Keeping the Stanley Cup

Updated: August 1, 2012, 10:08 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Ithaca, N.Y. -- It all began so innocuously.

It was the 1989 NHL awards and Colin Patterson, a member of the Cup-winning Calgary Flames, was nominated for the Frank J. Selke Trophy. Patterson asked Phil Pritchard of the Hockey Hall of Fame whether it would be OK if the Stanley Cup stopped by his place in Toronto the next day.

At the time there was no precedent of players taking a turn with the Stanley Cup. The Cup was essentially the property of the Cup-winning team during the offseason ...

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