Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Stanley Cup's summer tour





The Hockey Page comes up big today, with a link to photos taken by St. Petersburgh Times photographer Dirk Shadd from the Stanley Cup's summer tour with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The photo series placed third in the sports pictures of the year category.

Great, great stuff. I love seeing and hearing about the traditional journey of the Cup, especially since now it makes so many unique stops through European towns and cities.

If this is the sort of journalism we're going to get as a result, perhaps the Lightning can win the Cup a few more times.

2 Comments:

At 4:23 PM, November 30, 2005, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

My only objection to the Cup is that it has been completely captured by the NHL. It ought to be awarded to the best hockey team playing, at least as defined by playing a short tournament. In just about every year, this will be an NHL team.

Last year, though, the best team playing wasn't an NHL team, since the NHL wasn't playing. If you wanted to limit it to North America, it could have gone to the AHL winner. Or return it to its origins, and give it to the Canadian amateur champions. It's be great to see that one year of completely unknown names mixed in with all of the NHL players.

The Stanley Cup predates the NHL. It's greater than the NHL. It shouldn't be a captive of the NHL.

 
At 5:36 PM, November 30, 2005, Blogger PJ Swenson said...

Kind of cool, but I posted that on Sunday.

 

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