GUELPH – The Canadian Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League announced
Monday that the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup has been awarded to the city of
OHL Commissioner and CHL President David Branch, along with members of the
OHL’s Memorial Cup Selection Committee, made the official announcement
Monday afternoon in Guelph.
“We are delighted to be able to announce that the 2002 MasterCard Memorial
Cup will be held in Guelph, Ontario,” Branch said. “We are confident the
community of Guelph and the Guelph Storm hockey club will do an excellent
job in playing host to our championship tournament, which continues to grow
The OHL allowed the top four teams in each of its two conferences at the
30-game mark of the regular season to make bids to host the 2002 MasterCard
Memorial Cup. The Guelph Storm, Erie Otters, Barrie Colts and Ottawa 67’s
all made bids to the MasterCard Memorial Cup committee.
The committee was comprised of Paul Beeston, chief operating officer,
commissioner’s office for Major League Baseball, Frank Bonello, director of
Central Scouting for the National Hockey League and Bryan O’Neill, former
Vice-President of the NHL and current NHL director of consulting services.
Gordon Kirke, Ontario Hockey League counsel, and Branch were non-voting
members of the committee.
“The quality of the four bids we received were absolutely outstanding,”
Branch said. “All of the OHL teams that bid realized the magnitude of
hosting a Memorial Cup and their presentations to the MasterCard Memorial
Cup committee reflected that.
“We are also confident that the fans, media and especially the players, will
have a memorable experience at this year’s event.”
The 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup will be the 84th edition of the national
junior hockey tournament. The Memorial Cup has been in competition since
1919 and was presented in commemoration of the many great Canadian hockey
players who made the supreme sacrifice in defence of their country in the
First World War.
The Canadian Hockey League’s 55 member franchises in its three leagues – the
OHL, the Western Hockey league and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League –
compete annually for the championship. The three league champions, along
with a host team, take part in the round-robin tournament.
The 2001 MasterCard Memorial Cup was held in Regina, Saskatchewan, with the
Red Deer Rebels of the WHL winning last year’s tournament.
The 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup will take place May 18-26, 2002 at the new
Guelph Centre for Sports and Entertainment, a 5,026 capacity
state-of-the-art facility. Ticket information and other details on the event
will be announced in the next few weeks.
TITAN STILL LEAD BANK OF MONTREAL MASTERCARD TOP 10 RANKINGS
The Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League continues
to top the Bank of Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10 rankings in Week 14, as
selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
For the seventh consecutive week, The Titan is the country’s number one
ranked team. Acadie-Bathurst continues to lead the way in the QMJHL
standings with the most wins and the best winning percentage as they appear
in the Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 rankings for the 11th time this
The top five positions on the Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 rankings
remain the same as the last two weeks, with the Plymouth Whalers of the
Ontario Hockey League second, the Swift Current Broncos of the Western
Hockey League third, the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL fourth and the
Barrie Colts of the OHL fifth.
Moving up into sixth spot on the list from 10th are the Red Deer Rebels of
the WHL, who are on an eight game winning streak. Still in seventh spot are
the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL and in eighth once again are the
Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.
Dropping down into ninth spot in the Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 are
the Regina Pats, who were ranked sixth last week. Making their debut on the
list this week are the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL, who lead the East
Division of the QMJHL and now have the third best winning percentage in the
Dropped from the list this week are the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, who
were ranked ninth last week.
The complete list from Week 14 of the Bank of Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10
rankings follows. The rankings can also be found at www.chl.ca every week.
Rank Team/League W L T OTL Last Week Weeks in Rankings 1 Acadie-Bathurst Titan/QMJHL 37 9 4 2 1 11 2 Plymouth Whalers/OHL 29 7 8 2 2 14 3 Swift Current Broncos/WHL 30 12 3 3 3 10 4 Shawinigan Cataractes/QMJHL 32 12 4 1 4 13 5 Barrie Colts/OHL 27 11 6 0 5 7 6 Red Deer Rebels/WHL 30 13 6 0 10 13 7 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds/OHL27 14 7 0 7 5 8 Halifax Mooseheads/QMJHL 29 15 6 1 8 5 9 Regina Pats/WHL 27 13 4 5 6 3 10 Chicoutimi Sagueneens/QMJHL 31 15 1 2 Not ranked 1