Thursday, May 17, 2007

Mem Cup update

The Globe and Mail has a big preview up online today for the Memorial Cup, set to get underway tomorrow in Vancouver with a game between Plymouth and the hometown Giants.

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At 9:49 PM, May 17, 2007, Blogger sager said...

Good stuff... gooooood stuff. By the way, was there another time two U.S.-based teams made it in?

 
At 9:54 PM, May 17, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Yes — Portland and Spokane in 1998. Mike Babcock was the host Chiefs coach then, but the Winter Hawks won it all.

It still seems weird that it's called the Canadian Hockey League given the ever-growing American influence (and player base).

 
At 11:00 AM, May 18, 2007, Blogger El Brucio said...

Well, there is the American Hockey League, which has a heavy dose of Canadian content and has had a number of Canadian based teams, so we'll call it even.

The top prospect in the WHL bantam draft this year was from Arizona, believe it or not (though he wasn't the top pick because Moose Jaw and Portland weren't sure they'd be able to sign him, of course Kelowna got him and he'll go there).

Looking forward to the tournament. I'll be in Vancouver for two days next week, but not at any of the games unfortunately.

 
At 11:29 AM, May 18, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

It still seems weird that it's called the Canadian Hockey League given the ever-growing American influence (and player base).

In terms of American teams, yeah. In terms of players, there are restrictions on the number of non-Canadians in the league. It is still a Canadian development league, with ties to Hockey Canada as well as the NHL.

 

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