CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
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The Canadian Hockey League’s Memorial Cup is a tough trophy to win.
No less than 60 teams compete for it, from the three leagues that make up the CHL: the WHL, the OHL, and the QMJHL. The players who vie to win it are between 16 and 21 years old, a sampling of North America’s and Europe’s best. They’re just one step from the NHL and equivalent leagues elsewhere, and many will take that step up next year.
Last season, in Halifax Nova Scotia, the awarding of the Memorial Cup marked its 100th anniversary. This year would have been its 101st—if the season hadn’t been cut short by COVID-19, resulting in the tournament’s cancelation.
Nevertheless, the 2020 season saw a lot of great hockey, which deserved to be acknowledged. So, working with the CHL, we put together this piece. Rather than mourning the season’s untimely end, it celebrates the highlights that made the season memorable. It features a diverse group of players who all share the likelihood of being drafted and going pro next year. Even though their Memorial Cup dreams didn’t materialize, these young players face bright futures. And this spot expresses our appreciation for all they gave us as their fans.’’