Update: The Stanley Cup will be coming to Ithaca on Saturday, according to The Ithaca Journal.
The Journal’s Tom Fleischman cites “multiple sources close to Ithaca’s Dustin Brown” in saying that Brown and his wife will take the Cup to Cass Park for a public between 9 and 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Ithaca, N.Y. — Those yearning to know when LA Kings Captain Dustin Brown will again bring Lord Stanley’s Cup to Ithaca can keep up-to-date with at least two online resources.
One of the spoils of winning the Stanley Cup is every player on the winning team gets to take the trophy for a day at a place of his choosing.
With Los Angeles atop the hockey world again, Brown figures to be bringing the Cup back to Ithaca at some point in the next two months. He did so after the Kings won the Cup in 2012. The Kings won this year’s championship after defeating the NY Rangers.
The Stanley Cup’s worldwide tour is just beginning. To track the Cup’s summer journey across the globe, check in with the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Journal or Stanley Cup keeper Phil Pritchard @KeeperoftheCup.
The website Mental Floss interviewed Pritchard about his job carrying around the Cup earlier this year.
“I remember when the [Los Angeles] Kings won, we were finishing off Dustin Brown’s day, and he said, “If I ever get the opportunity to win again, I wanna have all the Cup keepers over at my house and we’ll have a big bonfire and we’ll just trade hockey stories. That’s all I want to do.” …
The Mental Floss interviewer said he was “amazed something like eating soup out of the Cup is allowed.” Pritchard’s response:
“It is, and I go back to that word respect. [The players] would never do anything that would damage it. So when they’re eating the soup out of it, it’s kind of like in a Tupperware container, inside the bowl, so they’re not actually touching the Cup with their fork or scratching it or anything. They know they’ve become part of this fraternity of a Stanley Cup winner. They’re so proud and they’re not going to do anything to damage not only the Cup, but their name or the team or the league or the game of hockey itself. Every day, we clean it before we go out on the road so it looks spotless when we’re ready to go.
Brown will get his day in a complex schedule that will take the trophy around the United States and Canada, as well as into Europe as Kings players and staff put in their requests to bring the Cup to their off-season homes.
As the Kings’ captain, Brown will get some leeway of when the trophy visits, but it is dependent on a jet-setting schedule that sees the Cup and its keepers travel thousands of miles over the course of an offseason.