Myers, Rockets fired up for finale

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

Calgary's Tyler Myers is used to the big stage.

He was Canada's top shutdown defenceman at the world junior tournament.

After helping the Kelowna Rockets shut down the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL Championship, Myers is taking his show on the road.

The Rockets open the Memorial Cup Friday against the host Rimouski Oceanic.

"It's not over yet," Myers said after the Rockets won the Ed Chynoweth Cup in Game 6.

"We still have one more cup to win."

Myers, a Buffalo Sabres first-round pick, said his squad has shown it can battle through adversity.

But there's no time for struggles at such a short tournament like the Memorial Cup.

"For us, it seemed like we had two rough games every series," Myers said. "So I'm glad we got them out of the way.

"The Hitmen are a great team, and they battled hard."

Myers was voted the WHL playoff MVP after finishing with five goals, 20 points and a plus-13 in 22 post-season games.

"It's definitely a good feeling, and I was very fortunate to receive the award," Myers said. "I definitely couldn't have done it without the people I play with."

Myers isn't the only Calgary connection with the Rockets.

Agitator Curt Gogol and offensive whiz Cody Almond are both Calgary products.

Swedish import Mikael Backlund and enforcer Ryley Grantham are draft picks of the Calgary Flames.

And overage speedster Ian Duval spent parts of two seasons with the Calgary Hitmen before being traded to the Moose Jaw Warriors earlier this season.


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