Monday, May 30, 2011

Saint John, Galiev win Memorial Cup

Stanislav Galiev has now won the highest prize in junior hockey in not one, but two countries.

The Russian forward who played for the Ice's Clark Cup champs in 2009 -- the national championship in the United States' lone Tier I junior league -- has now hoisted Canada's top prize. Galiev's Saint John Sea Dogs won the Memorial Cup by beating the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 3-1 in the title game.

Galiev, a Washington Capitals draft pick, scored 37 goals and added 28 assists this year. He also had a 10-17-27 line in the postseason. He had a goal and two assists in the four-team Memorial Cup tournament. 

The Majors also had a local tie, as coach/GM Dave Cameron was a member of the Checkers from 1979-81, totaling 40 goals in his second season with the Chex. Cameron was also coach of Canada's silver medal-winning hockey team in the World Junior Championship this year.

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