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Huskies and Mooseheads meet for CHL’s 14th Memorial Cup prelude

 

This year’s QMJHL Final will see the first-place Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the 2019 Memorial Cup presented by Kia host Halifax Mooseheads battle it out for the President’s Cup.

No matter the outcome, both teams have officially qualified for the CHL’s national championship – the 14th such occurrence since the league adopted its current four-team format in 1983.  This inclusion of one host club ultimately provides final four certainty for any league finalist should that one host club also advance to their championship series.

Here’s a quick overview of the 13 other times finalists from the same league also competed in the Memorial Cup:

2015 – Rimouski Oceanic vs. Quebec Remparts
Four years ago the Oceanic took the President’s Cup in seven games versus the Memorial Cup host Remparts, though neither team later claimed the CHL title as the OHL’s Oshawa Generals ultimately won it all as Anthony Cirelli’s OT heroics closed down the historic Colisee.

2011 – Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors vs. Owen Sound Attack
The Memorial Cup host St. Michael’s Majors dropped the OHL Final in seven games, then came up short in the CHL championship round against the Saint John Sea Dogs.

2008 – Kitchener Rangers vs. Belleville Bulls
The host Rangers captured the J. Ross Robertson Cup in seven games, but couldn’t add to their trophy collection, falling on home ice in the Memorial Cup Final to the Spokane Chiefs.

2007 – Vancouver Giants vs. Medicine Hat Tigers
Medicine Hat took the Ed Chynoweth Cup in seven games, but the host Giants got the last laugh by downing the Tigers to win the Memorial Cup.

2006 – Moncton Wildcats vs. Quebec Remparts
The Wildcats defeated the Remparts to take home the President’s Cup, but the opposite outcome happened in the CHL championship, with the Remparts toppling the host club.

2005 – London Knights vs. Ottawa 67’s
The host Knights made two additions to their trophy case, first defeating the 67’s in the OHL Final, who later lost in the Memorial Cup semi-final, before shutting out the Rimouski Oceanic in the CHL championship.

1997 – Hull Olympiques vs. Chicoutimi Sagueneens
QMJHL finalists in the host Olympiques and runner-up Sagueneens both advanced to the Memorial Cup, where Hull eliminated the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the final round.

1996 – Guelph Storm vs. Peterborough Petes
The Petes defeated the Storm in seven games in the OHL Final, with both clubs moving on to the championship round, but Peterborough wasn’t able to keep up its winning ways in the Memorial Cup Final as the squad fell on home ice to the Granby Predateurs.

1995 – Kamloops Blazers vs. Brandon Wheat Kings
The Wheat Kings were guaranteed a spot in the Memorial Cup after meeting the host Blazers in the WHL Final, but watched from the sidelines as Kamloops went on to defeat the Detroit Jr. Red Wings for the CHL title.

1994 – Chicoutimi Sagueneens vs. Laval Titan
QMJHL finalists in the Sagueneens and the Memorial Cup host Titan advanced to the CHL championship, only for Laval to fall in the final round versus the Kamloops Blazers.

1993 – Peterborough Petes vs. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
After the Petes defeated the Greyhounds for the J. Ross Robertson Cup, the Memorial Cup host Greyhounds turned the tables on the Petes to win the CHL championship.

1984 – Ottawa 67’s vs. Kitchener Rangers
The 67’s eliminated the Rangers in five games to win the OHL championship, then defeated the host team again in the Memorial Cup Final.

1983 – Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. Portland Winterhawks
The Memorial Cup host Winterhawks didn’t end the year-end tournament on a high note after dropping the WHL Final to the Hurricanes, but were all smiles after knocking off the Oshawa Generals to win the CHL title.

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