Hall has his game face on

Ken Wiebe, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:40 PM ET

BRANDON — Taylor Hall looks ready to go to a place where nobody has gone before.

Not only does the Windsor Spitfires phenom have a chance to capture consecutive Memorial Cups before he’s even drafted, Hall has positioned himself to become the first player to win back-to-back Memorial Cup MVP awards, provided he has an impact on Sunday’s championship final against the host Brandon Wheat Kings.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” said Hall. “That’s pretty special in its own right, too. In saying that, no one on our team can get MVP if we don’t win. That’s not what we’re worried about. It’s an incredible accomplishment and something I’d be proud about, but at the end of the day, I’d rather have the ring.”

What does Hall think about the way he’s played through the first three games of the tournament?

“It’s been good, I’ve had a really good opportunity here,” said Hall, who has four goals and six points. “My linemates have really helped me out. Through the first two games, I really chipped in, and that third game was harder to play, with the game kind of being meaningless.

“Hopefully, I can come out (Sunday) and contribute like I always have.”

There is sure to be some sentimentality involved for Hall, as well, since Sunday is likely going to be his final junior game.

“I’ve kind of thought about that. It could be my last go at it and that’s special. I have a really good opportunity to finish off strong,” said Hall, who is expected to go in the first two picks of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles next month. “All I’ve got to do is work hard for 60 minutes. If I can perform like my team relies on me to do, I’ll be fine.”

Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner believes Hall is on top of his game right now.

“He’s been a major factor in every game, right from the first shift against Brandon when he got hit (by Wheat Kings defenceman Travis Hamonic) and he came back and scored a couple goals,” said Boughner. “He’s a difference-maker. In the roundrobin, he was huge. He’s a guy who elevates his game every night, and we’re going to need to see that one more time, because when he does, he’s the best player in the country for his age and in the world for his age.

“Any time you get his top game from him, you’ve got a great chance to win.”


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