Rangers Win 2003 MasterCard Memorial Cup
Kitchener got out to an early start in Sunday`s Championship final as Andre Benoit scored at the 1:45 mark of the first period and Gregory Campbell followed with his first goal of the tournament as he tipped in a Benoit point shot to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead with just 3:32 played in the game. Campbell scored on the Rangers` first power play of the hockey game. Kitchener controlled the first period as they fired nine shots at Eric Lafrance in the Olympiques` net while Rangers` goaltender Scott Dickie was called on to make just four saves.
Rookie Evan McGrath, with his first of two goals in the game, increased Kitchener`s lead to 3-0 as he scored a power play goal just 1:26 into the second frame. The two teams would trade six goals in the second period with the Rangers emerging with a 5-3 lead after forty minutes of play. Mathieu Brunelle scored a power play goal for Hull at 7:40 to make the score 3-1 and with six minutes left to play in the period the flurry started with four goals being scored in 4:37. George Halkidis started things at 14:01 to restore Kitchener`s lead to three goals but the Olympiques` power play worked again as Nick Fugere made the score 4-2 just 46 seconds after the Halkidis goal. McGrath would score again giving the Rangers a 5-2 lead at 17:20 but Hull`s power play would respond again as Doug O`Brien scored the Olympiques` third power play goal of the period at 18:38 to make the score 5-3 after two periods of play
Kitchener controlled the third period out shooting Hull 13-8 and David Clarkson`s unassisted goal with 2:38 left to play sealed the victory for the Rangers.
Kitchener was 2 for 8 on the power play while Hull scored all three of their goals on the power play as they also had eight man advantage situations. The Rangers out shot the Olympiques 30 to 25 on the game.
The last Memorial Cup win for the Rangers was in 1982 when they defeated the Sherbrooke Castors 7-4 in the final game in the tournament that was played in Hull. For Kitchener the 2003 Memorial Cup was the fifth time that they had qualified for the Canadian Hockey League championship tournament and each time they have appeared in the championship final.
Roy Named 2003 MasterCard Memorial Cup MVP
Kitchener Rangers` Captain Derek Roy was named as the winner of the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the 2003 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The four-team tournament was held in Quebec City with the Rangers skating to a 6-3 win over the Hull Olympiques to capture the Memorial Cup and the Canadian Hockey League championship.
Roy, the winner of the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the Most Valuable Player in the 2003 Ontario Hockey League playoffs, recorded four points on three goals and one assist in Kitchener`s four games in the tournament. Roy also finished the tournaments with a plus minus rating of plus 5 and he was a plus 2 in the Championship Final. Roy, a second round pick of the Buffalo Sabres, becomes the first Ranger to win the Memorial Cup MVP award.
Rangers` winger Gregory Campbell was a double winner as he captured the Ed Chynoweth Trophy as the tournament`s leading scorer and he was selected as the winner of the George Parsons Trophy as the Most Sportsmanlike Player. Campbell, a Florida Panthers` draft selection, recorded seven points on one goal and seven assists to winning the scoring title. Campbell moved into first place in the scoring parade with a one goal and two assist performance in the Championship Final.
Goaltender Scott Dickie continued the Rangers` dominance of the 2003 MasterCard Memorial Cup awards as he was selected as the winner of the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the top goaltender. Dickie won four games and led the tournament with a goals against average of 2.25 and his save percentage of .911 was also the best in the four-team tournament.
The sweep of the four awards by one team was a first for the tournament. The Ed Chynoweth Trophy was first presented in 1996 and the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as been presented at every Memorial Cup since 1972. The George Parsons Trophy was introduced and the Hap Emms Trophy was first presented in 1975.
Rangers Dominate All-star Team
The Kitchener Rangers added to their 2003 MasterCard Memorial Cup win on Sunday by dominating the tournament all-star team. The Rangers had five players selected to the team, as Doug O`Brien of the Hull Olympiques was the only non-Ranger to earn all-star team honours.
