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Ellis Caps Dream Season with Championship Ring

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
By Aaron Bell,

Ryan Ellis may have trouble fitting all of his new jewelry on one hand.

The Windsor Spitfires standout defenceman enjoyed three championships last season – winning the gold medal with Canada’s National Junior Team in Ottawa in January before the Spitfires won the J. Ross Robertson as OHL champions and then the 2009 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Rimouski, Quebec.

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Ellis capped his outstanding sophomore season by being selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators last month in Montreal.

Next up for Ellis is the National Junior Team summer development camp next month in Saskatoon. He is one of nine players – and four defencemen – than are eligible to return this year to help Canada try for an unprecedented sixth straight gold medal at the tournament. A total of 19 OHL players will attend the camp.

“The camp is going to be hard but I think that everyone that is invited is going to be looking forward to it,” Ellis said. “Having another shot at it would be a great opportunity for myself to represent my country again. It would be an unbelievable experience.”

Assuming Ellis isn’t in the NHL next season, he will also have the opportunity to help the Spitfires challenge to become the first team to win the Memorial Cup in consecutive seasons since the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League did it in 1994 and 1995.

The Spitfires have many key ingredients from last year’s team returning – including Ellis and OHL playoff and Memorial Cup MVP Taylor Hall, a top prospect for the NHL Draft next summer.

But Ellis, who also won the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s top defenceman last season, is still taking some time to enjoy his accomplishments from the past 12 months before he looks too far into the future.

“It’s been an unbelievable experience,” Ellis said. “There are a lot of words that come into my head to describe it. I’m excited to be a part of Nashville now and to have the opportunity to play in the NHL. This is the icing on the cake.”

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