Top 10 Stanley Cup stories

The Stanley Cup is the most iconic of all sports trophies. In fact, Canadians might argue that Lord Stanley’s Cup is the finest piece of art ever created.

It has a longer history than any other trophy in sports – it’s even older than the NHL itself. Its origin dates back to 1892 when Lord Stanley, the Governor General of Canada, donated a Cup to be held “by the champion hockey team in the Dominion (of Canada).”

Lord Stanley set forth his conditions for the Cup, the first of which was that, “The winners to return the Cup in good order when required by the trustees in order that it may be handed over to any other team which may win it.” But, throughout the years, as players follow tradition by spending their day with the Cup, not everyone has followed Lord Stanley’s original proclamation.

If the Stanley Cup could, talk it would have more sordid tales than Mick Jagger, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Clinton, combined. And that’s just from what has been made public – who knows what has been withheld to protect the integrity of some players, and perhaps more importantly, the Cup itself. A Baptismal, an ice cream bowl, and even a bathroom for a newborn – it’s safe to say some of the Top 10 Stanley Cup Stories are not what Lord Stanley had in mind.

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Many people describe winning the Stanley Cup as somewhat of a religious experience, so it wasn’t too surprising when the Avalanches’ Sylvain Lefebvre had his first child, Jade-Isis, baptized in the trophy. Ten years later, Andrew Hutchison of the Carolina Hurricanes wanted to do the same with his baby Cole, but the plane carrying the Cup was delayed, and the baptism went on without Lord Stanley’s hardware.

For some, ice cream can be an equally holy experience, which might explain how the Weight family celebrated after Carolina’s win in 2006. After hoisting the trophy and drinking champagne out of it, eating out of the dish is probably be the next logical step. What better way to celebrate one of the sweetest moments of your life than with a giant ice cream sundae?

Doug Weight(notes) filled the Cup “with gallons of ice cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallows, M&M’s and chocolate chips decorating St. Louis’s largest ice cream sundae. The kids dug into the treat and polished off most of it.” Fortunately, for Weight and his family (A\and anyone reading this, really), he had the Cup before Detroit’s Kris Draper(notes).

A week after winning the 2008 Stanley Cup, Red Wings Kris Draper put his newborn daughter Kamryn in the Cup, where she did what newborn babies do. We’ll let Draper explain: “She pooped in the Cup … We had a pretty good laugh. I still drank out of it that night, so no worries.”

Now, how about that ice cream sundae?

The top five:

1. Ottawa Silver Seven: Slideshow
2. Montreal Wanderers: Slideshow
3. Phil Bourque: Slideshow
4. Mark Messier: Slideshow
5. Ed Olczyk: Slideshow
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Updated Wednesday, Jun 3, 2009