The Memorial Cup is one of the most interesting events on the sports calendar each year, and the 2013 edition of the wild amateur hockey tournament featuring the best Canada has to offer is setting up to be one of the best ever.
Not only is Saskatoon hosting its first Memorial Cup since 1989, but the elite field of champions is also as good as any hockey fan could dream of. The Saskatoon Blades won the right to host this annual event by outbidding both the Kelowna Rockets and the Red Deer Rebels.
With amazing teams like the London Knights (Ontario Hockey League champions), the Portland Winterhawks (Western Hockey League champions), the Halifax Mooseheads (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions) and the Blades all involved, the Memorial Cup has become the focus of amateur hockey fans everywhere.
It’s not the NHL playoffs, but the action can be just as exciting.
Where: Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
When: May 17-26
Watch: Sportsnet, TVA Sports (Canada Only)
Official Page: Memorial Cup
|Portland Winterhawks (WHL)||2||1||1||10||10|
|Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)||2||1||1||9||9|
|Saskatoon Blades (Host/WHL)||2||1||1||7||5|
|London Knights (OHL)||2||1||1||6||8|
*Updated through May 21 at 2:20 p.m. ET
Full 2013 Memorial Cup Schedule
|5||May 21||Halifax||0||London||0||8 p.m. ET|
|6||May 22||Saskatoon||0||Portland||0||8 p.m. ET|
|7||Thu May 23||8 p.m. ET||Tiebreaker|
|8||Fri May 24||8 p.m. ET||Semifinal|
|9||Sun May 26||7 p.m. ET||Final|
All schedule and bracket information via tournament's official website.
Despite having to contend with three of the toughest teams in the sport, look for the Halifax Mooseheads to realize their potential throughout the rest of this schedule and make a charge at winning the entire tournament.
Led by the elite play of center Nathan MacKinnon and winger Stephen MacAulay (combined for six goals and eight points), the Mooseheads have been playing well but will have to gather themselves after losing to the underdog Saskatoon Blades Sunday.
As long as Halifax handles its business Tuesday night against the London Knights—a team that the Mooseheads should have no problem beating—there is little doubt that this squad is a serious contender for the Memorial Cup.
Halifax is the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion, and the Mooseheads will look to add the Memorial Cup to the team’s dream 2013 run.
Predicted Winner: Halifax Mooseheads