How Much Does the Stanley Cup Weigh and Other Fun Facts
The Stanley Cup is easily the most revered trophy in sports.
Players who haven't won won't touch it. Jeremy Roenick said Monday that he feels disrespectful even looking at it since he's never won.
It is one sport when the winning trophy might actually be more popular than the sport itself. Even the most basic sports fan could tell you the winners' trophy name before they could tell you one player on the Phoenix Coyotes. (No disrespect, it just is what it is.)
In comparison to other trophies, the Stanley Cup is a diva. It has an entourage, it travels year-round, and you can only be on it for so long.
Here's the lowdown on what the Blackhawks can expect tonight.
It Ain't Light
Among the most famous trophies, the Cup is the second-heaviest to carry.
Leave it to the BCS Trophy to once again crash the party. I'd rather not even mention that abomination in this article, but it is the heaviest at 45 pounds.
Stanley's next at 34.5 pounds, followed by baseball's Commissioner's Trophy (30 pounds) as the only workout-worthy awards.
The Larry O'Brien Trophy in the NBA weighs 14.5 pounds and the FIFA World Cup weighs in at 13.6 pounds.
Ironically, the manliest of all the awards, NFL's Lombardi Trophy, is the lightest at just seven pounds.
It's Older Than Your Great Grandma
The first Stanley Cup was awarded in 1893 to the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association. It was first awarded in the NHL in 1927. In comparison, the Claret Jug was first awarded at the British Open in 1872. The Gentlemen's Singles trophy was first given out in 1887. Then came the CFL's Grey Cup in 1909. The rest of the trophies are babies in comparison. The Commissioner's Trophy and Lombardi were both first given in 1967. Then comes the current World Cup design started in 1974. The O'Brien is the youngest, started in 1984.
Follow the Protocol
We see the iconic pictures of players hoisting the Cup and just assume that's the way it's always been.
In fact, the Cup wasn't always awarded right after a team won. The first on-ice presentation can be traced to 1932.
Ted Lindsay was the first to actually hoist the Cup over his head with the 1950 Detroit Red Wings.
Since then, it has been tradition for each member of the winning team, starting with the captain, to lift the trophy and take a lap around the rink with it.
The Detroit Red Wings altered the tradition a bit in 1998 when Steve Yzerman handed the Cup to Vladimir Konstantinov, a teammate confined to a wheelchair after a limo accident.
Joe Sakic broke that protocol again in 2001 when he was handed the Cup and immediately gave the trophy to Ray Bourque, who won his first NHL title in his last game of a 22-year career.
Yes, You Can Drink Out Of It
It would actually be disrespectful not to.
The winning team has drank champagne from the trophy's top bowl since 1896.
Victors have also used it to baptize their children.
Clark Gillies and Sean O'Donnell have even allowed their dogs to eat food out of it.
A Trio Of Cups
There are actually three Cups — the original (which is at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Ontario after being used for 71 years before a redesign), the Presentation Cup which is hoisted today, and the replica, which is the stand-in at the Hall of Fame when the Presentation Cup is not available.
The Presentation Cup is the only sports trophy that is the same one seen on tour that is given to the players. All the others are locked up soon after you see them on TV.
One of Lord Stanley's conditions when he bought the cup was that teams could, at their own expense, engraved a "We were there" kind of insignia into the trophy on the base ring.
Teams would put their team name and the year they won until the cup runneth over with engravings in 1902.
Then teams started engraving on the cup itself. The 1907 Montreal Wanderers actually put their mark inside the bowl of the cup and were the first to put all the players' names on the cup.
That led to a down period where teams didn't put anything on the cup.
In 1915, rings started being added to the bottom of the Cup.
In 1924, the Canadiens began an unbroken string of putting the team name and the players' names on the rings of the cup.
The Ring Bearers
There are actually five rings that are on the base of the Stanley Cup in its current form.
According to the Hockey Hall of Fame, a ring is retired every 13 years and placed in the Hall of Fame.
The longest a team and its players are on the Cup is 65 years. The shortest term is 52 years. It depends where in the 13-year cycle a team wins the trophy.
A History Of Whoops
Nobody's perfect, not even the Stanley Cup engravers.
Pat McReavy of the 1941 Bruins is spelled "McCeavy".
Dickie Moore won six Cups and his name was spelled five different ways (D. Moore, Richard Moore, R. Moore, Dickie Moore, Rich Moore).
Glenn Hall was forever enshrined as "Glin" in 1952. Bob Gainey is "Gainy", Ted Kennedy is "Kennedyy."
Even teams have been screwed up. The 1963 Toronto Maple Leafs are the "Leaes." The 1972 Bruins went in as "Bqstqn." The 1981 Islanders became the "Ilanders."
None of those errors were corrected. Former Oilers owner Peter Pocklington got overzealous and put his dad Basil on the cup in 1984. The Keepers of the Cup put "X"s over it (pictured in photo in upper right corner).
Adam Deadmarsh became the first corrected name in 1996. His name was originally spelled "Deadmarch." Since then Manny "Lagace" Legace and Eric "Staaal" Staal have been fixed in 2002 and 2006.
This Cup's For You
There are tales of the Cup spending periodic days with players upon request in the past.
That didn't actually become tradition until 1995. Now, every winning member of the NHL champion team gets to have the Cup for a day.
There are four official "Keepers of the Cup" who travel with the trophy 320 days out of the year, protecting it from peril.
Players have been known to put the cup in their bed and use the trophy to prop up pastries (like birthday cakes). Doug Weight of the Hurricanes made an ice cream sundae in it for his kids. Other players have admitted taking it fishing and putting the bait in the bowl.
But the Keepers are on hand to make sure the trophy is not disrespected — and must sleep in the bed if a player requests to sleep with it. No joke.
Ed Olczyk is said to have fed 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go For Gin out of the Cup at the Belmont Stakes.
Who Has To Clean That Up?
In 2008, the Red Wings' Kris Draper (pictured) put his newborn daughter in the Cup.
And little baby Kamryn did what came naturally. She pooped in it.
Draper said he still drank out of it later that night. Ewww.
At least that was innocent. The 1940 Rangers allegedly peed in and on the cup, which New York fans blamed for invoking a half-century-plus-long curse.
Party Like A Rock Star
The Stanley Cup is more in demand on the Hollywood party scene than the average D-list celebrity.
It has Emmy-worthy appearances on "Guiding List" and "Boston Legal."
It has done photo spreads for Maxim and appeared at many of the magazine's exclusive shindigs.
The Cup and its keeper actually had dinner with Susan Sarandon (and was bum rushed at the restaurant for an autograph by Mark Wahlberg).
Then there's the rumors of a naughty tryst involving Lil' Jon.
Teemu Selanne drank 12 bottles of scotch out of it with friends on a bender, according to keeper Mike Bolt.
It's tough keeping the Cup out of the tabloids as well. Hayden Panettiere (pictured) is just one of many starlets rumored to have kiss-and-tell affairs with the hardware.
(I'll take "Things Not to Do With the Stanley Cup" for $500, Alex. She apparently never saw "A Christmas Story.")