It has been a crazy summer for the Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who not only won the Stanley Cup for the first time of his career in June, but also became a first-time father a few weeks later. Good thing that Ovechkin partied hard with the prestigious trophy before his wife Anastasia gave birth to a son, Sergei Aleksandrovich Ovechkin, because now, the party over.
Oh and not just the party. One trademark celebration with the Cup might be banished by the National Hockey League... The Washington Post has revealed that the NHL might add new rules surrounding the Stanley Cup celebrations.The Capitals and Ovechkin have taken full advantage of the precious trophy over the summer, perhaps a bit too much to the liking of Philip Pritchard, one of the Stanley Cup keepers.
The Caps have had a growing fascination with doing keg stands out of the Stanley Cup, with first took place when Ovi attempted the move at a Nationals Game, and even popular host Jimmy Fallon got in on it when netminder Braden Holtby came by his show.
Pritchard has already advised a number of Capitals players against doing keg stands with the Cup, as he told the Washington Post.
"We ask them politely not to do it … We’re trying to preserve the history of the Stanley Cup. We don’t want any unnecessary damage to it or a person, in case they drop the person or he presses too hard or something.”
The Post also added that “future champions could be prohibited from replicating Washington’s trademark celebration.” Before the Capitals even get their names engraved on the Cup, they might have already left their mark on it: they would be the first and last team ever to use the trophy for keg stands.
“We’ll see what happens as we move forward with the Cup,” Pritchard said. “At the end of September, the Cup is going in to get engraved and updated and cleaned and everything, so we’ll see how it is because we have to take it apart then and everything. We’ll know probably more then, in early October, once it’s back for the home opener. Our biggest thing is respect for it.”
And it could be another first for the Capitals: this wouldn’t be the first time the rules surrounding the Stanley Cup have evolved.
Thanks to you, Drunk Ovi ;)