Allan Cup will be held here in 2015

Kenn Oliver
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Much to be determined, including actual site of national tournament

In this April 17, 2011 file photo, forward Chris Sparkes hoists the Allan Cup after helping the Clarenville Caribous win the 2011 Canadian senior hockey championship in Kenora, Ont. A team from Newfoundland and Labrador will have the opportunity to win the Allan Cup on home ice in three years time as Hockey Canada has awarded the 2015 tourney to this province. — Telegram file photo/Rob Crandall/Allan Cup

The Allan Cup Canadian senior hockey championship is coming to Newfoundland for the first time in 2015.

What’s more, there’s a good chance the province could be represented by two teams in the six-team, 11-game tournament that takes place over six days in April.

“If we don’t have a playdown for Atlantic Canada — and right now, there’s no other province in Atlantic Canada interested in playing for the Allan Cup — then we’d automatically have two teams,” says Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador president Jack Lee, who was present for the announcement from Hockey Canada at its annual general meeting in Halifax over the weekend.

One team would serve as host, while the other would be the Herder Memorial Trophy champion from the previous season.

“If the host team is going to be involved with the organization, we’ve got to come up with a formula that meets the needs of what Hockey Canada wants, and they don’t want the provincial winner that year to be the host.”

Lee says it’s too soon to speculate about where the tourney might be played. What he can say is that Hockey Canada’s senior council “governs it pretty tightly” and will “want it in an area that will showcase the event.”

Once the tournament requirements come in from Hockey Canada and an organizing committee is put in place, Lee says they’ll begin serious discussions to see what will work best.

“We’re excited Hockey Canada awarded it to us. We’re excited about getting things put together, but we’re far from ready to say this is where it’s going to be or even how we’re going to decide where it’s going to be.”

Lee says former senior hockey chair Bill Noseworthy, who stepped down earlier this year amid controversy over the location of 2012 Herder Memorial Trophy championship games, is due a great deal of credit for getting the bid accepted by Hockey Canada’s senior council.

“He was the one who brought us into the Allan Cup and had a lot to do in setting the scene to make our job as a branch easier.”

 

There was talk earlier this year of the province hosting the event in 2014, but it was awarded instead to the Dundas, Ont. Real McCoys. Lee says having to wait three years could change how teams in the provincial senior league operate from season to season.

“Instead of trying to put all their eggs in one basket for one season, hopefully, they’ll learn now they have to build a team for a couple of years to get a shot at representing the province.”

Teams from this province regularly competed at the Allan Cup in the 1970s and 1980s, with the Corner Brook Royals claiming the title in 1986. Newfoundland clubs begin returning to the tournament in 2010, with the Clarenville Caribous copping the crown in 2011. The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts travelled to Lloydminster, B.C., this past April, losing to the South East, Man., Prairie Thunder in the semifinal round.

 

koliver@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland, Halifax Corner Brook Lloydminster South East

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  • Jimbob
    June 04, 2012 - 17:42

    I'd say it will be held in the city of leg ends. Any bets?

  • Johnboy
    June 04, 2012 - 17:31

    Where will it be held? Like we used to say when we were kids.............. You have 3 guesses......... the first two don't count.

  • SR Hockey Fan
    May 30, 2012 - 21:12

    How can anyone make a statement like "...Hockey Canada wants, and they don’t want the provincial winner that year to be the host." The HOST has to be decided well in advance, so is Lee saying Hockey Canada doesn't want the HOST to be competitive in the 2014/15 season, they have to lose... Come on...how dumb do you think we are.

  • Spiff
    May 30, 2012 - 20:36

    When I read the comment from Lee "showcase the Allan Cup", it was the same comments he used about the Herder finals and that was a flop. I guarantee Hockey NL will push for St. Johns. Oh ya, I'm one of those Whitney Cataracts fans. Still not over it yet. Ha ha.

  • In The Know
    May 30, 2012 - 10:45

    If you look at the history of the Allan Cup you'll see that you have to go back to 1968 when the event was last hosted by a capital city (Winnipeg). Hockey Canada prefers to "showcase" the event in smaller communities that don't have professional teams in the area to give other fans a chance to experience top quality hockey. The Lloydminster arena where the event was held this year only had a total capacity of around 1500 (just over half of that was seating). It seems that HNL is at odds with its own parent organization when it comes to the concept of showcasing.

  • In The Know
    May 30, 2012 - 10:39

    Dan. Before you get too smug realize that all those teams that you mentioned from Sin Jawns represented different club teams and different organizations and were not each a single representiative from the city. The teams that represented Grand Falls were all a single organization just under different names at different times. The most Herders won by a single organization are the 11 won by the teams representing Grand Falls. Seems like have made the mistake of trying to compare apples to oranges.

  • Haymaker
    May 29, 2012 - 15:16

    Mile one will not host the tourney! Ice Caps will likely still be playing and it is not the home rink of any team in the NLSHL. Clarenville, Corner Brook, Mount Pearl or Grand Falls are the only places that make sense. Clarenville have earned the right to represent the province in my opinion.

    • Political Watcher
      May 29, 2012 - 18:58

      Haymaker: Ice Capse were still playing during the Herder and the last time I checked they didn't have a team in Senior Hockey either. They will go where they can sell the most tickets.

  • Political watcher
    May 29, 2012 - 11:50

    No brainer; Mile One will play host to this tournament. The players and officials attending will want to be near other amenities other than the rink. As well, the various media who follow this tournament will require adequate access to their various outlets.

  • Dan
    May 29, 2012 - 09:40

    To "The Eye".....you abviously don't know much about hockey or the Salmon Festival. The rest of the province would do well to listen to the people of Grand Falls-Windsor. They have won the most Herders (11) and have hosted 26 consecutive Salmon Festivals. After you come off the beach for the annual caplin roll, come out and have a look at a real town.

    • At the Goalie
      May 29, 2012 - 12:33

      Dan, you need a history lesson. The town of Grand Falls may have won 11 herders, the Cataracts - 5, the Andcos 5 , and the All-Stars - 1. What you fail to see is St. John's won 18 herders, as follows: St. Bons - 10, St. John's Caps - 6, the Blue Caps 1, and the Shamrocks -1. So before spreading heresay, do your homework and tell the truth.

    • Joe from St. John's
      May 29, 2012 - 14:43

      For some reason in Grand-Falls 11 is greater than 18. Either way I hope this nonsense does not cause our IceCaps to have an extended road trip. This foolishness only last 4 or 5 days. Am I correct?

  • The Eye
    May 29, 2012 - 08:56

    Well Jack, you better let Grand Falls know now that it might not be held out there. If not and they win the right to represent NFLD, it will be the biggest riot since 1955 when Maurice Richard was suspended. The whining still hasn't subsided over the herder venues. There were talks that Salmonfest was going to be renamed "Whine-Fest".

  • Ed Flynn
    May 29, 2012 - 07:30

    Corner Brook won in 1986 as you mentioned but hosted the final series, as it wasn't a tournament format, the year before.