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This is by far the most popular image being passed around on "Hockey Twitter" today, and it's pretty dang cool:
Stanley Cup winners rarely see their names on the Cup because the engraving of names into the Cup doesn't take place until late August, but the Chicago Blackhawks posted a picture of the hand-engraver's work:
Update: Here's why Jamal Mayers got his name on the Cup, per ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers:
Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard will get his name on the Stanley Cup after all.
General manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday at the team’s charity golf tournament that Savard’s name will be inscribed on the trophy with his teammates.
via Sports Illustrated:
The Stanley Cup is sporting a new dent after toppling from a table in Newfoundland.
The silver trophy was being readied for a helicopter flight from St. John’s to Bonavista, the hometown of former Boston Bruin Michael Ryder, when it fell over.
While we’re on the topic, for an extensive list of the Stanley Cup’s misadventures and other anecdotes, check out Wikipedia.
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com:
Mike and Marlene Neely never got to see their only son win the Stanley Cup. They both succumbed to cancer, first Marlene in 1987 and then Mike seven years later.
Mike and Marlene also had a wish to have their children spread their ashes in the Pacific Ocean. So, that’s what Cam and his sisters, Chris and Shaun, did for them.
Today, Cam and his sisters are bringing the trophy he worked his entire life for back to his parents because a special visit to his hometown like this one wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Belcarra Regional Park here in Port Moody.
read on for more about Cam Neely’s journey home with the Stanley Cup
Update: Here are some of Rosen’s photos today.
Reflecting on the 2007 Stanley Cup win for the Ducks, Helene Elliotte at the LA Times ducks into a time capsule to remember Anaheim’s moment in the sun:
“That’s still to this day one of the most amazing feelings and tough to pinpoint exactly how you feel at that moment,” [Dustin Penner] said. “The whole season was a grind. You went through ups and downs the whole year and a lot of things had to line up for us to get to that point, but it was such a great feeling about relief and success and accomplishment and the pride everybody had for each other in that room.”
The feeling was similar for Perry.
“That was a special moment for all three of us. All the emotions running through your body, I don’t even know if you really knew what was going on. It happened so fast,” he said. “You dream your whole life that one day you’ll get to hold it up in the air, and we had that chance and we took it all in.”
From Sam McCaig at The Hockey News:
San Jose, Detroit and Calgary are the class of the West, while Boston, New Jersey and Washington are the lead pack in a wide-open East. Right here, right now, the smart money is on a Boston-San Jose final.
1. SAN JOSE SHARKS
They’ve been one of the best teams in the NHL for several years and they’re all too familiar with the pain of losing in the post-season. The blueline has been studded with experience and there’s more grit than ever before among the forwards (and still a lot of talent, too). And this is it for old guys like Claude Lemieux, Rob Blake and Jeremy Roenick. This team is motivated, skilled, experienced and deep. Is it now or never? No. But it’ll sure feel like it if the Sharks fall short once again.
From the HHOF Stanley Cup Journal:
After being part of a boating convoy with the Wings’ GM, the Cup spent the night at the Osgood home with Chris and his wife Jenna. Curious readers of the Stanley Cup Journal know that the Keepers of the Cup accompany hockey’s most cherished trophy wherever it goes, and wonder what happens when players want to sleep with the Cup. “I tell them, ‘Move over,’” laughs Mike Bolt, one of the Cup’s Keepers.
From the Stanley Cup Blog at NHL.com,
Just after 9 a.m. that morning, Mike and Maureen Babcock met the plane at the Saskatoon airport and received the Stanley Cup.
There are two things indigenous to Canada – hockey and Tim Hortons coffee, and the Babcock’s merged the two by taking the Stanley Cup to a local Tim Hortons. The only things that could make the morning more Canadian would be if a Mountie carrying a beaver had held the door open for them!
and lots more on Babcock and his face-time with Stanley.
*thanks to Snapshots for the pointer
From the CP (via Slam),
Hockey’s greatest prize arrived in Canada’s youngest province on Monday, greeted by the first man from Newfoundland and Labrador to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.
Newfoundland hockey hero Dan Cleary and a mob of fans welcomed the Cup on its arrival at the St. John’s airport. Cleary became the first Newfoundland-born player to win the Cup when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL finals earlier this month.
“You don’t forget where you came from,” Cleary said.
