Article on the Stanley Cup at Yankee Stadium — in the October Issue of Yankees Magazine
September 29, 2017 — Yankee Stadium had one additional championship trophy within its walls last month. The Stanley Cup made a brief visit as part of a tour of New York City landmarks.
Even before the National Hockey League’s inception in 1917, it’s been tradition for members of championship teams to celebrate with the trophy for a day.
For Curtis Bell of the 2017 champion Pittsburgh Penguins, New York City seemed like the perfect location.
“With all of the landmarks in this city, I felt like there was no better place to bring the Stanley Cup,” said Bell, the team’s director of sports performance. “We brought the Cup to the Empire State Building, the New York Stock Exchange, the Statue of Liberty and over some of the bridges. Naturally, it made sense to bring the Cup to Yankee Stadium because of how storied the Yankees franchise is.”
I had a chance to spend a few minutes admiring the storied Cup, as did former Yankees shortstop Bucky Dent, who was at the Stadium for a charity event and that night’s game. Posing for photos with hockey’s ultimate treasure was something I won’t ever forget. Getting the chance to take a photo with the Cup, the 1978 Yankees World Series trophy and Dent — the 1978 World Series MVP, whose home run in the one-game playoff against the Boston Red Sox that season helped get the team to the Fall Classic — was even more thrilling.
For more on the Stanley Cup’s visit to Yankee Stadium, grab a copy of the October Issue of Yankees Magazine.
— Alfred Santasiere III