47579Re: Free Stanley!
- Mar 1, 2005Stanley Cup up for grabs? Not any more, O'Neill says
By Mary Ormsby Toronto Star
9 April 1992
The Toronto Star
O'Neill, a trustee of the Stanley Cup, said a 1947 agreement between
the NHL and the then-trustees of the trophy ceded all rights to the
Cup to the league. The agreement merely formalized a situation that
had been in place since 1926 and effectively prevents non-NHL teams
from competing for the Stanley Cup.
"We just say that the Stanley Cup is not out there for an open
challenge," O'Neill said from the NHL's league office in Montreal.
That, unfortunately, is bad news for two Cup-struck students from
James Hogaboam and Scott Greer, two broadcasting majors at Lethbridge
Community College, actually filed their challenge for the Cup with
the NHL offices in Toronto, Montreal and New York within 90 minutes
of hearing the NHL players had hit the bricks on April 1. Hogaboam
and Greer had hoped the challenge rule still existed.
Since their school doesn't have a hockey team, the pair had mobilized
intramural players and along with other residents of the city -
recruited from a mall - to form the Lethbridge Kodiaks. They have
been challenged to a game by Toronto radio station CFNY-FM.
Greer, who volunteered to coach the team, said his world won't be the
same without the Stanley Cup playoffs.
"In the spring, a young man's fancy turns to hockey, not necessarily
women. You sit there with a beer in one hand, chips in the other and
the remote in your lap," Greer said.
Greer hasn't had an official reply yet from NHL president John
Ziegler on the status of their application but hopes to get one soon.
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