WASHINGTON - After a huge win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night, the Washington Capitals are now two games away from clinching the coveted cup! There are a few people entrusted with keeping the Stanley Cup and Mike Bolt is one of them.
"It's like being around a rock star. Everywhere you go, people were taking pictures of the case and the cup was in there and fans after the win rolling out of the building. Everywhere we go in the world it's like that," he said.
The Stanley Cup is one of a kind. Unlike other trophies, there is only one Stanley Cup. It's passed from team to team -- but now has some signs of wear. But it still looks pretty good for being 126 years old! It is the oldest trophy in professional sports, says Bolt.
The bowl started in 1893 with the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association and grew into the neck part. In 1947-1948, Carl Peterson, a silversmith was commissioned by the NHL to redesign it. The original bowl was replaced in the mid-1960s.
Each ring on the cup represents the first 100 years of Stanley Cup going to the five-tier format. A ring on the bottom of the cup's neck represents 100 years of the Stanley Cup, and then goes into the five-tier-band format that form the base.
There are 13 teams currently engraved on the ring -- and as of now, the Stanley Cup is actually completely full! Past bands from the Stanley Cup are kept at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada.
The winner of this year's Stanley Cup finals will go on the new band which will be kept for the next 65 years.
Each member of the winning team gets a day with the cup.
"There's myself and a few other guys that do this. We will definitely spend time in the winning city," said Bolt.
"We'll be bouncing around the world. July and August we'll be doing all the players, coaches, trainers' cup days, because they have to get back to work in September and try to repeat."
Aside from being among fans during the series, Bolt says he's taken the Cup to many countries, working with NHL partners and charity organizations.
Bolt says one of the best moments he's had with the cup is bringing it to Afghanistan to visit the troops.