It’s no secret Edmonton Oilers fans are some of the craziest in the league. Unique outfits, loud wigs and huge signs can be seen at almost every home game.
But one fan has taken it a step further. Over 20 years ago Fred Williams and a couple of friends decided to make their very own Stanley Cup.
One night after ball hockey, and “copious” amounts of beer, Williams and his friends Danny Rafferty and Dale Antoniuk got to talking and decided to take some normal objects and make themselves a cup.
The base is made out of an old wine barrel and the neck is air filters from an old car. Williams isn’t sure exactly what the top is, but is pretty sure it’s someone’s old salad bowl.
“I’m not sure of the story behind that because that was 27 years ago and there’s been a lot of beer and whiskey poured into that,” he laughed.
A few weeks ago Williams and his friends decided the cup needed to be refurbished. He and Antoniuk, joined by another friend Kevin Yellich, got to work. Sadly, Rafferty passed away and wasn’t around to help bring the cup back for this cup run.
“He was the main driver behind it, Danny Rafferty,” Williams said. “If he was around today we would have had a bigger and better homemade cup.”
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As with any hallowed piece of sports memorabilia there are a few rules. You don’t bring the cup out until a playoff run and you don’t drink out of it until the cup is won. But, as the saying goes, rules are also meant to be broken. The friends enjoyed a drink or two in 1997 when the Oilers beat the Dallas Stars in overtime.
“I think it was a bottle of Crown Royal that went in there that night.”
Williams lives downtown and is keeping the cup on his balcony so people driving by can enjoy it. He receives plenty of honks from passing drivers and causes quite the stir whenever he goes out with it. But there’s no one more excited than him to share the new cup, and this playoff run, with fans new and old.
“As an Oilers fan for 45 years, we’ve gone through a lot of ups and a lot of downs over the last 20 years. Enjoy this because you never know if you’re going to get back there.
“I think we will because we’ve got the best hockey player in the world and a great GM and a great coach, but we can’t take that chance,” Williams said. “So celebrate, but don’t be crazy about it.”
The series moves back to Edmonton Thursday night tied 2-2. Puck drops at 8:30 p.m. and you can hear all the action live, starting with an extended faceoff show at 6 p.m., on 630 CHED.