Collingwood Blues Director of Hockey Operations Jordan Selinger is getting used to hoisting trophies. The Blues won the last two OJHL championships and the 2024 Centennial Cup national title. He’s also a scout with the newly crowned Memorial Cup champion Saginaw Spirit. (Photo by Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images)

There are multiple connections to the Ontario Junior Hockey League on the 2024 Memorial Cup champion Saginaw Spirit.

Josh Bloom scored the game-winning goal with 21.7 seconds left to lift the host Spirit to their first Memorial Cup with a 4-3 victory over the London Knights Sunday.

  • Bloom was an affiliate player with his hometown Oakville Blades of the OJHL during the 2018-19 season.
  • Saginaw scout Jordan Selinger is the Director of Hockey Operations with the OJHL’s Collingwood Blues – winners of the 2024 Centennial Cup, emblematic of Canadian Jr. A supremacy. 
  • Saginaw Head Coach Chris Lazary began his junior coaching career as an assistant with the OJHL’s St. Michael’s Buzzers from 2010-12.
  • Veteran OJHL (Trenton, Stouffville, Pickering, Whitby) executive Frank Robinson has been a scout with Saginaw since 2007.
  • Former Oakville Blades Assistant Coach Garrett Rutledge is an assistant with Saginaw.
  • Saginaw blueliner Zayne Parekh, this year’s Canadian Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League defenceman of the year, was an affiliate with the OJHL’s North York Rangers in 2021-22.

Collingwood General Manager Mike Tarantino asked on X if Selinger is the first person to win the Memorial and Centennial cups in the same year.

Selinger joined Saginaw as its SCTA/GTHL Scout scout in 2021.

Selinger got his start in hockey interning with the OHL’s Brampton (now North Bay) Battalion in 2012-13. He worked for the International Scouting Service as an OHL/NHL Draft scout for the 2013-14 season.

In 2014 he was brought on board with his hometown Oakville Blades by then General Manager Tarantino. In 2015, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager and a year later GM with the Blades.

From 2016-20, the Blades won three division titles as well as 2019 Buckland Cup and Dudley Hewitt Cup championships and a berth in the Centennial Cup tournament.

Selinger joined Collingwood in 2020.

Saginaw becomes the eighth first-time participant to win the Memorial Cup since 1972 and the first since 2011. In addition, the Spirit became the third host team in the last six tournaments to win the title.

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