The Colorado Avalanche captured their third Stanley Cup in franchise history after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 last night. During the wild celebration, Lord Stanley’s hardware took a rough bump. As the team gathered for their picture with the coveted trophy, Avs winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel took a huge spill, denting the legendary prize.
The NHL is one of the few pro sports leagues that awards the same trophy each year. Every player is allowed a full day with the Stanley Cup. The league appoints a “Keeper of the Cup” to take care of it everywhere it goes.
Currently, Philip Pritchard is in charge of those duties. After the game, he commented on the condition of the Cup in a video posted by the NHL on Twitter. He said he hopes the dent at the bottom is the only damage that was done during the celebration.
“Hey guys, we’re here at the Amalie Arena. The Avalanche just won the cup. I don’t even know if they had it five minutes and there’s a dent at the bottom, already. Right in the middle of the team photo.
But, you know what, it’s the third time the Avalanche have won it. I guess we’ll have a little chat with them soon and we’ll go through the process of how we’re going to repair it… But the Stanley Cup tour will go on.”
Pritchard said this was the first time the Stanley Cup was ever damaged on the ice. Despite that, he is confident that repairs can be made. Fans in Denver are hoping it’s fixed soon, as they look forward to the Stanley Cup making its rounds throughout the city.
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