While most of the hockey world is focused on the NHL playoff races and the daily changes within each conference, there is more than just the pro game to excite hockey fans. This week marks the start of the Canadian Hockey League playoffs, where teams from the three major junior leagues across Canada (WHL, OHL, QMJHL) will compete to win their respective league titles and ultimately represent them at the Mastercard Memorial Cup, held this year in Shawinigan, Quebec.

With the three leagues separate of each other itís always hard to predict just who the best junior team in the country. The CHL does its best with their regular top ten CHL rankings, and letís face it, more often than not in junior hockey the best teams usually do come through in the end. We often see the favourites, or teams with highly ranked NHL prospects when Memorial Cup time rolls around, but each year there is a surprise or storyline that no one sees coming. It is the great game of hockey and teams are only an injury away from being out of it or a momentum swing away from upset. That, as they say, is why they play the games.

Here are my top 10 contenders for this yearís Memorial Cup.

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