Oil Kings happy to let other teams take spotlight

Coach Derek Laxdal says the Oil Kings are

Coach Derek Laxdal says the Oil Kings are "much more grounded and much more focused than we were two years ago." (Mike Hensen/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:03 PM ET

LONDON, ONT. -  When you spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in three different time zones, hurry-up-and-wait can be a good thing.

The 96th Memorial Cup opened here Friday with Val-d’Or Foreurs versus the host London Knights at Budweiser Gardens and the WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings nowhere in sight.

The team practised at the Western Fair facility here in the morning, went back to their hotel for a nap and a team dinner, and quite happily watched the tournament opening game on TV in their hotel rooms.

“I can tell that a lot of the guys are kind of happy that we have an extra day to kinda watch and not be the big spotlight game,” said Cody Corbett of the wait for their Saturday afternoon (2 p.m.) opener against the OHL champion Guelph Storm.

“I think that two years ago when we played Shawinigan in Shawinigan that first night … there was a lot going on, a lot happening. I think we’re excited to be on the second day this time,” said the defenceman.


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