Ice hockey's Stanley Cup lands at Glasgow Airport
10 December 2013
Ice hockey’s world famous trophy – the Stanley Cup – arrived in Scotland for the first time when it touched down at Glasgow Airport.
Its arrival coincides with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under 20s World Championship and it will be displayed 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 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, then the British Governor General of Canada. Winners of the cup, including all team members’ names, are engraved on it every year.
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.”
Phil Prichard, vice president and curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame, added: “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.”