Justin Shugg had won Memorial Cups the last two years with the Windsor Spitfires. An early-season trade sent him to Mississauga and gave him a chance to do something only one other player in the 93-year history of the tournament has done -- win three straight titles.
Shugg came up a bit short Sunday night, as his Majors fell to the Saint John Sea Dogs 3-1. It's the first time in three seasons he's lost the last game he's played in.
"The other side of the spectrum is not very fun," he said.
It might not seem like it in the moment, but Shugg, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect, said at some point in the future he'll look back and realize just how amazing his run through junior hockey has been.
"Right now it's obviously not a good feeling," he said. "When I look back on it, maybe next year, maybe five years, 10 years down the road, I know it should have been a once in a lifetime opportunity -- and I had a chance to come three times."