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While it seemed as if Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was substantiating a new customary for merrymaking with a Stanley Cup, he was merely preserving a prolonged tradition of players holding a famous prize anywhere and everywhere.
“Pavel Datsyuk took a Cup to Siberia – he was on a Europe-Asia border, in a Ural Mountains,” pronounced Hockey Hall of Fame clamp boss Phil Pritchard, mostly seen on radio as a male with a white gloves bringing a Cup onto a ice.
Ovechkin will get his possibility to take a 126-year-old Cup to Russia since each member of a Capitals will have a day with a Cup this summer as partial of a NHL’s agreement with a Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Cup has visited 25 countries, though that doesn’t start to tell a story of a travels.
“We have been towering climbing in Colorado, and (Scott) Niedermayer took it to a tip of a Rocky Mountains,” Pritchard said. “(Teemu) Selanne took it to a sauna party. We attempted to take it waterskiing with Mike Babcock, though he couldn’t figure out how to do it. I’m blissful of that. We’ve been H2O tubing. We’ve had a christening in it. Players try to be creative.”
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Former NHL actor Blake Sloan, a member of a 1999 Dallas Stars championship team, once asked Pritchard if he could take a Stanley Cup skydiving.
“I theory a rest of a guys told him to go ask me,” Pritchard said. “But he couldn’t keep a true face after a while, and finally he said, ‘I don’t wish to go skydiving with it. we wish to play highway hockey with it. But we only wanted to know if we could go skydiving with it.’”
Skydiving would not be allowed, nonetheless there is zero etched in stone, or on a Cup, about where it can or can’t go.
“But we aren’t going skydiving and we aren’t going scuba diving, and we are always going to be deferential to a player, a community, a group and story of a game,” Pritchard said.
The Cup’s story reads like a page-turner. The Montreal Wanderers incidentally left a Cup during a home of a photographer in 1907 and his mom incited it into a flower pot before a group reclaimed it. The 1924 Montreal Canadiens left a Stanley Cup on a side of a highway after changing a tire on an automobile.
Pritchard recalls that Tomas Kopecky took a Cup to Slovakia and he served a normal soup in a Cup. It was done by his mom and a name of a soup, according to Pritchard, translates into “inside of a stomach of a cow soup.”
“I didn’t eat any out of a Cup, though we did try some out of a bowl, and it was great,” Pritchard said.
He pauses, and laughs hard: “I don’t eat anything out of a Cup since we wish to win it first. Then we will.”
Twice, scofflaws attempted unsuccessfully to take a Stanley Cup. Guy Lafleur once took a Stanley Cup home to uncover friends and family and didn’t comprehend that a Hall of Fame was looking frantically for it.
Celebrations have turn some-more open by a years. Now, since of amicable media, people know accurately where a Cup is located. Pritchard pronounced final week Ovechkin took a Cup to an investiture in Georgetown and a end was all over Twitter before they even arrived.
“Everything has altered so much,” Pritchard said. “Lanny McDonald was revelation me final week that when he won it in 1989, he had it for 3 days and it only sat on his table.”
Pritchard pronounced Ovechkin “was as emotional” as anyone who has won a Cup. “But he has been good in traffic with it,” Pritchard said.
Having been a Cup screw for roughly 3 decades, Pritchard has found he enjoys romantic Cup practice some-more than the adventurous ones.
“Some of a best places I’ve been are trips to a tomb so a actor can place a Cup on a relative’s grave or when he knocks on a doorway of a former (youth) manager and only says, ‘Thank you,’” Pritchard said. “It is so powerful, so romantic for a manager and a player.”
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