Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2011, 16

Shawn Thornton and wife Erin sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup at 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower.
Shawn Thornton and wife Erin sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup at 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
There is definitely no rest for the weary. Dodging jetlag, the Stanley Cup arrived back in Toronto from Finland on Monday, July 25 and was put right back to work. From the airport, the Cup was transported immediately to the CN Tower, where it was met by Shawn Thornton and his wife, Erin, along with a dozen so close friends.

The CN Tower is almost as iconic as the Stanley Cup. Let's draw the parallels:

The Stanley Cup stands 89.54 centimetres (35 inches) in height. The CN Tower stands 553.33 metres (1,815 feet and 5 inches) in height.

The Stanley Cup was first awarded in 1893. The CN Tower opened in 1976.

The Stanley Cup cost approximately $50 to manufacture. The CN Tower was built at a cost of $63 million.

Shawn Thornton and wife Erin along with a few friends toasting the Stanley Cup at 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower
Shawn Thornton and wife Erin along with a few friends toasting the Stanley Cup at 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
The Stanley Cup has spawned thousands of stories. The 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower is 114 storeys from the ground.

Shawn and Erin hosted a dinner for their friends with the Stanley Cup at the head table. The venue was the afore-mentioned 360 Restaurant, which very slowly revolves to gives guests an awe-inspiring view of Canada's largest city and then, minutes later, looks over the expanse of peaceful Lake Ontario.

After dinner, the Thornton entourage concluded the evening with a visit to a restaurant/bar called South of Temperance, and while the club was already packed, when word spread that the Stanley Cup was in the house, it was shoulder-to-shoulder.

The next morning (July 26), it was off to Oshawa to visit Shawn's parents, Mark and Christine. Friends and family arrived at the house for pictures with Shawn and the Stanley Cup. Then, it was Erin's family's turn as they hosted the Cup for a few hours.

Shawn Thornton and his mother Christine sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup at their family home
Shawn Thornton and his mother Christine sharing a moment with the Stanley Cup at their family home. (Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Shawn brought the Cup back into downtown Toronto for a pub crawl. The first stop was the Flatiron & Firkin in the historic Flatiron Building, a Toronto landmark since 1891. Next, it was Bymark, located in the TD Centre in Toronto's business district. The final stop on the pub crawl was St. Louis Bar and Grill, a foul ball from Gate 9 of the Rogers Centre where the Toronto Blue Jays were hosting the Baltimore Orioles.

Shawn and Erin took the Stanley Cup up the CN Tower once again, this time to get daylight pictures with first the city and then the lake in the background.

The CN Tower's newest attraction is EdgeWalk, where people can test their nerves by actually walking outside the Tower along the roof, harnessed for safety. Shawn and the Cup watched some brave souls partake in that adventure, got some shots on the glass floor that looks down all those stories to the railway yards below, and then got some great pictures from the Observation Deck, again, surveying the landscape for miles and miles.

Shawn Thornton along with wife Erin and her parents posing for a few pictures with the Stanley Cup
Shawn Thornton along with wife Erin and her parents posing for a few pictures with the Stanley Cup.
(Mike Bolt/Hockey Hall of Fame)
After cleaning up at a friend's house, Shawn walked with the Cup through Toronto's Entertainment District, down Adelaide and King, and collected a crowd as they descended on the Bier Markt on King. This is where Shawn's celebration party took place. Great live music, beverages flowing and the place just rocking. Former Leaf, Ranger and Jet, Tie Domi, stopped by to congratulate Shawn.

As the evening wound down, Shawn and Erin Thornton took the Stanley Cup back to a friend's house to conclude their day.

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The Stanley Cup whips into Welland with Dan Paille, and then over to Guelph for a day with Rich Peverley when the Stanley Cup Journal returns on Friday.

Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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