Thanks to a connection with the National Hockey League's champs, an Olentangy school got to visit with one of the world's most famous trophies last week.

Students at Shanahan Middle School, during a special assembly Oct. 12, got to see, touch and take pictures with the Stanley Cup, the trophy presented to the winner of the NHL since 1893.

Kris Wagner, a Shanahan parent and director of hockey operations for the cup-winning Washington Capitals, arranged for the trophy to spend two hours at the middle school, where thrilled students lined up for selfies and group shots.

The school hosted a "pep assembly" that district spokeswoman Kristyn Wilson said would teach kids "about all of the hard work and perseverance that it took for the organization to win the championship" and "make the connection to all of the hard work and perseverance it takes to not only be a good student, but to be successful in life."