The one rule about handling the Stanley Cup

Mike Bolt, caretaker of the Stanley Cup, gave an interview this week with the Tampa Bay Times. In the interview he was asked about us... the normals... the non-Stanley-Cup-winning people of this world.

What are the rules for your everyday person who gets to see the cup?


Bolt's duty is to ensure Stanley's safety while he spends one, sometimes two, days with each player of the winning team. Those heroes earned the right to the cup's love handles for the remainder of their lives.

For the rest of the world, there are rules to follow.

You can touch the cup, kiss the cup, pose for a picture with the cup. You can even dunk your head inside the bowl and pretend to lick the cup.

Bolt's No. 1 rule: "I don't want anybody lifting the cup."