Visitors to New York City's Times Square on Wednesday had a unique opportunity -- to drink from the Stanley Cup, a time-honored NHL tradition, only in this case a 21-foot high, 6,600-pound replica which will serve as a working water fountain, dispensing pure, clean New York City tap water from several spouts at the base of the fountain.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined members of NBC Sports and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection at a ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. On this occasion, the 35-pound Stanley Cup stood in front of the replica where fans will be able to drink.
The water provided at the Stanley Cup fountain comes from the pristine Catskill Mountains 100 miles from NYC. NBC Sports, the NHL and NYC Water are providing reusable souvenir cups to the public.
"Thank you to the City of New York and Commissioner [Carter] Strickland for working with us and giving everybody the opportunity to drink terrific New York City water," Bettman said.