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Now that the Superbowl is over, I have to say that when it comes to presenting a championship trophy, hockey does it better than football.
In the NFL, you got a guy walking with the Vince Lombardi trophy between a line of players and the players get to touch it for an instant. Then up on top of a pedestal, the Commissioner presents the trophy to the team owner. While the players are down on the field looking up as if they were just fans or something. Wow how exiting....
In hockey the Stanley Cup is presented to the team captain, then it makes it way through the team, each player having a chance to lift it up over their heads fulfilling a boyhood dream. You really get a sense that the Stanley Cup is a "players' trophy". Once it makes it's way through all the players, then the coaches/owners get to lift it up before a team picture at center ice.
Fans want to see their heroes with the trophy, not some old dude who most would not recognize or give a rats ass about if they saw them waking down the street. The Stanley Cup is hands down is the best trophy in all of pro sports. Who would you rather see lift up the cup? Alfie? or Melnyk?
now, if we could just keep bobblehead buttman out of the ceremony, it would be awesome. get former greats to present it., gretzky. lemieux, etc.
Buttman's ego will never allow that -- it's the only time of the year he can speak publicly and be assured of only getting a few boos launched in his direction.
how about this - the cup is presented by the oldest surviving team captain from a Stanley Cup winning team. at the moment that would be Émile Bouchard from the 1953 montreal canadiens - he is 93.
Chelios must be next in line...
Previous captains huh. You know what would be really funny....
George Armstrong, captain of the 1967 Maple Leafs presenting the Stanley Cup to our man Alfie. Now how much would that be a kick in the nuts for the leafers.