TORONTO -- The Sting made their third, and perhaps final, attempt to bring the Memorial Cup to Sarnia.
The Sting made their presentation to the OHL's 2008 Memorial Cup selection committee yesterday.
"It's our third, and final, time," said Rob Ciccarelli president and part-owner of the team. "I think if we're not successful this year, you never say never, but it would be difficult to continue to bid and not be successful. It takes a large amount of work, time, energy and money to put a successful bid together."
Ciccarelli was one of the group's presenters along with Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, Sting GM Alan Millar and bid co-chairs Ed Litrenta and Todd Yeomans.
Ciccarelli would not disclose his club's financial guarantee.
"As we realized the last time, it's not the be all and end all," he said.
When the Sting bid for the 2005 Memorial Cup, their guarantee was $1.6 million but it went to the London Knights, who bid $1.1 million.
The Sting are the smallest centre to bid (70,000). But this time, that may be an advantage. By awarding the Cup to Sarnia, the OHL would be sending a statement to small-market teams that size doesn't matter.
"It's something we brought up," Ciccarelli said. "More than half the teams in the league have a population of under 80,000. The (league) has never awarded a Memorial Cup to a city Sarnia's size. We're truly representative of the teams that make up the Canadian Hockey League. We think it's important that cities such as Sarnia have the opportunity to demonstrate they can host these events and make them successful."