The 2006 Memorial Cup
Imagine playing a round-robin tournament after the four-round Stanley Cup tourney. That's the equivalent of what Canadian junior hockey teams go through enroute to the Memorial Cup, which is the reason many pundits label it the toughest trophy to win in sports.
The Globe and Mail's hockey reporter Tim Wharnsby has an excellent preview of the tournament, which gets underway in Moncton, New Brunswick, tonight.
Vancouver Giants head coach Don Hay was the Kamloops Blazers coach in 1994 and '95, and I'd love to see the former Kamloops Fire & Rescue firefighter win his third (even if it is for the expansion Giants). It's also very tough to bet against former Quesnel Millionaire Gilbert Brule, a pint-sized star in the making for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Take a break from the NHL and watch some of this if you get a chance.