Ottawa Silver Seven Kicked Stanley Cup
February 24, 2012 by staff
Ottawa Silver Seven Kicked Stanley Cup, There’s an alarming new seasonal trend in Ottawa.
At the slightest hint of freezing rain, motorists everywhere are parking their cars and popping the windshield wipers.
It is an act of prudence, evidently. Except it looks stupid. Sorry, “stupid” is not the right word. It looks nerdy, this pair of insect legs sticking into the sky all day. It is also not cool. It took a moment to know why. Their wipers are giving me the finger, because I refuse to pop mine, because I am weak and reckless.
Worse yet are the sheets of plastic thrown over entire windshields, like safety blankets.
Do you wear a helmet to bed, just to be on the safe side?
Nuts, you make me. Be Canadian, for Pete’s sake. Learn how to scrape a car properly and stop being afraid of a little ice.
There is probably a correlation between people who always back into parking spots and people who insist on popping their wipers but, for now, let’s just think happy thoughts.
Should you spot someone backing into a parking spot – while their wipers are popped and their windows are covered in plastic! – remain calm, flee the area and contact security.
Please Lord, let him not go on and on.
We can’t let this week pass without some attempt at AllStar coverage.
A thought occurred as the Stanley Cup was being pushed up the Rideau Canal on a sled. Is there not an old story about the silver chalice being booted into the canal?
Indeed. Here is an entry from my pal Ken Warren, a sportswriter of sterling reputation, dated Aug. 3, about the Cup’s visit to the Ottawa area last summer.
“Not bad for a Cup that, 106 years ago, suffered the indignity of being booted into the Rideau Canal by Harvey Pulford of the original Ottawa Senators.”
His research may have been aided by our friend Wikipedia, repository of some things that are sometimes true. A snippet of its entry on Ottawa’s long-gone Dey’s Arena:
“The Stanley Cup was famously drop-kicked by Harvey Pulford into the Rideau Canal, after a banquet following the game at the Ottawa Amateur Athletic Club, which was located nearby at Laurier and Elgin.”
Here is an entry from the introduction to Legendary Stanley Cup Stories, by Brian McFarlane, published in 2008.
“Another time, on a dare, an Ottawa player dropkicked your Cup into the Rideau Canal.”
The Toronto Star, in September, took the tale a little farther. “Back in 1905,
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