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Memorial Cup: Unexpected Records

by Deborah Francisco
With a history spanning 93 years, it should come as no surprise that many elite players have vied for the honors of hoisting the famed Memorial Cup, including the likes of Sidney Crosby, Manny Malhotra, Jamie Benn and Jarome Iginla, however, here are five records you never would have expected:

5 -- The record for the most goals scored in a single series is 8 goals and includes Hall of Famers Dale Hawerchuk and Luc Robitaille, among others.

Hawerchuk’s 8-goal series helped fuel the Cornwall Royals of the QMJHL to the Memorial Cup championship in 1981. His heroics earned him Memorial Cup MVP honors that same season.  He went on to have a successful 15-year NHL career and he is currently the head coach of the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.

Robitaille tallied his 8 goals in 1986 as a member of the Hull Olympiques of the QMJHL. He notched so many points in his three years in the league (155 goals, 269 assists) that the QMJHL created a trophy in his name that is awarded annually to the team that scores the most goals each season.

4 -- Darcy Tucker is among the four players who boast the most Memorial cups won. Tucker won three titles with the Kamloops Blazers in 1992, 1994 and 1995 respectively. He was the 1994 recipient of the Memorial Cup MVP and he went on to play 14 seasons in the NHL.

3 -- Joe Primeau is one of only 13 coaches to lead his team to two Memorial Cup championships. Primeau, also known as "Gentleman Joe," accomplished the feat in 1945 and 1947 as the head coach of the Toronto St. Michael’s. As a player in the NHL, Primeau won the Stanley Cup and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as a member of the Maple Leafs in 1932. He went on to coach the Maple Leafs to a Stanley Cup victory in 1951.

2 -- Jarome Iginla won the George Parsons Trophy for sportsmanship in 1995 as a member of the Kamloops Blazers and was named the WHL's player of the year the following season in 1996. He is currently the captain of the Calgary Flames and is a six-time NHL All-Star. He has twice led the NHL in goals (2002, 2004) and was selected as the 2002 Lester B. Pearson recipient.

1 -- Bruce Boudreau holds the record for the most goals scored in a single game as he notched five goals on May 9, 1975 as a member of the Toronto Marlboros in a 10-4 win against Sherbrooke. He went on to play 20 seasons of professional hockey in the NHL and WHA and is currently the coach of the Washington Capitals. He received the Jack Adams Award as the most outstanding coach in the NHL in 2008.
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