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The Cup Engraver

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Inside a Montreal studio on Rue Saint-Francois-Xavier, an artist doesn't put her name on her work; instead, names are her work.

Louise St. Jacques is the personal engraver of the Stanley Cup, the trophy's artisan scribe. She is one of just four people to ever officially have the job.

“I am very fortunate and proud to engrave the Cup,” St. Jacques said by e-mail. “I have been stamping the Stanley Cup for the past 37 years, and it still makes me flutter inside every time I see it.”

She's previously put “St. Louis” on the Cup — Martin St. Louis won it in 2004 with Tampa Bay — but this will be the first time St. Jacques' St. Louis is in reference to our city. To our city's champions. After the Cup's summer of possessing toasted ravioli and Bud Light, spaghetti and babies, hockey's cherished chalice will arrive at her studio for the ceremonious and meticulous engraving process.

“Personally, I think it's one of the most important positions surrounding the game — the silversmith for the Stanley Cup,” said Phil Pritchard, the “keeper of the Cup” who works for the Hockey Hall of Fame.


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I wonder about repairs on the cup after it gets abused during it’s summer travels. The rim of the bowl used to be bent and cracked, the upper part became kind of tilted towards one side like the leaning tower of Pisa… That metal cannot be constantly bent back and forth without losing its structural integrity. Two pieces of metal can be rejoined and regain full-worthy strength only if the alloy is melted and solidified again in that particular breakage point. But Nickel-silver melting point seems to be quite high. It must be a high quality and probably an expensive craft that can make that kind of repair. Unless they use cheaper soldering alloy that does not require such a high temperature… just ponoderin…

Posted by tutoka from Leelanau Peninsula on 08/05/19 at 07:11 PM ET

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