Second Summer of Stanley: Animals!
Do animals appreciate the greatest trophy in all of sports? Maybe!
The Los Angeles Kings have spent their summer passing around the Stanley Cup, and Keeper of the Cup Philip Pritchard (source of the fine picture above) has been documenting. We've noticed that, though every member of the organization does something different, a lot of people have similar experiences. Namely, they hung out with ANIMALS!
Martin Jones and an Owl
Has any Cup winner ever hung out with an owl? Our awesome research team looked into it, and by that, I mean I typed "owl stanley cup" into Google. Turns out the vast majority of the results were for this book, which appears to be both fictional and hilariously inappropriate for children. So I'm gonna guess that Martin Jones is the first one to do it!
What a Hoot! Martin Jones on Grouse Mountain (North Vancouver, BC) #StanleyCup @HockeyHallFame @NHL @LAKingsPR pic.twitter.com/mtztkgo8Y2— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) August 21, 2014
I just wish Jones had gotten the Cup earlier, and other players had felt obligated to top Jones by appearing with even more unique animals. "Here's Trevor Lewis with the Cup and a Komodo dragon!"
Willie Mitchell and a Fish
Hey, maybe Jones was just trying to top Mitchell.
Success! [Don't worry; Willie threw him back] (Pitt River, BC) #StanleyCup @HockeyHallFame @NHL @LAKingsPR pic.twitter.com/RtA3ClhNDp— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) August 20, 2014
It's nice that he threw it back, but it's a bit of a wasted opportunity here. Why not fill the Cup with hot oil and make yourself dinner? Sure, it might remove the Montreal Wanderers from history, but it'd be worth it!
Mike Richards and His Dogs
Richards also had a fish photo, but we're gonna gloss over that in favor of the way he started his day.
Richards starts day, breakfast of Champions cereal out of the #stanleycup @HockeyHallFame @nhl @LAKingsPR pic.twitter.com/yMDrD4keD5— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) August 2, 2014
Two dogs! Bonus points! Two gripes about this photo, though:
(1) Arnold, champion of the The Royal Half's recent dog rankings, doesn't even get a miniature Cup! If it's a replica Campbell Bowl, touching it (especially with your tongue) is a pretty big faux pas. If it's an ordinary trophy, well, Arnold's getting the short end of the stick. Thankfully, Arnold's had prior experience. And a starring role on NHL36.
(2) This idea might be stolen from...
Anze Kopitar and GUSTL
Kopitar and Gustl appear to be the people's choice, as their photo is four times more popular than anything else the Keeper has tweeted out.
Breakfast of Champions Kopitar & gustl eat out of their #stanleycup @HockeyHallFame @NHL @lakingspr @AnzeKopitar pic.twitter.com/5mVxIlvCEU— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) July 13, 2014
Flawless. Though in terms of shininess, it can't compare to...
Justin Williams and Prince
Justin Williams enjoys a moment with his dog Prince and some Silverware @LAKings @HockeyHallFame @NHL #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/n5seQ0ZJdT— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) June 15, 2014
Much like his owner, that dog is a champ.
Whose animal-related Stanley Cup picture was the best?
|Martin Jones and an owl||78|
|Willie Mitchell and a fish||14|
|Mike Richards and his dogs||7|
|Anze Kopitar and Gustl||81|
|Justin Williams and Prince||7|