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The Lord Stanley Cup: 5 road rules for the coveted trophy

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By: Zoe Sobel, FOX32 News Intern

(CHICAGO) - Since early Tuesday morning, the most popular member of Chicago is the Stanley Cup. This is the second time in four years that Lord Stanley has called Chicago home.

The Stanley Cup- also called the Holy Grail, the Cup, or Lord Stanley's Mug-is the championship trophy for the National Hockey League (NHL). Champions get to keep the cup until a new champion is crowned. It is one of the most impressive trophies in sports, standing three feet high and weighing 35 pounds.

Over the years, Lord Stanley's Cup has become steeped in history and tradition. Players will not touch the cup until they have won it. Furthermore, it is considered bad luck to touch the conference championship trophy before then. The players believe that they have not yet won anything. They are still working towards the true prize: The Stanley Cup.

Since 1995, each player has been allowed to take the cup for about 24 hours with one or more white-gloved Cup Keepers. The Keepers help to protect the cup and make sure that the players follow some simple rules.

Cup Keeper Howie Barrow has some road rules for the Stanley Cup:

1-Bring It Home By Midnight: This curfew is to protect the cup from any late-night mischief.

2- No Casinos or Strip Clubs: This rule came to be after Mark Messier (then a member of the New York Rangers) took the cup to a Manhattan strip club. The NHL does not want there to be any pictures that connect the cup with seediness.

3- Don't Get It Wet: When on water Lord Stanley must wear a life jacket. The cup does not float which was discovered when it was thrown into the pool Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Mario Lemieux in 2009.

4- No Sky Diving: The NHL does not want to risk the cup falling from 12,000 ft. It is insured for $1.5 million.

5-No Heavy Lifting: Fans are allowed to touch and even kiss the trophy, but only those who have won the cup are allowed to lift it above their head.

The Cup will be on display at the Blackhawks Parade and Rally Friday, June 22nd, in Grant Park. You can track its further adventures on the Hockey Hall of Fame Website.

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