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April 14, 2015 7:41 AM   Subscribe

 
+ha+'s a very in+eres+ing s+ory.

(+hough I misread "Spanish flu epidemic" as "Spanish Fly epidemic" and wondered how +hat made everyone +oo sick +o play for the S+anley Cup +ha+ year!)
posted by chavenet at 7:49 AM on April 14, 2015 [4 favorites]


I've always found it amusing that the guys who handle the cup for the league carry it very gently with white gloves and then hand it off to a bunch of sweaty athletes who skate around shaking it above their heads and then later take it home and do incredibly random shit with it. The white gloves are like a more charming version of airport security -- purely there for show.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:49 AM on April 14, 2015 [7 favorites]


Maybe the gloves protect the handlers from cup instead?
posted by jazon at 7:51 AM on April 14, 2015 [16 favorites]


That was super cool, thanks for sharing. I'm not ashamed to admit that brought a tiny tear to my eye. But I'm going to blame it on Ray Bourque.

I think there's a rule that every time his name is mentioned one has to go watch the video.
posted by barchan at 7:51 AM on April 14, 2015 [11 favorites]


I mostly find hockey tedious (apostasy as a Canadian), but man is the Stanley Cup and the way people celebrate with it not one of my favourite things in sports.

Best use of the cup for my money: After the New Jersey Devils won it, on his day with the Cup, Martin Brodeur took it to the street he grew up on, and he and his friends played a game of street hockey. And the winner of the game got the Stanley Cup.
posted by dry white toast at 7:52 AM on April 14, 2015 [22 favorites]


Somehow my team made the playoffs this year on the strength of a goalie nicknamed The Hamburglar. I am excited, but if the impossible happens (which won't), the Stanley Cup might as well be a McDonald's ad this year.
posted by Hoopo at 7:53 AM on April 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


Like dry white toast, I am not much a hockey guy, but I have always thought the history of the physical Cup itself fascinating. This was great, is what I am saying.

In my Toronto your guide days, I used to pause walking tours by the Hockey Hall of Fame and tell them a bit about it, including that the Stanley Cup when not otherwise engaged was kept there. I recall an Australian once saying that it must be incredibly exciting in for people in Toronto when the Leafs win the cup. I replied truthfully that last time it happened, I cried and I wet myself, because I was six weeks old.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:01 AM on April 14, 2015 [13 favorites]


I just wish it was the oldest winning trophy still being used instead of the second-most. (America's cup has the distinction). The Stanley Cup is much more storied, IMO
posted by k5.user at 8:04 AM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


I think there's a rule that every time his name is mentioned one has to go watch the video.

That's what I did this morning after reading the comic on r/hockey. My coworker was walking by my desk and stopped and asked, "Are you okay?" because my eyes were all teary. I gestured him to come over and see what I was watching -- he took one look at the screen and shook his head and said, "Oh, no, no, I can't watch this, I'll start crying," and scampered away. Aggghhh Ray Bourque.
posted by none of these will bring disaster at 8:06 AM on April 14, 2015 [8 favorites]


The white gloves are like a more charming version of airport security -- purely there for show.

My assumption was always that the gloves were there because actually touching the cup was for those who have won it.
posted by Cosine at 8:07 AM on April 14, 2015 [5 favorites]


The lovely commenters at theToast were pretty pleased with the Google Image Search results for babies in the Stanley Cup if that is your jam.
posted by almostmanda at 8:10 AM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


That damn video... crying in my morning coffee.

Love Bourque, Sakic too.

"I've given you my career and never asked for anything, send me to a team with a chance."
posted by Cosine at 8:11 AM on April 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


Ricochet biscuit, that reminds me of one of my favorite comments ever on Metafilter: about the Leafs, from Kabanos. I still giggle every time I think of it.
posted by barchan at 8:13 AM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Is this the thread where we link Stanley Cup videos that make us cry?

What about Steve Yzerman handing the cup to Vladimir Konstantinov?
posted by specialagentwebb at 8:16 AM on April 14, 2015 [8 favorites]


Oh yeah, another bit of trivia -- After the players have had their summer with the Cup, it returns to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, where recent HHOF Board of Directors appointee Rob Ford can surely control his impulses and leave it alone.
posted by Hoopo at 8:16 AM on April 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


Say what you will about the NHL, but they know how to market the hell out of the Cup.
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:21 AM on April 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


The Stanley Cup is unique among North American sports trophies in that the object itself is more famous than the event in which it's won.

