After winning their third consecutive Quebec Major Junior Hockey League regular-season title, banners being raised and trophy ceremonies have become a little old hat for the Saint John Sea Dogs.
They are the defending Memorial Cup champions and still ranked as the number one team in the Canadian Hockey League by almost all accounts. This might sound strange, but when you go 50-15-0-3 while rarely icing your full lineup, winning can sometimes breed a sense of complacency.
“After playing on the biggest stage you can play on at our level,” explains Sea Dogs veteran Stephen MacAulay, “there are some games that (are) hard to get up for, I guess you could say.”
The biggest challenge for Saint John head coach Gerard Gallant and general manager Mike Kelly this year might not have been matching lines or adjusting their roster, but rather dealing with injuries and motivating the healthy players to compete at a high level every night.
“I think for sure it can (be difficult),” said Kelly. “WhenRead More »from Sea Dogs ready for a long playoff run and a shot at defending Memorial Cup crown