The field is set for the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup in Regina. The host Regina Pats will welcome the Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL), Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL) and the Swift Current Broncos (WHL) beginning Friday night, when the hometown team takes on Hamilton.

Acadie-Bathurst returns to the big dance for the first time since 1999. Three years ago, Hamilton relocated from Belleville and the junior-hockey starved city last appeared in and won the Cup in 1976 as the Fincups. It’s been 25 years since Swift Current appeared in the Memorial Cup. Regina has four Memorial Cup titles, but their last win came in 1974.

As four teams with lengthy droughts get ready to contest the toughest trophy to win in sports, we give you a player to watch on each one:

Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Jeffrey Truchon-Viel: The captain of the Titan plays a hard-nosed, no-nonsense style of game. He was one of only four CHL players to score 30-plus goals and amass 100-plus PIM. Seventeen of his 23 points came at even strength and of his 14 playoff markers, five were game-winners and two were series clinchers. The undrafted San Jose free agent signee played a smart, physical game in the President Cup final, where he got just eight PIMs while putting up five points. For his efforts, Truchon-Viel was named the 2018 Guy Lafleur Trophy winner as the QMJHL’s playoff MVP.

Regina Pats, Sam Steel: Individually, Steel has done just about everything a junior-aged player can. He was the 2016-17 WHL Player of the Year after leading all CHLers with 131 points. He’s a first round pick of Anaheim, he’s won gold with Canada at the world juniors and he’s played in a league championship. Steel is the centrepiece of Regina’s offence and put up 11 points in their first-round series loss to …read more



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