Even with the tighter rules since 1995, the Stanley Cup has been involved in a lot of crazy incidents. It's been a miracle worker, a hostage (twice), a dog bowl, and it even once found its way to the bottom of Mario Lemieux's pool. So let's take a look back at the adventures - that are hopefully all true - of the Stanley Cup.
Adventures of the Stanley Cup
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In 1907 it was stolen from a photographer's home after it was accidentally left there by the Montreal Wanderers. It was held for ransom, but when no one bit, the thief returned it to the photographer's house. It was reportedly used by the guy's wife as a flower pot until the Wanderers learned it had been recovered.
In 1924 some Montreal Canadiens players stuck it in the back of their car on the way to a victory party. After getting a flat tire, they took the Cup out and set it on a snowbank in order to get the spare tire. After fixing the tire, they sped off with the Cup still sitting in the snow bank. When it was time to drink champagne from the Cup they remembered they'd left it out on the road. It was still there when they drove back to pick it up.
In 1970 the Cup was stolen from the Hockey Hall of Fame. A popular theory is that it was being held hostage by someone whom the police were familiar with. It was eventually recovered a few weeks later but the details of how are sketchy. According to police, it was simply left on a Detective Sergeant's driveway.
In 1991 it wound up at the bottom of Super Mario's pool when a teammate dove into the water with it. Just to let you know, the Cup weighs more than 30 lbs.
In 1996 a childless couple of 14 years attended a party where the Stanley Cup was present. The woman, who doctors said had a slim to none chance of getting pregnant, kissed the Cup while at the party. Shortly after she discovered she was pregnant. By counting back, she determined she likely conceived the night she kissed the Cup. The couple named their kid Stanley.
Other bizarre facts:
The Cup has reportedly been crapped in and urinated on.
It's shared a bed with at least one player and his wife.
A Kentucky Derby winner has eaten from it.
It's been to strip clubs. (Not a big surprise)
New York Islanders player Clark Gillies let his dog eat out of it.
Has been misplaced multiple times by airlines.
Has been dogsledding.
A number of players' children have been baptized in it.
Has been the guest of honor at weddings.
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So in other words, when the Cup comes to your town, be sure to go party with it. At least until someone takes a crap in it.