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Friday, May 31, 2019 6:30 pm

The Kelly Cup plot has thickened

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

In case you missed our earlier post, the ECHL’s commissioner emeritus, Patrick J. Kelly, for whom the league’s championship trophy was named, told the “Morning Blitz” radio show on Fox 1230 in Toledo, Ohio, that the Colorado Eagles never returned the trophy after winning it last season.

The Eagles moved to the higher-level American Hockey League after winning back-to-back titles.

Kelly said a new trophy had to be made for this season’s champion, which will either be the Newfoundland Growlers or Toledo Walleye.

"I've never heard of this in the history of hockey,” Kelly said.

After Kelly’s interview made the rounds on the internet, the Eagles released a statement from owner Martin Lind: “The management of the ECHL has full knowledge of the situation with the Kelly Cup. We have made numerous attempts to return it. They have chosen to ignore our requests, therefore the Kelly Cup remains in Colorado. This is all that will be released regarding this matter.”

I am laughing out loud about this now. I don't know what's funnier, the idea that the Eagles really couldn't figure out a way to get the Cup back to the ECHL or that they actually sent out a statement that makes them sound, well, worse. Now, it's not a huge secret that the divorce between the Eagle and the ECHL wasn't all warm and fuzzy, but what could possibly prevent the Cup from making its way back? Who pays for the shipping? And why on earth would the ECHL not want the Cup back, as Colorado is implying?

You can watch the Kelly interview here (at about the 9:30 mark): https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156442883647404&id=174212897403

jcohn@jg.net