So there's no season...that much has been decided.
But if you check it out, you'll find that there is still hope for a Stanley Cup in 2005. The story goes as follows:
Lord Stanley donated the stanley cup to be administered through a trust to be awarded to the best hockey team in the dominion of Canada. With the formation of the NHL, the trust signed an agreement for the NHL to determine the winner of the Stanley Cup through its playoffs as long as they are the predominant league, year after year, within North America.
It goes without saying that the NHL is NOT the predominant league for 2004/2005 since it hosted no games and thus cannot determine the best team of hockey players in North America. Ian "Scotty" Morrison and Brian O'Neill, the current Stanley Cup Trustees have the option (and IMHO the obligation) to conduct a challenge tourney to award the 2005 cup to a deserving team.
If you want to see this happen, emai lthe trustees and let them know: email@example.com
The players should get together and put on a "World Cup" type tournament for the Stanley Cup. The big problem is that a lot of the major arenas are controlled by the team owners and getting TV together in a short time might have some problems.
During the last lockout, wasn't there some kind of tournament where players from the different Canadian provinces played each other?
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There's a big, a big difference between Free Stanley's mission and what you guys are talking about. FreeStanley.com would award the Stanley Cup to the best team in Canada, not North America. So the U.S. and Mexico are both excluded. And with all due respect, if LJS had read the mission statement, he would know that.
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According to the poll questions on the website, 35.57% believe only Canadian teams should be included, 36.96% believe only North American teams should be included, and 27.47% believe that the best teams from around the world should be included in a challenge format.
The other question also says which challengers should be included: Winners of the Allan cup and the Canadian University Championship 6.32% Winners of the Allan cup, Canadian & US University Championships, Memorial Cup and Canadian Senior Womens’ Championship 28.16% Winners of the Allan Cup, Canadian University, American Hockey League 10.88% Winners of the American Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League 5.73% Winners of the American Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League and Allan Cup 11.13% Winners of the American Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League and Allan Cup and elite European Championship 27.15%
The fact that they list all those non-Canadian choices means they are obviously at least considering doing something like that.
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If the NHL does not come back, sure, why not open the thing up. The Stanley Cup predates the NHL, so I don't think there should be a break in the lineage (to coin a wrestling phrase) unnecessarily. Have a European bracket and a North American bracket, with the winners playing a best of seven around the hockey hotbeds in North America such as Toronto, Montreal, Detroit, and Minneapolis.
From North America: 1. Memorial Cup Champions 2. Calder Cup Champions 3. NCAA Champions 4. Winner of a play-in best-of-three between the CIS and Allan Cup Champions
From Europe: 1. Champions from top pro league in Sweden, Finland, Czech, Russia, and Slovakia, with champions from top three finishing countries at the last world championship getting in automatically and the other two having a play-in best-of-three.
Because I was bored, and the Cup playoffs obsess me, I did a little analysis of The-W's collective first round preditions. Best Predictor - Dunkndollaz and Big Vito Mark both got 7/8 correct, Dunk missing Montreal, and BVM missing San Jose.