The National Hockey Leagues championship trophy, commonly refereed to as “The Stanley Cup” or “Lord Stanley’s Cup” made its way to Joplin this morning.
The St. Louis Blues won the Stanly cup earlier this year and hundreds of die-hard hockey fans came to see the Cup while it was displayed at Joplin City Hall this morning.One of those die hard Blues fan was Mike O’Brien. Mike has been a fan for over forty-years, since he was six, and he was even willing to brave the frigged temperatures this morning to see history. Brian, along with Alex O’Brien and Rachel Gann waited in line for 6 hours, starting at 3am.
The cup has several rings and a cup on top. Each ring has 13 years worth of champions names on it. Over 65 years of Stanley Cup History. But, according to David Otto, the Blues executive responsible to the cup while the Blues have it, says it wasn’t always called the Stanley cup. ” …the Actual name of the trophy is the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup…”. Lord Stanley Preston Bought the cup in 1893.
The Cup will now make its way to Tulsa for a Tulsa Oilers game tonight, the Oilers are a minor league affiliate of the blues, then back to the NHL hall of Fame in Toronto Ontario.