May 14, 2016

2016 CHL Memorial Cup tournament (in Red Deer, Alberta/ May 20 to May 29) – the 4 teams: Red Deer Rebels (host team), Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), London Knights (OHL), Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL): photo-illustrations with standout players in 2016 playoffs/+ 2016 CHL location-map.

Filed under: Canada,Hockey — admin @ 2:47 pm

By Bill Turianski on 14 May 2016;
WHL official site… [live scores at top banner]
2016 Memorial Cup (,
…2016 CHL Memorial Cup tournament preview at…Memorial Cup Preview (, posted by SchoppNotebook).

Click on image below for:
Location-map of all the teams in the 3 leagues which comprise the Canadian Hockey League (CHL/60 teams)…

The CHL is an umbrella-organization for the 3 leagues; there is no inter-league play except for the post-season tournament…the CHL has a four-team playoff tournament – the Memorial Cup, which is played at a different host-city each May. It is an 8 game tournament (9 if a tie-breaker is needed).

Notes on the Memorial Cup title / CHL title…
The Memorial Cup was instituted in 1919, and was named in remembrance of the Canadians who died in the Great War (World War I). From 1919 to 1971, the Cup was contested between 2 teams: the best junior team each season from Eastern Canada versus the best junior team from Western Canada. (The winner won that season’s Memorial Cup title.) The current format of the Memorial Cup tournament dates to 1971-72, when a 3-team playoff tournament was created. The tournament at that point [1972] involved the champion from each of the 3 leagues:
•The-long-established-[1933]-and-now-20-team OHL.

4 years later [1975], the arrangement was formalized with the institution of the Canadian Hockey League – which, again, is the governing body of the OHL/WHL/QMJHL. In 1982-83, the Memorial Cup tournament was expanded to a 4th team, with the host-city’s team given a place in the competition. (There is a different host-city for the Memorial Cup each May.) Currently, the 60 teams in the CHL (from the 3 member-leagues), which hail from 9 Canadian provinces and 4 American states, compete for the chance to qualify for the Memorial Cup tournament and win the Memorial Cup title/CHL title.

Red Deer, Alberta will host the 2016 Memorial Cup…
2016 Memorial Cup (
The 2016 Memorial Cup tournament will be held at the 6,000-capacity ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta, with the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels the host-team. The tournament will run from May 20th to May 29th, 2016. (Note: within the Red Deer Rebels illustration below, you can read a short paragraph about the etymology and early history of Red Deer, Alberta, and its location with respect to Edmonton & Calgary.)

    Below: the 4 teams who have qualified for the 2016 Memorial Cup tournament…
    2016 Host: Red Deer Rebels / 2016 WHL champions: Brandon Wheat Kings / 2016 OHL champions: London Knights /2016 QMJHL champions: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies…

Red Deer Rebels: 2nd-best at filling their arena in the WHL in 2015-16, at 93.9 percent-capacity.
Host of 2016 Memorial Cup tournament, the Red Deer Rebels…
Photo and Image credits above -
Jersey illustration by Deer Rebels. Aerial view of Red Deer, photo by Waynercook at File:Red Deer – Aerial – downtown bridges.jpg ( Aerial view of Red Deer Alberta in summer, photo unattributed at View of Red Deer in summertime, photo unattributed at Red Deer Rebels 2014-15 alternate burgundy jersey & R and RED DEER shoulder-patch logos, photos from Exterior shot of Enmax Centrium, photo by Curtis Lund via Shot of traveling Red Deer fans cheering on the Rebels’ 5-0 away-win versus the Oil Kings at Rexall Place in Edmonton on March 6, 2014. photo by Derek Leung at
Ivan Nikolishin, photo by Red Deer Rebels at Adam Helewka, photo by at Jake DeBrusk, photo by Swift Current at

The Brandon Wheat Kings are the 2016 Ed Chenowyth Cup winners (their 3rd WHL title)…
Photo and Image credits above -
Brandon Wheat Kings jersey illustration by View of Brandon skyline from nearby lake, photo by Travel Manitoba at . Exterior shot of Keystone Centre in winter, photo by Interior shot of Keystone Centre, with Wheat Kings fans waving gold scarves, photo by Wheat Kings players celebrating Championship Series OT win over Seattle [May 7 2016], photo by Tim Smith at
Nolan Patrick, photo by Tim Smith at John Quenneville, photo unattributed at Tim McGauley, photo by Marissa Baeker, Getty Images via
Jordan Papirny, photo by Greg Southam at Ivan Provorov, photo unattributed at Reid Duke, photo by Doug Westcott at Jayce Hawryluk, photo unattributed at Wheat Kings celebrating in ice after a goal, photo by Brian Liesse at [5/24]. Wheat Kings full-team title celebration photo, photo by Brian Liesse at [24/24], via

London Knights: Best OHL attendance in 2015-16 & 2nd-best at filling their arena in 2015-16 at 99.6 percent-capacity
And: the London Knights are the 2016 Robertson Cup champions (their 4th OHL title)…
Photo and illustration credits above – Jersey front illustrations by Knights. Aerial view of London, ON in early autumn, photo by via Aerial view of downtown London, ON, photo unattributed at Rppftop view of Budweiser Gardens, photo by Craig Glover/London Free Press/QMI Agency via Exterior shot of main entrance to Budweiser Gardens, photo unattributed at Logos from Knights. Team lined up on ice for national anthem in front of another full house at the JLC (aka Budweiser Gardens), photo by London Knights at
Mitchell Marner, photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images via Christian Dvorak, photo by London Free Press via Matthew Tkachuk, photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images via Tyler Parsons, photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images via Knights players celebrating after sweeping Niagara in finals, photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images via

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies:
Best at filling their arena in the QMJHL in 2015-16, at 100.5 percent-capacity.
And: the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are the 2016 President’s Cup winners (their first QMJHL title)…
Photo and Image credits above -
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies jersey, illustration by Huskies Aerial shot of Rouyn-Noranda, photo by Point du Jour Avaiation, here via Shot of Northern Lights above Rouyn-Noranda, photo by Charles Schiele Photography at Shot of interior of Aréna Iamgold, photo by François Fortin at
Standout Huskies players in 2016 QMJHL playoffs…
Timo Meier, photo unattributed, here, at Francis Perron, after scoring in 2nd game of 2016 Presidents Cup finals (4-1 to Huskies), photo by Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at Chase Marchand, photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images via Anthony-John Greer, after scoring in 2nd game of 2016 Presidents Cup finals (4-1 to Huskies), photo by Jean-François Vachon/TC Media via Jean-Christophe-Beaudin, photo by Agencie QMI via Title celebration photo, by Vincent Éthier/QMJHL Media at
-Thanks to the contributors at Western Hockey League;
Ontario Hockey League;
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (

Thanks to the fine site known as Elite (Hockey Prospects), for player info…

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