September 30, 2022 – Ontario Hockey League (OHL) – Saginaw Spirit Press Release
2022-23 Saginaw Spirit Season Leadership Group
Sagainaw, Michigan – The Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club is proud to announce its leadership roster for the 2022-23 Ontario Hockey League season.
Buffalo Sabers prospect Josh Bloom has been named the 22nd captain in team history. The 19-year-old from Oakville, Ont., is entering his third season with the Spirit after being drafted in the second round, 30th overall, in the 2019 OHL Priority Draft. In 121 career games with the Spirit, Bloom has scored 75 points (36 goals – 39 assists). Bloom had a stellar season in the 2021-22 campaign, scoring 61 points (30 goals – 31 assists) for the second-most at the club. His seven shorthanded goals tied a franchise single-season record set by Dylan Sadowy (2014-15) and DJ Busdeker (2019-20).
Mitchell Smith, a native of Saginaw, was named alternate captain for the second year in a row. The overage defender has played 124 career games, scoring 66 points (23 goals – 43 assists). Smith and teammate Pavel Mintyukov became the first Spirit defensive duo to score 50 or more points in a single season since Patrick McNeill (58) and Andrew Hotham (52) did so in the 2006-07 regular season. Smith attended NHL training camp with the San Jose Sharks this summer.
Dean Loukus will be the Spirit’s other full-time alternate captain this season. The Calumet, Michigan native had a standout rookie campaign in 2021-22, scoring 51 points (22 goals – 29 assists) in 64 games. Loukus had a very unique way of scoring his first OHL goal, as his second and third OHL goals came in the same game on October 24, 2021 in Erie.
Spirit’s third alternate captain will be split between the white and blue jerseys. T-Bone Codd will wear the “A” on the white jersey and Brayden Hislop will wear the “A” on the blue jersey.
Codd, 19, missed most of last season due to surgery, appearing in just 16 regular season games. Codd recently played in the 2022 NHL Prospects Tournament representing the St. Louis Blues.
Hislop, 19, was acquired in a trade with Owen Sound last season and signed with the Spirit in November 2021. The physical defenseman scored 14 points (4 goals -10 assists) in 42 games with the Spirit last season .
The Spirit’s home opener is Saturday, October 1 against the Guelph Storm at the Dow Event Center. The puck drop is 7:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Saginaw Spirit Store, saginawspirit.com, the Dow Event Center Box Office and (989) 497-7747.
Join us for the Opening Weekend Celebration presented by Covenant HealthCare and Hemlock Semi-Conductor at Jolt Federal Credit Union Event Park beginning at 4:00 p.m. mad scientist show, cider and donuts, and much more!
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