The Stanley Cup is perhaps the best known trophy in sports. It is certainly the biggest.
The Cup is awarded every year to the National Hockey League's championship team.
The 2016 champions are the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The name of every player on the winning team is inscribed on the Stanley Cup. A tradition since 1994 is that every player on the championship team has possession of the Cup for one day
and can take it anywhere in the world that he wants.
Avon Old Farms School alumnus Nick Bonino is from Farmington. He is a center on the Penguins. He took the Cup to Avon Old Farms and the Connecticut Childrens Medical Center.
On the hottest day of the summer, 5,000 hockey fans (and yours truly) stood outside in stifling heat for an hour, and then another hour inside, in order to see Nick and the Stanley Cup.
Earlier in the day, Bonino took the cup to his grandparents' house and the family ate spaghetti out of the Cup. He ended the day by taking the Cup to the home of a young man with cancer
whom he had befriended. Good athlete, perhaps a better guy.