Deciding to make good on my idea that netted me a free round of golf on the TEAM 1200, I wrote a letter to the Stanley Cup Trustees, sending additional copies to Hockey Canada, and U.S.A. Hockey. Read it below:
Dear Misters Morrison and O’Neill:
I am writing this letter regarding the awarding of the Stanley Cup in 2013.
WHEREAS the original grantor, Fredrick Arthur Stanley, donated the DominionHockey Challenge Cup (as it then was, in 1893), for the top-ranking amateur hockey club in Canada; and
WHEREAS the National Hockey League (“NHL”) has, through the actions of this past weekend, shown an intent to NOT play the 2012-13 NHL season; and
WHEREAS it is to the trustees to use their discretion in adhering to the wishes of the original grantor, and the trust’s intended beneficiaries;
I propose that the Stanley Cup be awarded in the 2012-13 hockey season by means of a single elimination, North American encompassing tournament.
The premise is quite simple. Through a proposed partnership with Hockey Canada and U.S.A. Hockey, I suggest that a group of 32 teams—16 from Canada, and 16 from the United States—be selected through a process of round robin regional (and national) qualifying tournaments. This process shall carry on through the Fall and Winter, culminating by Sunday, January 20th, 2013. Eligibility would be open to any player over the age of eighteen years old—regardless of race, creed, colour, gender, as well as national or professional status—provided they are legally and physically able to play ice hockey in Canada and the United States.
The following week, beginning on Saturday, January 26th, a series of single elimination games shall take place each Saturday and Sunday. The dimensions of the ice surface shall conform to that employed by the NHL. Rules, in turn, shall largely conform to the standard set by the NHL (though it is my own personal predilection to do away with the touch icing rule, as well as the goalie’s trapezoid behind the net). This process shall culminate with the a single, championship game between the two finalists, to be held on Sunday, February 24th, 2012.
Any revenue generated by the holding of this tournament—less any costs of renting ice, administration, et cetera—shall be bifurcated. One half shall be distributed among the players on the 32 finalist teams. The other half shall be distributed among charitable foundations, whose mandate it is to promote youth hockey, in particular for disadvantaged and impecunious children.
The NHL has, in the past, expressed its willingness to award the Stanley Cup to a non-NHL franchise in the event of a lost season. The commencement of the player’s lockout by the NHL is tantamount to a desire not to play their season. It would be unfeasible—and indeed, unreasonable—to wait an indeterminate period to see if the NHL changes its mind, after which, it would be impossible to organize a tournament of any value to award the Stanley Cup.
I am therefore asking the Stanley Cup Trustees to approve my proposal as soon as possible, so that the organization of a tournament befitting Lord Stanley’s original trust can commence. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at the address included above.
The ball is now in their court.
Also, in case anyone was wondering, the par through 9 holes on my free round of golf was 35. I shot a 105, and was told to go home because the sun was setting. Apparently it’s not supposed to take 3 hours to do 9 holes of golf. I was given coupons which I will never use. 😦