It’s considered the holy grail of sports trophies, a prize that beats every other prize. Players spend years working for it, and some never get the chance to sip from the silver rim. It’s what hockey dreams are made of. The Stanley Cup
In 1892 Governor General Lord Stanley of Preston donated the award to Canada for the top amateur hockey team. It wasn’t until 1926 that the cup debuted as the NHL’s top honour.
It is the oldest trophy competed for in North America and the only one that has the names of the winning players engraved on the side.
Lord Stanley’s mug has travelled the world. Each winning player and coach gets to keep it for a day, and do whatever they want with it. And player’s and coaches have great imaginations.
In 2008, Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmström let his cousin baptize his newborn child using the Cup while visiting his hometown in Sweden.
It has travelled with Rob and Scott Niedermayer to the top of the Kootenay Rockies in BC. Dan Cleary took it to Newfoundland and it’s been through every other province more than once.
It’s logged countless hours as a champagne and beer chalice and cereal bowl. It’s even sunk to the bottom of Mario Lemieux’s swimming pool.
The Cup isn’t shy. It made a guest appearance on David Letterman, showed up in an episode of South Park Sidney and Sidney Crosby even took it to the White House!
One can only guess where the next stop will be. Perhaps one day the cup will visit your hometown, never say never.