GLASGOW – The Stanley Cup came back to Great Britain on Tuesday where it was once manufactured and purchased by Lord Stanley of Preston in the 19th century.
The iconic Cup awarded to the NHL champion was flown over by the Hockey Hall of Fame and arrived in Scotland in the morning.
Ice hockey supporters and media were on hand to greet the famous Cup in the arrivals hall at Glasgow Airport.
There was a special ceremony airside following the arrival of the flight from Newark, including Phil Pritchard and Craig Campbell from the Hockey Hall of Fame, Andy French from Ice Hockey UK, officials from Dumfries & Galloway Council and Solway Sharks forward Bobby Chalmers.
In addition, as luck would have it, members of the Mississippi Air National Guard were able to see its arrival.
They were flying from Iceland to England but had been diverted to Glasgow because of bad weather.
So it was a very special moment for hockey fans; Bryan Devries, Mitchell Baker, Ryan O’Quinn, Mike Ford and Krandle McDowell (pictured).
The Cup will now be on show on Wednesday from 12-5pm in Dumfries Ice Bowl as part of Ice Hockey UK’s 100-year anniversary celebrations. This week the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division I Group B is staged at the same venue.
GB captain Carl Erhardt's gold medal from the 1936 Olympic Games will also be on show, as well as his game jersey.
There is also a whole host of memorabilia from ice hockey's history in the UK.
IIHF.com will report with a video feature from the event.
"This is so special to have the Stanley Cup here,” said Andy French, General Secretary of Ice Hockey UK.
"We are so grateful to the Hockey Hall of Fame for bringing it to Scotland to be part of our 100-year celebrations. It caused so much excitement in the arrivals hall at Glasgow and that interest will continue in Dumfries on Wednesday."
– with files from Ice Hockey UK