There was a parade in Saint John, NB, Sunday afternoon as part of 2022 Memorial Cup festivities leading up to Monday's opening game between the Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs and the host-city Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. All four teams, including the QMJHL champion Shawinigan Cataractes and the Western Hockey League winner Edmonton Oil Kings, were feted along the parade root.
"All right, it was good. It was cool to see everyone and the city come together," said Ryan Winterton, the Kraken's 2021 third-round draft choice and one of OHL Hamilton's leading scorers during a high-performance playoff run. "It's going to be an exciting 10 days here ... the hockey should be pretty good."
The "10 days" of Memorial Cup represents a storied tournament that rewards champions of the three leagues comprising the elite junior Canadian Hockey League, plus affords a chance to become national champions at the highest level. The nightly games (7 pm. local and 3 p.m. Pacific) begin with a round-robin tournament with each team playing a game each against other opponents.