After the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning to win their third NHL title in six years, captain Jonathan Toews did what any championship captain does upon clinching the world’s biggest hockey title—he lifted the 34.5 lb. trophy over his head. Like the team, the Stanley Cup itself had traveled a long road to get there.
On Monday, Philip Pritchard, the guardian of the Stanley Cup since 1988, tweeted a photo of the trophy going through the security machine the same way backpacks, carry ons, shoes and clear plastic bags with toiletries do.
The Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the MVP of the playoffs, also had a turn in the X-ray machine.
About the photo, Pritchard joked to the Chicago Sun Times, “Luckily we had a hockey fan working security because I’m not sure that picture would have been allowed.”
In keeping with tradition, Pritchard stayed with the Cup in a hotel near O’Hare International Airport until the NHL officially called on him when it seemed like a championship victory was imminent. A superstition holds that the Cup must stay out of sight of the players until it’s rightfully won. (Thanks to flooding and road closures, the Cup was fashionably late getting to the United Center.)
While the Blackhawks have had a recent run of championships, their game six victory on Monday night was their first at home since 1938.