Football. Earl Grey. Cold.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:25 AM on April 14, 2015 [6 favorites]


As a Flames fan I feel the need to add my hero, Lanny, finally getting his.

(the fact that they gave him the C for that game, so he could lead the team to the finish after 16 years of trying... love it)
posted by Cosine at 8:29 AM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


I know we don't have a snowball's chance in hell, but I'm hoping my Predators can have their time with the Cup this year. Not looking as hopeful as I was a month ago but I have to keep hope alive.
posted by Twain Device at 8:32 AM on April 14, 2015


I remember when it spent the night in Mario Lemieux's pool.

Mario lives about 1/2 mile from me, you occasionally see them in town.
posted by Chrysostom at 8:40 AM on April 14, 2015 [3 favorites]


Chrysostom: He still has it?
posted by Cosine at 8:43 AM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


This is my favorite picture of the Cup - https://www.flickr.com/photos/61997411@N00/3653454089/


(Sorry - the link button isn't working now right now in my phone)
posted by glaucon at 8:46 AM on April 14, 2015 [6 favorites]


Well, he still has the *pool*....
posted by Chrysostom at 8:51 AM on April 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


I loved this post from a couple of years ago with all the presentations from the last 20 years (and not just because he says Devils fans are the best).
posted by hobgadling at 8:58 AM on April 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


I know we don't have a snowball's chance in hell

I think you're selling the Predators short--any team with Pekka Rinne in net and Shea Weber on defense has more than a snowball's chance in hell.

If anyone is having a hard time choosing a team to root for, I would ask them to look into the still unfolding legend of Andrew 'Hamburglar' Hammond. Here is a 27-year-old minor-league goalie who was ready to give up on hockey. Because frankly it wasn't looking like he was going to be able to make a career out of it. He couldn't have even been considered a particularly good goalie by the standards of the AHL, the league below the NHL where players develop. He didn't even look to be the best goalie on his AHL team.

Then the Senators' 2 NHL goalies both go down with injuries. They are set to face the Montreal Canadiens, one of this year's strongest teams, with 2 minor league call-up goaltenders who have never started an NHL game, and have not put up very impressive stats in the minors. They decide to go with Hammond, not that it really matters because the team at this point has about a 2% chance of making the playoffs and the season is looking like a write-off.

Hammond allows only 2 goals on 44 shots in his first game as an NHL starter and gets the win. They start him again. He lets in 1 goal on 22 shots, and gets another win. Next 2 games, 2 shutouts. He goes on to tie an NHL record set in 1938, allowing 2 goals or fewer in each of his first 12 starts. By the end of the regular season, he has played in 24 games and has a record of 20 wins, 1 loss, and 2 Overtime Losses, to go with 3 shutouts, a 0.941 save %, and a 1.79 Goals Against Average (in case you're wondering, these are very, very good numbers). And he is a huge reason why the Senators managed to make the playoffs.

If this isn't the underdog, Cinderella story you're looking for, I don't know what is. Sorry, Flames.
posted by Hoopo at 9:02 AM on April 14, 2015 [14 favorites]


Flames aren't interesting because they are Cinderella, they are interesting because they have no talent (said as a fan, GO FLAMES!).
posted by Cosine at 9:07 AM on April 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


Hoopo, since my beloved Avs shit themselves went waawaa don't believe in stats regressed this season due to. . . injury. . . I'm kinda rooting for the Senators just because of Hammond. I've got a soft spot for goalies and this is just such an awesome goalie story that I really want them to win.
posted by barchan at 9:15 AM on April 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


The voice of Lord Stanley, recorded in 1888. For many years it was misidentified as a recording of the explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley, who would not have been speaking "on behalf of the citizens of the Dominion of Canada."
posted by in278s at 9:27 AM on April 14, 2015 [3 favorites]


As a Rangers fan, I hope we don't play the Senators... (Then again, as a Rangers fan I'm a fatalist, so I don't want to be playing ANYBODY...). Let's Go Rangers!!!
posted by AJaffe at 9:29 AM on April 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


they have no talent

Oh suuuuure they don't. Giordano and Brodie are one of the best defensive pairings in the league (Gio might make a return if the Flames get past the first round!), and Sean Monahan and Lil Johnny Hockey are pretty much talent incarnate. Plus dat hair. I don't have the talent to pull that off, do you?

