Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals 2004: 42
The Stanley Cup Journal

A little Faith will get you the Cup.
The lure of the Cup shows no boundaries . Even infants, like Faith Hunter, are enthralled with hockey's championship trophy.
Like moths to a flame, fans from around the world are drawn to the game of hockey, and more specifically, to the trophy that embodies hockey excellence — the Stanley Cup. We see proof of it every day at the Hockey Hall of Fame. It's evident in the gasps of awe when guests ascend the stairs into the Verizon Great Hall and catch their first glimpse of Lord Stanley's legacy. It doesn't matter what age, what gender or the geographic area from which fans originate — each is lured towards the gleaming silver icon of hockey excellence, the Stanley Cup.

And the lure isn't restricted to children. It's not specific to the layman, either. The Stanley Cup holds a magical, mystical power that entrances all those who come within its grasp. Actress Paris Hilton recently admitted, "I play ice hockey, too. I've been playing since tenth grade." In January, presidential candidate John Kerry played a charity game with alumni from the Boston Bruins, including Raymond Bourque, Ken Hodge and Rick Middleton.

Hulk's happy after hometown hockey team captures the Cup.
There was no keeping avid Lightnings fan Hulk Hogan off the ice after his beloved hometown hockey team captured the Stanley Cup last spring.
But Kerry's hockey roots go back to the 1960s while the Democratic candidate was attending St. Paul's in New Hampshire. "He was big, he was rangy, he was sort of swoopy like an eagle. I think he was certainly one of the better players on the team, which was a big deal in the sixties," remembers a classmate.

During the course of the Stanley Cup playoffs, one of Tampa Bay's biggest supporters (literally!) was Hulk Hogan, the hero of the wrestling ring. Hogan celebrated right there with the Lightning, as they rode the crest of excellence to a Stanley Cup championship.

To prove that the allure of the Stanley Cup never grows old, this past summer, Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr both enjoyed a day with the Stanley Cup — something neither of them got to do when the Bruins won the Cup in both 1970 and '72. Esposito earned a day as one of the principals who originally convinced the NHL to expand to Tampa, and today is a broadcaster for the Lightning. Orr is a player agent today, still based in Boston, and posed with the Cup through the course of a beautiful day at a golf tournament in Oshawa, Ontario, where Bobby played his junior hockey as a 14-year-old member of the Generals.

Bobby Orr gets reacquainted with an old friend.
A two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins, Bobby Orr hosted a summer golf tournament in Oshawa, Ontario, posing with duffers and Lord Stanley's Cup.
Brad Johnson and Joe Jurevicius of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers put their love of football aside long enough to spend time with the Stanley Cup, visiting Nolan Pratt during his day with hockey's Holy Grail.

The Lightning's owner, Bill Davidson, also owns the NBA's Detroit Pistons and the WNBA Detroit Shock. Detroit-area sports fans descended on the Motor City to observe the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship trophy, won by the Pistons, and the WNBA Championship trophy won by the Shock, flanking the Stanley Cup. Protective eyewear was in order to guard retinas from the glare of three gleaming championship trophies in one spot at one time.

But the lure isn't restricted to sports. Country music superstar Tim McGraw welcomed the Stanley Cup backstage at his Tampa show early in the summer. Rockers Three Days Grace drove nine hours out of their way to see the Stanley Cup during Brad Lukowich's day of celebration.

Whoa! Keanu Reeves holds the Stanley Cup.
As a teenager, actor Keanu Reeves was torn between hockey and acting. The former Toronto-area netminder combined both loves with his role in the 1986 hockey film, 'Youngblood.'
Although born in Beirut, Keanu Reeves grew up in Toronto and, like every other hockey fan, developed an intense passion for the Stanley Cup. While attending De La Salle College in Toronto, netminder Reeves was selected MVP. In 1986, Keanu played a small role in the hockey film 'Youngblood,' which starred Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze. Earlier this summer, Reeves had a dream realized when he, too, received an audience with Lord Stanley's Cup.

Young, old, passionate fan or passive observer, high profile or couch potato recluse, hockey holds an intense grip on its many fans, and nowhere is it more evident than when in the presence of the Stanley Cup.

Kevin Shea is the Manager of Special Projects and Publishing at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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