The Edmonton Oil Kings are familiar with the Portland Winterhawks, having faced them the last three seasons in the WHL finals. They defeated their opponent in seven games in 2011-12 but lost last season in six.
The Oil Kings feel a sense of seeking redemption for the way things ended last year.
“If you look at the first year we won, that was part of their focus coming into the finals last year,” Edmonton Head Coach Derek Laxdal said. “Redemption and obviously they’d lost two years in a row coming in at that point. This year it’s a little bit of a rubber match kind of a mentality but we’re definitely a lot more hungry than we were last year. We’ve got a new group of kids here, we’ve got a different team and I know our guys are real focused and we’ve got different leadership. You can see from our leadership right now that there’s a hunger in this group and you can see it in the practices we’ve had in the last three days and you can just kind of feel the intensity in our room.”