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LORD STANLEY'S CUP TO BE IN ROCKFORD APRIL 4

03/20/2009 1:33 PM -
NHL’s annual championship award to make first appearance at Rockford IceHogs game
Rockford, Ill.- Rockford IceHogs Team President Mark Bernard announced Friday that the American Hockey League club will be hosting the Stanley Cup during the IceHogs' Saturday, April 4 game against the Milwaukee Admirals.

The appearance of the Stanley Cup will be in conjunction with the team’s annual Jersey Auction Night at the Rockford MetroCentre. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.

The Cup will be on display throughout the game and fans get pictures with hockey's top prize. Stay tuned to icehogs.com regarding more information about viewing the Stanley Cup.

For tickets to the April 4 game, call 815-968-5222, stop by Hogs Headquarters at Cherryvale Mall or the MetroCentre Box Office or visit metrocentre.com.

The Stanley Cup, the oldest trophy competed for by professional athletes, was first presented in 1893 as the award for the top-ranking amateur hockey team in Canada.

Named for Lord Frederick Stanley of Preston, Governor General of Canada, the Cup has been awarded to the winner of the National Hockey League’s postseason tournament since 1926. In the last fiver years, the world’s most famous trophy has logged more than 400,000 miles traveling around the globe.

The Stanley Cup is on tour for about 250 days out of the year.

Next Home Game: Saturday, March 21 vs. Manitoba Moose.  Game time is 7:05 p.m. The Rockford IceHogs welcome the first-place Moose into the Forest City for the final of two visits in 2008-09. The first 2,000 fans can pick up a replica Goalie Mask Bank courtesy of MembersAlliance Credit Union.

Stanley Cup Fact: The original bowl of the Stanley Cup was crafted in Sheffield, England and purchased at a cost of 10 guineas ($48.67 USD in 1892). See the Stanley Cup at the Rockford IceHogs game on Saturday, April 4. For tickets call the Rockford MetroCentre Box Office at 815-968-5222.