Thanks to the Blackhawks’ win on Wednesday, the Stanley Cup has returned to Chicago after 49 years of absence.
Since 1995, tradition dictates each player gets 24 hours with the 34.5-pound Cup (and its Hockey Hall of Fame chaperone) during the year it remains in the team’s possession. What do the players do with it? In 1996, Colorado Avalanche assistant captain Sylvain Lefebvre and his wife had their first child and baptized her with the Stanley Cup. But lucky for Chicagoans, most players celebrate with it at bars and steakhouses.
If you plan to spend your summer hunting for the Cup (like us), you’ll need help from social media. Follow @WheresTheCup on Twitter to keep track of the Cup’s busy nights on the town. @BillyDec owns nightclubs Sunda, Underground and Rockit, and updates frequently. He let his followers know the Cup would appear at Rockit after the Crosstown Classic yesterday (and he’s really proud of his game 5 shots at the United Center). To learn about the Cup’s scheduled TV and other public appearances, follow @NHLBlackhawks. Google Maps helps pick out trends, like the Cup’s fetish for steakhouses, including Gibson’s, Harry Carey’s, and Tavern on Rush.
Since the parade through the streets of Chicago Friday morning, the Stanley Cup has been spotted at Wrigley Field for the Crosstown Classic on Sunday, and Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Adam Burish and Patrick Sharp brought it to Underground, Sunda and Manor on Saturday night.
If you give up, tune into The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight at 10:30 p.m. (CT) for a glimpse of the Cup at the end of the show. And if you’re up for a laugh, check out this love affair between the Cup and a soap opera actress in 2006:
Happy hunting, and comment if you catch it!
–Tara for TKGO
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