The most famous trophy in sports will be in Grand Forks this evening.
Former UND defenseman Mike Commodore is bringing the Stanley Cup to Ralph Engelstad Arena, and there will be a short program beginning at 7 p.m. Highlight videos will begin at 6 p.m., which is when doors open.
Here are a few facts about the Cup:
*****To have one’s name engraved on the Stanley Cup, certain requirements must be met. A player must have at least 41 games played with the club or one game played in the Stanley Cup Finals. However, in 1994 a stipulation was added to allow a team to petition the Commissioner for permission to have players’ names put on the Cup if extenuating circumstances prevented them from being available to play.
*****The Cup is the only trophy in professional sports that has the names of winning players, coaches, management and club staff engraved on the silver chalice.
*****It takes 13 years to fill the ring of the Stanley Cup with names of winners. Once a bottom ring is full, another one of the same size is removed from the top of the base and retired at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
*****As a player, Henri Richard has won the most Stanley Cups with 11. Overall, no one’s name appears on the Stanley Cup more than Jean Beliveau. He has 17 – 10 as a player and seven as management.
*****There have been several names misspelled on the Cup that never have been corrected. Jacques Plante’s name has been misspelled five times, (including "Jocko," "Jack" and "Plant"); Bob Gainey was spelled "Gainy" when he was a player for Montreal in the 70s; Ted Kennedy was spelled "Kennedyy" in the 40s; New York Islanders was spelled "Ilanders" in 1980/81; the Toronto Maple Leafs was spelled "Leaes" in 1962/63; the Boston Bruins was spelled "Bqstqn" in 1972. Adam Deadmarsh was spelled Deadmarch — but later was changed; the only misspelled name to be corrected.
*****There is a second version of the Stanley Cup that remains in the Hall of Fame, which never travels, and is used for display purposes only at the Hall when the Stanley Cup is traveling; this Cup is perfect and has no misspells.
*****Places that the Stanley Cup has visited include the Czech Republic, Sweden, Russia, Finland, Japan, Switzerland and the Bahamas. It also has climbed Mt. Elbert in Colorado, which stands at 14,433 feet.
*****It travels approximately 250 days per year, and has logged more than 400,000 miles in travel during the past five seasons.
*****The Cup was temporarily lost in 2004, when baggage handlers in Vancouver determined it was too heavy to fly.
*****Commodore is the eighth UND player to have his name engraved on the Cup. The complete list is:
2006 — Mike Commodore, Carolina Hurricanes
2000 — Brad Bombardir, New Jersey Devils
1999 — Rick Wilson, Dallas Stars*
1999 — Ed Belfour, Dallas Stars
1999 — Tony Hrkac, Dallas Stars
1999 — Craig Ludwig, Dallas Stars
1996 — Troy Murray, Colorado Avalanche
1992 — Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh Penguins
1991 — Jay Caufield, Pittsburgh Penguins
1986 — Craig Ludwig, Montreal Canadiens
*Wilson was an assistant coach.
Remember, if you go, take your personal camera along to get a picture with the Cup. But if you are a junior hockey player with intentions of someday winning it…. keep your hands off!