Stanley Cup Visits QC

Dec 20, 2019

QC Storm President Gwen Tombergs, and Radar, pose with the Stanley Cup.
Credit WVIK News

One of the best-known trophies in professional sports is making a brief stop in the Quad Cities. Friday night, fans can see the Stanley Cup at the TaxSlayer Center during the game between the Quad City Storm and Peoria Rivermen.

Since 1893, it's been awarded to the best NHL team. 

Howie Borrow is one of two "keepers of the cup" who travel with it around 200 days per year - each summer with players from the winning team, for corporate and charity events, and to promote the sport in minor league venues like the Quad Cities. 

"What's so special about it is all the other sports have a brand new trophy every year, whereas this one is basically recycled from year to year. So when you think back to all the players who've actually handled this trophy - that's where all the history is, you can't replace that kind of history."

Early winners of the Stanley Cup are just listed by team, whereas more recent winners, such as the St. Louis Blues this year, include the names of the players and coaches.

It's made of sterling silver, weighs 37 pounds, and is 36 inches tall. A replica is on permanent display in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. 

Saturday night it'll be on display in Peoria when the Rivermen host the Storm.