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Legion Midgets' championship series notebook

•The Legion Minor Midgets went 12-2 in their OMHA playoff run, winning every game they played on the road. Their only two post-season losses, ironically, came on home ice. Both were to Petrolia.St. Marys eliminated Dorchester 3-0, Petrolia 3-2 and Lincoln 3-0 in earlier playoff series.•In 14 OMHA playoff games, Legion Midgets out-scored their opposition 54-28. The Rock out-scored Huntsville 12-5 in their three-game sweep of the provincial final.The Otters, meanwhile, had won the North American Silver Stick ‘A' title earlier in the season.•Legion Midgets' captain Brent Rae collected eight points (3-5) in the provincial final. David Sproat (3-2) added five points and Travis McEwan (3-1) four points.•Following Saturday's thrilling 3-2 overtime victory in Huntsville, St. Marys team members received the John Archibald championship trophy, OMHA 75th anniversary gold medals, and OMHA champion hats.•Several people involved with the Legion Midgets said that goalie Greg Hodgins was their choice for ‘playoff MVP.'"Greg would be my most valuable player," manager Bob Hedberg said.Hodgins had a 1.66 goals-against average in the final series against Huntsville.•Forward Nate Cookson and defenceman Derek MacDonald, who were on a class trip overseas to Spain and France, were unable to play in the championship series.•With parents on-ice snapping photos, the Midgets did a victory lap with the championship trophy Saturday at the Huntsville arena.A large contingent of St. Marys supporters made the trip to Huntsville Saturday for the series finale.•Aynslie Hahn won Saturday's 50-50 draw in Huntsville, worth $92. She's the sister of Midgets' coach Jon Hahn and the daughter of mayor Jamie Hahn, who also attended the game.•Assistant Jon Hahn won every game this season when he served as head coach of the Legion Midgets. Hahn ran the bench with assistant Roger Quinn on Saturday.Hahn was also a member of the Baird Lumber A-E Peewees who won the All-Ontario title in Huntsville on Apr. 5, 1996.•It's the third All-Ontario title for ANAF Bantam call-ups Neil Van De Walle and David Sproat, who both played well for the Legion squad the entire playoffs.Sproat scored three of St. Marys' five goals in their two OT wins in Huntsville.•Thirteen members of the Legion Midgets won an OMHA title for the first time on Saturday, manager Hedberg noted.In addition to winning the provincial title, the team won three tournaments (St. Marys, Tillsonburg and Strathroy) this winter and were finalists in another (Simcoe).•For winning an Ontario championship, the Legion Midgets were given the traditional victory ride around town Sunday afternoon, courtesy of the St. Marys Fire Department.Following that, the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 236, the team's sponsor, hosted a reception, where co-coach Paul Petrie was master of ceremonies.Short speeches were made by Legion first vice-president Peter Bushfield, SMMHA president Tony McEwan, mayor Jamie Hahn, trainer Russ Cross, assistant coaches Roger Quinn and Jon Hahn, and co-coach Merlin Malinowski.Malinowski called the team "true winners. Enjoy it, savour it," he told the players.Time-keepers Bill Van Heeswyk and Fred Stevens were also thanked at Sunday's reception for their season-long contribution to the team.

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