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Stanley Cup Addiction

Well, since the Hawks won the Stanley Cup and ended their 49-year drought, it’s fun watching what’s going on. Chicago Sportsnet has daily updates on where the Cup is, or was, for the day. It’s addicting. So far it’s been to the children’s hospital, local bars and eateries, hockey school for the deaf, at elementary schools and on the streets. Versteeg was interviewed on NHL Live! yesterday and regaled the story about how he and Sharp were carrying the Cup while walking on a Chicago street. Suddenly, traffic’s congested, crowds swelled and the “Cup guy was probably going nuts”. (The Keeper of the Cup needs to be with Stanley at all times…from what I understand). The players had to get back on the bus. That’s what the Stanley Cup does. It’s a magnet.

There’s something special about Lord Stanley’s Cup. Other sports have trophies, but none compare, in my opinion. There are so many great things about it…

Winning the Cup is so rare, you just cannot take it for granted. It’s fun watching the playoffs start and wind down as teams get eliminated. All with the goal of winning the Stanley Cup.

It’s pure fun watching the winning team hoist the Cup over their heads after winning it. For the first time all season, we can see players, coaches and others simply beaming. The looks of content, ecstasy, thrill and excitement are fantastic to witness. For instance, this is the first time I’ve seen Joel Quennville (coach of CHI) smile all season. Throughout the season, players and coaches are interviewed and may smile as part of that. It’s not the same. Season-long interviews are conducted while the ultimate goal is still being pursued – that of winning the Cup. Smiles are short-lived and sometimes, contrived. Not after winning the coveted Cup, though.

There’s something magical about the Cup. Witnessing the Stanley Cup Parade through Chicago last week was just fantastic. Seeing the Cup and the proud, yet temporary, winners holding it never grows old. (I don’t care what year it is). Knowing that it took 49 years to accomplish the goal makes it even more special. It’s a part of history. Any true hockey fan would appreciate that. Over 2 million people lined Chicago streets to catch a glimpse of the Cup and team. Wow…that’s just indescribable.

The Stanley Cup provides inspiration, hope and, many times, sparks memories. Seeing the smiling faces and/or twinkling eyes on those who can touch or glimpse the Cup is something else that never grows old.

The Stanley Cup signifies achievement and team effort. The Cup is not just for the players or management team of the winning franchise, however. It is for an essential element of the team effort, the fan. That is why it is known as the “People’s Cup”.

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