the shortage of clubs in the West continues


On Friday night, Kaiden Guhle’s WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings lost 3-2 to OHL-winning Hamilton Bulldogs.

To find out more about this game, you can read the article by my colleague Charles-Alexis Brisebois.

With this defeat, the Oil Kings finished bottom of the table and were thus eliminated from the Memorial Cup. This is another failure for a WHL club. No champion of this championship has qualified for the semi-finals of this tournament since 2015.

The Regina Pats did it in 2018 and the Red Deer Rebels in 2016, but they’ve been hosts.

Not only do these teams not make it very far in the tournament, they also struggle to win a single match.

Edmonton’s victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs marked the first time since 2015 that the WHL champion has won a Memorial Cup match.

But what can explain this lethargy?

Some argue that there may be too many teams in the WHL. In fact, it is made up of 22 teams, while Ontario has 20 and Quebec has 18. This would mean that the level of teams would be diluted as players are spread across multiple teams.

It could also be a simple crash, a bit like the QMJHL in the 1980s.

Recall that no Courteau circuit team won a Memorial Cup from 1982 to 1995. It was only in 1996 that this shortage ended, when the Granby Predators, led by their coach Michel Therrien and players like Francis Bouillon and Georges Laraque, defeated Peterborough Petes. 4-0 in the final.

Since then, QMJHL teams have won nine of the 24 editions of this tournament.

Since 2011, five of the nine titles have been won by teams from Quebec or the Maritimes.

With Saint-Jean having just qualified for another final, then the Cataractes having the chance to do so tomorrow, we could be entitled to another crowning achievement of the Courteau circuit.

Lot of

– oh

– 12 years ago, Gallagher became a member of the Canadiens organization.

– There are not only points in life.

– Nice company

– With the Canadiens having the first pick of the Panthers, I can’t wait to see how their season unfolds.


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