TORONTO — When in Toronto, you can see the Stanley Cup at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
If you’re name is on it, they will bring it to you.
The five members of last season’s Stanley Cup champion Chicago team now with the Thrashers got a chance to see their names engraved on the trophy for the first time Sunday night. The keeper of the Cup brought it by the team hotel for players Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Andrew Ladd and Brent Sopel and associate coach John Torchetti to get a close-up look at the engraving.
The names are typically put on the Cup following the season and the players’ tour with the trophy.
“It was the first time I got to see my name on the Cup,” said Sopel, whose room was the viewing place. “It was very cool.”
Ladd coordinated the viewing – which was just for those with their names on the Cup.
“You got to earn that,” Ladd said. “… I don’t think anyone else wants to see it until they end up on it themselves. It’s always nice to see your name on the Cup.”
Ladd’s name appears twice on the Cup after winning the NHL championship with Carolina in 2005-06.
Mason to start against Blues
Chris Mason will start Tuesday night when the Thrashers face St. Louis, the team the goaltender spent the previous two seasons.
“It’s a weird feeling when you see all the guys on the ice and you know them well,” said Mason, who had to face Nashville after he was traded to St. Louis. “They were teammates and we went through a lot of things together. It took me a few times to get used to it when I got traded from Nashville to St. Louis and I went back. It took a few games for it to feel halfway normal.”
Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay insists he didn’t intentionally start Mason against his former team. It was simply the second of back-to-back games and Ondrej Pavelec was to start Monday against Toronto.
“I didn’t know that until I made the decision,” Ramsay said. “But it’s perfect and worked out very well. … We have the back-to-backers so it was perfect timing for everybody.”
Oduya brings in most money
The Atlanta Thrashers fan club recently held its holiday bear auction and raised $4,830 for charity.
Johnny Oduya’s bear brought in the highest winning bid at $325.
Tobias Enstrom and Alexander Burmistrov bears fetched $300 apiece. Zach Bogosian and Dustin Byfuglien bears each brought in $275.