The Stanley Cup will make the rounds at All-Star weekends this winter, and more trips might be planned if the NHL season is canceled.
The first stop for the Cup is Laredo, Texas, for the Central Hockey League's annual showcase Jan. 10-12. Then it's north to Vancouver for the annual top prospects game for major junior players Jan. 19.
The United Hockey League gets the trophy for its All-Star festivities in Glens Falls on Jan. 24, and then it's on to Reading, Pa., for the ECHL All-Star weekend Jan. 25-26.
Phil Pritchard, the Hockey Hall of Fame's keeper of the Cup, indicated more appearances will be added if the entire NHL season is canceled because of the lockout.
"We try every year to get to as many all-star games as possible to promote the heritage of the sport," Pritchard said. "This year, it just so happens that the all-star games are spread out."
If the NHL resumes play, the Tampa Bay Lightning would want the Stanley Cup for its home opener. If not, Pritchard and the Cup may attend the AHL All-Star weekend in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 13-14.