Lord Stanley’s cup will make a special visit to Saint Mary’s University this Friday, and the public is invited to visit.
The Stanley Cup, awarded to the champion professional hockey team the Chicago Blackhawks this year, has a unique reputation among championship trophies. Players and team personnel are each given the opportunity to keep it for a short time and, with a few limits, do whatever they want with it, from touring their hometowns to letting their dogs eat out of it.
Saint Mary’s alumnus John McDonough, the president and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks, decided to bring the cup for a public rally and viewing on the Winona campus.
That led Winona Mayor Mark Peterson at Monday’s city council meeting to declare Friday as “John F. McDonough Day” in Winona, with the declaration reading, in part, “Whereas John McDonough has graciously chosen to share the championship spirit and tradition of the Stanley Cup with his alma mater, as well as with the greater Winona community.”
For those interested in attending, here are the ground rules:
• Hockey fans may start lining up outside the entrance to the Toner Student Center’s Hall of Fame Room at 1:30 p.m. for a limited number of wristbands, which will give them an the opportunity for an up-close photo with the cup. The wristbands will be distributed beginning at 3:30 p.m. Those without wristbands will be admitted to view the cup and take photos from a greater distance.
• There will be a public rally from 4:30 to 5 p.m. in Gostomski Fieldhouse and the cup will be on display for viewing and photos from 5 to 7 p.m.
• For security reasons, large bags and purses will not be permitted into the facility, and smaller bags or purses will be subject to search.
• SMU volunteers will direct visitors on where to park and line up.