All the pieces are falling into place as Memorial Cup festivities ramp up in anticipation of Friday’s (May 16) opening game between the London Knights and Val-d’Or Foreurs.
On Thursday (May 15), one of the key components of this annual battle between the best in Canadian junior hockey — the Memorial Cup trophy — officially arrived in the Forest City.
Just after noon, the cup was flown to the Wolseley Barracks by a Canadian Forces Griffon helicopter. Given a police and military police escort, it travelled across Oxford Street and then down Richmond Street to Victoria Park for short ceremony at the cenotaph.
With rain nixing plans to have the Budweiser Clydesdales transport it by wagon from there, Labatt’s 1947 Streamliner was pressed into service, carrying the historic trophy over the final leg of its journey through downtown London to the Fanfest tents outside Budweiser Gardens.