Is it possible to have a love affair with a sports trophy? Fans of the NHL sure do have an attachment to the Stanley Cup, the league’s championship trophy. LA Kings Captain and Ithaca native Dustin Brown brought the Stanley Cup to a viewing event at Cass Park Ice Rink in Ithaca, New York on July 5, 2014. Dustin Brown is a two time winner of the Stanley Cup as the LA Kings won it in 2012, too. Hundreds waited for hours to get a chance to have their photo taken (including Yours Truly) for a small donation to go towards Ithaca charities.
The Stanley Cup was on display for over two hours and there was still a long line of people when they cut it off. Dustin Brown only had it for one day and there was another event he and Stanley needed to get to. My party and I did get to pose with the Stanley Cup before it made its exit. First was big LA Kings fan, TJ, who is also a Syracuse Crunch season ticket holder.
Then is was my turn. My wife and I felt justified on touching the Stanley Cup as both our teams had won it in the past: Anaheim Ducks (once) and my Montreal Canadiens (24 times).
The Stanley Cup which Dustin Brown brought to Ithaca is one of two official cups the NHL uses. The other one is on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada. There you do not have to wait as long to have your photo taken with it. You can also see the original Stanley Cup given by Lord Stanley of Preston which, is kept in the vault at the Hall of Fame in a walk through display along with all the retired rings.
To be there with a Stanley Cup winning player was very special.