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Stanley Cup visits ABC7's State Street Studio

June 18, 2010 4:54:22 AM PDT
Movie stars, presidential candidates and other famous people have all visited the ABC7 studio at 190 N. State.

But none caused as big a buzz as what the station witnessed Thursday in a visit that lasted only 45 minutes.

Chicago's most sought-after celebrity rides in a black SUV with tinted windows and is carried in a crate.

For the past 11 years, wherever the Stanley Cup goes, so does Mike Bolt. He is the keeper of the cup.

Asked whether the task gets old after a while, Bolt replied: "It doesn't."

Thursday was media day for hockey's biggest prize. That means Bolt is bringing the 34-and-a-half pound trophy to television and radio stations across the city. This would be one of the least exotic of his destinations.

"I've been the middle of Siberia with Pavel Datsyuk or Northern Siberia with Malken to go to Afghanistan to visit the troops," said Bolt. "If you had asked me 20 years ago if I'd be going to these places I'd say, 'You're crazy!'"

Before he got his white glove job with the Hockey Hall of Fame, Bolt sold cowboy boots and western wear.

Now, he and his charge are the toast of the town.

Ben Bradley: "What's the closest you've every come to losing it?"
Mike Bolt: "I haven't. The airlines are a different story!"
Bradley: "This thing rides in the baggage compartment?"
Bolt: "It travels on a plane 280 times a year."

The cup's day is as tightly scheduled as the president's. Up at dawn. Back in Mike Bolt's hotel room by midnight.

In between, this cup has seen everything, but for some reason, most people want to eat or drink out of it.

"We've had everything from cereal to Thai food, spaghetti and meatballs," said Bolt.

Bolt says the reception the Cup is receiving in Chicago is unlike any he's witnessed before.

And thousands of Chicagoans have the pictures to prove it.

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