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My Brief Encounter with the Stanley Cup

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Last weekend while visiting friends in Chicago I stumbled upon NBC’s Hockey Day in America (HDiA) celebration at Millennium Park’s outdoor rink   It was freezing cold and luckily I had my teal Sharks hat with me to compete with all the red wool.  I saw one other Sharks fan wearing a sweater, and we exchanged a high five and made a bit of noise about the improved play of our team. NBC used the venue to introduce the day’s games and led off with the arrival of the Stanley Cup.  For anyone who hasn’t seen a Cup unveiling, it’s a rock star like event.  At the appointed hour two black cars pulled up and two burly men wearing secret service style headsets materialized to wheel the black trophy case to the media tent. The Cup’s handler slipped on his white gloves and reverently lifted the trophy from its case.  And I have to say; it’s an impressive piece of hardware, far more grand than the World Series Trophy that is making its way around the Bay Area.   The Cup minder eventually handed the Cup to former NHLer and current hockey analyst Eddie Olczyk who was charged with skating it around the rink giving fans a chance to admire its brilliance and take a photo.  My moment with cup was cut short however when I said in the grand spirit of HDiA, “I sure hope the Cup finds its way to San Jose.” Eddie Olczyk immediately pulled the Cup away before I could get a decent picture.  “I don’t THINK so,” he jeered then glided off in search of the Hawk’s big bird mascot.   With the way the Sharks are playing these days, they deserve more respect!  Let’s hope the Nor Cal sun gets to shine on this brilliant trophy one day soon.  Check out the bottle cap cup and the guy who dressed up his baby like a trophy.  

Photos from the event



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