(March 12, 2012) – The Great Lakes Building Systems Canucks have done what the more famous Vancouver Canucks have failed to do three times: win a cup.
In this case, members of the GLBS Canucks hoisted the Lord Manly Cup after winning the Old Tyme Hockey League of East Aurora’s championship game, defeating the Arriba Tortilla Flyers, 5-4.
The victory capped off a playoff run that began with a dramatic win over the Elm Street Bakery Nordiques, a win that required a late come-from-behind goal followed by a game winner in overtime. Following that, the Canucks defeated the Bar Bill Bruins and Bruce’s Automotive Maple Leafs to earn their trip to the final against the Flyers. For the Flyers’ part, the road to the title game included wins over the Blue Lantern Sharks, Del Aureo Jets and Sorrentino’s Golden Seals.
The Canucks’ claim to fame last season, its first in the OTHLEA, was its most high-profile member: former NHL defenseman Jay McKee. Having resettled in Western New York after
his final NHL stop with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the former Buffalo Sabre attracted a lot of attention and interested adult players by participating with the Canucks. This season, he began his new job as an assistant coach with the Rochester Americans, thus ending his relationship with the OTHLEA.
How ironic that the Canucks didn’t need the former NHLer to win it all. They did, however, have talent including forwards Dan Wojdan and Andy Beale. The Flyers were led in scoring this season by Chris Catanzaro, John Davidson and Jeff Homewood.
The Lord Manly Cup isn’t really a cup but rather a metal cutout of the maple leaf that matches that of sponsor Molson (via Certo Brothers Distributing) set into a block of wood. What makes it stand out from other local adult league championships is that it does borrow an idea from the more famous Stanley Cup and provide spaces where winning teams and their
players’ names are engraved. Members of the Canucks will be “immortalized” along with the three preceding champions on the Cup in coming weeks.