Blackhawks Fans’ Guide to Watching the Memorial Cup
Over the weekend, the field for the Memorial Cup was finalized. The prestigious championship of the CHL is a four-team round-robin tournament that includes the host team — this year, the Kamloops Blazers — with the champions of the WHL, OHL and QMJHL.
The Seattle Thunderbirds clinched their berth on Friday night, meaning three Blackhawks prospects will participate in the Memorial Cup dance this year. Three of the Blackhawks’ top prospects — Kevin Korchinski, Colton Dach and Nolan Allan — are part of a stacked roster full of NHL draft picks and players who will likely hear their names called in late-June this summer. They won the WHL.
On Sunday, the Quebec Remparts — coached by Patrick Roy — won the QMJHL championship to lock down their spot in the Memorial Cup field. And, also on Sunday, the Peterborough Petes won the OHL championship to clinch their spot in the dance as well.
The Memorial Cup games begin on Friday night. Seattle faces Peterborough on Saturday afternoon and then Quebec on Monday evening. The Thunderbirds conclude their round-robin schedule with a game against the host Blazers next Wednesday evening. All of these games will be available to watch in the United States on the NHL Network.