2005 Memorial Cup
London, Ontario

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Host team London Knights
Champions London Knights
Duration May 21–29, 2005
Number of games 8
Number of teams 4
Memorial Cup Tournaments



The 2005 Memorial Cup was held May 21-29, 2005 at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario. The Cup tournament featured the champions from the Western Hockey League, the Kelowna Rockets, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Rimouski Océanic, the Ottawa 67's representing the Ontario Hockey League, and the host team. Since the host team, the London Knights, won the Ontario Hockey League championship against the Ottawa 67's, the 67's earned the right to represent the OHL as the runner-up. The Knights had never won the Memorial Cup, unlike the other three teams, despite having a franchise for longer than any of the other three teams (40 seasons). 2005 marked both London's first ever OHL championship and first Memorial Cup victory in its 40 year history.

Round-robin standingsEdit

London Knights (host) 330137
Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL) 3211110
Ottawa 67's (OHL) 312811
Kelowna Rockets (WHL) 303711


Media attention was unusually high, with the television ratings the highest ever recorded for the tournament [1]. There were several reasons for this increase in media attention:

  1. Lack of competition from the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. The NHL season was cancelled because of a labour dispute, which made the Memorial Cup tournament the most important active North American hockey trophy in the interim. Further, since there was no NHL, some of the young prospects were able to play for their junior teams instead of playing for their affiliated NHL teams. As such, the better junior players helped facilitate more competitive games.
  2. The presence of two of the best teams ever in junior hockey.
    a) The London Knights went 31 games in a row undefeated to begin their season, setting a new CHL record. The team was ranked number 1 in the weekly CHL rankings for the entire length of the season. The Knights had also never won the Memorial Cup in their entire 40 year history. This would be a perfect year to win the cup as the tournament was held in London which was also the city's sesquicentennial.
    b) The Rimouski Océanic with superstar Sidney Crosby went even longer undefeated at the end of the season and into the QMJHL playoffs, setting a new Q record with 28 games undefeated. They actually went 35 games without losing including the regular season and QMJHL playoffs, with a third-round loss to Chicoutimi being their only loss in the QMJHL in the 2005 calendar year half of the 2004–05 season. As the CHL did not count the playoff games towards their streak, London's mark remains the longest in the record books, a fact that the Océanic used as motivation. 2005 was also to be Crosby's last year in the CHL and final opportunity to win the Memorial Cup.
  3. The Kelowna Rockets were the defending Memorial Cup champions.
  4. The Ottawa 67's, coached by the "legendary" Brian Kilrea, finished in a distant 6th place in their conference but made a strong playoff performance to come back to face the Knights in the OHL final.


Kelowna Rockets (WHL) London Knights (host)




Head Coach: Jeff Truitt




Head Coach: Dale Hunter

Ottawa 67's (OHL) Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)



  • 2 - Brodie Beard
  • 3 - Nick Van Herpt
  • 4 - Will Colbert
  • 5 - David Jarram
  • 6 - Brad Staubitz
  • 22 - Robbie Lawrance
  • 77 - Derek Joslin
  • 85 - Elgin Reid


Head Coach: Brian Kilrea




Head Coach: Doris Labonte


Round robinEdit

May 21, 2005
Rimouski 3–4 (OT) London John Labatt Centre
S. Crosby 06:37
M. Pouliot 09:09
D. Roussin 16:52
M. Methot 02:37
D. Fritsche 21:44
C. Perry 44:02
M. Methot 69:36
May 22, 2005
Ottawa 3–2 (2OT) Kelowna John Labatt Centre
M. Mancari 26:56
E. Reid 42:55
B. Staubitz 95:41
T. Bodie 04:34
B. Comeau 31:34
May 23, 2005
London 4–2 Kelowna John Labatt Centre
D. Larman 07:16
C. Perry 27:22
C. Perry 34:02
D. Larman 46:50
T. Bodie 00:39
D. Deschamps 50:46
May 24, 2005
Ottawa 3–4 Rimouski John Labatt Centre
L. Kaspar 18:24
B. Staubitz 40:50
J. McGinn 52:28
S. Crosby 11:18
D. Roussin 14:19
M. Pouliot 21:00
D. Roussin 47:00
May 25, 2005
Kelowna 3–4 Rimouski John Labatt Centre
T. Spurgeon 22:14
B. Comeau 42:23
B. Comeau 46:14
Z. Hrdel 17:01
S. Crosby 24:53
M. Scalzo 31:57
F. Bolduc 36:14
May 26, 2005
London 5–2 Ottawa John Labatt Centre
D. Girardi 11:46
D. Hunter 24:56
D. Syvret 31:52
C. Perry 37:13
D. Fritsche 58:10
C. Hulit 08:48
M. Mancari 40:53


