When news broke of the Stanley Cup being dented, hypothesis instantly began surrounding the character of the harm. Many cited careless partying and drinking, and even a potential encore of the Buccaneers’ throwing their championship trophy, as attainable culprits.
Effectively, it apparently was one thing far much less devious. The Cup was dented by Lightning ahead Pat Maroon, who by accident fell.
“It was clearly raining and it was moist,” Maroon told the Tampa Bay Times. “I went to raise it, and I went backwards with it. I slipped and [Cup keeper] Phil [Pritchard] helped me up and the Cup went again on its finish.”
Maroon is sort of aware of the Stanley Cup. The 33-year-old is the fourth participant in NHL historical past to win three consecutive titles with two completely different franchises – he gained in 2019 with the Blues and the previous two years with the Lightning. And he needs followers to know there was no disrespect meant.
“Individuals are saying we disrespected the Cup. That’s such BS as a result of if that they had half a mind, it’s moist exterior and also you’d assume we’d be throwing the Cup round? No,” Maroon stated. “We didn’t disrespect it. It was a whole accident, and we each obtained damage. My again has been damage all day. So, that’s what occurred. Nothing loopy.”
The Stanley Cup was despatched again to Montreal – the Lightning coincidentally defeated the Canadiens in five games to safe their second consecutive championship – and has since been returned trying pretty much as good as new.
The broken Cup was not the unique bowl – which was retired in 1970 – and rests within the Hockey Corridor of Fame. The dented Cup is the “Presentation Cup” with the “Duplicate Cup” prepared in Toronto if the touring one is rendered irreparable.
“I’m certain there’s approach worse issues which have occurred to the Cup moreover me falling,” Maroon stated. “They stated it’s a straightforward repair. It wasn’t even that unhealthy. The image made it appear like it was dented that unhealthy. It wasn’t.”