2014 Memorial Cup Location
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02-22-2013, 09:57 PM
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Normally, a team shouldn't be hosting twice in 9 years. But I think London can put forth, by far, the best bid.
So there were 4 teams that submitted their letters of interest (Guelph, Barrie, Windsor and London). Guelph apparently has chosen not to bid.
Windsor would be ideal, since their fans seem to think they got snubbed in 2010, but will Branch think they can ice a team that can compete with the best of all three leagues? On paper, they have a couple of nice returning players but IMO, not nearly the best lineup (if they do get the hosting gig, they'll likely land a couple of players). They've missed the playoffs two years in a row as well. I'm not convinced they have the team to do it. Otherwise, they would be the most deserving ($$$, coaching, arena and facilities).
I think this is between London and Barrie. Barrie will lose Scheifele, Beyers and Camara. They'll return AA and Hall. I think a couple of players will step up for next year, but they look like a one-line team for new year (upon first glance).
London returns Stolarz, who I think will (and is showing to be already) be a very capable goaltender. On defence, Hughes and Harrington are gone. That's a big loss, but we return Maatta, Zadorov, Liberati, Mermis and likely Sefton. One of Di Lorenzo and Centorame will come up the ranks. They return their forwards, unless Griffith sticks in the AHL.
So yeah, I think either London or Barrie gets it. I don't agree with a team getting it twice in 9 years, but I think London has the best bid.
Could be wrong, though
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