View 334: The Stanley Cup

Fans of the Stanley Cup show their appreciation during the viewing event at Cass Park Ice Rink in Ithaca, New York on July 5, 2014.

Fans of the Stanley Cup show their appreciation during the viewing event at Cass Park Ice Rink in Ithaca, New York on July 5, 2014.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV 0, 120mm focal length, cropped, flash.

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.

Fans of the National Hockey League and Ithaca native Dustin Brown wait in line for a chance to have their picture taken with the Stanley Cup.

Fans of the National Hockey League and Ithaca native Dustin Brown wait in line for a chance to have their picture taken with the Stanley Cup.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 2200, EV 0, 24mm focal length, flash.

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.

LA Kings fan, TJ, posing for his photo with the Stanley Cup at Cass Park Ice Rink in Ithaca, New York on July 5, 2014.

LA Kings fan, TJ, posing for his photo with the Stanley Cup at Cass Park Ice Rink in Ithaca, New York on July 5, 2014.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV 0, 50mm focal length, flash.

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).

Waited a couple of hours for this.  Thanks to Dave Burbank Photography for all his hard work and this photo.

Waited a couple of hours for this. Thanks to Dave Burbank Photography for all his hard work and this photo.

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.

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2 Responses to View 334: The Stanley Cup

  1. Krystal Thomas says:

    You didn’t want to scan and share the family photo with the Stanley Cup from our visit to the Hall of Fame way back when? 😉 We have had some entertaining, random family pictures. There is also the one on the command deck of the Enterprise – I think that was green screen at Cedar Point? We need to start scanning these things if for no other reason, we can use them for #TBT

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