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After beer-guzzling news conference, Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov ‘signs’ deal with Bud Light

The company will supply all of the beer for the team at Monday’s celebratory boat parade.
Nikita Kucherov’s shirtless, beer-guzzling press conference following the Lightning’s Stanley Cup-clinching Game 5 win Wednesday night drew the attention of Bud Light.
Nikita Kucherov’s shirtless, beer-guzzling press conference following the Lightning’s Stanley Cup-clinching Game 5 win Wednesday night drew the attention of Bud Light. [ Twitter/@budlight ]
Published Jul. 9
Updated Jul. 9

TAMPA — Nikita Kucherov’s shirtless, beer-guzzling news conference following the Lightning’s Stanley Cup-clinching win Wednesday at Amalie Arena drew the attention of Bud Light.

Kucherov, who arrived at his postgame presser clearly having already kicked back a few, was as unfiltered as could be. He took a seat in front of a Zoom camera and answered reporters’ questions while chugging cans of Bud Light, at one point sliding an empty can down the interview table and then cracking open another in a motion as slick as one of his touch passes.

He also turned away what appeared to be Bud Light in a champagne bottle mid-interview, asking for the bubbly instead.

So on Friday afternoon, Bud Light posted a tweet saying the brand, which is owned by Anheuser-Busch, signed the star forward to a deal.

Moments later, the company issued a release, detailing the terms of the deal:

“Bud Light will ensure Kucherov and his teammates continue having a legendary championship celebration by supplying all of the beer for the team at Champa’s Stanley Cup Parade on Monday.”

The release also included a statement from Kucherov:

“After my Stanley Cup championship press conference, how could Bud Light not sign me onto their team. I am excited to be part of the Bud Light team and can’t wait to celebrate our back-to-back championship with Lightning fans next week ... with some free Bud Light.”

Bud Light isn’t the only company battling for the Stanley Cup spotlight. Coors Light is producing a special Champions Ice brew that was made from filtered ice shavings from Amalie Arena ice following Game 1 of the final.

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