I would like to begin this article by congratulating the Halifax Mooseheads on their Memorial Cup victory! They played a great tournament with their two brightest stars, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, stepping up when their team needed them most. Both of these players are in the race to be drafted in the top 3 spots in this year’s NHL draft, and they left a lasting impression on NHL scouts after this tournament. Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks was ranked number one by the International Scouting Services before this tournament, yet MacKinnon has now moved to number one. It was most probably his hat-trick in the final game of the Memorial Cup, sealing the win for his team.
The Memorial Cup tournament is one of those tournaments that an entire nation waits to watch. It is all the best Junior teams from around Canada competing against one another for the prestigious Memorial Cup. It is also the last chance for players who are eligible to be drafted over the summer to show team scouts and general managers what they can do, in hopes of being drafted higher. Many general managers go to the Memorial Cup games, keeping an eye on draftable talents. With so much on the line for these young players, the games tend to be fast-paced, exciting, and can often be a display of pure skill and talents. That is what makes the Memorial Cup so special.
What better way to celebrate the memorial cup than to put up three of the best videos from this year’s tournament! I’ve selected what I consider to be the top three videos from this year’s Memorial Cup. What is your favourite video? Vote at the bottom for yours favourite one!
ANTHEM SINGER MESSES UP AMERICAN NATIONAL ANTHEM, HUMS HER WAY THROUGH IT WITH THE CROWD’S HELP
This is probably everyone’s definition of a nightmare. You are in front of thousands of people, with the broadcast being shown all over the country, and you draw a complete blank on the song you’ve practiced over and over again. I would have frozen like a deer in the headlights before turning and bolting for the closest exit, most likely slipping and falling on the ice.
Full credit to the singer. Sometimes all you can do is hum your way through your problem and keep going! The crowd helped her along the way and was very encouraging, instead of booing and making her feel even worse. I was incredibly embarrassed for the poor woman, and I’m sure she hasn’t gotten over it just. Hopefully she can laugh at this one in a couple of years, because it will still be making some sports blooper reels for many years to come.
MAX DOMI PULLS OFF ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING PASSES IN HISTORY, AND HE MADE IT LOOK EASY
It takes a special, special player to pull of a trick like that. The saucer pass isn’t easy, and it’s even more difficult to do going at full speed. A between the legs shot is even more difficult to pull off. Now, to combine those two moves to create the between-the-legs saucer pass is unheard of. And not only does he pull it off, but he pulled it off PERFECTLY. The pass landed right on Bo Horvat’s stick for a tap-in goal. Absolutely incredible. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of this from Max in the future
MACKINNON’S HAT TRICK HELPS MOOSEHEADS CLINCH THE 2013 MEMORIAL CUP!
Big time players have big time plays. This is one of those games. Getting a hat trick is impressive enough on its own, but this was a hat trick in the memorial cup final. That is the NHL equivalent of getting a hat trick in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. What sets apart the best from the rest is how they perform under pressure. MacKinnon showed that not only can he play under pressure, but he excels under pressure. One could argue that his perfomance in the Memorial Cup Final alone is what cemented him as number one with the ISS. Good for him, and I’m sure he will have a great NHL career, whether he’s picked 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd. Great players excel anywhere, and MacKinnon is no different.
What was your favourite video from the Memorial Cup? If there was a video I missed, by all means post it in the comments!