Five Places To See The Stanley Cup In Kalamazoo
The Stanley Cup, the most prestigious trophy in sports is coming to Kalamazoo in a couple weeks. Here's your best places to see it.
The Stanley Cup will be in Kalamazoo, as part of the 2016 CCM/ECHL Hockey Heritage Week, presented by PNC Bank and Bronson Sports Medicine.
The Kalamazoo Wings have announced the schedule of the Stanley Cup tour on February 1 and 2, along with the trophies that will be featured at the Hockey Hall of Fame exhibits at Wings Event Center on February 5 and 6.
The festivities begin with the arrival of the Stanley Cup at the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport on Monday, February 1 at 2:30 p.m. The trophy will be escorted by its keeper, Phil Pritchard, (@KeeperoftheCup) who has been in his role as “Keeper of the Cup” since 1989.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday, February 1
· 3:30 p.m.- Appearance at Bronson Children’s Hospital
· 4:25 p.m.- First floor of Bronson Hospital for employee viewing
· 6:00 p.m.- Arrive at PNC Wealth Management downtown Kalamazoo
· 7:00 p.m.- Official Hockey Heritage Week proclamation at Kalamazoo City Council meeting
· 7:30 p.m.- General public viewing at Old Burdick’s downtown location
o Former NHL head coach and two-time Stanley Cup champion, Robbie Ftorek, to be in attendance for an autograph session.
Tuesday, February 2
· 8:15 a.m.- The Stanley Cup will Wake up with Will and Tess on 103.3 KFR
· 10:30 a.m.- Mayor Bobby Hopewell’s office
· 3:00 p.m.- General public viewing at Old Burdick’s Wings West location
· 5:30 p.m.- General public viewing at center ice of Wings Event Center
The K-Wings advise that admission to the general public viewing events require a ticket to either the February 5 or 6 game against the Toledo Walleye. Fans are encouraged to bring their own device for a photo with the trophy, or utilize the professional photographer who will be made available for photos.
Along with the exhibits and games that will be erected inside Wings Event Center for the February 5 and 6 contests against Toledo, the Hockey Hall of Fame will also be sending the Conn Smythe Trophy, the Frank J. Selke Trophy and the Turner Cup to be displayed during the weekend.
“These trophies and exhibits being displayed at Wings Event Center is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” K-Wings director of sales Toni Daniels said. “This Hockey Heritage event is bigger than the Kalamazoo Wings, it’s about our community. We are welcoming representatives spanning from Orlando, Florida to Anchorage, Alaska. We want you to help represent our city.”
Awarded since the 1964-65 season, The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded annually to the player judged most valuable to his team during the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup playoffs. The entire list of winners can be found here.
The Frank J. Selke Trophy has been awarded annually to the National Hockey League forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game since 1977-78. The entire list of winners can be found here.
The Turner Cup was awarded to the champions of the International Hockey League from 1945-2001 and 2007-2010. The Kalamazoo Wings were champions of the 1978-79 Turner Cup under the direction of Bill Purcell and again in 1979-80 led by head coach Doug McKay.