We’ve had a ton of email requests from KK readers for more info on Dan Cleary’s time with the Stanley Cup (who knew you all loved Newfies so much?!) so let me send you off to Puck Daddy, who has a great selection of photos.
Update 4:22pm ET: Check out MLive for video of today’s activities.
Update 5:10pm ET: Kenn Oliver at The Telegram has a story up.
From James Duthie at The Good, The Bad and The Duthie,
Here’s what happened: Chris Chelios was atop the bar, Coyote Ugly style, Cup in hand, with the packed crowd cheering madly. At some point there was an attempted handoff to Brett Lebda. Whether it was the chaos of the crowd, or the…umm…content of the blood, balance was lost. Down went Lebda. Down went Stanley.
And no, the dent wasn’t “slight”.
In fact, it needed emergency service. Mike Bolt, the Keeper of the Cup, was taken to Joe Louis Arena, where Stan, like a forward who took a puck in the eye, was placed gently on the trainer’s table in the Red Wings dressing room, and operated on.
From Bob Wojnowski at the Detroit News,
The Stanley Cup does strange and wonderful things. It causes players to throw their battered bodies in front of whizzing pucks. It causes them to grow crazy beards and ignore painful injuries and continue battling for nearly two months.
It causes upward of a million people to line a storied street in downtown Detroit, in searing heat and brutal times, and cheer for the athletes who earned the right to lift it. It causes grown men—players and fans alike—to weep at the sight of it.
The Cup can stir and bind and wow. And perhaps, when necessary, it even can heal.
A KK reader kindly passed this article onto me, correctly noting that I might have missed it when it first came out Tuesday. Even a couple days late, it’s well worth a read.
From the AP via the Globe & Mail:
The Stanley Cup is okay after taking a tumble during the Red Wings’ celebrations in Detroit.
NHL spokeswoman Bernadette Mansur says Saturday the Cup got a “slight dent” Friday after some players took the trophy to Cheli’s Chili Bar, a downtown restaurant owned by Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios.
Mansur says a keeper of the Cup traveling with the trophy was able to smooth out the dent.
Update 2:18pm ET: A further comment from CBC.ca,
Over its history, the cup has been subjected to a number of indignities. There are actually three of them — the original bowl, the “presentation model” and the “replica” version that is used at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto when the presentation model is out partying.
The cup has been accidentally left on a street corner, pooped in by an excited infant, used as a doggie bowl by two players’ canines and dropped numerous times.
Maxim’s got an interview with Mike Bolt, the official keeper of The Cup,
Ever had to deck a drunk fan?
Again, we’re around bars and alcohol, and you do get the odd jerk who’ll mouth off to you. But big deal, I can take it. As long as this thing stays safe, I don’t care how much this guy’s chirping in my ear. I’d like to smack them, but I can’t. I had to push a fan away once because I thought he was going to urinate in it, but that’s about it.
A refresher course from Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com, on how to get one’s name on the Stanley Cup:
The Stanley Cup is the only trophy in pro sport that bears the names of players, coaches, management and staff from the winning teams.
Prior to 1977 only players who had completed the Stanley Cup playoffs were eligible. Today, players appearing in 41 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup Final game for the championship team have their names engraved on the Cup. The NHL makes exceptions for players who do not meet the standard because of injury or other extenuating circumstances.
That’s why Jiri Slegr was the luckiest guy in the NHL in the spring of 2002.
read on for more trivia
From the Detroit Free Press:
Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl have reached a gentleman’s wager over the Stanley Cup series between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
If Detroit wins, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will send Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick goodies from the Steel City, including Heinz Ketchup and Primanti Sandwiches. He will also ship Mayor Kilpatrick an octopus from Wholeys Fish Market. Dan Wholey, the market’s owner, made news this week when he said he would not sell octopi to any Red Wings fans during games in Pittsburgh.
If the Penguins win the Stanley Cup, Kilpatrick will send some of Motor City’s favorites such as Little Cesar’s Pizza Kits, Faygo Pop and a proclamation declaring Pittsburgh “America’s Hockey City,” according to a statement issued by Kilpatrick’s office.
