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Giant Stanley Cup fountain takes over Times Square

A 21-foot high, 6,600-pound replica of the Stanley Cup will take a commanding presence in New York City‟s Times Square for three days beginning Wednesday.

That's not a headline you see every day.

But there it was Wednesday afternoon in New York to open the NHL's playoffs: A giant Stanley Cup water fountain in the middle of Times Square.

The league held a ceremony to unveil the fountain, with Cup winners from the Rangers, Islanders and Devils along with commissioner Gary Bettman and Mayor Michael Bloomberg on hand.

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Bloomberg even got to crack a terrible joke (?) in the press release.

"One thing the New York Rangers have in common with our City's tap water: Neither can be beat," Bloomberg said (presumably to groans all around).

The 21-foot tall, 6,600-pound replica trophy will be on display for only three days, so if you're in the New York area this week, go have a look. You can get a drink from the Cup.

More pictures of it are available here.

And one last one-liner to go:

"When New Yorkers and tourists drink from the Stanley Cup fountain they will be tasting the result of having a water supply that is second to none, brought by an engineering marvel from a pristine watershed," Department of Environmental Protection commissioner Carter Strickland said.

"So when it comes to providing clean, fresh water for more than nine million New Yorkers, you might say the Cup runneth over."

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