Who cares if the Stanley Cup got yet another dent? [Narrator: Montreal cares, very much]


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Any staff that wins a championship deserves an enormous parade of their hometown in entrance of 1000’s of their adoring followers. They should celebration the evening away and have fun what they had been in a position to accomplish.

Nevertheless… when you do one thing dumb whereas celebrating, don’t be shocked when individuals begin getting upset. Particularly from the city whose staff you beat.

When a (most likely) hammered Tom Brady tossed the Lombardi Trophy over the Hillsborough River, a number of championship-depraved followers, and the daughter of the primary Lombardi Trophy smith, griped on the Tampa Bay quarterback’s lack of respect for the championship trophy. I get it. Personally, I wasn’t too upset at Brady and firm. Not solely does Tom Brady throw soccer formed objects for a dwelling, but in addition the throw didn’t appear very far, and the Lombardi Trophy weighs simply over seven kilos. On the very worst, one of many 55 Tremendous Bowl Trophies finally ends up on the backside of a river. Would it not have been unlucky? Sure. Would Tom Brady deserve tons of snide remarks and criticism for dropping the trophy? Completely. However there’s nonetheless 54 extra.

That’s not the case with the Stanley Cup. There are solely three Stanley Cups: the unique, which has been retired; the official Cup, situated within the Hockey Corridor of Fame; and the Presentation Cup, which is the one the gamers get to skate round with and take dwelling. A number of hockey followers don’t take into account the Presentation Cup an actual trophy — pondering of it extra as a reproduction. Subsequently, the gamers needs to be allowed to do no matter they need with it. In any case, the Presentation Cup has seen some horrible stuff occur to it through the years. In 2008, Purple Wings heart Kris Draper positioned his toddler daughter atop the Cup. It was a cute second, till his daughter determined she needed to “do some enterprise.” The Cup has had urine, pet food, and doubtless all kinds of different gross supplies in it. It’s seen its fair proportion of bumps, dents, and bruises. Mainly, it doesn’t matter what occurs to the Presentation Cup in the course of the Lightning’s celebration, it’s been by worse. Subsequently, when this image of Lightning winger Pat Maroon emerged holding the Cup with an enormous dent on the prime, many followers simply laughed it off.


A number of others didn’t really feel as giddy. Maybe they don’t know concerning the Cup’s historical past, or maybe they perceive the truth that, though the Presentation Cup isn’t the “official” trophy, it’s the one awarded to the victors. In a way, that may make the Presentation Cup extra official than the Cup within the Hockey Corridor of Fame. If the “official” Cup is rarely used for celebration by the championship staff, is it actually a championship trophy?

These followers imagine that the Presentation Cup is greater than an inexpensive knock-off, it’s a visible illustration of the trials and tribulations that the Cup winner went by with a purpose to come out on prime. It honors all who received the Cup earlier than; and when it’s handled poorly, that dishonors the historical past of the game.

How do you suppose Montreal followers really feel after seeing the Cup on this form? The Canadiens have received essentially the most Stanley Cups in NHL historical past (24 — eleven greater than the following closest staff, Toronto), however haven’t hoisted the Cup since 1993. You’ll be able to wager they wished this Cup badly. They wished it greater than something, so you’ll be able to think about how terrible it should really feel to see the Lightning injury it. So as to add insult to damage, the Cup is at the moment being despatched to Montreal with a purpose to restore that dent. That’s gotta harm.

So, who’s on the proper facet of this argument? Does it actually matter what occurs to the Presentation Cup? Not likely. When Phil Pritchard, the official Cup Keeper, says, “No worries, this has occurred earlier than,” that nullifies any complaints. If an official consultant of the Hockey Corridor of Fame says it’s alright, I don’t suppose anybody else has a proper to say that damaging the Cup is disrespectful to the game. In reality, dents in any championship trophy have by no means been a giant deal prior to now. Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ tight finish, Rob Gronkowski famously dented the Tremendous Bowl 53 Lombardi Trophy as a member of the New England Patriots, and nobody batted a watch. Let the Lightning have some enjoyable. Don’t get all pouty simply because it’s not your staff making marks on the Stanley Cup. 


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