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11-20-2012, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Bob Stauffer View Post
The Golden Bears have a rich history but their is one key component that has changed since the last time the U of A hosted the University Cups in 2005 and 2006...the return of the Edmonton Oil Kings.
We (I was a a member of the organiizing committee) hit the home run in the '05 Nationals because of the NHL Lock-Out and used that as momentum for 2006.
Truth be known we could have made money and frankly had a greater advantage if the Tournament had stayed at Clare Drake Arena in those 2 years...but winning in OT in front of 11,000 fans in '05 or 6700 fans in '06 was worth it.
I am not sold that U of A has the will in their Athletics Department now to "go for it" with a significant guarantee...and then there is the Oild Kings a formidable secondary tenant at Rexall to compete against...because surely there would be no guaranteed room at Rexall for the University Cup with the Oilers/Oil Kings taking priority in 2015/16.
Alberta got some sell out crowds of 3,009 a few years ago, that was before the Oil Kings arrived.
Hosting Nationals might be more of a challenge in Edmonton these days?

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