If we learned one thing this summer, after the Washington Capitals captured the Stanley Cup by defeating the Vegas Golden Knights, it’s that the Capitals players know how to party. So much so, in fact, that they’ve made a habit out of doing keg stands with the Cup. Unfortunately, it seems like the new habit isn’t going to last.
According to a recent article from The Washington Post, Cup Keeper Philip Pritchard has requested that the Capitals refrain from doing any keg stands with the Stanley Cup in the future in order to prevent any accidental damage to the Cup.
“We ask them politely not to do it,” Pritchard said. “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 Stanley Cup has certainly been through a lot over the years. At this point, I’m not sure if it’s more surprising that they’re “advising” against performing keg stands in the future, or that the Washington Capitals were the first to ever perform such a feat using the Stanley Cup.
“[Keg stands] haven’t really been that popular in the hockey world, I guess,” said Philip Pritchard, who has been taking care of the Stanley Cup for the past 30 years.