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Stanley Cup To Be On Display At Friday's Durham Bulls Game

Posted July 5, 2006 3:34 a.m. EDT

— Hockey fans and baseball fans alike have a chance to see the Stanley Cup up close on Friday.

The Durham Bulls announced Tuesday that the championship trophy awarded to the Carolina Hurricanes last month will be displayed at the Friday's Bulls game against the Richmond Braves. Hurricanes goalie and Stanley Cup MVP Cam Ward and forward Eric Cole will accompany the cup and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Friday will be the second time the trophy has made an appearance at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The last time was in 2002 when the Hurricanes were in the Stanley Cup Finals.

"We're excited to have it back," Bulls general manager Mike Birling said, "It will be a real treat for our fans to see the most famous trophy in all of professional sports."

The trophy will be available for photos and viewing.

Tickets for Friday's game, which begins at 7 p.m., are still available at the Durham Bulls Web site or by calling 919-956-BULL.

Ward, who is also the 2006 Conn Smythe trophy winner, started in this year's National Hockey League playoffs as a backup goalie. Despite missing the final 22 games of the regular season with a fractured vertebra in his neck, Cole set career highs in goals, assists, and points and returned from the injury in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals.