Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend the day with the Stanley Cup? To lift it above your head, fill it with beer, or even put a baby in it?
The manager of the Black Dog Pub in Scarborough now knows what that feels like. In August, Devante Smith-Pelly of the Washington Capitals came to the pub and held a Cup celebration with his family.
“Devante Smith-Pelly grew up in the area and they used to come here,” explained George Voulgaris in an Oct. 17 interview. “Devante’s mother approached me about renting out the restaurant. ‘I asked what for?’and she said ‘Devante wants to present the Cup here’.”
The Stanley Cup will be in Scarborough on Monday August 6th. Hope to see you all there pic.twitter.com/SjjxZZ2AdW
— Devante Smith-Pelly (@smithpelly23) July 21, 2018
On a rainy August 6 at around 3 p.m., Smith-Pelly arrived at the Black Dog Pub with the Stanley Cup (and even his own DJ) to take photos with the fans. According to Voulgaris, some fans had been waiting since 8 a.m.
“One gentleman flew up from Maryland. Another came down from Barrie for the day with his baby. You’ll see his baby in the Stanley Cup in one of the pictures on our website,” Voulgaris said.
For around an hour and a half, the 26-year-old winger took photos with everyone who came to take part in the celebration, including Mayor John Tory.
There’s another reason why this year is special for hockey fans. It’s the 125thanniversary of the Stanley Cup itself and the Hockey Hall of Fame currently has an ongoing event to celebrate the occasion. Championship rings, the original Cup and more are all on display. You can of course, also take a picture with the modern trophy itself.
One of the fans who took a photo with the Cup that day is Ross Mounsteven, a regular at the pub and a big Leafs fan. He wants the boys in blue to bring home the cup and thinks the window for them to win it is just opening.
“You look at any key element of the team, they’re all in their early to mid 20’s. They could maybe contend for ten years, but at least four or five for sure,” Mounsteven said.
While a potential Cup win in June is a while away, you can have a moment with hockey’s holy grail at the Hockey Hall of Fame until December 31.