Sunday, May 29, 2005

The London Knights win the Memorial Cup

Far from my earlier prediction, which I will never speak of again or link to (other have done a marvelous job of that), the London Knights proved most pundits right and meted out a decisive pounding of their competition en route to their first Memorial Cup in the team's 40 year history. Watching the game, I was fairly sure of the outcome when I saw Rimouski Oceanic goaltender, Cedrick Desjardins, looked shaky right off the bat.

That's not to take away from the Knights, who after finishing with a 79-9-2 record through the regular season and playoffs, are one of the most dominant junior hockey teams ever assembled. As I can attest to after following the tournament for years, what is even more impressive is that the Knights continued their dominance when the pressure was on and even one loss would have been the end of them.

Seeing the city of London celebrate certainly brought back memories of Kamloops in 1995, when the horn honking masses paraded up Columbia Street after the Blazers won their third Cup in four seasons. Enjoy it London, as if there's anything Blazers' fans know, it's the heartbreak of the lean years of junior hockey's cycle.


At 1:17 p.m., May 30, 2005, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

If your team wins a Memorial Cup, you have no right to complain for 20 years. It's a rule! :)

At 2:55 p.m., May 30, 2005, Anonymous pete said...

I don't know about 20 years, Jez, but Bill Simmons at ESPN says teams in all sports earn a 5-year grace period for fan bitching after winning a championship and that sounds fair to me.

At 6:14 p.m., June 01, 2005, Blogger deepfriedgold said...

Who did Mirtle pick again? Tehehe.


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