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Save the slap shot!

I've never been a sports fan. Last fall, I even snarkily commented about being glad the hockey season was canceled.

But yesterday morning, I heard something that might make me reconsider.

Last night, the American Hockey League (the minor leagues for Hockey) had their All-Star Game here in Manchester. And since they didn't have anything else to do with it, they also brought the Stanley Cup with them. Yesterday morning, they had the Cup's Official Keeper interviewed on the radio.

One of hockey's coolest traditions is that every member of the winning team gets to spend a day with the Cup, taking it wherever they want to and doing whatever they want with it. And they have the pictures to prove it.

One guy took his kids to the movies, and the three of them ate popcorn out of it.

One guy wanted to take it out on his father's fishing boat. They strapped a life jacket to the cup and out they went. He even took it on a Jet-Ski and showed it off to other boaters.

It's been to the Asia-Europe border in Russia. It's been driven around on motorcycles and fire engines, in Volvos and classic Corvettes. It's posed with statues of Communist dictators and giant moose. One guy took it to the beach and posed it next to a sand model of itself. It's been to NASA, to the Czech Republic, and Disneyland. Kid Rock, Pamela Anderson, and hundreds of school kids have supped from it (hopefully, after the rim was thoroughly sanitized).

That damned trophy does more in six months than I have in my entire life.

And that's why we DESPERATELY need to get pro hockey back. Any sport that has that kind of a tradition must be preserved, encouraged, and sustained.

Do it for the children.

J.


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Comments (17)

Anything or anyone that pos... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

Anything or anyone that poses with a moose they didn't shoot is OK by me. Just as an aside, reindeer are highly over rated and I never met an elk that didn't have a bad attitude.

Gary Bettman HAS TO GO!... (Below threshold)

Gary Bettman HAS TO GO!

He has systematically destroyed the NHL in his decade of incompetence.

Expand the hell out of a marginally popular sport and then expect the PLAYERS to fix the economic mess.

F you, Gary.

Go 'Wings.

* One of the bigger tragedies is that Steve Yzerman's last game as a professional player wasn't filled with fanfare and gratitude for being a classy icon for the game - he was almost blinded by an errant puck.

Once again, F YOU BETTMAN!

Give it to the AHL winner t... (Below threshold)

Give it to the AHL winner this year. Of course, I'm only saying that because the Admirals are going to repeat.

Hockey is where ultimate fi... (Below threshold)
ridgerunner:

Hockey is where ultimate fighters go when they get too mean for the sport!

What is a Hockey?... (Below threshold)
Paul:

What is a Hockey?

I read somewhere that the S... (Below threshold)
Cletus:

I read somewhere that the Stanley cup is to be given to the "best hockey team" that year; it didn't specify the NHL. If that is correct, I think they should award it the to champion of the next lower league that played, and let each member of THAT team spend a dream day with the Stanly Cup!

You nailed it on the head... (Below threshold)
mark m:

You nailed it on the head Smug Monkey!.

The cup looks impressive in photo's but to see it up close with all the names on it is impressive. I saw Joey Kocur out in his boat with it one day. My wive saw Chris Ozgood riding around with it in his convertable.

What a shame.

Nice Job Jay,But t... (Below threshold)

Nice Job Jay,

But there is much more to the story, while the owners are sitting on their billions and the players are in Europe playing for extra spending money ad counting their millions.

The real people who are suffering are the people that worked at the stadium and in the area businesses around the stadiums. The bartenders and wait staff along with the people who worked at the stadium are out of jobs. Where is the conehead beer guy going to get work to feed his conehead kids?

I have no doubt hockey will evetually return, but I think we true fans of the game need to send a message to the owners and player that we won't stand for their petty greed and arguining at the cost of te game we love.

So I propose that we hit them where it hurts in their pride and pocketbooks.

Boycott your home teams first game and pickett outside the stadium. Let them know we are customers first and fans second!

imagine the looks on their faces at finally returning and seeing nothing but empty seats and angry fans outside picketing.

We proudly point out that, ... (Below threshold)
Palmateer:

We proudly point out that, if there is not 2004-05 season, our Tampa Bay Lightning team gets to keep the cup for another year.

According to the NHL's own ... (Below threshold)
NEParis:

According to the NHL's own history of the Stanley Cup (The Stanley Cup), the awarding of the cup should go to "... the champion hockey team in the Dominion".

Therefore, I agree with Brian J. and say the trustees should award the cup to the AHL champion.

Maybe that will shock the NHL league.

"Do it for the children... (Below threshold)

"Do it for the children"

- Jay - thats not only snarky.... its *smirkle snarky*

- Maybe they could give the cup to "The Moose of the year"....

...."Sticks down"....

I hope Hockey never comes b... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

I hope Hockey never comes back.


Cindy

That's not nice, Cindy.... (Below threshold)

That's not nice, Cindy.

Promote the AHL to that of ... (Below threshold)

Promote the AHL to that of the premier league and invite the pros to come play for the love of the game again.

I really miss the Avs myself.

Cletus is right! Check out ... (Below threshold)
hockeyfan:

Cletus is right! Check out freestanley.com. Give it to the best team that actually plays!

Sure it is Henry; it's not ... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

Sure it is Henry; it's not a sport anymore - it's violent and I love ridgerunners comment. I got to see more SPORTS this year because there was no hockey taking up space on tv. I hope it never comes back. Back in the 60's it was fun and I even went to some games at Boston Garden but after that, forget it. Fight,fight,fight,violence. Give me golf, nascar, basketball, baseball anyday.

Cindy

As every fan knows Calgary ... (Below threshold)
Go Flames:

As every fan knows Calgary won the Stanley cup last year in game 6, however the goal was disallowed due to some extremely incompetent officiating. If hockey does come back in the near future, it needs some rule changes (increased use of video replay) to ensure that going forward the Cup is actually handed out to the team that wins it!!!




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