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21-04-2006, 05:39:29

Stanley Cup visits London, England

LONDON (CP-AP) - A mild case of Stanley Cup fever hit the British capital Thursday as the storied trophy returned home for the first time since its creation 114 years ago.

"I can't believe it, I can't believe it," said Jeff Brook, a London native who has been an avid NHL fan since he first saw the Stanley Cup in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 1998.

"It's like a dream, I'm telling you."

"This is amazing, man," said one fan from Leeds. "I saw on the telly last night that the Cup was coming to London and I just had to see it . . . look at those inscriptions.

Some 100 fans - many wearing NHL jerseys - pushed and jostled to take photos of the Cup as it stood on display outside Boodles, the upmarket jewellers on Regent Street, near Piccadilly Circus at noon Thursday.

The Cup's visit marked its first trip back to Britain since 1892 when Lord Frederick Stanley purchased it from a silver shop in London.

On Thursday, a historic green and silver plaque was unveiled at 130 Regent St., site of the silver shop where Lord Stanley bought the trophy.

Stanley, then governor general of Canada, fell in love with hockey after moving across the Atlantic Ocean in 1888 and decided the sport needed a worthy trophy. He commissioned the Cup from Collis and Co. in 1892 for $48 US.

On hand Thursday to unveil the plaque was the Lord Mayor of London and Lord Stanley's great-great grandson Lord Edward Derby.

"My great-great grandfather had no idea this would happen," Lord Derby said.

The plaque reads: "Lord Stanley of Preston purchased the original Stanley Cup from a silversmith at this site in 1892 for the people of Canada to commemorate amateur and professional hockey. The Cup is now in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto."

"Who's going to win the Cup this year?" a fan yelled out to Lord Derby who appeared surprised at the question and then laughed.

"Say Detroit," shouted another fan.

But Lord Derby declined to speculate as crowds pushed ever closer for a glimpse of the Cup.

With the formation of the National Hockey League in 1917, the Stanley Cup became the property of the NHL which awarded the trophy to winning teams from all across North America.

While players on NHL champion team get to spend 24 hours with the Cup after their triumph, the trophy had never made it to Britain.

Russian players have paraded it at the Kremlin and Swedish players have hoisted it along the streets of Stockholm.

Since 1988, Phil Pritchard of the Hockey Hall of Fame and his staff have looked after the Stanley Cup no matter where it goes.

Pritchard said a sauna party on an island in Finland with Jere Lehtinen of the Dallas Stars was the most unusual celebration he has been a part of.

"It sounds strange, but for Finnish cultures, saunas are a big part of it. You do the sauna party and everything, it's the all-nighter, and then he explains it's part of the culture," Pritchard said.

Visiting Vladimir Lenin's tomb in Russia was second on the list, Pritchard said.

In recent years, the NHL fan base in Britain been growing steadily, largely due to game broadcasts by London-based Channel 5 and NASN, the North American Sports Network - a programming move that has also been a huge hit with the 200,000-plus Canadian expatriates living in the UK.

Shortly after the unveiling Thursday, the Cup was returned to its trunk and wheeled down Regent Street through Trafalgar Square to Canada House where a reception was scheduled in its honour.

21-04-2006, 06:38:12
he first saw the Stanley Cup in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in 1998

I guess the reason the Hall of Fame is in Toronto is so that Torontonians will have a chance to see the Cup.


Skanky Burns
21-04-2006, 07:09:31
This looks suspiciously like a sports-related therad.

Bloody flood-control.

21-04-2006, 08:39:04
100 fans. :lol:

21-04-2006, 09:34:24
That means some muf gigs were about as popular as the stanley cup

21-04-2006, 09:55:30

21-04-2006, 10:07:23

21-04-2006, 12:16:54
Yes but it was 100 fans pushing and jostling each other. That never happens at a Muf gig.

21-04-2006, 12:19:16
You obviously weren't looking at the exit.

21-04-2006, 12:27:52
I was already outside.

21-04-2006, 12:29:35

21-04-2006, 13:01:56
Originally posted by Funko
You obviously weren't looking at the exit.

Nills was a legend there! :lol:

Provost Harrison
22-04-2006, 12:49:00
A mild case of Stanley Cup fever hit the British capital Thursday

Must have been incredibly mild, I didn't hear a thing about it :p

24-04-2006, 21:36:58
It was probably mistaken for just another minor outbreak of hooliganism.