For one sunny day, Wednesday, the Copper Country - or at least part of it - was able to bask in the shine of the Stanley Cup.
While it wasn't the first time Lord Stanley's prize awarded to the winner of the National Hockey League's playoffs had made it to area, it brought quite a bit of excitement to those fortunate enough to get near.
Hancock native Brad Aldrich, 2010 NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks' video coach, brought the cup home to share with family, friends and others.
Aldrich, like every other member of the Blackhawks' team and staff, was able to have a day with the cup, a day to do whatever they liked with one of the most-prized trophies in all of sport.
It's nice he chose to swing this way with the cup and we're especially happy he brought the cup into a school. Students at Hancock Central High School gathered for a morning convocation to view the cup, but also to hear Aldrich talk about working to achieve success and respecting those around you - fantastic messages.
"All this is a big shiny symbol of success," Aldrich told the students about the cup. "Success is not easy, but it's fun. With hard work and a lot of dedication ... you can do it."
Hockey fan or not, one couldn't help but feel the magnitude of the prize as they listened to Aldrich. The shiny silver cup was just a symbol of the sense of achievement felt by Aldrich and the rest of the Blackhawks' organization.
The cup is adorned with thousands of tiny little names - listing the members of each of the teams to win the cup. It's a who's who of hockey lore, but also a tower of success shined by their dedication and hard work. Aldrich's name, along with those of the rest of the Blackhawks' team and staff will soon be engraved on the cup for future generations to read.
Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks on their championship, and thanks to Mr. Aldrich for sharing such a moment with the Copper Country.