New York Rangers Tradition

Day with the Stanley Cup

Find out how some of your favorite Rangers spent their day with the Cup

Thursday, 06.18.2009 / 9:59 AM / 15th Anniversary of 1994
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Day with the Stanley Cup

Mark Messier: Messier had more than one day with the Stanley Cup. And the former Rangers captain found Lord Stanley's silver chalice to be quite the icebreaker.

Brian Leetch: After two weeks of taking the Stanley Cup to various events around New York, Leetch needed some time away before taking it home to Cheshire, Connecticut.

Adam Graves: Graves' father took special care of the Cup, polishing the trophy the morning after celebrating with friends and family.

Mike Richter: Richter remembers how difficult it was hailing a cab in New York City holding the Stanley Cup.

Mike Hartman
I brought the Stanley Cup home to Detroit. And this was before the Red Wings were the dominant team they are today, so many people had never seen the Cup. I did an interview with a Detroit newspaper and invited everyone to an area restaurant to have their picture taken with the Cup. We literally had thousands of people show up. Back then, there wasn't all the security around the Cup as they do today so I actually had to go pick up the Stanley Cup from the Detroit Airport. Brian Noonan had it right before me and it smelled like champagne. I cleaned it up and allowed anyone in Detroit to get their picture with the Stanley Cup.
Mike Hudson
Glenn Healy, Nick Kypreos and I brought the Cup to SickKids in Toronto. I then took it home and had some quiet time with my family because my dad passed away suddenly that January. After that I took it to Guelph (Ontario) and brought it around to various people who were instrumental in my minor hockey development such as coaches and friends I played with since I was 10 years old. Later the Cup made it to the local general hospital in Guelph where my mother was a physical therapist and showed it around to some of her elderly patients. Finally, I dropped it off to "Soupy," Colin Campbell. It was pretty late but "Soupy" didn't seem to mind.

Going back, I did bring it to a couple bars. Any player will tell you, bringing the Stanley Cup to a bar spreads like wildfire. There was this small pub in Guelph and we crammed in about 150 people that night. The bar owner sent me a note the next day saying that was the best night he ever had; both personally and financially.
Steve Larmer
I had the Stanley Cup out in my sister's farm in Peterborough (Ontario) and then brought it into town to the children's ward of the local hospital. The rest of the day I had it out at the lake.

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