They had to do it the hard way, but Colorado Avalanche prospect Cody Corbett and the Edmonton Oil Kings have won the 2014 Memorial Cup following a 6-3 win over the Guelph Storm. The OHL Champion Storm had been undefeated in the tournament leading into the Memorial Cup championship game against the WHL Champion Oil Kings. The Storm earned an automatic berth in the championship game after winning all three of their preliminary games. The Oil Kings, on the other hand, had to play a fourth game, the semifinal against the QMJHL Champion Val-d'Or Foreurs, in order to advance to the championship contest.
Guelph played nine periods in three games to get to the final. Edmonton played 17 periods in four games to make it to the same point, thanks to two brutally long contests against Val-d'Or. But when the Storm and the Oil Kings met in the final, it seemed that Edmonton saved their best game for last, handing Guelph their only defeat of the tournament, and by a convincing score as well.
Assuming Cody Corbett attends the Avalanche training camp this fall, this will be the second year in a row that a player has won the Memorial Cup and proceeded to join Colorado a few months later. Last year that was none other than Nathan MacKinnon, of course. Lest anyone think that is not a remarkable fact, remember that the Memorial Cup is awarded to the Champion of THREE leagues totaling 60 teams. Memorial Cup Champions most certainly do not grow on trees. The Avalanche are surely quite proud of Corbett's accomplishment, and glad to have him in their developmental system, as they should be.
Given how many young developing defensemen Colorado has, we probably won't be seeing Corbett suit up for the Avalanche next season, although now that he is 20, he shouldn't be going back to the juniors either. The most likely scenario is that Corbett will be assigned to the team's AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, where he will continue his promising development. If he continues on his current path, he could become a key part of the Avalanche in the not too distant future.Tags: Cody Corbett, Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Hockey, Memorial Cup, Nathan MacKinnon, NHL