Each Memorial Cup entry took a different, difficult route

The coaches of the four Memorial Cup teams spoke to the media Wednesday night in London, Ont. (Mike...

The coaches of the four Memorial Cup teams spoke to the media Wednesday night in London, Ont. (Mike Hensen/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

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LONDON, ONT. - The 96th version of the Memorial Cup launched here Wednesday with the four coaches gathered under a big white tent outside of the Budweiser Gardens.

There were no elephants in the tent and nobody sent in any clowns, but it was very obvious they’re each directing very different circuses.

Take Mario Durocher, coach of the Val-d’Or Foreurs.

Val-d’Or won Game 7 of the QMJHL final in Baie Comeau the night before.

His team won the previous series in a Game 7, also on the road, in Halifax. And his young club dispatched Drummondville, on the road as well, in Game 6 of the previous round.

His outfit is definitely a high-wire act.

Dale Hunter, the coach and GM of the host London Knights, on the other hand, will have gone 36 days between games when the puck drops for the opening game here Friday night.

And who do they open against?

Val-d’Or, of course.

The Memorial Cup isn’t anything if it isn’t quirky.


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