Entering Sunday’s MasterCard Memorial Cup final, the London Knights were the story of the tournament because of their potent offence. The line of Mitch Marner, Christian Dvorak and Matthew Tkachuk was especially dangerous as the Knights went undefeated through three games, outscoring the opposition 20-5.
The Red Deer Rebels may not have been the home team in terms of line changes during Sunday’s MasterCard Memorial Cup matchup at the Enmax Centrium, but an overwhelming showing of fan support helped the host underdogs pull off an unforgettable upset.
It’s been called the hardest trophy to win in any sport, and for good reason. Most teams who enter the Memorial Cup go through four gruelling playoff rounds, which can last up to seven games each before switching their focus to a format where there’s no room for error.
Being ranked No. 1 all season and finishing No. 1 are two completely different entities. Rankings are based on a team’s win-loss record, while finishing at the top means you are the lone man standing after all the dust has settled.
Back in September, 60 CHL head coaches started out with the dream of seeing their teams compete at the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Red Deer, Alta.
Through nearly 100 years, the Memorial Cup has remained true to its roots. Created as…
Julien Gauthier, an explosive power forward from the Val D’Or Foreurs, has played three years in the QJMHL and ranks in at number 21 on the ISS top 30 draft eligible player list. He may be one of the youngest players in the draft, but he is also one of the most experienced. Gauthier boasts size, speed and a great offensive touch. At 6’4” and 224 lbs., he is a very intimidating figure on the ice.
The long wait is finally over for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. After twenty years of play in the QMJHL, Rouyn-Noranda is now the proud owner of the 2016 President’s Cup after knocking off the Shawinigan Cataractes in five games in the QMJHL final.
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