Wise words of experience

RYAN PYETTE

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

KITCHENER -- There's just a single member of the favourite Rangers who has played in a previous Memorial Cup.

That's coach Peter DeBoer, a Windsor Spitfire in 1988.

Will on-ice experience matter this time around?

Gatineau's Joey Ryan sure hopes so. The big Olympiques defenceman is looking for his second Cup ring here after helping the Patrick Roy- coached Quebec Remparts win it all in 2006 at Moncton.

"Another player on our team (Gatineau centre Jean-Philip Chabot) played for Moncton that year, but we beat them in the final -- I don't really say much to him about it," Ryan said with a grin. "I know I'm really fortunate to have the chance to win it again. It's hard enough to win once. The guys have asked me questions, but it's not about what it's like to win the Cup. They just want to know what the tournament is like."

Intense and emotional, for starters. Spokane defenceman Trevor Glass would love to experience what Ryan has. Glass already knows how Chabot feels after Glass' Medicine Hat Tigers were bumped off in last year's final by the host Vancouver Giants.

"Standing there watching Vancouver celebrate on their ice -- I'll never forget that feeling for all the wrong reasons," Glass said. "But I was traded to Spokane at the deadline this year and I have another chance. Ten years from now, I don't want to look back and think I didn't do everything I could to win."

His Chiefs face OHL finalist Belleville this afternoon.

Bulls coach George Burnett led the Guelph Storm to the 1998 tournament in Spokane.

"One of the biggest things I tell the players is to go enjoy the weather. It's nice out ... There's a time to focus on hockey, but there's no sense going into lockdown at the hotel.

"We've been to the hotel. We've eaten the pasta and chicken. We know what kind of environment we're going to be in because we just went through it here in the league final."


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