Oil Kings shake off underdog label, defeat Storm to win 2014 Memorial Cup

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Griffin Reinhart - Edmonton Oil Kings

Photo: Edmonton Oil Kings captain and New York Islanders prospect Griffin Reinhart hoists the Memorial Cup trophy following the Oil Kings’ 6-3 win over the Guelph Storm in the final of the 96th edition of this tournament (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Despite coming into the final game having played almost two extra ‘games’ at the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup, the Edmonton Oil Kings found something extra in its reserves in defeating the Guelph Storm, 6-3.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Playing for CHL’s top prize could lead to better things for Foreurs’ Aube-Kubel

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel - Val d'Or Foreurs

Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel generated 53 points in his second full season in the QMJHL (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Every step along the way, Nicolas Aube-Kubel knows he’s got more and more eyes on him as the 2014 NHL Draft approaches — and, after a bit of a slow start, he believes he’s hitting his rhythm as the Val d’Or Foreurs play in the tournament semi-final.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Foreurs’ Gelinas hoping to contribute in last shot at CHL championship

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Guillaume Gelinas - Val d'Or Foreurs

Photo: Val d’Or Foreurs defenseman Guillaume Gelinas has generated 193 points in 275 regular season games and another 38 points in 38 playoff games over his five QMJHL seasons (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

An undrafted free-agent, 20-year-old Guillaume Gelinas was hoping to make a big impression in this year’s MasterCard Memorial Cup, but an injury suffered in his second game almost derailed that opportunity.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Storm raining goals down on opponents in London

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Edgars Kulda - Edmonton Oil Kings

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.

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2014 Memorial Cup: Knights gearing up after month away from live action

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Bo Horvat - London Knights

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.

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