The Stanley Cup is coming to Houghton

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech is excited to announce that the Stanley Cup will be at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena on Friday (Oct. 31). Fans with a ticket to either Friday or Saturday’s game against the University of Michigan will be able to view the trophy along with the Hart Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, MacNaughton Cup and Gibson Cup.

Public viewings on Friday will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m., 3-5 p.m., and from 6 p.m. to the start of the game under suites in front of John and Venus Wall of Fame. The trophy exhibit will be open at the two intermissions and for an hour after the game ends. After 6 p.m. on Friday only game tickets for Friday night will be accepted.

Tickets for the weekend’s games are going fast. Buy yours today by stopping in at the Central Ticket Office in the SDC, visiting or calling 906-487-2073.

The Stanley Cup (1893), MacNaugton Cup (1913) and Gibson Cup (1939) are the three oldest hockey cups in North America.

The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy for the National Hockey League’s playoff winner. The names of all of the winning players, coaches, management, and club staff are engraved on its chalice. Since the 1914-15 season, the Cup has been won a combined 95 times by 18 active NHL teams and five defunct teams.

The Gibson Cup is given to the winner of an annual series between the Portage Lake Pioneers and the Calumet Wolverines of the Great Lakes Hockey League. It was initially awarded to the champion of the Michigan-Ontario Pro Hockey League. The Pioneers won the trophy last season.

The MacNaughton Cup goes to the regular-season champion of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The trophy is named after James MacNaughton of Calumet, Mich., who was an avid supporter of amateur ice hockey. The Cup is handcrafted of pure silver and stands almost three-feet high and weighs nearly 40 pounds. Ferris State is the current holder of the MacNaughton Cup.

The Hart Trophy is given annually to the NHL regular season most valuable player. It has been presented 90 times to 54 different players since its beginning in 1924. The Hart Trophy is named in honor of Canadian Dr. David Hart, who donated the original trophy to the NHL. Sidney Crosby received the award in 2013-14.

The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded annually to the player judged most valuable to his team during the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs. The Conn Smythe Trophy has been awarded 48 times to 42 players since the1964-65 NHL season. Each year, at the conclusion of the final game of the Stanley Cup Finals, members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association vote to elect the player deserving of the trophy. Justin Williams from the Los Angeles Kings won the trophy last season.

(Information Courtesy of MTU Athletics)