Friday, June 4, 2010

Who Was Stanley Anyway?

Who was this Stanley we've been hearing so much about? You know, the one that has caused the library and the local streets to be nearly deserted for three hour periods of time (or is that three periods at a time?). He's the one who donated the Dominion Challenge Trophy way back in 1892. That trophy is now known as the Stanley Cup.

I was curious, so I did a little research about Lord Frederick Arthur Stanley. He was Canada's sixth governor-general, and he loved hockey. Several of his children, including his daughter Isobel, played hockey. The Stanley Cup has been added to so that there is room each year to inscribe the name of the NHL champion team, including the names of the players and coaches. Currently, there are more than 2,000 names on the cup. Lots of local fans hope the Chicago Blackhawks will be the next to have their names added.

We have lots of great books about hockey for you to enjoy. Z Is For Zamboni is fun for an adult to share with a child. For older children, try Ice Time: the Story of Hockey. To learn to play,try Hockey Skills: How to Play Like a Pro.

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