Guelph Storm has been the best team in junior hockey all year. The London Knights, a top team in their own right, can hardly argue otherwise after a sound thrashing by the same rival that eliminated them from the OHL playoffs.
The Knights fell 7-2 in the Memorial Cup semifinal, their third straight failure to win the Cup after making the final four. If that last sentence looks like gibberish to your American eyes, allow me to vaguely explain what I know of it plus offer this link.
The Memorial Cup is the crowning singular trophy in the Canadian Hockey League (AKA the league that houses all of the non-phenom teenage NHL prospects). The Memorial Cup is played for after the three major leagues (OHL, QMJHL, WHL) within the Canadian Hockey League have played out their own league championships.
The host city of the Memorial Cup gets an automatic bid, too, which seems weird.
What if the host city has a really crappy team? Granted, London was supposed to be good this year and they were the host. What happens otherwise? Canadians, help us out in the comments, will ya?
Anyways, the London Knights have been a common sight at the top of junior hockey, but to this point they had failed to win the Memorial Cup. Guelph, meanwhile, was the best OHL team all year before breezing to an OHL championship, defeating 2015 NHL draft wunderkind Connor McDavid’s Erie Otters along the way.
The Guelph Storm await the winner of the Val-d’Or and Foreurs and the Edmonton Oil Kings, winners of the QMJHL and the WHL respectively, in the Memorial Cup Final. Based on what we’ve seen to this point, the winner there will have their hands full with Guelph.
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