Lord Stanley's Cup coming to the Great Lakes Bay Region this weekend
The Stanley Cup will be on display throughout the GLBR, culminating with a pre game celebration Saturday for former Spirit captain Chris Thorburn who won the cup with the St. Louis Blues this past June...
By: Jason Marcoux
26th December, 2019
Lord Stanley's Cup,
the oldest and most coveted trophy in North American Sports, is making its way to Mid-Michigan.
In an effort to promote the game of Hockey, Saginaw Spirit managing partner Craig Goslin; along with representatives from the National Hockey League and the Hockey Hall of Fame will be making appearances with the cup throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region this weekend.
The cup tour will culminate with a pre-game celebration (prior to the Ontario Hockey League game against Windsor Saturday night at the Dow Event Center) for former Spirit captain Chris Thorburn, who hoisted the famous trophy as a member of the St. Louis Blues this past June.
The cup will be on display with the Junior Spirit youth hockey team at Saginaw Bay Ice Arena on Friday afternoon from 2-3 pm where the Greater Saginaw Amateur Hockey Association will allow fans who have brought their own camera or phone to take a selfie with the cup for a donation to the GSAHA Zamboni fund.
Later on Friday, around 6 pm, the cup will be in Bay City on display at the Old City Hall restaurant, where the Spirit Warriors hockey team -a group of disabled veterans who play charity hockey games- will be having dinner with the cup.
On Saturday the cup will make its way over to the Garber Chevrolet dealership on Eastman road in Midland, where several youth hockey teams will see the cup on display from 11:30 am until 1 pm, before eventually moving back to Saginaw for some pre-game festivities inside the Red Room at the Dow Event Center.
Thorburn, who made history as the very first Spirit captain back in the 2002-03 OHL season, will be on hand inside the Red Room Saturday night, and for a $20 donation to the United Way of Saginaw, fans will receive an autographed action photo of Thorburn with the cup.
The Spirit will then get back to work later that evening, returning to the ice for the first time since the Christmas break to kick off the second half of the OHL season with a western conference tilt against the Windsor Spitfires at 7:05 pm Saturday night.