NHL asks Capitals to curtail keg stands with the Stanley Cup
Washington's Alex Ovechkin and goaltender Braden Holtby help Jimmy Fallon do a modified keg stand on the Stanley Cup on "The Tonight Show." Applauding is another guest, Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith.
The NHL has a request for the Washington Capitals, who won their first-ever Stanley Cup in June:
No more keg stands, please.
A keg stand involves a person doing a handstand, usually with some help, over the Cup with his or her hands putting weight on the brim of the sacred vessel while drinking from it as much liquid (usually beer) as he/she can.
A number of the Capitals – including captain Alex Ovechkin and goaltender Braden Holtby – have done keg stands with the Cup, the most notable being on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon. But that performance showed Fallon bracing himself on the players' legs, not the Cup itself.
Regardless, Phil Pritchard, the keeper of the Cup, said the NHL would respectfully prefer that players not subject the trophy to keg stands for fear of hurting it.
"We ask them politely not to do it," Pritchard told the Washington Post. "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."
A final decision will come later.
"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. We'll know probably more then, in early October, once it's back for the home opener. Our biggest thing is respect for it."
Posthumous award for USA Hockey's Johansson
Jim Johansson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director who died earlier this year, has been named the 2018 Lester Patrick Trophy recipient.
Johansson died unexpectantly at the age of 53 in January. One of Johnson’s responsibilities was putting together national teams that represented the U.S. in international competitions.
"The Lester Patrick Trophy is presented for 'service to hockey in the United States.' Jim Johannson's entire playing career and professional life were dedicated to the game of hockey," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "From his playing days at the University of Wisconsin and for U.S. national and Olympic teams, through his two-decade career at USA Hockey, Jim worked tirelessly to grow our game at all levels in the United States.
"His impact on our game was immense and improved the experience for Americans from the youth and recreational levels through the select elite chosen for National Teams. His selfless approach and delight in helping others shine made friends and admirers throughout the hockey community."
Johansson, who was beloved by USA Hockey’s athletes, will be honored as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration on Dec. 12 in Nashville. The trophy will be presented to Johannson's wife, Abby Johannson.
Renovations at Munn?
Michigan State’s Board of Trustees gave officials the go-ahead to begin planning for a $14-to-$16-million expansion of Munn Ice Arena, the home of Spartan Hockey, at a meeting on Aug. 31, according to the Lansing State Journal.
Upgrades to Munn were previously put on hold due to a lack of donations.
The improvements would include a new public entrance on the south side of the building as well as an expansion and relocation of hockey operations and coaching offices from the basement to the first floor.