by Joe Tasca on 12/14/12 at 05:00 PM ET
Stu Cowan ponders the idea of awarding the Stanley Cup to the winner of another league should the NHL season be wiped out:
Maybe the Stanley Cup could replace the Memorial Cup for one year, presented to the Canadian Hockey League junior champions, or maybe to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport champion? Maybe a youth-league championship team?
“The Cup doesn’t really belong to anybody, it almost belongs to everybody,” (Stanley Cup guardian Howard) Borrow told The Canadian Press. “So, technically it could be played for.”
Kudos to Cowan for originality, but it's hard to take a ridiculous idea seriously. The Stanley Cup has always been associated with the best hockey league in the world. Presenting it to the champion of a youth hockey circuit would cheapen the history behind the trophy. It would also add an insulting element to a winning accomplishment that should be celebrated, not subject to mockery.
Cowan also seems to ignore the fact that trophies like the Memorial Cup have incredible prestige, and need not be "replaced" for a year. In fact, many Stanley Cup winners who were lucky enough to capture a CHL championship during their junior days often talk about how holding the Memorial Cup was just as special a moment as winning Lord Stanley's mug.
There's no need to fret if the Stanley Cup isn't awarded this year. After all, it wouldn't be the first time.
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Tasca's Take is written by Joe Tasca. Born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island, Joe works as a broadcaster for seven radio stations in southern New England. Whether that's a testament to his on-air ability or because he has a desparate need for money is debatable.
Joe spends his summers playing golf, enjoying the beauty of Misquamicut Beach, and wining and dining girls who are easily awed by the mere presence of a radio personality. During the winter months, he can usually be found taking in a hockey game somewhere in North America. In the spring, he spends much of his time in botanical gardens tiptoeing through the tulips, while autumn is a time to frolic with his golden retrievers through piles of his neighbors’ leaves.