Anze Kopitar of the L.A. Kings "Hoists the Cup" at Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. -- Getty Images
The only place you'll see a Stanley Cup
champion "Hoist the Cup" is on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada
, a detail every Canadian has held to be true
these last 60 years, sure as they know the True North is "strong and free" or that Winnipeg is stupid-cold in January.
If you want to see you, me or your nana "Hoisting the Cup," however, your options are somewhat more flexible.
That's because Hockey Night In Canada
will be taking Lord Stanley's very well-travelled Mug on an Ontario road trip this month, a three-city tour that will lead into the Stanley Cup play-offs
launch April 30
.This could be you! --CBC
Friday, April 19
, the Stanley Cup will be at the Waterloo Public Square
From 3 - 5 p.m.
pilgrims to K-W may bask in the history and shininess and possible mystical healing powers of the Stanley Cup. They may have their photo taken with the esteemed trophy -- and even "Hoist the Cup" (or, rather, a 3-D image of it) for a picture you may choose to post to Facebook, send to your mom, or have enlarged into a wall-sized mural that will decorate the nursery of your unborn child. A hockey fan demonstrates how you might look "Hoisting the Cup" in the photo you'll cherish for generations. -- CBC
Look, the point is you can treasure it as you will. And CBC personalities Craig Norris
and Andrea Bellemare
will be there, too, on hand for plenty of Hockey Night in Canada events and giveaways all afternoon.
The road show hits Hamilton's Lime Ridge Mall Sunday, April 21
. Visit the mall's parking lot between 2 - 4 p.m.
that day for the same "Hoist the Cup" festivities, Hammer style.
Then, April 27, the event reaches Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square
Canada's favourite trophy, in the centre of the centre of the universe: If we were more superstitious, we'd suspect some magical, mystical business may transpire as a result of this icon of Canadiana being intalled upon such hallowed ground, but at the moment, all we know about the day's events is this: from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
the Stanley Cup will be on site for the same fun photo ops that transpired in Hamilton and K-W.
CBC ambassadors will be there, too, to lead some Hockey Night in Canada giveways. A significant portion of the day's participants will probably grab dinner at the nearby Milestones or Hard Rock Cafe, wishing they were dipping their chicken tenders in the Cup itself.
But of course, the real action doesn't begin until April 30, when Canada enters its favourite season - a time of family and togetherness and people mounting those miniature NHL flags on their SUV windows: the Stanley Cup playoffs. Watch all the drama unfold on CBC.
And before you do, you can watch some scripted hockey drama. Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story
, an original CBC movie, premieres Sunday, April 28
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