Eagle River's Hanson wins WHL Chynoweth Cup

Posted by Doyle Woody, dwoody@adn.com on May 13, 2013 

Defenseman Josh Hanson of Eagle River and the Portland Winterhawks won the WHL's Chynoweth Cup on Sunday with a 5-1 road win over the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 6 of the Finals.

For the Winterhawks, victory meant finally seizing the Cup after losing in Game 7 to Edmonton last season and also losing in the Finals two seasons ago.

Hanson, 19, played in all 21 playoff games, earning 1-2--3 totals and a +3 rating.

The Winterhawks were spearheaded by Ty Rattie's hat trick, which included two short-handed goals and gave the St. Louis Blues second-round draft pick, who was named playoff MVP, 20-16--36 and +14 totals in 21 games. Rattie also has scored 50 career playoff goals, most in league history.

The Winterhawks advance to the Memorial Cup for the championship of Canadian major-junior hockey. That four-team tournament opens Friday in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Besides Portland, the field includes the host Saskatoon Blades; the Halifax Mooseheads, champions of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League; and the winner of tonight's Game 7 between the London Knights and Barrie Colts for the championship of the Ontario Hockey League.

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