LIVE BLOG: The Stanley Cup en route to Chicago

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CHICAGO — Lord Stanley’s Cup is headed to the United Center for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Philip Pritchard is one of the Keepers of the Cup and has been tweeting the journey to Chicago.

“[Before 9/11], we used to have that opportunity to carry it on. I prefer that the airline take it from us and put it in a special spot underneath the plane—it’s called special services, and violins and bikes go there as well,” Pritchard told Mental Floss.

The 34-pound sliver Cup rarely leaves sight of the keepers. Mike Bolt, another keeper, told the Chicago Tribune it either stays in his house or hotel room.

“Really, the only time it’s out of my sight is when I fly and check it,” Bolt said. “After TSA takes possession of it I have to trust the airline to do their job. A lot of times I sit in the gate area and I watch it on the tarmac or going up on the plane on the conveyor belt into the belly of the plane.”

The Tribune reports it is scheduled to arrive in Chicago for tonight’s game. Where it goes after the game, that’s up to the players.

“There’s no other city like Chicago that I’ve ever worked with the Cup,” Bolt said.

Follow the Cup’s journey here.

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  • Bill Hoidas (@BillHoidas)

    I can’t believe the NHL and Bettman are dumb enough to trust The Cup to a regular airline’s baggage department. If lost or damaged it CANNOT be replaced. The NHL should make provisions to carry it onboard perhaps by purchasing an extra seat or if the airline wants the NHL business they may not charge extra to help transport The Cup in the cabin.

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