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Foucault Lighting Up Memorial Cup

by Glen Andresen / Minnesota Wild

Kris Foucault is the last one standing. In the entire Wild organization, there is only one player still in playoff mode (with the exception of World Championship players Brent Burns and Antti Miettinen), and Foucault is performing brilliantly on junior hockey's biggest stage.

The left winger has already helped the Calgary Hitmen to the 2010 Western Hockey League championship when he picked up nine goals and seven assists in 23 playoff games. Now he's leading the charge in the Memorial Cup, Canada's crown jewel for junior hockey.

For those who don't know, the Memorial Cup is a four-team, round-robin tournament featuring a host team, and the three champions from the major junior leagues (WHL - Calgary, OHL - Windsor, QMJHL - Moncton, host - Brandon) play a round robin tournament to determine the champion.

Calgary is currently in second place with a 2-1 record, while Windsor is 3-0. The Hitmen beat Brandon last night, 5-1, thanks to the Wild's 2009 fourth round pick scoring two goals and assisting on two more, all in the first period. Here's his second goal of the game, but more impressively, here's the goal he set up with some sick moves through the Brandon defense. Not surprisingly, he was named the Star of the Game.

Foucault is now tied for second in Memorial Cup scoring (3-3=6) with Windsor's Taylor Hall, who is projected to be the first or second overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft.

It's now on to the semifinal where Calgary will face Brandon once again on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. central time. The winner will face defending champion Windsor in the championship game on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. central. Both games will be shown on the NHL Network.

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