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Martenet, London win Memorial Cup

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars defense prospect Chris Martenet (fourth round/2015) is a Memorial Cup champion. Martenet’s London Knights defeated Rouyn-Noranda, 3-2, in overtime Sunday in Red Deer, Alberta to win the 2016 Memorial Cup.

The Knights – the Ontario Hockey League champions – closed out the postseason with 17 straight wins, including four straight at the Memorial Cup. Matthew Tkachuk - one of the top-ranked prospects for this summer’s NHL Draft – scored 7:49 into overtime for London, which tied the game with 4:11 left in regulation.

Rouyn-Noranda – the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champs – finished the tournament with a 2-2-1 record.

Martenet had no points and an even rating in Sunday’s game and finished the tournament with no points and a plus-three rating. The 19-year-old had a plus-three rating in 18 games during the OHL playoffs. He recorded 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and a plus-44 rating in 67 regular season games.

*Stars forward prospect Denis Gurianov (first round/2015) recorded six points (five goals, one assist) in three games as his team took second place at the Black Sea Cup over the weekend in Sochi, Russia.

Gurianov, who suited up for one of two Russian U20 teams at the tournament, did most of his scoring in the first game, tallying four goals and one assist in a 14-1 win over KJT, a second-division junior team from Finland. He tallied one goal in a 2-0 win over HK Riga, a Latvian team that plays in Russia’s top junior league. He had no points in a 3-2 loss to the other Russian squad in the championship game.

Gurianov, who turns 19 this month, was an alternate captain for his team, played on the top line and saw special teams time.

Gurianov registered five points (four goals, one assist) in 47 games with Lada Togliatti in the KHL this season. He recorded six points (four goals, two assists) in seven games in Russian juniors.

*LW Roope Hintz (second round/2015) registered 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 33 games with HIFK in Finland’s top league. Missed the first part of the season due to injury. Recorded 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 18 playoff games as HIFK advanced to the league championship series, losing in six games.

*D Niklas Hansson (third round/2013) finished the season with 22 points (7 goals, 15 assists) in 44 games for HV 71 in the Swedish Hockey League. He had no points in six playoff games. Signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars and joined the Texas Stars after signing an amateur tryout contract with the AHL club.

*D John Nyberg (sixth round/2014) Registered 9 points (1 goal, 8 assists) with Oskarshamn in Sweden’s second highest league. Played 6 games with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League, registering no points. Had no points in 5 playoff games in the second highest league and 3 assists in 3 playoff games for Frolunda in junior playoffs.

*D Aleksi Makela (seventh round/2013) played 42 games for Ilves in Finland’s top league, registering 2 assists. Recorded 2 assists in 11 games with LeKi in Finland’s second highest league. Played 7 playoff games in Finnish juniors, scoring one goal as Ilves won the championship in Finland’s top junior league.

*D Troy Vance (fifth round/2011) registered 19 points (3 goals, 16 assists) in 59 games with Assat in Finland’s top league.

*G Markus Ruusu (sixth round/2015) had a 3.09 goals-against average and .900 save percentage with JYP-Akatemia in Finland’s second highest league. Posted a 3.99 goals-against average and .886 save percentage with JYP in Finnish juniors. Signed an ATO with the Texas Stars and served as the third goaltender.

*G Henri Kiviaho (fifth round/2012) posted a 2.76 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in Finland’s top league. Had a 3.28 goals-against average and .889 save percentage with LeKi in Finland’s second highest league.

*D Miro Karjalainen (fifth round/2014) played 17 games in Finnish juniors, registering 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) and 105 penalty minutes for HIFK. Played seven games in Finland’s second highest league, registering no points and seven playoff games in the second league, picking up two assists for Kiekko-Vantaa.

*D Michael Prapavessis (fourth round/2014) registered 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) in 40 games with RPI in college hockey, leading the team in defenseman scoring.

*D Joseph Cecconi (fifth round/2015) registered 7 assists in 38 games in his freshman season at the University of Michigan.

*D Aaron Haydon (sixth round/2014) recorded 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists) and a plus-22 ratings in 65 games for Niagara of the Ontario Hockey League. Picked up 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in 17 playoff games as Niagara advanced to the OHL championship series.

*D Patrick Sanvido (seventh round/2014) registered 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) in 49 games for Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League. Picked up 1 assist in 5 playoff games.

*D Alex Peters (third round/2014) recorded 12 points (1 goal, 11 assists) in 55 games with Flint of the Ontario Hockey League.

*G Brent Moran (fourth round/2014) played for both Niagara and Flint in the Ontario Hockey League, posting a 13-25-4 record, 3.86 goals-against average and .881 save percentage.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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