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. Continue reading "Not the First Time"