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Memorial Cup Battle of Champions May 15, 2012 7:19 AM

This years Memorial Cup Edmonton Oil Kings, London Knights and Saint John Sea Dogs taking on the Shawinigan Cataractes. All teams have been exceptional, and each champion has been truly dominant this season.

It is the first time since 1995 that all three of Canada’s Major Junior Hockey Leagues are sending their number one ranked teams as they ended the season and began their respective league playoffs.

The Oil Kings won the Western_Hockey League’s Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy in the regular season with 107 points — three more than the Tri-City Americans — thanks largely to winning their final 11 games.

The Knights were the Ontario Hockey League’s top team for much of the season, boasting a 49-18-0-1 record despite a coaching change in November. Mark Hunter took over from brother Dale as Dale left for the NHL. Mark showed his experience behind the bench is formidible in its own right.

However, the best of the CHL champions could be from Saint John.

The Sea Dogs remained largely intact from their successful Memorial Cup run last year, with key pieces like Zack Phillips, Nathan Beaulieu, Tomas Jurco and captain Jonathan Huberdeau continuing to lead the way at various times.

Saint John finished the regular season with 103 points — six more than Shawinigan — despite missing Beaulieu, Jurco and Huberdeau during the world junior championship.

The Cataractes, as the host team, finished second in the Quebec league but was upset in the second round by Chicoutimi. This 2012 Memorial Cup has the makings of the highest quality tournament in years.

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