Spirit Challenge Cup Responses: “This would be a one-of-a-kind, huge event – it could be the ultimate reality-based T.V. show ever!”

As we move forward in the NHL season we reflect on some of the responses to the proposed Spirit Challenge Cup.

“If the NHL fails to produce a playoff for the Stanley Cup, then the Cup should absolutely be awarded to any “team” who wishes to compete for the cup in a round-robin competition, regardless of age, gender, or whatever league they played in (with the exception of the NHL and it’s official farm system). Teams could come from all over the world to a Canadian destination (preferably Toronto) as it likely has the most arenas in which to be able to host a voluminous round-robin competition and modern urban infrastructure). The Stanley Cup championship should be completed no later than the last week of April, 2013. Teams could be comprised of and come from the University system in the U.S. and Canada, teams could come from various junior hockey leagues throughout Canada, U.S., or Europe. They could be teams hobbled together at the last minute by any group of players and individuals who wish to compete (in other words, players who don’t necessarily compete in an organized league). An ad agency should be enlisted to sell sponsorship, venues booked, tickets sold for a REASONABLE price point and television rights negotiated. This would be a one-of-a-kind, huge event – it could be the ultimate reality-based T.V. show ever! I have no doubt the CBC, TSN, and SportsNET would jump all-over this (provided their agreements with the NHL do not prevent them from doing so). The winners, should and must have all their names engraved on the cup….. no different than any other year. These players names would go down in history….. what a great shot at immortality!!! I’m getting excited just thinking about it!”

Spirit Challenge Cup Responses: “…help grow the wonderful game of hockey, something Lord Stanley wanted …”

As we move forward in the NHL season we reflect on some of the responses to the proposed Spirit Challenge Cup.

“Hi I read about your initiative and am delighted. As a Canadian living in Australia, we have a wonderful and rapidly growing hockey league here dominated by Canadian expats. Though not playing full time in Canada most of us have played at times in the year when visiting our native Canada. If this tournament goes ahead we would like to take part and hope that any ideas about the tournament could accommodate passionate hockey players like us who continue to play despite being overseas for work or family. In so doing we help grow the wonderful game of hockey, something Lord Stanley wanted. I welcome any feedback you may provide. Regards Tyson Wood Coorparoo, Queensland, Australia”

Spirit Challenge Cup Responses: “It is every Canadians dream from childhood to play and win the STANLEY CUP.”

As we move forward in the NHL season we reflect on some of the responses to the proposed Spirit Challenge Cup.

“This is a great way to express our ideals about this subject. I have an ideal and had no way of getting it to the people. So thank you for this. I think we should have an OPEN. An open tournament is one where anyone with the entrance fee can compete. The contest is Open to everyone everywhere. If you are the national team of Mongolia or a pee-wee team from Montreal, the winners of the Clarkson cup in the women’s league or just some beer league team. You and your buddies can live the dream and play for the STANLEY CUP. The tournament would be play in an elimination round style. All competitors names would go into a hat and drawn, creating the brackets. Then they would play knocking each other off till we are left with the best teams. You could imagine the Russian all-star team playing against some team of ten year olds from Moosejaw playing not for money but playing with joy, for the love of the game. Like we all did when we were kids. We might even see some of the NHL players band together to form their own super teams and play for the STANLEY CUP. Players who never had a shot at the STANLEY CUP because of the teams they might now have their one best, greatest chance to win glory on a team of their own. We might even see a Cinderella story of the beer leaguers out playing the major league players. It is every Canadians dream from childhood to play and win the STANLEY CUP. However some great Canadians will never get the chance to even play for the STANLEY CUP just because they are WOMEN and this offends me as a Canadian. This is not the values that we hold to be true. All Canadians deserve to be treated equally and this OPEN style tournament would open the door for women to showcase their pride, their heart and their tremendous dedication to pursuing the highest achievement of the human spirit. As was the very reasoning for Lord Stanley creating the STANLEY CUP in the first place to be a symbol for which we could aspire to achieve. This is why we Canadians hold the STANLEY CUP in such high esteem, because it is the very real and tangible representation of what we hold to be the best in us Canadians. An OPEN tournament would build bridges from all age groups to all sexes and all the peoples around the world, to those ideals that we Canadians hold to be most sacred and symbolized in the STANLEY CUP. The greatest trophy in the world and the very heart of the Canadian culture. Kenneth Green Montreal Quebec Canada”

Spirit Challenge Cup Responses: “I DID IT I lived the dream. I played for the STANLEY CUP. This is what the fans will be saying…”

As we move forward in the NHL season we reflect on some of the responses to the proposed Spirit Challenge Cup.

“I DID IT I lived the dream. I played for the STANLEY CUP. This is what the fans will be saying in this once in a life time opportunity. With an OPEN style tournament everyone can have the chance play for the CUP, for dream of it, for the love of the game. A beer league team, a pee-wee team, the Clarkson cup winners or a group of NHL all-stars have the same chance to play as long as they pay their entrance fee to pay for some ice time. They are all equal. An OPEN is the most democratic form of tournament. It does not discriminate; it does not replace one elitized group with another. Two children watching hockey night in Canada. The first child says someday I am going to play hockey. The second child says I am going to play hockey to. The first child says well I am going to win the STANLEY CUP. The second child says I will to. One of these children will win the STANLEY CUP the child will not just because she is a girl. This is outrageous and must not be allowed to happen an more in CANADA. We can give everyone who has ever dreamed of playing for the CUP the to live the dream. To say I DID IT, I STRIVED, I MADE THE EFFORT, I PLAYED FOR THE STANLEY CUP. This once in a lifetime chance to play in the LORD STANLEY CHALLENGE CUP OPEN. Where everyone who plays will be a winner on the inside. For the CUP will touch them to their spirit. Because they lived the dream, they felt the glory and they came that close to immortality.”

