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The Storm drops the puck on its quest for Memorial Cup glory on Saturday at 4 p.m. when they face the Edmonton Oil Kings.

‘You can’t take any games off’

By Ned Bekavac
Guelph Tribune

Ten years ago, the Guelph Storm won the Ontario Hockey League title and moved on to compete in the Memorial Cup championship in Kelowna, B.C.

The Storm made an early exit at the tournament though, as they went 0-3 and scored just three goals in the three games they played. Among Stormers who got to hoist the OHL trophy and to compete at the Memorial Cup that year was one Kyle Spurr.

A decade after that big 2003-2004 season, the Tribune caught up with Spurr for a Q&A.

With this year’s Storm dropping the puck Saturday in their bid for national junior hockey glory in London, Ont., the first question we asked Spurr was:

Q: It’s the 10-year anniversary of the Storm’s last OHL title win and trip to the Memorial Cup. What .02 of advice would you give to this year’s Storm about the Memorial Cup experience?

Said Spurr: “When we went, I think a lot of our guys got caught up in the whole experience and we were not ready to play when it came down to it.

“And in such a short tournament you can’t take any games off. So hopefully they go well prepared and not let all the distractions of the Memorial Cup get to them and they are ready to play right from the first game.”

For the rest of the Q&A with the Hamilton native, see Tuesday’s Tribune.

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