Saturday, May 14, 2016

Wheat Kings Off To Memorial Cup

The four teams that will play in the 2016 Memorial Cup are now known.

The Brandon Wheat Kings punched their ticket to the tournament with a 8-4 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds in Game 5 of the WHL final last night. The Wheat Kings will join the host Red Deer Rebels, QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and OHL champion London Knights.

The Wheat Kings last appeared in the Memorial Cup in 2010, when they hosted the tournament. Former Sea Dogs goaltender Jacob DeSerres was on that team.

The Memorial Cup begins next Friday with the Rebels taking on the Knights at 9 p.m. The following day, the Huskies face the Wheat Kings at 8 p.m.

All three league champions had tremendous seasons. Rouyn-Noranda (No. 1), London (No. 3) and Brandon (No. 7) were all listed in the final CHL Top 10 ranking. Here's a look at how each performed this year:

LeagueTeamReg. SeasonPlayoffs
HostRed Deer45-24-1-29-8

The Oshawa Generals won last year's Memorial Cup in Quebec City, defeating Kelowna 2-1 in overtime in the championship game.

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