Danny Syvret and Corey Perry joined some select company last night.
The two London Knights became only the 16th and 17th players to win a gold medal for Canada at the world junior championship and the Memorial Cup in the same year.
"I don't know if you can get a better year in junior hockey," said Syvret, the Knights captain, who happened to score the winning goal against Russia in the gold-medal game at the world juniors in Grand Forks, N.D.
"Being non-drafted and making the world juniors and winning the gold medal, then coming here and having the season we've had in London and being the Memorial Cup champions, I don't think you can ever top that."
There was a lot of doubt hanging over Perry's head when he went to the junior camp. He was the last player cut from the 2004 team, and he just scraped through to become the 13th forward on this year's team.
But when injuries struck, Perry was promoted to a line with Sidney Crosby of the Rimouski Oceanic and Patrice Bergeron, on loan from the Boston Bruins organization.
"You don't get a chance to win a world junior gold medal and a Memorial Cup every day in the same year," Perry said last night.
"There's a lot of personal satisfaction for sure. Some people doubted Danny and I could make that world junior team and we proved everybody wrong. We won that gold medal and then we came here and won this."
It was ironic that the three wound up playing against each other in the Memorial Cup this week -- and in the championship game.
Perry and Crosby met at centre ice after the Knights' 4-0 win and shook hands. They spoke briefly.
"I didn't say too much," Perry said. "Just that 'You're a hell of a player, it was hell of a game and you've got a hell of career ahead of you.' "
MEMORIAL CUP, WORLD JUNIOR HONOUR ROLE
The 17 players and two coaches who have won a world junior gold medal for Canada and the Memorial Cup in the same year are:
1985: Dan Hodgson, coach Terry Simpson (Prince Albert Raiders)
1988: Trevor Linden, Scott McCready, Wayne McBean, Mark Pederson, Rob DiMaio (Medicine Hat Tigers)
1990: Eric Lindros, Mike Craig (Oshawa Generals)
1991: Trevor Kidd, Pat Falloon (Spokane Chiefs)
1993: Ralph Intranuovo (Soo Greyhounds)
1995: Darcy Tucker, Nolan Baumgartner, coach Don Hay (Kamloops Blazers)
1997: Martin Biron, Christian Dube (Hull Olympiques)
2005: Corey Perry, Danny Syvret (London Knights)