Memorial Cup notebook

Ryan Pyette, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 5:12 PM ET

HONOURARY PRESIDENT

Sidney Crosby is one of four honorary presidents of the 2009 Memorial Cup.

But he wont get to see any of it.

The Pittsburgh Penguins captain extended his NHL season by helping eliminate the Washington Capitals 6-2 in Game 7 of their second-round series on Wednesday night.

Crosby led the Rimouski Oceanic to the Memorial Cup final in 2005 in London where they lost to the host Knights.

This year, the other three honorary Cup presidents are NHLers Vinny Lacavalier, Brad Richards and Rimouski native Michel Ouellet, who plays for the Manitoba Moose in the Vancouver Canucks system.

IN GARTH'S SHOES

Toronto Maple Leafs pick Dale Mitchell knows what he would do if he was in New York Islanders GM Garth Snows shoes and had to make the first pick in next months NHL draft.

Just after having played with and lived with John (Tavares) and knowing him like I do, Id take him, Mitchell said. I havent seen (Victor) Hedman play except on TV. Its not my choice but I know it would be an outstanding honour to go first overall. Thats why I hope its John.

And if Toronto GM Brian Burke is able to successfully move up from the No. 7 spot and select the London Knights sniper in Montreal?

I know how much John loves the Leafs, Mitchell said. It would be a dream come true for him.

FRENCH IMMERSION

Windsor defenceman and Orleans, Ont., native Ben Shutron went to a French immersion elementary school so his teammates have been hitting him up for some useful phrases.

They want to know how to ask for a girls phone number, Shutron said. Things like that. I understand whats being said but its been a while since Ive used it. Its (Belle River, Ont., native) Ben DuBois and I who know French on our team.

The Memorial Cup has been repaired, not replaced.

The same trophy that crumbled in half in Spokane Chiefs captain Chris Brutons hands last year in Kitchener was ushered into Rimouski yesterday for the Arrival of the Cup ceremony at the Guillaume-Leblanc Sports Complex.

After it fell apart, the Canadian Hockey League sent junior hockeys big prize out to a Toronto-area trophy shop to reconnect the cup to its wood base.

AROUND TOWN

Students at University of Quebec at Rimouski got the day off Thursday after a fire broke out overnight in the roof of the schools building.

It caused more than $3 million damage and provided a stark reminder to one of the most difficult days in the Memorial Cup host citys history.

On May 6, 1950 in Rimouski, nearly half of the city was destroyed by a massive fire. The event is known as La nuit rouge, or Red Night. According to legend, a priest sprinkled holy water around the cathedral so that no fire would cross the line.


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