Memorial Cup Hockey
Now that all of the Canadian Teams have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs and May Long Weekend has come and gone, I turn my attention from the NHL to the CHL, specifically the Memorial Cup. We’ve been fortunate to attend final games at two Memorial Cups, first watching the home town Kelowna Rockets win their first Cup in 2004, then attending the tournament in Vancouver in 2007 to see the home town Giants also win their first Cup.
Nothing beats Major Junior hockey in my opinion. Theses 16 to 20 year olds are playing for future NHL contracts or scholarship dollars for a place to go when their junior hockey careers wind up.
The Kelowna Rockets are again representing the Western Hockey League this year after defeating Vancouver (to win the Western Conference) then Calgary (in the WHL Championship). Kelowna, Windsor (the Spitfires are the Ontario League Champions), Drummondville (the Voltigeurs are the Quebec Major Junior Champions) and Rimouski (the Oceanic get in as the host city) are the 2009 teams competing to hoist the Cup.
The last game I watched (Monday May 18th) was a great one with Kelowna defeating Drummondville 6-4, the Rockets locked up a spot in the final with the win. Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 24th at 1:30 PM (PST) and be sure to tune into the Memorial Cup final on Rogers Sportsnet. You won’t be disappointed!!!