Kitchener cops 2008 Cup

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

A sparkling new rink and the top 16-year-old hockey player in the country was not enough for the Oshawa Generals to land the 2008 Memorial Cup.

Instead, the '08 Canadian junior hockey championship yesterday was awarded to the Kitchener Rangers. General manager/coach Peter DeBoer and assistant Steve Spott guided the Rangers to a Cup title in 2003 in Quebec City and have been at least eight games over .500 in their six seasons in Kitchener.

"Maybe we weren't the flashiest choice, but we were remembered for being consistent," DeBoer said. "This community deserves it."

The Gens, with leading Ontario Hockey League goal-scorer John Tavares, found the choice hard to swallow. General manager Brad Selwood still was stunned after getting the news a day earlier.

"We have a marketable player, but I forget his name," Selwood said sarcastically. "It's not often you have a Gretzky passing through. It's disappointing. A lot of people put a lot of hard work into our bid."

The cities of London, Sarnia, and Saginaw, Mich., had submitted bids as well.


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