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02-19-2013, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by krazy kanuck View Post
There is no official rule, but unofficially they will be toast if they miss the playoffs. The CHL worries about host cities getting embarrassed with this format - that's why Boughner likely said what he did. I don't recall a team that has won the bid to host after missing the playoffs. I would be surprised if you could find a team that wasn't at least .500 (maybe even .600) the season before hosting the cup anytime recently.
Rimouski Oceanic in 07/08 won the bid to host the 09 Memorial Cup with a 33-37 record good for 13th overall in the league. Last year Saskatoon won the bid and only had a winning% of .57 and people were concerned about the Blades at that time. Now they have won 12 in a row and everybody has shutup. So 2 out of the last 4 hosts have either had an under .500 record or never reached this .600%.

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