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  • nieforth
    Mar 1, 2005
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      Stanley 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
      Alberta.

      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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