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Stanley Cup for a Day

The Stanley Cup is unique among North American sports awards. Unlike its counterparts in the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball, the Cup is the only trophy that is passed from champion to champion rather than created new each season. It is the only prize on which the names of winning team members are engraved. It is also the only sports memento that has visited the top of a Colorado mountain, ridden a roller coaster at Universal Studios, participated in the Rose Bowl Parade, shown up in Red Square, been left in a snowbank in Montreal and spent the night on a frozen canal in Ottawa.

The Cup has enjoyed these sojourns because of a long-standing NHL tradition whereby team members spend off-ice time with it. The 1995 champion New Jersey Devils began the tradition of allowing players a private day with the Cup. In previous years, however, winning players would often informally make off with the trophy for a period of time.

First awarded in 1892, Lord Stanley's Cup is always accompanied by a representative of the Hockey Hall of Fame for safekeeping, for the most part. But they're powerless to stop escapades like this: The 1993 champion Canadiens decided to take the Cup to a party at Patrick Roy’s pool. Much alcohol later, they figured the Cup would enjoy a swim. That did not turn out well. Said captain Guy Carbonneau: "The Stanley Cup does not float." Who says hockey players are dumb?

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