Shawinigan Cataractes Face Bill For Damages To Memorial Cup Trophy

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Shawinigan Cataractes to pay for damages to Memorial Cup trophy July 24, 2012 7:15 AM

The Memorial Cup was first presented in 1919 to honour Canadians who died in the First World War.

Now some summer celebrations by the Shawinigan Cataractes have left the Memorial Cup looking like Bobby Clarkes teeth.

Pictures published Monday by l’Echo de Shawinigan show the top of the 93-year-old Cup bashed in and the two hockey player figurines on either side of the bowl missing. Reports have also said that the wooden base is also cracked. Many of those photos have since been taken down from the internet after being reported to be exaggerations by the CHL.

How the damage occurred was unclear. Each player on the championship team was allowed to have the Cup for 24 hours to celebrate in his home town. Winning teams that want to have the trophy over the off-season must take out $50,000 in insurance against damages.

League spokesman Photi Sotiropoulos said the Cup will be returned to the Canadian Hockey League, which will have it repaired.

It is not the first time the Memorial Cup has been damaged. During the on-ice Cup presentation after the 2008 tournament, the top of the trophy broke off in the hands of Spokane Chiefs captain Chris Burton as he was passing it to a teammate.

There were dents and nicks when other clubs had the Cup as well.

”It concerns us, but it is not something that is unheard of,” said Sotiropoulos. "It’s an incredibly old trophy and certainly one of the most prestigious ones in North America in terms of hockey,"

The question is just how much damage is the team responsible for? This photo of the cup being presented shows what appears to be one of the player figurines already missing:

Joseph Kolodziej

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