(For real though, yeah, Go Flames.)
posted by Hoopo at 9:32 AM on April 14, 2015


Giordano will not be seen before next season and 3 players are not a team (yup, Go Flames!).
posted by Cosine at 9:35 AM on April 14, 2015


> I've always found it amusing that the guys who handle the cup for the league carry it very gently with white gloves and then hand it off to a bunch of sweaty athletes.

It's like NASA/JPL, who build these robots in ultra-clean rooms, and then send them to Mars where they get coated in gritty dust and their wheels shatter from grinding rocks.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:36 AM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


3 players are not a team

Have you seen our roster?
posted by Hoopo at 9:37 AM on April 14, 2015


If this isn't the underdog, Cinderella story you're looking for, I don't know what is. Sorry, Flames.

Who says there only has to be one Cinderella at the ball? I'm hoping the clock strikes midnight when the Flames and Sens meet in the Cup final. (If it gets that far, I'll be rooting for my Flames, but until then - let the underdogs run!)
posted by nubs at 9:38 AM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm just happy there's 5 Canadian teams this year. 2 definitely out by the 2nd round, but I'll be rooting for any that remain. Over the teams based in the US with mostly Canadian players, I guess.
posted by Hoopo at 9:42 AM on April 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


If this isn't the underdog, Cinderella story you're looking for, I don't know what is. Sorry, Flames.

Sorry, Ottawa. I was happy to cheer for you when you were (briefly) seeded against someone else.
posted by jeather at 9:55 AM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yeah I grew up a Habs fan. My Dad, who is English, used to take me to Montreal to watch games back in the old Larry Robinson days. Even saw a classic Habs/Nordiques playoffs game in the 80s. I still like them. I sort of hate the rivalry the 2013 playoffs started. It's like watching my parents fight. I was wishing for anything but another Ottawa/Montreal matchup so I could root for both, and rest assured if the Habs win this one I am behind them again, too.

also look at this and this because yay!
posted by Hoopo at 10:03 AM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Here's something for Habs fans or those in Montreal... http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/from-the-when-you-wish-upon-a-star-department-here-is-a-stanley-cup-made-out-of-bacon/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=thn_daily_20150414
posted by AJaffe at 10:12 AM on April 14, 2015


Count me among those who don't give a flying fig for hockey but get misty-eyed about the Cup. I have a family member who played for the Red Wings during their Stanley Cup days in the early 1950s and I have a really vivid memory of my father being super excited to show my little brother and I our great-uncle's name engraved on the cup at the Hockey Hall of Fame when we were little kids.
posted by looli at 10:15 AM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I too am happy to root for any Canadian team. I'd say except the Leafs, but that looks like it won't be an issue ever again, so.
posted by jeather at 10:16 AM on April 14, 2015 [3 favorites]


I'm a Sabres fan, and we won at the end of the season! Well, I guess we'll know for sure this Saturday....
posted by glaucon at 10:27 AM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


What about Steve Yzerman handing the cup to Vladimir Konstantinov

I am by no means a Red Wings fan and that was still one of the greatest moments in all of sports. When people say Gary Bettman never made one single correct decision, I have to correct them -- Gary Bettman let them put Konstantinov's name on the Cup in 1998. To this day, no Red Wing wears #16 -- Pat Verbeek switched to #15, Brett Hull switched to #17 -- and no Red Wing uses his locker.
posted by eriko at 11:11 AM on April 14, 2015


3 players are not a team (yup, Go Flames!).

True story..... but it's better than relying on just one (Iginla)

GO FLAMES!!!!!!
posted by JenThePro at 11:12 AM on April 14, 2015


(Then again, as a Rangers fan I'm a fatalist, so I don't want to be playing ANYBODY...)

Wait until Round 2, you might get your wish! - proud fan of the Devils and anyone playing the Rangers
posted by crashlanding at 11:28 AM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Since this thread is about the history of the cup I'd like to add that the Rangers were cursed for 50 years after burning the mortgage to the old MSG in the cup. The hockey gods may have forgiven you but we don't. You don't deserve to have nice things!
posted by cmfletcher at 11:40 AM on April 14, 2015


The hockey gods may have forgiven you

Well, they had. Now they went and won the Presidents Trophy and McDonagh touched it. Pretty sure that's, like, a double super curse.
posted by Hoopo at 11:48 AM on April 14, 2015


Flames aren't interesting because they are Cinderella, they are interesting because they have no talent (said as a fan, GO FLAMES!).

