CHICAGO — The NHL champion Blackhawks'' beloved trophy stopped by the Chicago Tribune newsroom Thursday, giving reporters the opportunity to do something to the Cup the Cup''s keeper said had never been done: Swab it for germs, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Samples were sent to the Chicago lab EMSL Analytical, which found very little general bacteria and no signs of Staphylococcus (staph), salmonella or Escherichia coli (E. coli), the article stated.
"It''s surprisingly clean," lab manager Nancy McDonald said.
Just 400 counts of general bacteria were found, she said. By comparison, a desk in an office typically has more than 10,000, the article noted.
According to Philip Pritchard, keeper of the Cup and curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, the cup is washed every day with a soft detergent. Twice a year it''s taken apart and professionally cleaned with a high-end silver polish.
While some people won''t kiss it for fear of germs, most "don''t think twice about it," Pritchard said.
"But we can reassure them they are going to be okay," Pritchard added.
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