June 17, 2009
Rename The Trophies?
Puck Daddy has a piece up on whether or not we should rename the NHL trophies.
Every now and then comes a headline grabbing suggestion to mess with history and rename the trophies after Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe and Mario Lemieux.
After all, no one knows who Dr. David Hart was. I'm not even sure they knew who he was in 1924 when he donated the trophy.
Or who was Frank Calder? Or James Norris? Or Marie Evelyn Moreton? She was Lady Byng, by the way.
Here's my response to that. If we renamed these trophies, why shouldn't we rename the Stanley Cup? Like Hart and Byng, he did not directly do a lot for hockey other than donate a trophy. He then buggered off back to England and never saw his own trophy awarded.
So let's honour the Stanley Cup after someone who did something important for hockey. Like Lester Patrick. Oh wait, he's too old. How about Scotty Bowman? Or Colin Campbell. Let's let the marketing guys suggest Paul Coffey. The Coffey Cup would have all sorts of merchandising tie ins that would make tons of money.
Renaming the Stanley Cup would be a silly idea. Why would it be any different with any of the other trophies?