Calder Cup 2004 Tour underway

The American Hockey League announced today the launch of the Calder Cup 2004 Tour, with the first stop coming Feb. 22 in Winnipeg.

Making its eighth annual excursion around the American Hockey League, the coveted Calder Cup will cover more than 11,000 miles as it travels to 19 cities, making appearances at games, schools, area sponsors, local TV and radio stations and various other community events. A special stop on this year’s 49-day tour, which leads up to the start of the Calder Cup 2004 Playoffs in mid-April, comes at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo for an AHL game between the Rochester Americans and Syracuse Crunch.

The Calder Cup 2004 Tour offers fans the opportunity to view up close one of the oldest trophies in North American sports. The Calder Cup, which has been competed for since the 1936-37 season, features the names of players, coaches and support staff from the last 20 American Hockey League champions (the other 47 champions’ plaques are on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame), and is accompanied by a special display highlighting the intensity and excitement of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

In conjunction with the tour, all AHL arenas will display specially-designed Calder Cup 2004 posters displaying the rich tradition and history surrounding the quest for the Calder Cup. The complete tour schedule follows this release.

The AHL’s championship trophy is named after Hockey Hall of Famer Frank Calder, who served as the first president of the National Hockey League from 1917-43. During the 1920s, Calder was instrumental in guiding professional hockey into the mainstream of the United States’ major cities, including New York, Boston, Chicago and Detroit, while also helping in the formation of the American Hockey League.

Eighteen members of the Hockey Hall of Fame are among the winners of the Calder Cup, including Terry Sawchuk, Emile Francis, Gerry Cheevers, Larry Robinson, Billy Smith and Johnny Bower. Nearly 80 players in the NHL this season have a Calder Cup championship on their resume, among them Steve Sullivan, Pasi Nurminen, Kirk Maltby, Adam Oates, Derek Armstrong, Andrew Brunette, Mike Dunham, Keith Primeau, Brian Boucher, Rico Fata, Olaf Kolzig and Sergei Gonchar.

Calder Cup 2004 Tour Schedule
Date City Event
Sun., Feb. 22 Winnipeg Media Day
Mon., Feb. 23 Winnipeg Media Day
Tue., Feb. 24 Winnipeg Albany at Manitoba, 7:30 CT
Thu., Feb. 26 Toronto Hamilton at Toronto, 7:00 ET
Fri., Feb. 27 Toronto/Hamilton Media Day
Sat., Feb. 28 Hamilton Syracuse at Hamilton, 7:00 ET
Sun., Feb. 29 Buffalo Syracuse vs. Rochester, 6:00 ET

Fri., Mar. 5 St. John’s Toronto at St. John’s, 7:35 NT
Sat., Mar. 6 St. John’s Toronto at St. John’s, 7:35 NT
Sun., Mar. 7 St. John’s Media Day

Wed., Mar. 10 Bridgeport Providence at Bridgeport, 7:05 ET
Thu., Mar. 11 Syracuse Media Day
Fri., Mar. 12 Syracuse Albany at Syracuse, 7:30 ET
Sat., Mar. 13 Syracuse St. John’s at Syracuse, 7:30 ET
Sun., Mar. 14 Rochester St. John’s at Rochester, 6:05 ET

Thu., Mar. 18 Worcester Media Day
Fri., Mar. 19 Worcester Portland at Worcester, 7:05 ET
Sat., Mar. 20 Hartford Portland at Hartford, 7:05 ET
Sun., Mar. 21 Providence Portland at Providence, 4:05 ET

Tue., Mar. 23 Binghamton Media Day
Wed., Mar. 24 Binghamton Manitoba at Binghamton, 7:05 ET
Fri., Mar. 26 Philadelphia Bridgeport at Philadelphia, 7:05 ET
Sat., Mar. 27 Hershey Manchester at Hershey, 7:00 ET

Wed., Mar. 31 Lowell Media Day
Thu., Apr. 1 Manchester Media Day
Fri., Apr. 2 Manchester Bridgeport at Manchester, 7:35 ET
Sat., Apr. 3 Portland Providence at Portland

Thu., Apr. 8 Cleveland Media Day
Fri., Apr. 9 Cleveland Utah at Cleveland, 7:00 ET
Sat., Apr. 10 Cincinnati Cleveland at Cincinnati, 7:35 ET