Chatham Jr. Maroons & Saginaw Spirit Announce Formal Affiliation

GOJHL’s Chatham Maroons and OHL’s Saginaw Spirit announce formal affiliation.

“We’re incredibly proud to partner with a first-class organization in the Saginaw Spirit,” said Chatham Maroons Head Coach and GM Richard Santos. “This affiliation offers our organization insight on what it will take to develop our players for the next level, as well as further their careers as a whole.”

“We had certain criteria that needed to be met in our search for an affiliate, and Chatham exceeded our expectations,” said Saginaw Spirit General Manager Dave Drinkill. “I’m looking forward to working closely with the Maroons as I believe this is a perfect place for future Spirit players to grow their game.”

“We’ve had a working relationship with Saginaw in the past and look forward to growing this one,” said Santos. “

This past season, the Spirit rostered a pair of Chatham Maroons in forward David Brown and goaltender Brett Fullerton. In addition to four games with the Spirit, Brown finished second among Chatham scorers with 54 points (26G, 28A). Fullerton led the Maroons with 12 wins, a 3.32 GAA, and .905 SV% this season while also making four appearances in Saginaw.

The Maroons have won ten conference titles since 1990, in addition to a 1999 Sutherland Cup Championship. Chatham finished with a record of 25-21-2-2 this season, good for 3rd in the Western Conference and their 8th consecutive postseason appearance.