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The last time Adam Burish celebrated a major championship in the 608, the fun-loving Madison resident spent a long weekend escorting an NCAA trophy around town.
Flash back to April 2006. Burish and his teammates on the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team had just won the sixth national title in school history. After a couple of days and nights of, um, revelry, the trophy looked like many of its happy, bleary-eyed companions: Rode hard and hung up wet.
There were enough scratches and dings in the NCAA handout that a new one was purchased — courtesy of Burish and his teammates — for the trophy case inside the UW hockey offices at the Kohl Center. The original resides inside in an out-of-the-way display case outside Heritage Hall at Camp Randall Stadium.
Burish was in celebration mode again Tuesday, only this time a much grander trophy with a much more outrageous existence was involved.
A two-time captain of the Badgers who attended Madison Edgewood High School, Burish brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown and its many hockey fans. The two-day process included a visit to UW football practice and Memorial Union on Tuesday and a pair of public photo opportunities.
One took place Tuesday at the Eagle's Nest Ice Arena in Verona, where a line of humanity snaked down a flight of stairs, through a small lobby and out the front door, past a limo rented for Burish, his parents Helen and Mark, sister Nikki and two men in charge of security for the Cup.
The other photo-and-autograph session will take place at the Kohl Center Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free.
According to a tradition nearly two decades old, members of the NHL championship team get to have the Cup to celebrate with family and friends. Burish earned the honor — getting his name etched permanently on the 35-pound, 3-foot polished silver trophy in the process — when he helped Chicago outlast Philadelphia in the Cup finals in June.
Burish is no longer employed by the Blackhawks — the fourth-line center signed with Dallas as a free agent this offseason — but he still gets the too-cool-for-words perk.
Harkening back to that celebration four years ago, there's probably nothing Burish could do with the Cup that will raise an eyebrow from its veteran handlers.
Lord Stanley's namesake has already looked down from atop the Eiffel Tower, felt the spray of Niagara Falls, ridden in the Gay Pride Parade in Chicago and shared the stage with Jimmy Buffett during a sold-out concert, courtesy of other Blackhawks players this summer.
The Cup has been in these parts before — most recently in February as part of a memorabilia display during the inaugural Camp Randall Hockey Classic — but it's something you never get tired of seeing up close. It's the oldest, most famous trophy in pro sports and people respond accordingly.
There's so much history and intrigue to the Cup, which has been hoisted by 12 former Badgers players since 1972. That group includes Gary Suter, one of two Madisonians to win the Cup along with Kevin Dean, who skated at New Hampshire.
Players are given a 10-page handout that outlines protocol for sharing the trophy, yet it's reportedly been used as a baptismal font, a hot fudge sundae dish and been submerged in a backyard swimming pool.
The Cup has been to the White House, Lenin's Tomb and numerous cemeteries. It's been fishing, sat atop tractors, shared numerous beds and been kissed more times than the Pope's ring.
By all accounts, Burish and Co. showed that NCAA trophy a good time.
By all expectations, they won't let Lord Stanley leave Madison disappointed.