The Edmonton Oil Kings were crowned Memorial Cup champions as they beat Matt Finn and the Guelph Storm 6-3 in today’s final. None of the three Toronto Maple Leafs prospects in the tournament came away with the Cup, but Finn and goaltender Antoine Bibeau of the Val d’or Foreurs both had memorable showings. Justin Fisher of The LeafsNation has a short recap.
Speaking of hockey championships, the IIHF Men’s Worlds wrapped up with Russia beating Finland 5-2 in the gold-medal game today. The win gave Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin his second World Championship gold. NHL.com has the details.
Kurt Walker and Gene Carr, two ex-NHLers, both contend the NHL Alumni Association isn’t doing enough to help their own deal with financial difficulties later in life. The NHL gives out grants on a case-by-case basis, but neither Walker nor Carr were selected despite some pretty serious medical issues. Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star has the story.
The City of Toronto renamed Patika Avenue in the suburb of York Johnny Bower Boulevard yesterday. The 89-year-old former Leafs goaltending legend was on hand for the ceremony. Bower won two Vezina Trophies and four Stanley Cups for the Leafs in 12 years with the club in the late 1950s and ’60s. Jenny Yuen of the Toronto Sun reports.
Josh Ho-Sang is a small, skilled centreman who will probably be picked late in the first round of next month’s NHL Entry Draft. If he falls to the second round, should the Leafs pick him? Maple Leafs Hot Stove compiled a profile of Ho-Sang with video, stats and a first-hand account.