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The Memorial Cup is out indefinitely

Jul 23, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

We’re not sure what the Shawinigan Cataractes have been doing with the Memorial Cup this summer, but this is how it looks:


The above picture comes courtesy L’Écho de Shawinigan, and it has QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau fuming.

“The Memorial Cup was donated in 1919 to honor Canada’s war fallen,” said Courteau in a statement. “It is unfortunate and deplorable to see it in such a state. The damages that were caused will be billed to the team.”

No truth to the rumor the Cataractes also badly damaged a weather station.

Via, here’s what the Memorial Cup looks like when healthy:


  1. scionofflame - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    What the -hell- did they do the cup? Seriously? Wow.

  2. seahawks19081 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Looks like they had a great time with the cup.

  3. leafs2013 - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    I’m sure the cup takes a beating very year! the stanley cup pretty much breaks in half every summer and it gets fixed every year. let the boys enjoy the win.

    • groess - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      C’mon buddy…the Stanley Cup occasionally gets a few nicks and might get mistakenly left behind but he has never looked like this. That is a total lack of respect for a trophy meant to represent the top junior team in Canada. Take it away from them and don’t let them display it.

  4. esracerx46 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Does anyone else see the bullet hole? This is why you dont let 16,17,18 yr olds drink. Does the chl have a death penalty?

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      I do, and I’d love to see some sort of investigation to find out who did it. And then hope it’s not an overager so he can lose a year of hockey.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Unfortunately I don’t think they do, BUT if this organization ever wins the Memorial Cup again David Branch and the CHL should refuse to present the cup to them nor should they be allowed to take it, give them achievment ribbons instead, or better yet the team should be banned from competing for the Memorial Cup for 5 years.

  5. zaksyuk - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Wait a minute, hockeyy insiderr didnt predict this.

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    This seems worse than when the Spokane Chiefs accepted the Cup a few years back and it promptly broke apart and fell in pieces to the ice!

  7. philliesblow - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    It’s in better shape than the Penn State football program.

    • selldannysell - Jul 24, 2012 at 7:42 AM

      Folks, we have a winner!

  8. phipfwe76 - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    As beaten as it looks all I can think of is some kind of “20 guys, 1 cup” kind of deal. And that’s not something I want on my mind.

  9. seahawks19081 - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Who cares it is a trophy.

  10. jacketsfan7 - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    How irresponsible that was a trophy dedicated to Canadian soldiers and they mess it up?

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