Ice hockey’s world famous trophy ‘The Stanley Cup’ arrived in Scotland yesterday for the first time. It was flown into Glasgow Airport the Hockey Hall of Fame, as part of Ice Hockey UK’s 100-year celebrations.
The arrival of the Cup coincides with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under 20s World Championship, which is taking place in Dumfries from 9 – 15 December.
The Cup will be on display on Wednesday 11 December (from 12noon to 5pm), one of the tournament’s rest days, at Dumfries Ice Bowl as part of an exhibition commemorating ‘100 years of ice hockey in the UK’, which is being supported by the world renowned Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Stanley Cup is the much coveted and prestigious championship trophy, awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) winner after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals. It was originally commissioned in 1892 by Lord Stanley of Preston the then British Governor General of Canada. Winners of the cup (including all team members’ names) are engraved on the cup each year.
Phil Prichard (Vice President, Curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame) explains the world wide significance: "Everybody who picks up a hockey stick and puts on a pair of skates, dreams on winning the Stanley Cup wherever they are from in the world. It is great to be returning to Great Britain with the trophy that Lord Stanley donated so long ago."
Councillor Colin Smyth, Events Champion from Dumfries & Galloway Council is pleased to welcome the trophy to Scotland: ‘I’m tremendously excited, on behalf of Dumfries and Galloway Council, to welcome the Stanley Cup to Scotland. Its arrival celebrates 100 years of ice hockey in the UK, and the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Men’s Under 20s World Championship, that is proudly being hosted by Dumfries Ice Bowl.’
Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s Commercial Director, said: “Glasgow is home to some who have made it to the very top in the sporting world, and often hosts large-scale sporting events, so we are used to seeing famous sportsmen and women passing through Glasgow Airport on a regular basis. We are delighted to welcome the Stanley Cup as it is clearly an impressive and coveted piece of silverware which represents the pinnacle of achievement in ice hockey.”
The Stanley Cup will be on display at the ‘100 years of Ice Hockey Exhibition’ at Dumfries Ice Bowl on Wednesday 11 December 12noon – 5pm.
The IIHF Under 20s World Championship will continue until Sunday 15 December. The Great Britain team will compete against France, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine and the ice hockey promises to be of great quality to enthral and entertain old and new fans of the fast moving sport.
Tickets are available from the Midsteeple Box Office on 01387 253383 and online at www.ticketweb.co.uk
Ticket prices start from as little as £4 per match and there are affordable family tickets available priced £15.