Monday, May 26, 2008
Kitchener, Ont. (A.P.) - A rowdy American hockey team invaded Canada disguised in Montreal Canadiens' knockoff uniforms a little over a week ago and today returns to its home in northern Washington State after having deconstructed, destroyed and defiled a 90-year old Canadian institution, the Memorial Cup.
After being awarded Canada's top junior-age championship, the Memorial Cup, so called as a legacy to Canadian soldiers fallen during the Great War, the Spokane Chiefs smashed the trophy to the ice and declared that they had "released the spirits of their ancestors" - adding that their ancestors could kick the Kitchener Rangers' ancestors' asses.
What's worse is that it appears from reports that the American band of raiders was in fact led by a Canadian, namely one traitorous Calgarian, Chris Bruton. Bruton moved to the United States four years ago and apparently hasn't been back since, as he clearly hates Canada and all Canadians, living or dead.
Burton defended his actions by explaining that "it was easier to drink from the Cup that way". Tournament organizers had a better explanation: "What do you expect when you give a bunch of America kids Canadian beer all week? Of course they're going to cause property damage by the time they leave."
(You can check out the video, here. Note the Habs-like jerseys on Spokane. Sigh, at least our uniforms managed to win a Cup this year.)