Tobermory Legion Branch 290 News: Memorial Cup Question

Submitted by Elaine Sinha

Recently the Memorial Cup was held and there have been some questions as to why the poppy is on the players’ jerseys and if the Legion has any involvement with the Memorial Cup. Before that can be answered here is a brief summary of the history behind this.
During WWI, Captain J.T. Sutherland, while serving overseas, was also President of the Ontario Hockey Association and he envisioned a trophy to honour the young Canadian hockey players who died in battle, with the trophy being presented to the best junior hockey team in Canada. Captain Sutherland’s idea was unanimously adopted by the OHA and has been awarded since 1919. Today, local Legions are involved with the opening ceremonies with veterans for the puck drop and the home team jerseys are auctioned off with proceeds going to the local branch poppy fund. Presently, local legions do have involvement with the Memorial Cup but the involvement varies from host city and the Legion branch in the host city. Perhaps, there should be a uniform approach to the Legion involvement with the Memorial Cup, recognized as one of the toughest sporting trophies to win, and in keeping with Captain Sutherland’s vision to honour those who died too young.
Upcoming events:
• Trivia Night is being held on Friday, June 14, at 7 pm, come on out and test your knowledge.
• Once again, the BBQ is being fired up and there are hamburgers on Saturday, June 22 at 6 pm following the Meat Draw. Cost is $12 for a delicious burger, salad and dessert; come for the Meat Draw, stay for a burger.
• Darts for fun is every Thursday, 7 pm, Meat Draws are Saturday, 4 pm all at the Branch and the Branch is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 3:30 pm.
• Ladies Auxiliary Bingo is every Wednesday, 7 pm at the Tobermory Community Centre.
Remember that the Branch accepts cash only and bring your Legion membership card on Saturday Entertainment nights. There is a DJ and a $5 cover for non-members.
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