It can be a double-edged sword, getting the bye into the Championship Game of the MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament. While advancing to final puts a team within one game of winning junior hockey's top prize, the break can make things difficult to prepare for the big game.
If the Halifax Mooseheads are to capture the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup, they may want to consider sending a couple gifts to Portland, Oregon.
If the London Knights are going to capture the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup, they will have to take the long route. The Halifax Mooseheads put a fork in London's road to the Championship Game.
Four games into the 2013 edition of the MasterCard Memorial Cup, and all four teams have identical 1-1 records.
It was a moment that will live on blooper reels for many years, but the team involved in the Memorial Cup anthem flub has no issue with the woman behind the microphone.
Two months between wins and more than 50 days away from playing a game that mattered - the Saskatoon Blades now feel like they have arrived at the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
One of the challenges during a Memorial Cup tournament away from home is keeping the players relaxed during off-days. The London Knights are doing their best to keep the players feeling comfortable in their 12-day home away from home.
As they did one year ago, the London Knights won their first game at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. This year they just hope it ends differently.
One team had 50+ days to prepare, another had four - but on Friday night in Saskatoon the London Knights and Saskatoon Blades hook up to open the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
For the first time in 43 years, Shawinigan, Quebec is the center of the junior hockey universe.
The London Knights are an excited group, but are looking to keep their emotions in-check. They know they are one game from winning the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
The Shawinigan Cataractes have moved past the Quebec League team they have been focusing on all season on their quest for the Memorial Cup.