youíve won the Stanley Cup. Now what? Every player dreams of the day they can
hoist the cup over their head as a symbol of victory, not to mention hockey
player whoís ever been part of a Stanley Cup
winning team has the opportunity to have their way with the holy grail for at
least one day during the summer. What is one to do with it once they have it,
aside from go to Disneyland (that was not meant as a poke towards fans of the
Mighty Ducks)? Through the years, players and coaches alike have found some
very creative ways to spend their allotted time.
one of the most famous
Stanley Cup stories happened in 1905 after the Ottawa Silver Seven had won it
all. Ottawa fans had reportedly wined and dined with the club late into the wee
hours of the morning. When the party finally ended, the Ottawa skaters stumbled
home in the bitter cold of the night. Apparently the cold air wasnít enough to
sober up fellow teammate Harry Smith. For a brief moment, Smith thought he was
a football player, as he took the cup and kicked it straight into the Rideau
Canal! Not noticing what he had done, the rest of the team continued their trek
into the night, and the cup stayed put until the next morning. Smith, realizing
what he had done, quickly made his way back to the Canal where he found the cup
none the worse for wear save for a couple of dents.
a year later, in 1906, the Montreal Wanderers upon winning the championship
decided to carry the cup to a studio to have a professional victory picture
made. After the shoot, the team headed out of the studio and headed for the
nearest pub, and left the cup behind. Several months later it was found to be
in use as a flower pot!
1910, the cup made a surprise appearance at a bowling alley on St. Catherine
Street in Montreal, full of bubble gum. To this day, nobody knows how it got
In 1924, Montreal Canadiens coach, Leo Dandurand, threw a champagne
party for the players at his house. As luck should have it, while on the way
there, a few players stopped their car on a street corner to change a flat tire.
In their angst, the group continued on their way, leaving the trophy behind. It
wasnít until they made it to Dandurandís house when they realized they left the
cup behind. Luckily, it was still sitting on the same corner they left it.
Chicago Blackhawks only ever won the Stanley Cup once, in 1961, and a jealous
Montreal fan named Ken Kilander was determined to keep it that way. During the
1962 playoffs, the cup was kept in a glass case in the middle of the old Chicago
Stadiumís lobby for everyone to see. Kilander carefully opened the glass case
and realized it was not protected by any alarm or surveillance of any kind, so
he grabbed the cup and headed for the exit. He would have gotten away with it
too, if it hadnít been for a meddling cop who spotted him at the last second.
When asked what he was doing with the cup, he answered ďIím taking it back to
Montreal where it belongs.Ē Ironically enough, the cup would later be won by
Montrealís biggest rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Talk about adding insult to
enough, the Stanley Cup had never been to Russia until the Detroit Red Wings won
it in 1997. Fellow linemates Igor Larionov, Slava Kozlov and Viacheslav Fetisov
took the cup on an overseas journey to Moscow, where they hoisted it in front of
the Kremlin for all to see.
Robinson, who coached the 2000 New Jersey Devils, ended up in a field somewhere
in Ontario with the Stanley Cup, a few friends and family members, and a cow.
The cow reportedly ate some hay which was strategically placed in the bowl of
the cup. Who said hay was for horses?
Rheaume wins my vote for most innovative way to
eat poutine. For those of you who donít know, poutine is simply French fries
with gravy and cheese curds (donít knock it until you try it, and if you canít
get it where you live, move to Canada!). After the usual parties with family
and friends mixed with photos with the cup (and after being arrested, which
turned out as nothing more than a practical joke set up by his wife), Rheaume
wanted to spend his remaining hours with the cup eating his favorite food from
it. While most would prefer to drink champagne, his drink of choice was beer.
I canít say I blame him.
a true act of class, the Devils surrendered the Stanley Cup for one day on July
18 in order to allow the NHL to take the cup to Parry Sound, Ontario to
commemorate the opening of the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. Rumours of the cup
appearance turned out to be true as fans had a chance to have their picture
taken with the mug and celebrate a project which was twenty four years in the
Friday, June 13th, 2003, the cup
helped bring some good luck to baseballís New York Yankees, and in particular,
pitcher Roger Clemens. The New Jersey Devils, fresh off their victory, rode the
cup around Yankee Stadium on a golf cart and had a picture taken wearing Yankee
jackets which were donated by team owner George Steinbrenner. Devils captain
Scott Stevens threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and Clemens not only got his
300th career win, which had eluded him for weeks, but also passed the 4000
you know the victory skate you see all teams take when the cup is won, along
with the on ice victory picture was actually started by the Edmonton Oilers way
back when? Chalk this tidbit up under Stanley Cup trivia.
though the small bowl on top of the cup was replaced by an exact replica of the
original in 1964, players still manage to find innovative ways to spend their
day with the cup. Of course, thanks to the shenanigans of players past and the
risk of theft or vandalism, the NHL had no choice but to keep the cup under
wraps twenty four hours a day, released only when it becomes a playerís turn
with the cup. The original, now fragile bowl remains locked in a vault at the
Hockey Hall of Fame. Fans can have pictures taken with an exact replica of the
full sized version. I never tire of watching folks crowd around it. As we all
know, it continues to be the most sought after trophy in sports and the toughest
you had 24 hours with the Stanley Cup, what would you do? Where would you go?
I could probably go on for days with stories and facts about the silver trophy,
but I know everybody has their own stories about the cup, and I want to hear
them. It will help ease the dog days of summer and help me forget about the
fact Iím turning 30.
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