Leading the way was Kitchener captain Derek Roy who was also selected as the winner of the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the tournament`s Most Valuable Player. Joining Roy, who recorded three goals and one assist in four games, on the forward line were teammates Mike Richards and Gregory Campbell. Campbell won the Ed Chynoweth Trophy as the leading scorer in the tournament as he finished with one goal and six assists. Campbell was also selected as the winner of the George Parsons Trophy as the Most Sportsmanlike Player in the tournament. Richards, who is a top prospect for next month`s National Hockey League Entry Draft, finished the tournament with two goals and three assists.
Ranger defenceman Steve Eminger was selected as one of the two defencemen on the tournament all-star team. The other defenceman on the all-star team was Doug O`Brien of Hull. In five games, O`Brien was a plus two, scored once and added two assists.
Kitchener`s Scott Dickie was selected as the goaltender on the 2003 MasterCard Memorial Cup All-star team. Dickie, the winner of the Hap Emms Memorial Award as the top goaltender in the tournament, went all the way in goal for the Rangers as he won four games and led all netminders with a 2.25 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.
The last time one team placed five players on the Memorial Cup All-star team was in Oshawa in 1987 when the Medicine Hat Tigers turned the trick. In the 1987 tournament, won by the Tigers, the all-star team consisted of goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick, defencman Wayne McBean, centre Jeff Wenaas, left-winger Dale Kushner and right-winger Guy Phillips. Defenceman Gord Murphy of the Oshawa General was the only non-Tiger to make the all-star team.
2003 MasterCard Memorial Cup sets Attendance Record
The 2003 MasterCard Memorial Cup set a new attendance record for a Memorial Cup tournament as attendance at the Championship Final was 14,366 bringing the total attendance for the eight game tournament to 84,675. The previous record was set in Ottawa in 1999 when 84,200 fans attended the eight games.
With the final total, a new record has also been established for average game attendance, as the average game attendance at the 2003 MasterCard Memorial Cup was 10,584 beating the previous record of 10,525 that was set in Ottawa in 1999.
The attendance at the Championship Final was the second largest in Memorial Cup tournament history. The record for both a game and the championship final was set on May 10, 1990 when a crowd of 17,383 saw the Oshawa Generals defeat the Kitchener Rangers in double overtime at Hamilton`s Copps Coliseum.
The attendance at the semi final game between the Hull Olympiques and the Kelowna Rockets was 11,202, which set a new record for attendance at a semi final game. The previous record was set on May 23, 1999 in Ottawa.
2003 MasterCard Memorial Cup A Tournament of Firsts
The 2003 MasterCard Memorial Cup officially came to a close on Sunday evening in Quebec City with the Kitchener Rangers defeating the Hull Olympiques by a score of 6-3 to win the 85th edition of the Memorial Cup. The tournament, which featured the championship teams of the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as well as the host Quebec Remparts, saw a number of firsts. Some of those firsts include:
- New tournament record for attendance as 84,675 fans attended the eight game tournament
- Average attendance for the eight games was 10,584, a new record
- Attendance of 11,202 at semi final game sets new record for attendance at a semi final game
- Crowd of 14,366 at Championship final is second largest single game crowd in tournament history
- Opening game record set with 10,928 fans
- Rangers win first Memorial Cup since 1982
- First QMJHL - OHL final since Halifax in 2000
- First time since 1990 that the OHL Champion wins the Memorial Cup
- First win for the OHL in a QMJHL-OHL final since Guelph defeated Hull in 1986. QMJHL had a two game winning streak, 1996, Granby over Peterborough, and 2000, Rimouski defeated Barrie.
- Host Remparts go 0-3, first host team to go winless
- First time since 1982 that a team from the OHL wins a Memorial Cup in a tournament hosted by the QMJHL. Ironically, in 1982 the Kitchener Rangers won the tournament that was played in Hull.
- Rangers win all four individual awards becoming first team to sweep the four awards.
- Five Rangers are selected to Tournament All-star team, first time since 1987, Medicine Hat, that one team has had five players named to the All-star team.