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The Day With The Cup Tradition

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It was the 1989 NHL awards and Colin Patterson, a member of the Cup-winning Calgary Flames, was nominated for the Frank J. Selke Trophy. Patterson asked Phil Pritchard of the Hockey Hall of Fame whether it would be OK if the Stanley Cup stopped by his place in Toronto the next day.

At the time there was no precedent of players taking a turn with the Stanley Cup. The Cup was essentially the property of the Cup-winning team during the offseason and since the Cup was en route back to Calgary at some point, Pritchard—who would go on to become the curator of the Hall of Fame and in many ways the face of those who keep the Cup through television commercials and ads—thought what the heck.

So the next morning, Pritchard wedged the Cup and its wheeled case in the back of his Toyota Celica and delivered them to Paterson’s home. By the time he arrived the street was full of banners and cars awaiting the trophy’s arrival.

“It was unbelievable,” said Pritchard, who actually began working for the Hall of Fame the summer of 1988 and had his first Cup experience taking it to a Newmarket Minor Hockey Association function north of Toronto.

Although the Cup would be well-used at Patterson’s morning celebration, his was the only individual visit that summer.

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