Oil Kings win WHL Championship

By , May 13, 2012 9:43 pm
Laurent Brossoit, the MVP of the WHL Playoffs

Laurent Brossoit, the MVP of the WHL Playoffs

Well it’s been forever since I last posted. Sorry, but while the Oilers hockey world has not been busy, I sure as heck have been! I haven’t had a lot of time to post, but this news from tonight deserves posting.

I got to witness some more history tonight at Rexall Place as the Edmonton Oil Kings won the Ed Chynoweth Cup (awarded to the winner of the WHL Playoffs), and will advanced to the 2012 Memorial Cup Final in Shawinigan. Rexall Place was crazy loud tonight. I had recorded a video of the final moments of the game, plus the trophy ceremonies but I goofed up. It didn’t save. Booo. However, this game was absolutely spectacular. The Oil Kings got the early lead and never really took the foot off the gas. I’m pretty proud of how they played.

They will head to Shawinigan for the Memorial Cup, which will feature the host team (Shawinigan Cataractes), the OHL Champion London Knights, and the QMJHL Champions, the Saint John Sea Dogs. The tournament goes from May 18-27th, and is a round-robin format tournament. Each team will play each other once. The 2nd and 3rd place teams will face each other in a semi-final (with the possibility of a tie breaker game before that if necessary). The winner of that semi-final will go on to face the round robin’s top team in the final on the 27th.

I know many of you probably skipped out on watching these Oil Kings games, but I can assure you it was the best hockey I’ve seen all year, even with all the excitement from the Nuge, Hall, and Eberle. Do yourself a favor and watch the Memorial Cup and cheer our junior team on!

5 Responses to “Oil Kings win WHL Championship”

  1. dawgtoy says:

    Congrats boys, awesome game. Relish in the victory for now, but the Sea Dogs are on the horizon, and they will be tough.

  2. Steve-O says:

    This series was great. OK pretty much walked through the first 3 rounds without any issues, but the Winterhawks matched up well against us and lead to some incredibly exciting games.

    Watch for this Lazar kid, lead the team in playoff points (at least thru the first 3 rounds, got shut down vs. Portland) and he’s only a rookie.

    Reinhart had some great games, more good games but also had a few duds. Gernat…he’s dangerous. When he’s on the ice there is a good chance that someone will be scoring.

    Pysyk is the best player on the ice most often. Really good player.

    Finally, hopefully Tambellini was watching this cause it’s nice to see what a team with great depth can do. 4 good lines, 2 solid D pairings (to be honest, the 5-6 spot was kind of a shit show) and good goaltending means you can win.

  3. oilinblood says:

    Huberdeau is shining again.

  4. Racki says:

    Agree with Steve-o’s assessment on all those players. I’ll also reiterate some tweets here…. the Flames had two spectacular players in the series. One was Laurent Brossoit, goalie for the Oil Kings. The other was Sven Bartschi. Bartschi seemed dangerous on every shift he had in the first 5 games or so. As for Brossoit.. wow that kid is athletic. Reminds me of Garon when it comes to covering the bottom of the net well. I think he is superb positionally as well too. I never really noticed him making any mistakes either. The Oil Kings would not have won the last series if not for him.

    I also have to say I have a McGuire-sized man crush on Mark Pysyk. He’s rock solid at both ends of the ice, always makes the smart play, and never gives up on a play either. He is 20 years old now though, so I suppose this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

  5. LateNightOilFan says:

    I’m looking forward to watching the Oil Kings in the Memorial Cup! I’ve never seen them play so it will be nice to see an Oiler-affiliated team in a playoff situation again. Watch out for the Sea Dogs though, they haven’t missed a beat from their championship season last year…

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