Lord Stanley and the Penguins Crossing the Allegheny
Giclee on Fine Art Paper on Paper
14 x 22
Penguins Crossing the Allegheny”
Legend has it they had come down from the north, in search of new territory to play a foreign game where players wore ice skates and used wooden sticks to slap a puck into a net. With peculiar names like Evgeni, Jean, and Jaromir, they formed an expedition to take their game south. They would be led by a great man they revered and knew as Lord Stanley of Preston. According to folklore, “penguins would guide them” on a journey over hundreds of miles of rough terrain and ice laden rivers. They were to follow the penguins until they had reached a “magical place where three rivers met”. It was here they would find a large “igloo made of icesurrounded by three bars of gold”. Along the water routes, they encountered extreme conditions which made the journey nearly impossible, but, with hard work and determination, they finally reached their goal. A man known as Barrasso would tend the bow of the boat, preventing any ice from slipping past and damaging it. Crosby, Coffey and Jagr would man the oars on the port side. Malkin would command the rudder, steering the ship clear of any danger. Kehoe, Pronovost, Stevens and Mullen would team up to power the starboard side of the vessel. Lord Stanley, who introduced the highly coveted award that would later become known as “The Stanley Cup”, would serve as captain. The guardians of Stanley’s Cup were Lemieux and Francis, who held it high and proud, for the entire world to see.
Lord Stanley was first to set foot on the new ground and, upon entering the arena, tossed his hat onto the ice and claimed “the Igloo” and the “Golden Triangle” as home to these mighty penguins. A hockey team was established and a community would rise around this group of skaters to become known as Pittsburgh, “The City of Champions”. Whether rooted in fact or just plain fiction, one tale that has been passed from one generation to another goes something like this… after Lord Stanley had thrown his hat onto the ice, his pet badger, Bob, scampered out, jumped into the hat, slid clear across the ice and into the goal, where he shouted as loud as his little badger voice could muster…
“…it’s a Great Day for Hockey!”
by Fred Carrow
Parodied from German American artist Emanuel Leutze’s oil on canvas painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” 1851.