Kelly Cup visits Rapid City & will be on display all weekend for fans to enjoy

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Kelly Cup is like the Stanley Cup, but for the ECHL and has made its way to Rapid City on it’s eight-city tour ahead of the playoffs.

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The Kelly Cup at Mount Rushmore (courtesy: Rapid City Rush, via Instagram)

The cup is named for Patrick J. Kelly, who served as the commissioner of the ECHL for the league’s first eight seasons. Hockey fans will have a chance to see the cup at the Rush games this weekend.

Since arriving in Rapid City earlier this week, the cup has visited Mount Rushmore, Deadwood and was even on display at businesses in downtown Rapid City.

While fans love to touch the cup, players won’t due to an old superstition.

“This goes all the way down in hockey, really, from the Stanley Cup on down…players, coaches, they don’t want to touch it. They don’t want to touch it until they’re hoisting the thing at the end of the playoffs. They want to earn that they’ve touched it,” says Brian Gardner, voice of the Rapid City Rush.

For Rapid City Rush Head Coach Scott Burt, it’s even more special to see it again.

“Scott Burt, our head coach, he’s on there three times. He’s one of five people to ever have his name on the cup three times,” Gardner says. “Nobody’s had it four times, and so if the Rush were to bring this thing home, if the Rush were to end up winning the Kelly Cup when Scott Burt is the head coach, he’d be the first man with four times his name on the cup.”

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Rapid City Rush Head Coach Scott Burt is one of only five people to have his name on the Cup three times.

The cup will be on display at all three games against Atlanta this weekend, and fans will be able to get their picture taken with the trophy.

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