Wendy Rush

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The Stanley Cup is such a unique little piece of sports history.

You would think that would warrant a special level of respect from those who get to touch it. Well, that’s not always the case. The Stanley Cup has been through some questionable things. Some intentional, some just through neglect.

So what makes this trophy so special?

First of all, it’s the oldest existing award given to a professional sports franchise. The first cup being awarded in 1893, and professional hockey vying for it since 1906. Secondly, the Stanley Cup is the only professional sports championship trophy that doesn’t get remade every year. Other sports will make a new trophy to give to the winning team to keep. The Stanley Cup, on the other hand, is the same cup for every championship.

Every year, the names of the winning team and players get engraved on a ring of the cup. And when the cup gets too tall, older rings are taken off and put into Lord Stanley’s Vault in the Esso Great Hall in Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame. This happens traditionally every 13 years.

That’s not to say there’s nothing to show for the team who wins the cup. A replica is made for the team to display in their arena. It looks the same, though it’s shorter than the original. The original cup is kept in the Hockey Hall of Fame. But first, every player on the winning team gets to keep it for 24 hours. A tradition started in 1993.

Going down in history next to past hockey heroes.

What’s cool about the same cup being used every year is that winning teams and players get to see their names engraved next to those of their heroes. To date, there are more than 2,200 names on the cup (nhl.com). Some of them duplicate names as some players have won multiple times.

So much history in one artifact. Definitely something to be gently handled and cared for. Right? Well…not always. Here are some of the craziest things the Stanley Cup has been through. – Wendy Rush

  • It's Baptized A Baby

    Newborn baby baptism in Holy water. baby holding mother's hands. Infant bathe in water. Baptism in the font. Sacrament of baptism. Child and God. Christening candle Holy water font. The priest baptize

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    I used to think being baptized in a swimming pool made me unique. This baby has me beat. Sylvain Lefebvre baptized his daughter, Jade, in the Stanley Cup after he won in 1996. What a story to tell!

  • It's Fed A Horse At The Kentucky Derby

    Funny horse haflinger waiting for hay. Funny animals. Winter on the farm.

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    After winning with the New York Rangers in 1994, Eddie Olczyk took the Stanley Cup to the Kentucky Derby and let the winning horse eat oats out of it. Which is kind of poetic, in a kind of way.

  • It's Been To War

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: The Keeper of the Stanley Cup®, Mike Bolt attends Sheraton Hotels & Resorts presents the NHL Stanley Cup with former New York Ranger Mike Richter at Sheraton New York Times Square on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts)

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    Mike Bolt is the keeper of the Stanley Cup. His whole job is to be like the cup’s secret service. In 2007, Bolt took the cup to the war in Afghanistan to encourage the troops. While in the shower in the barracks, alarms went of signaling the base was under missile attack. Bolt thought it was a drill, so he didn’t take cover. Luckily he nor the cup were hurt!

  • It's Been Used As A Toilet

    naked little kid staring at the camera

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    Kris Draper won the cup in 1998 with Detroit. He thought it was a cute idea to put his infant daughter in the cup. Who then proceeded to use it as a toilet. Not cool, baby. Not cool. Sadly, this isn’t the only time this has happened. Red Kelly‘s kid also went in the cup. Maybe we just stop putting babies in the thing already. 

  • It's Climbed Mount Elbert

    Mount Elbert 14,440 Feet is Colorado's Highest point, viewed from Historic Leadville, Colorado. Located in San Isabel National Forest.

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    Mount Elbert is the highest summit in the Rocky Mountains. When the Colorado Avalanche won the cup in 2001, their Director of Finance Mark Waggoner took the cup all the way to the top. That’s over 14,000 feet!

  • It's Gotten A Lap Dance

    Strip club, striptease and nightlife concept theme with a red and blue light neon sign against a brick wall with the text gentlemen's club

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    In 1987, Mark Messier took the cup to his favorite strip club, where it allegedly got its first lap dance. This is a rumor, but it’s also never been denied by Messier.

  • It's Played Street Hockey With The Bros

    A portrait of happy child play hockey outside

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    Martin Broduer has two Stanley Cup wins to his name. In both 2000 and 2003. After one of those wins, he took the cup back to his hometown and played a game of street hockey with some folks. And he let the winning team hoist the cup in victory. How cool would that be for a small town Saturday?!?

  • It's Gone Swimming

    View from the pool above the water level. Clear water of pure blue color. In the background, a blurry view of a two-story villa. The concept of tropical villas for relaxation.

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    When he was with the Penguins, Mario Lemieux won the cup two consecutive years, in 1991 and 1992. During his 24 hour custody of the cup, he threw a house party and the cup ended up in the pool.

  • It's Traveled Overseas

    Orange and blue color ticket with plane icon and word welcome to sweden on gray background

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    Peter Forsberg won the cup in both 1996 and 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche. In 1996, he took the cup to Sweden, the first time it had ever been overseas. It’s been overseas many times since.

  • It's Gone Clubbing

    Group of dancing young people enjoying night in club

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    One of the times Mark Messier won the cup, he took it out clubbing with his friends. And like all of us after a night of hard drinking, the cup needed repairs the next day due to being damaged.

  • It's Fed A Dog

    Hungry dog with sad eyes is waiting for feeding in home kitchen. Adorable yellow labrador retriever is holding dog bowl in his mouth.

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    This one might tick off those who love hockey but hate animals. Clark Gillies put dog food in the Stanley Cup and let his fur baby eat from it. I guess that’s one way to celebrate…

  • It's Been On A Roller Coaster

    A Colorful Looping Roller Coaster On A Beautiful Sunny Day

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    After winning the cup in 2002, Luc Robitaille took it to Universal Studios Hollywood where it got to ride a roller coaster.

  • It's Knocked A Guy's Teeth Out

    Broken tooth. Broken upper incisor in a man mouth. Man shows oral cavity to the dentist. Treatment of a broken tooth.

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    Maurice Richard, who won the cup with the Canadiens in 1955, tried to drink from it and ended up chipping two of his teeth. His two front teeth, to be exact. Hockey player – 0, Stanley Cup – 1.

  • It's Been On The Howard Stern Show

    NEW YORK - JANUARY 9:  Radio talk show host Howard Stern debuts his show on Sirius Satellite Radio January 09, 2006 at the network's studios at Rockefeller Center in New York City.  (Photo by Getty Images)

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    Claude Lemieux took the Stanley Cup on the Howard Stern show in 1995. While on air, the always pranking Lemieux pretended to use the cup as a toilet. And fans were not happy about that little show of disrespect.

  • It's Been On A Jet Ski

    Man on Jet Ski having fun in Ocean

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    When the Pittsburgh Penguin‘s won the cup in 2009, Sidney Crosby took it to the lake. He put it on his jet ski and, through the pleading of the Hockey Hall of Fame, even put a life jacket on it, just in case.

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