Is The Rumor About The Stanley Cup True or False?
Donated In 1892
Donated by the Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley, in 1892, the Stanley Cup has the names of every team (and almost all of the players) who have won it engraved upon it.
The First Team To Win The Cup
No other sports trophy boasts the history of hockey’s Stanley Cup. It’s the oldest trophy that North American athletes compete for and is awarded to the winner of the National Hockey League. The first to win the cup was Montreal’s Amateur Athletic Association hockey club in 1893.
The Winning Team Gets To Keep The Cup
The Cup also has something else that sets it apart from the other awards, because members of the winning team can take the Cup home with them. Most of the time the Stanley Cup is treated with reverence, but boys will be boys, so accidents do happen.
Used As A Dog Bowl
Of course the Cup gets paraded down Main Streets, but it’s also the guest of honor in man caves, at backyard barbecues, weddings and celebrations at local pubs. It’s been used as a baptismal font, a flower pot, a urinal and a toilet. It’s been in strip clubs, used as a dog food bowl, traveled by dogsled, eaten from by a Kentucky Derby winner and misplaced by airlines.
Drop Kicked Into The Rideau Canal
The cup has even shared a bed with a hockey player and his wife and a birth is said to have resulted from a wife kissing it. Why, in a moment of frustration it was drop kicked into Ottawa’s Rideau Canal (fortunately the canal was frozen solid).
Held For Ransom
In 1907 the cup was stolen from a photographer’s home and held for ransom. The thief returned it when no one showed interest in it being returned.
Left In A Snowbank
In 1924, the Montreal Canadiens left the Cup in a snowbank and it’s even gone swimming. While other sports awards sit in dimly lit stuffy halls, hockey’s Stanley Cup is most definitely the ‘peoples’ cup’.
So, Is It True Or False?
The answer is it’s TRUE, Lord Stanley’s Cup was left in a snowbank.