The Stanley Cup is the best trophy in the world. It has seen many years of champions and there are only two in existence: The “traveling cup” which moves with white glove care from person to person, and the cup that stays in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario. Every year, each team that wins the cup seems to go crazier and crazier.
At the end of each season, the cup stays with the organization that won the trophy to start the summer. People have eaten cereal out of the cup, made guacamole, made margaritas and much more during celebration. The 2018 Washington Capitals took so many keg stands off the cup that they caused permanent stress fractures. I also don’t even want to think how much money has been snorted off of that thing…. Why do you think it is so shiny??
This year, the Tampa Bay Lightning became champions for the second season in a row. As COVID restrictions in Florida are non existent, they went fucking wild this year. Nikita Kucherov, one of the top 3 players in the NHL, drove a jet ski with the cup on his lap and the cup was tossed around from boat to boat in their celebratory boat parade. I, for one, am stoked that they didn’t sink the cup in the Atlantic Ocean.
It is unclear how the cup was damaged. One can only speculate that the boys were out for a rip to say the least. I have no idea how they managed to do that but it is frankly impressive. So many people have done damage to Lord Stanley, but this is a new level. Unfortunately for the Lightning organization, they will have to wait to celebrate. The cup is now in Montreal undergoing “significant structural repairs”, per an NHL insider.