Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Where in the world is the Stanley Cup? Well, so far...

The Stanley Cup has been very, very busy on its summer vacation. The tradition is only 15 years old, but it's one of the reasons the Cup is so magnetic and so beloved: the winning team gets 100 days with the Cup, with each winning player, the coaches, team owners, GMs, and other selected personnel get to take it home and spend their day with the Cup, however they see fit.

The Cup has been all over the world in those 15 years - up mountains, on lakes, on concert stages. You can guarantee there's always a party, be it private or public, to celebrate. Usually players take it to local hospitals or nursing homes, or share it with nonprofit groups and youth sports organizations. The Cup gets filled with champagne, beer, food, and other things.

Here is a look at how the Cup has spent its summer in the company of the Chicago Blackhawks. A few interesting facts based on coverage culled from reports on, the Chicago Blackhawks website, fan reports, and newspapers/websites around the globe:

Minimum estimated mileage on the Cup since it was presented on the ice in Philadelphia: at least 30,600 miles (so far!). It's 668 miles between the United Center in Chicago and the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia; so the Stanley Cup has made the equivalent of at least 46 trips between the two Final playoff arenas.

Number of international border crossings: At least 7

Vehicles¹ that have carried the Cup include but are not limited to: double decker tour buses (Chicago victory parade), Lake Michigan tour boat, parade floats, pontoon boat (Hendry, Keith), antique fire truck (Bickell, Bolland), farm machinery (Boynton), Corvette (Toews, Byfuglien), Zamboni (Brouwer, Niemi), fire truck (Seabrook), school bus (Keith), helicopter (Ladd, Niemi), vintage ambulance (Campbell), antique tractor (Sopel), Porsche (Hossa), cable car (Huet), hay truck (Hjalmarsson), vintage Thunderbird (Niemi), firetruck crane (Kane), Masserati (Byfuglien), and of course, various limousines/tour buses.

Items consumed¹ out of the Cup, other than alcohol, included: traditional Slovakian soup (Kopecky), pierogies (Hossa), brinza cheese (Hossa), Buffalo wings and bleu cheese (Kane), cereal (Sopel, Madden), ice cream (Madden)

Those who drank/ate out of the Cup, other than people¹: Patrick Sharp and Dustin Byfuglien's dogs

Unusual items¹ placed in Cup included: freshly caught fish (Bickell)

¹ Documented by the HHOF writers, newspapers, pictures, videotape or other witnesses

map created using Google Earth

Highlighted below are all the events chronicled by the HHOF and blogs as well as other news sources. Since there were not equal amounts of media coverage for all players, not all players Day With The Cup are fully documented, so this was the best compilation of existing references I could put together.

I also provided links to as many of the nonprofit organizations and hospitals listed that I could find. (Note: It was more challenging to find overseas foundations so if anybody knows the links to those, please let me know and I will update this entry.)

