Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Indy in the Memorial Cup

The Memorial Cup tournament, the top junior tourney in Canada, begins this weekend in Mississauga, Ontario with a bit of an Indianapolis presence.

Stanislav Galiev, who had a 64-point season with the Ice and helped them win the Clark Cup in 2009, is now on a league champion again. He scored 10 goals in the QMJHL playoffs to lead the Saint John Sea Dogs to the league title. He had a 37-28-65 mark this year in the regular season, and has totaled 27 playoff points. Galiev was a 2010 draft pick of the Washington Capitals.

The host team, the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, is coached by ex-Checker Dave Cameron, who also coached Canada's entry in the World Junior Championships last year. Cameron played two seasons with the Checkers -- from 1979-81, and had a 40-goal season in 1980-81. He would play three NHL seasons with the Rockies/Devils franchise before eventually beginning a long coaching career in 1995.

The other two teams in the Memorial Cup tournament are the Owen Sound Attack (OHL champ) and Kootenay Ice (WHL champ).

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