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A Day With The Cup

from Chris Jones at ESPN The Magazine,

Some secrets are really hard to keep. I asked the National Hockey League if I could have the Stanley Cup for a day; the league said yes, so long as I didn’t tell anybody. You have to understand: I live in a small Canadian town called Port Hope, about an hour east of Toronto. For us up here, the Stanley Cup is close to a religious artifact; it might be the one inanimate object that every single Canadian could recognize instantly, even though we don’t win it anymore….

Mike Bolt, one of four Keepers of the Cup, called when he was 10 minutes away. I ran around flapping my hands. When he arrived, I made him hug me. The 43-year-old Toronto native has been watching people turn into puddles for 12 years, and now he was smiling again. “Seeing that happiness never gets old for me,” says Bolt, who logs 250 days each year with the Cup. “It’s amazing, really, the power of this trophy.”

He opened the black traveling case in the back of his SUV. There it was, 35 pounds of shining silver. My honest reaction: hysterical laughter. Since I was a boy, I’ve watched that trophy being hoisted into the air by giants. Now it was on my front step. I sat beside it and laughed until my eyes filled with water.

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