Say what you want about sports in Canada but nothing unites us more than having our national hockey team win, whether it’s in the Olympics, World Cup or Juniors.
Canadians have always been passionate about their hockey team no matter what part of the country you reside in.
In 2018 the Canadian Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th Memorial Cup. This tournament was originally proposed by Captain James T. Sutherland who wanted to create a trophy as a memorial to the junior hockey players who were killed in WWI. In 2010 it was rededicated to honour all soldiers who died fighting for Canada. Normally there is a rotation amongst the 3 leagues for hosting this tournament but all 60 teams are eligible for the 100th anniversary.
With 60 teams spread across the country and age restrictions, it’s no wonder the Memorial Cup is considered one of the hardest trophies to win.
So far there are only two teams from Ontario rumoured to be in the running, Oshawa and Hamilton. I could sit here and talk to you about Oshawa’s history with having such greats as Bobby Orr, John Tavares, Eric Lindros and Red Tilson, who the leagues MVP trophy is named after, but that wouldn’t be fair to Hamilton.
The problem with these bids is money, money from sponsors, money from governments and money from private corporations.
Currently the City of Oshawa is offering $200,000 in-kind service. I’m not exactly what in-kind service is but I’ll assume you couldn’t buy much with it.
Lets face it; these 100th year anniversaries only come once in our lifetime.
The City of Oshawa can and needs to do more than in-kind services.
The Region of Durham should also be getting involved in this, as Oshawa is the biggest city and tax contributor in the region.
If you can spend $75,000 for a groundbreaking ceremony for an incinerator, you can surely throw some money behind the Generals bid.
All levels of governments and even public service agencies such as police and EMS can all get behind this once-in-a-lifetime-bid.
Offer your services to provided security and first response. I am sure there are insurance companies out there that can offer the City insurance so roads can be shut down for game day festivities.
Both Federal and Provincial Representatives such as Erin O’Toole, Jennifer French, Celina Caesar-Chavannes and Colin Carrie can rally their parties to ensure all the needs of this bid exceed requirements.
This can all be done but the window is closing, the time for everyone to get on board is now!