Skip to comments.Stand up for the Stanley Cup
Posted on 12/20/2012 11:57:16 AM PST by Squawk 8888
If the 2012-2013 National Hockey League season is lost because owners and players cant figure out a suitable way to split billions in revenue somewhat improbably derived from grown men on skates trying to shoot a rubber disc into a net, the Stanley Cup will almost certainly not be awarded for the second time in less than a decade. Realistically it is likely too late to undertake the process of negotiation, threats, litigation and planning that would see it willingly awarded to some other team most logically the best amateur hockey team in Canada, which was Lord Stanleys idea in the first place.
This is beyond frustrating. The Cup does not belong to the NHL; rather, the NHL awards it under the terms of a 1947 agreement with the Cups trustees. And a group of recreational hockey players won an important, explicit concession from the league during the last lockout: There is nothing preventing the trustees from awarding the Cup to a club of its choosing if the NHL decides not to award it to anyone.
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As a die hard hockey fan, I am pretty disgusted with the whole lot of them, owners and players alike. They are doing their best, to make me a non hockey fan. Chumps.
I love the comments by one of the NHL bigwigs that awarding the trophy to anyone other than an NHL team would be “demeaning”. There used to be a time when being a professional athlete was itself the demeaning thing. Amateur athletics bore an almost sacred mantle.
Both groups have already managed to make a non-hockey fan. Going back to soccer.
The Montreal Canadians won the Stanley Cup in 1993. Justin Beiber was born in March of 1994. No Canadian team has won since. Live long Justin. Live long.
Hockey n: A game played on ice on the first two Mondays in February between Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern.
Sadly the Johnstown Chiefs no longer exist. Awarding them the Stanley Cup would have been a great PR move for hockey.
If you are near Pittsburgh next weekend there will be hockey played at the Consol Energy Center.
Ohio State, Miami U., Penn State and Robert Morris in an NCAA college hockey tournament Friday and Saturday.
“The simplest option might be a tournament, held in June, comprising the champions of Canadas major junior, university and senior leagues.”
I think the national Post is a little bit provincial with this mindset. Lord Stanley’s cup long-ago ceased to be a purely Canadian matter. If the NHL was smart it would not appose a worldwide tournament to compete for the cup this year.
I say let the winner of the frozen four and the top Canadian and other foreign college teams, ,the Top minor-league team, the champion of a European Tournament, etc. meet for a playoff this spring to determine the winner of the Cup.
Just send it back to Stanley
As opposed to billions in revenue somewhat improbably derived from unnaturally large men trying to throw a ball through a hoop.
I guess they can award the cup to a minor/independent league team this year.
My MN Wild actually had a promising lineup this year...sigh.
I watch my kids U18 games. Just as much fun and free.
Wow, 4000? And Utica is a D-III program.
Robert Morris is D-I but you can barely pack 1500
into their barn if they’re hanging off the rafters.
My friends kid plays for them. He loves it there. My kid applied to Cortland. Hopefully I will get to see him play there in the next couple of years.
As a Texan, Hockey? Something played on ice? Only ice i’ve got is in my drink, preferably with bourbon.
I’ve taken crap here for standing up for soccer (not the most exciting sport, but on the international level it is fun to watch - with no commericials), but I don’t think professional hockey is much better off than soccer in the US. When the NJ Devils would win the Stanley Cup they would literally parade around the parking lot of the arena; now that they are playing in Newark they could have a real parade route with no fans lining it (and the hubcaps would be stripped from their convertibles).
When the economy gets tough I’d imagine the first thing to go is tickets to sports events; certainly seems to be the case with the NY Giants and Jets (and the Giants are a real team).
College hockey in Canada only exists as a club sport at best. Canadian colleges used to be very difficult to get into (perhaps they still are)and Canadian hockey players who want to go to college come to US and play. You’re probably thinking of the Junior Hockey Leagues where most pros begin. College sports are only big in the USA.
Hope to see you there.
Women’s Olympic hockey teams from Canada and the States play each other in best of 7 tournament. Winner gets Lord Stanley.