It’s a well-known tradition that when an NHL team wins the Stanley Cup, each member of the team spends a day with the iconic trophy.
This year, a lucky Denver couple received the Stanley Cup first because it was accidentally delivered to their doorstep rather than to Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog.
The unexpected prize arrived at the home of neighbors Dmitri Rudenko and her husband Kit Karbler the day after the Avalanche lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.
“I was the first to see the car parked in our driveway. I saw the car backing up,” Rudenko told the NBC affiliate. KUSA from Denver.
“The person opens the trunk and I saw the case and I recognized it, because I watched the final [Stanley Cup] games,” he said. “I said jokingly, ‘Is that the Stanley Cup?’ And he said, ‘Yes!’ »
It turned out that the couple and Landeskog share similar addresses which got mixed up due to a large tree blocking the house number.
“They’re just single digits,” Karbler said. “Because of this figure, it was fortuitous for us!”
This isn’t the first time the Stanley Cup has created chaos.
For example, in 1905, the Ottawa Senators celebrated their Stanley Cup victory by tossing the trophy across the Rideau Canal in their hometown. Fortunately, the channel was frozen and the team was able to recover the trophy. Also, in 1962, the Toronto Maple Leafs took the Cup to an afterparty to celebrate their victory, but badly damaged it in a bonfire.
The tradition of Stanley Cup trouble lives on.