donation from the team’s community table in the arena lobby.
Fans can pick up free swag and information from both organizations.
Read Steve’s story here:
Short-staffed due to injuries and a suspension to veteran players, the Spirit picked up five of a possible six points during the past week.
They’re now 6-2-0-2 and in fifth place in the OJHL East, with a winning percentage of .700. Their 10 games played is the lowest number in the conference.
Spirit 4, North York Rangers 2, Oct. 9
The Spirit sent the home fans happy on Thanksgiving Monday.
Cam Kosurko was named player of the game, after scoring the game-winner and assisting. Andoni Fimis, Tayjon Street and Juilian Demigilio also scored.
Stephen Toltl earned the win, improving to 4-0-0 and maintaining his 2.00 GAA.
Lindsay 3, Spirit 2, OT, Oct. 7.
The Spirit gave up a late 2-1 lead and fell in overtime to the hometown Muskies. Fimis and Street scored. The Spirit were outshot 35-33.
Spirit 6, Mississauga 1, Oct. 3
Peter Kioussis had the hat trick for the Spirit, who broke open a 1-1 tie with five unanswered goals in the final two periods. Kioussis leads the team with 15 points (9 goals/6 assists).
Julian Demiglio scored his first two OJHL goals, including what proved to be the game-winner, and was named player of the game. David Paglia had the other goal. Fimis, Street, Ryan Harvey and Lachlan Wells had two-assist games. Toltl picked up the win in net.
Oct. 14, Cobourg at Stouffville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 19, Markham at Stouffville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 20, Stouffville at Pickering, 7:30 p.m.
Spirit This Week is sponsored by Farmer Jack’s in Stouffville and Sharon