Monday, 21 October 2013

My Day with the Clarkson Cup

One of the great traditions of winning the Stanley Cup is the opportunity to have it in your possession for one day. With the Clarkson Cup being considered the Stanley Cup of women’s hockey, it is only appropriate to see history repeating itself.

Although the Clarkson Cup has not yet been through the abuse that Lord Stanley’s Mug has endured (dropkicked in the Rideau Canal, submerged at the bottom of Mario Lemieux’s pool), it did have its own unique experience.

Led by Gigi Marvin and Caitlin Cahow, a proud group of Bladies brought the Cup to Boston’s Fleet Center, where it had the opportunity for a photo op with Bobby Orr’s statue. Hanging from Orr’s left thumb, this fantastic foursome simulated the legendary leap that Orr made after scoring the Cup-winning goal in 1970.

Other aspects of the journey through Beantown included the finish line at Boston Marathon along with a visit of Cahow’s alma mater Harvard University. Of note, the Clarkson Cup was also part of draft day celebrations.

Perhaps providing the Blades draft picks with motivation to help the black and gold repeat as champions, the Cup was part of the franchise’s draft day event. Raised in the Boston area, Casey Pickett had the opportunity to hold Lady Clarkson’s coveted mug. Having played in an outdoor NCAA hockey game at Fenway Park with the Northeastern Huskies, Pickett is hoping to make a name for herself in the CWHL.

While Clarkson Cup lore only begins to grow, it is exciting to see the players who worked so hard to earn it get the opportunity to spend a day with it. As one of the most prized trophies in women’s hockey, one can only hope that the eventual champions in 2014 will have as much fun with it. 

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