Photo: Guelph Storm goaltender Justin Nichols is the only netminder of the four starting goaltenders at the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament to not have his name called at the NHL Draft (courtesy of CHL Images)
He’s backstopped the Guelph Storm to the top of the CHL rankings, a first-place finish during the OHL’s regular season, and an OHL championship. And now netminder Justin Nichols has backstopped the Storm to the championship game of the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
Photo: London Knights forward and 2014 prospect C.J. Yakimowicz’s first OHL game was the Knights outdoor game on December 29th, 2013 at Detroit’s Comerica Park (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
C.J. Yakimowicz may have started the year off the radar, but a mid-season decision to join the OHL’s London Knights has found him squarely on the NHL Draft radar and he’s looking forward to making a big impression.
Photo: London Knights forward and 2014 prospect Christian Dvorak and his Knights’ teammates haven’t been able to capitalize on their home ice advantage at the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
London Knights’ forward Christian Dvorak has received that elusive second chance at making a first impression on NHL Draft gurus, returning sooner than expected from an ACL injury to suit up for the Knights at the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings forward and 2014 prospect Edgars Kulda is leading the Oil Kings in scoring so far at the 2014 Mastercard Memorial Cup Tournament, posting two goals and one assists in three games (courtesy of CHL Images)
It was a long-weekend in Canada, but you could forgive the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup host London Knights if they didn’t feel in the mood for celebrating. In fact, a noted lack of fireworks so far has left London with a very real risk of being relegated to the role of gracious host as opposed to conquering heroes in front of their 8,900-plus fans at the Budweiser Gardens.
Photo: London Knights forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Bo Horvat will be playing in his third Memorial Cup Tournament as a member of the Knights (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
All year long, the London Knights talked about how, despite a guaranteed berth in the 2014 Memorial Cup Tournament as the host squad, the team wanted to enter the tournament through the proverbial front door. When the Guelph Storm slammed that door shut with a 4-1 series victory on April 11th, it changed the way the team needed to approach the finals.