The Memorial Cup begins Friday night in Red Deer with the host Rebels in action.
Brent Sutter’s team, that lost to eventual WHL champ Brandon in the East final, takes to the ice against the Ontario Hockey League champion London Knights.
The Knights are perhaps the favourite to win the event with Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick Mitch Marner in the lineup as well as forward Matthew Tkachuk and defenceman Olli Juolevi who are forecast to be top 10 picks in this year’s NHL draft.
Besides the Rebels, Knights and Wheat Kings, the other team in the event are the Quebec league champions—the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
They come into the tournament ranked number 1 in the CHL with a record of 54-9-5.