DiPietro Believes Spits Are Primed For A Big Season
The Windsor Spitfires are expected to lean heavily on their star goalie this coming season.
Of the roughly 50 players who started training camp on Monday — only 41 remain — and only 12 of those are returning from last season's Memorial Cup championship team including Michael DiPietro.
Despite the turnover, Michael DiPietro believes the Spitfires are primed for another big season..
"I hate the word rebuild," says DiPietro. "We're definitely not doing that. Everytime I we don the jersey we have to wear it with pride and give the team the best chance to win.
Michael DiPietro made 25 saves in Spitfires' win over Saginaw, November 3, 2016 (Photo courtesy of Tim Cornett/Windsor Spitfires)
The Amherstburg native appeared in 51 games last season, posting 30 wins and a 2.35 goals-against-average, fourth best in the OHL. That lead to him being selected in the 3rd round of the NHL draft by Vancouver.
"I think coming in this year I just have to do what I do best and at the end of the day we're going to have a young team but we can't roll over. We're going to be a fast team, a reliant team."
DiPietro says he didn't get much time off after the Memorial Cup win but he feels sharp for the upcoming season and his first NHL camp.
"Being in the gym five times a week. Skating three, to four to fives times a week. Just being extra sharp and working with my goalie coach early parts of the summer and then getting to the pro skates in the later parts of the summer. I think just adjusting to the speed and shots again really benefits me."
Today is day three of the Spits training camp with the annual Blue-White going tonight at 7pm at the WFCU Centre. Admission is free.
Spitfires goalie Michael DiPietro celebrates with defenceman Mikhail Sergachev after Windsor bear Erie 4-3 to win the Memorial Cup. May 28, 2017 (Photo courtesy of Tim Cornett)