The People’s Trophy

The Populist Tradition of the Stanley Cup

The keeper and the cup
photo: Pete Kuhns
The keeper and the cup

"That's not the real Cup," says Ozimec when asked about the ESPN ads. "It's just a prop, a plastic replica." Whew. The Stanley Cup, truly the People's Trophy, may be the last object on earth that everyone, even Free Mumia lefties, has no problem respecting. Having delivered that good news, Ozimec packed the Cup in its plain blue case marked only with "fragile" stickers (still, says Ozimec, "it's recognized by every baggage handler at the Toronto airport") and escorted the hallowed tankard to its next stop, where it would light up the eyes of a whole new set of reverent onlookers.

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