Clearly, neither of these cities are going to prove themselves to be bastions of fine American cuisine…
From Chuck Gormley at The Sporting News,
But for all of the players who have had their names inscribed on the Cup, an equal number have fallen just short in their quest for Lord Stanley’s coveted mug. So what separates the winners from the losers? What makes the 34 1/2-pound silver chalice so difficult to attain?
For answers, we sought out current and former players who have reached the finals.
continued with memories and opinions from the likes of Mike Knuble, Georges Laraque, Bobby Clarke and others
From Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
And that is probably the most miraculous thing about the Cup: It has the unique ability to turn men into little boys.
Like the 6-year-olds they once were, NHLers really are playing for the trophy at the end of the season. Their salaries stop when the regular season does. There is, of course, a monetary prize, a playoff payout, that goes to all teams, but if you break it down per hour for the intense, all-consuming work the finalists will put in over eight weeks, they would probably make out just as well if they had been manning the deep fryer at a burger joint.
The game is distilled to its purest form during the playoffs. Stanley of Preston, whose farsighted vision was as long as his title, really did reward the top amateur team because in the spring, hockey is about the love of the game.
more… about what makes the Stanley Cup Playoffs special
Joe Pelletier at Greatest Hockey Legends is looking back at every Stanley Cup champion since 1930, offering capsule looks at the playoffs and teams, and of course highlighting all the heroes.
This past weekend he has posted Stanley Cup capsules dating from 1930-1944. He’s added 30 new biographies as well. A lot of great hockey reading.
From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,
So I figure I’ve earned the right to complain about a few things I’ve seen during this season’s playoffs. If you agree with me, give me a call and perhaps we can further discuss our issues over a glass of prune juice.
In any case, I remember when…[...]
• The NHL didn’t feel the need to pander to corporate sponsors by endorsing a contest where an NHL legend - in this case Mark Messier - brings the Stanley Cup to your house. The news release for the Bring Home the Stanley Cup promotion reads like this: “Known as ‘the Holy Grail’…the Stanley Cup ™ (sic) is one of the most celebrated sports icons and is the ultimate goal of hockey’s greatest players.”
Then leave the Stanley Cup ™ to them, not to some painted-up slob whose fingers are greasy from eating too many potato chips.
Two articles at ESPN today.
First, David Amber for the East:
The Stanley Cup resides in Southern California until June. After that, chances are it will head to the Eastern Conference. Yes, the West had the best team during the regular season in Detroit and it has a number of solid Stanley Cup contenders. But here are five good reasons to believe the Cup will runneth over to the East this spring.
Next up, E.J. Hradek for the West:
If you believe defense wins championships, then you have to figure the eventual Stanley Cup winner will come from the Western Conference. After all, the league’s three best defensive teams all reside in the West, and that very stingy Western trio includes the defending Stanley Cup-champion Ducks.
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
Yes, recent history shows that while any number of teams can get to a championship final, over the past dozen years — through the pre-salary cap and post-salary cap eras — every single Stanley Cup winner following the lockout-shortened 48-game season of 1994-95 finished in the top three in points in its conference and in the top five in points overall.
The reality is, it was easier to win a championship during the previous decade (1986 to 1995) by coming out of nowhere than it has been of late. In those 11 seasons (no NHL games were played in 2005-06), the teams that won the Stanley Cup finished first in their conferences four times, second in their conferences five times and third in their conferences twice (the Devils of ‘00 were actually placed fourth because they didn’t win their division, but actually finished with more points than the team seeded third).
NHL.com’s Shawn P. Roarke is in London and providing daily updates about his experiences and the upcoming games. From his Day #3 installment:
Wednesday, NHL.com took an abbreviated double-decker bus tour of London. But the company couldn’t be beat as I joined the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks and the Stanley Cup itself for a quick jaunt through the city.
We all climbed aboard a 30-year-old traditional red double-decker bus that is only used for special occasions. And, what could be more special than escorting the Ducks and the Stanley Cup on a sight-seeing tour?
The Anaheim Ducks proudly toted the Stanley Cup they won last spring to various tourist sites on a double-decker bus here Wednesday to promote this weekend’s National Hockey League season curtain raiser.
But few Londoners seemed aware of who they were, or what they were carrying, as the team braved a chilly autumn wind that swept across the Thames River.
Steve Campbell, a sports fan from northern England, looked baffled as he watched playoff star Ryan Getzlaf lug the Cup across a busy street to pose with his teammates in front of Big Ben.