"It was a huge thrill for this Canadian boy to see the win, touch the cup, share it with my oldest son and feel the excitement it brought to Southern California. Special thanks to a neighbor who worked for the Ducks and allowed me to get up close and personal to it."-- Peter A. Macdonald
2 of 31Courtesy of Fred Deusch
''The summer of 1990: John Muckler, coach of the Cup winning Oilers took the Cup to his home state of Rhode Island, where he put it and other trophies on display at a local outdoor street-hockey rink. Although they beat 'our' Bruins for the Championship it was still a thrill to touch Lord Stanley's Cup. I had just returned from London where I was able to touch the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum, but I doubt I had the same smile!'' -- Fred Deusch
3 of 31Courtesy of Barry Crell
"Somehow we weasled our way onto the ice after the Hurricanes won the cup. They thought that we were family members of one of the players. What a picture with the cup. The arena is still rather packed too. I have this framed proudly." -- Barry Crell
4 of 31Courtesy of John Tipaldo
"This picture was taken during a Ranger/Islander Game at MSG. We didn't know the Cup would be there and I asked my 7 year old if she wanted to see the Cup. Wise girl that she is, she said yes. We waited for almost the entire 2nd Period. Fortunately someone on the line (who I happened to play roller hockey against) had a cell phone camera or all I would have had was a lousy Polaroid." -- John Tipaldo with daughter Allison
5 of 31Courtesy of Nanette Ewanow
"Here are pictures of my son, Matthew Ewanow from Victor, New York with the Stanley Cup. The Cup was brought to the Clifton Springs Country Club on August 22, 2007 courtesy of Tim Clark, head trainer of the NHL champion Anaheim Ducks." -- Nanette Ewanow
6 of 31Courtesy of John Bonitati
"I got a call from a friend that the cup was at a local TV station in Buffalo. I zipped out of work and was lucky enough that someone there had a camera. I only hope this isn't the only time someone associated with Buffalo will get to touch the grail!" -- John Bonitati
7 of 31Courtesy of Chris Piccone
"During the homecoming of John Alloway, Assistant Equipment Manager of the Anaheim Ducks, family and friends were able to share a great photo-op. He's an ultimate class act and we had a great time. I obviously had a better time than others" -- Chris Piccone proudly hoisting the Cup.
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Guy Wassertzug got his chance to see the Cup at the Washington Capitals' practice facility in March of 2007. Pictured with him is the "keeper of the Cup," -- Phil Pritchard.
9 of 31Courtesy of Colin Brown
"This picture of my daughter and I was taken 3 years ago at a charity event in my office building. When the cup arrived I asked half jokingly to the assistant if he'd let me put my baby girl in the cup. He said 'sure, no problem'. So I had to call my wife to drop what she was doing and bring Madelyn and my Leafs jersey to work! " -- Colin Brown
10 of 31Courtesy of Steve Hillebrand
"Who could ask for a better weekend with their brother? Being able to touch the cup and being able to do so while taking in the Daytona 500 with my brother who lives in Michigan. A great time and memories for life."--Steve Hillebrand
11 of 31Courtesy of Harvey A. Schmitt
Harvey Schmitt, who helped recruit the Carolina Hurricanes to Raleigh in 1997, was thrilled when the `Canes won the Cup in 2006. "My wife Pam joined me for a photo and with a last minute burst of creativity we hastily scrounged around to find some tinsel to put in the Cup and used the photo as our Christmas Card."
12 of 31Courtesy of Andy Disch
Here's a photo of Andy Disch hoisting the Stanley Cup on what appears to be a picturesque scene. "I have won the cup multiple times on Sega and Playstation for a couple different teams, and even once I got to hold the REAL thing. Don't worry it never touched my lips! I kept the hockey players tradition of not kissing it until I actually win it."
13 of 31Courtesy of Thomas B. Richter
Thomas Richter, from Germany, got the opportunity of a lifetime when an officer allowed this photo-op in a Police Station in Allen Park (near Detroit), where the Detroit Red Wings' Cup was being temporarily held. "When I show the picture on an US Air Force Base near Ramstein in Germany they almost can't believe that I got to touch the holy grail."
