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Flyers celebrate historic Sutherland Cup in grand and historic fashion

by Garrett Fodor

Capturing its franchise’s first Sutherland Cup on the road in Stratford last Tuesday night, the Leamington Flyers gave supporters a chance to celebrate with the team.

On Saturday, the Flyers, donning their same red and white jerseys, hit the streets of Leamington in style, with some flashy hardware for all to see. Parading through the streets of Leamington beginning at town hall, the team made its way to the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre.

Leading the way was a pipe band, followed by cars lined with team ownership and staff members, before getting to the players, who lined the top of the ladder truck with their hardware in tow for all to see.

After the nearly one- hour venture, the Flyers returned to the arena in-front of nearly 1000 people, where they displayed the trophies, offered photos as well as autographs, and a free barbecue. The event featured speeches from Leamington Mayor Hilda MacDonald, as well as local MP Dave Epp, who presented the club with a certificate of achievement. Players and staff also shared words with their fans.

For Flyers General Manager, Justin Solcz, having the chance to share the opportunity with the community was incredible. He noted throughout the season, and in playoffs, he saw the support grow. Without the support of the fans, sponsors, and the community, it all would not have been possible.

Looking in the stands on the road, he said it was special to see the Flyers fans traveling and supporting their team no matter what. And while they missed the opportunity to win the championship on home ice, he is happy to bring the championship home to Leamington for the first time.

Looking ahead following the celebrations Saturday, Solcz and the entire Flyers organization are in the process of continuing to develop the program and beginning to assess and build the roster for next season in hopes of winning another title.

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