Spitfires send Playfair down to LaSalle Vipers, U17 teams chosen

OCTOBER 18, 2016
Playfair to Vipers, U17 teams chosen
(Windsor, ON) – Forward Chris Playfair has been assigned to the Junior B LaSalle Vipers.
The 16-year-old native of Waterloo suited up for seven games this season. He was the club’s
fourth round pick (#75 overall) in the 2016 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.
“We’re deep at forward,” said General Manager Warren Rychel. “Right now, Chris needs to
play more games and log more minutes and he’ll get that chance in LaSalle.”
Head Coach Rocky Thompson will man the Team Canada Red bench at the upcoming World
Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste Marie.
Hockey Canada released its three rosters for the event today, which also include rookie
defenceman Connor Corcoran, who will suit up for Team Canada Black.
“I’m looking forward to my first experience with Hockey Canada,” Thompson said. “And I’m
happy for Connor. I think it will be a great experience for both of us.”
The tournament runs October 27th to November 5th at the Essar Centre.

Mike Thomas
Mike Thomas is part of the new breed of cutting edge convergence journalists. He graduated from the St. Clair College Journalism program. All of his training was received directly from the state of the art MediaPlex Campus in Downtown Windsor. Mike interned at the Windsor Star and left his journalism mark at the paper with reporter skills that landed him a front page story. He was awarded the Student Leadership Award for the St. Clair College Journalism Program and is an award winning photographer. Simply put, a convergence journalist writes the story, shoots the pix and vids and reports it out using social media. He uses his weekly live stream web TV show on xeayz.tv, “The Convergence Report with Mike Thomas” to report out on Windsor – Essex community events including sports. For the last two years Mike was part of Noxtrom Digital Media/xeayz.tv’s live stream broadcast team, covering the National Basketball League of Canada’s Champion Windsor Express. He also covered Windsor’s International Children’s Games in 2013. An avid sports fan, Mike is a season ticket holder for the Detroit Lions and was there for the unforgettable 0fer 16 football season. His highs and lows include being a long suffering Toronto Maple Leaf fan and riding the Detroit Tiger rollercoaster. Mike has followed the Windsor Spitfires closely over the years and is looking forward to bring his style of convergence journalism as the blog manager for localsportsreport.com.