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Don’t expect Stanley Cup trustees to award trophy in 2013 if season’s canceled

Sep 19, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

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In 2005, there was no NHL playoffs and therefore no Stanley Cup winner for the first time since the 1919 flu epidemic. After breaking the streak that was closing in on the century mark, the Cup was awarded a mere seven times before the NHL entered yet another lockout.

Following the canceled 2004-05 campaign, a Toronto group challenged the NHL’s sole possession of the Stanley Cup. They filed a claim in Ontario Superior Court and won.

The Cup’s trustees are not obligated to award Lord Stanley’s Mug to a non-NHL team if a lockout eliminates the 2012-13 season, but they have the option to do so. Still, that’s a power they don’t seem likely to exercise, based on a National Post report.

“If there’s no season, well, it’s just one of those years, as we did before, where there was no trophy presented,” Cup trustee Brian O’Neill said. “It’s still an NHL trophy.”

Fellow trustee Ian “Scotty” Morrison added, “The chances of both Brian and I agreeing that it should go to any group that plays for it, I wouldn’t hold your breath.”

The circumstances might be different, but once again the Stanley Cup is in danger of going unused.

  1. slickdemetrius - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Awww, come on, the Tallahassee Warthogs were due!

  2. stakex - Sep 19, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    The stanly cup won’t be awarded if there is no season…?

    Shocker.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 19, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    If the NHL can’t get its shop in order, the Cup should be awarded to the champion hockey team of Canada, as originally intended. Perhaps we could have a tournament featuring the Allan, Memorial, University and what the heck, Clarkson trophy winners! Of course, by then it will be baseball season again, so who will care?

    • kmacle - Sep 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      Thank you. The Cup was intended to be a challenge trophy and if the NHL won’t challenge for it, then is should go to someone else. Wouldn’t hurt as a reminder to the NHL that it isn’t bigger than the game itself.

  4. charleslouis99 - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    the Stanley cup not being awarded is/was a disgrace let alone a shortened season

  5. highlander24 - Sep 20, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    We’ll gladly keep it! GO KINGS GO!

  6. highlander24 - Sep 20, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    In all seriousness we’d rather win it traditionally again this season. #nolockout

  7. greatminnesotasportsmind - Sep 20, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    Why not have the NCAA winner in the US (hopefully Minnesota) play whatever Canada’s version of the NCAA champion play a best of 3. Have them meet in the closest NHL city between the 2, since the arenas will be empty anyways.

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