Lets start a Canadian hockey grass roots movement.
If the NHL season is cancelled – I’d like to see a petition circulated demanding that the trustees who oversee the Stanley Cup agree to present the cup to the winner of the Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships.
(You can learn more about the 2012 event at www.canadapondhockey.ca held at the Deerhurst Resort outside of Huntsville – but no details yet for the 2013 championships.)
Thanks to a couple of beer-hockey league players who successfully challenged the NHL’s agreement with the cup’s governing trustees during the 2004/2005 lockout – there is nothing to stop it from happening… except perhaps the trustees.
Some have said they will never allow it. They think that the NHL is the best of the best, and that awarding the cup to any other league or championship would “demean” it. I disagree. Wholeheartedly. And I think a groundswell of support might sway them.
That hasn’t happened since 1947 when the NHL entered into an agreement that saw them start using the trophy as their own.
The teams that have won it since certainly aren’t amateurs (although some have been playing like it for years - Jack’s Leafs come to mind), and many of the teams whose names are engraved on the iconic cup are not even based in Canada, eh.
In today’s NHL, where fans have to deal with greedy owners and millionaire players, wouldn’t it be nice to see Lord Stanley’s Cup awarded to the kind of team that Lord Stanley intended – amateur, and Canadian?
That’s why the Canadian Pond Hockey Championships come to mind. It’s open to teams across the country, and is played outside where the game started. Doesn’t get much more Canadian than that!
If you agree – share this on your Facebook page to start, and let’s see what happens.