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Old 05-13-2019, 06:59 AM
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This past season and even during the playoffs, Guelph’s GM/Coach George Burnett was heavy criticized and browbeaten about everything - and yet he comes out as the genius, who assembled the 2019 OHL championship team and perhaps Memorial Cup Champions.

And just like the Hamilton Bulldogs the previous season, the decision to “trade away the cupboard bare”, at the trade deadline, was not the popular amoung the fan: Both past champions were teams struggling to play .500 hockey, had an average defense and sub-par goalies (Guelph: Popovich 3.29 0.899 and Hamilton: Fulcher 2.86 0.899). Guelph situation was even worse, as prior to the trade deadline Gogolev, Hanley and Hillis were dealing with serious injuries.

Both GM still made the un-popular trades and both teams won an OHL championships.

The past two seasons, the cost of winning a championship has not been cheap: Hamilton and Guelph confirmed that (GUELPH: Barret Kirwin, Zach Poirier, Mark Woolley, 9–2nds, 8–3rds, 2-4th, and a 5th) - And if you’re “going in” but not willing to “go all in” the end result tends is not so favourable (SSM and Ottawa).
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