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Stanley Cup damaged during Lightning championship celebration

The trophy will go to Montreal for repairs, but it won’t affect the beginning of the Lightning’s Cup tour.
At this point during Monday's celebration, with Victor Hedman, left, and Steven Stamkos showing off their championship hardware to fans, the Stanley Cup was still intact.
At this point during Monday's celebration, with Victor Hedman, left, and Steven Stamkos showing off their championship hardware to fans, the Stanley Cup was still intact. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jul. 12
Updated Jul. 13

TAMPA — The Stanley Cup had an eventful day during the Lightning’s championship celebration Monday. And much like many of the revelers and party-goers who attended the team’s boat parade and rained-out rally at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, it’s going to need a day or two to get back to normal.

The Cup will travel to Montreal for repairs this week, but that isn’t expected to impact the beginning of the Lightning’s Cup tour this weekend.

A social media post showed damage to the bowl of the Cup while it was being held by Lightning forward Pat Maroon.

The Cup went through a full day of events. It traveled from watercraft to watercraft during the team’s boat parade, even taking a ride on a Sea-Doo with Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov. Players and fans alike had the opportunity to drink from the bowl.

The Cup appeared to be in good shape when the Lightning took the stage for their rally in the park ― even as thunderstorms moved through the area and festivities eventually were called off.

Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy kisses the Stanley Cup while attending the championship celebration in Tampa.
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy kisses the Stanley Cup while attending the championship celebration in Tampa. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

General manager Julien BriseBois addressed the Stanley Cup’s condition Tuesday. BriseBois joked that it was “out with an upper body injury for the next couple days.”

“It’s second-hand, but my understanding is one of our players was presenting it to our fans, showing it off and dropped it,” BriseBois said.

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