Memorial Cup semifinal features showdown between Oil Kings' Griffin Reinhart and Foreurs' Anthony Mantha

Foreurs top forward Anthony Mantha, left, and Oil Kings top defenceman Griffin Reinhart both sport...

Foreurs top forward Anthony Mantha, left, and Oil Kings top defenceman Griffin Reinhart both sport the No. 8. (QMI Agency composite)

Terry Jones, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 PM ET

LONDON, ONT. - Count Von Count from Sesame Street should be here for this one.

“Eight. Eight. Eight is great. You can hold it this way. You can hold it that way. It’s still eight. Eight. Eight is great.”

At the Memorial Cup Friday the question is which No. 8 will be great against No. 8?

“Yeah, it’s Crazy Eights,” said Edmonton Oil Kings coach Derek Laxdal. “You can use that in your headline, there, Terry.”

No. 8 of the Edmonton Oil Kings is Griffin Reinhart.

He’s the shutdown defenceman of all shutdown defencemen in junior hockey this playoff year. He’s shut down the top offensive player on every team Edmonton has played, one after the other, starting with Leon Draisaitl of Prince Albert, Jayce Hawryluk of Brandon, Trevor Cox of Medicine Hat and Oliver Bjorkstand of Portland.

No. 8 of Val-d’Or is Anthony Mantha.

He’s the goal scorer of all goal scorers this year in junior hockey.


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