An Heir to Hockey History Visits Pop-Up Canada

Pop-Up Canada! had a great surprise on the opening day of its week-long celebration of the Canada-Pittsburgh relationship —  a day that saw over 1,000 Pittsburghers stand in line to see hockey’s Stanley Cup, a trophy so steeped in history that it is often cited as the greatest trophy in sports.

Included among avid Cup viewers  was Andrew Imbeau, a Pittsburgher and dual American-Canadian citizen whose grandfather, J. Donald Burke played a central role in advancing the evolution of the fabled trophy.

In the early 1960s, NHL President (and former referee) Clarence Campbell decided that a new Cup was needed because the original was becoming brittle. J. Donald Burke’s Toronto-based company, Burke and Wallace Silversmiths,  Ltd., was brought aboard to produce the new one. Four-inch-wide bands were added as an engraving space, and a replica Cup entered hockey lore.

The original Cup is on display at Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame, and the one fashioned by Andrew’s grandfather is used every year as the white-gloved Presentation Cup, which is front and center (ice) at the final NHL game of each year.

Last night at Pop-Up Canada! in Pittsburgh, the Burke family reunited with the Stanley Cup. For his picture with the fabled hardware, Andrew posed with a framed photograph of his grandfather, captured for posterity holding his silver prize.

 

Pop-Up Canada! plays host to a Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit, featuring a wealth of Penguins memorabilia, from Wednesday to Friday of this week. Admission FREE. Hours: 11 am to 8 pm.