Oil Kings face favoured Storm in Memorial Cup final

Edmonton Oil Kings goalie Tristan Jarry makes a save during the Memorial Cup semifinal against the...

Edmonton Oil Kings goalie Tristan Jarry makes a save during the Memorial Cup semifinal against the Val d'Or Foreurs in London Friday May 23, 2014. (DEREK RUTTAN/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:22 PM ET

LONDON - Steve Hamilton wasn’t born until seven years after his dad won the last Memorial Cup in Edmonton Oil Kings history.

That was back in 1966 in a best-of-seven series against Bobby Orr and the Oshawa Generals in Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

The Edmonton Oil Kings assistant coach is the son of Al Hamilton, whose banner hangs from the rafters of Rexall Place with those of Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey and Glenn Anderson.

“Dad always said that was a real special time in his life. From a personal point of view, it’s pretty special to be part of playing for something that’s cherished in our family,” he said of Sunday’s Memorial Cup final against the Guelph Storm.

“In my opinion this is the truest team I’ve ever been involved in coaching. The way guys find a way. They’ve always been able to find a way. They’ve committed themselves to each other. They are a tightly bound group. A true team.”

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