Silver is for Champions
The thoughts of millions of ice hockey fans turned to silver this week – more specifically, to the nearly 35 pounds of silver in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup, the century-old championship symbol of professional hockey. The Los Angeles Kings ultimately lifted high the iconic trophy made of sterling silver.
According to Michael DiRienzo, Executive Director of the Silver Institute, the Stanley Cup is just one of many diverse sports trophies around the world which share a common theme. They are all made of silver.
“The fact is that silver has been the prize of champions since antiquity. There is evidence of silver trophies being awarded to triumphant athletes in Ancient Rome and Greece. But it became the trophy of choice in America in the 18th and 19th centuries to honor the outstanding performances in horse racing, boating and early auto racing,” he said.