14 of 31Courtesy of the Johnson family
Keegan is now 2 years old. I keep this picture in my wallet to show at any given moment. -- Chris Johnson
15 of 31Courtesy of Gary Balentine
The Tampa Bay Lightning's assistant trainer had his day with the Cup in Naples, Fla., on Sept. 2, 2004. I was lucky enough to be at Vanderbilt beach when he brought the Cup out. I have included the picture where I got to hold the Cup (I'm on the right).
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SI.com producer Gennaro Filice has a little fun with the Cup during its visit to the office in 2006.
17 of 31Courtesy of the Kisielewski family
This is a picture of Lindsey and Erin Kisielewski of Sarasota, Fla., enjoying a taste of the Cup with Marty St. Louis and Brad Richards. -- Stephanie Kisielewski
18 of 31Courtesy of Charles Stuart
Ray Bourque brought the Stanley Cup home. He lived across the street from us. -- Charles Stuart
19 of 31Courtesy of James Rooney
My 5-year-old Sabres fan/son with the cup in Buffalo. -- James Rooney
20 of 31Courtesy of Jeff Hendry
Here is the Cup at the 2002 Bolder/Boulder 10K run in Boulder, Colo. This was taken just outside Folsom field on the CU campus. What an experience!!! -- Jeff Hendry, Personnel Sergeant, Boulder County Sheriff's Office.
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Andy Gray, SI.com's On Campus producer, gives his thumbs-up during the Cup's NYC visit.
22 of 31Courtesy of Jeff Howton
I had this picture (and many others) taken with the Stanley Cup in 1998. It was at a private party where the guy who guarded the Cup at the time left it with us to take my friend's sister on a date. NO JOKE. -- Jeff Howton
23 of 31Courtesy of John Olszowka
Larry Van DeWater
My best friend, Larry Van DeWater, is standing here with Shjon Podein and the Cup. The picture was taken at Podein's celebration party in Minnesota after the Avalanche won the Cup in 2001. -- John Olszowka
24 of 31Courtesy of Mark Sather
Robb Brady and Mark Sather
Here's a photo of Robb Brady and Mark Sather (drinking), and the Stanley Cup. This was taken after Calgary won the Cup and was taken at the Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. I asked Mrs. Bob Johnson if I could take a picture of the Stanley Cup. She responded: "You cannot take a picture of the Stanley Cup. However you may take a picture of you drinking beer from the Stanley Cup." -- Mark Sather
25 of 31Mel Levine/SI
Sports Illustrated's photo department, lead by director of photography Steve Fine (black shirt), mob the cup during its office visit.
26 of 31Courtesy of Martin Hine
Martin Hine and Angie DiMarco
Martin and Angie get friendly with the Cup on Clearwater Beach after the Lightning won it.
27 of 31Courtesy of Danny Gaynor
"My Dad bought into 1% of a horse at the beginning of the season--a speckled gray speedster named Flashy Bull. Suddenly, Flashy wins everything and qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. In the Owners Tent for our horse was the Stanley Cup, courtesy of two NHL players who were owners as well." -- Danny Gaynor, 2006 at the Kentucky Derby.
28 of 31Courtesy of Elliot Linzer
Elliot and Lauren Linzer
"Two tickets to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals- $150. Being there when the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup- fantastic. Being able to kiss the cup with my daughter Lauren- priceless!" -- Elliot Linzer
29 of 31Courtesy of Michael Martin
Talk about a homecoming. "New Jersey Devil and fellow Rochester native, Brian Gionta stopped by his home town with the cup and I got to get my picture taken with him." --Michael Martin
30 of 31Courtesy of Sean Soltis
Sean and Heather Soltis
"My wife (Heather) and I went to a Pensacola Ice Pilots game (ECHL) and had no idea the Cup was in the house! What luck!" -- Sean Soltis
31 of 31Courtesy of Steve Chase
"My good friend Steve Duchesne invited me to celebrate on the ice with him in detroit."-- Steve Chase
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