MISSISSAUGA – It is 2011, and the Owen Sound Attack had just come off a dramatic OHL Championship in Game 7 in Overtime against the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, while both teams had qualified for the Memorial Cup as Mississauga was hosting, Owen Sound got the job done.
Heading into the Memorial Cup, Andrew Shaw had a solid year up to that date. Shaw had 54 points in 66 games in the regular season, while chipping in 17 points in 20 games for the Attack in their playoff run.
Shaw’s offensive game that season was fairly decent, but nothing eye dropping for NHL scouts to be dreaming about. With that being said, Shaw was also an overager, and stats like that for an overager is nothing special in the Ontario Hockey League.
But everything changed in that one Memorial Cup.
Shaw would be a dominant presence for the Attack at the Memorial Cup, becoming the team’s go-to guy to provide offense for the Attack. Shaw would lead the tournament in points with 7 (2 goals, 5 assists), while also contributing the way in which Andrew Shaw is known for, physically.
His Memorial Cup performance was just enough for Shaw to show up on an NHL Draft Board.
The Chicago Blackhawks was a team who had just snapped their 49-year drought of winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, were looking to bounce back following a crushing first round exit to the Vancouver Canucks in the following year.
It was evident that the toughness the Hawks had the year before had vanished, as the Canucks would physically intimidate the Hawks, a complete 360 degree turn from the year before.
With that said, the Blackhawks were looking to toughen their team and decided to gamble on Shaw, and the Belleville Ontario native hasn’t looked back since, as it turns out that Memorial Cup performance was the beginning of an amazing career.