Hockey players only dream of holding it in their arms but now you can have one sit next to your bed or even on your mantle.
This year's playoff standings have yet to be finalized but some Canucks fans are already dreaming of the Stanley Cup and have found a way to get their hands on it.
Canuck fan, Nick Astle and friends have built their own "Repli-Cup" in honour of the Canucks officially clinching a spot in the post season.
As life-long Canuck fans, Nick and his friends will be taking their Cup wherever they go to show support for the team as they make the push through the post season.
Now, you too, can build your very own Repli-Cup, with a little help from Nick as he gives you step-by-step instructions on how to construct a replica of the coveted trophy.
| ||STEP 1: MEASUREMENTS |
Nick was determined that his Cup match the exact specifications
of the real thing. The measurements and more information for the current version of the Stanley cup can be found on the Hockey Hall of Fame website.
|Full Stanley Cup || Height - 89.54 cm / 35-1/4 inches |
Weight - 34-1/2 lbs - 15-1/2 kg
|Bowl || Height - 19.05 cm / 7-1/2 inches |
Diameter - 28.57 cm / 11-1/4 inches
Circumference - 88.9 cm / 35 inches
|Collar ||Height - 15.87 cm / 6-1/4 inches |
|Shoulder || Height - 8.25 cm / 3-1/4 inches |
|Barrel || Height - 46.35 cm / 18-1/4 inches |
|Base || Diameter - 43.81 cm / 17-1/4 inches |
"We just wrote the specifications down, took them to the store and tried to find as much stuff as we could."
| ||STEP 2: WHAT YOU'LL NEED |
Nick built his Cup using some household materials you can easily get your hands on:
With the materials set to go, Nick and friends started construction on the Cup.
- Chicken wire
- A pizza pan
- Poster board
- Double-sided tape
- Aluminum foil
- A bowl
| ||STEP 3: THE BASE AND BARREL |
Using the pizza pan as the base of his Cup, he used chicken wire to form the shape for the barrel, wrapping it so that it was the same diameter as the pizza pan.
Nick wrapped it three times to make sure it was sturdy, and secured the barrel to the base with tape.
| || STEP 4: THE TOP |
"We took poster board and rolled it up to make supports [for the top] and taped it to the very base of the pizza pan," he says. "But before we did that, we took a loonie around and had a whole bunch of people kiss it for good luck and we taped that to the bottom of the pizza pan... make that the bottom of the Stanley Cup, actually."
He then cut a piece of cardboard to form the top of the barrel, and cut a hole in the centre for one of the poster board supports which will later help form the neck. The top was secured to the barrel using tape.
| || STEP 5: THE TIERS |
"For each of the tiers on the Stanley Cup, we cut the chicken wire into strips. The first one was about four inches tall, then we cut the second one to be twice as tall as that, the third one to be three times as tall. They were also different widths so that they would go up in tiers."
He then used cardboard as tops for each of the respective tiers and covered the entire trophy in newspaper.
| || STEP 6: FINISHING TOUCHES |
With the tiers in place, all that was left was the bowl. "We taped the Cup to the top, the actual chalice, and then after that we basically rolled the aluminum foil on as neatly as we could."
After all is said and done, maybe the toughest part wasn't building the Cup but cleaning up afterwards. In the end, for Nick it's all worth it to have the Cup sitting at home and traveling throughout Vancouver with it by his side.
While some of us may never have our named carved on the real Stanley Cup, thanks to Nick and his friends we can all get a little closer to that dream.
Congrats to Nick and friends on a job well done! We look forward to seeing plenty of replicas, and perhaps even the real Stanley Cup, parading throughout the Lower Mainland this spring!