DREAMING OF THE STANLEY CUP
Welcome back. Thankfully, there was enough positive feedback and suggestions after my first post that we have survived to do a second. For those who missed the first one you can find it here.
Very quickly, this blog will either answer questions about Cavalier and take you behind the scenes of the jewellery industry or keep you updated on our in-store events and charity initiatives. Today’s post will focus on the latter.
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When Wayne’s World came out in 1992 I was three years old. Thanks to my significantly older cousins and brother, I had seen it countess times by the time I was four. I understood none of the jokes but I dutifully laughed along, repeated “schwing” inappropriately out of context, and mumbled along to Bohemian Rhapsody during car ride sing alongs.
However, thanks to living in a house where the Canucks were always on the radio, when Hockey Night in Canada was still an institution, and with a Dad who built the most badass hockey net in East Ladner, I fully related to Wayne and Garth playing street hockey. I desperately wanted to win the Stanley Cup.
Spoiler alert: Like almost every Canadian kid with the same dream, I didn’t.
Luckily, at Cavalier, we have been able to experience the next best thing through one of those kids who did realize his dream. Last week, Chicago Blackhawk Brent Seabrook, older brother of my business partner at Cavalier Keith Seabrook, brought the Stanley Cup to the store for a special visit.
When you see it, you think of all the times as a kid you were able to win the “Stanley Cup” in your driveway or out on the street; you know, the one made of ice cream buckets, various plastic food containers, held together by duct tape and wrapped in enough tinfoil to cover a decades worth of Christmas turkeys?
The best part was that if you didn’t win, you knew that, regardless of weather, you’d be able to scrape together a couple friends to play for it again the next day.
Of course, the irony of seeing the real thing is being so close to something you’ve wanted to lift above your head your whole life but you absolutely can’t do it. Considering it’s the hardest trophy to win in pro sports, this is more than fair.
Lifting it without winning it would be like chartering a helicopter to stand on the top of K-2, or winning the WWE title when your opponent didn’t submit.
Still, just being in the same room, talking with friends and family about their favourite Stanely Cup moments (and, of course, having Canuck fans lament this…and this), created a very special memory that will last a lifetime and we are very grateful to both Brent and the Blackhawks organization. I mean, is my nephew ever going to be in a better photo than this:
Kid is nine months old and he already has his Mona Lisa.
Looking back, Brent was also gracious enough to bring the Stanley Cup to Cavalier after his second win in 2013 but, because of a tight schedule this year, we weren’t able to open up the viewing to our clients as we did back then. However, at that event it was suggested that we run our own street hockey tournament, with proceeds going to the ALS Society of BC. Needless to say, it wasn’t a hard sell to convince a couple of guys who grew up playing hockey to run a yearly street hockey tournament.
Thus, the Cavalier Cup was born. It has been running for two years and, of course, only the winners get to lift it above their head.