Red Cup for­mat stacked for home team

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

I would just like to con­grat­u­late the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee of the 33rd an­nual Red Cup Clas­sic for once again achiev­ing its main ob­jec­tive. The or­ga­niz­ers got the Riverview Red­men into Sun­day’s cham­pi­onship game

For years now, lo­cal fans have had to watch one divi­sion with the two or three best teams (never the Red­men divi­sion) and the other con­tain­ing the Red­men and three hand­picked op­po­nents.

This is the ex­act rea­son the Red Cup is the only tour­na­ment with no cross­over game. The chance of get­ting the Red­men into a fi­nal without one is much bet­ter.

Un­for­tu­nately for lo­cal hockey fans, without this for­mat we’ll never see the two best teams play for the Red Cup cham­pi­onship. Any­one who at­tended the tour­na­ment this year can eas­ily agree that the games played among Memo­rial, King’s-Edge­hill and Dr. J.H. Gil­lis were much more en­ter­tain­ing than the 9-2 drub­bing Edge­hill placed on the Red­men in the fi­nal.

If hav­ing the Red­men play on Sun­day is the com­mit­tee’s only goal (which it clearly is), maybe next year it should just put seven teams in one divi­sion and have them play their own tour­na­ment with the win­ner play­ing the Red­men on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The Red Cup has long been con­sid­ered one of the premier tour­na­ments in Nova Sco­tia and it is sup­posed to be a show­case for high school hockey tal­ent. If that’s the case, let the best teams de­cide who the cham­pion is. Sean Tobin Syd­ney Mines

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