Red Cup format stacked for home team
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