While the Washington Capitals players, coaches, and many other personnel associated with the team have finished with their individual days with the Stanley Cup, the Cup has not finished its travels for the hockey off-season. The Cup has started another leg of travel, which truly brings it around the world. (Reminder, you can find the latest schedule of dates for Capitals players “day with the Stanley Cup” right here. You can find links to each and every “day with the Stanley Cup” that has already occurred right here.)
The journey of the Stanley Cup for each of the players’ individual days this summer and the trip to China really will give new meaning to the iconic title “Around the World in 80 Days”.
This is the first time that the Stanley Cup has appeared in either Mainland China or Hong Kong. Philip Prichard, the Keeper of the Cup, accompanied the Cup on its historic trip to China on Friday, September 7, and showed a picture on Instagram and Twitter.
After that, he showed a picture of the Cup while at the shores of Lake Yanqi which is just outside of Beijing.
And what trip to China would be complete without a walk on the Great Wall of China. Pritchard showed two pictures of the Wall.
While in China, the Cup, accompanied by Pritchard, will make numerous public and private appearances in Beijing and Shenzhen, China and in Hong Kong. Hockey fans in those locations will be able to take photos with the iconic trophy during its time there.
The 2018 O.R.G. hockey games will also take place, which will include a game between the Boston Bruins and the Calgary Flames on September 15th in the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen, and a game between the same two teams at the Cadillac Arena on September 19th in Beijing. There will also be two Fan Fests related to the festivities that will both take place in Shenzhen.
The Cup schedule is as follows, with more details available from NHL.com.
Sunday September 9: Cup will be on display at Bloomage Live in Wukesong, Beijing
Monday September 10: There will be an NHL Hockey Reception in Beijing that features the Stanley Cup taking place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Details here from Canada China Business Council (CCBC). This event is intended for ticket holders of the NHL Game in Beijing on September 19 and proof of purchase needed. Members of CCBC can get a 10% discount for tickets.
Wednesday September 12: The Stanley Cup will visit both the Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS) and the American Club in Hong Kong. The CDNIS web site advertised the upcoming visit for “students, staff, and parents will get the unique privilege of seeing the most famous trophy in sports, as the National Hockey Leagues prized trophy, the Stanley Cup, pays a visit to the Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS).”
There were further instructions saying that community members who wanted their photo with the Cup were to RSVP via a link. Details of the Cup’s appearance would be shared with those pre-registering via that link. Further information on the site revealed that the appearance would take place in the morning and there was a special offer to get tickets for the Flames/Bruins game in Shenzhen.
The American Club Hong Kong posted the news of the Cup visit on their Facebook site, which listed the September 12 date and also listed special offers to attend either the game in Shenzhen or the game in Shanghai.
At 1:00- 3:00 p.m. that same day, the Cup will be on display at Taikoo Mall in Hong Kong. Writer Ken Brown of the Wall Street Journal reports that this particular mall is the home to one of the city’s few ice rinks. A large crowd is expected to be present, especially since there are 300,000 Canadian citizens in that city. Many Hong Kong residents had taken Canadian citizenship as a potential escape route from Mainland China which has controlled that city since 1997.
Thursday September 13:
There will be an NHL Fan Fest at the Coco Park Mall in Zhenzhen, China from 4:00-8:00 p.m. It will be free and open to the public and feature appearances from the mascots of both the Flames and the Bruins. Fans can also meet former NHL players Lanny McDonald and Alex Tanguay and test their hockey skills in various challenges. The Stanley Cup will be available for photos for the last two hours of the event.
Saturday September 15:
There will be an NHL Fan Fest outside Universiade Sports Center in Zhenzhen, China from 11:00 a.m. through 2:15 p.m. Fans with tickets to the Flames/Bruins game later that day can get their picture with the Cup and partake in the other activities there. Like the Fan Fest of two days earlier, Tanguay and McDonald will appear and so will the team mascots. There will be additional skills challenges.
The game between the Bruins and Flames begins at 2:30 p.m.
The Stanley Cup will then be on display at the Terrace Restaurant in Shenzhen from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Wednesday September 19:
Game between the Bruins and Flames at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing at 7:10 p.m.
By Diane Doyle