Thursday Trivia: The Stanley Cup

So, would the x's over Basil Pocklington's name be "Pock-marks"?

It’s Conference Finals time in hockey-land (currently, the Chicago Blackhawks lead the San Jose Sharks 2 games to none in the West, with the Philadelphia Flyers leading the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 – Go Habs!), so with the awarding of the Stanley Cup to one of these four teams about three weeks away, it seemed like a good time.

Above is the only deletion on the Stanley Cup (well, sort of). Peter Pocklington, owner of the perennial champion Edmonton Oilers (this was the first of their 5 championships), wrote Basil’s name as one of the names to be engraved on the Cup’s chalice (one of the reasons why I believe it’s the greatest trophy in all of sports (and I know I’m going to get flak from World Cup fanatics for that, by the way) is because the players names are placed on the trophy) – but since he was not a member of the team, that was a no-no. NHL and Hockey Hall of Fame officials were lax at that point in checking the roster of those to be engraved, and included his name on the Cup – only to mark his name out with x’s when they realized his error.

Four more bits of trivia on the Cup after the jump!

  • The name of Hall-of-Famer Dickie Moore is written a different way on the Cup for each of the five straight Stanley Cup wins during his time on the Canadiens: D. Moore, Richard Moore, R. Moore, Dickie Moore, and Rich Moore.
  • Could be worse, though – goaltender and hockey pioneer Jacques Plante had his name misspelled multiple times on the Cup – J. Plante, Jac Plante, Jacq Plante, and Jaques Plante.
  • At least in recent years the Hockey Hall takes to correcting their mistakes, starting in 1996 for Adam Deadmarsh of the Colorado Avalanche (his name was spelled “Deadmarch” on the Cup), and later on for Detroit Red Wings goalie (and alum of the Toronto Planets of Roller Hockey International) Manny LagaceLegace in 2002 and Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staaal Staal in 2006.
  • And also, at least they had a sense of humor. For the 1944-45 Stanley Cup Champion Toronto Maple Leafs (back when the Leafs won championships, hehe), they included Frank Selke as assistant manager and an “Arc Campbell” as assistant trainer. But they should have learned that you don’t abbreviate some words:

    It's like Kramer getting the wrong license plates in "The Fusilli Jerry"!

  • Two bits of bonus trivia: first, I found out why the opening for Hockey Night in Canada is “Good evening Canada, and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland”: Newfoundland was an independent dominion from 1907 to 1949, during which point HNIC was broadcast on the radio. Also, here’s a great article from the Wall Street Journal on the errors on the cup and other lore.
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