Spirit Challenge Cup Responses: “If you are a NHL team owner…The fans would love you for thinking of them.”

As we move forward in the NHL season we reflect on some of the responses to the proposed Spirit Challenge Cup.

“If you are a NHL team owner and you are worried that you might be damaging the long term viability of your product, as well as your bottom line by alienating the fan base, organizing an OPEN tournament for the fans to participate would solve all these problems. The fans would even love you for thinking of them by including them into the game. This is a once in a life time opportunity. This onetime event would be a spectacular that will capture the imagination of the public. This will draw the interest of the big American television broadcasters, wanting to carry the story, thereby increasing hockey’s exposure to the U.S. market. If only 200 teams enter to play in the series, then it will take approximately 200 games to play the series, giving you plenty of opportunity to make money from the tournament through tickets sales and big corporation sponsorship. This should make everyone fall in love with hockey and want to watch The NHL when it returns and plays for the STANLEY CUP and they will say I DID THAT. Ken Green Verdun, Canada”

Spirit Challenge Cup Responses: “…as long as kids are on the ice, there’s hockey. The game doesn’t stop…”

As we move forward in the NHL season we reflect on some of the responses to the proposed Spirit Challenge Cup.

“Good Morning, I’m a “hockey mom” with an 8 year old kid who can recite player stats for hours (and hours). My family loves the game and I worked on this emotional video spot produced by RBC Play Hockey: http://youtu.be/TbT85pbbwbc The video and recent grassroots action around the Stanley Cup (there’s a movement to get the cup be awarded to a community team this year) underscores that as long as kids are on the ice, there’s hockey. The game doesn’t stop. I’m hoping that you’ll consider sharing this video on your site, twitter and Facebook. Our video profiles a team of 7-year-old kids as they lace up their skates, tape their sticks, get tips from their coach and take to the ice. It’s an emotional video that gets kids (and grown-ups) stoked about community games and the Juniors and reminds us what hockey is really about. In the absence of NHL hockey, I think we should all work to make this a record year for attendance at community games! Please let me know if you can help spread the word! Hockey never stops! Best, Rebecca”

Spirit Challenge Cup Responses: “I think amateur teams from all nations should be eligible to compete for the cup…”

As we move forward in the NHL season we reflect on some of the responses to the proposed Spirit Challenge Cup.

“First of all, I think amateur teams from all nations should be eligible to compete for the cup. We could still have the tournament in Canada, but it should certainly be open to whomever wants to make the trip! The tricky thing is: so many different teams are going to want to compete for this, with a wide variance of skill (and age, and size). The other tricky thing is the short timeframe. The other tricky thing is that it all could be called off at a moment’s notice. Still, for this thing to have any legitimacy, it seems to be done big. What I propose begins as a distributed crowd-sourced tourney (sort of) with more and more oversight as you get closer to the cup. I’m picturing some kind of modified ladder tournament… at the start there would be many regional ladders running, which could perhaps feed into a “division 1″ super-regional (say, provincial… or just larger regions) ladder. Alternatively, some kind of points system could replace the ladder… that is probably a lot better actually, as it is less likely to frustrate teams. We need three things: 1. Venues 2. Refs /administrators 3. Players Venues: Make a list of eligibility criteria for each stage of the tournament, arenas that wish to host games would register with you (giving details of availability, pricing (? … ice time donations from arenas could be encouraged). Refs / admins: Admins and refs volunteers at the early stages. They would also be registered through you. We need to instil a sense of community service, like Elections Canada volunteers… highly capable refs and admins could be selected from this pool to managed the higher-tier games. Teams: Any team should be able to register and play in registered games… the points system / ladder should be configured such that high-skilled teams are able to rise quickly (and cannot be challenged by lower-ranked teams). Higher-ranked teams should also be given preference in arena bookings. So, there is a germ of an idea. There are a lot of empty areas to fill in, and a lot of logistical hurdles to overcome, but if done right I think this could be grand enough for the Cup herself.”

Canada’s church of hockey ready for mass again

INGRID PERITZ and DAWN WALTON
MONTREAL and CALGARY — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Jan. 06 2013, 10:58 PM EST
Last updated Monday, Jan. 07 2013, 4:52 PM EST

It was in the eyes of the eight-year-old boy wearing an oversized NHL jersey, the teenager mopping the floor of the near-empty Montreal Bell Centre, the hockey dad counting the days until he could watch the Saturday night game with his kids.

In simplest terms, a labour conflict has ended and everyone was going back to work. But to those three Canadians and many more, what happened on Sunday morning in the dawning days of 2013 restored a piece of their lives that had gone missing, leaving something off-kilter.

The two sides in the 113-day NHL lockout had reached a deal. Life in Canada in winter was about to be as it should be, with pucks, penalties and dreams of the Stanley Cup. “Hockey’s a religion here and it was like we couldn’t go to mass,” fan Pierre Charron said in the red seats of Montreal’s Bell Centre, where he’d turned up to watch the main hockey action around – a Peewee tournament…

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