June 9Blackhawks win Stanley Cup in game 6, 4-3, Philadelphia
June 10Various locations around Chicago
June 11Stanley Cup Parade in the Loop, Chicago
June 13Lake Michigan cruise
Appearance at Wrigley Field – Cubs vs White Sox
June 14The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (not to be mistaken for the Blackhawks' previous visit to The Tonight Show)
Cup parties at Industry in L.A.
Rooftops at Wrigleyville
June 15School appearance
Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital with Coach Q
Stan Mikita Hockey School for the Hearing Impaired
June 16Ellen’s Somewhat Special Special taping at Chicago Theater with Troy Brouwer, Andrew Ladd, Colin Fraser and Kris Versteeg
June 19John McDonough's Day w/the Cup
Visited parents, mother’s gravesite, childhood home
John McDonough Day in Edison Park, IL
Lunch at The Curragh Irish Pub
Rehabilitation center in Elk Grove Village
Reception w/the Mayor of Elk Grove Village
Elk Grove Village Hometown Parade
Cach’s Corner, Elk Grove Village
June 23NHL Awards, Las Vegas
June 25-26NHL Draft, Los Angeles
June 27Chicago Gay Pride Parade, Chicago – accompanied by Brent Sopel
Time at Casey Moran’s, Wrigleyville, Chicago
July 1Coach Joel Quenneville, Windsor, Ontario
Championship/Canada Day parade with Quenneville and Adam Henrique of the two-time Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires.
Quenneville presented with the Key to the City of Windsor
July 2Jordan Hendry’s Day w/the Cup, Nokomis, Saskatchewan
Party at the Nokomis Recreation Centre
Visit to the Nokomis Health Centre, a retirement home
Visit to Hendry's Western Service Station, owned by Jordan's dad
Took a pontoon boat out on Lost Mountain Lake with the Cup
July  3-4Kris Versteeg’s Day w/the Cup, Lethbridge, Alberta
Showcased the Cup at Murray Chevrolet Cadillac with donations going to Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association and KidSport, which provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sports
Street hockey in front of Versteeg’s childhood home on Larkspur Rd N.
Party at Boss Hogg's Country Saloon
Visit at Orion Sports and Training Centre, where Versteeg works out in the summer
Visit to Henderson Ice Centre and ENMAX Centre, where Versteeg played growing up
A stop at Winston Churchill High School, his old school
July  8Bryan Bickell’s Day w/the Cup, Orono, Ontario
Went fishing on the Otonabee River near Peterborough; put a fish in the Cup
Party at the family home in Orono
Parade in an antique fire truck, a Bickle Pumper (mfg 1933)
Appearance at Orono Fairgrounds and Orono Arena
Clarington mayor Jim Abernethy declared July 8, 2010 'Bryan Bickell Day' in the municipality, and presented Bryan with framed letters from Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty.
Bickell was also made an honorary firefighter
Donations given to Orono Athletic Association and the local food bank
Party at The Trasheteria in Peterborough; portion of admission donated to Peterborough Humane Society
July 9Nick Boynton’s Day w/the Cup, Nobleton, Ontario
Family pictures at Boynton Brothers Sod Farms in Nobleton; had pictures taken on various pieces of farm machinery
Event to honor Boynton at Dr. William Laceby Nobleton Arena and Community Centre
Pig roast at the family farm; pictures taken with Pigman, the farm’s mascot
July 10Patrick Sharp’s Day w/the Cup, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Visit to George Jeffrey Children's Centre, a place that nurtures the lives of children by meeting their physical, developmental and social needs in a caring, family-oriented environment
Visit to Boys and Girls Club of Thunder Bay
A stop at George Burke Park, where Sharp played baseball as a kid
Visit to the statue of Terry Fox in town
Time at his parents’ home on Lake Superior
Visit to the Thunder Bay Blues Festival; went onstage with Blues Traveller
Visit to Thunder Bay's oldest tavern, the On Deck Bar
Visit at Tony and Adam's bistro
July 11-12Jonathan Toews’s Day w/the Cup, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Visit to City Hall, where he met the Grand Chief of the First Nations, who gifted Jonathan  with a pair of handmade moccasins, decorated in Chicago Blackhawk colors, symbolizing godspeed on his continued journey
Toews was awarded the Key to the City by Mayor Katz
Manitoba premier Greg Selinger announced that a lake approximately 435 miles (700 kms) northwest of Winnipeg near Filn Flon had been named for him
A parade took him from Ecole Christine-Lesperance to the Dakota Community Center, which was where Toews played hockey as a kid, was renamed the Jonathan Toews Community Centre
