Endless parties. Exotic food. Family celebrations. Travel around the world. It almost goes without saying that the Stanley Cup will have a better summer break than the rest of us.

According to Phil Pritchard, vice president and curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame, this all happens in about 100 days.

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“We are working with the team and the league to create [travel] schedule,” Pritchard, who has traveled as a “Cup Keeper” since 1988, told Sportzshala. “Two important factors are geography and time.”

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The countdown began on June 27, the day after the Colorado Avalanche won the Cup over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Prior to the series, the NHL announced that due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Stanley Cup would not be allowed to travel to Russia. The decision affected one Avalanche participant: Valery Nichushkin.

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The Cup made it to Ontario, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Quebec and other places in Canada. Besides Colorado, he made it to Michigan and California in the United States. Outside of North America, it has found its way to several locations in Europe.

It also went down in history. In August, Nazem Qadri, a Muslim, brought the goblet to a mosque in London, Ontario. It is believed that the trophy visited the mosque for the first time.

“[Islam is] part of my background, part of my roots and part of who I am.” – Qadri, whose family moved to Canada from Lebanon in 1968 told NHL.com. “There’s a reason I took it out and showcased it because I think the community deserves it. They cheered me up from the very beginning, so I wanted to share it with everyone.”

He was definitely divided. Here are some of the Stanley Cup summer adventures.

famous friends

Avalanche quarterback Jack Johnson’s family is full of champion athletes. He has two brothers-in-law who played college and NFL football. Brady Quinn, brother of Johnson’s wife, was an All-American at Notre Dame and played for the Cleveland Browns. AJ Hawk, who is married to another of the Quinn sisters, won the Ohio State BCS title and Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers. Johnson’s sister-in-law, Alicia Sacramon Quinn, won the silver medal in gymnastics at the 2008 Olympics. At the perfect level of the holiday card, the group showed off the various items they had won.

It was not the only equipment that took part in the Cup this summer.

trips home

Stanley Cup summer stops are geographically coordinated. For example, all trips to Europe occur in one block of time. Each player is given one day for this. The person traveling with the trophy will be working with players one to two weeks before their day, Pritchard said.

“Every player has a Stanley Cup for most of the day and usually has a lot of things planned (thank you, city events, family events, open houses, etc.),” ​​Pritchard said in an email to Sportzshala. “It’s clear that it’s more than those players on the ice – it’s their first coaches, teachers, friends, family, etc… everything has to be taken into account.”

The Cup traveled to Europe at the end of July with stops in the Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden and Finland.

In Finland, the Cup went with striker Mikko Rantanen to a dog party and took a steam bath.

Avalanche star Nathan McKinnon visited his family’s home in Halifax, Nova Scotia. McKinnon is Halifax’s fourth Stanley Cup champion.

Rantanen was not the only person to have dogs involved in the celebration. There were many very good boys and girls around the trophy. Dogs and babies were also part of the trend to sit in a cup.

exotic dishes

The most time-tested trend when it comes to the Stanley Cup is to eat and drink from it.

Gibelotte This is a traditional French rabbit stew. Just days after the Avalanche won the championship, the dish prepared by winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel was one of the first to be eaten from the 130-year-old trophy. It wasn’t the last.

Then, in the Czech Republic, goalkeeper Pavel Francouz drank mint rum.

Two defenders – Bowen Byram, who ate french toastand Cale Makar, who ate homemade pancakes – ate breakfast from a cup. Barefoot Alex Newhook, Avs center fish and chips. There was plenty of ice cream and a delicious snack of popcorn and Teddy Graham served from a trophy.

“Cereal, pasta, fish, poutine, drinks, desserts,” Pritchard said, describing the usual food eaten from the trophy.

“It’s amazing what happened in the Stanley Cup.”

People weren’t the only ones using the almost 3-foot trophy as a drinking glass.

It’s time to mention that the Stanley Cup is often washed while traveling. According to Pritchard, the trophy is “cleaned up and ready to go every day, and cleaned as needed throughout the day.” Officials who travel with the trophy to these events also follow local COVID regulations.

During the day, in addition to pancakes, Makar went with his brother to slerpi.

The bowl at the top of the cup can hold 168 ounces – more than a gallon. That’s a lot of Slurpees.

fun in the sun

No summer vacation is complete without a walk in the fresh air. Cup went boating and helicopter and water skiing. He also has time to cool off and enjoy the summer weather.

But quarterback Eric Johnson could have a Cup-winning moment this summer. In addition to taking the Cup to Del Mar, California, he rode the Slip ‘N Slide while holding it.

Now that summer is over and the new NHL season is about to begin, the Stanley Cup is back to work. It will be eight months before he roams the world again. After an insane 100 days of the Avalanche Cup, Pritchard quickly…