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burd
03-18-2013, 12:10 PM
Don't know whether this belongs in this side of Cafe, but it is addressed to division I college hockey fans, so here goes.

I got to thinking about Fame the other day. Not just any old kind of Fame, like being a movie star, professional athlete, or POTUS: I'm talking about the big enchilada, the top of the heap, the zenith--Lord Stanley's Cup. How many of you division I college hockey fans have had a personal experience with hockey's Holy Grail by:

1) Seeing it in person;

2) Seeing it from less than 10 feet away;

3) Touching it; or

4) Drinkingabeerfromitinwhichcasethereissurelyaplacei nheavenforyou.

If you had a spouse, member of your family, or close friend have an experience with it, that counts, but please Gopher fans don't say you saw it in John Mariucci's workshop when he was making it.

A prize. For something this important there should be a prize. OK.

1st Prize: 10 bucks.

2nd Prize: One week expense paid vacation for you and a guest at an accomodation of your choice in North Dakota along with your tour guide, Dirty.

Dirty
03-18-2013, 12:23 PM
What if I get 2nd place?

UAHStatman
03-18-2013, 12:28 PM
I live in the Raleigh area, so when the Hurricanes made the Finals in 2002 I got to stand in line for half an hour at a Sears so my wife and I could have our picture taken with it. While that was cool, you can't spend much time with it as you have to keep the line moving. I would rather have spent the half hour reading the Cup.

burd
03-18-2013, 12:32 PM
What if I get 2nd place?

DAMMIT! It was a perfect plan except for that. How about you get Minnesota with Scooby as your guide?

MUhawks628
03-18-2013, 12:33 PM
I think the cup was at my school at least twice, but probably all three times in 97/98/02. Took a picture right next to it in 2002, but don't recall if touching was allowed. I should try to find that...

Don't know exactly how it ended up there, while he wasn't with the Wings at the time, I'd still imagine it had something to do with this guy's (http://redwings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=60924)kid being a grade below me.

QUAlum2004
03-18-2013, 12:37 PM
1. Saw it in person
2. Saw it from less than 10 feet away
3. Touched it

Nick Papagiorgio
03-18-2013, 12:38 PM
Brooks Orpik brought it to Conte Forum after winning it with the Penguins and collected donations for the Boys and Girls Club. I had a chance to see it and get my picture taken with it with Brooks and my son who was 1.5 years old around that time in July 2009. Didn't touch it. But it was a really special experience and very humbling to see Orpik spend his day with the Cup for a few hours with total strangers and to share that with everyone while raising some money for charity.

alfablue
03-18-2013, 12:41 PM
1. Saw it in person
2. Saw it from less than 10 feet away
3. Touched it

that, and have multiple pictures with it. For special people, we sent Christmas cards of me, my wife, and the cup in between us, with our arms around it. It was cool.

Should I post a copy of the christmas card? Oh, even better for college hockey, we are in our school uniforms WITH the cup.

willythekid
03-18-2013, 12:42 PM
that, and have multiple pictures with it. For special people, we sent Christmas cards of me, my wife, and the cup in between us, with our arms around it. It was cool.

Should I post a copy of the christmas card? Oh, even better for college hockey, we are in our school uniforms WITH the cup.

pics or it didn't happen

Biddco
03-18-2013, 12:45 PM
1. Saw it in person
2. Saw it from less than 10 feet away
3. Touched itSame here.

Norm MacIver won it as a person in the Blackhawks organization a few years ago and he brought it to the Heritage Center in Duluth. Stood in line for an hour (got interviewed on TV about Brett Favre ironically) and then was able to touch it. Knew I would never win it so I could touch it.

Fishhawk
03-18-2013, 12:48 PM
http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/243665_177001069098772_1285787845_o.jpg Me with the Cup.

Duder
03-18-2013, 12:49 PM
1. Saw it in person
2. Saw it from less than 10 feet away
3. Touched it

Same here. Lord Stanley gets around.

KnightsOfTheRound
03-18-2013, 12:51 PM
I've seen "the Cup" behind glass at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Whether it was the real Presentation Cup or just a replica I'm not sure.

burd
03-18-2013, 12:51 PM
I've seen "the Cup" behind glass at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Whether it was the real Presentation Cup or just a replica I'm not sure.

Whoa. Replica? This just got a little more complicated.

The Exiled One
03-18-2013, 12:53 PM
1. Saw it in person
2. Saw it from less than 10 feet away
3. Touched it
You're going to find that a lot of people have done this, myself included. I saw it at the NHC after Hedican and Cullen won it with the Canes.

This will be a busy thread if everybody who had the same experience makes a post. May I suggest that we limited stories to only those who've lifted it, drank from it, ate from it, or something similar?

FadeToBlack&Gold
03-18-2013, 12:54 PM
What if I get 2nd place?

Aren't you used to playing with yourself by now? :D

alfablue
03-18-2013, 12:55 PM
pics or it didn't happen

Ok- when I get home- for help- what picture posting service does this board like the best? I have picasa that I can send things up to.

alfablue
03-18-2013, 12:56 PM
You're going to find that a lot of people have done this, myself included. I saw it at the NHC after Hedican and Cullen won it with the Canes.


Yea, my parents got a picture with it when it was up for display in Houghton- they were celebrating the anniversary of pro hockey, and the first pro team was way, way, way up there....

KnightsOfTheRound
03-18-2013, 12:59 PM
Whoa. Replica? This just got a little more complicated.

I've been led to believe there are 3 Cups:

1. The original bowl - this one is always in a vault in Toronto under Fort Knox-like security
2. The Presentation Cup - the Cup that gets awarded at the end of the playoffs
3. A replica Cup - This one always stays at the HHoF in Toronto

My understanding is the Cup on display at the HHoF is either the Presentation Cup or a replica depending on whether the Presentation Cup is out on business or not.

Can anybody clear this up?

goldy_331
03-18-2013, 01:02 PM
Whoa. Replica? This just got a little more complicated.

As I understand there are two cups so one remains on display in Toronto when the other goes to the winning team. I have no idea which one I have seen, touched. It was in Toronto at the HHF, and it was not behind glass when I saw it, it was also at the St. Paul River Center for a special event when the All Star game was played in St. Paul. Both times I got close enough to see my high school classmate's name on it for the three times he was on the winning team (Canadiens).

KofTR may be right. I know there is more than one.