May 28, 2005
Ottawa 4–7 Rimouski John Labatt Centre
J. McGinn 05:43
J. McGinn 07:20
D. Joslin 42:11
J. Talbot 56:42
S. Crosby 01:48
P. Coulombe 04:40
M. Pouliot 09:45
S. Crosby 21:41
P. Coulombe 43:27
M. Scalzo 46:46
S. Crosby 51:47


May 29, 2005
Rimouski 0–4 London John Labatt Centre
D. Fritsche 03:45
B. Rodney 17:00
D. Bolland 21:48
R. Schremp 42:34

Scoring leadersEdit

  1. Sidney Crosby, RIM (6g, 5a, 11pts)
  2. Marc-Antoine Pouliot, RIM (3g, 7a, 10pts)
  3. Dany Roussin, RIM (3g, 6a, 9pts)
  4. Mario Scalzo, Jr., RIM (2g, 7a, 9pts)
  5. Corey Perry, LDN (4g, 3a, 7pts)
  6. Patrick Coulombe, RIM (2g, 5a, 7pts)
  7. Danny Fritsche, LDN (3g, 3a, 6pts)
  8. Robbie Schremp, LDN (1g, 5a, 6pts)
  9. Danny Syvret, LDN (1g, 4a, 5pts)
  10. Dylan Hunter, LDN (1g, 4a, 5pts)

Leading goaltendersEdit

  1. Adam Dennis, LDN (1.58 gaa, .936 sv%)
  2. Kristofer Westblom, KEL (3.08 gaa, .910 sv%)
  3. Cedrick Desjardins, RIM (3.69 gaa, .914 sv%)
  4. Danny Battochio, OTT (3.93 gaa, .907 sv%)

Award winnersEdit

All-star team

The road to the cupEdit

For more information, see 2004–05 QMJHL season, 2004–05 OHL season, and 2004–05 WHL season.

WHL playoffsEdit

  Conference Quarter-finals Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals WHL Championship
E1  Brandon 4  
E4  Moose Jaw 1  
  E1  Brandon 4  
  C3  Calgary 3  
C2  Lethbridge 1
C3  Calgary 4  
  E1  Brandon 4  
  E3  Prince Albert 3  
C1  Medicine Hat 4  
C4  Red Deer 3  
  C1  Medicine Hat 2
  E3  Prince Albert 4  
E2  Saskatoon 0
E3  Prince Albert 4  
  E1  Brandon 1
  B2  Kelowna 4
B1  Kootenay 4  
B4  Kamloops 2  
  B1  Kootenay 4
  U3  Everett 0  
U2  Portland 3
U3  Everett 4  
  B1  Kootenay 2
  B2  Kelowna 4  
B2  Kelowna 4  
B3  Vancouver 2  
  B2  Kelowna 4
  U1  Seattle 3  
U1  Seattle 4
U4  Tri-City 1  

OHL playoffsEdit

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Finals
E1  Mississauga 1  
E8  Toronto 4  
  E8  Toronto 1  
  E2  Peterborough 4  
E2  Peterborough 4
E7  Belleville 1  
  E2  Peterborough 0  
  E6  Ottawa 4  
E3  Barrie 2  
E6  Ottawa 4  
  E6  Ottawa 4
  E5  Sudbury 2  
E4  Brampton 2
E5  Sudbury 4  
  E6  Ottawa 1
  W1  London 4
W1  London 4  
W8  Guelph 0  
  W1  London 4
  W7  Windsor 0  
W2  S.S. Marie 3
W7  Windsor 4  
  W1  London 4
  W4  Kitchener 1  
W3  Owen Sound 4  
W6  Plymouth 0  
  W3  Owen Sound 0
  W4  Kitchener 4  
W4  Kitchener 4
W5  Erie 2  

QMJHL playoffsEdit

  First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  1  Rimouski 4  
    10  Lewiston 0  
7  Shawinigan 0
10  Lewiston 4  
  1  Rimouski 4  
  4  Chicoutimi 1  
4  Chicoutimi 4  
13  Baie-Comeau 2  
  4  Chicoutimi 4
    5  Québec 2  
5  Québec 4
12  Victoriaville 3  
  1  Rimouski 4
  2  Halifax 0
  2  Halifax 4
    8  Gatineau 1  
8  Gatineau 4
9  Cape Breton 1  
  2  Halifax 4
  3  Rouyn-Noranda 0  
  3  Rouyn-Noranda 4
    6  Moncton 2  
6  Moncton 4
11  Drummondville 2

See alsoEdit

Preceded by
2004 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup Succeeded by
2006 Memorial Cup

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