Next to the the Stanley Cup, the next best thing in hockey is winning the Memorial Cup. It’s the Canadian Junior Championship. If you’ve never seen Canadian Junior Hockey, you are missing out. In the US, if you have the NHL channel, you should be watching it. States on the canadian border can most likely pick up the local feeds.
With Edmonton in the semi-finals, I can’t help but think of my pops. He won the Memorial Cup in 1966 while playing with the Edmonton Oil Kings.
This was in 1966, so it was way before my time. However I have had many a conversation with my dad about it. Not only did they defeat the Oshawa Generals in 6 games in historic Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens, but Oshawa was led by a young defenseman who went on to be one of the greatest hockey players of all time, Bobby Orr.
My father’s roommate at the time – and one of his best friends in hockey – also played on this Oil Kings team: Garnet “Ace” Bailey. Who sadly was on United Airlines Flight 175 that crashed into the World Trade Center.
A few years ago I got to see the Memorial Cup in the Hall Of Fame. Even though it was behind glass, the Oil Kings names were front and center – and it was pretty darn cool to see my dad’s name on there.
2 years ago, both the 1963 & 1966 Edmonton Oil Kings were both inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
Old Time Hockey!