(Windsor, ON) – General Manager Warren Rychel has traded overage forward Hayden McCool to the Oshawa Generals.
In exchange, the Spitfires will receive Oshawa’s 4th round pick in 2020.
A native of Newtonville, just outside of Oshawa, McCool played in 176 regular season and 12 playoff games over parts of three seasons in Windsor, posting 35 goals, 47 assists and 157 penalty minutes, along with one assist and 12 penalty minutes in the postseason.
“I’m leaving a lot behind,” McCool offered. “Windsor is where I grew most as a player and a person. To win a championship; the city. the people of Windsor. That’s going to keep a spot in my heart. In a certain way you never really leave that. Because of what you’ve shared.”
Rychel said McCool will have a legitimate shot at a long postseason run in Oshawa.
“Hayden wanted to finish his OHL career close to home,” said Rychel, of the 20-year old McCool. “We were able to come to an agreement to make that happen. (Oshawa GM) Roger (Hunt) has put together a strong club. He’ll give them grit, leadership and a veteran presence in the room.”