The 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament kicks off Friday in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
The CHL’s championship tournament, which wraps up with the championship game May 26th, features four teams – the host Saskatoon Blades, the OHL champion London Knights, the WHL champion Portland Winterhawks and the QMJHL champion Halifax Mooseheads – who will battle for the storied Memorial Cup trophy.
The tournament format sees each team play one another in a round-robin format. The team with the best record after the round-robin advances directly to the championship game, while the second and third-placed teams play a semi-final game to determine the other tournament finalist. If there is a tie for third place after the round-robin, a tiebreaker game will be played to determine the second semi-finalist.
Here’s a look at the four teams who will be vying for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup.