The curse continues for the Brandon Wheat Kings. Seeking redemption after coming up short in five previous Memorial Cup appearances, things unraveled in a third-straight loss at the tournament, 2-1 in overtime to the host Red Deer Rebels.
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.
By now, we all know that Mitch Marner is one heck of a hockey player. That much was evident after he averaged more than two points per game this year in the OHL to earn both regular season and MVP honours.
Adam Helewka’s final season in the WHL is surely one he’ll never forget. The 20-year-old Burnaby, B.C. native opened his season south of the border with the Spokane Chiefs, but when Red Deer Rebels general manager Brent Sutter began to stack up for the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup, he came knocking Helewka’s way.
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.
Second chances aren’t easy to come by. But after falling in the Eastern Conference final to the Brandon Wheat Kings, the Red Deer Rebels are still in the running for a national title.
The Brandon Wheat Kings have something to prove. After five kicks at the proverbial can, the Western Hockey League champion Wheat Kings have another golden opportunity to clinch their first-ever Memorial Cup title.
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.
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