Private party at Earl’s
Toews hosted the Boston Pizza Jonathan Toews FORE Kids Golf Classic at the Pine Ridge Golf Course. Thirty-six teams teed off, helping to raise $100,000 for the Rehabilitation Centre for Children.
Visited the Children's Hospital Foundation of Winnipeg, the only hospital between Calgary and Toronto expressly devoted to the health care of children.
Time at his parents’ home and his own condominium in Winnipeg
Partied that evening at Alive in the District, a  nightclub
July 13Vancouver - Troy Brouwer (North Delta), Andrew Ladd (Maple Ridge) and
Brent Seabrook (Tsawwassen) took the Stanley Cup to Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, a rehabilitation centre for children faced with health challenges. They played ball hockey with the kids there.
Troy Brouwer took the Cup wakeboarding on a private lake in the area
Party at Colin Fraser’s parents’ home with Brouwer, Ladd and Seabrook families
July 14Colin Fraser’s Day w/the Cup, Surrey, B.C.
Road hockey outside his childhood home
Civic reception at Central City Pizza; was escorted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Visit to North Surrey Recreation Centre, where he played as a kid
July 15Troy Brouwer’s Day w/the Cup, North Delta, B.C.
Time at his parents’ home
Parade to the Sungod Arena – Brouwer rode a Zamboni
July 16Brent Seabrook’s Day w/the Cup, Tsawwassen, B.C.
Visit to Tsawwassen neighbour, Ron Toigo, the majority owner of the Vancouver Giants, a junior franchise in the Western Hockey League.
A stop South Delta Secondary School for a peek in at his alma mater's summer program.
Visit at the Delta Police Station with Chief Jim Cessford
Visit to Chief Dan Copeland at the Delta Fire Hall
Visit at Delta Hospital 
Visit to the Delta Recreation Centre where he had played hockey and lacrosse as a kid, where he met youth league kids, and played roller hockey with his buddies for the Cup
A party for 250 at the Delta Golf Club – proceeds from the sale of the photos with Seabrook and the Cup were given to Delta Hospital and the Delta Life Skills Society, which "provides children with a wide range of challenges with a summertime program to help them develop life skills".
July 17Duncan Keith’s Day w/the Cup, Penticton, B.C.
Keith rode a school bus around town with the Cup
Visit to his parents’ home
Re-created the famous Bobby Orr pic
Took the Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold and the Norris Trophy to Penticton Regional Hospital; Duncan donated $10,000 to the hospital.
Four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and the Penticton Pipe Band escorted Keith through the length of the South Okanagan Event Centre, where Keith played hockey as a kid.
Mayor Ashton proclaimed July 17, 2010 "Duncan Keith Day" in Penticton and presented him with a Key to the City.
Rode a pontoon boat from his home on the lake to a local hotel for a private party
Afterparty at The Best Damn Sports Bar
July 18Andrew Ladd’s Day w/the Cup, Maple Ridge, B.C.
Visit to Cam Neely Arena at Planet Ice
Visited around town for pictures at Port Haney Wharf on the Fraser River and other locations
Visit with his grandparents
Unforgettable early morning helicopter ride for pictures at sunrise atop Crown Mountain, B.C.
Breakfast with his grandfather and the “Maple Ridge Senate”
Visit to Kruger Products, where his father works
July 22Ben Eager’s Day w/the Cup, Ottawa
Visit to Kemptville, where Eager spent part of his youth
A stop at Eager Road, named to honor the family, where they were raised
Rally at Brantwood Park, where locals could get their picture with the Cup
Visit to his Dad’s farm in Kemptville
Visit Kemptville's Bayfield Manor, a retirement home
BBQ at his uncle’s home
Evening party at Bank Street in downtown Ottawa
July 23Brian Campbell’s Day w/the Cup, Strathroy, Ontario
Party at the family home
Parade riding in a vintage ambulance owned by a friend of the family
Stopped at local fire department and ambulance depot
Stopped at the ScotiaBank where his mother works
Rally at Gemini Sportsplex for Campbell
Photos with Brian and the Cup, with donations channelled to the Strathroy District Minor Hockey Associationand and to the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital
A private party was held for the Stanley Cup at the Oaks Golf and Country Club in nearby Delaware
Mini-golf tournament for the Cup
Took the Cup onstage at London, Ontario’s Rock The Park with Alice Cooper
July 30-31Blackhawks Convention, Chicago
Brought onstage at Soldier Field during Bon Jovi/Kid Rock concert w/Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith
