On Wednesday morning in New York, the NHL, along with broadcasting partner NBC, officially unveiled a ginormous Stanley Cup smack dab in the middle of Times Square in order to properly celebrate the start of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, former NHL stars and the real Stanley Cup were among the luminaries (can the Stanley Cup be considered a luminary?) on hand for the festivities as onlookers marveled at the 21-foot, 6,600 pound replica was proudly displayed for all to see. It will be on display for three days.
Oh, and one more thing: the Behemoth Lord Stanley’s Cup? Courtesy of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, it also doubles as a drinking fountain. Reports from multiple sources indicate that the water tasted pretty darn good to boot. Wonders never cease.
Added Department of Environmental Protection commissioner Carter Strickland, via The Globe and Mail:
“When New Yorkers and tourists drink from the Stanley Cup fountain they will be tasting the result of having a water supply that is second to none, brought by an engineering marvel from a pristine watershed.
“So when it comes to providing clean, fresh water for more than nine million New Yorkers, you might say the Cup runneth over.”
Haha. Who knew Carter Strickland had such a wit about him? Better yet, who knew Carter Strickland?
More pics below.
(Additional photos courtesy of NBC Sports Agency)
Pretty nifty. And one thing: no spitting in the fountain, you darn kids!!!
[H/T Puck Daddy]