Lord Stanley of Preston, then the governor general of Canada, donated what’d become known as the Stanley Cup as an amateur ice hockey award all the way back in 1892. It’s tradition for NHL champions to eat and drink out of the oldest existing trophy a professional sports franchise can win. But the Cup has many more uses than just that. Including a number of things that’d make consuming food or beverage from the Cup an act of bravery. It’s been a prop in the act of an exotic dancer. And a baptismal font. And, yes, a toilet. So the Stanley Cup trophy has done and seen more than Forrest Gump. Check out some of the most memorable Stanley Cup adventures (and misadventures).
In a war zone
“We went to Afghanistan this past March and had a missile attack our first night,” said Mike Bolt, former keeper of the Cup, of the trophy’s 2007 trip to Kandahar, Afghanistan, its first into an active war zone. “We first arrived in Kandahar in flak jackets, the whole thing. Later on, I get back to the barracks and hear an air-raid siren, but I was dying for a shower, so I figured I’d just sit tight. I got into my room and—true story—sat down on the Cup case and read Maxim. I swear. I go into the shower, and when I get out a bunch of the guys are around going, ‘Mike, where were you during the missile attack?’ I told them, ‘Sitting on the Cup case reading Maxim.” And they said, “Holy crap, you’re dedicated to your job!’ Truth be told, if I had known better, I would have ditched the Cup and been like George Costanza pushing women and children out of the way.”