I'm cheering for them because they kept the Kings out of the playoffs! (Petty? Sure, but as a Sharks fan, what else have I got this season).

I would be very, very happy if Joe Thornton gets to lift the Stanley Cup, he deserves it! I hadn't seen the Bourque video before and I wasn't a hockey fan until much later, but I mentally substituted Thornton in and I think I have an idea of what that was like.
posted by TwoWordReview at 12:41 PM on April 14, 2015


Since we're hockeying things up here, I would just like to thank and congratulate everyone for another thrilling season of MeFi Fantasy Hockey!

Any playoff predictions?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 1:55 PM on April 14, 2015


Yeah, shoutout to MeFi Fantasy Hockey folks, great fun!

As for predictions, that's a fools errand, but I was feeling a CHI v NYR final, although as I type this, I feel like WAS could pull it together this year. Of course the underdog supporter in me wants CAL v OTT!
posted by TwoWordReview at 2:00 PM on April 14, 2015


Crashlanding: I knew someone would chime in on that! Well played!
posted by AJaffe at 2:01 PM on April 14, 2015


I always root for the Flames whenever the Bruins crap the bed (and it does seem like we're back to normal after that brief moment). However that Preds story is really, really cool and I might have to switch underdog allegiances.

(actually, I'm trying to remember the last time the Flames made the playoffs and the Bruins didn't. 90's maybe?)
posted by lumpenprole at 2:03 PM on April 14, 2015


I called Minnesota over Montreal in 6 back during pre-season n I'm stickin with it dagnammit.
posted by mannequito at 2:05 PM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Islanders v. Canucks gets my vote, not because I think it will happen, but because that would be my dream series. If the Canucks win that series I'd only need a Cubs World Series victory before I could die happy.
posted by Fezboy! at 2:11 PM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


actually, I'm trying to remember the last time the Flames made the playoffs and the Bruins didn't. 90's maybe?

2006 and 2007 were the only two years this happened prior to this year.
posted by Chrysostom at 2:19 PM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Ricochet biscuit, that reminds me of one of my favorite comments ever on Metafilter: about the Leafs, from Kabanos. I still giggle every time I think of it.

Yeah well... Leafs are out of the playoffs for the 9th time in 10 seasons. I'll just have to cheer for another Canadian team. Except Ottawa. Sorry Ottawa.

Failing that I'll go with Detroit, since Brendan Smith's a Mimico native. Thank god for Mimico boys. The only reason I have seen a Stanley Cup parade in Toronto in my lifetime is because Dave Bolland brought the cup here in 2013: "We know where it's going, back to the Blue Goose."
posted by Kabanos at 2:22 PM on April 14, 2015


Sorry Ottawa.

Don't be sorry for us, you're the ones who suck.
posted by Hoopo at 2:33 PM on April 14, 2015 [4 favorites]


I'm a Sens fan too and this ride has been crazy. Absolutely insane. Even when I think we're out, we come back, like at the Pittsburg game on the 7th. I was there and coming back from 3-0 was freaking amazing.

The stress of the playoffs might kill me. Hammond, however, seems like a stunningly chill guy given everything.
posted by aclevername at 6:26 PM on April 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


A lot of people were surprised that the Canucks made it to the playoffs, but I call my team in 5. Experience counts.

nucks/Flames used to be a huge rivalry when the Flames were good in the 80's/90's and the nucks were bad. Then Calgary collapsed and is now maybe just getting back in the right direction. The Canucks have been trending down from a high in the late 00's as the Sedins start entering their mid-30's; the Flames have a couple of really nice young forwards coming into their own.

Will be an interesting round to see if a rivalry is rekindled.
posted by porpoise at 7:47 PM on April 14, 2015


Flames were good in the 80's/90's and the nucks were bad. Then Calgary collapsed

ah-hem, by collapsed you mean made it to game 7 of a cup final?
posted by Cosine at 7:03 AM on April 15, 2015


Mo Sedinery
posted by mannequito at 2:17 PM on April 15, 2015


Yes! Go Flames!
posted by nubs at 9:42 PM on April 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


Go Habs! (Sorry, Sens fans.) But that empty net goal with 0.3 seconds left was something.
posted by jeather at 6:50 PM on April 26, 2015


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