Most people, including us thought Saint John was a shoe in to host the 2012 Mastercard Memorial Cup, but to paraphrase an old cliche, that's why they have a bidding process.
It seems that Shawinigan outplayed the Sea Dogs and in the end were chosen by an independent selection committee to host the CHL's grand finale.
The Cataractes finished 7th overall in the Q this year and after beating PEI in 5 games they are now facing Quebec in round 2.
Meanwhile Baie-Comeau won the QMJHL draft lottery, stealing the first overall pick from last place Rouyn-Noranda. Now we'll wait to see if Rimouski makes a play for the first overall pick as the Oceanic have been hungry to get Nathan McKinnon.