2019 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia: Game 1 Preview – Raiders vs. Mooseheads

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The 2019 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia kicks off Friday night as the host Halifax Mooseheads welcome the WHL Champion Prince Albert Raiders to the Maritimes.

It took seven games for the Raiders to overcome the Vancouver Giants in order to hoist the Ed Chynoweth Cup and be crowned as WHL Champions. Now, for the first time since 1985, the Raiders set their sights on Memorial Cup glory.

With 112 points and 54 wins through the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season, the Raiders enjoyed their best season since 1985 and capped it off with a WHL Championship. Ranked among the top teams in the CHL for the vast majority of the season, Prince Albert enters the Memorial Cup with high expectations and high hopes for becoming the first WHL team to claim the national championship since the Edmonton Oil Kings did so in 2014.

As for the Mooseheads, their playoff run fell short in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as they suffered defeat at the hands of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in six games.

A 49-win, 102-point regular season placed the Mooseheads atop the QMJHL’s Eastern Conference at the conclusion of the regular season, after which they survived a first-round playoff scare from the Quebec Remparts to advance in seven games. From there, Mooseheads knocked off the Moncton Wildcats (4-0) and Drummondville Voltigeurs (4-2) before falling to the aforementioned Huskies in the QMJHL’s President’s Cup.

Following bitter defeat in the QMJHL championship, the Mooseheads will be eager to open up to the 2019 Memorial Cup with a strong showing in front of a hometown crowd on Friday evening (5 p.m. MT/8 p.m. AT).

Prince Albert Raiders
54-10-2-2, 112 points
307 GF, 156 GA
Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy – First Place

Top Scorers (Regular Season):

  1. Brett Leason, 36-53–89, 2019 NHL Draft eligible
  2. Noah Gregor, 43-45–88, San Jose Sharks (4-111, 2016)
  3. Cole Fonstad, 29-44–73, Montreal Canadiens (5-128, 2018)
  4. Parker Kelly, 35-32–67, Ottawa Senators (Free agent, 2017)
  5. Dante Hannoun, 29-38–67

Top Goaltender (Regular Season):

Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-110, 2017) – 49 GP, 38-8-1-2, 8 SO, 1.83 GAA, .923 SV%

Halifax Mooseheads
49-15-2-2, 102 points
300 GF, 164 GA
First Place, QMJHL Eastern Conference

Top Scorers (Regular Season):

  1. Samuel Asselin, 48-38–86
  2. Benoit-OIivier Groulx, 31-49–80, Anaheim Ducks (2-54, 2018)
  3. Arnaud Durandeau, 38-35–73, New York Islanders (6-165, 2017)
  4. Raphael Lavoie, 32-41–73, 2019 NHL Draft Eligible
  5. Antoine Morand, 22-48–70, Anaheim Ducks (2-60, 2017)

Top Goaltender (Regular Season):

Alexis Gravel (Chicago Blackhawks, 6-162, 2018) – 49 GP, 33-13-1-2, 5 SO, 2.49 GAA, .913 SV%

Player to Watch – Prince Albert Raiders

2019 WHL Playoff MVP and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Ian Scott is your player to watch for the Prince Albert Raiders.

Scott, a 19-year-old product of Calgary, Alta., followed up on a stellar WHL Regular Season by posting another five shutouts alongside a 1.96 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in the 2019 WHL Playoffs. The 6-foot-3, 183-pound puck stopper was calm, cool and collected when his team needed him most.

Bringing big game experience to the table having represented Canada at the 2019 World Junior Championship, Scott will be vital if the Raiders are to enjoy good fortunes in Game 1.

Player to Watch – Halifax Mooseheads

Samuel Asselin, a 20-year-old product of L’Assomption, Que., is your player to watch for the Halifax Mooseheads.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound forward is a savvy veteran, having won the 2018 QMJHL President’s Cup and 2018 Memorial Cup as a member of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Asselin enjoyed a career season in 2018-19, registering career bests in goals (48), assists (38) and points (86). The speedy, shifty forward added another 17 points (9G-8A) in 22 post-season contests with the Mooseheads.

Game 1 of the 2019 Memorial Cup Presented by Kia is set for 5 p.m. MT/8 p.m. AT in Halifax. Catch all the action on Sportsnet or at For complete information on the 2019 Memorial Cup, please visit

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