Unlike other sports trophies, Hockey’s Stanley Cup goes on the road every year, traveling far and wide with players and management of the team that won it. Where has the Stanley Cup been, and what has it done? On its travels, the Cup has had many adventures, of both a serious and not-so-serious nature.
What are some of the places the Stanley Cup has been?
Some of the places the Stanley Cup has been may surprise you. According to the NHL, the Stanley Cup travels approximately 250 days a year, as each player and member of management on the winning team gets it for a day.
In the United States, some of the places the Stanley Cup has been include Anchorage, Alaska, the 14,443-foot-high summit of Mt. Elbert in Colorado, the White House, and New York for opening day at Yankee Stadium.
Other places the Stanley Cup has been include non-US countries such as Sweden, the Check Republic, the Bahamas, and Japan. In Canada, the Cup made it to a native Metis Nation reservation in Fishing Lake, Alberta; in Russia, it was invited to the Kremlin, and the opening ceremonies at Luzhniki Stadium.
What are some of the things the Stanley Cup has done?
In addition to the many places the Stanley Cup has been, the Cup has done some unconventional things: it has been filled with champagne and other beverages (including a root beer float), used as a baptismal font, a food bowl for dogs, and participated in the 5K Celebrity Run-Walk for Women’s Cancer Research in Los Angeles. It has been kicked, thrown, dented (and repaired), and left on the side of the road.
Other things the Stanley Cup has done include being a frequent talk show guest, making appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Meet the Press with Tim Russert, the Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
As the only “hands-on” sports trophy, the Stanley Cup’s travels and adventures give it a history almost as interesting and exciting-or more so sometimes-than the game of hockey itself, and those who participate in it.
The most significant of the many places the Stanley Cup has been is the Hockey Hall of Fame, where a stand-in version sits on display when the real thing is traveling.
It’s a wonderful tradition, letting the Stanley Cup go on the road, for both the fans and the team, and at least in some cases, it’s the stuff good stories are made of.
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