The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional team trophy in North America, will soon change hands. The Cup has been in some odd situations since Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, Governor-General of Canada, had it made in 1893 for $48.67 (Canadian). Here are 10 of them.
1. In 1903, a member of Ottawa's Silver Seven took the Cup home. After teammates found out, there was a scuffle, and the Cup was tossed into a cemetery.
2. After the Silver Seven again won the title in 1905, one player drop-kicked the Cup into the Rideau River in Ottawa.
3. After posing with the Cup in 1906, the Montreal Wanderers left it at a photo studio. The photographer's mother found it and planted geraniums in it.
4. When the Kenora ( Ont.) Thistles weren't allowed to use two players in the '07 series, a team official took the Cup, saying, "I'm going to throw it in Lake of the Woods." He didn't.
5. One of the players on the 1910 champion Wanderers placed the Cup in the window of a bowling alley he owned, and filled it with chewing gum.
6. On their way to a party for their 1924 title, some Montreal Canadiens had a flat tire. Upon arriving, they realized they had left the trophy on the curb.
7. With the Canadiens losing to Chicago in the '62 semifinals, a frustrated Montreal fan tried to abscond with the Cup. He said, "I was taking the Cup back to Montreal, where it belongs."
8. Chris Nilan of the champion Canadiens borrowed the Cup in 1986 to have his infant son photographed with it. "His bottom fit right in," said Nilan.
9. The night after the Edmonton Oilers won the Cup in '87, one of them placed it on stage at an Edmonton strip joint.