Franson savours double dose

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- It was sweet on so many levels for Cody Franson.

The Vancouver Giants defenceman was knocked out of the Western Hockey League final by a hit from Medicine Hat Tigers forward Derek Dorsett and had to watch his team lose in double overtime of Game 7.

He was questionable coming into the Memorial Cup.

But yesterday Franson was celebrating a rare double, claiming a Memorial Cup championship in the same year as winning a world junior championship as the Giants beat the Tigers 3-1.

"It's been an outstanding year," Franson said.

"I couldn't ask for much more as a junior player. I'm very fortunate."

Franson finished the tournament with a goal and assist for the Giants. He returned after missing the final three games of the WHL final with an undisclosed injury.

"The world juniors is great to win, because it's for your country," Franson said.

"But that's with guys you haven't played with all year. This one is with guys you've battled with all year. It's an amazing feeling."

Tigers captain Kris Russell and forward Darren Helm were also on that national team.

"They had the crowd in their favour and they had the momentum," said Russell. "It was easy playing with that (Vancouver) crowd when I was with Team Canada, but I got to see how tough it is to play when they're against you."


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