This year, all three of the junior leagues’ regular-season champions (London, the Saint John Sea Dogs in Quebec and the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western League) went on to win their leagues’ titles, giving them clearance to try for the top trophy. The fourth spot in what would be an otherwise lopsided tourney is given to the team in the host city, which this year is Shawinigan, Quebec and the Cataractes.
The Knights’ road to the “Mem Cup” began with a 49-18-0-1 record in the regular season and a 16-3 playoff run that included two sweeps, a six-game round and a five-game series with the Niagara IceDogs. The Knights also recently made news as the team to which Dale Hunter will return after his time coaching the Washington Capitals; brother Mark is behind the bench in London now.
In the tournament, look to Michael Houser, winner of the OHL’s Red Tilson MVP trophy, to continue his winsome ways in net. But in front of Houser, keep an eye on guys like Seth Griffith (45 goals, 40 assists in regular season), Austin Watson (playoff MVP winner) and Knight.
At least some of the Memorial Cup games will be shown on NHL Network, including the Knights’ match with the Sea Dogs on May 19 at 7 p.m. and versus the Cataractes on May 20, also at 7 p.m. I’ve seen some sources say NHL Network will carry all the games; I’ve seen others say that they’ll only show some in America. I’ll provide updates, considering that London is also set to face the Oil Kings on May 22 before the semifinal and championship games.
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