The Stanley Cup came back to a familiar place on Saturday – Pittsburgh.
Lord Stanley’s sacred chalice paid a visit to Mellon Arena for the Penguins’ home opener against the Boston Bruins.
“It’s great for the Penguins especially during the home opener with Sidney Crosby and the team they’ve assembled,” said Philip Pritchard, the vice president, resource centre/curator for the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
Pritchard is one of the handlers assigned to follow the Stanley Cup. He follows the Stanley Cup all over the globe for about 180 days out of the year.
“It’s exciting for the fans,” he said. “It’s exciting for me just to see it.”
The Stanley Cup is making a tour of the NHL. It was in Tampa Bay on Wednesday for the Lightning’s home opener. Tampa Bay won the Stanley Cup championship last season.
Fans in attendance were able to get close to the Stanley Cup and take pictures in front of it while it was on display outside of Mellon Arena’s Igloo Club. The Stanley Cup was displayed so fans could see the inscriptions of the Penguins’ two Stanley Cup championship teams in 1991 and 1992.
“It’s great for Penguins fans. I’m sure it feels like the excitement of 1991 and 1992 when they see the Cup,” Pritchard said.
Following Saturday’s game, the Stanley Cup is headed to Dallas. The Stars won the 1999 Stanley Cup.