August 1-2Brent Sopel's Day w/the Cup, Hinsdale, IL
Ate cereal out of the Cup - the Sopels had had custom-made spoons made for their four kids, each spoon featuring the child's name and the Stanley Cup
The Sopels renewed their wedding vows (10 years) with the Cup
Sopel rode his vintage family tractor around Hinsdale with the Cup
Had lunch with family and friends at  New Yolk, New Yolk
Stopped in at Fuller’s Hardware, Browning and Sons Fine Jewellers and a local Starbucks
Private party at home
Visited the local police and fire stations
Visited the Adventist Hinsdale Hospital
Attended the Denis Savard Celebrity Golf Tournament – with other current and alumni Blackhawks Brian Campbell, Tony Amonte, Eric Daze, Bobby Hull, Martin Lapointe, Steve Larmer and Darren Pang, assistant coach Mike Haviland and other NHL greats, including Bernie Federko.
August 2Coach Joel Quenneville’s Day w/the Cup, Windsor, Ontario
Visit to Windsor Regional Hospital's pediatric unit
August 6Marian Hossa’s Day w/the Cup - Trencin, Bratislava
Hotel Carlton in Bratislava, Slovakia – press conference*
Party at Hossa’s parents’ home
Hossa ate brinza, a white, grainy cheese, out of the Cup; and pierogies (Hossa apparently owns a pierogi factory)
Street hockey with friends on childhood street
Retro Restaurant in Trencin - meal with his friends
Panorama Club in Trencin
Alfa Hotel in Trencin
*Note: Hossa and Kopecky are both from Trencin so they shared many of their activities
August 7Tomas Kopecky’s Day w/the Cup - Trencin, Bratislava
Nova Dubnica City Hall for Kopecky and Hossa to meet the Mayor  
Alfa Hotel in Trencin (part-owned by Kopecky); Kopecky ate his favorite soup from the Cup
HK Dukla stadium – ice rink where Hossa and Kopecky started
Trencin’s children's hospital  
Trencin town square – rally
Trencin Castle -  Hossa and Kopecky are both knighted.
August 8-9Cristobal Huet’s Day w/the Cup
University Hospital (children’s hospital) in Grenoble
Pole Sud Ice Rink – Huet honored with banner in rink
Donated money to the sports community in Grenoble
Journeyed up the Eiffel Tower in Paris
August 10Niklas Hjalmarsson’s Day w/the Cup
Jonkoping – visit at  Ryhov Hospital's children's ward
Cup party at Nassjo
Parade in Eksjo including rink , the Storegardshallen
Town will create the Niklas Hjalmarsson Hockey School in 2011
Visit to hometown of Russnas including the sawmill where his father works
August 11Antti Niemi’s Day w/the Cup  – Lahti and Vantaa, Finland
Visited Pohjois-Haaga High School, where he had gone to school
Lunch with Vantaa's mayor, Juhani Paajanen, at Heureka, Finland
Appeared at Isku-Areena Lahti rink where he had played with the Lahti Penguins
Helicopter ride between Lahti and Vantaa
Appeared at rink where he had played in Vantaa
Private party for friends and family
Sauna with the Cup
August 12-13Patrick Kane’s Day w/the Cup – Buffalo, NY and Chicago, IL
Photos at Niagra Falls – Hurricane Deck temporarily renamed HurriKane Deck
Visit to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Visit with the ironworkers from Local 6
Visited a fire station; was taken up in the ladder and got stuck for half an hour
Floor hockey with friends at  DJ Spinners
Creekside Banquet Facility in Cheektowaga for his private party
Back to Chicago for the Jimmy Buffett concert at Toyota
August 15Dustin Byfuglien’s Day w/the Cup, Roseau, MN
August 17Adam Burish’s Day w/the Cup, Madison, WI
Visit to UW football practice and Memorial Union
Public viewing at Eagle's Nest Ice Arena in Verona
August 20Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL
August 22Jay Blunt's Day w/the Cup, Danvers, IL
August 23John Torchetti’s Day w/the Cup, Jamaica Plain, MA (near Boston)
August 27Blackhawks Day at the White Sox - U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
August  27-28 John Madden’s Day w/the Cup, New Jersey
Took Cup to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ
Visited youth hockey league
Visited Morristown Memorial Hospital
September 3Dave Bolland’ s Day w/the Cup – Mimico, Ontario
SeptemberBergevin, Waite, Haviland's days with the Cup
SeptemberStan and Scotty Bowman Day with the Cup
SeptemberThe Wirtzes Day with the Cup
September 18Blackhawks Training Camp – United Center, Chicago, IL
October 9Blackhawks 2010-2011 season home opener vs. the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago, IL



  1. Jay Blunk had the cup down in Normal, IL

  2. Great job. FYI, it's Nova Dubnica, not Dubinka.

  3. Thanks for the correction - I had copied the town name from an article.


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