Just a week after the Carolina Hurricanes brought the first Stanley Cup playoff game to the Triangle, the region will play host to the Stanley Cup Trophy as it begins its annual tour to benefit the NHL's "Hockey Fights Cancer" program.The Cup will first appear at Rex Healthcare's Cancer Center at 10 a.m. Monday, April 23, where Rex patients and staff will be invited to have their pictures taken with the historic trophy."The Cup is really known as 'the people's trophy,' which is why we want to bring it to as many places as possible during its brief visit to the Triangle," said Hurricanes President Jim Cain. "It also represents the pinnacle of sport. With our current All-Star Crusade season ticket campaign and our attempt to reach the pinnacle of success in the Triangle, it's timely that we play host to major league sport's most famous trophy."
After the trip to Rex, the Cup will make its way to Bicentennial Plaza in downtown Raleigh, near the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Museum of History, where legislators, government employees and the public are invited from noon to 2 p.m. Then it's on to Memorial Auditorium, where invited guests can see the Cup from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
From 6 to 8 p.m., the Stanley Cup will be displayed outside the Entertainment & Sports Arena. Hockey fans are invited to come to the ESA, bring their cameras, and take turns having their photos taken with the Cup.
At 9 p.m., the trophy will make a visit to the NC State University campus, where students will be able to view it at Harris Field until 11 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Cup will stop at Duke University Children's Hospital before leaving the Triangle.
The Stanley Cup is the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, and the only trophy in the world that has the name of every player on every team that has ever won it engraved on it.
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