And Then There Were Eight
Can you guess who is still in the running for the 2011 Stanley Cup?
I was invited to National Hockey League Draft in Los Angeles this Spring. What an exciting time for all the young prospects and the proud parents and friends anxiously waiting where the next prospect would go! It is interesting to see which teams remain at this time making their charge to the Stanley Cup!
The Stanley Cup is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs champion after the conclusion of the Stanley Cups Finals. It has been referred to as The Cup, Lord Stanley’s Cup, The Holy Grail.
The Stanley Cup is surrounded with numerous legends and traditions, the oldest of which is the celebratory drinking of champagne out of the cup by the winning team. Unlike the trophies awarded by the other three major professional sports of North America, a new Stanley Cup is not made each year; Cup winners keep it until a new champion is crowned.
It is unusual among trophies, in that it has the names of all of the winning players, coaches, management, and club staff engraved on its chalice. The original bowl was made of silver and has a dimension of 18.5 centimeters (7.28 inches) in height and 29 centimeters (11.42 inches) in diameter. The current Stanley Cup, topped with a copy of the original bowl, is made of silver and nickel alloy. Today, it has a height of 89.54 centimeters (35.25 inches) and weighs 15.5 kilograms (34.5 lb / 2 st 6½ lb).
Each Player and Coach is allowed to take Lord Stanley’s Cup home for a while, celebrating amongst their Communities and often with Make a Wish Foundation Children. www.kerstenbeck.com