— Hockey fans of all ages will have an opportunity to view one of the most coveted trophies of the game — the Stanley Cup — when it comes to the Polar Palace Ice Arena in Lapeer on Friday, Dec. 17 thanks to the Lapeer Loggers of the All American Hockey League.
Area residents can get their picture taken with The Cup for $5 with all proceeds going to the Lapeer Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Center, says Loggers General Manager Chuck Harrison.
Harrison has a long-standing friendship dating back to his teen years with Phil Pritchard, vice president curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
“Everyone is familiar with the gentleman wearing the white gloves who travels with the cup; he’s a friend of ours, so we went through him to get The Cup into town,” Harrison explained. “We’re trying to make this a community event, not just a hockey event. It’s a way the Loggers can give back to the commu- nity. That’s a goal we set from get-go.”
Harrison noted that team photographer, Mitchell Photography of Metamora is donating his time and equipment to help with the fundraiser.
Lapeer Loggers coach Lorne Knauft is excited about The Cup coming to Lapeer.
“It’s huge,” he said. “Many people will never get that close to the Stanley Cup. Usually it’s for the players who win The Cup. I’ve had the opportunity to have The Cup because Larry Benard a scout with Tampa Bay back when Tampa Bay won is my friend and he had The Cup for a day. That’s a highlight of my career. I know that sounds weird, but anyone who is a hockey fan and loves hockey like I do understands how big that is to be able to see and touch The Cup.”
The Stanley Cup is awarded annually to the National Hockey League playoffs champion after the conclusion
of the Stanley Cup Finals. It has been referred to as The Cup, Lord Stanley’s Cup, The Holy Grail, or facetiously (chiefly by sportswriters) as Lord Stanley’s Mug.
The Stanley Cup is surrounded by numerous legends and traditions, the oldest of which is the celebratory drinking of champagne out of the cup by the winning team. Unlike the trophies awarded by the other three major professional sports leagues of North America, a new Stanley Cup is not made each year; Cup winners keep it until a new champion is crowned.
The Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup last in 2008 after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Stanley Cup is expected to be on display prior to and following the Lapeer Logger’s 7:30 p.m. game with Queen City after making several stops in the area during the day to establishments that support the Loggers. The exact time will be announced later this week on the team’s website, www.lapeerloggers.com.
The Polar Palace is located at 3301 Davison Road in Lapeer. Call 810-245- 7778.