1982 Memorial Cup
The 1982 Memorial Cup was held May 8–15, 1982, at the Robert Guertin Arena in Hull, Quebec. It was the 64th annual Memorial Cup competition and determined the major junior ice hockey champion of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). The champions of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and Western Hockey League (WHL) – the Kitchener Rangers, Sherbrooke Castors and Portland Winter Hawks respectively – competed for the championship in a double round-robin tournament. The Winter Hawks became the first American-based team to compete for the trophy, while the Rangers defeated the Beavers in the final to capture their first Memorial Cup championship. Sherbrooke's Sean McKenna was named tournament most valuable player.
The Kitchener Rangers entered the tournament as J. Ross Robertson Cup champions in the OHL having defeated the Ottawa 67's in the final. The Sherbrooke Castors won the QMJHL's President's Cup by defeating the Trois-Rivières Draveurs. As the Castors had announced their intention to relocate to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu the following season, they hoped to leave Sherbrooke as national champions. The Portland Winter Hawks overcame the Regina Pats in the WHL final to win that league's President's Cup. In doing so, they became the first American-based team to compete for Canada's national junior championship. The Winter Hawks entered the tournament as favourite to win the title.
The tournament was held in a double round-robin format, with each squad playing their opponents twice. The Rangers were routed by the Castors 10–4 in the opening game, but rebounded to defeat the Winter Hawks 9–2 in the second. Brian Bellows broke a Memorial Cup record in the second game, scoring the fastest goal to start a game in tournament history at 11 seconds. Portland then defeated Sherbrook 6–5 in overtime to bring all three teams to one win and one loss apiece. The Rangers rebounded from their opening loss to Sherbrooke, defeating the Castors 4–0 the second time around, but lost 4–2 to the Winter Hawks. Sherbrooke closed out the round robin with a 7–3 victory over Portland.
As all three teams tied with 2–2 records, the Rangers and Castors went through to the final via greater goal differential. The championship game was held on May 15 in front of 4,091 fans. The Rangers led the game 3–1 after the first period, and 5–2 after the second. Kitchener's Mike Eagles put the game out of reach by scoring two short handed goals 14-seconds apart early in the third. For the Rangers, it was their first Memorial Cup championship in franchise history. Sherbrooke's Sean McKenna was named tournament most valuable player after scoring 11 points in 5 games. His selection that upset the Rangers who felt that Brian Bellows, who scored five points in the championship game, should have won the award.
|Sherbrooke Castors (QMJHL)||4||2||2||22||17|
|Kitchener Rangers (OHL)||4||2||2||19||16|
|Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)||4||2||2||15||23|
- May 8 Sherbrooke 10–4 Kitchener
- May 9 Kitchener 9–2 Portland
- May 10 Portland 6–5 Sherbrooke
- May 11 Kitchener 4–0 Sherbrooke
- May 12 Portland 4–2 Kitchener
- May 13 Sherbrooke 7–3 Portland
- May 15 Kitchener 7–4 Sherbrooke
Several players from this tournament went on to play in the National Hockey League (NHL). Kitchener defencemen Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens both went on to Hall of Fame careers. Both won the Stanley Cup during their NHL careers, as did Brian Bellows. Wendell Young, Mike Eagles, Mike Hough, John Tucker, David Shaw, Grant Martin, Jeff Larmer, Mike Moher and Perry Pelensky also moved on from the Rangers to the NHL. From Sherbrooke, Sean McKenna, John Chabot, Paul Boutilier and Gerard Gallant. And from Portland, Gary Nylund and Darrell May.
Brian Bellows, Darryl Boudreau, Kevin Casey, Louis Crawford, Larry Carroll, Mike Eagles, Mike Hough, Jeff Larmer, Joel Levesque, Al MacInnis, Grant Martin, Mario Michieli, Mike Moher, Dave Nicholls, Jim Ralph, Robert Savard, Brad Schnurr, David Shaw, David Poldrugovac Scott Stevens, John Tucker, Wendell Young. Coach: Joe Crozier
- Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (MVP): Sean McKenna, Sherbrooke
- George Parsons Trophy (Sportsmanship): Brian Bellows, Kitchener
- Hap Emms Memorial Trophy (Goaltender): Michel Morrissette, Sherbrooke
- Goal: Michel Morrissette, Sherbrooke
- Defence: Paul Boutilier, Sherbrooke; Gary Nylund, Portland, Al MacInnis, Kitchener
- Centre: John Chabot, Sherbrooke
- Left wing: Jeff Larmer, Kitchener
- Right wing: Sean McKenna, Sherbrooke
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