NHL.com has posted an interesting article on the superstitions surrounding making physical contact with the Stanley Cup, the greatest trophy in all of professional sports.
“It wasn’t so much a superstition as it was a respect factor that someone else had earned it and it was someone else’s to stick over their head and raise,” [Bryan] Trottier said. “I can remember looking at the names and the engraving. But I didn’t dare touch it and put fingerprints all over it because it wasn’t mine.”
Now that the Cup literally has his name all over it, Trottier certainly looks at it a lot differently.
“It’s really kind of cool because we won it in 2001 (as an assistant coach in Colorado),” he said, “and when I’d see Stanley somewhere I would just grab him, you know, because he’s ours.”
Hopefully, he'll belong to the Avs again. Sooner rather than later, of course.