Foucault scores star role in playoffs

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

What could Kris Foucault possibly have planned for an encore?

The Calgary Hitmen sniper went from the WHL scrapheap in Kootenay to the AJHL's Canmore Eagles to MVP of the WHL's Eastern Conference final series.

"I don't know what we have planned," Foucault said with a laugh.

"But I'm going to have to knock on some wood now because of you.

"But I'm sure the rest of these playoffs will be a battle."

It has been anything but so far.

The Hitmen put the finishing touches on their third straight sweep with Wednesday's 6-4 win in Brandon over the Wheat Kings.

Foucault saw his six-game scoring streak come to an end in the series finale, but he'd already done enough damage in Games 1-3, scoring three goals and seven points.

With the teams lined up on their bluelines after the game, Foucault was announced as the series MVP.

But he didn't even hear it.

"I was talking to (defenceman Alex) Plante, so I didn't hear them call my name," Foucault said. "I certainly didn't expect it.

"And I couldn't have done it without by linemates, (Brett) Sonne and (Kyle) Bortis."

The award has already found a permanent spot in the Foucault household.

"My dad decided to put it on the fireplace mantle," he said. "It's right beside my first-goal puck.

"Hopefully, I can put a championship ring up there, too."

The way things are going, it might just be a matter of time.

The Hitmen tied a WHL record with their 12th straight playoff win.

And now they get to sit back and watch the Vancouver Giants and Kelowna Rockets beat each other up in what could be a draining Western Conference final.

"I have some sore muscles," Foucault said. "So the rest will be great, mentally and physically.

"It's good to get away from the hockey world for a while."

The Hitmen, who have won 15 straight overall and haven't tasted defeat in 51 days, have already had two lengthy breaks already this post-season.

Neither holiday cooled off head coach Dave Lowry's squad.

"Dave keeps us ready to go," the 18-year-old Foucault said. "And with the leadership we have, the captains and assistants make sure everyone's going.

"It doesn't matter if we have one day off or seven, we'll be ready for that next series."


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