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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - A member of the Canadian parliament says the Stanley Cup should be awarded to an amateur team if the NHL labor fight isn't settled in time to save the season.

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Brent Rathgeber (RATH'-gay-buhr) suggests the cup could be the prize in a national competition to determine the best non-pro team in Canada.

A group of recreational players made a similar suggestion during the 2004-05 lockout, when they argued in court that Lord Stanley's cup wasn't the exclusive property of the NHL.

An out-of-court settlement back then said the cup's trustees have the option - but not the obligation - of awarding the prize to another team if there is no NHL champion.

Writing on his blog, Rathgeber points out the trustees' original purpose was to promote amateur hockey in Canada.

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