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Stanley Hits The Road to Open 2003-04 Season

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
The National Hockey League will celebrate the beginning of its 87th season this fall with a series of events designed to also showcase one of the NHL's most important cities; Toronto.

On October 8th, the first event will feature a display of the Stanley Cup and NHL trophies in New York's Times Square, where the public and press will be invited to view this historical exhibit that lives fulltime at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Stanley is making his way home on Thursday.
(Getty Images/NHLI)
The second event will take place that evening as the NHL donates a selection of the all-time greatest NHL games to the Radio and Television Hall of Fame in New York City.

The NHL will partner with a major New York City radio station to publicize these events and help promote Toronto tourism by qualifying three winners, through on-air promotions, for a prize package of the "ultimate weekend trip to Toronto," for themselves and a guest.

Packages include airfare, hotel, select meals, a tour of Toronto, tickets to the Lion King, passes to the Hockey Hall of Fame and tickets to the Toronto Maple Leafs home opener against the Montreal Canadiens.

The following day, October 9th, the celebration will head to Toronto. Upon arrival, the NHL guests (contest winners, NHL Alumni, the Stanley Cup, and the Keeper of the Cup) will be picked up at Pearson Airport, and shuttled by Toronto Tours to the Oakville train station. From there they will then be transported by VIA Rail to Union Station in downtown Toronto arriving around 1:37pm.

The guests will then proceed from the train to the front of Union Station for some welcoming comments by the Mayor (or designated official) who will formally welcome the Stanley Cup home from its summer travels to Toronto, its resting spot during the season in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

From Union Station, a bag piper will then parade the guests, school kids in hockey uniforms, the Keeper of the Cup and the Stanley Cup down Front St.to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Stanley Cup will then pass through the front door of the Hockey Hall of Fame at the corner of Front St. and Younge St., where the door will shut for an entire year until the following season begins.

As the two-day event concludes at the Hockey Hall of Fame, a new tradition will be established by the NHL in Toronto.
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