Memorial Cup team capsules

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LONDON KNIGHTS

OHL CHAMPIONS

COACH: Dale Hunter

RECORD: 59-7-2-0

ROAD TO THE CUP: Beat Guelph 4-0, Beat Windsor 4-0, Beat Kitchener 4-1, Beat Ottawa 4-1.

KEEP AN EYE ON: RW Corey Perry -- There is not much Perry hasn't done this season. He played on Sidney Crosby's line on the gold-medal winning Canadian junior team and was MVP of the OHL's regular season and playoffs.

NHL PICKS: RW Trevor Kell (Chicago), LW Brandon Prust (Calgary), C Robbie Schremp (Edmonton), C Danny Fritsche (Columbus), LW Dylan Hunter (Buffalo), RW David Bolland (Chicago), RW Corey Perry (Anaheim), D Frank Rediker (Boston), D Marc Methot (Columbus), G Gerald Coleman (Tampa)

RANKED FOR NEXT NHL DRAFT: LW/C Josh Beaulieu (113), D Danny Syvret (121)

THE SKINNY: Set CHL record with 31-game unbeaten streak and won first OHL title in 40-year history ... G Adam Dennis played in Memorial Cup for Guelph last season ... Lost just twice at home all season (including playoffs).

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OTTAWA 67'S

OHL RUNNERUP

COACH: Brian Kilrea

RECORD: 34-26-7-1

ROAD TO THE CUP: Beat Barrie 4-2, Beat Sudbury 4-2, Beat Peterborough 4-0, Lost to London 4-1

KEEP AN EYE ON: G Danny Battochio -- The Sudbury native faced far more shots (836) than any goalie in the OHL playoffs and held up well. Not bad for a guy who made the team as a walk-on in 2003.

NHL PICKS: D Bryan Bickell (Chicago), LW Lukas Kaspar (San Jose), RW Mark Mancari (Buffalo), LW Jakub Petruzalek (New York Rangers)

RANKED FOR NEXT NHL DRAFT: D Derek Joslin (99)

THE SKINNY: Finished sixth in the Eastern Conference before reeling off three consecutive playoff series upsets ... Hall of Fame coach Brian Kilrea will compete in his sixth Memorial Cup. He has won two Canadian Hockey League titles and has a 3-5 record in OHL final ... Ottawa needs its top forward line of Mark Mancari, Brad Bonello and Bryan Bickell to continue its strong play if the 67's are to have any chance of continuing their string of upsets.

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RIMOUSKI OCEANIC

QMJHL CHAMPIONS

COACH: Doris Labonte

RECORD: 45-17-5-3

ROAD TO THE CUP: Beat Lewiston 4-0, Beat Chicoutimi 4-1, Beat Halifax 4-0

KEEP AN EYE ON: C/RW Sidney Crosby -- Barring a bizarre turn of events, Crosby will play his final game of junior hockey at the Memorial Cup. The sure-fire first pick in the next NHL draft, Crosby led the CHL in scoring with 168 points this season.

NHL PICKS: F Danny Stewart (Montreal), F Dany Roussin (Florida), F Mark Tobin (Tampa Bay), F Zbynek Hrdel (Tampa Bay), F Eric Neilson (Los Angeles), F Marc Antoine Pouliot (Edmonton), D Michal Sersen (Pittsburgh), D Jean-Michel Bolduc (Minnesota).

RANKED FOR NEXT NHL DRAFT: C Sidney Crosby (1), D Francois Bolduc (85), D Erick Tremblay (97)

THE SKINNY: Team had 35-game unbeaten streak in regular season and playoffs ... Crosby's linemates, Dany Roussin and Marc Antoine Pouliot, were second and third in QMJHL scoring, respectively.

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KELOWNA ROCKETS

WHL CHAMPIONS

COACH: Jeff Truitt

RECORD: 45-13-12-2

ROAD TO THE CUP: Beat Vancouver 4-2, Beat Seattle 4-3, Beat Kootenay 4-2, Beat Brandon 4-1

KEEP AN EYE ON: D Shea Weber -- A member of Canada's championship junior team, Weber ranks right with Red Deer's Dion Phaneuf at the top of the CHL defence chart. Weber was named WHL playoff MVP after missing the entire first round with a leg injury.

NHL PICKS: D Shea Weber (Nashville), D Mike Card (Buffalo), LW Lauris Darzins (Nashville), RW Blake Comeau (Islanders), C Tyler Spurgeon (Edmonton), RW Justin Keller (Tampa Bay), LW Troy Bodie (Edmonton)

RANKED FOR NEXT NHL DRAFT: C/W Troy Ofukany (176)

THE SKINNY: The defending champs are making their third consecutive appearance at the Memorial Cup. ... Eight players remain from the 2003 WHL championship team, while 14 are back from last season ... With Derek Yeomans injured, Kris Westblom is the starting goaltender while Everett's Mike Wall is the backup but can't play unless Westblom is hurt.


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