Memorial Cup fever starts early

JIM CRESSMAN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

With the NHL lockout, the Memorial Cup and the London Knights' season could be the best game in town for hockey fans. In other words, no drives to Detroit or Toronto this season and more of major junior hockey at its finest. But whether we see the pros back on the ice this season, this city is already alive with hockey excitement as the biggest prize in Canadian major junior hockey is coming to London in May -- and the Knights are the host team.

After 39 years of frustration, Knights fans could see their team hoist the Memorial Cup at the John Labatt Centre.

The Knights begin their quest for the Cup this weekend, opening the regular schedule Friday night in Kitchener, then the home opener on Sunday afternoon against the Rangers.

The Memorial Cup brings together the champions of the OHL, the Western Hockey League, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the host team.

Should the Knights win the OHL crown, the other OHL finalist will also be in the tournament.


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