Michael Dal Colle, the Islanders fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, and the Oshawa Generals won the Memorial Cup on Sunday after defeating the Kelowna Rockets 2-1 in overtime. Rookie Anthony Cirelli scored the game-winning goal 1:28 into OT to capture the win. Griffin Reinhart, the fourth overall selection in 2012, won the Memorial Cup last season with the Edmonton Oil Kings.
The Islanders' prospect did not end up on the score sheet in the championship game, but he did finish the tournament with five points (two goals, three assists) in four games for the Generals.
"No words, no words," Dalle Colle told the Toronto Star. "Came to Oshawa three years ago. Never thought I’d be in Quebec winning the MasterCard Memorial Cup. What a feeling."
The Memorial Cup championship capped off a successful season for Dal Colle. He scored 93 points (42 goals. 51 assists) in 56 regular season games and 31 points (eight goals, 23 points) in 21 OHL playoff games.
Sunday night's win was a big moment for the city of Oshawa, which is suffering through tough economic times. It was also the Generals first championship since 1990.
Generals' alumni and current Islanders John Tavares and Calvin de Haan jumped on twitter to congratulate their former major junior hockey club.
Wow what a season. Congrats boys @Oshawa_Generals #champs#proudalum — Calvin de Haan (@cal_dehaan) June 1, 2015
Dal Colle himself also jumped on twitter to express his excitement over the win.