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by Paul on 03/10/07 at 12:04 PM ET
TORONTO (March 9, 2007) – For the second time in history, the Hockey Hall of Fame today ceremoniously removed a ring containing the names of past winners from the Stanley Cup.
The ring was officially moved to a new public display case as part of a ceremony conducted today by Hockey Hall of Fame curator Phil Pritchard, five-time Cup winner Marcel Pronovost (as a member of the Detroit Red Wings in 1950, 52, 53 and 54 and with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1967) and two-time winner Gaye Stewart (1942 and 47 with the Maple Leafs).
The removed ring lists the names associated with the 13 Stanley Cup winners from 1940-41 to 1952-53. Every 13 years the oldest ring is removed from the Cup and a new ring is added for future winners.
“Putting a physical limit on how big the Stanley Cup can get allows us to continue to take it around the world and bring its magic directly to fans,” said Phil Pritchard, Curator and Vice President, Hockey Hall of Fame. “Portability is an important aspect of the Cup’s tradition. For instance former New York Islander Bryan Trottier (who has his name on the Stanley Cup six times as a player and once as a coach) has said that at three feet high and 35 pounds it’s the perfect size to hoist over your head. “
Ted Lindsay of the 1950 Cup champion Detroit Red Wings became the first captain to hoist the Cup overhead and skate around the rink. It has become a tradition to have each member of the winning team skate a lap around the ice with the trophy lifted into the air.
“There have been numerous alterations to the structure of the Stanley Cup since it was donated in 1892,” added Pritchard. “Removing rings from the trophy does not remove the history, tradition and honour of having your name on the Stanley Cup.”
The flattened out ring, formally retired today in an official ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame, will now be featured in a public display.
Joining the ring in the new Stanley Cup themed display are three items donated by Cup winners:
* A silver plate given to members of the 1952 Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings (donated by Tommy Ivan)
* A gold medallion given to members of the 1942 Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs (donated by Turk Broda’s)
* The puck Bill Barilko’s (Toronto) used to score the game-winning goal in the 1951 Stanley Cup final
The Stanley Cup is the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America. Originally donated by Lord Stanley Preston in 1892 as an amateur challenge trophy, the Stanley Cup is now the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), and one of the most-recognized symbols in the world of sport.
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