Giant- sized dealing

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- It can be a double-edged sword hosting the Memorial Cup.

For the home team, regardless of what happens in the league there's a spot in the year-end tournament to crown the national junior hockey champion.

So the pressure is on to be able to compete with the nation's three major junior league champs.

"I think (GM) Scott (Bonner) did a great job of getting the players that we thought would come in and help us," said Giants head coach Don Hay. "And we got them without giving up our young prospects."

The Giants won the WHL championship last year and took part in the Memorial Cup tournament in Moncton.

This year they came within an overtime goal of winning the WHL title again this season. Now they have an opportunity to nail down the national title when they face the Medicine Hat Tigers in this afternoon's final.

"We want to be a good organization for a lot of years," said Hay.


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