Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A general view of the Stanley Cup on display before the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Stars Power Countdown: 88 Days

Happy Sunday, Stars fans. The views on each countdown post are slowly increasing so we may end up being able to see some points awarded for a Stars prize pack before the countdown ends on October 9th! But we’ll keep on trying.

88 days until the Stars open their season against their division rival, the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Dallas Stars will look to make a push this season for the Cup. So in order to get ready for a possible dance with destiny, let’s look at a few facts regarding the origin of the Stanley Cup and what it’s endured and experienced over the last 121 years. Here’s a brief and quick look:

The Stanley Cup was established in 1893 after being purchased by Lord Stanley of Preston’s family became very enthusiastic about the sport of ice hockey and decided that there needed to be an award for the winner, even though only Montreal and Ottawa had anything resembling teams and structure.

He ended up buying the Cup from a London silversmith for around $48.67, which equals out to around $1,277 in today’s time. He began to award it annually and the NHL soon took over once more in-depth leagues were established and the WHL was diminished, leaving the NHL as the only league remaining. The Cup weighs around 34.5 pounds and stands at a triumphant 35.25 inches, basically 3 feet. But it seems like a feather when a player picks it up after making history.

There have been a few misspellings over the years, such as Kris Versteeg and Eric Staal. Team names have also been corrected, such as BQSTQN Bruins, New York Illanders, and the Toronto Maple Leaes.

When a champion is determined, the entire roster and staff gets their own day with the Cup, and sometimes crazy things happen besides all the players giving it a quick smooch. Which player lifted the Cup first for the Dallas Stars in 1999? Some examples would be yesterday, Marian Gaborik was spotted in LA with the Cup in a seatbelt, driving it around in his BMW. This morning, Anze Kopitar had breakfast with his dog, and you’ll never guess what he ate his Cheerios out of? Some other funny events are listed below:

1. Sylvain Lefebvre had his baby baptized in the Stanley Cup.

2.Phil Bourque engraved his name INSIDE the Cup, not just on the outside.

3. Doug Weight made a sundae for his kids in it.

4. Lynn Patrick emptied his bladder on the Cup.

5. Kris Draper let his newborn “take the Browns to the Super Bowl” in the Cup.

6. The Stanley Cup has been to a fair share of strip clubs.

7. It has sunk to various player’s pools and even ponds.

8. The Ottawa Silver Seven attempted to punt it across the Rideau Canal. It of course did not clear but the canal was frozen over so it was recovered after skidding across the ice.

So, could the Stars make their own fun stories come next year? There are rumors that the ’99 squad did their own ordeal to it as well, but nothing is for sure. We’ll have to see next year.

88 days can’t go by fast enough. Comments below if there is a trivia question and Go Stars.


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