One year ago today, the Flames lost a prospect and the hockey world lost a great kid in Mickey Renaud. The city of Windsor and the Spitfires organization have done a great job in the last year to honour his memory, and continue to do so.
As we look back over the past year, our team, the City of Windsor and the Ontario Hockey League still honour Mickey's memory in many ways. Mickey's banner with his retired #18 still hangs from the rafters at Windsor Arena as well as at the WFCU Centre. Additionally, the City of Windsor has also named a street in front of the WFCU Centre in Mickey's honour - "Mickey Renaud Way". We also have a display honouring Mickey's memory which people can see as they enter the WFCU Centre and still have many team traditions that we have kept going in his honour. And last but certainly not least, the Ontario Hockey League recently introduced the "Mickey Renaud Captain's Trophy", awarded annually to recognize the on-ice and off-ice resume of one team captain most deserving of the award selected from amongst all 20 OHL member Teams by a panel of media members.
At tomorrow night's game here at the WFCU Centre against the Erie Otters, we will also honour Mickey's memory in our pre-game ceremonies. We encourage all fans to stay in their seats starting at 7 pm to take part in this.