Patrick Roy’s Quebec Rempart’s have won the 2006 Memorial Cup in a 6-2 victory over the Moncton WildCats. The score was not indicative of the play as the Remparts goaltender Cedrick Dejardins turned away 46 of 48 shots. It was a happy ending for the Rempart goaltender that had a horrific game in last year’s memorial cup final as a member of the Rimouski Oceanic. Alexander Radulov (NAS) proved his worth being named the Memorial Cup MVP shortly after being named the CHL player of the year. Radulov continued his scoring prowess by scoring 2 goals and adding 3 assists in the final game. The Remparts kept the strong Moncton attack to the outside allowing Dejardins an adequate line of sight to stop most of the shots but Dejardins also came up with some huge saves when the game was close to keep the Remparts on top.
The Remparts were the runner up to the Wildcats for the QMJHL title where Moncton won the series in 6 games. Quebec won the next 2 games in the Memorial Cup tournament including the final championship game. This was the second Memorial Cup Championship in Remparts history. The last came in 1971 when Guy Lafleur led the Remparts to victory.
Some of the story lines going into this final were Patrick Roy’s 10-year itch. The soon to be hall of famer won Stanely cups in 86, and 96. Of course he did win 2 other cups but he has not gone more then 10 years without a championship since ’86 and this victory assured the itch had been quelled.
There was some “competitive” hatred as noted by Wildcat coach Ted Nolan when Roy accused Moncton goaltender Josh Tordjman of playing above his skill level. The outspoken Roy was never one to be politically correct and the comment was likely to reduce the pressure off his team.
Another exciting CHL season has come to a close with the attention now turning to the 2006 Entry Draft in Vancouver. As usual, the CHL is well represented in this year’s draft. As for next year, you will likely see some players like Brule (CLB), Radulov (NAS), Pogge (TOR) and many others make their professional jump but look out for some exciting talent like John Taveres of the Oshawa Generals and Angelo Esposito of the Quebec Remparts excel their game to new levels and become the next generation of dominating players in the CHL.