The Stanley Cup trophy, made out of silver and nickel alloy, officially weighs 34.5 pounds and measures 35.25 inches tall, according to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The tradition and history surrounding this unique prize makes it the best trophy in all of sports. Every player ever to win hockey’s greatest prize has his name engraved right into the metal.
But the greatest tradition dealing with the Stanley Cup is that each player on the winning team is awarded one day with his prize during the offseason.
Here are the three most interesting places a hockey player has ever taken the cup.
A Swedish Baptism
Sylvain Lefebvre, a defenseman for the 1996 cup-winning Colorado Avalanche, was the first player to baptize his daughter in the Stanley Cup.
In 2008, Detroit Red Wings defender Tomas Holmstrom allowed his cousin to borrow the cup for his daughter’s baptism ceremony in Pitea, Sweden, according to TSN.
The holiest piece of hockey hardware was fittingly filled with holy water, and Robert Sundstrom got to live out the dreams of hockey fans across the globe.
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An Edmonton Strip Club
This story is not as touching as the last one, but we’re dealing with hockey players so what can you expect?
After Mark Messier helped the Edmonton Oilers win the cup in 1987, he immediately took his trophy to a local gentlemen’s club to celebrate.
The cup was supposedly placed on stage to be included in the night’s entertainment, according to Roz Zurko of the Examiner.
The Rose Parade
After the Anaheim Ducks won the championship in 2007, Brad May received the honor of chaperoning the cup through Pasadena, Calif., on its route through the Rose Parade.
This was the first time in the Stanley Cup’s history that it was included in the famous New Year’s Day parade.
However, the other Los Angeles-area hockey just won the title so look for the cup along Colorado Boulevard on Jan. 1, 2013.