Re: Stanley Cup this year?
posted at 12/14/2012 12:40 AM EST
In response to red75's comment:
I understand all of your points, but Lord Stanley never gave the Cup to the NHL. His point was to give it to the best hockey team in the Dominion, later changed to NA, in a given year. The Kings, Bruins et al do not exist this year. I don't have much of a personal opinion on this, as I understand both arguments. So why should the Cup not stand by Lord Preston's idea - give it to the best team? To me personally, the Stanley Cup is bigger than the NHL. (and no, it should not be given to a women's team - we have the Clarkson Cup - which was also gifted to the country by a serving GG. It's a perfect parrallel, and I think we should let the Clarkson gain its own history). But The Stanley Cup was around for a long time before the NHL. It is not, by law, beholden to that league. Outside of an emotional response, what is an argument against giving it to the best hockey team actually playing?
Well, I can give you a few reasons:
1. No one cares what Lord Stanley of Preston originally thought. I bet he didn't know that his name would be known worldwide 100 years later, either. He's dead. He doesn't care.
2. According to the HHOF, it was for hockey supremacy in Canada. No Canadian team has won the Cup since 1993. Lord Preston's "idea" has been out the window for a long time.
3. Original intent aside, the Cup has been adopted by the NHL. For almost 90 years, it's been only NHL.
4. The original bowl is in the HHOF. The trophy that is passed around now is purely NHL.
5. It wasn't around a long time before the NHL. It was gifted in 1893 and adopted in 1926.
Are those good enough reasons?
And no, no chick team should ever win the Cup...even if all male players were dead.