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Top 10 Stanley Cup Stories

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The top 10 most outrageous things that have happened to the Stanley Cup in the hands of the players who won it.

Top 10 Stanley Cup Stories

The Chicago Blackhawks, the 2013 Stanley Cup winners, will all get their chance to spend a night with the Stanley Cup and celebrate their hard work throughout the season. However, celebrating this victory is different from one player to the next. Many might do something extremely meaningful like Patrick Kane did in 2010 by bringing the Cup home to Buffalo and hoisting it under Niagra Falls. But for others, they've made different decisions. 

Lord Stanley set forth his conditions for the Cup, the first of which was for, “The winners to return the Cup in good order when required by the trustees in order that it may be handed over to any other team which may win it.”

...Like that was going to happen. 

Here are our Top 10 Stanley Cup stories:  

10. Mark Messier 

It is well known that Mark Messier used to get pretty rowdy with the Cup. The night after winning the Cup in 1987 with the Edmonton Oilers, Messier brought it to his favorite Edmonton strip club, the Forum Inn. The following year, Messier dented the Cup and brought it to an automotive repair shop to get fixed. 

9. Phil Bourque 

In 1991, The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup. At a party at Mario Lemieux’s house, Phil Bourque decided it would be a good idea to jump in the pool with the tophy to see if it would float.  Obviously, it sank to the bottom less than 10 seconds later. In the process, a piece of the Cup broke off, held together with duct tape. Makes sense to me. I don't see why a 3-foot tall 35 pound metal trophy wouldn't sink to the bottom of a pool! 

8. Joey Kocur 

In 1994, Joey Kocur won the Cup with the New York Rangers. When his day with the trophy arrived, however, it came to him in two pieces. Kocur took it to a local machine shop and had them solder it back together with sterling silver in 5 places. Although the decision was a mere temporary fix, it kept the Cup in one piece while Kocur towed it behind his speed boat on an inner tube. Obviously, as we learned from Mr. Bourque, if the thing would have fallen out of the tube it would have sunk to the bottom of whatever water source he was on. Good move, Joe.

7. Corey Perry

The Anaheim Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007 Corey Perry was on his way to London, Ontario with the Cup when he hit some major traffic. A few kids were sitting on top of their parents' car and could see the trophy in the bus. They began miming at Perry to hoist the Cup. He went a step further and took it right out onto the highway. Next thing you know, there was a tailgate in the middle of Canada's biggest highway.

6. Ed Olczyk 

Back to the Rangers in 1994. Ed Olczyk was said to have fed the 1994 Kentucky Derby winner, Go for Gin, out of the Cup at the Belmont. Olczyk claims that he simply brought the Cup to the Belmont, and no horse ate out of it. Photo evidence disagrees. 

5. Kris Draper

A week after winning the Stanley Cup in 2008, Detroit Red Wings center Kris Draper put his infant daughter in the Cup. "She pooped in the Cup," said Draper. "We had a pretty good laugh. I still drank out of it that night, so no worries." ...That sounds sanitary.

4. Doug Weight

In 2006, the Carolina Hurricanes won the Cup. Weight filled the Cup “with gallons of ice cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallows, M&M’s and chocolate chips decorating St. Louis’s largest ice cream sundae. The kids dug into the treat and polished off most of it.” Good thing Draper's daughter pooped in it 2 years later!

3. Sylvain Lefebvre

In 1996 after winning the Cup, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre's use of the trophy was more respectable... But equally as strange. Lefebvre christened his child in the bowl of the Stanley Cup. How cool would that be to brag about? 

2. The 1940 New York Rangers

Notice how many times the Rangers have come up? Well, 1940 must have been the year that started it all. The Rangers won their third Stanley Cup championship in 1940, and had just paid off the mortgage on the building. Management thought it would be symbolic to burn the mortgage in the Cup. Some think burning an object in the Cup is sacrilege, and was responsible for the Rangers’ 54-year Championship drought. Or maybe it was that the players peed on the Cup to put the fire out. Who knows.

And finally, the number 1 most outrageous thing that has ever happened to the Stanley Cup is...

1. The Ottowa Silver Seven

After winning the Cup in 1905, the Ottawa Silver Seven took the Cup out on the town. After several brewskies, the players decided it would be a good idea to see if they could kick the trophy across the Rideau Canal. Though it may have seemed like a good idea at the time, they found that kicking the 3-foot tall 35 pound trophy across the canal didn't work. Thankfully, the water was frozen. The players had to retrieve it off the ice the following morning.

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Comments (1)
  1. Anthony Mancini's profile

    Anthony Mancini

    August 29th, 2016 @11:25

    The Cup wasnt 3ft tall and 35 lbs when the Ottawa team kicked it across the river. It was just the bowl on a small base. The hieght and weight of the full cup we know today was a evolution from just a bowl, to a bowl on top of a stove-pipe, to the graduated layers that we know it now. The current cup is also the second cup, as the original (the one used in the Ottawa story) has been retired to the hall of fame.

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