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03-03-2013, 09:11 PM
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krazy kanuck
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Originally Posted by GangGreen View Post
The host for the following year is announced before the tourney, not after. So the Spits were only defending champs at the time, not back-to-back.
Bottom line is, Melnyk either guaranteed more money (likely) or the Spits botched their bid presentation. Which could be plausible when you look at how badly they have managed their roster this season.
Excellent point, I hadn't thought of that. I went back and checked the dates, and the awarding of the cup was announced the week of that year's OHL final, so the Spitfires hadn't yet won their second OHL title at the time the Cup decision was made. Moreover, the presentations were made during April, so it's quite possible the Spits were down to the Rangers when it was decided that Mississauga would be the hosts.

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