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From Memorial Cup hero to NHL Combine: Anthony Cirelli

Last week, Anthony Cirelli was scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to clinch the Memorial Cup for the Oshawa Generals.

There was no time to rest for the 17-year old center from Woodbridge, Ontario as he was the first person to finish Saturday’s fitness testing at the NHL Scouting Combine at HarborCenter.

Heck, there wasn’t even much time for him to absorb the fact he notched that OT game-winner to give his team the Canadian Hockey League championship.

“Now I’m starting to realize that happened,” Cirelli said. “The days after I was in complete shock. It was kind of a blur. The team played great all year long. We worked so hard for it. To get that goal is an unbelievable feeling. It’s been an unbelievable journey for me.”

His journey includes going undrafted by a major-junior team after playing Midget last year. He signed as a free agent with Oshawa.

In 68 regular season games, he scored 13 goals with 33 assists. In 21 playoff games he scored two goals – both in the Memorial Cup title game on Sunday in Quebec City.

That didn’t leave much time for preparation for the Combine.

“We just finished playing Sunday so I didn’t really have much time to prepare for this so I just came in here working my hardest and doing my best,” Cirelli said. “It’s been a great season so far for me. Going to the Memorial Cup, not even expecting to be on the team and winning a Memorial Cup it’s unbelievable.  It’s been a great year but I have to focus on next season now. It’s just been busy for me. I’m thinking back now to see how it all came about, but it’s just been exciting.”

Check out the video of Cirelli scoring the biggest goal of his young career:

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