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London Knights win Memorial Cup
The London Knights dominated the Ontario Hockey League regular season and playoffs, with an awesome combined 79-9-2 record. They finished off the dream season by winning their first Memorial Cup championship in 40 years, shutting out Sidney Crosby and the Rimouski Oceanic 4-0 in front of a packed out at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario. Knights forward Corey Perry who was a first round draft pick of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003, was named the tournament MVP. The Knights were coached by Dale Hunter, who is also part owner along with his brother Mark, both former long-time NHL players.
Thanks to the NHL lockout, the Memorial Cup with a huge success. It drew over 70,000 fans in terms of sold seats and also had very good television ratings. The 2006 tournament will be held in Moncton, New Brunswick.
The star attaction of this year's tournament was Sidney Crosby who has more than likely played his last game in junior as the 17 year old Oceanic phenom is expected to go first overall in the next NHL amateur entry draft.