The Canadian will have three hopes in the Memorial Cup tournament

It’s done: We now know the four teams that will be going to the Memorial Cup, which takes place on June 20-29 at the Maritimes. We’re talking about the Saint John Sea Dogs, the Shawinigan Cataractes, the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Edmonton Oil Kings.

We already knew the poor Sea Dogs, who have been on vacation for a month after dropping him in the first round of the Q Playoffs, would have problems during the tournament, but clearly there won’t be an easy customer.

There will be reasons to follow each team: the Sea Dogs are from the QMJHL, the Cataractes represent Quebec, and the other two clubs will have one or more hopes on the Canadiens.

We already knew Kaiden Guhle would be there to represent Edmonton (and he’s proud of it), but two more hopefuls were added last night on the fringes of the Bulldogs’ win: Arber Xhekaj and Jan Mysak.

Last night Mysak (one goal, +4 in the game) and Xhekaj (two assists) did well in Game #7 of the Ontario Finals. They clinched the title by winning the game 6-1 and most importantly they scored a goal together.

That goal made it 4-0 in the game.

The (unknown) hope of CH Daniil Sobolev, who plays in Windsor, will therefore not go to the Memorial Cup.

The CH hopeful may not have 39 points in the playoffs like teammate Logan Morrison, but Xhekaj (16 points in 18 points) and Mysak (11 points in 17 games) were still in charge through it all.

The first game takes place on Monday night between the hosts and the Bulldogs. We will therefore quickly see two CH hopes in action, which is a good thing for Flanelle fans.

Guhle will come into play later, but that won’t stop him from having a great summer. Let’s hope he’s not too tired next year


– Nice evening yesterday in Springfield for my colleagues and I… despite the loss of the missile.

– A little yes.

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– News from the Grand Prix.

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