Welcome To Titletown: Stanley Cup To Make Another Exciting Stop

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Talk about sports history.

The Stanley Cup, the oldest trophy in professional sports, will sit beside the three Vince Lombardi Trophies earned by the NFL's second oldest existing franchise.

"It's gonna be awesome," said Mike Bolt, whose official title is keeper of the cup. "The rich tradition of football in Green Bay is a lot like the way the Stanley Cup is rich in tradition ... To tie the two together is going to be great."

Each of the Packers' three championship trophies, representing Super Bowls I, II and XXXI, will be on display with the cup on Friday and Saturday in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Friday's session, from 5 to 10 p.m., will be open to the public while Saturday's session, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be available only to persons with tickets to the 3 p.m. Wisconsin-Ohio State hockey game.

The Stanley Cup, first awarded in 1893 and inscribed with each year's winner, remains with the NHL-champion team for one week following their season-ending win. It is paraded among schools, businesses and other locations.

Following that week everyone involved with the winning team's operation, including each player, coach and trainer, receives it for a day and can take it wherever they choose. Some host cup parties. Some take it to bars. Some take it fishing. Some take it overseas.

"We take it all over Canada, United States and Europe," Bolt said.

Bolt, who has held his job for six years, is one of three hockey Hall of Fame employees who transport and protect the Stanley Cup as it travels for more than 300 days-a-year. Two of his most memorable moments occurred in 2002.

He took Lord Stanley's cup to the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Bolt also accompanied Chicago-native and Detroit Red Wings star Chris Chelios after his team won the Stanley Cup. Chelios brought the trophy to a Chicago-area golf tournament and to Wrigley Field as he tossed out the first pitch during a Chicago Cubs game.

The cup will visit another historic stadium this weekend. A viewing and photograph line for the trophies will be arranged in the Atrium. Admirers can take their own pictures or download professional-quality photos from www.packers.com. Both opportunities are free of charge.

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