Congratulations to the Kelowna Rockets, the winners of the 2015 Ed Chynoweth Cup!
In what was expected to be an intense battle of two heavyweights in the Eastern and Western Conference, the Rockets seemed to handle the red hot Wheat Kings, with the average margin of victory being around 2 goals. After a disappointing end to a record winning season in 2014, the Rockets came out strong and finally captured the Ed Chynoweth Cup. Since moving from Tacoma, Washington in 1995, Kelowna has won the WHL title 4 times (2003, 2005, 2009, 2015). The Rockets have only won one Memorial Cup tournament, and that was back when Kelowna hosted the Memorial Cup in 2004.
And now here’s a lookb back at the results of the 2015 WHL Championship:
Brandon Wheat Kings vs Edmonton Oil Kings
Game 1: Kelowna 4, Brandon 3 – Westman Communications Group Place at Keystone Centre, Brandon, Manitoba
Game 2: Kelowna 5, Brandon 3 – Westman Communications Group Place at Keystone Centre, Brandon, Manitoba
Game 3: Brandon 3, Kelowna 5 – Prospera Place, Kelowna, British Columbia
Game 4: Brandon 0, Kelowna 3 – Prospera Place, Kelowna, British Columbia
Kelowna wins WHL Championship 4-0.
With the victory, the Rockets clinch a berth in the 2015 Memorial Cup tournament held in Quebec City, Quebec. As the WHL representatives, they will go up against the host team Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.
Still to be determined is the Ontario Hockey League representative (Erie Otters or the Oshawa Generals).
As for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Quebec Remparts already had an automatic bid to the Memorial Cup (as they are hosting the tournament), meaning that the Rimouski Oceanic will receive a bid to represent the QMJHL, regardless if they win the QMJHL championship or not.
The tournament begins on May 22nd.