Originally posted on State of Hockey News  |  Last updated 5/28/12
If there is one constant in any tournament experience its the crowded team photo where the players, coaches, staff squeeze together in a cheering, sweaty heap around their prized trophy.  Usually signs of "#1" are being shown by the players as they shout at the camera as this indelible memory is made.  As you can see here with 2012 Memorial Cup Champion Shawinigan posing for their first CHL championship.  They became the first team since 2007 when the Vancouver Giants (who had a young defenseman by the name of A.J. Thelen on their squad) hosted and won the Memorial Cup.  For Shawinigan this really was a huge matter of redemption.  The Cataractes had the 2nd best regular season record in the QMJHL only to be ousted in the 2nd round by Chicoutimi and many questioned whether they were going to face similar disappointment in the Memorial Cup having nearly a month rest and recuperate.  Shawinigan had a decent team but many experts felt the other clubs in the tournament had far more momen...
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